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    Eric

    [Excerpt from a private session on February 6, 2013]

     

    My grandmother has recently been dealing with a noticeable reduction in her hearing and a significant impairment in her short term memory. She forgets things in minutes, and is much more easily confused and frustrated than she use to be. This has caused definite disruption in her life and has been a source of worry and unease for my mom and uncle. Recently we've been looking into the possibility that she has early signs of dementia, specifically vascular dementia (where “mini-strokes” or bad blood circulation in the brain cause damage over time). We are continuing to explore that and any other ideas that may appear along the way through the healthcare resources we have.

     

    My question is, what can you see regarding this issue?  Do you have any suggestions on how to alleviate the symptoms for my grandmother, how my mother can approach the situation, or how I can be helpful to either my mother or grandmother?

     

    MEntity:
    Part of the process of the 6th Internal Monad is the full realization of mortality and the activation of the means for exiting the life. A healthy process of that Internal Monad is coming to terms with this, and making peace with it, not only by the one experiencing it, but by those around that fragment. The more resistance and fear and worry around the fragment in the 6th Internal Monad, the more difficult the process for that individual.

     

    For those who are willing to process this consciously, it tends to parallel a breakdown in the cohesiveness of the consciousness as it is sustained "in" the body and brain.

     

    If the 1st and 2nd Internal Monad are like the body as a sponge absorbing everything, then the 6th and 7th are like the wringing out of that sponge.

     

    This helps to free the consciousness into higher perspectives that lose references to time and place, and are no longer anchored in memory as it exists as function of the local brain.

     

    We know this is not comforting, and we do not wish to undermine the experience of loss, or impending loss. We know now that none of you are lost, none of us is lost, no part of us. Ever. But you do not. You can imagine it, and you can philosophize about it, even accept that it may be true, but you cannot know it, yet. Until then, the ebb and flow of life in a body is not easy.

     

    We can suggest for those around this fragment to begin an assumption that she is no longer subject to any linear expectations of behavior, and that this process, however frustrating, disorienting, and scary, is not much different from birthing, in reverse, if you will.

     

    If the assumptions and prejudices are flexible, this leaves room for some exciting and revelatory surprises from the fragment in question. If she expresses distress and frustration, then comfort and support are the only things that can be done to continue as anchors for this fragment as the expansion continues.

     

    Along with proper medical and health care, the only things that can be done is the expansion of ideas about who she is, how she is, and why she is, since those will also be in question for her.

     

    Keeping the necessity for memory to a minimum can be helpful, and encouraging the use of exploration of thoughts and memories as they naturally occur to her can be helpful.

     

    Though the fight against this natural process is not necessary, if you choose to incorporate exercises to keep the memory active and regenerating with as much strength as possible, then daily activities of simple games that require memory can be helpful.

     

    Children's games, such as "memory," or such specialized programs as those created by "luminosity" can be ideal.

     

    The approach to these would tend to require an element of "fun," not a desperation to avoid something impending.

     

    But embracing her process, wherever and however it takes her, is key to this being as healthy and comforting as possible.

     

    Considering that, medically, dementia seems to be seen as a process, and that you've referred to this as a process, has she activated an exit point in the near future, or is this more of a gradual approach to one?

     

    MEntity:
    Activation of exit points happen fairly "regularly" across the lifetime, and are often moved, removed, replaced. With that in mind, there are activated exit points, but no more than the usual that any person carries across the life.

     

    They become increasingly more difficult to move, remove, or replace, of course.

     

    We would not say they are in the "near future." But our perspective of time is a bit skewed from your own

     

    So this can be approached more from a "let's see how we get there" kind of thing; i.e., still room and time for exploration and no hard, set limits

     

    MEntity:
    We think that is helpful, yes.

     

    If it is approached as claustrophobic closing in on the life, it can be quite terrifying and painful, but if approached as a return to innocence of body and mind, an exploration of new unknowns, it can be far more adventurous, even if not convenient.

     

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      That being said, in general: Birth is obviously at Birth, where Autonomy is usually relative to the individual taking his or her first steps, and Independence is relative to an individual separating his or her identity and primary resources from the influences of his or her caretakers (parents); Manifestation is relative to an individual returning to a sense of innocence and personal meaning about the self and life; Recreation is relative to an individual freeing himself or herself from the momentum of “purpose” and shifts into an emphasis on “enjoying life,” or re-creating it; Comprehension is relative to the onset of whatever will end the life, and the individual’s ability to come to terms with his or her mortality; and Death, of course, is exiting the Physical Plane.
       
      Many of our students presume that Birth and Death are Internal Monads that are a given, but that is not accurate. The successful completion of Birth is indicated by “staying alive.” For the most part, this is marked by good health. If a body dies before the age of 3, it did not successfully complete the Birth Monad. The successful completion of Death is indicated by the impact one’s death has on those who remain physical. If those who remain are left devastated, deeply attached, and profoundly tied to the physical version of oneself, then one has not successfully “died.” The death, itself, is only the beginning, and the stages involved are done post-death, by working with those still incarnated in processing their grief.
       
      Completing all 7 Rites of Passage within a single lifetime takes practice, effort, and commitment to an extent that is often not available or an inclination of every Personality, so an Essence will remain within a single Level of Soul Age as long as it takes. Within a lifetime where the Personality does not complete an early Rite of Passage, such as, say, the 3rd Internal Monad of Independence, it means that this person has left that Internal Monad paused in the Negative Pole, and every Internal Monad attempted beyond that will be locked in the Negative Pole, as well. Using the baskets of oranges as an analogy, it would mean that no matter how hard that Personality tries to fill baskets 4, 5, and 6, they will only be able to fill them to the extent that basket 3 is filled. In cases such as this, which are not uncommon, it is possible to “go back” and fill the unfilled basket, or to complete the 3rd Internal Monad, freeing up the capacity to complete the next. This would mean, even if the Personality is in her 50s, that she can work through her issues related to Independence, self-reliance, and her relationships with Authority, as a means to then work on her 4th Internal Monad, and so on. In short, it is a valid and relevant statement that “it is never too late to have a happy childhood,” as an example for completing incomplete Passages.
       
      We wish to point out here that while our teaching can be understood and made useful at any age, it is not until the successful completion of the 4th Internal Monad that the full extent of its application can be comprehended. This is why you see so few fellow students among you, or even that you see so few interested in our teaching, in general; it is simply not very interesting or truly applicable to those who “do not know themselves.” This is not a judgment, but a matter of fact. For this teaching to have its full effect, one must be awake, and most who have not completed the 4th Internal Monad are still in some degree, if not completely, asleep. By “asleep” and “awake,” we simply mean the spectrum between self-absorption and self-awareness. Self-absorption, or being asleep, is marked by a preoccupation with the self, such as through defensiveness, self-indulgence, presentation, brooding, consuming, etc. And self-awareness, or being awake, is marked by, for example, valued sensitivity, right intuition, concentric compassion, enthusiastic curiosity, a kind presence, patient resonance to others, and no defenses or shields. Those are examples, but there are others, of course.
       
      We have covered Birth and Death in terms of successful or unsuccessful completion, and we will now quickly describe the other 5 Internal Monads in terms of the same.
       
      The 2nd Rite of Passage, which is Autonomy and is initiated by the capacity to walk on one’s own, is often tied to one’s sense of Confidence. To the degree that one is Confident is the degree to which this Internal Monad was completed. When we speak of “confidence” here, we are not speaking in terms of your being able to speak well in front of a crowd, but in terms how willing one is in trying anything at all that is unfamiliar. This is not a matter of trying what one has no interest in trying, but in anything unfamiliar to you that you may have even the slightest interest in trying. This would extend into even those areas one must do for oneself because it is known that it is Good Work, even when one does not want to do them. For instance, going to an interview for a job that is important to you, even as you hate the interview process. A successful 2nd Internal Monad would mean that you do it anyway, even as you acknowledge the discomfort. That is Confidence in this context. An unsuccessful completion of a 2nd Internal Monad is often marked by classic Co-dependence, the inability to do much of anything without a reference to someone else. It is the inability to walk on one’s own. We do not refer to those who have physical disabilities, but anyone, regardless of mobility.
       
      The 3rd Rite of Passage, which is Independence, is initiated by the process of separation of identity from one’s caretakers, and establishing the self as its own authority. The successful completion of the 3rd Internal Monad is marked by the capacity to provide for oneself. Providing for oneself does not mean isolating oneself as the only resource, but would include knowing when to ask for help, and how to receive that. The unsuccessful completion of this Internal Monad is marked by either having constant combat with anyone suggesting Authority, and/or resigning from the responsibility of caring for oneself.
       
      The 4th Internal Monad, or Rite of Passage, which is Manifestation, is initiated by one’s mid-life assessment as a means to determine the meaning of the life lived so far, and then calibrating the life to an updated course or path so that Essence may manifest. Part of that process and assessment means looking into the past as far back as childhood, and in that looking, finding all of the things that you determined have defined you, made you happy, that have fulfilled you as a child or teen, and then nurturing that same innocence in your life as an adult. A successful completion means truly liking who you are, and embracing the playfulness of your life as you move deeper into it as an embodiment of your Essence, or core Being. An incompleted 4th Internal Monad is often marked by an attempt to replicate the life that was once seen as so innocent, locking the person into a state that desperately seeks meaning, importance, and purpose.
       
      The 5th Internal Monad of Recreation is marked by a realization of relief from the need for purpose, meaning, and importance, but finds the emphasis being upon those little things that make the life worth living (on your terms). The life is literally “re-created” in a way that is a new paradigm, free from the burdens of navigation and direction, but entirely embracing of wandering, coasting, and “enjoying the view,” so to speak. The successful completion would often show up as a new enthusiasm for a layer of life that was once cluttered and clouded by over-eagerness and over-anticipation. There is a softness to the life in a way that was never experienced before, and a true joy in many things that would otherwise be dismissed. An incompleted 5th Rite of Passage might show up as bitterness, regret, anger, resentment, and disgust, sometimes concluding that life has no meaning or point, and therefore condemning anyone or anything to pointlessness and meaninglessness.
       
      And finally, the 6th Rite of Passage, Comprehension, is marked by the onset of that which will be the cause of death. This is the only Rite of Passage that can most-often be processed in a matter of seconds. A successful completion would show up as a surrender to the reality of mortality, and a full review of the life in a way that brings comprehension to the fact that one has lived and one is now dying. This can happen in a car crash, or in a long-term illness, etc. Time takes on a completely new dimension in this Passage. The incomplete Internal Monad here would show up as anything representing a rejection of mortality, ranging between resignation, apathy, to delusion, dementia, and denial. In instances such as a car crash, the individual may actually “re-live” the entire life in new ways that account for corrections of betrayals, missed opportunities, etc. before actually exiting. That experience can be a means of review, or as a means of denial.
       
      We will conclude here, then, in speaking about the 7 Internal Monads, and open the floor to the first 5 questions, due to time constraints. ****QUEUE IS OPEN**** We will respond to further questions after this transcript is posted in your “TLE FORUMS.”
       
      [Geraldine] Michael. I still don’t understand how the “two lifetimes in one” works. If a Personality has to go through all 6 IMs in the same incarnation in order to reach the 7th — How does one get all six of those “oranges” in the basket by age 40 in order to do an early 7th? (such as AnnH). Or my son-in-law Brian Fisher who went through this by age 30. Especially since neither one would have been considered “all in positive poles” at those ages. How would one work with “those still incarnated in processing their grief,” if there is no grief? Would one’s concurrents processing IMs help since we all started our incarnations at the same Soul Level?
       
      [MEntity]
      We did not elaborate fully into the “two lifetimes in one”, or the transiting of Soul Levels within a lifetime, because we had elaborated on this in other transcripts. However, we will try to clarify again here. If an Essence has 5 or more baskets full, so to speak, upon creating a new Personality, then that Personality is only tasked with the potential to fill those remaining baskets. However, to get to those baskets 5, 6, and 7, for example, the body and Personality must still fill baskets 1 through 4 in its own way in order to even get to the 5th basket. After baskets 1-4 have been filled multiple times by multiple Personalities over multiple lifetimes, then each subsequent lifetime/Personality has a potentially easier time fulfilling those same baskets.
       
      Although there are physical counterparts to each Monad, which is often associated with age time frames, we have also pointed out that they are not tied to those age time frames. Beyond the factors of culture and society as influences, we can also say that one’s PSYCHOLOGICAL process is just as physical a counterpart as one’s physical aging. Therefore, when one is transiting a Level within a lifetime, that Personality can quickly (by age standards) be Born, Walk, Gain Independence, Manifest Essence, and then begin the Recreation process, all by the end of one’s teen age years. This is because while there are certain physical cues that are tied to the Passages, there are also Psychological cues, and these are just as, if not more, vital than the more obvious Physical cues. This means that rather than having a physical retirement/recreation due to age, it happens due to psyche, and rather than physically dying due to accident, illness, or suicide, there is a psychological “death” that then moves through a “birthing” process. Those who transit a Level within a lifetime are now throwing off the usual cues that one can more obviously see in terms of one “growing up,” so these Personalities can often seem more complicated, difficult, and lacking significant maturing processes that another person might show. They do not necessarily appear to be any wiser or more together than any other, and more often, actually, appear not to be particularly wise, and often quite scattered. This is because the psyche is not only developing at a different pace from the body, but by the time the body is older, then the psyche is reborn again in a way that is quite disorienting. This complex process is why this kind of transition is rare, except in Older Souls. Once the fragment in transition has filled the 7 baskets, then the life is marked with a new set of baskets to begin filling, which are rarely ever filled beyond the 4th basket in those kinds of lifetimes.
       
      [Maureen] What “happens” in between IMs – for example: Having successfully completed the 4th IM – one could whiz into the 5th or take a decade – If it takes a decade is it like being on a plateau or is it a mix between the 2 IMs ??
       
      [MEntity] While one is “in” a Passage, there is a definite sense that there is living to do. When one is “between” Passages, there is a definite sense that there is work to do. We are using the term “living” here to describe the experience of submersion into the life that often feels like being underwater, then coming up for air, over and over. We use the term “work” here to describe the experience of finally being on land and moving your way over territories of relevance and meaning. For instance, during the 3rd Internal Monad, there may be waves of great angst, rebellion, and constant inner turmoil, mixed with homesickness, deep gratitude, and a sense of self emerging as one breaks away from the influences of parents. Upon completion of that Monad, then the business of income, maintaining an apartment, paying bills, etc., then comes into focus. It might be more appealing to describe the differences between being In and Between Monads as “living” and “learning,” as what was lived through the Passage is now put into practice before the next Passage.
       
      [Oscar] Hello Michael ? Could you please elaborate a little about how exactly Body Type can affect the process?
       
      [MEntity] Active Body Types, such as Saturnine, Mercurial, Martial, and Solar tend to process Internal Monads “faster” than the Passive Body Types of Lunar, Jovial, and Venusian. The Active/Positive Body Types of Saturn and Solar being the “fastest” while the Passive/Negative of Lunar being the “slowest.” We speak of these in terms of “pure” Body Types, so it is wise to keep in mind that there are no “pure” Body Types, all having a mix of other energies, and influences. The reason for their “speed” of processing a Passage is relative to the Primary Glandular System that regulates experiences for that Body. For instance, the Anterior Pituitary and the Thymus tend to help the body process experiences far more “quickly” than that of the Pancreatic system. This is because the Anterior Pituitary, for instance, is a stimulus for all other glandular systems, and the Thymus regulates the overall health/immunity of all systems, so their being the primary influence is powerful in these Passages. Whereas the Pancreas is insular in its processes, even though they do ultimately affect the entire system. It is that insularity of the process of consumption and production of fuel that contributes to the slower processing of experiences for the body.
       
      [Karine] How can you “predict” when someone will enter a monad? For example, you told me that you think I will begin my 4th internal monad near the end of 2012. Do Essences plan in advance during the course of a life when a personality will enter the next monad?
       
      [MEntity] We can only see the same things that you can see in terms of Passages, though we may be able to see it more clearly. So when we can see a time frame for completion of a Monad, using the analogy of the baskets, we are basing this on how full the basket is, and the pace at which you have been filling it. We can then extrapolate from there. The same could be said for those that are slated to begin. We can look at the previous Passage and the factors that went into entering it, filling the basket, and exiting it, and how much time was spent between other Passages, proportionally speaking. That being said, yes, Essence will anticipate a time frame that “looks good” for entering a Passage, and we can see those notes, if they are there. In the end, whether we use calculations, or the notes in your records from Essence, it will always be the Personality that decides whether and when to enter into a Passage. So we may be very far off in our information in the end.
       
      [Bobby] In your presentation of the 7th IM, there seems to be far more to it than I realized. For instance, I didn’t realize that to transit it in the positive pole, if those left behind grieved terribly over your passing it could keep you from completing it in the positive. I had an aunt who lost a son and never seemed to get over it. Would that be an appropriate example of him finishing his 7th IM in the negative pole? Joey Williams was his name by the way, if that helps.
       
      [MEntity]
      It is not so much in the depth of the grieving, but in the length of time in grieving, and yes, to the extent that one has not helped to prepare loved ones and friends for one’s death, and to the extent that one lacks the ability to comfort those “left behind,” then the 7th Internal Monad is not completed. There will always be at least one lifetime/Personality who dies within a Level in a way that those who remain physical will fully grasp that that Personality had a full life, and that death was embraced without surprise or regret or terror.
       
      Because death is so difficult for even the oldest of souls to experience, it takes only one lifetime for this to happen as a means for the Level to be transitioned. And if one ponders the 7 Passages for a moment, it may become more obvious that one who has moved through each in a Positive Pole, may have generated a life and network of relationships that more easily comes to terms with that death. That is not to say that even the most successful of 7th Internal Monads would leave no one grieving. Grief is natural and important, and is a process of accepting a profound truth that replaces a previous truth. In the case of the fragment you mentioned as an example, we think that fragment is still working on completing that Monad, and remains in the process of support for the one who is grieving. Some fragments choose to remain in that process “as long as it takes.”
       
      We will conclude here. Good evening to each of you.
    • DanielaS
      By DanielaS
      I was sick yesterday. I was lying on the couch, looking for something to watch on TV. I watched "May It Last," a documentary by Judd Apatow about The Avett Brothers. I've known of and appreciated the Avett Brothers' music for years, but hadn't considered myself a huge fan. This documentary changed that. The bond between the two brothers is stunning to behold. It's enviable. I kept wondering about their Essence connection. Essence Twins? Essence Mates? All the chakric links? Something deep. 
       
      The part of the documentary where they record the song "No Hard Feelings" was very moving. Below is the video from the documentary. I think this song is about completing the 6th and 7th IMs in the positive. Letting go of "hard feelings" and dying with knowledge of the love that you take with you. @Maxim I thought of you. 
       
       
      Lyrics
      When my body won't hold me anymore
      And it finally lets me free
      Will I be ready?
      When my feet won't walk another mile
      And my lips give their last kiss goodbye
      Will my hands be steady?
       
      When I lay down my fears
      My hopes and my doubts
      The rings on my fingers
      And the keys to my house
      With no hard feelings
       
      When the sun hangs low in the west
      And the light in my chest
      Won't be kept held at bay any longer
      When the jealousy fades away
      And it's ash and dust for cash and lust
      And it's just hallelujah
      And love in thoughts and love in the words
      Love in the songs they sing in the church
      And no hard feelings
       
      Lord knows they haven't done
      Much good for anyone
      Kept me afraid and cold
      With so much to have and hold
      Mmh
       
      When my body won't hold me anymore
      And it finally lets me free
      Where will I go?
      Will the trade winds take me south
      Through Georgia grain or tropical rain
      Or snow from the heavens?
       
      Will I join with the ocean blue
      Or run into the savior true
      And shake hands laughing
      And walk through the night
      Straight to the light
      Holding the love I've known in my life
      And no hard feelings
       
      Lord knows they haven't done
      Much good for anyone
      Kept me afraid and cold
      With so much to have and hold
      Under the curving sky
      I'm finally learning why
      It matters for me and you
      To say it and mean it too
      For life and its loveliness
      And all of its ugliness
      Good as it's been to me
      I have no enemies
      I have no enemies
      I have no enemies
      I have no enemies
      Songwriters: TIMOTHY SETH AVETT, SCOTT YANCEY AVETT, ROBERT WILLIAM CRAWFORD
    • DanielaS
      By DanielaS
      Ask Michael Live Chat
      April 5, 2015
      Channel: Troy Tolley
       
      Kurtis: Hi Michael, today i'd like to continue with the Idealist in a social situation. I especially liked your additions of "What did you expect" and other such phrases last time, so if you can include those I'd appreciate.
       
      Kurtis: The phrases were in the response to the Realist question btw, just to jog your memory
       
      MEntity: The Idealist in social situations is constantly measuring against an ideal. Both the self and others are being assessed, sized up, compared, measured, and calculated in ways that can be mind-boggling to those not an Idealist. Idealists can be of the most clearly and strongly-opinionated of the Attitudes, with some of the strongest arguments in support of those opinions and perspectives.
       
      MEntity: Idealists can tend to read the languages of your body in ways that go far beyond the use of your words. Idealists will often respond more to what was not said than to what was said, because Idealists can see/hear beyond the facades or measured responses.
       
      MEntity: Idealists are so prone to looking beyond what IS and into the projected patterns from what is, that they can sometimes be out of sync with the experiences of others around them. In other words, while others may see/hear exactly what is being said/shown, the Idealist is accessing dimensions that extend from there.
       
      MEntity: In the Positive Pole, there is Coalescence. This is the pulling together of the necessary parts that fulfill the ideal or the assessed pattern.
       
      MEntity: This means that the Positive Idealist may compare, measure, assess, and predict accurate patterns, but always remembers that there is more. There will always be more. This Idealist may be very clear and accurate in her understanding of the self or another person, but always makes room for variables.
       
      MEntity: The Positive Idealist is not conclusive.
       
      MEntity: This lack of conclusivity and room for variables is also what makes them of the most Naive, the Negative Pole.
       
      MEntity: Idealists will often "see the best" in you, in herself, even as there is neglect, abuse, and pain.
       
      MEntity: Idealists can, also, hold you or the self to a standard of expectation that is often unmatched, leading to another version of Naivety that is constantly pitting you against what SHOULD be.
       
      MEntity: So Naivety can show up here as the inability to discern what further parts might be necessary for fulfilling an ideal, or show up as the inability to see that there are no further parts so the ideal cannot be fulfilled.
       
      MEntity: Idealists will always tend to challenge your resting place for what is expected of yourself, themselves, and others.
       
      MEntity: As usual, there is always more to explore in these topic-length questions, but this can be added to the explorations.
       
       
      Janet: I believe you have said that after death the personality experiences -- for awhile at least -- whatever that personality expected to experience after death. So, for instance, if they believed there was no life after death, they would experience nothingness until they finally woke up and realized that there was something there after all.
       
      Janet: I am wondering about people whose personalities are more or less gone well before death. Those with Alzheimer’s, for instance, don’t show any trace of the beliefs the personality had before losing touch with reality, but of course it’s hard to tell what they actually believe when they are lost to the condition.
       
      Janet: Do those with Alzheimer’s or dementia experience their personality’s core beliefs after death? Or maybe even before death? Or do they become more in touch with the truth about what happens after death due to what I assume is more astral activity after the personality loses touch with physical reality?
       
      MEntity: Janet, many who die experience a very different death from what was expected, even if they professed to know what to expect. Death brings the truth to the surface. Many Personalities cloak their inability to comprehend death by embracing others' stories of death, or ignoring it, or distracting themselves. So even if someone professes to believe in a heaven after death, this heaven is not necessarily what is experienced because the Personality did not truly believe there is a heaven. Or a hell, for that matter. But it is true that when the Personality is truly invested in and believes in an after-death expectation, it is generated and experienced.
       
      MEntity: The after-death reality is as varied as cities in the Physical Plane, so the Astral is populated with "cities" dedicated to the more sustained versions of after-life. There even variations on themes, so that there are multiple "heavens" and "hells" to accommodate. They remain a hoot to visit.
       
      MEntity: As for those who disconnect from a life over a greater length of time, the realization and waking up is less about the after-life, but about the current life.
       
      MEntity: The etheric body loses its anchor in time, and is free to explore within the timeline of that lifetime.
       
      MEntity: Review tends to be the theme for most, as the life is replayed, revisited, and recreated.
       
      MEntity: This can leave the Body as an anchor point in time that is, quite literally, hosting for the Personality as it existed throughout the life.
       
      MEntity: All sub-personalities are freed.
       
      MEntity: It is both chaotic and beautiful, but "death" is not experienced until the body is no longer breathing.
       
      MEntity: As long as the body is breathing, or "alive," the Personality is, too.
       
      MEntity: Though the Personality is not anchored in time, it is processing the life, not the death.
       
       
      GeraldineB: This is from Brian: I'd like some basic level information on how can we recognize and stop thinking of things in terms of "black and white" / polarized thinking?
       
      MEntity: First, it is fairly impossible not to think in terms of "black and white," as duality is natural and helpful. We describe polarities for this reason. However, one way to help keep one from locking into one or the other is to always remember that one is inclusive of the other. There will always be one part of a duality that is inclusive of the more exclusive part. "White" is the presence all color, whereas "black" is the absence of color. However, it could be said that there is nothing inherently "wrong" with black or white, only differences in function or nature.
       
      MEntity: White reflects, and Black absorbs. Positive reflects, and Negative absorbs. Love remembers and Fear forgets.
       
      MEntity: So thinking in polarities is not the problem. It is when one does NOT think in polarities that the problems come.
       
      MEntity: In other words, if one thinks that one should only aim for light, then shadows will be terrifying. If one thinks that there are only shadows, then one cannot see.
       
      MEntity: If black is consuming your life, you are merely forgetting about what is reflecting, what is present, and what is color. If one only thinks that white is pure, then he is forgetting that white cannot exist as itself. It is a higher sum from the parts.
       
      MEntity: So when you feel as if you are thinking only terms of black and white, or polarized, remember that it is not the polarity that is the problem, it is that the polarity now presents you with the responsibility of CHOICE.
       
      MEntity: Choice is the color between the extremes of black and white.
       
       
      ViP: Do the body types influence how Centering operates, or vice-versa? For example, if a person has a passive/negative Nature body type, does that influence the types of forms or feelings that are generated from the Part of the Center that one habitually operates from? This was just to illustrate one possible example, but any more general explanation would be great as well.
       
      MEntity: Yes, there are some consistent correlations to consider, but they are only for consideration, not presented as rules:
       
      MEntity: Martial and Venusian TEND to require and generate TANGIBLE effects from the processes of their Centering, regardless of the Centering/Part. They tend toward the benefit of affection, touch, and seeing/feeling the impact of their presence.
       
      MEntity: Mercury/Jovial TEND to require and generate FEEDBACK from the processes of their Centering, regardless of Centering/Part. They tend toward the benefit of conversation, expression, and exchange of ideas.
       
      ViP: Are these in terms of these body types as Nature, or just based on which body type is Primary/highest percentage?
       
      MEntity: Lunar/Saturn TEND to require and generate ALLIANCE from the processes of their Centering, regardless of Centering/Part. They tend toward the benefit of mutual interests, raw honesty, and consistency.
       
      MEntity: All of the above are in terms of the Body Type that dominates, regardless of Nature, Appearance, or Health.
       
      MEntity: However, there will always be a mix.
       
      MEntity: The above are tendencies as described in very simplistic and short paragraphs, but you may be able to see the validity that can lead to more detailed exploration.
       
       
      Luciana: "Could you explain the potential reasons for unjustified fears in life, such as a fear of dogs despite not having been attacked or bitten by one?"
       
      MEntity: We cannot explain them with one explanation, no. We can suggest that phobias are often symbolic of deeper issues, or speak to imprinted ideas that have origins that are forgotten. Many phobias are as simple as having heard a loud sound at the same time as the object of phobia being presented for the first time. For instance, many who fear buttons do so because of the experience of
       
      MEntity: rushed buttoning of clothes while toddlers or younger. Many who are afraid of dogs when one has no obvious cause for it are afraid because a parent was afraid. These instances can register and remain intact as indications of threat, even as there is no threat. Many fear snakes, not because they have been threatened by snakes, but because "everyone" is afraid of snakes.
       
      MEntity: Some phobias are inherent in the Instinctive Center and activated by those around the individual through imprinting. Some phobias are taught. Some are deeply symbolic. Some are not relevant to the object of phobia at all, but the object just happens to work. For example, if someone has a fear of intimacy that is repressed, he might redirect this as an allergy to cats, denying his fear of intimacy.
       
      MEntity: Many who are afraid of dogs are afraid of people.
       
      MEntity: Dogs become the focus of that fear.
       
      MEntity: A distrust in people translates into this phobia for dogs.
       
      MEntity: One must deal with people on a regular basis, so the fear is repressed to a great degree and redirects toward "man's best friend," since this can quite easily play out the actual fears and distrust of "being bitten" by people.
       
      MEntity: This is because dogs have come to regarded as extensions of people.
       
      MEntity: It is then "safer" to fear dogs and to navigate around them than it is to cripple oneself to the fears and distrust of all people.
       
      MEntity: Some phobias come up because of triggers that resonate with past lives, of course, when that which is feared is somehow linked to harm or death that went unresolved. However, it will still be true that this is relevant to issues in the current life. Experiences from Past lives are not imposed on a life, but they can be activated by the current life.
       
      MEntity: The above are some broad examples to help understand the nature of phobias.
       
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