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  1. 20 points
    What a relief! Thank you @Troy for the optimistic news.
  2. 16 points
    Very validating...I've been going through an existential crisis for at least ten days. I'm stopping now.
  3. 16 points
    When people are suffering they do only one of three things: they fight for change, adapt, or die. Most people won't fight for change and most people won't want to die, so they adapt. Most people won't fight for change because familiarity is much safer than the risk of change, even if that familiarity is suffering. So most people adapt. And I don't mean they are complacent. I mean, they just adapt because that is the only option they can see. MOST people will take up the fight for change if they can see that they can still be safe and that they won't or can't make things worse. From very private and personal suffering to collective suffering, everyone tends to lean toward adapting until they either CAN or HAVE TO fight for change. I think this is the first time in history that so many can see that they CAN and HAVE TO fight for change. It's not just one community or one group or one person. We are coming together on a scale never seen before and it is going to take some time for us to get coordinated, but it is happening. We don't want to adjust. We don't want to adapt. You have to consider that there are a lot of people in the world who have never suffered in the same ways that you have suffered. What is so familiar to you is new to them, not in concept, but in reality. The concept of oppression among people of color is something everyone probably grasps, but the reality of that suffering is finally being shared and experienced as a reality along with you. It will never be experienced fully by those not of color, but just more accurately and tangibly than ever. So when you say, "everyone has had plenty of time to adjust" -- Not really. I think it's okay to give people the time and support they might need to grapple with the shift away from concept to reality. You have had your whole life to adapt to the suffering and it is familiar to you. I think it's actually BETTER that people aren't adjusting or adapting. Why would we ever want that except for as a means of survival? Let people wring their hands and worry and be fraught about what to do. Because now we have each other as resource and support more than ever and even if we are disoriented, we are ready to fight! Not adapt. Building on my previous reply about the world being very new to our having direct access to realities beyond our own realities, we are also new to taking up the fight for each other on such a massive scale. A lot of us are ON IT and IN IT and already doing all we can in our personal reality with our personal causes, but there are sooooo many causes being presented to us now. People are still grappling with this new experience of how to be meaningfully responsible for soooooooo much. Even me! Even you! We have to remember that most people aren't just suddenly discovering the reality of oppression for people of color. That's just ONE THING. They are also learning and seeing and experiencing more than ever the reality of sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, body shaming, sexual assault, xenophobia, environmental destruction, climate change, animal rights, gun control, consequences of diet, and on top of all of that, we now have a gender spectrum?? LOL, can you imagine the average person whose lives used to be untouched by these things? And then there are those people whose lives have always been touched by oppression but now they are thinking about the oppression and harm that doesn't touch their own lives? Or even more challenging, having to consider the harm and oppression they may have caused others, themselves? It is amazing and astounding to me that so many people from all walks of life are processing and sticking with this agenda of waking up to so many injustices across so many realities! OMG, we should support anyone and everyone who is taking all of this on! I say, let's stay focused on the fact that people are processing this at all because it isn't just about LGBTQ or POC or Gender Equality or... or.... We are taking it ALL on. Let's fucking do it!
  4. 16 points
    Oh wow Crystal this is relatable to me on SO many levels, especially during the October convergence! I'm a Spiritualist too by the way and I've been feeling exactly the same, with rage I haven't felt in years. I'm almost scared of Reddit these days, so many angry people with hatred of their own existence and the elderly. For a moment it felt like everyone had gone mad and wanted the world to be as depicted in Logan's Run, having a mandatory suicide at age 30 because life sucks and fuck 'the Boomers'. I used to be sympathetic of people who were angry at society and just wanted to end it all because I've had times like that myself, but you can't just go around blaming everyone that came before you, loathing existence so hard that you actually think government mandated suicide booths everywhere would be a good thing and scowling at everyone who dares give birth to a child, it's not realistic and not going to go anywhere good. A lot of people treat hatred of the Baby Boomers as a joke or even warranted for what they've done to society but it is very much a scapegoat for angst and lack of personal responsibility as well. I've seen all three of the younger generations partake in it, Generation Z, Millennials and Generation X - the last one being a surprise as many get accused of being Boomers themselves at this point, with the culprits sounding mostly like disturbed people with old wounds for the most part. There is also shared angst between the three younger generations apparent as well, and I'm wondering at this point if having named and defined generations was a net negative contribution to society by Strauss and Howe, it seems to have caused a lot of negative stereotyping and issues between young and old which have really become exacerbated as of late.
  5. 15 points
    I hear you all... I'm a beginner at flygrossing and at yesterday's training even old timers were out of breath and unable to do anything much. As if everyone had felt "Today is not my day". I listened to sad music most of the day and even cried on public transport, which is very much NOT like me. If I could have the vulnerable, loving-and-having-faith-against-all-hope part of me fall asleep for a while -- maybe not a full hundred years of the Sleeping Beauty, but a nice while -- then I could actually rest enough to fully live again. I don't want to turn cynical or into a rationalizing brain circuit, but there are moments when feeling the normal spectrum of human emotions is just too much right now. On a global scale I feel "We have to go through this AGAIN?! I thought we already had this lesson." (I don't enjoy the repetitive parts of parenting, either.) Yet I still care, love and hope, and I am doing my part and trying to take care of myself. Heck, I didn't feel like exercising yesterday, but I went anyway, cried on the bus there, had no stamina, but did manage to learn a new movement. So I'm still doing the things of my life, but don't fully enjoy them as the part of me capable of child-like joy needs to cry under the covers for a while. @Paulyboy, same here: I haven't been able to take political news "straight up" for a while, so I mainly follow Trevor Noah who is surely an Oldie and perhaps channeling parts of his Entity... he has such deep, unshakeable heart and common sense and because of his multi-cultural background he has a very good understanding of the common ground that unites us all. Just heard a soul voice say: take heart and keep your heart in the right place.
  6. 14 points
    Wow! Month after month I feel like these energy reports have been written specifically for me - very reflective of what I've been thinking, feeling and experiencing. I've been feeling a heavy, heavy existential burden for at least 18 months - going on 2 years. Can relate so much to many of the things Troy has stated in the "Let's Snap Out of This Together" thread. Not a depression - I would still call myself an optimist and have not been entirely without happiness - but have been feeling a heavy burden nonetheless - like gravity has been turned all the way to the maximum setting, pulling me down, down, down. This energy report for November was exactly what I needed right now.
  7. 14 points
    My daughter this morning: "Is that building new?" It's been there the entire year I've lived here and she's walked past it at least twice a week for a year. I suddenly feel like a brief relationship episode I clearly remember shaking me deeply didn't actually happen, but was a weird dream, instead... I could sleep forever and dreams are like a mish-mash of at least 17 different series I can't keep track of, too many characters, too much going on, I'd rather sleep deeper than in the realm where my dream life happens! I usually enjoy dreams, remembering them and mining for meanings. I don't feel depressed, though, instead I sense a gentler and more caring air, responding (instead of reacting from fear) seems easier to maintain, somehow.
  8. 11 points
    You don't need to go that far back. In non-European cultures, it is quite common for three generations to live together and for grandparents to look after the grandkids while parents go to work. My parents lived very close to my grandparents while I was growing up (both in Taiwan and Los Angeles), and I was basically raised by my grandmother up until about first grade. After we moved to the US, we still lived close to my grandparents, and I would go there after school everyday. One of my aunts continued to live with my grandparents after she got married, so my grandmother also helped raise her kids. I think it's not the advent of agriculture, but the Industrial Revolution and mass migration to cities that broke up extended families. The lack of Servers in the US (not sure about Europe) may also have something to do with it. Most of the Servers/Server-casted people I know are all about family (blood or chosen), and they make the effort to not let that connection fade away even if they live in different states or countries.
  9. 11 points
    I used to have a more innocent take on bringing prejudiced people to the accepting side but after the experiences I've had with my father over the years I've realised that sometimes this doesn't work and you only end up draining yourself by trying. I know now that some of these people enjoy the narcissistic supply they get by being reasoned with time again by someone they believe is simply a naive idiot going against their values and they enjoy being the distraction from that person's better causes. Although I'm likely to see my father again, I have little to no emotional investment in what he thinks anymore and I've only met up with him a few times over the past year. Having a toxic influence around you and becoming accustomed to it can do untold damage that you don't even notice until that influence is gone. Although I am gay, I've never had that much of an interest in sexuality at all, and I'm starting to believe that this is because my sexuality is something that has set me apart from other people, rather than bringing me closer to someone, and this is something that has been invisible to me until I thought about it, as I only have my own life experiences to measure with and I accept what I go through as my own version of 'normal'. I wouldn't even want to talk to my father about such things, I don't think I want to talk to him about my personal interests much at all anymore.
  10. 10 points
    I think my delusion over 2019 has been related to the belief that I'm isolated and alone. At least I feel quite done with the topic. And what a relief! Something has also changed regarding my self-worth and feeling loved too. Then I read this: From Michael Speak - State of the Planet 2019:
  11. 9 points
    Oh wow, @Jeroen, you're not the only one! Normally I wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day (now that I have an anti-insomnia program and routine) - but these days, sometimes I wake up and feel like I'm swimming through syrup. "Oh god do I have to get out of bed now?" (Cats: Hell yeah you have to get up and FEED US!) This is not like me. I really think it's a collective drag on our energy now.
  12. 8 points
    I don't know how to answer this in a technical way... so I talk about how I am about creativity. .. I consider myself to be a creative person... this creativity proved to be a lot during my childhood... My games were very different... I didn't play the same things that most children (at least the ones I used to play with). I made up a story... I was a hero who saved everyone and was admired... I had super powers... That's what I liked to play with... I didn't like to play with a doll so I could pretend to be their mother and give them food.... even when I played with barbie, the barbies in my games were heroines...they had powers and saved the world.... So I played more alone or with my sister... since my games were different... my sister told me once that she would never have participated in so many different games if it wasn't for me.... I think a little of this creativity got lost over the years... but a few years ago I had a blog where I wrote poetry and short stories... and a lot of people liked it... I think that indicates creativity too.... My cast is artisan and my role is warrior. or
  13. 7 points
    Thank you for the link, @Rosario. I have a friend who lives in Santiago. I haven't been able to contact her, so I'm a little worried. There hasn't been as much news on what's happening as I would like, so it's good to have a resource where I can learn more.
  14. 7 points
    I agree about Giuliani. He was a terrible mayor. He turned Times Square into a Disneyfied nightmare. And I recently found out that several police officers objected to his broken windows policing policy. Back then I wasn’t paying all that much attention to it but now I know he started this policy to make it look like he was getting rid of crime in the city even though crime was already down by the time he took office. His policy was ineffective and actually made relations between cops and communities worse. Police officers who objected to the policy got punished for trying to speak out, and I’ve no doubt him and trump were making underhanded and corrupt deals with and for each other even then. They were both screwing over black and brown people. The fact that Giuliani became America’s mayor after 9/11 always baffled me and made me angry. I hope they both end up in jail far far away from any kind of power and authority.
  15. 6 points
    Weirdly enough, while I'm currently rather exhausted and depressed, my dreams have been super playful and relaxing, with me being on a beach vacation or having a party. Go figure
  16. 6 points
    I think there was a discussion on TLE about this, but I can't remember where even to look - maybe that's where @petra points you towards, that adds how most roles express creativity and I remember that Michael said something like sculptors tend to be Artisans, Scholars make excellent writers, e.g. Shakespeare has been channeled as Scholar. Solo-musicians are often Sages or Kings, and I think a few famous directors like Herbert Karajan were Kings. But it's a tendency and all roles are capable of doing anything.
  17. 6 points
    @Michèle My information is originally from a doctor i saw in Sydney 10 years ago. I was working out reasons for all my symptoms with a therapist in the same practice and eventually started seeing her as well for the medical side. (I just googled her name actually, and looks like she's written a book about headaches since O_O https://scribepublications.com.au/books-authors/books/headache) The whole methylation stuff was very new back then and she was at the forefront of it in Australia, so I was very lucky to have "stumbled" upon her and the rest of the people in there, who quite literally changed (perhaps even saved) my life. "Stumbled", because out of all the medical practices in Sydney I chose that one with the help of 3 i's: Intention, Intuition and the Internet One of the things in my life that couldn't have gone better to the plan... Anyhow, i have some notes she gave me, but it was all pretty complex, so i just remember the very basic lines. I can have a look if there is anything useful there when i have time in a few days. Since then when i have looked at the general symptoms for different methylation types, the blood work and the recommended supplements i've used some random websites that seemed to have a fairly good explanation of them - I have a few links saved on my old computer so i will have a look at those as well. There might be better ones around now, those ones i had saved for linking to people when i tell about this stuff, in hopes someone else might get the same incredible help that i did. (Very few people have ever been interested, kind of strange. I don't think anyone has ever actually followed up. Same with the Michael teachings, whenever i've tried to share them.)
  18. 5 points
    Michael has discussed this question before. Here is one example from Michael Speaks: Inputs: [M_Entity] The Artisan, having the most Inputs, is the Tao’s means to constantly keep the universe “fresh,” revitalized, and “alive.” They are the guarantee in the Universe that ideas of the Tao can continue to come into existence. All Roles are expressions of Tao, of course, but Artisans are more a direct conduit for Tao than can sometimes be comprehended by the mundane levels of life. ... [JNelson] It would seem every Fragment is capable of experiencing the world like the way an Artisan does through each Input. How does it manifest uniquely in an Artisan compared to everyone else? [M_Entity] We remind you that what we describe is the ESSENCE'S experience, not necessarily the Personality's. This is where some confusion comes in. The Personality of every single Fragment, regardless of its Essence, has the ability to design Overleaves that are more or less focused, inspirational, creative, or entertaining. Examining your Overleaves in relation to the Axis can reveal the way your Personality filters the world FOR Essence. This expands on the possibilities of all Fragments then. That is why a Warrior can be absolutely creative, and an Artisan can “kick ass.” This is not to say the design of Overleaves has an effect on how Essence INPUTS, but rather, it does help explain why varying Fragments feel they EXPERIENCE or BEHAVE in ways different than our Input descriptions define. The way the Five Inputs manifest MOST uniquely could be in the final examination of how an Artisan processes a life. Artisans do not process experiences directly or with focus, but rather have varying levels of commitment to varying themes in their lives. A Warrior may find a theme and find himself compelled to stick through it until everything that can possibly be “milked” from it is. An Artisan, on the other hand, may find she has many patterns in her life, all repeating and being highlighted and revisited in varying stages of her life. The most defining aspect of the Artisan, in terms of inputs, could be said to be in their deeply restless search for “something.” Although this trait can be attributed to any fragment, we are speaking in far more profound ways than a simple distraction for a Personality. The Artisan has a “knowing” that there is so much more than what is seen and yet is it is not touchable until she creates it. This “knowing” vs “creating” can either fuse the Personality and Essence into a powerful force of creativity, or the Personality begins to splinter and reject the Essence. Delusion and retreat then become more and more the emphasis of Channel Four
  19. 5 points
    YES YES AND YES - to how you raise your child. We do the same with our boy - I don't want to raise a mindless drone who doesn't know how to think for themselves. After all, I won't be around forever to hold hands and tell them what to do. Love both your stories @Evelin and @Miizle cracked me up!
  20. 5 points
    TLE SERVICE CALENDAR now accepting appointments for 2019/2020 QUICK REVIEW/PREVIEWS Reports I know the calendar is very booked up and I do have some backlog to work through and catch up, so I wanted you to get a date that is sooner than later for these lovely reports. Let's hope for a much better year in 2020!! I'm very curious to see if there are any collective patterns to reveal across everyone's Previews! https://our.truthloveenergy.com/services/ Troy
  21. 5 points
    Hugs back, and same! Yes, came on very abruptly along with massive sudden fatigue last night--one minute fine, the next I could hardly hold my toothbrush.
  22. 4 points
    @KurtisM, I've been wondering that too. When was the split (besides "late 18th century) and what was the pivoting event? Also, for those who work with others in a healing capacity - channels, therapists, doctors, etc. I have discovered this essence: https://www.staressence.com/products/quartz-rutilated I like all the essences that Star makes, but this one has been special to me lately. It's like a calm and reassuring hand on the forehead, if that makes sense. I'm also using the Gold essence and Gold and Silver Chakra: https://www.staressence.com/products/gold-silver-white-chakra I think I am going to start my own blog to yammer on about these essences and other things but I thought they might help other people who need them, as they are helping me.
  23. 4 points
    I had to think a lot about what you wrote and I'm sorry about your losses. It really makes me angry that we give people like Trump or ideologies like Brexit so much power to divide us and to be honest I think we should keep on trying to have an honest and open exchange with these friends/family members although their views go against our most important values. I don't mean to persuade them to believe our views but to LISTEN why they believe what they believe. They're loved ones after all and by excluding them from our lives we really leave them to people who feed their view even more rather than having the opportunity to challenge their view. Although I hate Brexit and think it's one of the most stupidest ideas ever and want to believe everyone who voted for it must be completely crazy (at least) I found out I have a dear friend who voted for it. It made me furious at first because i take Brexit very personal and I have to say I also considered excluding her from my life but we started to talk about it and it actually brought us closer together and helped me understand why she voted for it and for her why people would want to stay in the EU. I'm not going to change her mind neither is she going to change mine but at least she started to think about it, and me too. Not everybody will be open enough for it but I've noticed more people are open than not open when they don't feel attacked. We still have power. We don't need more division. I think to close the gap it would really help to listen and stay objective.
  24. 4 points
    I also feel like PW-B is weirdly familiar, but no irl counterpart for me.
  25. 4 points
    Thanks for reminding me @KurtisM I had forgotten.
  26. 4 points
    @Juni that reminds me of a time when i "lost" my phone charger, only to have it reappear exactly where it was supposed to be, covered in dust, too, so it "had been there" the whole time. And i actually moved all the cords to make sure it wasn't one of them when i was looking, so it should have had at least fingerprints on it... It's really nice to know the explanation to these things, though, isn't it; you feel a little less crazy, and think others are a little less crazy, too, with their ludicrous claims. Although i have to say i enjoyed blaming the house elves.
  27. 4 points
    Ditto on the feeling of aching all over alongside this ridiculous upload of hundreds of dreams overlapping that I cannot remember anything from. I clearly see that this Convergence is Global and must involve a lot of versions of me converging in. I asked my Essence which versions of me are merging and got "those that branched around August 2017, October 2017, September 2018 and February 2019." When I visualize the branches since 2016 for the World, with the Divergences Michael has mapped out in the Energy Reports, I get a sense that these last few months of 2019 are crucial to permanently set in motion various paths. This is what I see: 1. A 5 Year Descent of Breakdown into Unimaginable Global Dystopia and Political Regression results from collective feelings of all-consuming Anger, Futility and Apathy. [Branches in Nov 2018 (Shift to Dictatorship, probably on both the Clinton and Trump as US President-elect Paths).] - 2. Russian Intervention in US & European Politics, as well as American & European Political Turbulence result in an Escalation of Civil War. This ensures Russia and China may rise as Global Superpowers, while America loses its stronghold. [Branches in Jul 2016 (3 Themes: Clinton's Assassination, Trump's Natural Death and Clinton's Election followed by Organized Alt-Right Violence), Nov 2016 (Realities where Hilary Clinton is US President and the response is Negative/Destructive), Feb 2017 (News of Russian Interference in USA and UK), Apr 2017 (check out the events that happened here for ISIS, USA, Venezuela and China), May 2017 (Trump's Foreign Travels to Saudi Arabia and Vatican City, Attacks on France's Election) and Sep 2017 (Concerns of Russian Influence on Germany's Election).] - 3. Rather than Political Interference, Russia hacks Power Grids in North America and Europe and ensues a Power Outage across the regions, hoping to ensure its Victory as a Superpower this way. Naturally, this path will eventually merge with #2. [Branches in May 2017 (Attacks on Ukraine and Russia affect the rest of Europe) and Jul 2018 (News of potential for Russian Cyberattacks on USA and Germany).] - 4. Increased Focus on Breakthrough and Rapid Realizations of Global Crises spur Unity to bring an active shift away from the Infinite Soul, towards an RBE and True Democracy. [Branches in Feb 2016 (towards Peaceful Humanitarianism), Nov 2016 (Realities where Hilary Clinton is US President and the response is Positive/Constructive), Nov 2018 (Shift to Leadership) and Sep 2019 (Meaningful Global Movements from the Extinction Rebellion & Political Revolutions).] - 5. People continue to be Complacent, Wait for Intervention to Save the Planet, or Brace for Impact- allowing the potential for IS Manifestation to stay steady or rise. It's anyone's guess what crisis may come of this. Climate Change? War? Power Outage? Consciousness Revolution? Pandemic? Meteor Impact? Fossil Fuel Shortages? Economic Collapse? ET Revelation? [Branches in Feb 2016 (towards "More of The Same"), Nov 2016 (Realities where Hilary Clinton is US President and the response is Mild) and Sep 2019 (towards Quietude or Self-Destruction).] So uh... yeah looks like we're in one of the best-case scenarios.
  28. 4 points
    [Excerpt from Ask Michael: August 2014] Kurtis: Hi Michael, in the OMW section of this site I found some nifty information on how Aggression and Power Modes evolve intimacy. ... I was wondering if you could provide the same info for how the other modes evolve intimacy like those examples. Particularly Observation, Passion and Reserve, as most students here are or slide to those modes. MEntity: Reserve evolves in intimacy through layers of reveal. It must be experienced and processed as layers, not as a dive into a deep pool, but as a cool or warm sip at a time.
  29. 3 points
    I'll take a fever over a migraine, any day. I hope you're taking good care of yourself when you have one, even if they are a re-set or restart. I did realize recently that I'm not getting anything like the number of migraines I did a couple of years ago. I'm not sure what changed, but I'm very glad it did!
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    This is happening now to a part of the social security system here in Norway. It's a huge case and shocking to everyone. https://www.thelocal.no/20191101/norways-nav-social-security-scandal-could-date-back-25-years https://www.thelocal.no/20191029/explained-norways-nav-social-security-scandal-in-five-minutes There are many other cases that has been revealed this year, for instance in the food chain, the latest is about how much is dumped.
  32. 2 points
    Beautifully said, @petra! I love you @Troy and am so grateful for all that you have done and continue to do through TLE. It is nothing less than extraordinary!
  33. 2 points
    Yes to the dark or upsetting stories as news/movies/books - I don't read or watch stuff that anymore that I know will upset me. This leaves me mostly with Pixar movies and children's books however - and thank you so much for sharing this book with us!, I will put this book on my reading list. I love trees and I find the nature of trees and their wellbeing is hugely underestimated and underappreciated. A little while ago, I received this message: Trees are the secret guardians of life. And the quote about love is very beautiful.
  34. 2 points
    [Excerpt from Energy Report: March 2009] MEntity: When one is dealing with an emphasis on Flow, it can sometimes be confusing as to what is more important for considering: the internal flow or the external flow. In other words, if one is pressed to make a choice, there are often a few clear paths revealed externally, but internally there is a resistance and a focus in other directions that are far more appealing to the Personality. What we suggest in times where Flow is a priority is to consider the EXTERNAL paths of flow over your internal paths. While your internal navigation is certainly important and valid, if one wants to flow, or move toward freedom, it important to consider what is presenting itself to you in the moment. We are not speaking of completely disregarding your internal flow, but that when it comes to material or external world directions and navigation, it is often far more accurate to your path than your internal, often over-thought, over-emotional data bank of possibilities. For example, if you are in a situation where you are losing your home and two people have offered to help in your transition or nurturing during that loss, it can often be met internally with resistance and an effort to figure out other options so that you are not in a dependent situation. This is a valid response and if one can find a solution to match the internal ideal, then that can be followed if one chooses to follow it, however, when situations arise and offers for solutions present themselves, those solutions are often an important part of a faster recovery or move in a desired direction, even if on the surface it does not appeal to you. This does not mean you have to take an offer that is profoundly distasteful or repulsive to you, but that it is Good Work to explore whether your Chief Negative Features (or Fear) is keeping you from a clearer external path than what you can find internally at the moment.
  35. 2 points
    This session was posted in the Yahoo TLE group on January 2, 2007. Note from Troy: HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I've been working hard to get this piece out to all of you, but it took a lot longer than expected, due to my being all busted up. In a recent live channeling in New York, we had posed a question to Michael about how we each may bring gifts to the world, and Michael's response was rather surprising. Our recording device was not working so I had to re-channel the entire session into text. Because of this, the writing may be a bit choppy or messy. ENJOY! MEntity: THE GIFTS WE BRING In asking us to speak about the concept of “gifts” that each of you bring, we did not have a system in place to present such a response. In our perspective, there is not a single moment of your being that is not a gift FROM you and TO you, if one must speak in terms of Gifts. In this case, we define “gift” as “the offering of a tool to another to use as he or she chooses.” In that regard, one can see how every moment; every choice; every interpretation; every exchange is, in some way, a “gift.” However, we can provide a system that allows you to perceive very specific ways in which one can naturally tend to offer inherent gifts to the various circles of one's life, ranging from the self to intimate circles, to the world, and even to Essence. Most of our students will recognize this system as a variation on what is known as the 12 Support Positions, or the Support Group. While there are definite connections to the concept of the 12 Support Positions, we suggest not confusing the concept of “gifts” with the concepts of “support.” The Support Positions describe a very specific dynamic of relationships among fragments for the purpose of networked support. “Gifts,” on the other hand, are not necessarily a part of a relationship exchange of any obvious significance, simply by the very nature of a “gift,” in that it is freely given and not dependent on feedback or interaction. It is important to note that what is often intended as a Gift is not given as a Gift. In other words, a well-intentioned offering may actually be, or turn into, a conditional exchange that defeats the point of its being a gift. The Gift, then, becomes an OBSTACLE, or Challenge. Gifts that have turned into Obstacles are quite obvious in effect on those to whom the gift is given and on the “giver.” We define a gift-turned-obstacle as being a gift that is offered with an emphasis on feedback from the recipient, or with an emphasis on reward for the gift being given, or with an emphasis on conditions for the gift's receipt. There are four areas of the life to which one will bring Gifts: THE SELF; SPECIFIC OTHERS (intimates); THE WORLD (people in general); and THE ESSENCE. Each of these areas resonates to a specific Overleaf category, with the GOAL relating to the gifts brought to THE WORLD; the MODE relating to gifts brought to SPECIFIC OTHERS; the ATTITUDE relating to gifts brought to THE SELF; and the PRIMARY CENTERING relating to the gifts brought to THE ESSENCE. ALL of these Gifts are a part of the fabric of Personality and each Gift can be brought to the life as desired, though you may find that you are inclined to give certain gifts based on your Overleaves or Role. The specific Overleaf within an area can lend specific insight into the exact gift or obstacle one tends to bring to that area. This is determined by that particular Overleaf's resonance to the Emotions, the Intellect, or the Moving. For instance, those with a Goal of Acceptance or Discrimination (resonant to the Higher and Lower Emotions) are more inclined to bring the Gift of Discipline or the Obstacle of Belligerence to THE WORLD around them. Those with a Mode of Caution or Power (resonating to the Higher and Lower Intellect) may be inclined toward bringing the Gift of KNOWLEDGE or the Obstacle of advice to specifically chosen individuals within the life. Here, then, are the facets of GIFTS and OBSTACLES that you, as Personality, bring to the various circles of your life: GIFTS and OBSTACLES BROUGHT TO THE WORLD ALL fragments offer as gifts to the world the gifts of Humor, Discipline, and Anchoring. When we state that this is offered “to the world,” we simply mean that these gifts are usually offered with less discernment as to who is the recipient. HUMOR/harm (Re-evaluation/Growth) When one gives the gift of Humor, one is giving the tool of levity to the world, bringing light and playfulness, even amidst the experiences of pain, disappointment, and struggle. Humor is a gift that encourages the reconciliation of apparent paradoxes. All humor is rooted in the emphasis of enjoying the space of reconciliation between what is expected and what is not. When one attempts to bring humor to the world with an emphasis on conditions, feedback, or reward, that humor can turn to an Obstacle of HARM. This shows up as “making fun” of people, inappropriately emphasizing or highlighting another's struggles, failures, feelings, fears, etc.; drawing out laughter at the expense of another. Those with the Goal of Re-evaluation or Growth can tend to lean toward this as being THE gift or obstacle brought to the world around them. DISCIPLINE/belligerence (Discrimination/Acceptance) When one gives the gift of Discipline, one is giving the tool of conscious choice. Discipline is merely rooted in the heightened awareness of choice, and one can easily give this gift at any point in the day to anyone. This can show up as simply as your having difficulty moving out of a check-out lane in a busy store, holding up the line, thus bringing the opportunity to others to choose patience, understanding, kindness, or impatience, frustration, and spite. The gift of Discipline shows up as varying intended or unintended interruptions to the flow of unconsciousness to another fragment's life, encouraging the potential for more conscious awareness of choice. This is NOT an interruption of CHOICE, but an interruption of unconsciousness. When one brings this gift to the world with an emphasis on conditions, reward, or feedback, the gift can quickly become a form of belligerence, which is an enforced form of Discipline that is no longer a tool, but a form of control, with results often ending in harsh judgments, disappointments, and self-righteous behavior. Those who have the Goal of Acceptance or Discrimination tend toward bringing an emphasis of this gift or obstacle to the world. ANCHOR/chaos (Submission/Dominance) When one brings the gift of ANCHORING to the world, one offers a moment of solidity, presence, and footing to another amidst the movements of life. Anchoring is tool that offers one to find oneself rooted in the present, the moment, now. This can show up as a pleasant conversation out of nowhere from a stranger; as a kind smile across a crowd; as literal spaces inviting grounding, such as restaurants, coffee shops, churches, gathering places, etc. When this anchoring is brought to the world with an emphasis on conditions, feedback, and need for reward, the result can be an obstacle of chaos, leaving those involved to feel shaken, anxious, burdened, and focused far beyond the moment. Imagine the kind smile from across the crowd that then becomes a vehicle for a person to invite himself into your space; or the pleasant conversation that is not offered, but exploited as an opportunity to avoid loneliness; or the sanctuary that embraces you, but eventually reveals its hidden requirements for presence (many religious organizations can be seen as examples of this). Those who have the Goal of Submission or Dominance can tend to offer this gift or obstacle to the world. GIFTS and OBSTACLES brought to your INTIMATES ALL fragments offer the gifts of Love, Knowledge, and Compassion to those around them, but we find that most fragments tend to be quite discerning as to whom they offer these gifts. LOVE/Anonymity (Reserve/Passion) When one brings the Gift of Love to a specific individual, it is an offering that encourages the ability to embrace and adapt to the spectrum of oneself, another, and/or life. This may seem to be a gift that all fragments offer to those whom they claim to “love,” but that is not the case. Most of what passes as “love” is actually a state of attachment that is far from being a gift. In this case, there is no attachment to the outcome of the offering. In addition, it is NOT necessarily the gift OF Love, but the gift TO Love. In other words, the giver is offering a tool for the potential to increase the recipient's ability to Love, but the gift is not necessarily that the giver loves the recipient. It could be said another way that the gift of Love does not have to come from one who knows how to love. Examples may be in that the giver has a strong charm and attractiveness that makes it nearly impossible not to want to be around him or her, but his/her choices and behaviors and experiences provide the opportunity for the receiver to truly learn to love beyond definitions, expectations, and changes. Often when one “breaks up with” another, the gift of Love is far more involved than when the couple was committed, however shocking that may seem. When the gift of love is offered with an emphasis on feedback, conditions, or need for reward, the result can be the obstacle of anonymity. By this we mean that the giver offers “love,” but with very little interest in intimacy, rendering the recipient to be merely another face in the crowd, or that the giver is never truly felt to be known in any meaningful way. Those who have the Mode of Reserve or Passion can tend to naturally offer this gift or obstacle to the intimate circle. KNOWLEDGE/advice (Caution/Power) When one brings the Gift of Knowledge to a specific individual, it is an offering that encourages the ability to turn experience into wisdom. This gift may come in the form of shared experiences together, or the discussion about experiences, but the gift shows up as simply allowing room for the recipient to digest his or her own experiences into integrated wisdom. When this gift is offered with an emphasis on conditions, feedback, or need for reward, the obstacle is advice. What would normally be a tool offered freely to the recipient now becomes the giver's idea of what is right, wise, correct, etc. While advice may seem to help an individual, it is actually an obstacle against the recipient's internal processing of experience and knowledge. Advice does very little to actually help an individual, as it is merely a showcase of personal preferences and opinions of the person giving the advice. The Gift of Knowledge includes consideration for the perception and experiences of the recipient, while the obstacle of advice is an effort to override those very things. Those who have the Mode of Caution and Power can tend to offer this Gift or Obstacle to those deemed close to them. COMPASSION/brutality (Perseverance/Aggression) When one brings the Gift of Compassion to a specific individual, it is an offering that encourages an individual to expand his or her circle of empathy, internally and externally. Again, the Gift of Compassion does not necessarily have to be from a person who IS compassionate, but that the giver's presence generates the tool of Compassion from within the recipient; however, when this gift emphasizes conditions, feedback, or need for reward, the Obstacle is brutality. By this we mean that the expectations and standards of consideration imposed by giver on the recipient is a ruthless and insensitive form of “compassion” that lacks the reality of the entire picture of a situation, relationship, or person. When Compassion is offered as a Gift, the circle of empathy that is encouraged includes ALL involved, but brutality becomes the obstacle when “compassion” is expected as living up to a standard, or required more in one direction over another. Those with the Mode of Perseverance or Aggression can tend to bring this Gift or Obstacle to specific individuals. GIFTS and OBSTACLES brought to the SELF ALL fragments bring the gifts of Mentoring, Beauty, and Child/Innocence to those around them, but we have found that these gifts are often ones offered to the Self as a means to bring the Personality into alignment with itself. MENTOR/manipulation (Stoic/Spiritualist) When the gift of Mentoring is offered to the Self, it means a gentle offering that will allow experiences, people, life, events, relationships, etc., to be your teachers. It is the emphasis on what can be learned in each and every aspect of life. It is the ability to allow for the process of experiences so that one can extract what can be used for personal evolution. When this gift is emphasizing conditions, feedback, or need for reward, the Obstacle becomes Manipulation. In this case, Manipulation is the distortion of the gift from being potential gain to being imposed “lessons.” In other words, one of the greatest obstacles one can bring to the self is the presumption that life, relationships, people, experiences, etc., are imposed within your life as a means to “teach you a lesson.” There are NO lessons imposed in life. There are only YOUR EXTRACTIONS of what is most important to you. To assume that your trials and tribulations exist only as a means to teach you something, then you are creating an obstacle of manipulation against yourself. Life has GIFTS, not LESSONS. What you gain from your struggles and from your pleasures is your interpretation of what is most relevant to you for your growth, but there is never an imposition upon you just for the sake of a lesson. Those with the Attitude of Stoic or Spiritualist can often find themselves bringing this Gift or Obstacle to the Self. BEAUTY/deceit (Skeptic/Idealist) When one brings the Gift of Beauty to the Self, one is offering the ability for the Personality to recognize the patterns of the life in a way that can be found to be awe-inspiring and beautiful. Beauty is the recognition of patterns and this ability is a Gift that can bring great freedom to the personality as it navigates the seeming complications of life's unfolding and creation. This same gift would allow the personality to see the beauty in others' patterns of life, as well, allowing room for many forms of expression. When this gift is given as a need for reward, with conditions or required feedback, the obstacle created is Deceit. In this case, Deceit can show up as having predefined ideas about what is beautiful, accepting only certain patterns as inspiring; deceiving the self into seeing all else as ugly or unacceptable. This deceit can be as personal as rejecting the body, or as impersonal as hating life, or other people for not matching the limited patterns. Those with the Attitude of Skeptic or Idealist can lean toward bring this Gift or Obstacle to the Self. CHILD/demands (Cynic/Realist) When one brings the Gift of the CHILD to the Self, one is offering the ability for the Personality to make room for the innocence in its actions, even when one fails oneself, or fails another. This gift would also encourage the experience of innocence in the pursuit of pleasure and happiness, as well, allowing room for child-like playfulness within the life. This gift would also include encouraging the personality to see this same innocence in others' actions, happiness, and failings. When one brings this gift with an emphasis on feedback, reward, or conditions, the Obstacle is Demand. In this case, the obstacle can show up as a distortion of authoritative action that can lean toward parental reprimanding and disapproval, or as rebellious behavior that borders on tantrums. This gift becomes an obstacle when the innocence, or the child, is expected to behave within predefined parameters, or to only exist within a segregated context. The Attitudes of Cynic and Realist can often find themselves bringing this Gift or Obstacle to the Self. GIFTS and OBSTACLES brought to ESSENCE ALL fragments bring the Gifts of Healing, Enlightenment, and Musing to those around them, but we have found that these are gifts offered to one's Essence as a means to bring alignment between Personality and Essence. HEALER/wounding (Server/Priest) When one brings the Gift of Healing to the Essence, one is providing the opportunity for Essence to be a part of the more difficult and challenging aspects of the life for the Personality, encouraging contact in a way that creates integration of experiences as a form of healing. It could be said, then, that True Healing is INTEGRATION and cannot be done without the invitation from Personality to Essence. Quite often the true healing for a lifetime comes AFTER the life is exited, but it not necessary to wait for astral review as a means to include Essence in the processing of life. This Gift is not just offered from one's Personality to one's Essence, but from Personality to the Essence of another. When this gift is offered to the Essence of another, it is usually as a result of the gift being exemplified in one's own life. Healing is not merely about getting better or feeling better, but BEING better, with “better” being defined, in this context, as evolving beyond an experience. When one brings this gift with an emphasis on conditions, feedback, or need for reward, the Obstacle created is Wounding. In this sense, Wounding is a perpetuation of distraction from the integration of experiences. Priests and Servers tend to generate Personalities that bring this gift or obstacle to Essence. ENLIGHTENMENT/anecdotes (Artisan/Sage) When one brings Enlightenment as a Gift to Essence, one invites Essence to help define a structure of understanding for the life's experience. True Enlightenment is merely COMPREHENSION, and comprehension is incomplete without the participation of both Essence and Personality. This gift can be brought to the Essence of another through exemplifying one's own Enlightenment, or Comprehension of life. When this gift emphasizes reward, condition, or feedback, the result is the Obstacle of Anecdote, which is a distraction from comprehension by the constant telling of stories about one's life. This is an obstacle when the experiences are distanced from the Personality through tales and entertainment, rather than embraced and comprehended within a structure of understanding. Artisans and Sages can often bring this gift or obstacle to Essences. MUSE/disillusion (Warrior/King) When one brings the gift of the Muse to Essence, one is inviting Essence to use its full capacity of energy with Personality to help motivate and clarify the aspirations, desires for the life. One's True Muse is merely one's ability to LISTEN, or more accurately, to listen to one's INTUITION. This gift can show up as following impulses and trusting the unfolding of one's life. This gift can be brought to the Essence of another, as well, through the embodiment of this gift in oneself. When this gift is offered with an emphasis on reward, feedback, or conditions, the obstacle is Disillusionment. In this case, Disillusionment is the distraction from desires and aspirations through disappointments and compulsions. Warriors and Sages are often found naturally bringing this gift or obstacle to Essence. Note: Following the post of this transcript, a student asked why the Assimilative Overleaves were not mentioned. Troy posted this addition in response: MEntity: The Assimilative, or Neutral, Overleaves are not related to the concept of Giving (at least, in our presentation of this system), but entirely to the concept of Receiving, as these Overleaves are, for lack of a better word, Assimilative. The more Assimilative Overleaves one has, the less likely one would be inclined to actively GIVE, but this fragment finds himself or herself to be in an important position of experiencing the process of RECEIVING. This is not to say that an Assimilative person cannot give, but that he or she is simply more inclined toward the difficult experiences of learning how to receive the gifts that are offered around him or her. For those who know a Scholar or a person with a great deal of Assimilative Overleaves, it is not surprising to hear this. The Scholar or Assimilative Personality does all he or she can to remove the self from the process of exchange, finding themselves with an emphasis on their ideas of self-sustenance, strength, and Independence, which can be as painful for others around them as it is for themselves, when this emphasis does not allow Gifts to be received. On a more symbolic level, what we have already described is as valid, with the Assimilative Axis merely representing the part of the equation of that is about the self and receiving.
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    This is something I have been learning since leaving the ashram. After living a completely structured life for so many years, when I left I decided that I would eat when I was hungry, sleep when I was tired, awake whenever it happened, etc. and have as few external demands on my time as possible. And I managed to get to a place where I could do that. That's when I realized that I needed to supply some structure myself or I would simply watch my life go by instead of choosing how to live it. This has been a great lesson.
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    "Soul Age" describes one of the most immediately practical and useful aspects of Michael's body of information. The Soul Ages describe the very basic stages every soul will go through in the process of its evolution. Your Soul Age helps describe where you are in that process. Soul Ages can also help describe the average perspective of groups of people, communities, countries, etc. Understanding the Age of an Essence, or a group of Essences, can greatly increase your ability to be accepting, adaptable, compassionate, and constructive. Ironically, this part of the Teaching can also tend to be the most susceptible to abuse, misuse, and complete distortion among Students. Remember that the Soul Ages are not hierarchical and that one Soul Age is not better or worse than another. Before an Essence commits to a cycle of lives as a Human, it will go through a long process of energetically exploring the Earth and all of its kingdoms of life forms, along with all the other souls who are considering becoming Human. Some souls decide to move on to other planetary systems and some souls never even choose to incarnate. Since you are reading this, your Essence decided long, long ago that this planet and all it has to offer was just the right place for your adventures! The Essence enters its first lifetime! What happens next is an incredible journey of dedication, intensity, and adventure in the school of Earth and playground of life! Each lifetime gains more knowledge for the Essence and the use of that knowledge is continually improved upon when planning the next lifetimes. As the knowledge and experience grow, so does the maturity of the soul, and that maturity is described as a Soul Age. The progress through the Soul Ages is Essence-determined and no other Essence, or God, or Tao, or institution, or ANYTHING monitors your speed or level of growth. Your Essence is the only one who can determine when to move on, and how long to experience a Soul Age! There are 7 Soul Ages to the experiences of living life as a Human being. We will only cover 5 here as they are the most relevant to you in the beginning. There are 2 additional, extraordinary Soul Ages that are experienced after the completion of all of your lifetimes as an individual soul, but we will not cover these in the Basic Teachings. Each Soul Age can take as many lifetimes as the soul wants or needs to take, but there is an average of 49 lives per Soul Age. Infant, Baby, Young, Mature, and Old INFANT Infant Souls are those that are new to being in bodies and new to the planet. They are usually superstitious and fearful, choosing lifetimes set away from the chaos of modern life, or at least living separately from it, even if in the midst of it. The basic lessons of the Infant Soul are Survival. The lifetimes tend to be centered mostly on learning how to feed, clothe, and keep the body alive. Since the forests and other isolated areas of the world are all but gone, Infant Souls have fewer places to choose for being born and being "left alone"; therefore, they appear to be choosing to be born in more "concrete jungles" over the past 50 years or so. Infant Souls contribute to the rise in the homeless population in metropolitan areas as these souls are learning lessons of survival in the "new jungles". Infants can be as accomplished as anyone else, but there is an edge of instability and even insanity in their eyes. Most modern Infant Souls get into very big trouble, mostly through murders and breaking the civil, unspoken "rules" of a society. There are very few Infant Souls coming to this planet anymore since there are very few places left to incarnate without older soul ages interfering. The Infant Souls who are already committed to a cycle of lifetimes will tend to find it difficult to keep older soul ages from either exploiting them, or being compelled to rescue the Infant from its survival struggles. The Infant Soul Motto might be, "There is ME, and everything is just scary and threatening!" As the Infant begins to learn how to survive, it begins to seek experiences in groups, which leads them to the Baby Soul Age. BABY Baby Souls have fairly mastered the experiences of basic Survival and now seek experiences focused on how to behave in groups. Baby Souls gain experiences through supporting an authority, being civil, enforcing order, being clean, law-abiding, structured, etc. The development of most Religions is rooted in Baby Soul values and ideals. What better way to bring order to a large group of people and to encourage respect but through the mythologies of a vague, scary, parental God who can get angry and punish you if you misbehave? There are many forms of religion, of course, but one can see why Baby Souls would be drawn to this context. There is a security in the churches and the rules and laws are handed out by an unquestioned authority. Baby Souls will rarely question, they simply have the decisions handed to them from a trusted authority, which they will defend blindly. They do not ponder their individuality, except in terms of how they fit into the contexts handed down from an authority. All things based on order, structure and justice are Baby Soul concepts, like the library systems, judicial systems, and police forces. Baby's see the world only in terms of "ME, and NOT ME". This means if you are "NOT ME", you are wrong, bad, and possibly "going to hell". They see everything in terms of black and white, good and bad. Baby Soul's seek such order, it only makes sense to them that you behave within their own terms. Their world is strikingly "black and white", but as the soul grows through the Baby stage, it begins to gain an individual identity, which leads to the Young Soul Age. YOUNG Young Souls have learned all they can from being civil and listening to authority. This Age is like the adolescence of Soul Ages. The Young Soul seeks recognition, fame, excitement, stimulation, material rewards, and they are highly competitive. This is where the soul begins to indulge in the physical plane and really get into some trouble and adventures! This Soul Age tends to be the least spiritual, though they will use religious or spiritual groups for networking or help to maintain a position of authority over other people. It can be very difficult for a Young Soul to be spiritually conscious since the focus is so strongly on being as physical as possible. Young Souls are gaining experiences about individuality, self-expression, competition, self-sufficiency, strength, abundance, endurance, and prestige. They see the world in terms of "there are you and me and I am going to win." When an Essence has indulged in the physical plane, experienced all its riches, there will come a point of realization that "there is more to life than this", and that is the step toward the Mature Soul Age. MATURE Mature Souls have learned all they could from having everything they have ever wanted; they've been rich, been recognized, and extracted whatever they thought was important to obtain from the physical plane. Once they have all of that experience, the soul and personality figuratively look around and say, "now what?" It starts to seek experiences focused on emotional connections and spiritual intimacy, wholehearted trust. The Mature Soul finally confronts the internal sense of separation gained during the Young Soul Age and begins to reach out to others in pain. Most Mature Souls find intimacy through the sharing of intensity and emotions, seeking others who can identify with such personal, inner struggle. Mature Souls are the most intense and dramatic about life, which helps encourage the questions of "who am I?" and "Why am I here?" They begin to turn away from organized religion, preferring a more personal spirituality. They begin to recognize the sources of pain and oppression in society and seek to alleviate those influences in any way; therefore, the Mature Soul actively supports some form of "Rights", such as Gay Rights, Animal Rights, fights against Apartheid and Child Abuse, etc. They crave closeness and meaning in their life. This Age is where the soul begins to want to contribute and "count" for something. The Mature Soul sees the world as "there are you and me and I know how you feel." Many of the Students of the Michael Teaching who are drawn to this teaching are somewhere in their Mature Soul cycle. When the Mature Soul has begun to soften its boundaries, has forged some profoundly intimate relationships, and has built a sense of inner security and peace, that soul then begins to feel a gentle, but haunting, pull to find what feels like "home", and they know it isn't "here". OLD Old Souls now have gained the experiences to help them discover where they fit in, who they love, and they have answered some important questions about why they exist and "who" they are. They now begin to question everything on a larger scale. "Where do we all fit into the scheme of things?" "How does reality work?" "What is Love?" "How do I get Home?" The Old Soul feels a strange sense of being "tired", and knows that one of the last profound experiences will be in finally, utterly, accepting and loving this world, the people in it, and everything about it; the experience of truly unconditional Love. More difficult than discovering a Love for the world, is the final, most difficult experience of all,... the Love of You. That experience can be most terrifying because Old Souls have glimpsed the magnitude of the vastness of the Universe across all of their lifetimes and they realize their tiny place in it. The Old Soul begins to sense a need to understand what I like to call "home"; a vague place that is obviously "not here", but truly a place of oneness with the universe and life. They begin feeling a deep recognition of other people that is not limited by the current lifetime. Old Souls can see the entirety of a person, "remembering" other people from other lifetimes. A challenge for the Old Soul is to now draw wisdom from their souls, using the knowledge gained across all of their own lifetimes, and understand how to live and communicate with all other Soul Ages. They begin seeing past the veil that separates the Physical from the Non-Physical, which draws the Old Soul to mystical and profound spiritual experiences. Eventually, the Old Soul learns to experience life with a uniquely balanced sense of awe and familiarity, as it experiences its last lifetimes and seeks reunion with their spiritual family. A SPECIAL NOTE on Older Souls and "status": Some people may think that those who are claiming to be "Old Souls" are delusional, misinformed, and/or saying they are Old Souls just for attention or status. This is ironic because the people who are overly concerned with this subject are unwittingly revealing that they are the ones who actually interpret Soul Age as a status symbol. A truly Old Soul is not going to be preoccupied with status and labels. It has been said that if an Old Soul were told he is a Young Soul, he would ponder the possibility, but if a Young Soul is told he is a Young Soul, his defenses go up because there are obviously "better", "more advanced" Soul Ages. Soul Age is meaningless as a status symbol to those who study this Teaching as a means to gain an understanding of themselves and others. If someone really is claiming to be "old" as a way to seem better than someone else, you probably won't see them around this Teaching very long, anyway. Using Soul Age as a status symbol would only make sense if all of the students saw that term as indicating one soul age being better than another soul age, but the foundation of the Michael Teachings makes it extremely difficult to maintain that kind of superficial comparison. Another important consideration: Some students have a stereotypical interpretation of how an Old Soul "should" behave or not behave, describing how an Old Soul should feel or express himself, etc. The point that these people are missing is that the reality of being an Older Soul is that you have all other Soul Ages under your belt of experiences! This means you do have more flexibility in choosing how to behave, how to express yourself, what tools to draw from, etc. There will be times when an Old Soul appears to be a Young Soul, simply because he can or needs to use that aspect of himself. In the same way that a physically-aged Adult of 40+ years old can get rejuvenated and heal by playing like a child (or with a child) in that child's games, so can an Old Soul play the Young Soul games, if necessary. Being an Old Soul doesn't mean you avoid material security, living hand to mouth, resisting technological advances, and sit around philosophizing while waiting to die. In fact, since the Old Soul has all of those lives under the belt, it draws strength and wisdom from ALL levels and seeks to LIVE more fully! That means that an Old Soul may just WANT to play out a Mature Soul drama, or have a business that succeeds like a Young Soul, or draw from the Baby Soul experiences as a means to have order and respect within a household and family, and sometimes the Old Soul just might get silly and free with the Infant Self through dancing and drinking! The whole POINT of getting to a place where you are an Old Soul is that you have gained the perspective of each previous Soul Age and can use those perspectives as you wish! Musical Chairs I'd like to share an analogy that helps you to keep in perspective that the Soul Ages are NOT better or worse. Imagine you walk into a room with a stage in the center and 5 chairs all set up in a large circle, all facing the stage, and there is a lot of activity on the Stage for you to watch! The first chair in the circle can be likened to the Infant Soul Age. It's the first time in the room, it's the first time you are seeing the stage, so you sit and stare and fidget and observe and get as comfortable as you can. You watch the Play, but you also look around the room and shift in your own chair, nervous, but getting adjusted, and not really knowing what is going on. At some point, you begin to understand that the key is in sitting still, watching the play, and gaining some insight that way. You then move to the next chair. Now you are in a new position in the same room with the same stage with the same play. BUT, not only has your perspective changed but now that you understand where to focus, this makes the play even more interesting! Someone else has now seated themselves in the chair you previously occupied. You do remember what the room and stage looked like from that previous chair, and what players you could see better, and what activity on which you got a better angle, but now you have a new perspective from your second chair! You can see things in the room you didn't notice before, you now see different props, etc., while the person in the first chair (your previous chair) is observing from the angle you originally had. From your position you now have the memory of the previous chair PLUS the experience of this newly seated perspective. The first person is not better or worse, only in that he/she is seeing the room, the stage, and the play, from a different chair! You now move to the third chair, the fourth chair, etc., all the while learning to see the room and stage and play from a new perspective while also retaining the perspective of the previous chairs occupied. It is important to note that all of the Soul Ages you have experienced (all of the chair perspectives that have come to pass) are now within your grasp to remember and draw from! It wouldn't be very appropriate to turn to the first chair while sitting in the third chair and scowl or judge them because they cannot see from your point in the circle. You, yourself, sat in that chair at one time, and though you gained what you gained from that chair, a new person may even notice things you completely missed, so there can always be something to learn from those sitting in positions you previously occupied. ALL Soul Ages can be recognized for what they are: a different point on the same circle. Your point in the circle has as its capacity for understanding and showing compassion for the previous Soul Ages. For instance, a Baby Soul and an Old Soul in an argument will mean that the Old Soul may have to draw from his/her Baby Soul skills to help the situation along. The Baby Soul has not had the experiences of seeing the "room" from the same place as you, but you can remember what the room might be like for the Baby. This does not make the Older soul better than the Baby Soul, any more than an Adult is better than a Child, but one simply has the ability to be more responsible and adaptable, if he chooses. THE WORLD NOW If you look at the world in terms of the average Soul Age, you will see a much more interesting and compassionate picture than if you simply look at the world as a place of chaos, war, struggle, and division. Some populations will have a higher percentage of one Soul Age, which will give a culture or society a different environment and approach to life than another population. There are Young Soul societies, such as the United States, and there are Old Soul societies, as we can find in Holland. Within a Country, you will, of course, find "pockets" or communities of Soul Ages drawn together. The world is now officially and technically predominated by Mature Souls. This can be seen in the breaking down of boundaries and connecting of people all over the world with telephones, televisions, traveling faster, and even with the Internet. It can be seen in the Berlin Wall coming down, the environment being seen to be Global, not just local, it can be seen in the Human Rights Movements, Gay Rights, Animal Rights, Women's Rights, etc. Though the world is officially "Mature", the United States is just coming out of a long Young Soul phase and is slowly introducing the effects of a more Mature Soul mentality. There are still Young Souls in power making decisions that affect us, and even though it will take a while for Mature souls to find power and leadership appealing, they are making their way into these positions slowly.
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    Fleabag (IMDb link) is a series from the UK viewable on Amazon Prime in the US. Season 2 was just released a few weeks ago. I went into Season 1 a couple years ago thinking, oh here's an edgy comedy from the UK about a woman. I enjoy edgy UK comedy. But the end of Season 1 hits you upside the head in an emotional way you don't expect. I could watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge's face all day, the way she mugs into the camera and makes you her confidant. So I had great expectations for Season 2 and I was still blown away. This show is Art, in the way that Art should shake you and fucking make you feel, and feel deeply, in a way that seems to come out of left field. Season 2 is about Love, the joy and the pain. I've rarely felt such an emotional connection between two characters on a TV screen. I felt it in my gut and . . . in other places. How this show relates to Michael Teachings, I can't really say. I'm still trying to figure out what this IS on it's own terms. That's all I'll say, but if you saw it, let's share reactions below.
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    Because most of the Michael Students are concentrated within a few Cadres. There wouldn't be much point in putting up lots of information on the others, as few people would look at them.
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    This needs so much more elaboration!! I live on the west coast, it is mainly wet, which I adore, but it is also humid and hot in summer, which I detest. I love rain but not humidity. Also I dislike fohn winds heaps. For ages I lived in a very windy city, and I don't miss the wind. Windiness is kind of unsettling to me.
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    Awesome! Just gave me a new spur to study more!!! Thank you so much!
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    Thank you, Ingun. What you have put together is amazing and very much appreciated!
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    There Michael goes, ending on a cliffhanger again.
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    2007 is also a pivotal year for me. I started a relationship with my task companion. It had a few turbulent turns during that year alone. I decided to work on two graduate degrees at the same time. I most likely started my 4th IM in that year too. I think I've made important choices that guaranteed a significantly different parallel. My wounding, self-karma, and the priority of relationship probably can all be traced back to 2007. I'm doing a lot of reviews now, this year of 2007 is exciting but also difficult to face. A lot of healing to do!
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    [Extracted from Michael Speaks: Inputs] MEntity: ... First, we will define “INPUT” as a channel or frequency through which an Essence becomes aware, processes, and comprehends. ... 2 of the Roles in Essence have TWO INPUTS; these are the Priest and Server. ... ALL FRAGMENTS have at least One Input focused on NOW, or in other words, capable of being focused on the present, the task at hand, the moment, etc. The Inspiration Roles of Priest and Server have an additional Input as a means to maintain a connection to what INSPIRES them. In general, the Two Inputs for the Priest will have one focused on the Task At Hand, while the other maintains the Vision, or Higher Ideal. For the Server, one Input is focused on the Task At Hand, while the other is focused on the Common Good, or WHAT IS NEEDED. Inspirational Roles were the Tao’s idea of providing the universe with a means to provide for ALL FRAGMENTS an access to something “beyond the moment.” It could be said that the Priest then provides access to “what is beyond the Self”, while the Server provides access to “what is within the Self.” ... The Single-Input Roles are focused on directly experiencing the Planes, the Dual-Input Roles are focused on expanding beyond them, the Triple-Input Role is focused on keeping the truth entertaining, and the Quintet-Input Role is focused on creating new contexts for it all.
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    This would be my daughter, a couple of years ago. Note the "reading" material :)
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: Advanced Body Types] [MEntity] We understand the topic to be a focus on further exploration of Body Types. We will respond to the request for details of the Polarities for each element or facet of a Body Type as it manifests in Appearance, Nature, and Health. LUNAR APPEARANCE: -Pallid +Luminous NATURE: -Childish +Unattached HEALTH: -Resignation +Sensitivity SATURNIAN APPEARANCE: -Gaunt +Rugged NATURE: -Perfectionist +Just HEALTH: -Extremism +Durability MERCURIAL APPEARANCE: -Nervous +Agile NATURE: -Slippery +Witty HEALTH: -Short-Circuiting +Grounded JOVIAL APPEARANCE: -Overwhelming +Grandeur NATURE: -Indulgent +Joyful HEALTH: -Asphyxiation +Vitality MARTIAL APPEARANCE: -Compulsive +Alive NATURE: -Irrational +Dedicated HEALTH: -Burning +Perpetual VENUSIAN APPEARANCE: -Sloppy +Voluptuous NATURE: -Evasive +Sensual HEALTH: -Weak +Elegant SOLAR APPEARANCE: -Ethereal +Radiant NATURE: -Clueless +Innocent HEALTH: -Disintegration +Spirited Some of these terms may seem out of context when describing the Polarity of an element, but we must choose terms that are broader and more symbolic than anything detailed or specific. This is because each element is not merely polarized, but molecularly polarized. In other words, each pole has its polarities, as well. For example, we chose Extremism as the Negative Pole of Health for Saturn because this captures the effects of over- or under-stimulation of the anterior pituitary. In other cases our terms are symbolic in ways that represent how a Body Type LOOKS, not only in literal appearance, but in experiential engagement. For example, the Appearance of Mercury as -Nervous or +Agile captures the range of experiential engagement in and with that Body Type. How a Body Type LOOKS is often how it is remembered.
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    I agree with you that these people think they have a better vision of how things should be and that they do what they think is best. I don't agree that they don't intentionally mean harm. Of course they mean harm. From their point of view they feel it necessary to eradicate the elements of society they feel are subhuman. They know they are causing harm. They just don't care. To think otherwise is offensive to the people they are harming. It's also pretty offensive to tell people who are being harmed that they are fixated on that harm and that they should just move forward. Like, we're supposed to let people punch us in the face and say oh, don't mind me, you go on and do that while I read this book. You punch nicely, btw. Here, let me ice your hand, you poor thing. People having their rights actively being taken away and threatened with bodily harm is not just shit happening. You say you don't agree with what trump's admnistration is doing, but you also think we should just get over it, and move forward. Really? Do you think it's okay for people who have been Disconnected to just accept it and move on? Ignoring the harm is the definition of complacency. We can't move forward towards a mature age if most people are asleep and complacent and tacitly approving harmful actions.
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