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    Health of the Emotional Center

    KurtisM

    [Extracted from MMW: The Health of your Emotional Center]

     

    MEntity:
    Today we are asked to explore the nature, function, and symptoms of health for the Emotional Center.

     

    The Poles of this Center are the Positive Pole of Perception and the Negative Pole of Sentimentality.

     

    PERCEPTION is the capacity to rise beyond the limitations of Time, Space, Logic, and comprehend the essence or Essence of the self, others, or an event.

     

    SENTIMENTALITY is when one becomes attached to the limitations of Time, Space, Logic, as these exist symbolically as representations of the past or future.

     

    The health of the Emotional Center can most easily be seen in where one is in terms of Self-Love (self-acceptance), where one is in terms of the state of Relationships, and your use or rejection of Trust.

     

    The cumulative effects of the health of the Emotional Center can be seen overall in how Happy one is.

     

    It is important to understand the nature of Happiness, then.

     

    Happiness is not a forced or pursued state. It is a natural state that comes from allowing room for more than Happiness without rejecting Happiness.

     

    In other words, to be Happy means allowing room for being Unhappy.

     

    This may seem contradictory, but Happiness is a spectrum, a wide range of experiences. Happiness is an emotional stability that runs through all experiences so that sadness is ok, disappointment is ok, anger is ok, struggle is ok, setbacks are ok, not because they are easy, but because they have nothing to do with your capacity for Happiness.

     

    There are many who suffer and will tell you that they are Happy. This is not because they concede to or deny suffering, but because Happiness is HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES.

     

    Your experiences do not determine your Happiness. You do.

     

    There are two methods of use of your Emotional Center: TRUST and REJECTION.

     

    Happiness is possible in the worst of situations because you Trust.

     

    You bypass Logic, Time, and Space, and you navigate intuitively and with responsibility for what you often describe as your Feelings.

     

    Experiences do not determine your Feelings. Feelings determine your Experiences.

     

    When you are faced with challenges, differences, struggles, internally or externally, these are no different from weather.

     

    If it rains on 10 people you will find a range of interpretation for what that rain means and how it was navigated because of the health of the Emotional Center.

     

    For some it was just another bad thing to happen to them because they feel that bad things just happen to them.

     

    For some it will be a nice surprise that brings laughs and play because they do not mind surprises that inconvenience them.

     

    For some it will barely be noticed because they are prepared and knew that it would rain and they know that rain happens. It's not personal.

     

    None of these scenarios are right or wrong. It rained. It happened. But it was not the rain that determined the quality of experience. It was the difference between Trust and Rejection, or the difference between Perception and Sentimentality.

     

    This dance is true of everything you experience.

     

    If you are attached to a range of static symbols in your life, you will likely navigate Emotionally with Sentimentality and Rejection. It will be a process of constantly comparing against the system of symbols you have developed, and then rejecting that which does not comply to that set of symbols or counters that set of symbols.

     

    CLEARER STATEMENT: or rejecting that which counters that set of symbols.

     

    Your Emotional Center is how you experience Time. Perception frees you from the limitations of Time, and Sentimentality locks you in Time.

     

    In the same way that Happiness includes Unhappiness, so does Perception include Sentimentality. Perception allows room for the symbols, for the meaning that you develop as an emotional language that bypasses logic.

     

    However, Sentimentality locks down the symbols in time while Perception allows them to grow, expand, be replaced, updated, etc.

     

    You then carry with you a realm of living symbols that are not static, but are guides and informers.

     

    This means that the rain now has a range of interpretation, not just one or two.

     

    The wider your range of interpretation, your range of Perception, the greater your capacity to Trust.

     

    Trust is the process of using experience to guide you, not just defend or protect you.

     

    Trust frees your symbols to live with you, not against you or for you. For example, instead of Rain being your symbol for "the universe is always out to get me," it comes alive with a new range of surprise, neutrality, delight, awe, playfulness.

     

    If someone does not smile back at you when you smile, this may be symbolic of rudeness, specific rejection of you, a pointed attempt to undermine your good day, etc.

     

    If you are attached to that symbolism, a lack of returned smile can ruin your day.

     

    But if you Trust and free your symbols to expand, live, breathe, and grow, your Emotional Center can add that someone may not have noticed, someone may have his own insecurities, someone may have been daydreaming, someone may not be used to someone smiling, etc.

     

    All of you have an entire library of Symbols like this.

     

    They are all in your Emotional Center.

     

    And this Center is what you use when you navigate where there is no Logic, like intimacy, relationships, life, love, and self-love.

     

    This is the only Center capable of Rejection and experiencing Rejection.

     

    The Emotional Center is the Personality's closest relationship/path to Essence.

     

    When there is Essence Recognition, it is the Emotional Center. This is because it does not require logic, reason, or proof. It simply "knows," Perceives.

     

    The Higher Centers are how Essence stays connected to the Personality and Body, even when rejected, but the Emotional Center is how the Body and Personality embrace or reject Essence.

     

    The only True Emotional Pain is Rejection.

     

    Rejection is defense against Time, against Experience, and against Love, against Essence.

     

    Rejection is the only way to avoid Essence, not only in yourself but in others.

     

    And it is painful.

     

    Not only to you, but to Essence. Rejection is one of a very few experiences of pain that Essence can feel.

     

    When you reject each other, reject yourselves, reject your Essence, the cascading effects of pain are astounding.

     

    We share all of the above because it is important to note all of these elements when looking at the health of your Emotional Center.

     

    We will ask you a set of questions now. Answer these as best you can. Organize your responses relative to the questions to help our channel convey these to us.

     

    Wait for our set of questions to be posed in their entirety before responding.

     

    A - ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 5, with 1 being NEVER and 5 being ALWAYS, how would you rate your attachment to symbols.

    B - ON A SCALE BETWEEN 1 and 5, with 1 being PAINFUL and 5 being PLAYFUL, where would you say you are in the health of your most dominant Relationships?

    C - ON A SCALE BETWEEN 1 and 5, with 1 being PAINFUL and 5 being PLAYFUL, where would you say you are in the health of your most passing Relationships?

    D - ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 5, with 1 being ALWAYS REJECTING and 5 being ALWAYS REJECTED, where do you feel you are in your experiences of Rejection?

     

    [Participant responses omitted]


    ClaireC: "Always" is confusing.

     

    MEntity:
    Because feelings are not logical, we used "always" in terms of Emotions. One who is at extreme ends of the spectrum will feel they "always" are the ones doing the rejecting, or they are "always" the one being rejected.

     

    Between the two extremes would be your interpretation of degrees.

     

    2 Mostly Rejecting, 3 Sometimes Both, 4 Mostly Rejected.

     

    [Participant responses omitted]

     

    MEntity:
    The above is a quick way to check in with yourself as to the truth of where you are in your use of the Emotional Center. It is a subjective truth, but it is a truth, nonetheless, and you may often find that your assessment shows your health to be better than expected, especially when going through a difficult or challenging conflict.

     

    Reminding yourself of the truth is a way to bring back Trust and Perception.

     

    This is more important than you may realize.

     

    Because the Emotional Center does not know the truth. It does not think. It cannot make proper decisions or choices. It can only "feel" and feelings are never the truth.

     

    One can make decisions and choices when led by Emotions, but Emotional Centering cannot factor in consequences.

     

    It only "knows" in terms of relating or not. The greater your range of relating, the greater your range of trust and perception. The more reduced and restricted your range of relating, the more reduced and restricted your trust and perception.

     

    In other words, you need not have logic and reason to Love. You can navigate your world based on what makes you feel happy and gravitate toward that which you relate, and that is how Emotions work well.

     

    The Emotional Center is intelligent about the art of Relating, but other Centers are better equipped for navigating beyond that, particularly in terms of logistics, decisions, and choices. You can let your Emotions inform you about how you feel, but your CHOICES need not be guided only by what feels good vs feels bad.

     

    For example: the Emotional Center may say "as long as we have Love, we can do anything" and this is true up to only a very specific point. You must also have food, shelter, clothing, negotiation skills, communication skills, etc.

     

    You may need a plan, you may need to work, you may need energy, creativity, etc. Love is the fuel of universes, but if you would like to experience this while in a body, you must allow your other Centers to do their work.

     

    When one is led only by Emotions, with choices and decisions only coming in terms of feelings, life is often quite exhausting, depressing, and disorienting. The Emotional Center, for instance, does not "like to work."

     

    Those who have the more difficult time of choosing to work just for the income that could then be used for further expansion of choices are usually of Emotional Centering.

     

    "But I don't like to work" is not a proper form of choice or decision. It is valid to make one's decision and choices based on this, but it is not proper in that it does not consider consequences.

     

    This is why a self-assessment at times can help to break one out of the blind spots of the Emotions, of your attachment to symbols, of comparing everything to your library of symbols, of your attachment to a moment in time, free you from navigating aimlessly based in only feeling.

     

    To know when you are being led by Emotions in your choices and decisions, it is often a trigger that you may be thinking or saying: I LIKE THIS, I LOVE THIS, I DON'T LIKE THIS, I HATE THAT.

     

    The vocabulary of the Emotional Center is Like, Love, Dislike and Hate.

     

    When you catch yourself choosing and deciding based on this, consider if it is necessary for consequences to be considered.

     

    For example: "I hate when it rains" is likely quite inconsequential. It may be inconvenient, but your like or dislike only tells you what you feel about rain.

     

    But "I hate to work" can have consequences and should be a process of choice that is not dictated by Emotions. It is okay to continue to hate work, but you may have to still do the work.

     

    And this is also how Essence Recognition works.

     

    When you are in conflict with another person, challenged in your relationship, it can be vital for you to generate a corridor for your Essences to reach one another if your Personalities cannot.

     

    When the Emotional Center is opened to recognize that there is a soul in another person, even in the most despicable of people and even in those who seek to harm you, Essence Recognition is the only way that there will be evolution beyond.

     

    You may carry on despising the person and even hating them, or even fearing them, but open that corridor for Essence to connect to the Essence of the other person. Not only does this free you from Sentimentality and Rejection, but it brings an energy to the exchange that makes a difference when you cannot.

     

    As you can see in current politics, when Emotions lead the way, chaos can ensue because consequences are not being considered.


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      The Moving stores and retrieves its memories in the forms of Health, Activity, and are Sensually interpreted.
       
      Each Center does affect how events are remembered; especially in the mixture of the Centering with the Part.
       
      The Intellect affects the memory with its level of beliefs and justifications; the Emotions affect memory with its sentimentality and attachments; the Moving affects the memory through its levels of vitality and productivity at the time.
       
      For each of these examples above, they are only part of how each Center may affect memory, and those factors always stem from the PRESENT (retrieval), not how or what was stored.
       
      Each Center is involved in Memory, of course, but the habitual Centering will affect how a fragment's memory is used habitually.
       
      Each Ordinal Center is referencing memory of the current lifetime and physicality. If more information outside of that realm is required or resonating, it is then drawn through the Higher of that Center. The Instinctive Center is the communication medium between the Cardinal and Ordinal.
       
      Since the Instinct/Assimilation is usually maintaining the task of protection of the body, most memory filtered there is decidedly fearful or not. This is why most long-standing memories are either decidedly joyful or painful.
       
      We can continue to extrapolate on this topic, but we will ask if we are answering your question appropriate to your intent.
       
      [MaryBV] Well, I should have asked also how the role plays into this, but that is probably a topic for a whole discussion.
       
      [Michael_Entity] The Roles play little part in how memory is used or affected, since each lifetime sets a new design for the body and the Body/Personality is the tool for memory. The Essence's choice of Overleaves is the most direct impact. Since Time is not a factor for Essence, it does not have the need for “memory” as it is experienced on the Physical Plane.
       
      [MaryBV] I see, so what accounts for smell/taste, etc., in memory?
       
      [Michael_Entity] Every Cell and Atom in your body has the ability to “remember,” which means it has the ability to re-create. When the Personality or Body calls on a memory to be reconstructed, it will call on these minute parts of self to participate. It is of no mystery that you can recall a scene in a movie, which is Visual, but it is no more a mystery for the other senses to have that ability to reconstruct, as well.
       
      [WickedBear] Could you discuss the fundamental differences between the two action centers?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      The most fundamental difference is in that the Ordinal pertains to the immediate environment of the Personality and Body, while the Cardinal pertains to all that encompasses that. The Moving Center, then, would govern and process the events of the actual, Physical Body and its health, activity, manipulation of environment, etc. The Higher Moving Center would then govern and process those similar things, but as they pertain to larger patterns that include everything pertaining to the Essence.
       
      It could be said that the Moving Center is the manifestation/expression of that particular Personality's part in the Higher Moving tapestry of the Essence.
       
      [Elf] Is the Part of Center chosen about the same time as the Centering? And what is most influential in that choice?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      Centering is chosen by the age of 3 in most cases, while the Part/Trap is a habit by the age of 7 (approximately).
       
      The most influential aspect of that choice is in the major theme then settled on for the lifetime as to how to process events. The Center/Part becomes the Body's primary strength and challenge, and sets the stage for relationships, health, and beliefs for the majority of the life. Depending on your Centering and Part, you will find that your PART/TRAP becomes the defining obstacle to hurdle in coming to peace with a lifetime.
       
      If the balance can be called upon for any Center, regardless of habit, then a great freedom is experienced within the lifetime. The first examination of this is in the 4th Internal Monad when the Part is either simply a Part, or continues to be the Trap. Most will find as the life progresses that the Part becomes the Trap, the more they ignore the need for that third Center to be incorporated. As part of the process for finding that balance, the neglected Center will eventually require attention.
       
      For those lacking in the Moving Center, then health, prosperity, material security, physical need for affection and validation can become stages for its balance.
       
      For those lacking in the Intellectual Center, then over-questioning, overwhelm, isolation, indecisiveness, and unacknowledged dependence on others for direction are examples of where the imbalance can show up.
       
      For those lacking in the Emotional Center, then alienation, hypercriticism, unacknowledged issues of rejection, can tend to be some of the arenas for balance.
       
      [Elf] Thank you. So the Part/Trap of Center is then somewhat a part of the Life Task?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      Yes, the Centering/Part are intrinsically linked to the Tasks of the Life. Centering habits tend to define how the Personality uses its 4 “pillars,” of which the Life Task (True Work), is one of those pillars. Your True Rest is directly linked to the use of your neglected Center. Your True Work is directly relating to the Goal.
       
      The Centering/Part is not inherently a challenge to your Life Task, but it is a powerful definition of the path.
       
      And with that, we will conclude. Good Night.
    • Janet
      By Janet
      February 2, 2001
      Troy Tolley, Channel
      Open Floor
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      Hello. We are here. One moment.
       
      For Open Floor nights, we do not have any opening statements, so if you would like to begin your queue, do so.
       
      [Hector07] I would like to know if you could perhaps give me some insight into how to open up my heart Chakra some more.
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      We will attempt to respond to this as personally as we can in this forum, but we are generally limited to responses beneficial to your little group as a whole.
       
      The “problem,” in this case, is not directly the result of a “closed” Heart/Emotional Center, but rather the restrictions on the Higher Emotional and Higher Moving Centers. You have been challenged on many levels within these Centers, leaving you with a great sense of disconnection from others and great challenges in understanding “where the love is” in many people’s actions. These are fundamental questions you are seeking to comprehend this lifetime.
       
      Many of your most intimate associations have been your greatest teachers in terms of contradicting everything you ever expected of love and intimacy. In the process, you have “closed” much of what might be reflective of a healthy 2nd and 6th Chakra, with the “heart” center being the most obviously imploded. Your Higher Intellect and Intellectual Centers, then, are carrying much of the processing of this lifetime, seeking grand reasons and insights and truths behind all that exists. But this is simply a pendulum swing in your growth and comprehension, not an indication of your conclusions. You have necessarily “closed” much of your feeling, vulnerabilities, sense of intimacy and responsibility in certain arena for purposeful healing.
       
      As you continue in your latest matedness, enduring the adventures and emotional drama that is part of that, you are actually opening these Centers commented on. You are learning that there can be drama, excitement, adventure, without your having to “pay a price” emotionally, though the emotions moved to the surface as a result may be “old” and seem to be generated from the present, they are not.
       
      We therefore state that the very concern you have with your questioning about the opening of the heart Chakra is, indeed, an indication of its movement toward balance.
       
      There are many other angles and responses we could have to this open-ended question, but we believe this will do for now.
       
      [Dewliet] Can “romantic” relationships form between incarnate fragments and discarnates they encounter on the astral? If so, how might this manifest in the waking hours for the incarnate individual?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      Yes, these can occur, and do, for many late mature and old souls. The “romance” aspect is the Personality’s interpretation of this less-convoluted resonance [meaning, without bodies and personalities interfering between the two], but this interpretation is nearly impossible to remove from the equation.
       
      This “romance” can manifest in the waking state in many ways, ranging from mild preoccupation, to serious treatment of the relationship as “real,” to “going crazy.” ALL of you have these relationships in some way, but the treatment of them as significant or not is what determines their impact on the incarnate Personality.
       
      We point out here, as well, that fragments who have never met, but are both incarnate, can also share this experience on the Astral [often showing up in dreams], which can then be amplified in effect due to the physical plane and incarnate Personality of both fragments being involved.
       
      Most of these incidences of “romance” range from balancing Emotional Karma to simple misinterpretation of a resonance.
       
      [MaryBV] I am curious about the nature of the work that the Michael entity does. What is the purpose of the work and what is gained when a student learns a lesson the Michael entity teaches them? How does the Michael entity learn its lessons?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      Our only “purpose” is to share and teach. This does not require any particular response from anyone beyond a general Agreement to “hear” us. Much like a Professor is present in a college with his knowledge and experience, regardless, but those who sign up for him may or may not choose to gain from that. Their presence allows him to teach, whether he is heard or not. What we believe is “gained” when there is comprehension, is a lack of preoccupation with the woes of life and a more peaceful focus on the life as it is lived. The need for control is dropped, the need for safety is dropped, the need for constancy is dropped, and the need for “more” is dropped. These of course relate to the chief features.
       
      Though we do not have an investment in your growth, we do find a sense of validation of what we, ourselves, have learned, when your implementation makes a difference you deem positive. We learn our lessons in the direction of comprehending the Tao; you learn your lessons in the direction of comprehending your life. What we “gain” from your growth and implementation is the Validation, which is required throughout the Physical, Astral, and Causal Planes as a means of progress.
       
      We learn our lesson in ways that may seem complicated to you, but we remain “stationary” in our growth until all fragments are in agreement on a Truth. This does not mean we find a reduced commonality, but rather we all “see” each other’s Truth and incorporate that meaningfully and without contradiction.
       
      The three levels of Truth exist through to this plane, and part of the progress through and beyond is in relinquishing the first two levels.
       
      This is a glimpse at our process, but a simplistic one and the images provoked are not necessarily accurate. The words are, but the images in general are limiting.
       
      [Shannon] Some weeks ago, we were all talking about parallel realities. Are all of us in this “room” or on the list in the “same” parallel, so it would be theoretically possible to physically meet one another? And would it be possible for someone in this parallel to communicate with someone in the parallel, just for example, where Al Gore won the American election?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      If you are in any way making physical contact with another fragment, you are in the same parallel. We are specific when we say “physical contact”; the emphasis is on “contact.” Though you may see many visually in your environment, you are not necessarily in the same parallel. Your world is a “pool of energy” and many frequencies exist with which the brain must filter as a means to differentiate the various frequencies within the spectrum.
       
      On the level of “environment,” as in what might be seen accurately as your “props” or “background,” many of the people you see in the streets, tv, school, work, etc., are “not here.” For example, not all people shopping in a Supermarket are sharing the same Parallel, nor would an Airplane carrying its passengers. If verbal, physical, or visual acknowledgment on a significant level has been made, it is safe to say you share your parallel. All of you in this room, at this time, are sharing a parallel because the means of contact is still physical here and specific. This does not mean you will continue in the same parallel after contact.
       
      It would be easy to contact, through your imagination, a parallel of your own that is in an “Al Gore” parallel, but to contact another fragment entirely can be more confusing to all involved. The most direct method would be in imagining your parallel self, and then having that self contact a fragment within that parallel on your behalf. But, as you can see, this has the makings of a very confusing incident. We cannot emphasize enough how your use of imagination as a tool for examining parallels is valid and that simple. Imagining what it would “be like” in that parallel is your first step, then learning to differentiate between fantasy and vision, the negative and positive poles of Imagination, respectively.
       
      [Annette] Several of us within the group have been experiencing headaches and health/emotional difficulties this past week. Could you comment on the nature of these ills and what we can do to bring about better general health?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      There are a few things generating these experiences for several late mature and old souls:
       
      The amount of death on the planet in an instant creates for many of you what might be considered a “psychic blow.” Many of you can “hear” those affected VERY deeply within your being. Since a conscious participation in the grief does not “make sense,” a headache results as you struggle with comprehension of a seemingly intangible energy surge.
       
      Another angle is that many of you are angry about what you consider to be the “wrong” parallel choice. With the election of Bush, many of you felt a sense of self-punishment was in order. This does not happen consciously, of course, but stems from the results of “bad choices” in your past wherein you were punished. As you grow to comprehend parallels and choices, many of you tend to amplify your need for sensing control, but this very knowledge makes you feel you lack it. As in, “why would *I* create this?!!”
       
      Part of your comprehension of Choice is in realizing it happens on many levels, not exclusively on your own. The scale of world events is a COLLECTIVE CHOICE. This does not mean you ultimately did not choose this, but that you might have passively found it curious and enticing, at the least, and are here for that reason. You CREATE reality or you ALLOW it. Both are valid.
       
      And another, yet not final, angle is simply that many of you are experiencing the implementation and shift from the Instinctive Centered Year to the Intellectual Center now. This created a surge, as well, that was difficult for some of you.
       
      [ludmila] My mother has senile dementia, depression and age-related schizophrenia and paranoia. She also sees ‘people’ not visible to others. What purpose is served, or lesson learned in being mentally ill?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      In the same way that a person behaves a certain way when “drunk,” so does a fragment who loses their mental faculties. Their experience is the result of loss of inhibitions in many ways and a lack of the more acceptable social filters that allows community. Filters, as we will refer to them here, are created in the structuring of the brain during the Baby Soul Ages as a means to preserve community and society and civility. The Essence does not lose that lesson, but as the body matures, it cannot in many instances contain the constant instruction for filtering. Beliefs are the primary filters, in general, but there is also a specific “feed” from Essence that allows the body to experience its soul age.
       
      In many cases where the symptoms you described are experienced at the end of a life, it is the body’s reaction to a great deal of personal oppression within that lifetime. It’s purpose, then, is to “show” the Personality the gifts of comprehending freedom on a profound level before exiting. This will allow the transition to be more comfortable and acceptable, as well as the planning of the next lifetime to be of high consideration for including more play.
       
      For those around that fragment, the reactions to the fragment in question can be disconcerting as they process this. The symptom described as “paranoia” is actually “comprehension”.
       
      “Schizophrenia”, in this case, can be said to be direct addressing of sub-personalities that did not “get a voice” before. The “depression” can be said to be the grieving (another method of comprehending truth) of the loss of various freedoms, now realized.
       
      Again, we could delineate this through more levels, and more specifically, but this is a general scenario with which you can help yourself understand the event more comfortably, if you choose.
       
      [Lights_Edge] RetroPsychoKenesis has shown that humans are able to influence the frequency of radioactive decay. Radioactive decay is thought to have pure quantum randomness. Can you explain how humans are able to bias this randomness? Are their thoughts a source of this bias?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      As we have said before, and here will say again, there is no true “randomness”. Assuming that it is “true” creates a false premise with which to build further speculations and questioning, rendering all responses to the speculations and questions meaningless to a great degree.
       
      The instances asked about above could be more accurately examined in light of terminology along the lines of “synchronicity” and “resonance”, rather than “influencing” or “biasing” and “randomness”. We will say that when there is evidence described in your question, this is an example of a fragment in the Positive Pole of the Higher Moving Center.
       
      We will end here.
       
      Good Night.
    • Janet
      By Janet
      January 6, 2000
      Troy Tolley, Channel
      Conscious Connection to Essence
       
      Note: This series continues in Michael Speaks -- Conscious Connection to Essence (2 of 3).
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      We are here. One moment. Welcome to your New Year. We realize and understand the significance of this marking, as it is an ingredient of human sentience to measure time with great marks. It also marks the close of one of the more unusual “windows” for a Nexus (parallel shift), which has not gone unnoticed by many of you.
       
      As we move into this topic, “creating conscious connection to Essence”, we feel it best to have it an on-going discovery on your part, a journey of remembering, or a journey of re-connection.
       
      You will always “embody” or express Essence, even if only minutely. It is never a matter of “finding” Essence or seeking Essence, it is always about becoming CONSCIOUS of Essence. When you, as Personality, are lacking consciousness in direction or action, feelings, thoughts, etc., you are limiting Essence’s expression, but you can never truly limit Essence. You merely limit your personal intimacy with Essence.
       
      Essence will freely allow a Personality to run “amok” or fall into fear and pain, though these experiences are ALWAYS as a result of a Personality’s decisions. Essence inherently steers a life away from these, but Personality is invaluable to Essence and Essence can never know what “burns” unless at least ONE version of a Personality touches the “fire” so to speak. For those experiences, Essence is deeply grateful, even if it, itself, is inclined more toward what the nature of a particular universe is.
       
      In this case, your universe is EXPANDING, therefore Essence seeks expansion as well. Expansion is recognized in terms of pleasure, fulfillment, happiness, joy, and love… those things that give Personality pleasure are in synchronicity and alignment with Essence. This is so, regardless of temporary social mores, standards and judgments of the time.
       
      As we said, the journey toward enhancing your conscious connection to Essence will be paved with your own realizations, questions, and sharing.
       
      [debo] Regarding conscious connection to essence–If one is talking to essence and continuing a dialogue going during a day–is this as valid as meditating and connecting to one’s higher self? It seems too easy in a way.
       
      We will begin with the question posed by the fragment known as “debo” here.
       
      One moment.
       
      In answer to debo and her question: You have addressed a very subtle factor in many Personalities seeking conscious contact with Essence.
       
      Having and maintaining contact with Essence is always thought of in terms of something “other than” self; something more extravagant, more magickal, more ‘something’ than the Personality, itself. Therefore, it is many times assumed that contact with Essence must be marked by some kind of initiation, ritual, or euphoric sense of knowing, some complicated/complex passage. This is simply not true, though it certainly can be your decision if you require such meaning for your progress.
       
      What helps put things into perspective is that Essence not only CREATED you, as you know it, but also NEEDS you. You are its eyes, its heart, its hands, its feet, its face, and its fantastic world of physical sensation. It is blind without you. It is blind in many ways while dealing with the Physical Plane. As you are, in as many ways, without it. This means Essence listens to you with great depth of compassion, commitment, and interest.
       
      While Essence can see your larger contexts, your Agreements, your Karma, and many other factors that are not necessary for you, as Personality, to know, it innocently has no idea how important a good night’s sleep is, how important it is to you to be held, or how a bowl of cherries might make your day. You, as Personality, “feed” this information to Essence as you experience it. While some of you “speak” to Essence and continually co-create the life, many of you use your Instinctive Centered years or Instinctive Reviews (individually) for “uploading” or updating your Essence.
       
      Many of you may feel you “speak” to Essence to no avail, but we suggest that if you are feeling along these lines, you are not speaking to Essence, you are simply in need of more tangible and physical support. It is valid and important that you seek this out. Essence cannot magickally “rescue” you; it is as interested in your panic and plight. You are all capable of making changes in your life that you seek, and you are all capable of reaching out for others. When it appears Essence isn’t “listening”, try reaching out for or allowing a “spirit in the flesh” into your life.
       
      So, in answer to your question or comment, debo, it is usually quite a wonderful experience for a Personality to address its Essence on a daily basis, even if simply in words and thought. It teaches Essence about the more subtle aspects of the life. Otherwise, this is only extracted upon life review, or during Instinctive reviews.
       
      What we will be working toward in this journey, is a sense of Essence BEING you, not just being spoken to by you. We will speak more on this later as the class consciousness builds.
       
      [Barry] I’m wrestling with the phrase “creating a conscious connection to Essence”. Would you explain what you mean by “conscious”? Do you mean a waking knowledge of the essence that is us? How do we know when we have achieved this? Are there different methods of doing this best suited for each of us?
       
      [Michael_Entity] What we mean by ‘conscious’ here is basically a code word for “acceptance”. In many of your cases, Essence is distanced to a great degree, even if honored by you. Another way of describing this class topic may be “choosing to accept your Essence” and all that that implies.
       
      [Barry] You make it sound like that implies a lot….
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      As you progress through this class, you have the opportunity to not only experience your Essence INTIMATELY, but to allow Essence to experience YOUR world intimately. The possibilities to blur your lines of differentiation are high.
       
      For each Role, there will be different paths, yes, and when you are maintaining a sense of Essence daily, it will be rare to find your world threatening, unsafe, unloving, or disappointing. This, then, is part of the symptoms that will allow you to “know” of your conscious connection.
       
      [Barry] We will be in a “state” of LOVE?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      We cannot answer that yet as we would need to determine whether we are talking about the same thing. Most of you do not comprehend what Love is as a universal truth but usually refer to the sensations or peripheral counterparts stirred by connections and relief. We might suggest that the sensations are the first signs that you are near Love, but most have not grasped the reality and implications of what Love truly is.
       
      We will be outlining the Roles and their potential “paths” to consciousness as we build here tonight. We wanted to hear your questions tonight to help us better customize our interactions with you in regards to this topic.
       
      [MBV] I seem to have a hard time seeing through the haze of my Overleaves. Could Michael give me some examples of the artisan role in essence that would help me identify those qualities which is my essence speaking to me? Would these qualities be true for all artisans?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      You have long survived as Personality “alone” and it is Good Work that you acknowledge your strengths as such. It is a confusion that Essence must be involved in all undertakings while you are Physical or it implies you are “lost”, but this is not true. The entire basis of parallel realities is to allow the Personality its varying versions and ideas about what the life “should”/”could”/”might” be like. Essence has it’s “original plan”, but it relishes in the creativity that a Personality might run with.
       
      In your case, Mary, you have “branched” and “branched”, so to speak, far from the “trunk” of your original plans, drawing in realms of extreme experiences that were not necessarily Essence’s “idea”, but are enriching your collective self entirely. You have now found yourself being drawn back into Essence after exhausting a creative path as desired by Personality. This is the motivation behind your questions and feelings. In this process, your first glances in recognizing Essence will appear to be “in a haze” as you have always as Personality been “your own strength”.
       
      You now seek Essence as a resource in addition to “you” as you know you. You will have to “get to know” Essence again. In your case, your “unruly”, giddy, untamed flows of energy are your Essence flowing and speaking. In most cases when you’ve “heard this voice” you funnel this energy “reasonably” or hold it off until “appropriate”, as this has become one of your strengths: to “behave”. As you bring more of your Essence in and your world starts to align to it, you will find the balance that will allow safety and peace, with no threat to your security built. For now and over the next three months or so it might be expected that you feel very disoriented, moody, extreme in emotion, as you relinquish some of your Personality’s precious and justified hold.
       
      We will address more of this privately and personally. We will also note here that there are, yes, certain qualities that each Role can recognize as being in Essence, but they are only references. It is always an individual discovery. In your case, you, as Personality, are discovering that you and Essence can “play” without getting into “trouble”.
       
      [debo] If we are maintaining a sense of Essence and are seeking joy and pleasure but instead feel disappointment, is this due to unrealistic expectation? How do we know what is a valid path for Essence to experience (our chosen source of) joy, and what is not valid?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      If what you seek is being called “joy” and “pleasure” but ending in disappointment, then you are not perceiving the truth of that situation. Joy ends in Joy. Pleasure ends in Pleasure. There is no exception. If what you seek is based on the IDEA of joy or pleasure, you may want to reassess if the results are proving otherwise. Another valid consideration is that the situation may simply be a larger context than that which gives you joy and therefore must be examined in parts.
      For instance, to say you love to eat does not mean you enjoy the full, overblown sense after, or the gas, or the heartburn, etc. It may simply be a matter of altering the experience so the emphasis is on the joyful part, EATING, but with more conscious moderation so as to eliminate that which creates a less joyful or even disappointing end. You may enjoy eating, but not eating certain foods, or so much at a time. It usually only takes a moment, but certain commitment, to dissect or clarify exactly what it is that is pleasurable in the seeking, and how to adapt or alter those parts less appealing.
       
      “Unrealistic Expectation” does lead to disappointment, but this can be used to your advantage. If EXPECTATION is instead seen as enthusiasm, and DISAPPOINTMENT is seen as knowledge, then much is gained. This is an entire topic unto itself.
       
      As for the “validity” of a path for Essence: this is determined through your personal sense of happiness. In fact, that is the main question for the next three months from Essence as the Instinctive is moved through: “does this contribute to my happiness?”
       
      Happiness, at least in this universe, is a navigational tool for Personality.
       
      If you are unhappy, and you know it, this is good. This means you are honest with yourself.
       
      Being honest with you allows empowerment.
       
      Empowerment is implemented through planning.
       
      Planning is carried out through creativity and enthusiasm.
       
      Creativity and enthusiasm is sustained by seeking pleasure/happiness.
       
      Pleasure and happiness are guaranteed when being “present” in your life.
       
      Being “present” in your life means you are being honest.
       
      Though this is a crudely displayed path in words, with some examination you will see its merit. Each of these facets (6) revolve around a central concept that might be considered “living”, completing a septant for change.
      More on this later.
       
      [nemo999] I feel cut off from my essence; is it that I want to control it or I am not accepting/unhappy?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      You are never truly cut off from Essence, but Essence can be cut off BY you as Personality, at least in terms of conscious connection. In your longing for Essence, it is doubtful you are cut off in any case; Essence responds immediately to any thought in its “direction”. In other words, it may not be Essence you seek or miss, but the “essence” of something else. Nemo, you have experienced losses that still require grieving. Grieving is acceptance of some “hard” truths for the Personality.
       
      It would not be amiss at this point in your life to “go back” to what you have lost, indulge in the grief as a process, allowing freedom for that energy, thus making space for something more. For now, it appears you are still hoping or holding out for a revision of a time since passed. You are not alone or cut off from Essence, Nemo, quite the opposite. You are a tremendously sensitive body, it appears, and your Personality and Essence will change your scenario when you are done with the feelings being explored.
       
      We remind you all that this forum is difficult to “skim” over your very important and personal lives, so we suggest taking our responses as PART of a larger response, not a complete response. We just do not, through this format and channel, have the space or time available to be effective for all of you on that level.
       
      To summarize, Nemo, determine what tangible thing it is in your life you miss. Your answers can be revealed in that. You are looking “UP” for answers when you might want to look “back”.
       
      [rion] When meditating I have at times felt a very loving presence which I interpreted to be Essence. However, people channel and are in contact with “other”. What is essence and what is “other”? How does one tell?
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      In all cases of channeling, meditating, etc., it is ALWAYS your Essence which makes first contact.
       
      In the same way that you cannot interact with “other” without a Personality while Physically extant, so too is it impossible to contact nonphysical “others” without Essence as the medium.
       
      In reaching out during meditation or channeling without specificity, you can rest assured it is Essence in some way. If you seek contact with nonphysical “others” specifically, Essence will act as medium.
       
      So our answer is, in creating specificity this allows you as Essence and Personality to differentiate the subtleties between self and other. This can be done only with practice, as many beginning attempts for contact with “other” are almost entirely based on filtering of many sorts. To understand this, observe your experiences when meeting a new stranger, physically, between Personalities. This will lend you insights into how you will differentiate subtleties nonphysically. For some, interaction with another person to determine “who” that person is may last a few minutes, for others a few years or more.
       
      In your case, you are adept at “reading” a person and this also spills into your explorations in the non-physical.
       
      We can also suggest you attach symbolism to what you know you want to contact. For instance, you can ask that Essence present itself as a certain colour, feeling or sound. This then would help you determine differences when touching other sources.
       
      [Sandra51] I understand that the Chakra system and Essence has a connection. Would you describe this in relation to the topic tonight? In a nutshell, ha ha.
       
      [Michael_Entity]
      We will touch on it briefly, but will get a more succinct transcript out for Otterly and your discussion list later.
       
      As you explore your conscious connection to Essence, you will also be heightening your sense of self as a Personality. As you explore your sense of self as a person, you will make more room for Essence in your life. It is a two way street, so to speak.
       
      In exploring yourself on either level, it is important to examine your “rights” as a physical being and your expression of those “rights” and/or the damage or interference to those “rights”.
       
      For each chakra, or Center, there is a basic “right” that the Personality must have tended to fully embody the Essence. We say “embody” as a convenience, as it is actually the opposite. YOU as Personality are embodied in Essence.
       
      You most basic “right”, relating to the Instinctive, is your right to exist, or be alive at all. The right to be real. This can also be said to be your right to “have”.
       
      Your second Center/Chakra must be examined in terms of your right to feel, experience intimacy, and create.
       
      Your third chakra/Center is examined in terms of your right to take action, or to make change. Another way to put it is your right to be free.
       
      Your fourth chakra/Center is examined in terms of your right to be loved, and to love.
       
      Your throat chakra, or 5th Center, is your right to the truth, whether speaking it, or hearing it.
       
      Your 6th chakra/Center can be examined in terms of your right to perceive, to have vision. This can also be said to be your right to dream, on all levels.
       
      And finally, your 7th Chakra/Center is your examination of your right to spirituality, or your right to ” inner knowledge”.
       
      Though we skimmed these, the slightest examination of these areas of your life can be revealing in what Centers/Chakras are not being cared for or possibly denied, thus blocking Essence. They may have also been damaged or imprinted with allowances from other fragments in the life.
       
      The three “lower centers” (3rd, 4th, and 5th) are all the most obvious and easily examined. They are the keys to balancing Personality. In fact, these centers can potentially be examined with a degree of accuracy, at least as a starting point, in your translating your personal Centering in your Overleaves. When looking at your Centering it might be said that your primary centering is the right you SUSTAIN, while the PART of the centering is the right you “FIGHT FOR”.
       
      We remind you that Emotional Centering is your right to feel, Intellectual Centering is your right to speak or hear truth, and Moving is your right to act out or make change.
       
      The Instinctive Center is always under examination and use so it is almost always in some form of distortion without conscious guidance. This is balanced through creating a daily balance among your “lower centers”.
       
      The “higher centers” (2nd, 6th, and 7th) are keys to your understanding your connection to Essence. With examination, if any of these centers appear to be limited or distorted through fear or imprinting, it will be your task to incorporate experiences which fulfill that level of your rights, if you choose.
       
      We will conclude here then. Goodnight.
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