[Excerpt from Michael Speaks: August 2007]
[rvolkman] While living in the physical plane, we are faced with choices that may raise fears and cause us to avoid doing things that we believe we truly want to do, or even to become “frozen in place”. Knowing that we are completely safe as timeless souls, how can we integrate that knowledge and “feel” that safety at all times and in all things?
It is quite difficult for most Personalities to reconcile the reality of the Essence’s absolute safety vs the temporary, often painful, reality of being Physical as a Personality within a short period of time and space. Even the oldest of souls can be terrified of death, danger, and pain.
Knowing “you” are absolutely safe in the scheme of things as an energy does not bring confidence and peace to the Personality who also knows that it will die, can be harmed, and wishes to avoid danger, however, part of the process of evolution for every soul is in the ACCEPTANCE OF BOTH REALITIES.
It is not necessary to pretend that you are absolutely safe, because you are not absolutely safe, at least not in terms that the physical body can comprehend, and the physical body will do all it can to preserve itself, with or without your higher perceptions.
It is okay to acknowledge the reality of your timelessness and absolute safety in terms of the soul and energy, but it is also part of your evolution to acknowledge that the “you” that “you” are in this life is the only time “you” will be that “you.” It makes sense to feel a need to preserve this for as long as possible, as the Body and Personality do so love to be alive.
However, what one can do is learn to assess life's choices more accurately than one was taught to do.
By this we mean that MOST choices ARE NOT THREATENING to you or your body. Most fragments turn many potential choices into situations of magnitude that are disproportionate to the actual impact of the various potentials. It is a natural form of navigation to anticipate danger and harm within the range of potentials when making choices, but many of you experience these considerations as REALITY and then respond accordingly.
Over time, many of you have programmed your navigational skills to simply highlight all danger and then to avoid those potentials. What one must learn to do, eventually, is to assess the potential for joy, for delight, for thrills, for love, and to start finding that most choices are worth the risk, especially when one can honestly see that there is very little potential for actual, physical harm.
What one will do, eventually then, is to make choices that have assessed all of the potential possibilities of joy and happiness, rather than only navigating as a means to avoid danger.
When one feels “frozen” in the attempt to move forward, especially in a direction that might seem to have potential for joy, one must only acknowledge gently the importance of the fear that only wishes to protect you, and then teach yourself something new for you to know: that you will survive most of your choices, even if they don't pan out the way you imagine.
It is not a lie, or a fantastical myth, for us to state that all forms of sentience are designed by default to seek pleasure, happiness, and laughter, NOT to avoid danger. Only the body is designed to avoid danger. This is why we have said that to be embodied is a struggle between the sacred and profane, which must eventually find resolution. That resolution is often found in the sweet comfort of living as your Essence, and finding it your responsibility to understand the moments of fear, helping the self to navigate from a place that teaches the body and Personality that MOST of life is fun and pleasant, if not hilarious and playfully absurd, but not the constant danger that might always be anticipated.
We have more to say about this, but we believe this is a good start for pondering the potentials for pleasure over danger in your choices.