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  1. 14 points
    I see a few misunderstandings here. Michael’s teachings or any overt spirituality aren’t necessary for anyone to progress in soul age — we’ve been evolving for millions of years without them. The soul ages are not “upgrades” in a hierarchy but a description of a natural evolutionary process for Sentience. People will evolve whether they’re “spiritual” or not, because what evolves us is experience, not spiritual knowledge (but spiritual knowledge can help). The Internal Monads describe the natural progression of evolution during the lifetime, and you can observe people go through them (or stay at one stage) based on their behavior. There is a lot of channeling on this site on the IMs if you want to understand them. https://our.truthloveenergy.com/articles.html/library/personality-dynamics/internal-monads/ The transition process after death, whether painful or not, is what Michael calls the 7th Internal Monad. I suppose it can be painful depending on how much people resist the process or go through it faster because they’ve done it so many times.
  2. 13 points
    The Internal Monads are not a vague part of the teachings at all. In fact, there is an entire 'wing' of the TLE Library devoted to that very topic: Internal Monads. No one is alive for the purpose of completing their Internal Monads. There is no rush. We incarnate to experience physical life and to explore whatever sparks our curiosity. Internal Monads are not imposed as a 'graduation system'. They are simply a means of charting the natural growth of every Sentient consciousness within a lifetime. Everyone has to embrace or resist their own birth. Everyone who lives long enough has a 'midlife crisis', regardless of Soul Age. Everyone must embrace or resist their mortality when death approaches, no exceptions. The Internal Monads are no more imposed upon us than sunrises and sunsets. The Afterlife is very simple. When you die, you will experience whatever it is that you expect to experience. If you think you deserve to experience Hell, that's what you'll get. You'll create a nice Hell for yourself and you'll sustain it for as long as you desire, regardless of whether or not you are an older or younger soul. Anyone can learn to be more self-loathing than self-loving, and being a younger soul does not mean you are destined for an unpleasant afterlife. You are giving sole evolutionary credit to the Astral interval between lifetimes, saying that it is only the work we do between lives which advances our Soul Age. This is incorrect. Some people shift Soul Age Levels while still physically alive. That said, most people do complete the 7th Internal Monad of their Soul Age Level after physical death, but they will only progress in Soul Age if the 7th Monad is completed in the Positive Pole. In other words, it requires a lifetime of work beforehand for a Soul Age Level shift to occur, and many Personalities refuse to do the work. If a person spends a lifetime choosing to resent their birth, resist their autonomy, abdicate responsibility for defining themselves, resent growing old, and reject their mortality, then what foundation do they have upon which to support their launch into the new perspective of the next Soul Age? They will arrive in the afterlife desiccated, spiritually impoverished, and quite incapable of embracing the new perspective of the next Soul Age. And so they will create a new lifetime who will ideally progress further - not because there is any need to complete the Internal Monads positively, but because it is more pleasant to do so. Finally, Michael does not lie. They make mistakes and get things wrong occasionally. But they do not lie. Why would Michael ever try and sugarcoat reality for us? They never have before. The whole point of studying the Internal Monads is, along with everything else in Michael's teachings, to realize that you have a choice. We have a choice in how we respond to these inevitable stages of life, and the overall arc of our lifetimes is shaped by those choices. That does not sound like a lie to me. It sounds empowering, and it sounds like a perspective that we could learn from anyone with some life experience.
  3. 13 points
    I've decided to ask Michael and my astral team to help me figure out how to attain reparations for Black American descendants of enslaved people and former European colonies across the African diaspora. I figure it's more strategic to look at it through the lens as across the diaspora rather than just Black Americans as the Triangular Slave Trade has really connected us all and devastated us all in different ways. From the socioeconomic chasm (I won't even call it a gap) that Black Americans continue to experience due to the institutional exploitation of my people by US institutions to the fact that Haiti had to pay France $21billion after winning the war for their independence (and continues to be exploited and punished by the Western world for their audacity to fight for their freedom), I think this is long overdue. The Western world literally robs the African continent of all of its natural resources to this day and has the nerve to continuously keep them in debt using the World Bank, which also forbids African nations from using any of their loans to build any infrastructure that could possibly get them out from under the oppression of Western nations. The US also uses the imperialist military and CIA to violently intervene anytime leaders and groups across the African diaspora begin organizing for self-sufficiency, including murdering, exiling and imprisoning leaders like Kwame Ture, Fred Hampton, Malcolm X and Patrice Lumumba and propping up leaders who are easily controlled by the West against their countries own best interest. I used to be super angry and upset about all of this. which I and all Black people have every right to be angry but like Michael said, anger points to where we feel powerless and I don't feel powerless anymore. As I've completed by 4IM and generally began channeling my radical beliefs into productive action, I woke up today and realized there is really no better time than now to start uniting my people across the diaspora for this cause. I have no real attachment to or affinity for America (or any nation really) other than the fact that it was built by and sustained with my people's blood, sweat, tears, ingenuity and (in the words of W.E.B. Dubois), “few men [and women and nonbinary folx] ever worshiped Freedom with half such unquestioning faith as did the American Negro for two centuries.” That fact is the only reason I haven't left this hypocritical land. In all honesty, I personally don't care if paying the reparations it owes bankrupts the West lol but I do think there are ways to make this happen in ways that will ultimately uplift the entire world. I enjoy WIN-WIN situations, even if one side doesn't necessarily deserve to win anything haha. My people (and now I use this to include the entire diaspora) have consistently shown that we can make diamonds when handed coal, so what can we make when handed the diamonds that little Black boys and girls hands were once chopped off by King Leopold to mine? We also only seek liberation, not revenge and I think that also shows what kind of collective heart we have. I don't think it was an accident that my Essence decided to incarnate as a Black American woman who is a descendant of enslaved people on both sides in Texas (the last state to free enslaved folks years after the Emancipation Proclamation) in this lifetime. I don't think it's an accident that I'm as young as I am and have consistently been able to easily access the kinds of spaces I've charmed and accomplished my way into with the incredibly powerful people I've been to influence. Baby me always dreamed of being able to not only help free but uplift her people and what better way to use my 5IM (and goal of Dominance) than to bring those dreams back and help lead explorations to manifesting them, regardless of how realistic they are? I specialize in the unrealistic. And with my Priest vision, if I can see it (and if it keeps popping up in my vision no matter how much I try to ignore it), I know it's achievable. I don't think this will be achievable without allies of all identities. I'm sure it'll also be even more achievable if all former colonies of POC (and even working class folx) around the world who were exploited by the West united for this sort of cause, although it would be important to highlight and center the unique experiences and reparations owed to the African diaspora. This is an intersectional issue and this will be an intersectional effort. That's what I always loved about Fred Hampton's teachings and I'm excited to explore carrying it forward, even if I bide my time and don't really work on this until later in life when I've built more influence and abundance and communities of care to support it. I will conclude this musing with a belief from my hero Angela Davis that I've since committed to memory whenever I feel burdened as a Black woman in this world: "when Black women are free, everyone will be free — as Black women never work solely on their own behalf, but carry their entire communities forward." ("The Iconic Moment Activist Angela Davis Visited Black Brazilian Women")
  4. 12 points
    Gotta admit, I'm kind of confused at the jump in assumption here: why do people need to know about the Internal Monads in order for them to exist? I agree with @DianeHB , I think there seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of the Internal Monads and Michaels' teachings in this question. The Internal Monads aren't a series of "upgrades" in the sense you're using the term. You don't need to study them in order to go through them (as one would consciously seek out items to get to the next level of a video game, for example, or pass tests to get to the next grade in school ). The Internal Monads, and the Michael Teachings in general, are a framework through which we can look at the world around us. This framework is intended to help us recognize natural patterns and structures and truths that are already there. The intention is that by shifting our perception of the world in this way, we can make more conscious choices. We can see how our actions, inactions, and reactions are the result of patterns of thought, or choice, or karma, or fear -- and we can therefore make more informed choices about how we want to navigate life than we would have without that information. If you're in the Third Internal Monad, for example, you can't just study it real hard and quickly move on to the Fourth, no more than a little girl can will her breasts into existence (which is 100% a thing almost all of my friends and I tried unsuccessfully to do). It's a phase of growth you go through. Think of it this way: a caterpillar turns into a butterfly because that's simply how it evolves. That's it's life cycle. From our perspective, it's a larva, then it's a caterpillar, then it goes through a phase of lots of eating, then it's a chrysalis, then it sprouts wings as a butterfly, then it dies. Similarly, human bodies are born, and we grow from babies to teens to young adults to adults to old age, and then we die. We don't need to consciously pursue this growth of our bodies in order for it to be so: it just happens. That's how the universe works. This same growth applies to Essence in the Astral plane (and later, Entities in the Causal plane): we are "born" from a Spark, and we grow from Babies into Young Souls, then Mature Souls, then Old Souls, and then we cycle off. Essence doesn't need to consciously pursue this growth of its "body" in order for it to be so: it just happens. That's how the universe works. Re: a channeled answer, you can absolutely buy a session with Troy to ask this directly to Michael, if you'd like. Unfortunately, we don't live in a Resource-Based Economy yet -- while Troy is wonderfully generous in sharing the Energy Reports and certain community Michael Sessions for free: he's still gotta eat and pay his bills.
  5. 11 points
    All the things that you described have been getting to me too. I have been feeling this deep sense of sadness and the need to cry in an effort to process ongoing events. What gets to me the most is the complete rejection of Truth, the hate, and the apathy by some people. I probably spend too much time reading the comments section of various social media and news websites. I cannot believe the amount of hate, complete disregard for the well being of others, disinformation and idiotic conspiracy theories that people write about.
  6. 10 points
    I had a dream last night that I have to share with you because it seemed like a TLE Great Gathering on the astral plane. A whole bunch of us were in what seemed like a really nice hotel, and we'd all brought our phones with pictures of our pets and our gardens and so on and were running around showing them to each other, and talking, and having a great time. We were also there to get help and advice from @Troy who was seated in a nice big comfortable squishy chair, and had @Bobby and @Uma (I distinctly remember it was them!) "guarding" him and telling us, "One at a time, and please don't wear out the channel! There will be plenty of time for all of us to have answers!" The last thing I remember was waiting in line to ask @Troy a question and noticing my hair had changed from blonde to an "ombre" shade of red. (Which I really liked - when we open back up here in CA I might ask my hairdresser if she can do that...) On a positive note in world news, Letitia James, AG of New York, is going after the NRA: https://www.thedailybeast.com/ny-attorney-general-leticia-james-moves-to-disband-the-national-rifle-association And she's doing it in a way (strictly focused on finances) that is going to force Republican beneficiaries to leave the NRA out to dry, or themselves face investigations. Now the Washington DC Attorney General is, ahem, following suit: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-sues-nra-and-its-foundation-as-ny-seeks-to-dissolve-the-group/2383715/
  7. 10 points
    @Becca the Student, here you go, straight from the NYTimes: Michelle Obama said in her new podcast this week that she had been dealing with “low-grade depression.” The former first lady said it had helped to keep a routine, including exercise and getting fresh air. As discussed, we are all experiencing this together. It's a profound collective grief. I’m looking forward to a future where life’s changes are more fair, equitable and compassionate — for everyone.
  8. 9 points
    @Becca the Student Same here, sorry to say, today was the worst, it took me some hours this morning to pull myself together, a cloak of sadness so tangible. Nature came to the rescue each leaf in the wind, the birdsong, little chipmunks chasing each other, and a smile found its way back on my face. Sorry my beautiful picture came double, still not good at this, big Hug Becca!
  9. 8 points
    Advanced Profile Posted by Maxim September 12, 2014 - Filed in Essence Reports - #advanced profile essence reports #profiles - 191 views [on explore.TLE] This was delivered to me in September 2011 and includes the comments I made at the time: ESSENCE AND PERSONALITY PROFILE STUDENT: Maxim Zbitnoff ESSENCE DYNAMICS Role: Artisan Casting: Sage Cadre/Entity: 1/4 E-Ratio: 35m/65f Frequency: 80 This surprised me because I'd previously had the idea of frequency 38 and was thinking it might be half that at 19. I do know that I have to go over and over some things to get them. Soul Age/Level: Old/7 Manifested Age: Old Lifetime#: 311 Grand Cycle#: 10 ESSENCE TWIN INFORMATION Role: Server Cadre/Entity: 1/7 Status: Discarnate male, probably known as a childhood friend TASK COMPANION(S) INFORMATION Role/Gender: Priest/guide Role/Gender: Priest/guide PERSONALITY DYNAMICS Goal: Flow > Acceptance/Growth Mode: Observation > Passion/Perseverance Attitude: Spiritualist I was pretty convinced I was an idealist.... perhaps the sage casting adds that flavor. Center/Part: Moving/Intellectual Moving Center is total surprise as I have viewed moving as the one that I use to balance the other two. Besides, I was not good at sports or dancing.... though I enjoy doing things with the body... many years in construction thinking I should be more creative or intellectual. Body Types: Mercury/Saturnine Mercury.... hmm. Saturn... sure. Chief Feature 1: Stubbornness (mild) Chief Feature 2: Self-deprecation (mild) Mild??? Perhaps now but I spent many years in the thrall of some kind of chief feature. I've sure had plenty of arrogance and Impatience along with Self-deprecation and Stubbornness. ADVANCED INFORMATION True Work/Life Task: “To generate and share Affection” True Play: Exploring, Wandering, Helping True Rest: Silence, Reading, Researching True Study: “Life,” People, Motivations COMMENTS: We describe your Task as being “To generate and share Affection,” and this is quite literal. Affection here refers to the more tangible aspects of Agape, which is a kind of resonance that can be felt with or without physical contact. It can be felt via touch, experienced via interaction, or observed via perception, but it is tangible. It is something that is difficult to ignore or question, even if it is rejected. Affection as an extension of Agape does not require recognition or even exchange, because the giver and receiver are not interpreted as being so separated. When the resonance is there, both benefit, however one or the other interprets it. If this Task is pursued, it would most likely show up as a kind of “walking softly,” but with a permanent olive branch, rather than a big stick, if you will. There would be a kind of intentionless intention behind choices and navigation of the life, much like a small boat on the ocean with only an oar. There is a surrender to the fact of larger forces at work on the life, or the boat, if you will, and while you can direct yourself to some degree in direction, the profound embrace and curiosity for whatever floats to you, or by you, is the emphasis here. Your boat is stocked; the rest is adventure. If this Task is rejected, it might show up as a distraction with material or survival issues that are felt to be more demanding for addressing than the intimacy allowed or developed between yourself and others. In other words, you would put off may opportunities for affection, thinking that it must wait until you are more presentable and acceptable, yourself. From what we can see, there are many who are grateful that you have not chosen to reject the Task. The comments about the task give definition to and describe an aspect of what I have come to be about. Nice image: "Your boat is stocked; the rest is adventure." When I was 8 or 9 years old and had a hamster I pursued the idea of generating and sharing affection. I thought I could make the hamster and our cat friends. I put the hamster in front of the cat on my bed and the cat made one quick reach with its paw touching the hamster's neck and the hamster died of fright. I shed tears.
  10. 8 points
    I routinely don't remember my dreams. So I feel you. What I have begun to notice is when I see posts of people having similar dreams here, I start looking at my waking life too. We currently are getting some work done on our house and it has lead to days of sorting through 10 years of toys and clothes and detritus that was saved for later. Just something I have noticed.
  11. 8 points
    I have just closed a number of older support tickets that were related to inability to access the Fringe & Whackadoodle Studies Club. Because of issues with renewing subscriptions, Troy made the Club free, and then he made further changes so that the Club should no longer ask anyone for payment to enter or join the Club. If you wish to access content in this Club and cannot, please add a comment below. Be aware that if you are not currently a member of the Club, you must join it first. (There is a button to do that if you're not yet a member.) If no one indicates issues with this Club within the next month, I will close this site issue topic.
  12. 7 points
    As a kid, I always got a kick out of asking people in church that since there were "white churches" and "black churches" if it was that way in heaven too
  13. 7 points
    Sending you hugs and love. I hope we get that Energy Shift of Liberation next week. I think we all could use it.
  14. 7 points
    I am feeling very similarly these last two days. Just so much sadness.
  15. 6 points
    Yes, I feel an Energy Shift since last night, Aug 11, when Harris was announced as VP pick. Michael says the dates are approximate. I do feel "surprise relief" and a little more hopeful.
  16. 6 points
  17. 6 points
    Facebook Marketplace and/or OfferUp are good resources to get rid of things. Advertise what it is, that its brand new unused, with as many specifics as you can, that you are firm or will negotiate on the price, and that they move it from its location to their car and it will be gone. People buy from those resources like crazy.
  18. 6 points
    My what/wow reaction to that post was to express my astonishment to the fact that there even *are* segregated graveyards. With a fuckin fence. Like WTF. Had never occurred to me.
  19. 6 points
    Yes, but it can also take up to four to six weeks for a Nexus to fully "settle" after it's moved through the Positive. So sorting dreams now may simply be your Essence finishing up the merging process with the other timelines we merged with last month. I don't think Energy Shifts have the same symptoms as Nexii do -- they're just shifts in collective energy. EDIT to say: someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  20. 6 points
    These days I take inspiration wherever I can find it -- large or small. I read this on a post in a FB group I'm in. It made me feel a little better... a little more hopeful. Small victory. Yesterday in Mineola, TX (about 2hrs from us), the city started taking down a fence that has segregated the grave yard for centuries. Blacks buried on one side, whites on the other. Racism has been so systemic that in this day and age, even after death people still felt a need to keep people segregated. Not anymore in Mineola, Texas.
  21. 6 points
    So sorry, @Becca the Student. I had to sort something similar out. I decided that I wasn't depressed I was sad. What I see in us and around us is deep grief. Grief is about change and everything is changing -- at warp speed it seems. I'm sending you a big warm hug.
  22. 6 points
    God, my heart just hurts today. This is overwhelming. The divisiveness and the rampant harm and the utter disregard for life in all of its forms, the utter vitriol and the rampant conspiracy theories is just getting to me right now. It feels never-ending. I know it isn't. I'm usually an optimist; it's fairly easy for me to Trust things will eventually be okay. But I'm having trouble this week looking at the world around me. Even little things like watching my favorite youtube videos; they're all filled with terrible comments. I know Michael says they know all of us after a Breakthrough, that we will navigate toward Breakthrough at some point... just having difficulty processing everything right now. There's a lot of pain out there, and so many people causing so much deliberate harm. This shit just hurts. Apologies for sharing such a depressing comment. I guess I just needed to share this with someone and cry about it, or something.
  23. 5 points
    I felt that same surprised relief with Harris' announcement! It's funny, because she wasn't my favorite pick for President, so I didn't think I'd have too much of a reaction to her being the pick (versus, for example, Warren or Stacy Abrams). But I had such a huge, positive reaction to her announcement. She has a firm, no-nonsense, grounded energy I like for VP, especially with Biden being a bit all over the place. Also she has a great progressive voting track record in the Senate, which is encouraging.
  24. 5 points
    In us, there's : - Spark - Essence - Personality - Body Anything else? That's FOUR different 'parts', or even 'friends' in a way, even if the Personality sometimes feels so alone. Then with us there is always - Primary guide = Life Guide (the same one through an incarnation) - At least 2 other guides at all times: Relationship guide and Event guide, who may and do vary according to need through incarnation. Guides) - Non-incarnating guides (the same ones through one grand cycle would be the norm but not without exceptions, is what i gather from what has been said - Michael has mentioned they act as support and guidance through a grand cycle for a design, but also had to check for Jeroen if the same fragments had been with him since the beginning) Anything else? And we are of course always in touch, one way or another, with our cadence, entity, cadre, etc, etc, and support circle and all the other mathematical connections....I'm not sure how to phrase my question here, actually.... Well, if someone has something to add or correct, I guess that's my question. if i'm getting this right, and if there is even more.
  25. 5 points
    I'll help! I'll wear sequins and heels and false eyelashes while cooking turkey and stuffing and smashed taters! And because astral feet don't hurt and astral sequins don't get gravy stains on them I CAN DO THIS! And while I'm at it I will put up the tinsel and flashing lights and remember, astral cats can swallow astral tinsel and it will be OK! PARTY!
  26. 5 points
    Thank you for posting this Maureen. My own natal charts has most of my houses in the 12th house, and reading the description Michael gave you explains much about my life in terms of internal and external experiences. It's comforting in a way to see this is what was intended, at least through astrology's understanding, of my life and how it's unfolded.
  27. 5 points
    It seems that what I had included was, in fact, the full extent of Geraldine's post. The following was all I was able to find and, unfortunately, I do not seem to have archived any of the 3 comments referenced. " Added by Geraldine B on January 28, 2014 at 4:45pm — 3 Comments January 2014 Blog Posts Vulnerability and Intimacy One of the undercurrents of many of our negative poles and Life Tasks is to work with Vulnerability and Intimacy, and while Michael has discussed it in detail, sometimes, they lack the nuances of how it works. This is an excellent article that's worth a read - The Power of Vulnerability by Christine Hassler. G "
  28. 5 points
    Hi @Uma, you're most welcome and yes I will search my files for Geraldine's old ning post and re-post it here when I find it. Hope you're very well too!
  29. 5 points
    Oh, thank you so much. Sending you a big, warm hug right back! I think that's what this is: grief. Thank you for that perspective -- it makes it easier to deal with this sadness, as something that in itself needs to be processed, rather than a reaction to being unable to process the world. EDITING to say @Christian, that is fascinating. I think you might possibly be onto something.
  30. 5 points
    I was thinking about the implosive / explosive dynamic. Brain came up with this. Nuclear power as we currently use it and understand it is explosive. We break atoms apart with force and the explosion. Releases energy. Also called fission. Nuclear fusion, as I understand it, is pressing atoms tightly together until they join and it creates more power than fission. Fusion is how stars work. Massive pressure and heat fusing atoms into new elements. Fossil fuels were created this way over millions of years of heat and pressure recombining carbon atoms of plants into oil. We then explode it to power our current civilization. I don't know how all that fits together. I am not even sure I am remotely right. It seems like this is very much the edge of understanding and like a 3rd grader trying to understand special relativity.
  31. 4 points
    I actually felt the Energy Shift too, though more in relation to my personal life. Progressives kicking ass in primaries over the past couple weeks has been heartening, too.
  32. 4 points
    @neskinchennyy Some people have an urge to correlate personality typologies, and if you do an internet search for <MBTI Enneagram>, for instance, you will find numerous attempts to do so. In my study paper, I attempted to find correlations with numerous personality typologies, obviously. This taught me how weak versus how strong the correlations can be, and it varies all over the place. After writing that study paper, one of my conclusions was that correlating them is more of an intellectual exercise than anything else, which is an activity that has value per se, but the value of that exercise for me, at least, seems to have been rather limited. So, my conclusion from all of my work of making correlations, was that it is better to use each typology for its intended purpose, which is to teach one about themselves; one will learn something different about oneself from each and every typology that one takes the test for. On the <quora.com> website, an internet discussion group, there is much to learn about MBTI types. It has been very helpful to me to understand myself in terms of my MBTI types, primarily INTP and secondarily INTJ, near as I can tell. I learned stuff about myself that the Overleaf System does not teach me. For the History of the Overleaf Chart book, I wrote the "Personality Typology" chapter mostly for the purpose of introducing readers to the structural components of the Overleaf System, by introducing readers to the structural components of these other typologies, and emphasizing that more than discussing the personality traits. I feel that I had more success in that exercise -- comparing structural components of typologies -- than in comparing personality traits in the various typologies. From my point of view, the meaning of the Monadic and Axial Attributes, the "principles" of Twoness and Threeness, from which the Overleaf System emerges, has been "neglected" by Michael Students. INTPs and INTJs are into that sort of thing, and those are rare MBTI categories in the general population, so maybe that is perhaps why the pursuit of understanding the Attributes of the Overleaf System has been "neglected" by others -- but not by me. My History book covers a lot of territory that has been "neglected" by other Michael students. I am going to add this reply in the Conclusion to the chapter in the book. Thanks for the inspiration!
  33. 4 points
    I remember my dreams with a certain frequency... but those dreams are quite different from the dreams I see the people reporting... I never, really never, dream about globe events... all my dreams have to do with very personal events... I never dreamed about president or famous people... it's always about my family... former schoolmates or my anxieties about my personal life... It seems that even in my dream I don't get involved in global affairs...
  34. 4 points
    The Netflix-series Connected and Down to Earth, I like very much, puts my mind in a welcomed spot!!!
  35. 4 points
    An article which resonated strongly with me, as it mentions a lot of things Michael's been talking about re COVID, the transition to a Mature Soul world, and analogies between "The Unravelling of America" and The Fall of Rome (text highlights in bold are mine) The Unraveling of America Anthropologist Wade Davis on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/covid-19-end-of-american-era-wade-davis-1038206/?fbclid=IwAR3MQnBtEYrI1ih5CEAF038oCqCNTIH0o4nqwI9kOAhZ7gge8UtUZeXocdg Never in our lives have we experienced such a global phenomenon. For the first time in the history of the world, all of humanity, informed by the unprecedented reach of digital technology, has come together, focused on the same existential threat, consumed by the same fears and uncertainties, eagerly anticipating the same, as yet unrealized, promises of medical science. In a single season, civilization has been brought low by a microscopic parasite 10,000 times smaller than a grain of salt. COVID-19 attacks our physical bodies, but also the cultural foundations of our lives, the toolbox of community and connectivity that is for the human what claws and teeth represent to the tiger. Our interventions to date have largely focused on mitigating the rate of spread, flattening the curve of morbidity. There is no treatment at hand, and no certainty of a vaccine on the near horizon. The fastest vaccine ever developed was for mumps. It took four years. COVID-19 killed 100,000 Americans in four months. There is some evidence that natural infection may not imply immunity, leaving some to question how effective a vaccine will be, even assuming one can be found. And it must be safe. If the global population is to be immunized, lethal complications in just one person in a thousand would imply the death of millions. Pandemics and plagues have a way of shifting the course of history, and not always in a manner immediately evident to the survivors. In the 14th Century, the Black Death killed close to half of Europe’s population. A scarcity of labor led to increased wages. Rising expectations culminated in the Peasants Revolt of 1381, an inflection point that marked the beginning of the end of the feudal order that had dominated medieval Europe for a thousand years. The COVID pandemic will be remembered as such a moment in history, a seminal event whose significance will unfold only in the wake of the crisis. It will mark this era much as the 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the stock market crash of 1929, and the 1933 ascent of Adolf Hitler became fundamental benchmarks of the last century, all harbingers of greater and more consequential outcomes. COVID’s historic significance lies not in what it implies for our daily lives. Change, after all, is the one constant when it comes to culture. All peoples in all places at all times are always dancing with new possibilities for life. As companies eliminate or downsize central offices, employees work from home, restaurants close, shopping malls shutter, streaming brings entertainment and sporting events into the home, and airline travel becomes ever more problematic and miserable, people will adapt, as we’ve always done. Fluidity of memory and a capacity to forget is perhaps the most haunting trait of our species. As history confirms, it allows us to come to terms with any degree of social, moral, or environmental degradation. To be sure, financial uncertainty will cast a long shadow. Hovering over the global economy for some time will be the sober realization that all the money in the hands of all the nations on Earth will never be enough to offset the losses sustained when an entire world ceases to function, with workers and businesses everywhere facing a choice between economic and biological survival. Unsettling as these transitions and circumstances will be, short of a complete economic collapse, none stands out as a turning point in history. But what surely does is the absolutely devastating impact that the pandemic has had on the reputation and international standing of the United States of America. In a dark season of pestilence, COVID has reduced to tatters the illusion of American exceptionalism. At the height of the crisis, with more than 2,000 dying each day, Americans found themselves members of a failed state, ruled by a dysfunctional and incompetent government largely responsible for death rates that added a tragic coda to America’s claim to supremacy in the world. For the first time, the international community felt compelled to send disaster relief to Washington. For more than two centuries, reported the Irish Times, “the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the U.S. until now: pity.” As American doctors and nurses eagerly awaited emergency airlifts of basic supplies from China, the hinge of history opened to the Asian century. No empire long endures, even if few anticipate their demise. Every kingdom is born to die. The 15th century belonged to the Portuguese, the 16th to Spain, 17th to the Dutch. France dominated the 18th and Britain the 19th. Bled white and left bankrupt by the Great War, the British maintained a pretense of domination as late as 1935, when the empire reached its greatest geographical extent. By then, of course, the torch had long passed into the hands of America. In 1940, with Europe already ablaze, the United States had a smaller army than either Portugal or Bulgaria. Within four years, 18 million men and women would serve in uniform, with millions more working double shifts in mines and factories that made America, as President Roosevelt promised, the arsenal of democracy. When the Japanese within six weeks of Pearl Harbor took control of 90 percent of the world’s rubber supply, the U.S. dropped the speed limit to 35 mph to protect tires, and then, in three years, invented from scratch a synthetic-rubber industry that allowed Allied armies to roll over the Nazis. At its peak, Henry Ford’s Willow Run Plant produced a B-24 Liberator every two hours, around the clock. Shipyards in Long Beach and Sausalito spat out Liberty ships at a rate of two a day for four years; the record was a ship built in four days, 15 hours and 29 minutes. A single American factory, Chrysler’s Detroit Arsenal, built more tanks than the whole of the Third Reich. In the wake of the war, with Europe and Japan in ashes, the United States with but 6 percent of the world’s population accounted for half of the global economy, including the production of 93 percent of all automobiles. Such economic dominance birthed a vibrant middle class, a trade union movement that allowed a single breadwinner with limited education to own a home and a car, support a family, and send his kids to good schools. It was not by any means a perfect world but affluence allowed for a truce between capital and labor, a reciprocity of opportunity in a time of rapid growth and declining income inequality, marked by high tax rates for the wealthy, who were by no means the only beneficiaries of a golden age of American capitalism. But freedom and affluence came with a price. The United States, virtually a demilitarized nation on the eve of the Second World War, never stood down in the wake of victory. To this day, American troops are deployed in 150 countries. Since the 1970s, China has not once gone to war; the U.S. has not spent a day at peace. President Jimmy Carter recently noted that in its 242-year history, America has enjoyed only 16 years of peace, making it, as he wrote, “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.” Since 2001, the U.S. has spent over $6 trillion on military operations and war, money that might have been invested in the infrastructure of home. China, meanwhile, built its nation, pouring more cement every three years than America did in the entire 20th century. As America policed the world, the violence came home. On D-Day, June 6th, 1944, the Allied death toll was 4,414; in 2019, domestic gun violence had killed that many American men and women by the end of April. By June of that year, guns in the hands of ordinary Americans had caused more casualties than the Allies suffered in Normandy in the first month of a campaign that consumed the military strength of five nations. More than any other country, the United States in the post-war era lionized the individual at the expense of community and family. It was the sociological equivalent of splitting the atom. What was gained in terms of mobility and personal freedom came at the expense of common purpose. In wide swaths of America, the family as an institution lost its grounding. By the 1960s, 40 percent of marriages were ending in divorce. Only six percent of American homes had grandparents living beneath the same roof as grandchildren; elders were abandoned to retirement homes. With slogans like “24/7” celebrating complete dedication to the workplace, men and women exhausted themselves in jobs that only reinforced their isolation from their families. The average American father spends less than 20 minutes a day in direct communication with his child. By the time a youth reaches 18, he or she will have spent fully two years watching television or staring at a laptop screen, contributing to an obesity epidemic that the Joint Chiefs have called a national security crisis. Only half of Americans report having meaningful, face-to-face social interactions on a daily basis. The nation consumes two-thirds of the world’s production of antidepressant drugs. The collapse of the working-class family has been responsible in part for an opioid crisis that has displaced car accidents as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. At the root of this transformation and decline lies an ever-widening chasm between Americans who have and those who have little or nothing. Economic disparities exist in all nations, creating a tension that can be as disruptive as the inequities are unjust. In any number of settings, however, the negative forces tearing apart a society are mitigated or even muted if there are other elements that reinforce social solidarity — religious faith, the strength and comfort of family, the pride of tradition, fidelity to the land, a spirit of place. But when all the old certainties are shown to be lies, when the promise of a good life for a working family is shattered as factories close and corporate leaders, growing wealthier by the day, ship jobs abroad, the social contract is irrevocably broken. For two generations, America has celebrated globalization with iconic intensity, when, as any working man or woman can see, it’s nothing more than capital on the prowl in search of ever cheaper sources of labor. For many years, those on the conservative right in the United States have invoked a nostalgia for the 1950s, and an America that never was, but has to be presumed to have existed to rationalize their sense of loss and abandonment, their fear of change, their bitter resentments and lingering contempt for the social movements of the 1960s, a time of new aspirations for women, gays, and people of color. In truth, at least in economic terms, the country of the 1950s resembled Denmark as much as the America of today. Marginal tax rates for the wealthy were 90 percent. The salaries of CEOs were, on average, just 20 times that of their mid-management employees. Today, the base pay of those at the top is commonly 400 times that of their salaried staff, with many earning orders of magnitude more in stock options and perks. The elite one percent of Americans control $30 trillion of assets, while the bottom half have more debt than assets. The three richest Americans have more money than the poorest 160 million of their countrymen. Fully a fifth of American households have zero or negative net worth, a figure that rises to 37 percent for black families. The median wealth of black households is a tenth that of whites. The vast majority of Americans — white, black, and brown — are two paychecks removed from bankruptcy. Though living in a nation that celebrates itself as the wealthiest in history, most Americans live on a high wire, with no safety net to brace a fall. With the COVID crisis, 40 million Americans lost their jobs, and 3.3 million businesses shut down, including 41 percent of all black-owned enterprises. Black Americans, who significantly outnumber whites in federal prisons despite being but 13 percent of the population, are suffering shockingly high rates of morbidity and mortality, dying at nearly three times the rate of white Americans. The cardinal rule of American social policy — don’t let any ethnic group get below the blacks, or allow anyone to suffer more indignities — rang true even in a pandemic, as if the virus was taking its cues from American history. COVID-19 didn’t lay America low; it simply revealed what had long been forsaken. As the crisis unfolded, with another American dying every minute of every day, a country that once turned out fighter planes by the hour could not manage to produce the paper masks or cotton swabs essential for tracking the disease. The nation that defeated smallpox and polio, and led the world for generations in medical innovation and discovery, was reduced to a laughing stock as a buffoon of a president advocated the use of household disinfectants as a treatment for a disease that intellectually he could not begin to understand. As a number of countries moved expeditiously to contain the virus, the United States stumbled along in denial, as if willfully blind. With less than four percent of the global population, the U.S. soon accounted for more than a fifth of COVID deaths. The percentage of American victims of the disease who died was six times the global average. Achieving the world’s highest rate of morbidity and mortality provoked not shame, but only further lies, scapegoating, and boasts of miracle cures as dubious as the claims of a carnival barker, a grifter on the make. As the United States responded to the crisis like a corrupt tin pot dictatorship, the actual tin pot dictators of the world took the opportunity to seize the high ground, relishing a rare sense of moral superiority, especially in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The autocratic leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, chastised America for “maliciously violating ordinary citizens’ rights.” North Korean newspapers objected to “police brutality” in America. Quoted in the Iranian press, Ayatollah Khomeini gloated, “America has begun the process of its own destruction.” Trump’s performance and America’s crisis deflected attention from China’s own mishandling of the initial outbreak in Wuhan, not to mention its move to crush democracy in Hong Kong. When an American official raised the issue of human rights on Twitter, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, invoking the killing of George Floyd, responded with one short phrase, “I can’t breathe.” These politically motivated remarks may be easy to dismiss. But Americans have not done themselves any favors. Their political process made possible the ascendancy to the highest office in the land a national disgrace, a demagogue as morally and ethically compromised as a person can be. As a British writer quipped, “there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid”. The American president lives to cultivate resentments, demonize his opponents, validate hatred. His main tool of governance is the lie; as of July 9th, 2020, the documented tally of his distortions and false statements numbered 20,055. If America’s first president, George Washington, famously could not tell a lie, the current one can’t recognize the truth. Inverting the words and sentiments of Abraham Lincoln, this dark troll of a man celebrates malice for all, and charity for none. Odious as he may be, Trump is less the cause of America’s decline than a product of its descent. As they stare into the mirror and perceive only the myth of their exceptionalism, Americans remain almost bizarrely incapable of seeing what has actually become of their country. The republic that defined the free flow of information as the life blood of democracy, today ranks 45th among nations when it comes to press freedom. In a land that once welcomed the huddled masses of the world, more people today favor building a wall along the southern border than supporting health care and protection for the undocumented mothers and children arriving in desperation at its doors. In a complete abandonment of the collective good, U.S. laws define freedom as an individual’s inalienable right to own a personal arsenal of weaponry, a natural entitlement that trumps even the safety of children; in the past decade alone 346 American students and teachers have been shot on school grounds. The American cult of the individual denies not just community but the very idea of society. No one owes anything to anyone. All must be prepared to fight for everything: education, shelter, food, medical care. What every prosperous and successful democracy deems to be fundamental rights — universal health care, equal access to quality public education, a social safety net for the weak, elderly, and infirmed — America dismisses as socialist indulgences, as if so many signs of weakness. How can the rest of the world expect America to lead on global threats — climate change, the extinction crisis, pandemics — when the country no longer has a sense of benign purpose, or collective well-being, even within its own national community? Flag-wrapped patriotism is no substitute for compassion; anger and hostility no match for love. Those who flock to beaches, bars, and political rallies, putting their fellow citizens at risk, are not exercising freedom; they are displaying, as one commentator has noted, the weakness of a people who lack both the stoicism to endure the pandemic and the fortitude to defeat it. Leading their charge is Donald Trump, a bone spur warrior, a liar and a fraud, a grotesque caricature of a strong man, with the backbone of a bully. Over the last months, a quip has circulated on the internet suggesting that to live in Canada today is like owning an apartment above a meth lab. Canada is no perfect place, but it has handled the COVID crisis well, notably in British Columbia, where I live. Vancouver is just three hours by road north of Seattle, where the U.S. outbreak began. Half of Vancouver’s population is Asian, and typically dozens of flights arrive each day from China and East Asia. Logically, it should have been hit very hard, but the health care system performed exceedingly well. Throughout the crisis, testing rates across Canada have been consistently five times that of the U.S. On a per capita basis, Canada has suffered half the morbidity and mortality. For every person who has died in British Columbia, 44 have perished in Massachusetts, a state with a comparable population that has reported more COVID cases than all of Canada. As of July 30th, even as rates of COVID infection and death soared across much of the United States, with 59,629 new cases reported on that day alone, hospitals in British Columbia registered a total of just five COVID patients. When American friends ask for an explanation, I encourage them to reflect on the last time they bought groceries at their neighborhood Safeway. In the U.S. there is almost always a racial, economic, cultural, and educational chasm between the consumer and the check-out staff that is difficult if not impossible to bridge. In Canada, the experience is quite different. One interacts if not as peers, certainly as members of a wider community. The reason for this is very simple. The checkout person may not share your level of affluence, but they know that you know that they are getting a living wage because of the unions. And they know that you know that their kids and yours most probably go to the same neighborhood public school. Third, and most essential, they know that you know that if their children get sick, they will get exactly the same level of medical care not only of your children but of those of the prime minister. These three strands woven together become the fabric of Canadian social democracy. Asked what he thought of Western civilization, Mahatma Gandhi famously replied, “I think that would be a good idea.” Such a remark may seem cruel, but it accurately reflects the view of America today as seen from the perspective of any modern social democracy. Canada performed well during the COVID crisis because of our social contract, the bonds of community, the trust for each other and our institutions, our health care system in particular, with hospitals that cater to the medical needs of the collective, not the individual, and certainly not the private investor who views every hospital bed as if a rental property. The measure of wealth in a civilized nation is not the currency accumulated by the lucky few, but rather the strength and resonance of social relations and the bonds of reciprocity that connect all people in common purpose. This has nothing to do with political ideology, and everything to do with the quality of life. Finns live longer and are less likely to die in childhood or in giving birth than Americans. Danes earn roughly the same after-tax income as Americans, while working 20 percent less. They pay in taxes an extra 19 cents for every dollar earned. But in return they get free health care, free education from pre-school through university, and the opportunity to prosper in a thriving free-market economy with dramatically lower levels of poverty, homelessness, crime, and inequality. The average worker is paid better, treated more respectfully, and rewarded with life insurance, pension plans, maternity leave, and six weeks of paid vacation a year. All of these benefits only inspire Danes to work harder, with fully 80 percent of men and women aged 16 to 64 engaged in the labor force, a figure far higher than that of the United States. American politicians dismiss the Scandinavian model as creeping socialism, communism lite, something that would never work in the United States. In truth, social democracies are successful precisely because they foment dynamic capitalist economies that just happen to benefit every tier of society. That social democracy will never take hold in the United States may well be true, but, if so, it is a stunning indictment, and just what Oscar Wilde had in mind when he quipped that the United States was the only country to go from barbarism to decadence without passing through civilization. Evidence of such terminal decadence is the choice that so many Americans made in 2016 to prioritize their personal indignations, placing their own resentments above any concerns for the fate of the country and the world, as they rushed to elect a man whose only credential for the job was his willingness to give voice to their hatreds, validate their anger, and target their enemies, real or imagined. One shudders to think of what it will mean to the world if Americans in November, knowing all that they do, elect to keep such a man in political power. But even should Trump be resoundingly defeated, it’s not at all clear that such a profoundly polarized nation will be able to find a way forward. For better or for worse, America has had its time. The end of the American era and the passing of the torch to Asia is no occasion for celebration, no time to gloat. In a moment of international peril, when humanity might well have entered a dark age beyond all conceivable horrors, the industrial might of the United States, together with the blood of ordinary Russian soldiers, literally saved the world. American ideals, as celebrated by Madison and Monroe, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Kennedy, at one time inspired and gave hope to millions. If and when the Chinese are ascendant, with their concentration camps for the Uighurs, the ruthless reach of their military, their 200 million surveillance cameras watching every move and gesture of their people, we will surely long for the best years of the American century. For the moment, we have only the kleptocracy of Donald Trump. Between praising the Chinese for their treatment of the Uighurs, describing their internment and torture as “exactly the right thing to do,” and his dispensing of medical advice concerning the therapeutic use of chemical disinfectants, Trump blithely remarked, “One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” He had in mind, of course, the coronavirus, but, as others have said, he might just as well have been referring to the American dream.
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    @Leela Corman, You can design the lighting, I'll help build the stage. Note: there will be trees. Lots and lots of trees. Think forest glen. Edit: Probably an Astral Mead bar under the biggest oak.
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    @Connie Stansell-FoyI feel ya. My wasband was also a hoarder and someone who couldn't finish a project. When we divorced I gleefully put all the stuff he'd hoarded on "his" side in the garage. Including the box of first editions that he'd left out so they got wet and moldy. Somehow I was supposed to fix that, even though I kept saying "nope, nope, not my problem." Of course he got rid of it after that. I bet you could find a handy person in your neighborhood to set up the heater, but yes: advertise the rest, someone will want it and they will come take it away. I'm not having sorting dreams but I do dream about birds. Lots of birds, cheerfully occupying my furniture that for some reason I have put out in the yard. (In my dreams.) It is furniture that I don't want. If you want to start remembering dreams, put a pad of paper and a pen by the bed. Do your best to write down even one word or image from a dream when you wake up. Remembering dreams is a skill that needs to be practiced . . . but even before that, you have to let Essence know that you want to remember, and the pad & pen are the invitation.
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    @Bobby has good advice. My neighborhood is such that I could just move junk to the roadside and someone would take it within a few days. So that's an option too.
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    Laundry sorting dream this morning, and going down dark hallways with passageways to different rooms. I was having trouble finding the right one because of how dark it was, but finally managed it. Also was sorting the laundry at a party for some reason. Time frames for shifts are approximate, right?
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    Wow, @petra, that picture is beautiful!
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    February 6, 2001 HAPPINESS List Topic February Channeled through Troy MICHAEL: We have been asked to address the nature of Happiness. Happiness, more than any other reference in a lifetime and while in a body, is the measure of how free you are, how connected to Essence you are, and how close you are to having fulfillment of your desires. Happiness allows you a reference for how well you are listening to yourself and your impulses and satisfying your Primary Needs. In nearly all lifetimes Happiness is exclusively generated from within the individual fragment, but this is not the rule. There are many fragments, because of Needs, Karma and Personality Design, who require external factors and meaningful exchanges for the Happiness to be maintained. This is not to negate that it must first be generated within them, but many can maintain it singularly, while others require resonance to others. First for all to consider is that every Desire you have is fully capable of being fulfilled within a lifetime. Desires are programmed into a Personality before birth, therefore, all ingredients with which those Desires require CAN be found within the lifetime. You would not have Desires that cannot be fulfilled. We will define Desire, here, simply as “that which you long for.” To “long” implies that which is out of reach, but that is part of the equation between Desire and Having. It must appear “out of reach” in order to produce the Desire. This Desire, then, is what motivates a large portion of your life and the energy expended to move through it. Desire can be Polarized as “Longing” as the Positive Pole, and “Yearning” as the Negative. Yearning has a fragment resigned to remaining with the Desire, but determining the experience or object is permanently out of reach. Desires can be fulfilled through the path of following Impulses. Your Impulses were “born” before you were and therefore are literal guidelines and original Essence parameters for the lifetime. This does not negate “free will” as Impulses are generated as messages from Essence and Guides and placed in your “future” as you Choose and Decide your paths. Most fragments are taught from an early age to disregard and fear Impulses, or at the very least to confuse Impulses with Reactions. There is a profound difference between Reactions and Impulses. Impulses are softer and gentler and “nudging” in the experience of the energy, while Reactions are compulsive, mindless, and fueled by energies generated by fear, such as Anger, Resentment, Revenge, Resignation, etc. As you listen to your Desires, follow your Impulses, your next consideration is in freeing yourself from the Scripts you internally create as signs of what your Desire will “look like” when it is fulfilled. Many of you do not follow your Impulses completely, but instead “grab” the first thing that remotely resembles what you Desire or completely “miss” that which you Desire because it did not “show up” as you expected it. Creating attachments to predefined results will continually constrain you to Yearning. Choosing to let go of your preconceived ideas or of the object you obtained that is not fulfilling your Desires will allow your Essence to bring to you or lead you to that which is truly fulfilling. This brings us to the crux of what Happiness is. Happiness is Polarized as Surrender in the Positive Pole and Resignation in the Negative Pole. A person who is truly Happy is in a state of Surrender. We define Surrender here as “relinquishing control, possession, or demands,” and Resignation as “giving up, settling.” Both can bring Happiness, but one generates a resonance with your life, while the other is a sense that your life is imposed. We will now comment on the factors that must be considered that require an individual to have External Factors as a means to maintain Happiness: Sages and Priests, in general, are the Roles that require external factors as a means to maintain Happiness, most often in the realm of relationships. These two Roles are by far the most “fragile” while in bodies and require external care and contact as a means to feel happy. Priests, because they have no reference for their “Earthly lives” and have a difficult time in many instances feeling as if they are wanted and needed “here.” Sages, because, as we have said many times, they are literally the “children” of your Universe and can tend to be the most sensitive of all Roles in terms of requiring resonance with another. Those who exist within a lifetime that is of the 6th Level of any Soul Age will require a great deal of intervention, care, compassion, and reaching toward as a means to maintain their Happiness. This is due to the major Karmic Load they carry and are committed to. This allows little time and energy for these fragments to sustain a sense of Happiness without some form of constant reminder. Personalities with a predominance of Overleaves on the Expression Axis are prone to requiring the same. Those with Primary Needs of Exchange, Communion, and Acceptance are also affected. With all of these things considered, the last thing we will mention are the symptoms of what it means to an Older Soul (late mature to old) to be seeking and finding Happiness. As you move closer and closer to what you feel is the fulfillment of your Desire, and therefore, your Happiness, it is not uncommon to feel tremendous excitement, terror, internal messages that you have never been more afraid, anxiety and distraction. This is simply because to be reaching the truth of what you are following or finding as your true happiness and desire means you are stepping into a freedom that is entirely new for you. Many times, in whatever area that may be, you have never “been there before” in any of your lifetimes.
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    Hi @Christopher LeBlanc, Thank you for this great compilation, again. That link to Geraldine's old ning post no longer works. I was wondering if perhaps you have a copy of it somewhere? I couldn't find it here on TLE. Hope all is well with you. Thanks.
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    @Connie Stansell-Foy and @Crystal I asked this question at TLEGG in 2017 and got an answer for the other roles! The transcript is here-- scroll down to the last question of the session:
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    Hello guys, am GGG from Lebanon. Am so delighted to be accepted as a member in your awesome community. Much love to you all !
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    You could also consider telling him to get it set up or get it out by a certain date or you are selling/giving it away? If you go that route and are on FB, there are groups called Buy Nothing groups where people in your hyperlocal area offer stuff for free. Also seconding Bobby's suggestion of Marketplace.
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    4th and 10th Natal Houses 4th House could be called: The House of ~ IMPRINTING (or Belonging) Astrological counterparts: Water (Personal), Cancer, Cardinal, Moon, #4 Relationship to the Michael Teachings: The Intellectual Center ‘Truth’, –The Resources, Roots of Self-Karma 10th House could be called: The House of ~ CONTRIBUTION (or Contributing) Astrological counterparts: Earth (Universal), Capricorn, Cardinal, Saturn, #10 Relationship to the Michael Teachings: The Higher Intellectual Center ‘Truth’, +The Resources, Symbolism of Self-Karma, the House where the Body Type is influenced at the point of conception Maureen: Michael – Please give your perspective on the Astrological, Natal 4th House and the Natal 10th House. And…as you have been doing them as a pair please note: There is dispute over which parent rules which house – the 4th or the 10th. There is a convincing argument that the “shaping parent” is found in the 10th – the one who had the greatest influence on our societal development. While the more “hidden parent” – the one whose influence may have been less outwardly visible, but possibly stronger at an unconscious level – is found in the 4th. The 4th House traditionally rules everything that relates to the foundation and roots of our existence: home, family, ancestors and homeland. It is thought to be a deeply private house – the place where we can go to rest or recharge ourselves. It is said to indicate the beginning and end of all things, representing childhood experiences that give rise to an unconscious emotional experience of life, the vulnerability of old age, the process of death, and funerals. The beginning of the 4th house is the Nadir or the lowest point of the Natal chart. The Moon has been given natural rulership of this house. The 10th House traditionally rules your career, your public reputation, your worldly status. It suggests your optimum contribution to society, the qualities for which you'd like to be admired and respected. What you “make of yourself” is a 10th house matter. Claiming your authority is THE 10th house passage. Planets in the 10th and/or ruling the Midheaven suggest how authority figures are perceived and conditions the way their seen. It is thought to be an “inescapably” public house. The beginning of the 10th house is the Midheaven – the highest point of the Natal chart. Saturn has been given natural rulership of this house. Maureen: Please comment on the significance of my Moon being conjunct my Midheaven in the 10th House (opposed my Nadir, 4th House) – as a way to illuminate the function of the Houses. MEntity: The 4th House is an Intellectual House that can help describe those influences of imprinting that come from within the intimate or immediate circle. It can also describe the basic roots of Self-Karma that will then be played out in the world through the symbolism of the 10th House. It also helps describe how one thinks of himself beneath the surface of how he presents himself. The 10th House can describe the imprinting influences that come from outside of the immediate or intimate circle, such as those in institutions and communities. It can also help describe how one goes about presenting himself to the world (10th House) in comparison to how he feels about himself (4th House). The 10th House is Higher Intellectual, and is the process of extracting truth from the insights gained by the Intellect. It could be said that the 10th describes the path that may be created in pursuit of the truths that are important because of the ideas collected from the 4th. MEntity: Your Moon in the Tenth House might suggest that your pursuit of the truth is through the resonance and empathy gained by your own emotional experiences and wounding. In other words, you navigate to those who share in similar struggles, which is then met with a mix of repulsion and attraction, of course. This is because the navigation comes from the intention of using your own inner stories and insights to help bring truth to others, but you may find that they also have truths for you. The latter can sometimes be met with resistance/repulsion (hence, the opposition to the 4th). Understanding that the 10th House qualities not only lead you to those with whom you can share new truths, but also to those who can share them with you. MEntity: The 10th House is also where the Body Type is influenced at the point of conception, as the 10th House could be said to describe one's own ideas given form, be they in terms of career, or creating a life. 5th and 11th Natal Houses 5th House could be called: The House of CREATION (or Creating) Astrological counterparts: Fire (Social), Leo, Fixed, Sun, #5 Relationship to the Michael Teachings: The Moving Center ‘Energy’- in terms how it is used to secure the Life Force, –The Goal, The True and/or False Personality and how it is being manifested, and also – the challenges or strengths one has in allowing one’s Support Circle or the Development of Support 11th House could be called: The House of CONSTELLATION (or Uniting) Astrological counterparts: Air (Universal), Aquarius, Fixed, Uranus, #11 Relationship to the Michael Teachings: The Higher Moving ‘Energy’ – the Utilization of Support developed in the 5th House, +The Goal, House where the Goal is held Maureen: Michael – Please give your perspective on the Astrological, Natal 5th House. The 5th House traditionally rules risk-taking, gambling, creativity, children and love affairs. It’s the House of joy, fun, giving love and spontaneous self-expression. Planets placed here would likely describe how we act out our child-like innocence and fantasies of our specialness. Please give your perspective on the Astrological 11th House. The 11th House traditionally rules “hopes & wishes”, groups, organizations, community, friendships and allies. In the 11th House we discover we are not alone in the world, we can experience the strength of a collective stand and the society of others. Planets placed here would likely show how well we “fit in to the group” or what type of group we would choose to “immerse” ourselves in. MEntity: We may respond to both questions as one answer to cover both. The 5th Natal House could be said to symbolize the Moving Center in terms how it is used to secure the Life Force. The 2nd House could be said to symbolize how the Moving Center is used to secure the Body's survival, but the 5th is what is then done with that Body. Maureen: As a follow-up question -- Would the 5th House then relate to the 3rd CF ? MEntity: In response to the follow-up question: As Chief Negative Features are developed as habits after the life begins, they are not natively described in Houses. However, a retrograde or opposing angle may give hints as to where and how the Chief Negative Features are developed. MEntity: Though correlations can be drawn between Houses and certain Overleaves, it might be said that the 5th House describes the whole that is greater than the sum of the parts, in terms of Overleaves. The True and/or False Personality and how that is being manifested. This is the House that also describes the challenges or strengths one may have in terms of allowing one's Support Circle. While the 2nd House might describe how or what one does to survive, the 5th House might describe how or what one does to feel alive. We remind you that our responses are abbreviated, and that no response on this subject should be considered complete while exploring it in this format. The 11th House, then, might be best understood in terms of being related to the Higher Moving Center. It is the House that represents how one is utilizing the Support gathered in the 5th House. The 5th House is the development of Support, while the 11th is the utilization of that Support. This House is also where information about the Goal is held. Maureen: in what way? MEntity: The Goal is the entire motivation for a lifetime and a Personality. It is action-based, and requires interaction with the world for fulfillment, therefore, it is the part of the Personality that ends up moving that Personality into the path of people. It could also be said that this is the House of Agreements and Configurations. In terms of "in what way" the House holds information about the Goal, that information would be revealed by what Sign rules the House, what Planets may be present, their Angles, and any other considerations relative to that House. The combination of factors would have to be interpreted as a whole, just as any other aspect of Astrological insight. Maureen: If there is time - for illumination - what is the effect of having my South Node in the 5th House / North Node in my 11th? MEntity: We cannot interpret your Nodes in any meaningful way in this allotted time , but we can say that this combination you describe suggests a process for the Personality to learn to remove or rise above the demands and expectations imposed upon your relationships, and returning them to states of pleasure, innocence, and playfulness. 6th and 12th Natal Houses 6th House could be called: The House of WHOLENESS (or Perfecting/Self Improvement) Astrological counterparts: Earth (Social), Virgo, Mutable/Cadent, Mercury, #6 Relationship to the Michael Teachings: Emotional Center ‘Love’, –The Plan, Ordinal/Inspiration: How one is Inspired 12th House could be called: The House of MERGENCE (or Merging/Healing) Astrological counterparts: Water (Universal), Pisces, Mutable/Cadent, Neptune, #12 Relationship to the Michael Teachings: Higher Emotional Center ‘Love’, +The Plan, Cardinal/Inspiration: How one Inspires Note: This was the first question – on the 12th House – that started me off asking Michael about all the Astrological Natal Houses. Maureen: I have 3 planets (Sun, Venus, Mercury) in my 12th house. It is often described as being the house of isolation, hospitals, i.e., retreats of any kind, BUT I find this incongruent with the overall description of what it means to be “above the horizon”, usually pointing to “exposure” of sorts, for any planet placement. What is Michael’s take on this? What is the “true” meaning of the 12th house in Astrology? MEntity: We would not qualify our response as clarifying the "true" meaning of the 12th House of a Zodiac, but we can say that it is A truth. As Astrology is a system of symbols, the flexibility of meaning and "truth" can accommodate a great many perspectives, maturities, and contexts. Our perspective of the 12th House, in terms of the Natal Zodiac, tends to be that this is where issues of collective inheritance comes in, with the planets emphasizing how these would be brought through the Personality. By "collective inheritance" we mean that which is a collection of imbalances, ideals, woundings, and/or patterns that are relative to a group of past Personalities of your Essence (past lives) or relative to those who your Essence intends to include as part of the current life. For those who lean toward an emphasis of Healing within the lifetime, either of the self or others, there can be a tendency for planets to populate this House. It could be called "The House of Healing," for that matter. When the Sun is present, we would think this is relative to SELF; with Venus present, it would indicate realms of Intimacy; and with Mercury present, it might indicate the realms of Communication. Each of those areas may come with built-in challenges that prompt a development of techniques and methods for Healing. This is a highly simplistic response, but a good start for consideration. As a follow-up, at a later session, I asked the next question: Maureen: The 12th House: I find it incongruent with the overall description of what it means to be “above the horizon”, usually pointing to “exposure” of sorts, for any planet placement. Is it that planets that are placed in the 12th House could actually or potentially face such great “exposure” (being “above” the horizon) that the only recourse in “this life” is to seek retreat of some kind… so that healing can take place? MEntity: One of the only ways for healing to occur is through the exposure of wounding. Most are walking around exposing their wounds far more so than is realized. The 12th House helps to clarify that. The 12th House then is the exposed wounding, even if well-hidden. Healing is unnecessary without wounding, so there is a polarity, or dynamic here. Maureen: Thanks -- I've been wondering about that for years! MEntity: It can be a description of the patterns that have emerged in the life as a result of navigating with those wounds, but also the potential paths for healing. At another Session, to complete the pairing, I asked about the 6th House: Maureen: I started (last time) with the 12th House – this time I would like to hear your perspective on the opposite house – the 6th House. Traditionally it has been called the house of service/bondage, health and work with the more modern twist leaning towards personal crisis or transformation -- where you either suffer or grow. The 6th House can also refer to daily time and how we spend it. What is Michael’s take on this? What is your perspective on the 6th House? MEntity: In response to your question: it might be said that the 6th House is one where issues of Self-Improvement are of emphasis, which can show up all matters of the Self, such as health, career, work, how one experiences Time, and uses Time, and as such, refer to the use of Emotion. It might be said, then, in simplistic terms, that the 6th House is relative to one's Emotional Center and how that manifests in one's personal world, whereas the 12th House might reflect how one's Higher Emotional Center manifests beyond one's personal world. To expand upon that, it could be said that the 6th House describes how one is inspired, and the 12th House is how one inspires. Both are explorations of Inspirational qualities, relative to ordinal and cardinal contexts. MEntity: We have more to say, of course, but this is a start.
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    Apologies for the late response. @Cong I certainly agree with it receiving mixed bag influences which, unfortunately, makes it all the more difficult. @Maureen I do find it useful! Thank you! @Philip Wittmeyer I primarily was able to make correlations between the MBTI and the Overleaf System by asking those that I knew to take both quizzes in addition to simply reading the descriptions. Per the MBTI, I would be INTP and per the Overleaf System, I would be a Scholar, and I do find these two to match quite well. However, I have found dissimilarities to your chart. Of course, this is not and will not be an exact science. The easiest way to perhaps get a better correlation would be through data collection? Mayhaps it would be helpful if Michael students took the MBTI and volunteered their results? What I attempted to do on a smaller scale could be reproduced on a larger scale. And I have looked at other parts of the chapter but it will require a further study before I can comment on topics that I know less about. It felt rude were I to not at least mention that I had done so.
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    I had a minor sorting dream last night.
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