This information was originally posted by Geraldine on July 4, 2014 as part of an internal monad report for one of her family members.
At this point, the Artisan is working through the 5th Stage of Contentment. This means the Artisan will first move through a stage of CONTENTION, the negative pole, before moving into SATISFACTION, the positive pole.
CONTENTION would be the stage where everything that is unsatisfactory comes under scrutiny. It can be daunting. It is a full-on realization of what is NOT working, especially in terms of how the life and the choices having been made do NOT reflect who or how one thinks of oneself. It is restless.
If one were to remain in that stage, it would lead to irritability, combative nature, defensiveness, and a slow spiral into discontent, even grief.
However, once the Personality realizes that the Contention is only there to point out where and how one can refine one's definition of the self, it is then only a matter of emphasizing actions, inspirations, and expressions in the direction that one decides for oneself, instead of in the directions one was taught were "good for you," or what one should be, etc.
That is when the positive pole of the stage comes into view. That is when there is gratitude for the life, for the path that has been experienced, and one is no longer defined by the past, but guided by it. It is a SATISFACTION, an appreciation for what has been learned, however it was learned, up to this point.
The above describes where the Personality is in its Internal Monad process. Below are some final insights:
As he moves through the Stage of CONTENTMENT, it will be helpful for there to be awareness of any moment when there is defensiveness, reactions, or any other behavior that reflects self-protection. Those are moments that help one to realize where one still feels locked into an old idea about the self. Examining how much of the experience was TRUE versus how much of it was speculated, can be very helpful.
For example, if one's feelings were hurt, or if one is angered, or defensive, it can be helpful to ask if the other person INTENDED to hurt you, to anger you, or to provoke you, or did you simply react to a trigger? If you like something, and the other person expresses she does not, this is not a personal attack. It is two people being who they are, and THAT is exactly what one is striving to be during this Internal Monad.
While one is striving to be more defined by one's own terms, there will be a kind of reflection of this around the self, so that others clarify themselves in different ways. This is not to challenge you, but to help support your own definitions of the self.