[Excerpt from: Michael Speaks: November 2012]
[Mstudent_86] Hello Michael. I seek insights about the dragon/Chief Feature of Greed. What is good about it, what are tools to fight it and are there some particular difficulties and challenges in neutralizing it? Thank you. Ladislaus
Greed is a Chief Negative Feature that describes how one defends oneself against the fear of lack. Greed develops when one is taught, or decides that there is not enough of something specific to share. It tends to fixate on one to three things.
[These "things" are more tangible in the younger Soul Ages, but as the soul ages, these fixations become less tangible, making the challenge of Greed both less likely to develop, but also the most difficult to transform, once developed.
It is difficult to manage the fear of lacking something that is difficult to quantify. For instance, someone may fixate on fear of not enough Love. The definition of Love for this person is not only varied over time, but is difficult to quantify without conditions, negating the whole point, creating a perpetual spiral of fears.
There is nothing "good" about any Chief Feature, but there is a Positive Pole, and in this case, it is described as Appetite. What this tends to mean is that the fragment has a constant filter on reality for the search for this thing that is lacking, or perceived to be lacking.
[Mstudent_86] Could it help to revise one's view about "emptiness"?
[MEntity] The finding of it will tend to trump many other things so that choices, reactions, pursuits will focus on obtaining that thing. Imagine this Positive Pole as the thing on your plate that you would always choose to eat, first.
[Mstudent_86] What's "trump", folks?
[MEntity] However, as this is a Chief Negative Feature, this eating is not for the enjoyment of it, but for the sake of keeping someone else from eating it, if you will. And this translates into how Greed's Appetite is motivated. Not for the pleasure of having, but for the sake of keeping it from being taken. (Trump is a term that is used to describe something that takes priority of importance and value over others - it is a term used in many card games)
[MEntity] So while Appetite will help Greed find what it seeks, it consumes it just to keep others from having it.
[Mstudent_86] Doesn't sound positive
Positive is relative here.
The Negative Pole is Voracity, which is when Appetite is not satisfied. At all. A kind of hoarding, indulgence, and a loss of control over one's choices as they are led by getting more and more, regardless of how much there is.
Appetite is "positive" because it is satisfied when it has a taste, and there is little loss of control, but when that taste cannot have a break in satisfaction, it falls into Voracity. In other words, that which is pursued is consumed by Appetite, but when that which is pursued consumes YOU, it is Voracity.
There is no "fighting" a Chief Feature, and it is not helpful to think of it as a slaying of a dragon, either, but to see this as any other source of information about yourself: a chance to listen, to care, to pay attention, to heal. Clearly, this is a topic unto itself, and we can continue this in further exchanges.