[Excerpt from Michael Speaks: February 2008]
[Question] All choices are valid, but does it make sense to try to make more ‘progressive’ choices, and how does one identify such choices if it does?
[Michael Entity] We would ask that you define “progressive.”
[Response] that furthers ones progress, development…
We have yet to see a choice that does not already do this. There are no choices that regress a personality or essence, but is always “progressive” to some degree and development.
The only thing that can bring about an acceleration, however, is a bringing of consciousness/awareness to the process and ultimately this can only be done through Essence Recognition. For every moment of Essence Recognition (within a life or outside of it), evolution occurs, meaning that all that has come to pass is then organized into a pattern that adds to the development of the soul.
Essence Recognition is the conscious awareness that expands beyond the limitations of logic, perception, and body to include the truth, love, and energy that exists beyond those limitations.
So in answer to your question, we can say that ALL choice is progressive and furthers you, but those choices and experiences are “stored,” so to speak, until those moments of Essence Recognition that then puts all of it into the broader contexts of existence.
Essence Recognition is often saved for between the lives when the physical life is not such a distraction, hence the afterlife often being referred to as “review,” since this is actually the Essence Recognition process, but all of you are capable of this during a lifetime, as well.
For those who wish to practice Essence Recognition, one merely needs to actively choose to rise above the level of REACTION as a first step, and actively choose an encompassing view of oneself in relation to the lifetime, making that same choice when regarding others, as well. We do not say, nor do we imply, that one ignore the very human reactions of life, for those are a part of the point of being where you are, but we do say that when one feels inclined, one can choose to suddenly grasp the validity of one’s SOUL as part of the experience. In other words, once one has learned to rise beyond Reaction, then one can bring Essence into the experience, grasping even on the most vague of levels that the life is beautiful, a creation, and that even the most repulsive of people around you are also very real beyond what can be seen, being just as beautiful, just as creative and “perfect” for the experience.
As one can imagine, this rise above reaction can be very difficult while IN the lifetime, holding out for that recognition until the bodies and personalities are out of the way. But if one is interested in accelerating, then this would be what we suggest: Essence Recognition; the conscious awareness of the truth, love, and beauty of oneself, one's life, and those involved. The way one can identify if one has experienced Essence Recognition is when one feels utterly safe, unthreatened, and though there may be a lack of logic and detail to an experience, somehow one “gets it,” and trusts the process.