[Excerpt from Michael Speaks: July 2009]
[Question] I would like to hear you discuss more about choice. From my understanding, every personality has the ability to choose. However, incarnations are planned out ahead of time as well as parents, agreements, TC’s, etc. What I would like to know is what would happen if a baby were to be born when no Essence planned that life out? Is that something that is possible if personality does indeed have free will and choice? Would that baby be born without a soul/Essence? What would that life be like? Can humans really act outside of Essence’s influence, has it ever been done, and when?
In all cases of Incarnation, the first seven years of a life are lived “without a soul,” so to speak. By this we mean that the body and Personality are most vulnerable to the choices of others who are fully incarnated and the Essence of that Personality does more in that period of time to help shape the path of the life than at any other time, for most fragments. It takes up to 7 years for the Personality to fully resonate and embrace the Essence, if at all. It could be said another way that it takes up to seven years for the soul to “move in” to the body, though we would not mean that literally. With this 7 year process in mind, it may be more easily understood that a body born despite an Essence’s choice to “back out” is then “up for grabs” for any other Essence, and bodies are often grabbed up when they are available like this, much in the same way that one might scramble to catch the next bus or plane. However, while it does happen, it is extremely rare that any Body or Personality would be born without the Essence fully committed. That kind of birth happens most often during the Infant Soul Cycle, but when it does happen, the Body dies within a relatively short time of birth if no Essence grabs it up.
It is never the case that an Adult Personality or Body is conscious without an Essence.
[Question] so, personality is doing the gathering at that stage?
[Michael Entity] During the first 7 years of life, the Personality is most passive in its gathering of experiences, and Essence is most powerful, though this will vary from Personality to Personality, of course.
[Comment] so it seems there are some “limits” to choice in a manner of speaking
The key here is understanding that Choice exists on all levels, and each level has its perimeters. Essence’s level of choice is vast and encompassing of Personality’s level of choice. Personality’s level of choice is limited by the contexts, tools, and mobility of the lifetime, but always overrides Essence’s choices while Physical.
When we are quoted as saying “All Is Choice,” it is implicit that we spoke of the various levels of “you” that is “all.” In addition to that, it is implicit that CHOICE does not automatically mean CREATION or Cause. It can also mean RESPONSE. Not all impact in your life will be of your choice, but what you choose to do with that impact will be your choice. Eventually the experience of Essence and Personality are blurred into each other and the life is a co-creative process that has no sense of division.