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  1. 4 pins in two trees is all that was introduced into the trees to mount the house,(fluid movement). they don't mind at all and thrive after 12 years. Squirrels nibbled away the rope knot handle but you can still enter through the door if you are "woodsey".
    22 points
  2. Hi guys. My name's Sylvia, I'm a Michael Teachings student and I'm from Brazil. This is my first time here, I usually do my researchs by myself. Does anyone speaks portuguese here? I'm releasing some content about MT in portuguese and creating a website (hopefully it will be released soon). I'm looking for some students, colleagues and collaborators to help me with the website. Greetings from Brazil
    20 points
  3. So in this Transcript, Michael revealed the shift into the Mature Soul Age is a lot like going through a Collective 4th Internal Monad. --- For the clueless, the Stages of the 4th Internal Monad are: 4th IM as a whole: -Acquiescence +Self-Realization Stage 1: INITIATION: -Indifference +Enthusiasm Stage 2: INTROSPECTION: -Brooding +Awareness Stage 3: REALIZATION: -Separation +Freedom Stage 4: MANIFESTATION: -Otiose +Purpose Stage 5: CONTENTMENT: -Contention +Satisfaction Stage 6: MAGNETIZATION: -Repulsion +Attraction Stage 7: EMANATION: -Incongruity +Alignment --- Michael said we started this process in 1987, at the Harmonic Convergence. This initiated the sequence from the 1st Stage: -Indifference. At the time of the transcript, posted November 24 2019, Michael said we'd progressed through the 1st & 2nd Stages in the +Poles and had begun the 3rd and 4th Stages in the -Poles. In other words, we were looping around issues of -Separation and -Otiose. Of course me being me, I wanted to look at history since 1987 to see when we shifted into the various stages and poles. It's been a few years since that transcript, Im fairly sure we've progressed into more stages and I wanted to map out my thoughts on that, substantiate them and offer some inspiration. My current idea of when we hit each pole is: Collective 4th IM is Initiated into -Indifference, with the Harmonic Convergence in August 1987. This is the sense of trust that things can and should shift into a new, truly global world. - Note: An exploration of this pole and +Enthusiasm can be found in 4th IM Stages. We shift into +Enthusiasm in November 1989, with the Fall of the Berlin Wall. This provides a boost of inspiration to the idea that we no longer have to be defined by old Authoritarian structures. This is also when the World Wide Web grew towards publication and global usage. We shift into the Introspection of -Brooding around September 2001 with the 9/11 Attacks shocking the world. This brings a deep plummet into reassessing what is wrong in society, and whether the current American Superpower will even withstand the coming challenges. The optimism of the 90s is over, replaced by a dreadful War on Terror, Homeland Security Act, Rise of Big Data and Mass Surveillance. - Note: An exploration of this pole and +Awareness can be found in 4th IM Stages and AnnaD's IM Session. We shift into +Awareness around December 2012, when the Winter Solistice passes and nothing happens. After years of holding on, expecting a collapse or transformation, this is when we understand worrying is futile, and nothing will change without our participation. - Note: Michael said in the January 2012 Energy Report that "December 21st, 2012 has moved to become a kind of anchoring effect of the Mature Soul consciousness and paradigm shift. Since 1988, the population that has been incarnated has fluctuated over and over between having more Mature and more Young, almost on a yearly basis, but this current year may bring that to a conclusion, with a momentum in place that keeps the population sustained as having mostly Mature Souls at any given time." This means that this date represents when Humanity officially became a Mature Paradigm, reflecting a +Awareness of that reality. We shift into the Realization of -Separation with the Election of Donald Trump in November 2016. This proves a shocking realization of the political division, extremism and lack of responsibility our governments have. It also highlighted the separation felt internationally towards Russia, China and the United States. - Note: An exploration of this pole and +Freedom can be found in Luciana's IM Session and AnnaD's IM Session. We shift into the Manifestation of -Otiose around March 2018 with the Nexus Bubble of that year. This brings attention to the addiction and complacency to violence that Humanity has, notably reflected in the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting & March for Our Lives Movement intent on addressing Gun Control issues. But also in Vladimir Putin's 4th Election, North Korean Tensions and the US-China Trade War. - Note: An exploration of this pole and +Purpose can be found in Avi's IM Session and Michael's IM Session. The March 2018 Energy Report has a good description of the Nexus Bubble and state of the world then. We shift next into the Contentment of -Contention with the May 2020 Black Lives Matter Movement inspired towards change after the unjust killing of Black man George Floyd by a White police man. The contention around Socioeconomic Oppression & Injustice, and the reality of Racism enters most conversations around the world now. - Note: An exploration of this pole and +Satisfaction can be found in Royce & Marius' IM Session, Geraldine's IM Session and DianeHB's IM Session. We shift into the Magnetization of -Repulsion come January 2021 thanks to the Capitol Riots by White Supremacists and Trump Supporters denying his loss. We also explored the Rise & Denial of Vaccines here. This is a clear physical confrontation and reflection of the truths and lies people believe. - Note: An exploration of this pole and +Attraction can be found in Maureen's True Love Session, Oscar's IM Session, Tincha's IM Session, DianeHB's 2nd IM Session and Dawn's IM Session. We shift into the Emanation of -Incongruity in September 2021. This is the feeling of just having to deal with what is, when we know it isn't who we are or want to be anymore. It is the consistency of inconsistency. The Climate Inaction lambasted by Greta Thunberg, Texas Abortion Ban, Facebook's Whistleblower Crisis, Disconnect between People and Government etc. are examples of incongruity. - Note: An exploration of this pole and +Alignment can be found in Martha's IM Session, Leela's IM Session, DianeHB's 2nd IM Session, Dawn's IM Session and Dawn's Moving through Grief Session. This is where I think we are today. Stuck in several negative poles, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by the Separation, Otiose, Contention, Repulsion and Incongruity. You know what else Michael said in the November 2019 transcript? "The shift to the Positive Poles is likely to come by March of 2020, but we will have to look again." Yeah, no. Turns out that's not what ended up happening *cue eyerolls*. It's possible we could just complete the 4th IM with all these -Poles stacked up. But that's not of interest to me and I would guess most of you too, so I want to redirect attention to the positive poles we have yet to reach as of October 2021. These are +Freedom, +Purpose, +Satisfaction, +Attraction, and +Alignment. Even though I feel so dissatisfied and tired and paralyzed, thinking of what it will be like for us to reach those +Poles makes me feel excited and enthusiastic. So I dont give up. Freedom from the Pandemic and Authoritarian ideologies. Purpose towards a sustainable future worth fighting for. Satisfaction from all the persistence we make to reach some great results. Attraction of communities working together on solutions. Alignment with the greater truths of life, and our own Earth, reflected by our actions. I get to be alive through that, through this, and I really do look forward to participating in these shifts.
    19 points
  4. I’ve actually been thinking about our collective 4th IM, because I’m seeing so many conversations in my own social media feeds and other media peeling away our collective imprinting one belief, one assumption at a time. Of course that’s only my sliver of the world, but this IS how the 4th IM goes — recognizing what imprints were handed down to us, what we wish to let go of, and what we wish to keep. It’s amazing to see it on happen on a cultural level. I’ve been wanting to write about the IMs without Michael jargon to help people make sense of their own 4th IM transitions, but now I’m realizing that I don’t need to delineate the structure to call out imprinting we need to change, and this is one way I can contribute to our collective 4th IM while doing something I really love.
    17 points
  5. Ive had horrible energy crashes and debilitating thoughts myself, but my friends, family and TLE too have been very supportive so I was able to dig myself out. Your comments on my recent posts have been helpful in keeping me optimistic. October 31-November 12 is the next Climate Summit and something tells me that it and our response to it, is the next major event. The event would have happened in November 2020 (same time as the US Election), but Covid-19 derailed it. I'm very curious and interested in the promotion and propagation of climate and environmental solutions.
    16 points
  6. The reason is context, which is that we have 7.5 billion humans on earth, and the planet can't sustain our rate of consumption if we continue to eat high on the food chain (which uses up 4-12 times more resources than eating the plants directly, depending on the animal being eaten). Fish populations are being decimated, and there are estimates that we might run out of commercially viable fish populations by around 2050. Our fish is also contaminated with mercury, dioxins, and other toxins due to the oceans being polluted. Does it make sense to apply the context of a small fishing village with nothing else to eat due to their extreme northern location to the rest of the world? From a soul evolution standpoint, we've probably all had lifetimes where we murdered someone and fought in wars, and thought that was justified. Does it mean we should keep doing those things? Or do we change our hearts and minds as we grow and learn different ways of doing things?
    16 points
  7. There is something going on, we need Energy Report for October. I have dreamed horrible nightmares and also solving various problems every night.
    14 points
  8. Sylvia., I am also Brazilian. I was born in Rio de Janeiro and I am currently living in Vitoria in Espirito Santo. I'll send you a private message in Portuguese!! Welcome!! I'm happy to meet a Brasiliero who knows Michael...!!
    14 points
  9. Hey guys! I was reading this text written by Troy a few years ago: "For older souls in a younger soul world, we have the benefit of so many incarnations that we now "remember" ourselves very early in life, but we still have to grow up in a world that seems entirely counter to our inherent perspectives and behaviors. The old souls who get stuck are the ones who refuse to be flexible in perspective and then isolate themselves as a way to escape the challenges and stay asleep or just wake up very slowly, or those who are so bombarded by imprinting that they forget or loathe themselves, or then there are those who keep the spirit of their old soulness, but funnel it all through the acceptable imprinting of young soul ideals, like most of the "new age" or the "get rich by wishing rich" schemes or distractions with specialness like "ascending" or "indigo children," or even "the secret," which was a great distortion of an old soul teaching packaged for young soul demographics". Thinking about all these points, I’ve been feeling more comfortable as an Old Sould then before and somehow more aware of some details of my "age". But every now and then I feel a bit of nostalgia momentarily, a feeling of "missing the party in this young world"... lol. I don't know, it's like a “FOMO”, a slight regret for not being in the same “vibe” as most... Anyway, does anyone here feel this Peter Pan Syndrome from time to time? Or is it just me operating inappropriately at the moment like a 2nd level Infant with Stubbornness or something? haha
    13 points
  10. Hello, I have often felt left out and different my whole life. As a teen aged person my classmates really knew how to take advantage of that as well and treat me differently. I met some of them for the first time in 30!years and one of them made a statement that “I was an outcast” fortunately I came to except who I am by then. I am now very flexible and adapting to my world. I am still looking for ways to be me and not care what others think, sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s not. I fell into some of those things you mentioned but they didn’t last long as it didn’t feel right. I have very few people I would call friends and my circle is really small. Most times I enjoy that, other times I feel like I want more.
    13 points
  11. Wonder if there's a shift going on-super intense dream activity. @Connor showed up and we were trying to figure out which was the best spot in this ridiculously large mansion for something or other. Maybe it was a library nook? It needed furnishing, I remember that much. I should mention it didn't seem to belong to us, more that we were helping out and it was going to be a space for general use.
    13 points
  12. @Luciana Flora is Brazilian as well!!! Edit: Hi Sylvia! I was so excited to tell Luciana that I forgot to say hi.
    13 points
  13. I had an interesting dream last night. It seemed like I was in ancient Egypt with @DianeHB you didn't look exactly like 'you', but she had similar vibes that when I think of the dream I feel like it was certainly you. I think we were sisters. there was a glass pyramid structure and everyone in the village went to the top of the pyramid and jumped through a hole. They believed that it was the passage to the afterlife and they wouldn't die if they jumped. Me and Diane were the last ones there and she insisted that we go too. I told her the others were stupid for going and there's no way I'm gonna jump. She told me she 'knew' that we wouldn't die and dragged me kicking and screaming And what do you know, we woke up in the future! maybe in the present time or a couple hundred years later from now, it wasn't really clear.
    11 points
  14. Yes, very vivid and stressful dreams the past few nights. Multiple dream sequences. Feeling like I've run a marathon in my sleep. Also wondering if it's a shift or Nexus.
    11 points
  15. Agree! I remember dreams only once or twice a year, and last night was one of those nights. My dream/busy brain/sleep thief was the number 750. I kept fiddling with that number, like trying to fit it, or 750 units of something, into boxes and bags and they wouldn't fit. I was frustrated when I woke up because I don't understand the significance of that number. And 750 was very insistent that I figure it out. Any ideas?
    11 points
  16. That is the most charming tree house I have ever seen!! Thank you for sharing
    10 points
  17. @WolfAmethyst Thanks for that. I would be surprised if the actual "world leaders" at the summit managed to make something half decent about mitigating climate change by reducing global emissions. I more so think that the importance of the event has to do with what people do in response to it. With the fragility of our collective consciousness right now, the event could just serve as another justification that "No one is listening, we're doomed, what's the point, we suck." But it does not have to be that way, and this is the key. How we perceive the event and use our voices and choices to demand change does more good than merely saying "Oh well, we never had a chance anyways." Because the latter leads to what we don't want, and the former creates a path to what we do. Honestly I just don't want us to resign. We have a chance to change, not just through our actions, but by starting with how we see and justify things to continue detrimental patterns. That said, Id love if the world leaders got their heads out of their self-preserving asses and just listened. Not only would others lives better, but so would theirs, which is what they want anyways.
    9 points
  18. I’m not, I was just excited for Luciana! There are very few Old souls in Brazil, so it’s rare for them to show up here. Welcome!
    9 points
  19. You live in a really beautiful place. I love the tree house! In the first picture, I noticed the faces of different nature spirits right towards the bottom right hand corner in between the trees.
    9 points
  20. Wow! Looks Magical.
    9 points
  21. This is something I first learned about during group therapy. If you have never heard of it before, it is a theory that proposes that humans often unconsciously act out the roles of persecutor, victim, and rescuer in their daily relationship, which causes emotional pain and anguish, but each one of those roles also comes with some twisted advantages which may make someone inclined to play it out. I can't summarize all of it very well by myself so here is a document I found that offers an accessible introduction (although I disagree with their assessment that someone falling into the rescuer role would be drawn to joining the police, as it seems more like a persecutor-type career to me). I have been pondering about how the victim role could relate to the Chief Feature of Martyrdom (since tis the season), but the more I think about it, the more I feel like the correlation to CFs may be more open-ended. I have a primary CF of Self-Deprecation and a secondary CF of Arrogance and more often than not I am drawn to the role of victim, although I can think of instances in which I have enacted the other two roles during the course of my life. Anyway, this is something that has helped me shed light on some negative relationship patterns that I did not know were there before, so I thought others might be interested in reading about it as well. Feel free to share your insights if you are so inclined!
    8 points
  22. @Maureen Has also posted on this a few times if you want to take a look at hers: Karpman Triangle
    8 points
  23. Hi Sylvia, I don't know if what I feel is nostalgia. What I always felt was a feeling of not belonging. Being different was demia and I didn't see being different as a good thing. I saw being different as something that made me feel weird to other people and have a hard time making friends. People have a hard time accepting what is different. To be honest, I didn't see myself as an old soul. I thought that if I were an old soul I would know how to deal better with my life and the people around me... IoI... For me being an old soul was a surprise... IoI
    8 points
  24. Wow @Juni this is quite interesting that you are dreaming about @Connor too! For the last 4 nights he shows up in my dreams, I thought not much about it and forgot during the day, from last night I remember he was re-packing in a large building/room stuff into black tube shaped containers, and I came in saying, Connor what are you doing I thought we are done with this. I have to sleep a lot since a week or so.
    8 points
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  26. @DianeHB-- "finding some theory in psychology that's equivalent to the IMs". @KurtisM-- "Until there's some biological, scientific or even pop culture source for stuff like this, it's kind of hard to talk about this outside of here." There is actually an abundance of well-researched theories in "developmental psychology" that are equivalent to what the Michaels refer to as the "Internal Monads". That research and those theories have been in development for more than a hundred years now, and they have nicely converged on what the Michaels have said. Attached you will find a 144-page PDF document, which is a mere introduction to some of those theories, correlated as best I can with the IMs. This document was extracted from my forthcoming book The Natural Sequence. The book manuscript, and this Part of it, is in a very primitive condition. I hope to have the book finished sometime in 2023, after I finish Study Papers on the Original Michael Group next year, if all goes well. DevPsy.pdf
    8 points
  27. Oh I didn't feel you were, I just tried to convey that we can frame the stages in a helpful process oriented way for others. To be honest, yes I agree. Until there's some biological, scientific or even pop culture source for stuff like this, it's kind of hard to talk about outside of here. One thing I forgot to add is that while we've progressed through some pretty difficult negative poles collectively, it IS still progress. I mean, we'd have to go through them at some point anyways, and we're just lightning speed moving into them. What isn't progress is completing this damn IM in -Acquiescence and staying where we are. Which I do see a lot of people want to do, even myself sometimes. To just give up and say "This is us, this is it, we're just a shitty, selfish, destructive species that won't listen to anyone but our own self interest." Our only next step for progress is to aim for +Freedom. And so forth. Resist the acquiescence. We shan't stay stuck here.
    8 points
  28. In that case, your point is not really any different from those of vegans -- we are all aiming for sustainability and more harmony with nature, and in places where we're extremely out of balance, veganism is one of the ways people can do something immediately on an individual level to reject factory farming and mitigate their impact on the environment when our practices are nowhere near sustainable. We aren't all living in homogenous small-ish populations (370,000 is quite small for a country -- my city is about twice that population), and our systems are often controlled by younger souls. I find your last statement a bit odd... the IS comes during times where humanity is headed in the wrong direction -- toward extinction -- or during times of prosperity. I think it's obvious which one we're in. If we were really managing the planet wisely and living in harmony, the IS would hardly need to come in the first place.
    8 points
  29. So cool, Petra. You guys are like real-life woodland nymphs! I'd love to see more pictures of your homestead. I've seen a few of the yurt, but please feel free to share more!
    8 points
  30. @TexB Oh yes the trees are still there, the pictures were made just a few weeks ago. The property is a few miles to the east on the next hilltop.
    8 points
  31. Is this near your house? Are the trees still there?
    8 points
  32. Amazing! I love it!
    8 points
  33. A touching story between a gorilla and her human companion. I teared up while reading it. "But in a public statement, Mr. Bauma said that getting to know Ndakasi had “helped me to understand the connection between humans and great apes and why we should do everything in our power to protect them.” “I loved her like a child,” he added, “and her cheerful personality brought a smile to my face every time I interacted with her.”" https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/world/africa/ndakasi-the-mountain-gorilla-selfie.html
    8 points
  34. That's nice, I'm so glad that I've found this group.. :) * "There are very few Old souls in Brazil"... lol. Well, now I don't know if I'm feeling special or if I wanna cry a little haha.
    7 points
  35. Hey Diane! Thank you Are you Brazilian too?
    7 points
  36. On Friday 22 October 2021, the Progressive International will convene the first physical meeting of the Belmarsh Tribunal in London, placing the War on Terror on trial and demanding freedom for Julian Assange. I am proud to be a member of this important Tribunal, alongside Rafael Correa, Stefania Maurizi, Jeremy Corbyn, Selay Ghaffar and others. Register to attend The Tribunal takes inspiration from the Sartre-Russell Tribunal, of which I was also a member. In 1966, Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre issued a call for a War Crimes Tribunal to try the United States for crimes against humanity in their conduct of the war in Vietnam. A number of us were sent to North Vietnam to observe and record the attacks on civilians. I spent six weeks under the bombs, an experience that shaped the rest of my life. The tribunal convened in Stockholm in 1967. The jury members included Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Isaac Deutscher, Vladimir Dedijer, Mahmud Ali Kasuri, and David Dellinger, among others. The aim was not legal but moral: to bring the crimes to the notice of the public. In London on 22 October 2021, we will do the same. Assange must be freed and the many crimes of the War on Terror placed centre stage. The Tribunal's London sitting will be streamed live. I hope you will join us on this historic occasion. Register to attend
    7 points
  37. I love this! And are those fairy lights I see there hanging? Nice touch!
    7 points
  38. FYI, I wasn't telling you you shouldn't delineate where we are with the 4th IM. My comment was just saying that I'm seeing the work being done, and it is not all doom and gloom. I was looking more along the lines of finding some theory in psychology that's equivalent to the IMs, because I don't feel comfortable taking it from Michael and calling it my own.
    6 points
  39. I asked this question a couple months ago so just checking in again in regards to any update to the Wholeness of Soul course. it just went back into the void after the relaunch awhile ago. Is there an estimated time-frame when it might kick up again or has their been news about it I have missed? Thanks!
    5 points
  40. Thanks @Bobby!! I didn't think of performing a search before posting. It's very interesting how the three positions relate to the Truth/Love/Energy triad.
    5 points
  41. So being creative with resources, and living along the lines of living within one's means, but using one's means creatively and resourcefully, would be evidence of problem solving the "conceptual challenge" as another way of being here? I love the challenge of working with the materials I have and making what I need from it, from that I get gratitude. Would artisans find the conceptual challenge maybe a bit easier as they are recreating themselves most of the time?
    5 points
  42. Squid Game as a Harbinger of the Infinite Soul? When Jesus manifested within the Roman Empire’s Province of Judea, ~1 in 3 people was a slave, and Gladiator Games were one of the most popular forms of entertainment... https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-features/squid-game-review-1240522/ We Have Seen the Enemy in ‘Squid Game’ — and It Is Us The Netflix sensation out of South Korea offers a parable of modern life as blood sport. The fact that it doesn’t feel far-fetched is its twisted appeal The world has been through so much economic, physical, and emotional hardship in the past couple of years, even as the fortunes of the wealthiest have increased. We live in a time when the border between parody and reality feels agonizingly thin, to the point where if we found out there was a real Squid Game–style tournament happening somewhere, not only would many of us not be surprised, but there would be cable-news personalities and members of Congress lining up to defend the practice within hours of this discovery. https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/576386-squid-game-creator-says-trump-helped-prove-world-was-ready-for President Trump helped prove that the world was ready for the dystopian series, IndieWire reported. South Korean director Hwang Dong-hyuk said he had been sitting on "theories" for the show since 2008, when events including the Lehman Brothers crisis and South Korea's economic crisis gripped headlines at a time when he was also personally struggling financially. He likened Trump to the show's "VIP" characters, ultrarich patrons of the game who wear gold animal masks in order to maintain their anonymity as they watch and bet on the contestants playing games with deadly stakes. "Then Donald Trump became the president of the United States and I think he kind of resembles one of the VIPs in the Squid Game. It’s almost like he’s running a game show, not a country, like giving people horror. After all these issues happened, I thought it was about time that this show goes out into the world," he added. MEntity: The notion that others were only in existence to serve a central beneficiary was absurd to him and he made this known. He was able to voice these concerns as invitations for others to join him in that consideration, which led to a shift in dynamics among those around him. MEntity: The Manifestation did not have the effect desired, but without this Infinite Soul, it would have been devastating. MEntity: Slavery had already taken root in humanity and it was on track to be addressed, but with sexual repression added, it was no longer about breaking down obvious structures of oppression. With sexual repression moving into the mix, it would no longer be about external structures being dismantled, but about internalized constructs that would leave humans enslaved to dynamics that would fracture the species in unfathomable ways, opening up humanity to exploitations never experienced before. [Bobby] Why did an IS manifest during Jesus' time? There wasn't any peril pending so was it because it was an especially prosperous period for mankind? MEntity: The impending shift from Baby to Young on the planet at that time was heading for disastrous consequences. The manifestation through Jesus was an attempt to bring the Logos of Love and Agape to the planet, not only for the sake of helping transition retain some sense of compassion and empathy, but to help those who would naturally fall into the lower economic or social positions create and nurture meaning in ways other than material. Christianity is an example of how those "seeds" were lost overall against the prevailing patterns of choices, and the use of such seeds by a Young Soul population, but remained intact for those who chose otherwise. However painful the transition was from Baby to Young, the alternatives were far worse. By "worse," we mean that in those parallels where the Infinite Soul did not manifest, or where the Logos was rejected entirely, all sense of meaning and empathy were lost to those who did not have a material means of reflecting personal value. This is disastrous, even to the early Young Souls, as the system and symbols for those material reflections must be worked out, agreed upon, and explored before being utilized. If there is no patience, compassion, and empathy along the way, a halt to any interest in "being alive" comes in. Mass suicides and genocides, along with a sudden drop in birth rates, ended some parallels of exploration at that time.
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  43. @DianeHB I'm a very systematic person so I love to map according to pre-existing systems. But yes, you're right, there's no need to have a structure. The mere intent helps. If we all needed to understand how a 4th IM works, it'd kind of be redundant, cause we only need to know what we need to know to redefine ourselves. The feelings, the experiences, the failures etc. Michael's words are quite complex, so in all honesty if you even wanted to talk about the stages in more colloquial terms Id say this is as bare bones as you can get: Stage 1 is about moving from not caring about who you want to be, towards caring about just that idea and possibility of reimagining yourself/your life. Stage 2 is about looking right at everything you hate about how others have defined you and allowing yourself to see and feel that. Stage 3 is about realizing you're not those feelings. In meditative philosophy, it's the capacity to realize you are not your thoughts and feelings, you just experience them. We're all like planets experiencing waves of weather and climate patterns. That's what freedom is, no longer being defined by. Stage 4 is about feeling like you're going nowhere and you don't know what you want to be. So you have to choose for yourself where you want to go, who you want to be, and do things that move you there. Stage 5 is about managing all the frustrations and irritating feelings that cone up when you're doing (or not doing) what you want and defining yourself the way you like. It's about letting yourself be ok with the process, celebrating the little steps, just... living. Stage 6 is about bumping up against others that have different ideas of you than you do, and processing that you no longer relate to that, clarifying who you are wanting to be now. Through this you find, nurture and bond with others that like this new you. Stage 7 is about no longer fighting who you are and who you want to be. This can be from a place of resigning to what everyone else says you are and just feeling at odds with everyone, unable to fight it. Or it can be a process of accepting and being who you like to be and the life you build around that.
    5 points
  44. @DianeHBIn a way it does make sense to compare Iceland with the rest of the world, as a kind of role model. It's populated by 370.000 people so it's not that small or just a fishing village! It's a kind of a closed ecosystem and Icelanders are bound by nature's rhythm for life and death. In the past 1100 years 1/3 of Iceland's population have died off during the volcanic eruption each 200 years or so. Iceland and other countries that fish in the north Atlantic closely monitor the fish population and health, banning fishing of certain species for years if there is risk of overfishing. This monitoring of the fish population has been conducted with increased accuracy as technology has developed for more than 60 years. Iceland has never fought wars, exterminated indigenous populations or destroyed the ecosystem by mining or polluting industry. As for using nature's resources ecologically, waterfall and geothermal energy supply all electricity and central heating with waste water from the geothermal powerplants. Busses run on hydrogen produced by this eco-friendly electricity. Most of the food is produced locally besides wheat flour that is now becoming viable due to the temperature increase. What I was trying to point out in a kind of clumsy way, was the non-linear nature of the soul's "evolution" on the material plane. Especially as old soul's, we can have "next" life's in the past as well as the future or multiple parallel lives. But in the soul's reality we are experiencing them all at once. Maybe most of us nearly 8 billions, are here in multiples of parallel lives to experience the coming incarnations of the IS. It's a sad thought from the personalities perspective that these IS incarnations might have the purpose of helping us deal with the massive deaths due to starvation and wars caused by the climate change although also helping us build a new and better tomorrow.
    5 points
  45. There is a large amount of wounding in society at large, and in TLE in particular, surrounding (read: inflicted by) Christians and Christianity. This tends to make it easy to inadvertently draw ire through discussion of Christianity as a topic in any tone that isn't unequivocally negative. That's not a criticism of anyone; the wounding is real, and the feelings it generates are entirely legitimate, if sometimes misdirected. To compound matters, veganism is a deeply personal cause for a great many TLE members, not least Troy himself. Even those of us who aren't yet vegan ourselves are typically deeply sympathetic to it. Combine that with the aforementioned sensitivity surrounding Christianity, and I can see how the points Hjortur brought up might be misunderstood as malicious or "troublemaking."
    5 points
  46. 4 points
  47. The host of Cop26 needs to be a master of diplomacy. Unfortunately, it’s Boris Johnson Andrew Rawnsley (article in The Guardian, Sat Oct 16th, 2021) Having promised he could save the world, there’s very little time left to rescue this critical summit from failure The Queen is not amused. “We only know about people who are not coming,” the monarch was overheard saying. “It is very irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.” It is not the turnout for a Buck House party that is exasperating her, but the unanswered invitations to the Cop26 climate summit that will meet in Glasgow in November. With just a fortnight to go, it is still not clear whether the leaders of China, India or Russia will even turn up, never mind agree to do anything meaningful to address the climate crisis. There is still just about time for one or more of them to send in a last-gasp RSVP, but their reluctance to engage is one of many anxieties for a host who has previously raised expectations that this summit will be a world-saving triumph. When Boris Johnson addressed the UN general assembly in September, he exported to the global stage the boosterism that is so familiar to his domestic audience. From the UN podium in New York, he declared that Cop26 would be “the turning point for humanity”. That sounded like hyperbole unanchored from reality even as he said it. Someone with a better grasp of the geopolitics of the climate crisis and its fiendishly complex challenges would have used more tempered language. For many people, Cop26 is already doomed to let down the planet because no one ever had any serious expectation that this summit would agree to targets for cutting carbon emissions that are robust enough to prevent destructive levels of global warming. The more limited, but nevertheless critical, ambition for this gathering is to extract promises that would get the world closer to being on track to containing global warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. That was the goal set in the groundbreaking Paris climate deal in 2015 In the run-up to the Glasgow summit, we have been told by Mr Johnson that the climate crisis is his number one priority. It is moot how much he is sincerely animated by the fate of the planet. In a previous incarnation as a rightwing newspaper columnist, he was noisily sceptical about the existence of climate change and ridiculed wind power as too feeble to knock the skin off a rice pudding. But in his own self-interest, if nothing else, he needs this summit to be seen as a success. Here is an opportunity to demonstrate that Brexit Britain has the capacity to provide international leadership on the most severe threat to the planet. Success has always been contingent on Mr Johnson getting several things right. Britain’s credibility as the host and ability to persuade others to change their behaviour depended on this country being an exemplar. Yet the government’s full plan to show how Britain will reach net zero by 2050 has still not been published. That’s because there are ferocious rows within government about how to finance it and whether voters will tolerate the ways in which they will have to change their lives. As we reveal today, the Treasury is highly resistant to the costs of greening the economy. Britain did the reverse of setting a good example when Liz Truss, now the foreign secretary, recently signed a draft trade deal with Australia that scrubbed out key pledges on climate action. The deep cuts to the international aid budget have undermined the UK’s moral authority with developing countries. The effort to persuade others to wean themselves off fossil fuels hasn’t been helped by decisions to go ahead with new oil and gas production in the North Sea, while not ruling out a new coal plant in Cumbria. Making a success of this summit demanded a first-class talent for diplomacy. A key role of the host is to charm and cajole other governments to do dramatically better at cutting their output of greenhouse gases. In advance of Glasgow, all countries were expected to set out updated, detailed and stricter plans to reduce emissions. The G20 group of the largest economies is collectively responsible for more than 80% of annual global emissions. Only 11 of the G20 have submitted stronger targets to the UN, with just two weeks to go. China, Russia, Brazil and Australia are among the countries that have not. John Kerry, the US climate envoy, has rather depressingly suggested that the summit will be about finding out “who is doing their fair share and who isn’t”. This raises the spectre that it will be less about agreement-signing than finger-pointing. Richer countries have acknowledged that, since they bear overwhelming responsibility for global warming, they owe a debt to poorer countries, many of whom will be the worst affected by a fried planet. More than a decade has passed since the wealthy world promised to provide $100bn a year by 2020 to help developing countries alleviate and adapt to climate change. There are still no assurances that this pledge will be fully redeemed. The mood music within government has turned gloomier in recent days. There is a rising fear that Glasgow will dismally underdeliver, like the previous Cop in Madrid in 2019. In that disastrous event, it will not be fair to assign all the culpability to Mr Johnson and his government. The UK is an upper middling country, not a superpower. London has some influence in the world, but not the clout to force behemoths such as China and the US to sign up to things they don’t want to commit to. Yet a rotten outcome will inevitably reflect badly on Mr Johnson and make his rhetoric about “Global Britain” ring the more hollow. Failure will also raise questions about whether Britain has made the most of its “convening power” as the host and maximised the use of what international influence it does possess. Experienced officials have long thought that the government has had a halfhearted approach to this summit and draw unflattering contrasts with the successful Paris Cop. That secured an unprecedented agreement because wealthy western countries made an alliance with poorer states to intensify pressure on the large emitters. There has been an absence of this kind of vital coalition-forging in the build up to Glasgow. The Paris Cop was co-ordinated by one of the heaviest hitters that France could muster. Laurent Fabius was a former foreign minister and prime minister of France. The role demands someone with international name recognition and a phone crammed with the numbers of lots of world leaders. Having tried and failed to recruit David Cameron or William Hague as the showrunner of Cop26, Mr Johnson handed the task to Alok Sharma, one of the more anonymous members of his government. Until quite recently, he did the job part time, combining it with the position of business secretary. This did not convey a real seriousness of intent to other players. In recent days, Mr Sharma has started lecturing the leaders of the world’s largest economies not to treat the gathering as “a photo-op or a talking shop” and warned that “if temperatures continue to rise we will step through a series of one-way doors, the end destination of which is climate catastrophe”. He’s completely right about that, but this outburst of public exhortation suggests a degree of desperation about the progress of the private diplomacy. Summits are called such because they are supposed to represent international negotiation at its peak level. They do not succeed without intense amounts of application by the leader of the host country. In 2009, the G20 was convened in London amid the convulsions of the financial crisis. Before the event, Gordon Brown crisscrossed the globe on a mission to persuade his counterparts that it was imperative to take big measures to stabilise plunging financial markets. When it was proving difficult to get the 2005 meeting of the G8 in Gleneagles to sign up to international aid agreements, Tony Blair went in search of Gerhard Schröder, the then German chancellor and one of the obstructionists. Finding him in the hotel bar having a nightcap with Vladimir Putin, Mr Blair put Mr Schröder up against a wall until he gave in. Mr Johnson has poor relations with other European leaders, a cool one with the US president and a distant one with the leaders of China and India. That made it more, not less imperative, that he put in the hard yards of international diplomacy to try to make a success of this summit. Yet there’s scant evidence that he has thrown himself at it with the all-out vigour demanded by the scale of the challenge and now there’s very little time left. If the Cop is a flop, the host will cop a lot of the blame. Andrew Rawnsley is Chief Political Commentator of the Observer https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:5q1J62tHuXMJ:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/16/host-of-cop26-needs-to-be-master-of-diplomacy-unfortunately-its-boris-johnson+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=safari
    3 points
  48. I do not agree with this demeaning post. Whatever the Bible is to anyone, there is no need to speak to another Michael student in this way. Thank you.
    3 points
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