Q: Can Michael say more about this topic such as: how many appear in a lifetime and how they can be recognized. (how different from a normal working relationship? ) and anything else that fits with the topic.
Because the bond that defines the relationship between Task Companions is mathematical and energetic, it is difficult for Personality to identify and validate these relationships of Essence. For the most part, they are NOT different from other relationships and, in fact, are often not a direct part of the life. For instance, your Task Companion may be in a position in another part of the planet that makes the difference between something being accomplished and not being accomplished as part of your Task, simply by his or her decision, choices, or actions. Task Companions do not have to be within physical proximity. The key is in the dynamic generated by the mathematical resonance and the shared emphasis on a Task that may or may not require each other's proximity.
That being said, when one does meet a Task Companion, validation can come in the form of simply "knowing," which is easily dismissed, or more tangibly in the enthusiasm over a shared idea, venture, project, implementation of an ideal. Task Companions work flawlessly together in a way that is usually unique and obstacle-free for the most part. Task Companions, when there is a task at hand, feel like siblings might feel on the "good side" of sibling love, with familiarity, trust, and unquestioned bonding inherent.
However, if one meets a Task Companion that is not part of a shared task for the lifetime, or an abdicated task, the relationship can easily be as riddled with obstacles and challenges as any other. The bond will remain identifiable for most of you, but the relationship can be counter to any productivity or enthusiasm. If Task Companions share a task, they work and play very well together. If Task Companions share no task, or have abdicated a task, there is usually very little to draw each other together beyond Personality dynamics.
Task Companions are part of the primary opportunities brought to a lifetime for ESSENCE RECOGNITION. By this we mean that there is nothing more to discern who they are beyond your sense of rising beyond the limitations of the current lifetime and recognizing this fragment as someone your Essence Recognizes. YOU (as Personality) may not recognize this person, but your souls will recognize each other.
Most fragments have at least one Task Companions available within a lifetime, even if that availability is non-physical, such as one being a Guide for one who is incarnate. Most fragments have 3 Task Companions, in general, though not all are available at once or necessary at once. Most fragments will start a cycle of lifetimes with one Task Companion and then "collect" more as the lifetimes progress and bonds are forged. Many have up to 12 Task Companions.
The difference that can be most tangible in terms of a Task Companion Relationship is that what you most seek to accomplish IS accomplished BECAUSE of your presence together (which may or may not include physical contact or knowledge of each other's presence). This is not always obvious until far beyond the events that needed to take place for a task to be accomplished. Furthermore, what is often what you "most seek to accomplish" is not always obvious until after the fact, being hidden beneath imprinted paths and directions that are more obvious.
We suggest for all of our students to trust that you will navigate to the appropriate proximities of your Task Companions if it is of interest to Essence and if there is a task at hand that is relevant. Being conscious of the process can help nurture your relationship to your Essence, but it is not necessary. Being inviting and open to the presence of a Task Companion can help bring about contact, but one cannot "make it" happen, if that is not a part of the task or relationship. Desire for contact must be mutual, and there is usually at least on parallel where both parties are interested when appropriate and possible for contact to be fulfilled. This is one of the areas that Essence manages and the Personality need only be open to its possibilities through consciousness and "following the heart/gut/truth" of its Being.
Task Companions are a relationship of the soul, not necessarily of the Personalities, since the Personalities are ever-new to each other across time, thus the Essence Recognition potential, which is the only true form of evolution we know of within an incarnation.