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    [Excerpt from TT: 2007-04-04] FROM MICHAEL: The dynamic that we have always seen among our little groups of students has been a dynamic that is as ancient as your commitment as students. It is not amiss to state that your creation and resolution of these scenarios are, indeed, a PART of your commitment as students in terms of your implementation of your work with the teaching. It is also not amiss to state that to the extent that your groups understand our teaching is the extent to which your groups are not repelled from one another. There will always be various groups with various angles of emphasis and to understand this is to grasp the true nature of “true community.” We do not require a close-knit group of students across the world, but as your world is “smaller” now than it was when we began teaching, the fantasy of a global community has been met with the reality of different approaches, methods, expressions, digestions, and implementations of our teaching. True Community would find a cohesiveness only under the umbrella of a general, overall “mission statement” that is carefully free of restrictions and details, but encouraging of variety and creativity in the implementation of that mission. All who wish to contribute to, and exist within, the True Community of The Michael Teachings would find this mission statement to be inspiring and unaffected. The “mission statement” could be said to be the WHAT of a True Community and offered as a kind of banner of invitation across the board. It would not be complicated or difficult for all of our active students to generate this with ease and find meaningful agreement among all. Within the True Community then, it could be clarified by each group who wishes to form, either by intention or natural gravitation, an eventual description of the HOW that the group brings to the WHAT. It is usually a fairly clear pattern that can be seen to emerge from a formation of a group, and more specifically, from the source of the formation of a group. Those who create, guide, and nurture a group are more than likely the source of the HOW. Having this clarified can bring great peace to those who wish participate in a group by implementing their tool of CHOICE in the matter of HOW one wishes to contribute and interact toward the WHAT. In other words, while the True Community has a shared GOAL, each group defines its own MODE. More accurately, it could be said that a True Community shares an AXIS of emphasis related to one of the Goals on that axis, as well as a shared Axis of emphasis related to one of the MODES on that Axis. Our teaching at this time in the 21st Century tends to create True Community with an emphasis on the EXPRESSIVE Axis, with an emphasis on DISCRIMINATION. Within each group there will be a bringing of philosophical stances (Attitudes) that explore the HOW, or MODE. In most cases, all 7 Philosophies/Attitudes are represented to some degree, but a primary axis of philosophy will become the general atmosphere, with a dominate divide representing one of the axis: SKEPTIC/IDEALIST (expressive), CYNIC/REALIST (action), STOIC/SPIRITUALIST (inspiration), OBSERVATION (assimilation)/other. Again, as with the Mode, the creator and nurturer of a group will most likely set the atmosphere for the primary philosophy, in turn generating the general CENTERING of a group as it relates to that philosophy. TRUE COMMUNITY of The Michael Teachings would easily find common ground in the understanding that this teaching (at this time) emphasizes a strength in DISCRIMINATION, in the refinement of choice, in the ability to discern materially, intellectually, and emotionally, and to find peace in the expression of that in the world at large, as well as in the most personal circles of your world. For the next 100 years or so, our students will more than likely have the emphasis on living the teachings as a means to explore TRUE CHOICE. In the 1900’s, our teaching had its emphasis in GROWTH, exploring TRUE COMPREHENSION. TROY’S GROUP, for lack of a better way of referencing this channel’s students and agreements that have come to form as a group, is a PASSIONATE Group, with an emphasis on true self-actualization as a means of increasing strength of choice. Nothing within this group will ever be “neutral” and nothing within this group will ever be “simple.” Passion Mode as a means of exploring Discrimination is a turbulent and exciting path, and in the end, all involved know EXACTLY where one stands on an issue of choice, exactly who one is in relation to an issue of choice, and feels inspired to own one’s self fully and lovingly, leaving the false aspects of self behind. In addition to this, our teaching will never be presented in this atmosphere without an emphasis on its being a source of inspiration, transformation, and meaningful depth. Nothing will be presented as a simple subject of observational study. It must be deeply explored, lived, and experienced before this group can move beyond that particular aspect of study. This can often feel tedious and tiring, with a repetitive review of “old” material (sometimes seen as “ad nauseum”) that is less-exciting than ever-new material (from us or from you), but that is simply the nature of Passion and Discrimination. It is not just a matter of learning how to choose, and choosing how to learn, but building on the comprehension gained over the last century as to exactly what has been chosen and the how and why of it. As Passion is Exalted, this group will also strive to be all-inclusive in its inspiration as a method of refinement for Choice, but Passion with Discrimination can be tricky because Discrimination will emphasize a discerning eye against all things not passionately inclusive, which can seem to create bizarre conflicts of interest, since one cannot please everyone, or cater to every wish or demand, but must also allow room for all of those differences. What we have described is mostly the higher end of what this group has as potential, but this same combination can fall prey to what would seem to be the extreme opposite, with an emphasis on exclusivity, superficial nods to concepts without encouraging depth of experience, and such a strong investment in an identity that the nature of community is lost altogether in the shadow of a fearful agenda. All of this is made even more interesting by the philosophical atmosphere of Idealism, which is the key to his successful or failed group. When the group has moved into a Naivete and has presented grand arcs of direction without understanding the actual steps needing to be made as a path along that arc (Coalescence), the group will fail to live up to its ideals and lose all sense of inspiration and choice. When the group is failing against its ideals, it may slide into phases of Rejection (being rejected, or rejecting), Identification (experiencing loss of self, rather than exploration of self), and Rationalization (offering excuses and defense, rather than insight). Contrary to what many students may believe, Troy’s Group is an Intellectually-Centered Group with an emphasis on EXPRESSION, and not an Emotionally-Centered Group. For those involved with his group, any curtailing of EXPRESSION can be experienced as tantamount to an absolute removal of validity of self and soul. DAVE’S GROUP, for lack of a better way of referencing this student’s group and agreements that have come to form, is also a PASSIONATE group. The first many lines of what we have said about Troy’s Group can be said for Dave’s Group, as well. This is often why both groups are so strongly repelled and connected at the same time, depending on each group’s place in the spectrum between positive and negative poles. When one group is emphasizing exclusivity while the other is emphasizing inclusivity, there will be repulsion between the two. When one group emphasizes self-actualization while the other emphasizes an investment in an identity, there will be repulsion. The philosophical atmosphere of Dave’s Group is rooted in Cynicism, creating a natural environment of high activity and constant debate, which is the nature of this Moving-Centered Philosophy. Cynicism at its best keeps all levels of reality in check with a healthy contradiction to all presumptions and assumptions. Contradiction will always be a natural element within Dave’s Group, as the basic philosophy is to look beyond the obvious, and this can be invigorating and provocative. However, when Cynicism has moved into a state of denigration, there is no longer an emphasis on looking beyond the obvious, but in controlling what appears to be obvious (the nature of denigration). In addition to this, Cynicism is often carefully misrepresented as being Realism, but this is usually when Cynicism is in the extreme negative Pole; it is quite common to dismiss the impact of a denigrating philosophy when one can present it as simply being “realistic.” The success of Dave’s group would be in its open debates and encouragement of contributions that contradict the common-denominator of assumptions involved with this teaching. The failure of this group would be in its efforts to control debates, and present false realities as a way to impose a common-denominator of perception, losing all sense of productivity and choice. When failure is impending, this group would fall into phases of Rejection (rejecting, or being rejected), Identification (losing self, as opposed to exploring self), and Freneticism (repetitive behavior that yields repetitively-unproductive results). We wish to remind you that we have no investment in one group over another as we can see the whole of each and while each move through phases of failure and success, each are valid contributors to valuable experiences in relation to our teaching. It should also be noted that each group has its own teaching as it relates to what is offered to your Personality for the lifetime, which is part of your attraction to one or more group’s energy. Troy’s Group emphasizes a teaching and process of a spectrum of experiences related to SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, while Dave’s Group emphasizes a teaching and process of a spectrum of experiences related to SELF-KARMA. Although we can elaborate on all of this, we believe this is a wide-enough response to current dynamics that would allow the opportunity for healthy exchanges among Personalities, inviting a movement from False Personality to True Personality, not only on an individual level, but on the collective levels of your groups within the true community. We also realize that there are many more groups than these explored here, and we can respond with our perception of any other group if there is an interest.
  2. 2 points
    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: May 2009] [fiestycappy78] I have recently had an inner realization reading a book on Advaita/Non-Duality (The Outrageous Myths of Enlightenment by Stephen Wingate). Where do your teachings fit in with the main teaching of Advaita, which says that Consciousness Is-And we are THAT. There is no separate self. The separate self is an illusion. My question, specifically, is around the idea of CHOICE and FREE WILL. Michael always speaks of CHOICE, but who has CHOICE if there is only ONE…? Isn’t choice by the personality/Ego merely an illusion? [Michael Entity] Our response to this would be that there is validity to that philosophy, but as with many higher philosophies, they are rather tunnel-visioned. Of course, if one were to look at the original source (Tao, God, All-That-Is, etc.) and see that this ultimate force generated this universe, it could be easy to say, “where was my choice in this?” However, we encourage you to look at your current lifetime for that answer. It may be true that your parents birthed you and therefore, “you” had no choice in being born, but what you have done since that point HAS been your choice. With that in mind, we suggest looking at the parameters of Choice as being more accurately understood as Choices WITHIN. In other words, “you” may not have chosen to be created as a Personality, but you DO have choice WITHIN the life that you have. You may have limitations on certain aspects of life due to physiological, psychological, geographical, socio-economical parameters, but you do have choice WITHIN those limitations. Choice exists on all levels, even down to the cellular and subatomic levels, however the magnitude of impact and parameters increase the “higher” one goes. On cellular levels, for instance, choice is atomic, simply used as a matter of navigation. [fiestycappy78] Who has this choice? The personality/Ego? I have seen that the personality/EGO is not real…it is a collection of memories, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, self-image. So, who has the choice? Essence? [Michael Entity] The “who” of the choice-making is relative to the context. The more limited the context, the more linear the choice-making. The broader the context, the higher the consciousness used, and the more non-linear the choice-making. In the end, it is ALL “you,” though the more linear aspects may disagree. And that is their prerogative. The more limited the choice, the more power the choice-maker has in that context. Think of the horse and rider, with the rider being Essence and the Personality being the horse. The horse will always have the specific details about the more limited contexts of where to step next, and can always buck the rider, if he chooses to do so. Or they can work together with one seeing the higher perspective for guidance, while the more focused perspective can navigate the terrain. Within a lifetime, both Essence and Personality have choice, however, Personality has the ultimate power of choice within the lifetime. Essence will not interfere with the choices of Personality. Personality can choose to reject Essence and navigate the life completely “on its own.” However, Personality eventually learns how to manifest Essence and co-create the life through choices that are made on the levels of Personality, and leaving the higher patterns to Essence. If any of you choose to see yourselves as illusions and that your lives are merely the products of some higher force’s choices, you are missing the point. But that is your choice. We would not agree with the philosophies that render the ego, the personality, or the lifetime as merely illusions. That is a perspective lacking in compassion and awareness, as your collections of memories, thoughts, beliefs, self-image are as “real” to YOU as any other level of reality is “real” to the observer that is “there.” We are certain that “Tao” knows of all of us as being as “real” as itself, much like any creator of expression or art, or builder of plans, or teacher of thought would think of the creation, structure, or impact as having as much life and validity as the creator, builder, teacher, etc. We would think it very difficult for any of you to prove you and your experiences are merely illusion, which is not to say that many of you cloud the experiences and often sensationalize the journey with unwarranted fears, but that is part of the human experience and you eventually clear the way. Until you clear the way, even the clouding and distortion is as “real” as it is to you, until it is not. [fiestycappy78] Okay…I understand both perspectives, and I think that I will have to keep looking into my own experience… [Michael Entity] “Feisty,” that is a fair analysis: that both perspectives hold valid truths.
  3. 2 points
    Channeled through Troy Tolley 030408 Michael Entity When one looks at our system of Overleaves and explores the concept of the Goal for a lifetime, it is often assumed that this trait describes an inherent quality of the Personality. For instance, a person with the Goal of Acceptance might mean that this person is an “accepting person,” but this may or may not be the case. More accurately, the Goal describes a direction of emphasis toward which a fragment intended to go in terms of experience for the lifetime, and describes the context through which those experiences will be filtered. In other words, the Goal describes the MOTIVATION behind a fragment’s actions, and the MEANING toward which he or she is trying to build a case. When looking at your Goal, it will bring great insight to consider it as being linked to every single action within the lifetime. Your Goal may not always be directly linked to your feelings, to your thoughts, to your spirituality, but it is ALWAYS linked to your ACTIONS. Everything you DO is in some way intended to emphasize your Goal. For fragments that tend to live the life unconsciously (for lack of a better term) the lifetime can still be viewed in terms of actions directly emphasizing the Goal, but Meaning will be applied to those actions after the lifetime has ended and is [in] review. For those who choose to bring some awareness to the lifetime and to the process of comprehending how one’s actions emphasize the Goal, it can be quite enlightening to view Actions of the life in terms of how it builds a case for or against your Goal. In other words, what do your actions MEAN? What are you DOING with your life? What are you DOING with your relationships? What are you DOING about your health, your wealth, your feelings, your thoughts, etc. What do you find to be the common theme among all of your actions as they relate to all elements of your life? Beyond the simplified description of seeing your Goal as a state to achieve, or as a basket in which you collect your experiences, it could be far more accurate to see your Goal as a quality of life toward which your actions seek to PROVE or DISPROVE. It could be said that a lifetime will be spent building a case FOR and AGAINST the Goal. Though one will tend to have an inclination toward proving or disproving, both angles are explored. Every action within the lifetime is a collection of evidence to support or refute the Goal. In most cases, the positive and negative poles of the Goal can give indications as to whether one is disproving or proving the Goal. For example, if one has a Goal of Growth, the positive Pole of Evolution will tend to prove that Growth is valuable and meaningful, whereas Confusion, the negative pole, will indicate that your actions are collecting experiences that prove that Growth is “not worth it,” overwhelming, senseless, etc. If one has a Goal of Acceptance, the positive pole of Agape can indicate that one is actively creating proof that love is powerful, embracing, and meaningful, whereas the negative pole of Ingratiation indicates a collection of experiences that show how Acceptance can degrade, diminish, and damage a person, seeming to be a meaningless experience. For those who choose to implement the Goal with some awareness, it can help for you to always ask these basic questions: 1. WHAT AM I DOING? 2. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? 3. AM I PROVING OR DISPROVING THIS QUALITY OF LIFE? Keeping in mind that your Goal describes a QUALITY of life that ALREADY EXISTS toward which every Action is building a case for or against can bring about a great amount of liberation to your movement through the life. The Goal is not a destination or an accomplishment, but a comprehension. It is the process of adding Action plus Meaning, and then measuring where one is [in] relation to that Quality of life.
  4. 2 points
    [Excerpt from NWM Blind Spots of Attitude] MEntity: IDEALISTS The Idealist, basically, sees life in terms of how it SHOULD BE, or how it can be improved. Though all fragments will navigate with some level of expectation, the Idealist navigates almost entirely based in expectations. Expectations are healthy. They are a means of navigation and help one to shape choices and actions and feelings in response to the possibilities of life. Both Spiritualists and Idealists are quite familiar with rocky terrain of expectation, but the Idealist takes this to a new level. The Spiritualist can tend to have expectations of the world around him or her as a means of navigating potential, but the Idealist can tend to generate expectations from others of himself or herself that the Spiritualist can avoid. The Idealist in the Negative Pole can be obvious in his or her Naive approach to fulfilling an ideal. They set high expectations without considering the necessary components that need to be in place for coming together to fulfill the ideal. While the Spiritualist will make Excuses for his or her disappointments and failing of potential, the Idealist will COMPARTMENTALIZE. The Blind Spot, however, we will describe as REPERCUSSIONS. The Idealist, when in Naivety, will distance himself or herself from the Repercussions of failed expectations by using compartmentalizing. The Positive Pole of the Idealist is a Coalescing of parts that must come together to fulfill the ideal, so when the Idealist is in the Negative Pole, the parts become divided and compartmentalized so that the whole picture can no longer be seen, experienced, felt. The Repercussions are avoided, ignored, or distanced from the self. This is an insidious form of Naivety.
  5. 2 points
    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: April 2002] [MaryBV] I have the burning desire to hear what the average day was for someone who lived in Atlantis during its zenith. What sort of technology was available at that time? [M_Entity] To describe an average day for any time period would be quite arbitrary, as each day would be quite different for so many fragments, but we will comment within reason. The civilization currently on your planet most like Atlantis at the time could be said to be some parts of Greece and Italy, as a combination of ancient and modern elements combine strangely and beautifully. Atlantis was primarily Early Young Soul, with a great deal of Baby Soul influences throughout the culture and expectations of behavior. This then, is quite similar to many societies familiar to you, especially the United States of America. An “average day” then consisted of participating in your very ritualistic and high profile spirituality. Spiritual practices were considered a means of identifying yourself and your sense of place in the community. Wealth was not as divided as is currently on your planet, but there were still those who had more than others, creating Classes of people. Inherent in the Baby and Young, of course, requires that division. As electricity could be said to be your theme of accepted and permeating technology currently, quartz generators would have been the equivalent in Atlantis. Both are similar in effect when used, but the uses of their ideas of quartz generators were far less stable and impractical at the time. Their use of quartz generators would be the equivalent of your Nuclear Energy currently. Both are profound sources of energy with eventual disastrous effects. [MaryBV] Large crystals on top of buildings? [M_Entity] And yes, there were large crystal panels within the architecture of that time. The use of Crystals in Atlantis was far less mystical than the New Age has described. Crystals as sources of energy are used in your own current technologies as similarly as Atlantis. We will note that what you call “dinosaurs” did still exist alongside humans of the time, though this may not coincide with your current interpretation of historical data. Great walls were built as a means to protect Atlantis from these creatures. These creatures were not hostile, anymore than a bear or tiger might be, but the dangers were there. There was a strong postal system and library system at the time, though the libraries of the time consisted of many contributors. By this we mean that individual households listed themselves as providers of certain material and this promoted a great deal of interaction among the Atlantean. Continuing with this subject will be more appropriate as a specific topic, but we share a bit of our perceptions from that time to contribute to your exploration.
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    This material was received on November 1, 2016. Hello Michael, what are the seven Angles of Behavior for transforming stubbornness? MEntity: One moment as we compile a response. ONE - MOVE A LITTLE MORE - Just when you think you have reached a point where you are certain, sure, and conclusively confident in your position, consider moving just a little more. Treat this as a curiosity, not as a concession. Treat this as an opportunity for true confidence, not defensive confidence. TWO - SAY NO TO NO - More often than not, if Stubbornness is in effect, there is some form of protection against change or the unknown being upheld by emphasizing the "NO" in your life. Allow yourself the comfort of NO, but by using it to help dismantle its stronghold against your even considering a YES. One way to do this is by using the phrase NOT YET, as in, you are still ready with your NO, but NOT YET. When you immediately wish to say No, say No, Not Yet. And give some breathing room for the chance to say Yes. THREE - TELL THE TRUTH - Stubbornness often prompts you to tell lies to yourself and to others about why you resist or reject change or moving into uncertainty or the unknown. These can show up as excuses, evasive language, sometimes to the point of having become an art. To help dismantle the fear of change, you have to tell the truth, speak up about what you want, what you need, and what you do not want or do not need. Stubbornness is often prompted because you have not owned the responsibility of your own authority over your life, so you learn to make excuses. Sometimes, all one must do is speak up and be present as a way of navigating uncertainty, rather than hiding and evading. FOUR - TRUST YOURSELF - Stubbornness can close one down to any new input and block any consideration of new experience or new information because if that new information or experience encourages you to change or expand, then you lose your sense of self that you have grown to protect so carefully. But who you grow to be is built from you, and is not a replacement of you. Trust not only who you feel you are now, but who you are in the next moment. You do not lose yourself when you change, and you do not lose yourself in change. You will always be you. FIVE - SHARE AUTHORITY - Stubborn often prompts one to interpret any source of authority or input or nudge to your life as an invasive maneuver out to challenge your comfort levels and peace of mind or even as a challenge to your own authority over your life. Sometimes that may be the case, but most often it is not. So when you feel yourself being triggered by what you see as someone trying to be smarter, trying to tell you what to do, trying to say you are wrong, trying to push you, remember that you do not have to constantly fight this source of authority, you can remember to share in that authority. In other words, no matter how much smarter, right, advanced, experienced, etc. another person may be, you are on equal ground in terms of the authority over your life. These individuals are authorities in their own life and they may be better at some things than you are, and you may be better in other things. Listen, learn, and share. Sometimes this is a one-way experience and then you must embrace this as a gift, not an imposition. SIX - DIE EVERY DAY - Practice experiencing each day as new, rather than as a continuation of the day before. Do not just dive into the new day, but Die into the new day. No matter how similar the days may be, wake up to one new thing, even if it is a small thing. Wake up to a moment of perfect temperature and nostalgic breeze. Wake up to a nice memory in the middle of the day. Wake up to a kind gesture, or a funny moment. You live many many lifetimes and from the point of view of Stubbornness, it would convince you that they are all alike, nothing really changes, and put you to sleep against your evolution. But every lifetime is new. Every lifetime is different. And every day is new. SEVEN - BE WRONG - One of the most entrenching states that Stubbornness can get into is the enduring insistence that one must be right, must not fail, must not be challenged, and this means one MUST NOT MOVE. This circles back to the first point to move a little more, but sometimes that move has to be in the willingness to be wrong, to embrace mistakes, to embrace a challenge. You do not even have to be wrong to be wrong. What we mean by this is that you may be right on many levels, but if someone else decides you are wrong, sometimes that has to be okay. ### end of entry You may discuss this content within the recipient's blog entry. See Transforming the Chief Feature of Stubbornness.
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    Posted by TROY on April 16, 2009 I'm posting this here because the subject came up in a private session and I don't think I see this article already archived here, so I wanted to post it for reference. Enjoy! THE NINE NEEDS (concept originally presented through Jose Stevens) This article is heavily influenced by an article by Jose Stevens from his web site a long time ago. As I read it, the channeling came through and some of the terms I left, some were changed, some were paraphrased. This would be an article I feel is co-written with Michael, rather than channeled entirely from Michael. This was written/channeled, I think, in 1997. MICHAEL/Troy Early in a lifetime, most the time by the age of three, you will have selected your Primary 3 Needs that will shape your sense of fulfillment for the rest of that life. All experiences will be judged internally by the values of your particular Primary Needs. The more your Needs are fulfilled, the happier and smoother life seems to run. To the extent that they are ignored or challenged, there will also be a sense of lack and discontentment, frustration, and resentment. It is wise to remember that these Needs are SOLELY your responsibility to fulfill. In fact, they CANNOT be fulfilled by any other individual. To finally be able to name your Needs and see the effects of their fulfillment or lack thereof, will lend great freedom for the other areas of your life to unfold. In examining these Nine Needs, we would suggest creating three tiers, or categories, rating each as you read them as “Vital”, “Important”, and “Not Important”. Some of you will know right away, while others may have to spend some time to consider. In the end, it is the 3 Vital Needs that are to be regarded as most relevant to your daily behavior and sense of fulfillment. Sometimes it is necessary for Essence to forego a certain Need that is usually Primary (or Vital). For instance, a Primary Need of Adventure may be dampened if a person is jeopardizing their physical existence, or if that Need is seriously removing any input for the Need of Security. Even if Security is not normally a Primary Need, it is still a Need that requires attention to some degree. ALL Needs must be met, but they are met in order of importance to you as Personality. If you find a particular Need is drastically unfulfilled, evaluate what Need is being drastically highlighted in your life presently. Most likely an answer can be found in a Need you usually don’t find that important. As in the case with the dampening of Adventure, there may be a balance being sought through extra emphasis on Security for a while. It is helpful to know the Needs of your friends and loved ones since you may find what they have been striving for as experience is actually in direct opposition to your expectations of them and your own basic Needs. Being able to address these differences creatively can be immensely healing. We suggest each of person in a relationship list what kinds of events are personally fulfilling to each Primary Need and then inviting the other to participate. Those with obviously-opposing Needs will usually experience high intensity and lack of satisfaction, even resentment toward each other, if they unwittingly assume the other is to provide the fulfillment of those Needs. When you impose on another the requirement to fulfill your own Needs, difficulty and struggle will inevitably result. Notice each Need has 7 Degrees to fulfillment and a positive and negative pole. Your Needs will seek to be fulfilled even if it is sought destructively. Acknowledging where you usually rest in your sense of satisfaction can give you a reference for where you can consciously seek greater degrees realization. We remind you, there is nothing “wrong” in manifesting your Needs destructively, but to achieve the more expanded degrees seems to create the greatest ecstasy for Essence AND Personality. When you read about the Needs, you will notice that physical age and soul age will have a great deal of influence on the degree to which the individual accesses fulfillment for their Need. For instance, an Infant, whether physical or in soul age, will tend toward the 1st Degree of the Need for fulfillment. We will also add that the Infant through Mature Soul Ages tend to only reach the degree of their Need relative to the number, as in Baby Souls can usually only reach the 2nd Degree of fulfillment, while Mature Souls can reach the 4th Degree. Old Souls can usually reach any of the degrees, striving for any of the final three degrees (5-7). Physical age will still have a strong relevance to the degree, though, for any soul age. As we said before, evaluate your own Primary Needs, making a commitment to taking care of them, yourself, thus providing space for others in your life to fulfill their own. We will add here that any community, nation, or organization will find varying degrees of success to the extent that each Need has an avenue provided for the group to access for fulfillment. Seeing that all Nine Needs can be provided options for fulfillment for the group and easily accessed can strengthen any group of individuals or family, helping to create peace and empowerment. Here then are the Nine Needs: SECURITY: +Trust -Fear This person needs to KNOW they will be OK. They do not like to take risks; they love to be sure, and find fulfillment in planning, creating order, investigating options. For instance, they would not leave a job before having a steady and secure new position, maybe even overlapping the jobs briefly just to secure themselves. The Positive Pole results in a trust that your life in the hands of a higher part of you and that all will work out beneficially on some level. The Negative Pole would create an avoidance of all new experiences without total assurances, never acknowledging or exposing you to progressive, natural changes in the life. 7 Degrees of Security: “security found in…” 1. Blind Faith 2. False Hope 3. Tradition 4. Theories 5. Reliable Sources 6. Experience and Intuition 7. Tao (God, all-that-is) ADVENTURE: +Presence -Drama This is the Need for intense stimulation, adrenaline rushes, new experiences, risks. This person would be in a constant state of “Awake”. Positively, this would give a person a true sense of the Moment, being present in an experience completely. Negatively, this Need could be unhealthy creation of patterns just for intensity, drama only for the sake of stimulation, and drinking, driving, spending excessively. 7 Degrees of Adventure: “adventure found in…” 1. Destructive Dram 2. Glamour/Addictions 3. Sensory excitement (sex/drugs/entertainment/travel) 4. Stimulation of Mind/Learning 5. Inner Revelations 6. Essence Contact 7. Enlightenment/Total Presence FREEDOM: +Independence -Noncommittal This is the Need for unrestrained experience, mobility, and spontaneity. This is very different from Adventure, since this Need does not require stimulation, just lack of confinement. Positively, this Need would be experienced as a person truly free of cultural and environmental constraints, self-directed, and fluid. Negatively, this Need would lend a person to be unreliable, irresponsible, and/or avoiding true intimacy. 7 Degrees of Freedom: “freedom found in…” 1. Destructive Irresponsibility 2. Aimlessness 3. Physical Liberation 4. Mental Liberation 5. Emotional Liberation 6. Choosing freely 7. Realization of True Unlimited Potential (Peace) EXPANSION: +Prosperity -Cancer This is the Need to make things grow on all levels. This Need is always building on, adding on, and seeing the bigger picture or plan. This expansion can be seen in the work, the home, the business, the property, the family, etc., of the person with this Need. The growth is mostly tangible and evident on a physical level for all of these things. Positively, we can see true prosperity when there is satisfaction with each stage of growth pursued. Negatively, we find greediness, impatience, insatiability for the next stage. 7 Degrees of Expansion: “expansion manifested in…” 1. Physical Tumors/Cancerous Growth 2. Random Accumulation 3. Sprawling 4. Idea Stretching 5. Emotional Growth 6. Transformations/Transmutations 7. True Prosperity/Total Appreciation POWER: +Authority -Authoritarian This is the Need to have influence, exude confidence, invite responsibilities, and have final decisions. This person would love most to be in control. They may find themselves drawn to those in power positions. Positively, this Need can create a great teacher or a person who leads with the best interest of all involved. Negatively, this person is a tyrant, a dictator, and even abusive. 7 Degrees of Power: “power manifested in…” 1. Crushing Opposition 2. Oppressing self/Others 3. Controlling Self/Others 4. Guiding Self/Others 5. Consciously Choosing 6. Building Spirit/Morale 7. Personal Spiritual Power EXPRESSION: +Creativity -Lies This person has a Need to be seen, heard, felt, and acknowledged for their creative contributions, whether in dress, communication, or arts. This is inspiring to others since it may help them se what possibilities there are for their own expression. In the Positive Pole this Need would draw from creativity for the healthy benefit of self and others. Negative Pole aspects would be in the demanding of attention, monopolizing, being tasteless, shocking people without reason or quality. 7 Levels of Expression: “Expression through…” 1. Total Destruction 2. Acting Destructively 3. Infamy 4. Work Projects 5. Entertaining 6. Art 7. Renaissance ACCEPTANCE: +Openness -Manipulation This is the Need to be loved, nurtured, cared for, included, and obviously well received. We all want to be loved, but this is a person who requires symbols and expressions to gauge their position in other’s lives. The positive pole can bring openness and invitation to others and to self, while the negative pole can bring on dishonesty, manipulation, and ingratiation as a means to avoid rejection. 7 Degrees of Acceptance: “Acceptance found in…” 1. Ingratiation 2. Pleasing Others 3. Tolerance 4. Conditional Love 5. Causal Love 6. Unconditional Love 7. True Agape COMMUNITY: +sharing -indiscrimination This is the Need to be with people for whatever reason. This might be seen by creating a family, being tribal, being highly social. The positive pole would lead you to share space, feelings, and interests. The negative would bring indiscriminate contact just to avoid being alone, leading to shallowness and superficial social behavior. 7 Degrees of Community: “Community experienced through…” 1. Desperate Contact 2. Intense Neediness 3. Fraternizing 4. Socializing 5. Mutual Closeness 6. Intimacy/Communion 7. Unity EXCHANGE: +Wisdom -Gossip This person has a Need to exchange information, energy, goods, something considered of value when with people. There is greater satisfaction when interacting only if there is valuable, mutual exchange, otherwise contact seems pointless. In the positive pole there is greater knowledge, teaching, learning being shared. In the negative pole there tends to be slander, pointless gossip, and distortion of information shared. 7 Degrees of Exchange: “exchange satisfied through…” 1. Slander/War 2. Gossip 3. Idle Chatter 4. Trade/Barter 5. Mutual Profit 6. Understanding 7. Teaching/Learning
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: February 2001] [MaryBV] I am curious about the nature of the work that the Michael entity does. What is the purpose of the work and what is gained when a student learns a lesson the Michael entity teaches them? How does the Michael entity learn its lessons? [Michael_Entity] Our only “purpose” is to share and teach. This does not require any particular response from anyone beyond a general Agreement to “hear” us. Much like a Professor is present in a college with his knowledge and experience, regardless, but those who sign up for him may or may not choose to gain from that. Their presence allows him to teach, whether he is heard or not. What we believe is “gained,” when there is comprehension, is a lack of preoccupation with the woes of life and a more peaceful focus on the life as it is lived. The need for control is dropped, the need for safety is dropped, the need for constancy is dropped, and the need for “more” is dropped. These of course relate to the chief features. Though we do not have an investment in your growth, we do find a sense of validation of what we, ourselves, have learned, when your implementation makes a difference you deem positive. We learn our lessons in the direction of comprehending the Tao; you learn your lessons in the direction of comprehending your life. What we “gain” from your growth and implementation is the Validation, which is required throughout the Physical, Astral, and Causal Planes as a means of progress. We learn our lesson in ways that may seem complicated to you, but we remain “stationary” in our growth until all fragments are in agreement on a Truth. This does not mean we find a reduced commonality, but rather we all “see” each other’s Truth and incorporate that meaningfully and without contradiction. The three levels of Truth exist through to this plane, and part of the progress through and beyond is in relinquishing the first two levels. This is a glimpse at our process, but a simplistic one and the images provoked are not necessarily accurate. The words are, but the images in general are limiting.
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    This article was originally posted in 2003. GUILT 101 [Michael_Entity]: “Guilt” is simply another funnel for the manifestation of the Chief Features. Guilt is fear-based and, although a valid method for experimentation, does little in regard to what it appears to be accomplishing, which is determined by most as “learning a lesson”. Many believe Guilt helps generate a certain amount of consciousness about one's behavior, but from our perspective, it is a false awareness. There are 7 forms of Guilt, each relating to the Chief Feature from which it stems. There are 2 sources of Guilt: Your own Guilt, related to your Primary and Secondary Chief Features; and The Guilt induced from someone else’s use of their own Chief Features. Based on your own Chief Features, it may be easy to identify what type of Guilt you experience, if any, but the Guilt induced from Others may be more difficult to identify. The depth and intensity of Guilt grows stronger as one progresses through the Chief Features. Self-deprecation Guilt is considered to be the most “useful”, and it is the most common and pervasive of Guilts. We do not agree that Self-deprecating Guilt is “useful”, of course, but many have claimed a benefit for feeling or imposing this type of Guilt, as it helps manage social situations. This Guilt is so acceptable and encouraged that even our own Students may find our perspective surprising. Self-deprecating Guilt can most easily be seen in “apologies”, “accommodation”, and “compromise”. We refer to all these terms in quotes as the ineffective, officious versions reflected from that place of heightened false courtesy. This Guilt is what is commonly considered “healthy” since it appears to allow a flow of events to occur with little interruption, as in “keeping your mouth shut”, or “not rocking the boat”, “not questioning”, “leave well-enough alone”, etc. We state that this Guilt is not truly useful or efficient, as it is not based in mutual consideration. Self-deprecating Guilt is extremely one-sided in its “benefit”. Most “apology” serves only to pacify and relieve responsibility in a situation, certainly not to evolve or resolve the situation. Again, Self-deprecating Guilt is so common and accepted that it may be difficult to see these “courteous gestures” and “sincerity” as Guilt induced. Self-deprecation Guilt stems from false and evasive consideration. Guilt in this form has its focus on irresponsibility. This Guilt says, “I’m so sorry” or “you should be sorry”. Self-destruction Guilt is the second-most common form of Guilt, seen readily in the Third Internal Monad (Teens) as the Chief Features are originally being selected. This Guilt is also the motivation behind most “heroic” acts. Self-destructive Guilt results in such a distortion of what the life is worth that it is left with only one option: to end it. This is due to the basic fear of unworthiness, and further understood as the “fear of using too much”. The Guilt induced from this Chief Feature wants you to know that life is being wasted on him or her; therefore it is his or her responsibility to either relieve the planet of this burden, or sacrifice the life as a means to prove its worth. There may seem to be a lack of “everyday” evidence that this form of Guilt is so pervasive, but this is due to the taboo generated around the deaths of those who have been affected. Whether in this culture or another, suicide, illness of a self-destructive nature, and sacrificial “heroism” become highly regarded and utilized as a catalyst for idols and false projections of importance. This is simply the way the Human Sentient chooses, in most cases, to relieve the reality of this troubling impact. Murder is the result of this Guilt being imposed on another, taking the life away from a fragment that the Self-destructor feels amplifies his or her own worthlessness. Guilt in this form has its focus on “punishment”. This Guilt says, “I’ll show YOU”. Martyrdom Guilt is more obvious when it is in effect and is feels more familiar than Self-destructive Guilt, though in reality it is actually less pervasive. Guilt, here, is based on fearing lack of control of space. This Guilt results in the seeming inability to steer events to a place of satisfaction, for self or for others. When this Guilt is acted out, it seeks immediate manipulation of others so as to divert attention from that which is deemed out of control. In other words, this Guilt will complain, generate aches and pains; dramatize slight emotional wounds. These situations are generated as a means to gain a sense of control over the life, and to force others into supporting this, because if you do not focus on the wounded, you are Guilty, too. This Guilt is focused on false consolation, given or received. This Guilt says, “That wasn’t supposed to happen.” Stubbornness Guilt is still pervasive, but less so than Martyrdom. This Guilt stems, of course, from the fear of change, so the Guilt focuses on “incapacitating” or “immobilizing”. This Guilt convinces those who experience it, or those it is imposed upon, that something he or she has done has had negative effects that halted something positive. This tends to have the fragment who is “guilty” halted immediately. This Guilt says, “You hurt someone.” Greed Guilt is not much less pervasive than Stubbornness, but as you can see from the progression, each type of Guilt becomes more Invasive, rather than Pervasive. The earlier Guilts may be more freely engaged in, supported, and more acceptable, thus more Pervasive, but the latter Guilts become more extreme in their impact, thus more Invasive. Guilt stemming from Greed, of course, is focused on “not having enough”. This Guilt creates a dynamic between fragments that no longer allows giving, but instead turns all forms of sharing into Taking. This Guilt works to chain individuals to events, situations, or people, because of an extreme sense of imbalance in terms of what is Needed. In the case of this Guilt, what would normally be Giving (to or from) is transformed into Taking, because that which is Needed is not truly available from that which is the focus. This Guilt could be said to be “over-obligation” or “over-obliging”. Greed Guilt says, “But I NEED you”, or “But you NEED me”. Arrogance Guilt is even more invasive. It stems from “vulnerability”. This Guilt focuses on false compensation, meaning that it forces a false remedy or false solution to a situation that has not been fully comprehended. This Guilt wants someone to pay for the sense of exploitation of someone’s vulnerabilities. This is the Guilt that says, “You were/are WRONG/BAD”. Impatience Guilt is the most invasive of all Guilts. It stems from a sense of “lacking control of Time”. Since this Guilt senses such extreme overwhelm of Time before true resolutions can be made, or solutions found, it is also then the most generally hostile, if not violent, of all Guilts. If plans, people, things, ideas pass too quickly, or not quick enough, the Guilt develops swiftly and forcefully. This Guilt results either in the premature leaving of a situation, such as a relationship in turbulence, and a strong desire for everything to “just STOP”, or it can result in the constant badgering and belittling of anyone who is apparently not “keeping up with” the Impatient one. This Guilt says, “It’s too late, or doesn’t matter now, anyway”. This Guilt focuses on false resolutions and instant solutions. This Chief Feature and Guilt is the primary contributor of domestic violence. MORE ON GUILT Guilt is taught. Guilt is learned. Not everyone experiences Guilt. Those people who do not experience Guilt, Invasively or Pervasively, are many times a target for those who are Guilt-ridden. It is considered most inappropriate to not obviously show some form of Guilt for something in your life. We disagree and say that those who feel no Guilt are most aware, mutually considerate, comfortable with his or her boundaries, and freely managing his or her Centers as a form of navigation through the life and the lives of others. Though Guilt is linked to a Chief Feature, and in many cases your own Chief Feature may the source of that Guilt, we would suggest that, in most cases, the Guilt experienced has more to do with the person who IMPRINTED the idea of Guilt upon you. This could be a schoolteacher, a parent, a sibling, or a group who shared a Chief Feature freely. Guilt is learned during the second internal monad, along with the word “no”; around the time you learn mobility of your own (about the age of 2). Depending on the ROLE of the Imprinter, your Guilt may be a connected with the Guilt instilled from the Imprinter. Despite the fact that Guilt is linked to Chief Features, each Role can also become adept at inducing a specific Guilt reaction from other fragments, regardless of either party’s habitual Chief Features. Here are the Guilts as they relate to each Role: Servers = Self-deprecating Guilt Artisans = Self-destructive Guilt Warriors = Martyrdom Guilt Scholars = Stubbornness Guilt Sages = Greed Guilt Priests = Arrogance Guilt Kings = Impatience Guilt Imprinted Guilt can carry for generations, beginning with, and retaining the strength induced from the original imprinter’s ROLE. ALLEVIATING GUILT In terms of what you can do to alleviate Guilt, it is best to evaluate exactly which Guilt is being utilized most obviously. It will be easy to think your Guilt is a combination of Guilts, but one will stand out, and that is where you can start. This can take some evaluation, but with a little specific observation, it can be done. Based on your conclusion as to which Guilt you are most prone to inducing in others, or reacting from, you can then learn to dismantle this seductive pattern. Now that we have delineated the types of Guilt, offered some phrases that might help you to recognize their “voice”, and differentiated their possible sources, we will now discuss the means to dismantle Guilt and address some questions. There are many individual ways created to handle Guilt, but we will share three ways that are universally applicable. Before we delve into these areas, we feel it necessary to understand the dynamics of BLAME. Blame is simply “unclaimed” anger or unprocessed anger (anger=disappointment), many times the results of defense against the feeling of Guilt. Blame acts as a holding space, a buffer, for the person who is experiencing Guilt, whether this Guilt is self-imposed or allowed in from another source. Blame creates a false space for “healing” while deflecting Guilt, providing justification for doing nothing. For instance, a person may feel angry because of another person’s behavior, but may then feel self-induced Guilt for feeling angry, deflecting his experience of Guilt through the use of Blame, then internally or verbally taking a stance. This deflection leaves the work of processing to someone else. This method is usually highly ineffective, and even when apparently effective, it is without true resolution. We bring up Blame because in the first tool for dismantling, there may be a tendency to point to a source for your Guilt, and then to Blame that source, rather than do the work to dismantle its hold. Instead, it is a False Personality reaction as a means to make space, to attempt to center the self. Instead of creating space for centering self, the personality finds security in the Blame, and leaves it at that. If you choose the route of Blame, we do not have an inclination to steer you one way or another, but we do mention here that many times, Blame can result in a fragile immune system. In short, Blame is the want for another fragment to claim responsibility for the results of your own choices or reactions. TOOLS FOR DISMANTLING Accepting and Maintaining Your Own Healthy Boundaries When you believe your Guilt has been Imprinted or Induced: ”Photograph” the moments (capture the moment mentally for conscious examination) when/where Guilt is experienced. It is not necessary to determine the form of Guilt, in terms of the Chief Features, unless you choose to delve deeper. All that is required of this method is the realization that some interpretation of an event or action has become based on someone else’s ideas, imprinting, or impositions, and that you are not required to validate someone else’s fears. Guilt can be self-induced or allowed in through the influences of an outside source, but the choice is always yours to utilize it against yourself or not. We can suggest that in situations allowing for some amount of flexibility to state quietly, internally, “This isn’t mine.” If appropriate, this statement can be spoken aloud, gently and peacefully, if you believe the party involved can “hear” you. It is important to note: no matter how much of a benefit you can see Guilt providing, it is still an experience that is not necessary for an individual to endure or grow; therefore, it is your individual choice to release it, retain it, or impose it, but it is never necessary or beneficial. To summarize, the first and most accessible method for dealing with Guilt, which is often induced from external sources, is in the simple noting and releasing of the moment it occurs. This fluidity will generate a “smoother surface” to your self and as Guilt is experienced in the future, or an imposition attempted, the event will “slide off” more and more easily. Transform the Guilt (play along) For some forms of Guilt, you simply may be refusing or avoiding taking the actions that may alleviate that Guilt. You will know if this is the method for you if you have a “haunting” feeling about what you “could have done” or “should have done”, or “could do” to “fix it”. Guilt is only as meaningful as your accommodation of another’s fear, or your own. This means that no Guilt is ever truly valid, however insidiously interpreted, integrated, or implemented. With that in mind, “playing along” and moving through the energy that is the Guilt, can lead to a transformation of that Guilt. This can be further understood in the phrase, “the only way out is through”. It will be your task to determine what steps are needed as a means to follow through and transform the experience of Guilt. A simplified example may be the “giving in” and saying the guilt-induced, expected “Bless you” to the person who has just sneezed, even when you personally feel this form of exchange is silly. That action accommodates the Guilt (plays along), but moves you through to a resolution, nonetheless. You may then find that you can reinterpret the situation as it arises, changing the event to mean more that a sneeze affords you an opportunity to kindly acknowledge someone. You can decide that when you say the “blessing”, you will mean it, rather than feel the pressure and Guilt as your motivation. We never encourage acting against individually defined parameters, however, to accommodate the Guilt to a point that you can then transform an experience, this method can be empowering. Your accommodation of some forms of Guilt may require something far stronger and long-term in its process than our simple example above. It may require that you move the Guilt to a more diffused state, thus creating a more manageable level of Guilt. This can be done through the act of True Apology. True Apology IS NOT the solution. True Apology is dissolution. True Apology is the act of breaking down an accumulated event for the purpose of generating mutual resolve. We do not guarantee its success of course, but we have seen that apologetic acknowledgement, however fearfully induced, can tend to soothe all fragments involved, allowing for progression away from Guilt and into peace. If True Apology is not accepted verbally, it may require that you take meaningful actions, communicate innovatively, allow vulnerability, anything to bring you to the level with which you feel the Guilt is moving you to make something “right”. Apology is not going to remove the Guilt; it will merely make it more manageable, which is why false apologies are mistaken as solutions. Many times, brooding over whether to take an action or not, only breeds more Guilt. Taking actions, thinking things through as to what you can do to “make things better for now”, may very well diffuse a pattern. You can then take ever more appropriate actions to reach freedom and peace. In short, method two would be to “do something about it”, putting Guilt in a position more clearly defined and manageable, acknowledged and potentially less powerful. Accepting and Living with Guilt This is the level with which a person may need to turn if all means for addressing the Guilt are unavailable or too overwhelming. It would not be amiss in this case to resign, surrender to the Guilt. If you are in this position, you have reached a place that some part of you feels “deserves” the Guilt. It is then that you may submit to your experience, indulge, and rest into it. This will stop the internal struggles; allow your “messages” and “lessons” to be heard, moving you to a space where you can eventually take action (as in method two), and finally bring you to the potential capability of alleviating Guilt altogether (as in method one). THE EMPOWERING TRIAD It may have been noticed by some students that this process is the empowering Triad, with method one being Negative, method two being Positive, and method three being Neutral. If you are unfamiliar with this process of the Triad, we can summarize by simply stating that all motion and progress moves through these phases in some order: Positive (the more active aspect of the event), Negative (the more internal or inactive aspect of the event), Neutral (the place between the other poles, allowing the experience to just BE). QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS [Qitara] Is guilt ever appropriate? Say, if one were to murder another, would guilt be the appropriate feeling for that action to keep one from doing it again, or would remorse be more appropriate? [Michael_Entity]: We have never seen Guilt act as a deterrent. It is a delay of many things, including the “lessons” brought to bear through the experience, but certainly not a means for creating valid growth. Guilt’s only “purpose” is to satisfy another fragment’s ideals that you have either allowed or had imposed upon you. As we have stated, it may be falsely satisfying to see a murderer, or even a person who bumps you in line, feeling degrees of Guilt, but it only serves fear. It will always be your choice to choose love or fear, and you are free to choose the false satisfaction fear presents, but we do encourage choices based in Love only because, as sentience, it “feels better” and serves the apparently inevitable search for reunion. What keeps a murderer from murdering again is determined through love, not fear. Guilt, remorse, regret, grief may be a chosen path for many as a means to discover love, but it is inefficient, however popular. As the soul grows, so does its efficiency in gathering and processing experiences for evolution. This is why the Old Soul begins to choose less Guilt and regrets for the life. In the case of a murderer, a larger perspective is needed to truly grasp the nature of the event and this simply is not an easy task, especially in any culture other than an Old Soul culture. The irony is that by the time an Essence can understand the nature of murder, it no longer participates in it. In other words, the act of murdering, itself, removes most capabilities for understanding the event. Thus, Guilt is ineffective and would only serve as a protective measure. The Murderer will have his or her time between lives to grasp the nature of the event to its fullest. Murder is understood through grasping the nature of the event for what it IS, not as it “should be” or “should have been”, and this allows the Murderer to learn new ways of making choices. So in answer to the question as to whether Guilt is ever appropriate, we would say we have never seen it to be appropriate to what its supposed intent is. [Carolyn] Michael said that apology is always fear-based, and I understand that most guilt is useless and counterproductive. But in a perfect world we’d always look where we’re going and never miss appointments & never get so excited that we spill our beer on somebody at a hockey game. However, that is not the case, and with the current trend of rudeness & “in-your-face” verbal exchanges, I can’t see how NOT apologizing for the occasional faux pas we all make is going to improve the situation. Those little apologetic exchanges between strangers, especially, seem to “grease the wheels” of social interactions that might otherwise be highly unpleasant or even violent. Or am I missing their point here? [Michael_Entity]: We have stated clearly that to “apologize” is strongly supported and recognized as important in your culture; it is the only means you have for satisfaction at this point, for certain exchanges. This will continue to be the case as you move from a Young Soul culture to a Mature Soul culture. Passive apologizing can even be attributed to the early Mature Soul thinking, in general, used for the purposes of “improving” basic cultural and social interactions among the soul ages. It is a crossover from the “rudeness” of the Young Soul to the “recognition of others” inherent among the Mature Souls. In this context, apology is seen as meaningful and valid, but as we have stated many times now, it is simply inefficient and serves to support something other than what it appears to be supporting. To make the point: when your culture recognizes “a step on the foot”, or “the spilling of a beer”, or “the lateness of an attendance” as not personally intended, your culture will be free from Guilt. When you no longer require punishment or retribution for simple “faux pas”, you are free. We do not suggest you stop apologizing altogether. To apologize or not, whether passively or truthfully, is your choice. We were merely responding to this within the topic of Guilt. When in a situation that you deem calls for apology from yourself, you may be using method two as described above to process the Guilt and move forward. This, then, can be considered Good Work. It is another situation entirely when you require another fragment, or another fragment expects you, to behave within the confines of Guilt. To use True Apology to move through a situation is valid, but to expect it or to impose it, is the potential weaving of shared karmic ribbons or self-karma. Question 1) Do the different guilt types surface according to different situations? Do they occasionally work in tandem? [Michael_Entity]: Yes, to the first question: Guilt will adjust to circumstances. It is ‘source-induced’, ‘self-induced’ or ‘situational-induced’, each relating to a Chief Feature expression. Source-induced means that another individual was allowed to influence your perceptions, creating conflict internally. The Chief Feature would be related to their source. Self-induced relates to the general impact of your own Chief Features against certain events. Situational-induced means you choose to behave in a way that the situation imposes or requires. This can be called ‘culturally-induced’ as well. This is where the pervasive need for apology can be found. In answer to your second question, yes, more than one Chief Feature can easily be found in many situations of Guilt. Question 2) Would positive affirmations help as a tool in dismantling guilt? I’ve been playing around with affirmations designed to “fit” my Overleaves, esp. the CFs, to try and keep myself closer to the positive poles. Too early to tell if it’s working… [Michael_Entity]: Affirmations are only as effective as an individual believes them to be. Most affirmations are “bridges” across a situation and can allow you to refrain from indulgence in fears, but it is through your actions and responses that a belief (affirmation) becomes personally effective and true. For instance, you may go your entire life hearing repeated affirmations of your Beauty, and with one comment that you are ugly, it is all shattered. It is clear that the power here remains in your ability to respond and act within your own parameters. No amount of affirming will change you, unless actions, thoughts, and feelings are accepting of those affirmations. We see affirmations as a means to carry you briefly through a moment or event, but we have seen little, if any, effect in transforming anything on their own. Question 3) I’m not real clear on Martyrdom Guilt. Would Michael elaborate on this one a little, and/or anybody out there who “gets it,” can you post an example of how it manifests? I’m just not getting a concrete picture of it. [Michael_Entity]: We stated the Guilt as focused on “false consolation” and its voice as being “I didn’t mean to” or “that wasn’t supposed to happen”. To elaborate, this voice comes from having ulterior motives, lack of direction, or a sense of lacking control over an event. When the event unfolds against the ideal, the Martyr Guilt will remove responsibility by stating that he “didn’t mean to have it end up this way”. As an example, those with Martyrdom Guilt can sometimes assume responsibilities of no interest to the fragment. These responsibilities are taken on for various, seemingly noble, reasons, but the Martyr eventually begins to realize he is overwhelmed or uninterested. As the responsibilities unfold, the Martyr reassures himself that “things are under control” or that he will eventually deal with the responsibilities or situation. When asked if events are under control, he becomes defensive or offended at the implications. Meanwhile, responsibilities continue to go unmet, actions taken are inaccurate and miscalculated because of lack of real motivation, and the Martyr begins to formulate more defenses. When the truth surfaces that nothing valid or expected was accomplished, the Martyr states that “I didn’t mean to have this happen!”, or “SEE? I tried and failed!” or “I guess I messed EVERYTHING UP then!” This defense has the potential to send others into a state of reassurance of the Martyr, telling him, “no, you did just fine”, while the Martyr is secretly relieved from the expectations he volunteered upon himself. Another simple example is a parent or spouse who speaks of “failing the family” or relationship, and moving others to relieve him or her. In general, Martyrdom Guilt is used to generate pressured and false consolation so as to avoid recognition that responsibility is being avoided. It can also be used to evade the acceptance and responsibility of the very real changes to the life path, based on the results of previous choices. Martyrdom Guilt can also be used to amplify what little the Martyr has actually done, inducing Guilt from others if they express disappointment, making them painfully aware of “All he’s done for you”. These are simplified and general examples, but we believe these to be clear enough. [Sharon] My questions regarding guilt and the guilt channeling have to do with trying to understand more of this Michael Terminology, the overleaf system, and how to foil the good ole CF in the first place, by understanding when I am in a negative pole of a “leaf” or just doing a Chief Feature. [Michael_Entity]: It is safe to assume yourself as False Personality (in negative poles) when you feel distinctly afraid, reactive, defensive, or any factor that creates a space between yourself and your life or another person. It is safe to assume yourself as True Personality (in positive poles) when you are in awe, asking for help, feeling connected to your life and others of your choice, and feeling safe. Though we would need to spend more time on this topic to fulfill it, we can say a couple of things here. ALL Overleaves sent to the Negative Pole were sent there through the Chief Feature. Your PRIMARY Chief Feature blocks your Goal, whereas your SECONDARY Chief Feature blocks your Mode. The Primary is experienced personally and creates ineffectiveness of the life force used for personal endeavors, related to the Goal. The Secondary is felt as the block between yourself and another, in relationships and intimacy. The Overleaf most effective in dismantling the Chief Feature is the ATTITUDE. Focusing entirely on your Attitude, moving to the Positive Pole, removes all influence from Chief Feature. We realize this is briefly addressed here, but it is a picture that may bring some realization and understanding for now. [Kim] Michael discussed how guilt could manifest through CF’s. I was wondering what about other Overleaves? Because I see how guilt can be related to some of my other Overleaves as well. Does anyone else see how guilt relates to his or her other Overleaves? [Michael_Entity]: The other Overleaves are merely extensions of the Chief Features when they are in the Negative Poles. Chief Features are “not real” without the expression through a vehicle, the Negative Poles of a Personality. Though you may find some correlations in the Overleaves as related to Guilt, it is not as consistent as directly addressing the Chief Features and the tool of Guilt as it relates to them. For instance, a person in Impatience can have a Goal of Acceptance or a Goal of Growth, and it will still be Impatience that sends either Goal to the Negative Pole when in Guilt.
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: July 2011] [Jana_K] I have been watching a programme called Catastrophe on Discovery Science. It seems like the fact that life is possible on earth is only thanks to seemingly endless amount of “accidents” that have happened. Collisions of a specific type, in a specific order, with specific consequences, eruptions, freezes and so on. It seems like an awful lot of coincidence, because all of these events in the order they have happened have lead to making conditions for life possible. In addition to that, our planet is in a number of “Goldilock zones”. Again – more and more unlikely coincidences. It seems orchestrated. Is it? By whom exactly? How? [MEntity] The means for which “life” is possible seems far more profound when the “perfect scenarios” are retrofitted to what is living at the time, but it is often the other way around that “life” begins. Or put another way, the definitions of “life” are often limited by the lifeforms defining it, and what is “perfect” for that lifeform is not perfect for another. Life exists in many forms in many ways, and the “Goldilocks Zone” for humans is very different from those who are silicon-based, for instance. What tends to happen in the creation of a Universe, from what we gather, is that the initial process is rather random in its formation, but eventually patterns emerge, much like a painter might splatter paint across a canvas and eventually find images in that pattern. The dominant patterns that begin to form throughout the universe then become the media through which “life” and Sentience will choose to evolve. In other Universes, some patterns may be more prominent than the Carbon- and silicon- dominant universe we exist within. There are three dominant bases in this universe, but we do not have the proper word for conveying the third, in addition to Carbon and Silicon. There are more than three, overall, but those are the dominant bases. In other words, BECAUSE those bases developed as the most prominent pattern, Sentience used it, rather than the bases being determined, and then the universe having to shape itself around those parameters.
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: May 2008] [Question] Oh, if i may, what Soul Age is Eckhart Tolle? [Michael Entity] Eckhart Tolle is a 7th Level Mature Priest with Artisan Casting, a Spiritualist with a Goal of Flow in Observation Mode, Emotionally Centered, Intellectual Part, with Chief Negative Features or Stubbornness and Arrogance. He is from Cadre 5, Entity 1 with a Server Essence Twin.
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    [Reproduction of Michael Speaks: You and Your Attitude] [M_Entity] Hello to all of you. We are here. We understand the topic to be that of Attitudes as they are defined within our teaching. Of course, there are 7 Attitudes, as there are 7 of every other Overleaf in our system. The 7 Attitudes are the Neutral or Assimilative PRAGMATIST, the Inspirational Stoic and Spiritualist, the Expressional Skeptic and Idealist, and the Actional Cynic and Realist. The Attitudes are specifically your personal means to interpret reality. The Attitudes could easily be said to be The 7 Basic Philosophies, as much of what is our more complete system now has been found isolated in various teachings throughout the ages. Each Attitude can easily find a correlation of a philosophy, which can shed a great deal of light on your personal Attitude. The Attitude could be said to be the “pivot” or “hinge” within our Personality System around which all other facets of your Personality move. Because the Attitude is intrinsically linked to your Intellect, the Attitude can “make or break” your sense of peace, trust, wholeness, etc. Whether you are Intellectually Centered or not, you still have an Intellect, and that Intellect works hard to interpret and make sense of reality. So, too, does your Attitude. It will go a long way toward freeing you from the traps of the Attitude and Intellect if you understand that it is not necessarily “the point” to “make sense” of reality, because literally, it is the opposite: your senses MAKE reality. Though we say your Attitude “interprets” reality, it may be more effective to understand that your Attitude “filters” reality. Both are valid descriptions. Though an Attitude is far from an imposition, it CAN be a limitation if you find you are not able to function within your ;particular Attitude's full spectrum of use. It can easily be said that, from the absolute worst struggles, to the most trivial of frustrations, these experiences are directly a reflection of how you are using your Attitude. When your Attitude is in its Negative Pole, regardless of what that may be, you have determined that you have completed your need for input for your basic philosophical stance. When the Negative Pole of the Attitude is in control, reality loses its creativity and flexibility, and instead becomes a tangled mess that must be understood immediately, even if the means to do so have not even come to pass. We can speak generally of Attitudes because the basic experience is quite consistent; it is the HOW of it all that is different among them. For instance, an Idealist in the Negative Pole and a Cynic in the Negative Pole will both share the struggle of trying to understand something within a limitation of input, but the Idealist will “naively” bumble his way through, while the Cynic will use “denigration” to destroy anything outside his comprehension. In the case of the Cynic, we do not mean an attempt to literally destroy, but that the Cynic will actively fight to remove any contradictions from his determined perception. In the case of each Axis of Attitude, you will find when they are in the Negative Pole, the reaction of the Attitude is to eliminate the Positive Pole experiences. When the Stoic is “resigned,” he will use inspiration to lead others into resignation, to validate his own perceptions. The Spiritualist will use inspiration to impose his beliefs on others as strongly as possible, to remove the need for verifying his perceptions. The Skeptic will simply express strong suspicions, riling others into an insecure space of perception, to remove the need for investigation. The Idealist will naively take on lofty goals and intentions, either with or without awareness, setting himself up for failure, so as to remove the experience of coalescence, which is the bringing together of parts to make a whole. The Cynic will actively remove all that contradicts his own determined perception. The Realist will insist that her perceptions are based in fact, even against the strongest of feedback that she is inaccurate, so as to remove her from having to be Objective. In addition, the Pragmatist will continue doing things, thinking about things, expressing things, exactly as they have worked for her to her satisfaction, regardless of the fact that input is dictating that there are more practical ways for the same things. The reason the Negative Pole is so strongly interested in eliminating the Positive Pole experiences is because the Attitude is the “brother or sister” to the Chief Features. We speak of these traits with anthropomorphic descriptions, only for the sake of relating, but we do not wish for you to mistake this means of description as if these parts of you are a separate consciousness. We do not say that they are, nor do we imply that they are. Because of our limitation of time, we will quickly point out what we believe may be the most important concern for your understanding of the Attitudes. Since the Attitude can be your prison or your means to complete freedom, we believe that when you are struggling in any area of your life, the first place to look would be to your Attitude. In understanding your Attitude, you would clearly be able to see that you may be in the Negative Pole, but the fastest and most effective means to move yourself out of it, is simply to choose a different angle of perception. Since the Attitude, while in the Negative Pole, so intently seeks to remove the experience of the Positive Pole of your Attitude, the “trick” is to use the Positive Pole of the Attitude that shares your Axis. If the effort is made, within minutes your life can change; or at least your attitude toward it, which can then lead to changing your life. When the Spiritualist is lost in her Beliefs and continues to find she is blocked from real, fulfilling Verification of her perceptions, it can free her to “slide” to the Positive Pole of Stoicism, which would be Tranquility. When Belief is in control, there is usually a strong need to get others to share in the belief, even if you, yourself have not Verified its place in your life. When the Spiritualist slides to Tranquility, she relaxes and surrenders gently to her perceptions. This then allows her to Verify things for herself, instead of finding others to do it for her. On the other hand, the Stoic may have given up on his life, resigning, which is a passive stance to the life. If he were to slide to Verification, he would be able to find that much of what he has resigned himself to is not even valid anymore as an imposition. We may not be able to go through all of the Attitudes with examples, but we will note that the Pragmatist has the ability to slide to ANY of the other Attitudes as a means to free himself from Dogma. We will now take any questions you may have, so we can respond to you, rather than use your time teaching what may already be available in print. QUESTIONS [MDFSage_Val] Can you describe a “spectrum of use” for an Idealist, or is this more an individual fragment thing/issue? [M_Entity] An Idealist lives within the spectrum of being “cursed” and “blessed” with the constant want for improvement. The Idealist has such a wider vision of most things that he can see patterns where others cannot. Within those patterns, he can also see how they can be improved, manipulated, or altered for the better. The struggle then comes from the Idealist being able to see the big picture, but not putting the effort into defining the STEPS it will take to get there. Therein lies the spectrum from Naivety to Coalescence. An Idealist can see that he has potential to run a marathon, but instead of taking the steps to prepare, he simply, naively runs in the marathon, until he collapses from the pain he could have avoided. [Suzanne] Michael, How would be best for an idealist & a spiritualist to relate to each other, one expresses while the other inspires? [M_Entity] The Spiritualist will always interpret relationships in terms of how inspiring they are, while the Idealist will interpret the relationships in terms of how much improvement is coming from them. [Suzanne] Rather interesting, as it can compliment. [M_Entity] If the Spiritualist feels her relationships are not inspiring, or that she is not inspiring, she will lose interest. The Idealist must feel as if the relationships are somehow improving each other, or he will feel they are not worth it. [Suzanne] Thank you, I understand better now [M_Entity] We are using pronouns randomly, for the sake of grammar. We are not intending anything to be specifically assigned to a gender. [Suzanne] Understood that too, thanks. [M_Entity] The Spiritualist could be said to be “cursed” and “blessed” with the philosophy that everything has potential. Within that spectrum, you will find the experiences ranging from blind faith or belief to valid verification of those potentials. We will point out one last point for your consideration before concluding tonight. When you are in the Negative Pole of your Attitude, you may find you are behaving more and more like the Attitude sharing your Axis, or attracting, or attracted to, those who share your Axis. This is your inherent move toward balance in perception and even if this is done without awareness, it manages, at least, to continue to give the option of choosing how you interpret your reality. So, an Idealist may tend to be very critical and skeptical as a means to balance his Idealism; the Spiritualist may find she is becoming less and less emotional and more passive as she seeks balance for her Beliefs. We shared as much as we could within your time allotted. We have much more to say about this topic, of course. We will conclude here. Good Night to all of you.
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    [Excerpt from Ask Michael - June 7, 2015] [DianeHB] Hi Michael, could you talk about how the Pragmatist appears/acts in social situations? [MEntity] The Pragmatist in the Positive Pole can show up as attentive, quiet, and observing of how others are maneuvering, behaving, functioning, and producing, offering insight, feedback, and direction only as necessary or as beneficial to the dynamic. The Pragmatist in the Negative Pole is your micro-manager, your "nit-picking" and badgering presence, either in obvious ways or in passive-aggressive ways that are not productive, but tend to actually undermine efficiency. By "efficiency" here we mean that an intended effect is lost in favor of the feeding dogma. Because Pragmatists can be using any other Attitude, this benefit or undermining can come in the guise of any other Attitude. Many Negative Pole Pragmatists are known to say something along the lines of "I'm just being truthful." This is not limited to Pragmatists, because all other Attitudes can also access the Pragmatist. An Idealist can express the same if he's using Dogma, for example. However, most other Attitudes do tend to stay on their own Axis and not involve Pragmatism. As usual, the above is highly simplistic and not indicative of the complexities of a human being, but it can be helpful in understanding the dynamic of a trait. [Excerpt from OMW - Sep 16, 2012 - The Circuitry of Overleaves] [Diane_HB] I often notice myself using Observation in social situations, not necessarily Pragmatism. [MEntity] Diane, keep in mind that Observation Mode is not literal observation. You may find yourself observing others, but this is Pragmatic for you. Keep in mind that Pragmatism is a philosophy, a filter on reality. In a social situation, that will either manifest as being Practical, in your actual expression of self, in your exchanges, and in your evaluation of the worth of those exchanges, or as Dogma, stuck in routines that you have learned as a way to filter people out. Dogma may show up as an inflexibility in what you find worth talking about, if you talk at all. Many with Pragmatism will be those who walk into a social situation, and then quietly, eventually, exit and wonder why the attempt was even made.
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    [Excerpt from Membership Gratitude Chat: March 2016] Becca: Hi Michael. I have an interest in true crime and was wondering if you have access to information about whether people who are accused of crimes are guilty, or the locations of missing people. I understand that some people claim to be psychics able to lead investigators to this kind of information. Is this a legitimate skill? Part of their life task or karma, for instance? Would it be possible for channel to learn the whereabouts of a missing child, such as Madeleine McCann, or whether a suspect is guilty? MEntity: We tend to only have access to details about crimes after the Karmic Ribbons are burned or in stasis. Karmic events tend to remain acutely localized among the fragments involved until there is time to process the experiences. We do not have access to individuals and their local data. We only have access to what is updated in the Akashic Records. Local psychics, however, can "read" more localized energies in ways that can be successfully interpreted as leads and insights. Most are not very accurate or skilled in these interpretations, but some are. We can sometimes find keys or lost objects if an updated record reveals a memory of recent placement of these objects. We can sometimes locate lost individuals if there is no Karmic dynamic obscuring our view. In the case in question, we cannot see details at this point. When a valid psychic is involved in this line of work, it tends to be related to their Life Task, and various other factors in their design.
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    This was originally posted by NickF on 12/16/14. MEntity Cadre 1, Entity 6 is comprised of 1071 fragments. At the current date there are 696 still in cycle, and 451 of these are currently extant. This entity is comprised of 343 Kings, 21 Priests, 371 Scholars, 189 Artisans, 70 Sages, 49 Servers, and 28 Warriors. There are no Wild Cards in this Entity. This Entity is often referred to as "The Integrator" Entity, as members from this Entity tend to be in positions of pivoting and facilitating others, being the common denominator among those with differences, and often drawing various people together for any number of reasons. The themes among this entity's members tend to be either in terms of being an anchor for others, being a touchstone for others, a kind of comforting source in the life that remains in effect, even if distance comes to be involved. Or, these members "avoid" people to a high degree in those lifetimes where this theme is not of interest. Members cannot constantly be available in this way without touching base with themselves, as well. Eleanor Roosevelt is a well-known member of this Entity, as well as Ralph Nader and Leonard Nimoy. The medium known as John Edward, is as well. There are more, of course, but these are "samples."
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    [Excerpt from TT: 2007-06-17] In what time frame and location area were the most of us Michael students incarnate & interacting at the same time? [Michael_Entity] Nearly all of our students (approximately 100,000 of you) were incarnated within the areas known as The Nile River in Egypt and Mesopotamia between the years of 2500 and 1700 BCE before the invasion by the Hyksos, which ruined what we often refer to as one of our “Golden Ages” with our students.
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    [Excerpt from TT: NWM Blind Spots of Attitude 2015-08-15] MEntity: PRAGMATIST MEntity: The Pragmatist, basically, interprets the world in terms of WHAT WORKS. The Pragmatist at his or her best has a keen sense of Efficiency and elegance. MEntity: We have defined "elegance" as that economy of energy that gives the greatest amount of return for the least amount of expenditure. MEntity: When the Pragmatist is in the Negative Pole, it can be quite obvious as Dogma. The Pragmatist thinks that it is his or her way "or the highway," or they simply continue to repeat and impose methods that work for themselves even as they may not work for others. MEntity: There are many ways that Dogma can show up, but it is often fairly obvious in that it is immovable and unwavering in perception. MEntity: However, the Blind Spot can be far more "sensible" and more difficult to call out within the self as a Pragmatist, or for others to call out in the Pragmatist. MEntity: Because the Pragmatist sees the world in terms of WHAT WORKS, their Blind Spot can be related to any area where they do not wish to do that work. MEntity: If it is someone else's problem, it is THEIR problem. If it is not an issue that the Pragmatist struggles with, then it is a silly issue. If it is a struggle that the Pragmatist has overcome, then why cannot others do the same? MEntity: The Pragmatist sensibly falls into Dogma by dismissing, distancing, and even denigrating the oh-so-inefficient struggles of others. MEntity: The Pragmatist Blind Spot may then be described as INSENSITIVITY. MEntity: It is the tiresome extra effort necessary to inefficiently empathize. MEntity: Solutions to struggles seem quite obvious to the Pragmatist who is not directly involved with that struggle or that type of struggle: simply stop struggling. MEntity: Do something else. Walk away. Do not respond. Let it go. MEntity: When the Pragmatist finds this is his or her response to the struggles of another, it may be the Blind Spot in effect that allows him or her to justify Dogma. MEntity: This is also true of his or her own struggles. There are times when this same policy is imposed upon the self. Why am I upset? That is so inefficient. I can just walk away and leave it alone. MEntity: Or "suck it up." MEntity: The emphasis shifts only to WHAT WORKS and away from the WHY of what is being experienced. MEntity: Life is inefficient. Experience is not organized. It is messy. MEntity: For the Pragmatist, the Blind Spot convinces him or her that if it is a struggle, if it is messy, if it is not efficient, it is not worth it. It does not work. MEntity: As Pragmatists, if you find this oversimplification in effect, you are probably being blind to the messy depths of an experience that is either yours to experience, or yours to help another through. MEntity: You are being Insensitive.
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    [Excerpt from TT: NWM Blind Spots of Attitude 2015-08-15] MEntity: SPIRITUALISTS MEntity: The Spiritualist, basically, sees life as if it has never been seen before. There is an awe as an undercurrent to the basic philosophy of the life when at its best. MEntity: The Spiritualist looks for signs, interconnectedness, resonance, and meaning in "everything." MEntity: This is why they must VERIFY, the Positive Pole. So much of "everything" can be interpreted as messages, interconnectedness, signs, etc. that life can become a din of symbolism that drowns out all of the messages. MEntity: When the Spiritualist is overwhelmed by the messages and meaning of life, they can retreat into an isolating system of BELIEFS that removes the noise of life, and simply decides what is true, decides what people mean, decides what will happen, decides what happened, and that is that. If the Spiritualist believes it, then it happened. That is that. MEntity: Now the world is interpreted through that system of Belief, and the inconvenience of Verifying lets the Spiritualist simply decide what is true. MEntity: This is the obvious polarization within the Spiritualist, and most older souls begin to realize this and make the effort to Verify. MEntity: They do not let themselves simply decide what is true; they ask questions. They question themselves. They are OK with being wrong. MEntity: They allow room for nuance and context so that nothing is only True or Not True. MEntity: However, the Blind Spot then comes into play as these polarities come to be navigated more consciously. MEntity: For the Spiritualist, this Blind Spot is EXCUSES. MEntity: The Spiritualist can tend to justify his or her behaviors, attitude, and choices by deferring to "the universe" as the force behind the reasoning for those choices, attitudes, and behaviors. By "the universe" we mean circumstances, behaviors of others, obligations, responsibilities, expectations of meaning and message. MEntity: Though all Attitudes may be use this method, it is often the Spiritualists who "leave it up to the Universe," or "we'll see what happens," etc. MEntity: The Spiritualist takes a passive seat to the efforts necessary for choice. MEntity: This allows two things: Beliefs to stay intact, and responsibility to be evaded. MEntity: In other words, the Spiritualist may find that he or she always has an Excuse. MEntity: If the Spiritualist is upset, there is a "reason." It is not merely that he or she interpreted events through Belief. If the Spiritualist does not succeed at an expectation or intention, then it is "the universe" who decided this, not that the Spiritualist merely need alter or adapt efforts. MEntity: And so BELIEF remains unquestioned.
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    [Excerpt from TT: 2002-05-23] [mdfsage_val] How would an Idealist relate to the chief feature of Martyrdom/greed? [M_Entity] The Idealist sees everything in terms of how it can be improved. This can be a benefit, in that it can help a fragment find ways to successfully evolve many things within the life, Personality, and Essence, but it can also lead to tremendously oppressive bouts of comparing. When the Idealist is seeing through the Positive Poles, he can see the patterns that would lead to an evolution of an event, person, or thing, and he will move toward supporting, creating, or altering energy to align with that pattern. When he is seeing through the Negative Poles, he simply reverts to the use of “SHOULD,” and merely sees the major gap between the way things are and how they SHOULD be. Using the Chief Features of Martyrdom and Greed, the Idealist may feel that the gap between where he is and where he should be is too far out of his control and hopeless (martyrdom). He may tend toward being a physical, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual “black hole” that cannot seem to find anything to fill the gap so painfully perceived (greed). This response is but a simplified response, but we believe this will allow you some insights.
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: August 2015] MEntity: The Cynic, basically, sees the world in terms of opposing the obvious or appearances or common assumptions. The Cynic knows there is almost always more than meets the eye. The Cynic, then, is always looking beyond the surface, always willing to look in the opposite directions, always interested in the contents, not the packaging. This is CONTRADICTION. When in the Positive Pole, the Cynic simply Contradicts the obvious. This is similar to questioning, doubting, and allowing room for being wrong. However, when the Cynic falls into the Negative Pole of Denigration, it is because he cannot accept that what is known is all there is. The simple truth or the lack of complexity can trigger Denigration, or the breaking down of something or someone beyond its capacity to break down. It is Contradiction for the sake of contradiction rather than as a means to know more. The Cynic learns that sometimes, and more often than not, there is nothing more, no hidden or secret meaning, no blind dichotomy. Something or someone is simply what can be seen, experienced, and known. So the Cynic questions and then that is that. However, the Cynic can develop a Blind Spot that prompts them to continue questioning, continue breaking something or someone down, and this turns into an Obsession. Some of the most outlandish conspiracies are perpetuated by Cynics in Obsession. Denigration is seen as a necessary evil that is noble and important to impose, even as it means making up and stretching facts beyond recognition. The Spiritualist and Cynic are similar in their fall into "beliefs" in this regard.
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: December 1999] [Mary936] Could you tell us more about what the Global Nexus means for Earth and for us? [Michael_Entity] A Global Nexus occurs every year. It is not unusual in itself. This particular Nexus and the next one in 2000 are highly emphasized due to the psychological symbols associated with it. This Nexus will affect Baby Souls the most as old ideas about “Christ’s return” comes into question. With the high influx of Mature Soul consciousness, Young and Baby Souls will begin to feel the impact. Those in positions of authority in the church and in politics will be guided by new parameters and concerns. Regardless of Soul Age, all fragments are beginning to feel the intense impact of a new context for your planet. The “drama” of this Nexus, especially with the impending “Y2K” impact, will be one more intense cementing of the Mature Soul challenges permeating society and its people. For once, the planet is looking up, attentive, at nearly the “same time”. In other words, this will be one Nexus that implies in the most deeply moving of ways, that you all need each other; especially if the “lights go out”. For some of you who scoff at the prospect of Y2K problems, you are still reviewing your “what if’s”. Those who do not work within the parameter of Mature Soul grouping will be glaringly obvious as they lash out in the New Year. You can see the beginnings of this anyway, as each person in their life sees the media’s portrayal of life “out there” as scary and unpredictable, lending a sense of appreciation for what is trusted in your closest circles. This then is the single most meaningful aspect of this Nexus all across the board. It will bring, if it hasn’t already in its unfolding, a clarity of what is true in terms of the “higher” aspects of your living. Everything is being “reset”. Because of the psychological symbolism being attributed to this Nexus (and the new year), most are taking this opportunity as a way to start anew on all levels. As we stated in the Energy Report, look to your own “symptoms” to see if there are any messages for you. We can go on, but we will pause here. Is this offering some insight into the process? [Mary936] My “symptoms” were feeling happy and in tune, so I just felt fortunate. [Mary936] It may be hardest for Baby Souls. [suzee] I am in the midst of resetting my life beginning with my relationships…so absolutely. [Michael_Entity] Yes, though we covered the more uncomfortable symptoms, the feelings of synchronicity and joy are too, symptoms and messages. Most of you have started SOMETHING “new” that has some major significance in where you are “going”. This is part of your Nexus.
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: February 2009] [ocean-cheryl] I find myself stuck second-guessing the past, even as I wish to create a better future. Present issues bring up things that I thought had been long resolved, creating a feeling of insecurity. Do you have any specific suggestions for accepting and releasing the “rope of the past”, so one can move more confidently into the future? [Michael Entity] Cheryl, when one realizes that one has not resolved issues from the past, it only serves to hold on to them longer when one chastises oneself for not having already resolved them. You distract yourself with the self-chastising or exasperation and do not simply allow for the reality to be dealt with. It is the equivalent of a friend “bringing things up again” as you roll your eyes and begrudgingly give your attention to her or him. You are simply not present at that point, or at least, there is a delay in your presence. When issues from the past come up “again” it would do you well to remember that if it is up again, it never left. It would also do you well to remember that these things are not imposed upon you, but are a part of your life, a part of your creations, choices, fabric, and are just as valid as any efforts to create a better future. In fact, often when one decides it is time to focus on creating a better future, it can become daunting to find the anchors that are in place that have kept you from doing so all along, but your attention to these is Good Work. It is not punishment or failure. [luluaussi] like the “flaws” found in a handmade rug, see by some as undesirable but are part of the intrinsic beauty that is the rug? [ocean-cheryl] yes, the irregularities are what makes it unique [luluaussi] and do nothing to diminish the beauty of functions either [luluaussi] not sure if that was on point but the image popped into brain… [Michael Entity] It would not be amiss to use the weaving, or crocheting, as an analogy for your process. If a stitch or loop is left out or tangled, it is often desirable to return to that stitch or loop, even if it means unraveling to that point, just to ensure the pattern is to your liking. Often the overall fulfillment of the intended pattern is more rewarding than the frustration of returning to the tangle. It may be annoying in the moment, but if you choose to return to it, it is because you feel the reward of the finished creation is important. So our response to your question would be to remind yourself of that overall reward and fulfillment and that your attention to issues of the past is a part of your creative process. [ocean-cheryl] you could not have used a better analogy…. and i need to remember that often I am the only one who knows where the flaws are [Michael Entity] We have more to say about repetitive patterns arising from the past, but will return to that subject at another time. In the future.
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: September 2008] [Question] I can see how anger can be useful (to show you when your boundaries have been breached), but Cruelty would seem to have no use. Why does it exist, and where does it come from? [Michael Entity] In the same way that Anger is a defense, so is what you might consider to be Cruelty. However, it is important to note that “Cruelty” is often a relative experience. “Cruelty” is often not an intentional by-product of someone’s action or choices, but a fragment who is disappointed might assign the label of “cruelty” to the event. For instance, when one fragment can legitimately sense the necessity of a separation within a relationship, but the other fragment is deeply attached and terrified of solitude, the choice of the fragment to move on can be interpreted as “cruel,” when, indeed, it was one of the most loving choices the other fragment might have experienced to-date. [Comment] Oh, I see. I guess I was thinking of cruelty as intentionally trying to hurt another. [Michael Entity] It is very important to differentiate the intentional act of Cruelty from the interpretative act of defense against disappointment. Acts of Cruelty are often not just the result of intentions to hurt, but can be the result of neglect, denial, justification, and apathy. With all of that being said, we can now more clearly respond to your original question of “why does it exist,” and “from where does it come.” The legitimate act of Cruelty, whether intentional or not, is a product of choice, of course, but a product of choice that is entirely self-preserving. Not “self-serving,” but self-PRESERVING. There is a difference. Self-preservation is an act of survival and fear, whereas Self-Serving is an act of giving/receiving. Cruelty, then “exists” because there are a myriad of ways in which the fearful body, mind, or heart can turn for survival purposes when these feel threatened. Even the most intentional, drawn-out acts of torture as a form of Cruelty would still be generated from this very same thing. Although all Chief Negative Features can bring about forms of Cruelty, the most active, intentional forms of Cruelty can generate from Arrogance and Self-deprecation, and the most passive forms of Cruelty can generate from Impatience and Martyrdom. In terms of “Cruelty having no use,” we would agree. Cruelty is an unnecessary by-product of fear and has no value beyond the false sense of defense. [Question] Would you say anything about healing our bodies when they have been experiencing physical and emotional cruelty? [Michael Entity] The response to your question might find more relevance on an individual basis, but what we can say in general is for any fragment who has experienced Cruelty, whether real or imagined, 50% of the healing would come from the comprehension that the Cruelty had nothing to do with you, or your value, your meaning, your worth, your choices, your past, future, etc. In short, it has nothing to do with you at all. Many who experience Cruelty, real or imagined, healing is delayed by the constant questioning of WHY. Most often there is no answer to this question that would satisfy you. The focus for healing would be more beneficial in the direction of HOW, as in focusing on your rebuilding, your personal compassion and kindness, and your support.
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    This material was obtained in a POF session on December 21, 2014. Janet: ... you have given some general information about the effect of Artisan casting. I suspect there is a flavor associated to the role that has Artisan casting. My sister is a Server, I work with a man who is an Artisan-cast Warrior, and I of course am an Artisan-cast Artisan. Can you briefly explain how Artisan casting provides flavor to the Server vs. the Warrior vs. the Artisan? Or is there no real difference to the effect of casting to each role? MEntity: As for Artisan Casting: the Role makes a definitive difference in how Casting is used, yes. In the simplest of terms, it could be said that: The Server would be CREATIVELY NURTURING/SERVING, or DELUSIONALLY BOUND/TRAPPED. The Artisan would be INNOVATIVELY/INGENIOUSLY/PRODUCTIVELY CREATIVE, or UNREALISTICALLY/CONFUSINGLY/NEUROTICALLY/PARANOID DELUSIONAL. The Warrior is CREATIVELY PERSUASIVE, or DELUSIONALLY COERCIVE. The Scholar would be CREATIVELY EXPERIENCED/KNOWLEDGEABLE, or DELUSIONALLY THEORETICAL/LOGICAL/ABSTRACT. Sages would be CREATIVELY DISSEMINATING/PROPAGATING/COMMUNICATING, or DELUSIONALLY ORATING/LECTURING/SOAPBOXING. The Priest might be CREATIVELY COMPASSIONATE/WARM/BENEVOLENT, or DELUSIONALLY ZEALOUS/EARNEST/STRIDENT. The King would be CREATIVELY MASTERFUL/SKILLFUL, or DELUSIONALLY TYRANNICAL/REPRESSIVE/OPPRESSIVE.
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    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: May 2005] MEntity: To help your understanding of the simple, yet awesome, structure of human sentience, here is how we are cast: 1 Ring = 12 Cadres 12 Rings = 1 Sphere 12 Spheres = 1 Arrangement 12 Arrangements = 1 Composition 12 Compositions = 1 Harmony (up to) 7 Harmonies = 1 Design ALL of a Specific Sentient species we refer to as a “Design.” There are never more than 7 Harmonies in 1 Design. This structure then extends and changes when including other Sentience.