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LIVE MICHAEL SPEAKS Open Floor Q&As MAY 26, 2013 Channel: Troy Tolley [Question] Hello Michael. I would like to ask about the relationship of Greed Chief Feature to Self-destruction CF. How the first relates to the second, and what one can do if the energy turns pitch black and suicidal. That was my question. [MEntity] Greed and Self-Destructions are methods of protection against one's fears regarding "having." Greed is enlisted as a means for protection against the fear of lack, while Self-destruction can be developed as a protection against the fear that the life is actually being wasted, that one is not even worthy of the life force that animates the self. Greed will seek to compensate for the lack by obtaining more and more, and will tend to fixate upon something that represents the potential for satisfying that lack. Self-destruction will see to compensate for the sense of waste by constantly striving to earn the worth of having anything at all. Greed says that I am worth more than this. Self-destruction says I am not worth this (or this is not worth it). [Comment] Slightly paradoxical. [MEntity] There are many degrees of manifestation of these Chief Features, and they range from the most literal and obvious to the most subtle and insidious, as with any Chief Feature. When one is consumed by the self-protection of Self-Destruction, there are two ways that can help to move through that "black and suicidal" state: One is to utilize the Positive Pole of the partner Chief Feature of Greed, which is to say that one would focus somewhere, somehow, on something for which one has an appetite. Anything. A great tasting food. A beautiful sky. A television show. Positive Poles of Chief Features are never "positive" in the sense that Overleaves have positive poles. This is because the Positive Poles of Overleaves describe a difference between an inclusive state versus an exclusive state. In Chief Features, the "positive" pole is relative because it is more inclusive, but it is still a state of division, defense, and separation. Using the positive pole of the partner Chief Feature of Greed, which is APPETITE, can bring one back into a state of participation. And this can help to serve the second suggestion we have, which is to WAIT. When one is in a "black and suicidal" state, the only option is to wait. It will pass. It WILL pass. It may return again and again, but it will pass. And it is not a conclusive state. Nothing is. This is a "heavy" topic that can be further explored, but we think these are insights and suggestions that can be helpful, especially if taken in while not consumed by the Chief Feature, and then called upon. If there is nothing more that one can do when in that state, repeat: WAIT, JUST WAIT. And do so. [Question] Hello Michael. I am very interested in the Fragment in Siberia known as Vissarion ( and his following). I have a feeling that in this case " there is more than meets the eye". I'd like your brief take on his chosen path and philosophy. Is he a transcendental soul? thanks. [MEntity] The fragment in question appears to be a charismatic Early Mature Priest-Cast Sage with a means of packaging delusions so that they are fairly useful, attractive, and generally harmless. He is not a Transcendental Soul. We refer to his Idealism as "delusion" here, only in the sense of its claims and conclusions. The idealism, itself, is as most idealism: a perspective that seeks to improve upon that which can be improved upon. When Idealism cannot be fulfilled, it can turn into Naivete, and either bring about failings or even disastrous consequences, or be repackaged in delusions that can help to sell the ideals. [Comment] hmm alright. so his claims for being enlightened rebirth of jesus are part of the charismatic idealist package? hmm [MEntity] It plays upon the narrative of persecution, as well, for those who would refute his claims are clearly in denial, or not capable of recognizing the truth of this return. [Comment] haha this brings to focus my own naivete, as i almost/did believed him myself. this brings a lot for me to reflect on. [MEntity] Of the many who have made this claim, this fragment appears to be fairly harmless, with "good" intentions. We remind you that your capacity to choose, to believe, and discern is one that you must cultivate, yourself, and consider our input one of many, and not the definitive answer. We share with you our perspective, and this will always only ever be another version of the truth, even if seen from a higher, clearer, more informed position; it is still only a version. [Question] Michael, a lot of us in our 20s and 30s have had or are having trouble figuring out careers that are right for us. What suggestions do you have for how to go about choosing a satisfying career path? [MEntity] It is always advisable to explore career options from two different angles: that of experience, and that of experiments. Experience gives you information based on your hobbies, inclinations, interests, fascinations, and all that those bring to you. Experiments include the obvious exploration of the unknown, either intentionally or unintentionally, but also includes giving a chance to various positions of work or study that are available and accessible that may not have been given a chance. The "Do what you love and the money will follow" is not always true, as many will attest. There must be an audience, a market, a demographic, a need, even if these are created by you, yourself, as part of a launch or nurturing of a career. Along the way of working with Experience and Experimentation, regardless of one's age, it is important to keep in mind that there will most likely be pressure to draw an income or sustain independence in some way while figuring out what one wishes to do. Doing what one must do, is not the same thing as doing what one will do. Though there are many ways to dispute, delineate, or deny this, there will always tend to be only the 7 broad categories of pursuit for careers as described by the Roles: CREATIVE, COMMUNICATION, GUIDANCE, HEALING, LEADERSHIP, LAW, and RESEARCH Artisan/Sage, Priest/Server, King/Warrior, Scholar There are many combinations of these things, of course, and subcategories, but from this simplified breakdown, one can begin to help oneself discern a direction. [Question] Leadership = Warrior and Law = King? or vice versa? [MEntity] These may or may not correspond to one's Role (or Casting,) as there will always be imprinting, accessibility, need, etc. Because the career of an individual, or source of income, is relative to Personality, using one's Overleaves as they fall on any dominant Axis or Axes can help more than one's Role. This is a good start for helping one with this process, though there can be more discussed on this subject, or more help on individual bases. [Question] Hi Troy/Michaels, I would like to know more about Mary Magdalene. Any information that you would consider important that would pertain more to our current paradigm. I am particularly interested in her role/connection with Jesus, how they worked/supported each other. Thanks [MEntity] Though an individual will manifest the Infinite Soul, it is still a fragment, an individual fragment, who acts as the conduit for that manifestation. The life of the individual is not forced or formed by that Infinite Soul, but the choices, realizations, and actions of that fragment help to create the point necessary for the Manifestation. Those choices, realizations, and actions are certainly informed by a definite thread of awareness "direct" from Tao. However, the fragment incarnating is still Human, at least in this case. In most Manifestations of Infinite Soul, there is the necessity for the complete Support Circle of that fragment to be intact, active, and available, as well as (at least) one fragment who will act as "the savior" for that individual. The fragment known as "Mary" was the Anchor Position in the King's Support Circle, and was this individual Personality's "savior." There must be that one person who fully grasps and allows for the utter despair, fear, and confusion, as well as the profound bliss, wisdom, and enlightenment as it is experienced by that Human and individual Sentient hosting. Mary was that fragment for this King. The spectrum between "darkness and light" was allowed with her, and she presented to him the acts of permanent forgiveness, tranquility, redemption, and agape that was not found in any other relationship. For every Manifestation of the Infinite Soul, there is a "Mary." After the recovery from the Manifestation, these fragments went on to form a union and to live out a rather peaceful life in sanctuary, raising children. [Question] Michael, I have the following question, and if it is quick (for you), was Mary Magdalene the Essence Twin of Jesus? [MEntity] Yes. That is correct. [Question] hello Michael, I'd like to ask, regarding making choices, how to distinguish between choosing from Essence, vs choosing the path of least resistance. [MEntity] That would be difficult, as they are often the same thing. However, it may be helpful to think more in terms of choosing AS Essence the path of most desirable flow. We say this because one never has to choose *between* Essence and a path of least resistance, and while one may choose the path of the most desirable flow, it will not necessarily be a path of no resistance. Choosing AS Essence simply means making the choices that appeal to you while grasping the greater impact of those choices to the best that one can grasp that. Choosing the path of greatest desire simply means creating a path by listening to one's quiet impulses, questioning the more demanding compulsions, and trusting yourself along the way. [Question] what if the lack of resistance itself is what causes the appeal [MEntity] These paths are not so definitive as "Essence" vs "path of least resistance," but we can say that as one begins to make choices AS Essence, the level of resistance in the life tends to reduce. By resistance here, we do not refer to the level of challenges, effort, or obstacles, but to one's resistance, one's experience of pain, suffering, etc. There is a difference between "path of least effort" and "path of least resistance." Water cannot be faulted for its flow. Essence and Personality cannot be, either. It is natural. It is gravity. The path of least resistance, however, is not always the path of choice, and the path of least resistance is not always the path of least effort. Mountains are divided by the natural flow of water and its meeting with resistance, even as it follows its path of least resistance. However, water is always flowing toward the larger body, and it will cut through mountains to do so, and this is also how Essence functions. With that in mind, it can be helpful to consider asking which is the path of least movement vs the path of fulfillment. Which path seems to be moving you toward something greater, and which path seems to distance you further from that. "Something greater" can be defined by you. If you do not know of something greater, or if you have no inclination to flow, move, make an effort, or act on desires, then it can be helpful to LET yourself simply sit there in that, be with it, until you are done with it. Letting yourself be with that can often be the very state one requires so that one can fill again to a point where the flow returns. To help one determine how well one is choosing AS Essence, one need only look to one's relationship with Choice. If you refuse the practice of choice, then you refuse Essence. If you embrace the responsibility, effort, and capacity for choice, you tend toward navigation as Essence. From there, the resistance or flow of the path is fairly moot. [Question] Michael, following on Janet’s question about C2E6 being a Resource Beacon, how would you describe Cadre 1 Entity 5 as a Beacon or an “open invitation …that allows for specific benefit to others”? [MEntity] Cadre One, Entity Five tends to act as a Communication and a Guidance Beacon, but actively covers all Beacons to some degree. The others are covered to such a great degree that Communication and Guidance are only technically more pronounced.
This material was originally posted on December 29, 2012, as a private session transcript. Janet: I just received an Essence Report from Troy for my daughter Emma. In the report you indicate that she is first cast in cadre 2, entity 6. I have been told by another channel that this is also my entity, and recently we've been exploring how my position as last-cast on the first side of my entity is affected by interaction with wild cards from the first cadence on the second side. I’m not sure how likely it is that the first and last cast on one side of entity 6 are both Artisans. Can you confirm that I am indeed in the same entity as my daughter? I’m rather sentimentally hoping this is true but I think it’s important to be set straight if it’s not the case. MEntity: Though we know this information may evolve and change over time because the understanding will grow and change, based on the current understanding of the entity models, this particular Entity has 373 fragments with 378 Positions and the first "side" is entire Artisan. The "second side" is Priests. The "third" is a mix of Scholars and Warriors. There are 12 Wild Cards. Those who are the first of the Entity would slide into the Positions at the "end" of the Entity (on the so-called "third, or Energy/Beauty side). Janet: Oh my. That is fascinating. Thank you. Is the second side also incomplete and involving wild cards from the third side? MEntity: Each "side" has 4 Positions to fill. Note from Janet: Other sessions have identified more than 12 wild card positions in this entity, including some empty positions that are not at the end of a side. Janet: So all the wild cards are to fill positions at the ends of the sides. Is this true of all wild cards or do some fill positions in the midst of a side? MEntity: Positions are filled relative to those who follow in the count behind them. Think of the Positions as abhorring a vacuum, pulling in those who start the next count. The "empty" Positions can often be peppered throughout an Entity. Janet: I have that. For 6th entity, wild cards fill empty positions at end of the side. Is this true of all entities where wild cards exist? MEntity: No, this is specific to this particular Entity and its arrangement of fragments and Positions. Janet: Thank you. Is there anything else you would like to say about this entity that would be useful to those of us who belong to it? MEntity: We have nothing urgent to add, but we can say that one consideration for the life of those who come from this entity is that they will always be eclectic meeting grounds for a number of people from surprisingly disparate paths. It would be helpful to consider that there is no way to really make the life of one from this entity homogenous. The fragments from this entity are magnets for pivoting and facilitating others. They are often the "revolving doors" of the Cadre. Many are in positions to be touchstones against which others judge themselves, or are judged against by the entity member. We do not intend for our words to sound ominous, but to help alleviate taking it personally when a fragment might come and go from the life in a way that is confusing or painful. Sometimes members from this entity will be an unwitting resource or respite or directional beacon, and then a person needing that simply moves on. Janet: I think I have experienced that. MEntity: We think you have, as well, but your current life tends toward the touchstone aspect so that there tends to always be a dance of self-measurement, self-monitoring, and watching and assessment of others, that helps to define and redefine standards that are useful, not harmful. Fragments from this entity tend to be Resource Beacons, Pivotal (redirections) Beacons, or Touchstone Beacons, but almost always attracting those who are trying to "get somewhere." This tends to draw members from the entity together in small pockets so that there is a kind of comfort and stability of familiarity. Whereas other entity members may incarnate in a way that they might seek to find one another at some point, entity 6 members tend to aim for blood lines that automatically keep them close, because entity 6 members tend to be more stationary. They are scattered about, but in pockets. Janet: So it would not be uncommon to find multiple entity members within a family? MEntity: We would not say that it is uncommon, but as the soul grows older, the necessity for bloodlines tends to fall away, because the older soul tends to "remember" Essence fairly early in the life, and thus finds their Agreements and friends on their own. However, when the theme of an entity is more stationary, and acting as posts for other moving fragments, it can be helpful to lock into bloodlines that help keep at least a few familiar faces nearby, so to speak.
[Excerpt from TT: 2012-12-30] Janet: In speaking about Cadre 2 Entity 6 earlier this year, you said "Fragments from this entity tend to be Resource Beacons, Pivotal Beacons, or Touchstone Beacons…." The wording of this statement suggests that it might be worthwhile to ask what these various types of Beacons are all about. MEntity: As for "beacons," we use that term to describe a kind of open invitation that is even less binding than an Agreement. It is a state sustained by a fragment within a lifetime, for the whole lifetime, or part of the lifetime, that allows for specific benefits to be shared with others. When one has taken the stance of a beacon, it tends to be a stance that refuses to reject any request for the quality of that beacon. In the most submerged, challenging, and distracting of circumstances, if a Resource Beacon is called up, for instance, whatever capacity for directing someone to a resource will be fulfilled, if possible. There are 7 basic types of beacon stances one can take, and these tend to be emphasized singularly, not a mix of one or two: Resource, Insight/Information, Pivotal/Guidance, Comfort/Nurturing, Motivation/Discipline, Reality Check, and Touch Stone. There may be better words and phrases to capture the quality of these broad categories of beacon, but these will suffice for now. These correspond to, but are not specific to, the Roles/Axes. Artisan, Sage, Priest, Server, Warrior, King, Scholar respectively. One does not need to be the Role that corresponds to the beacon stance. Beacon stances are chosen relative to lifetimes, but some entities tend to theme in 1 or more. We can expand upon this in further exchanges, then. [Update from POF on 2013-05-26] Janet: Hello Michael! In earlier conversations you have referred to the concept of “beacons” as “a kind of open invitation that is even less binding than an Agreement”. You stated that fragments from C2E6 tend to be Resource Beacons, Pivotal Beacons, or Touchstone Beacons. Later you told us about the seven basic types of beacons: Resource, Insight/Information, Pivotal/Guidance, Comfort/Nurturing, Motivation/Discipline, Reality Check, and Touch Stone. Can you expand on these seven types of beacons? If there may be insufficient time for a complete response, you might begin with Resource, Pivotal and Touchstone beacons since those are most relevant to my entity. MEntity: Beacons are basic qualities to which every fragment will require access at some point in the lifetime. Every fragment will tend to act as a Beacon to different degrees in different lifetimes, and will tend to specialize in only one or two Beacons. These specializations tend to correlate to the Role and/or Casting, but are not limited to that correlation. Though each individual will tend toward one or two, so will an Entity. The tendency of the Entity's Beacons would be comprised of the averages of the preferences of the individuals', but the individual may take on a third Beacon as a means to support the Entity's theme. The Resource Beacons tend to be relative to Artisans and refers to all elements and events that might require an origin or relay point. Not everyone is so easily inclined toward creation of what is necessary for them, so a Resource Beacon can help to facilitate this for an individual or a group. This can be in terms of an experience, an event, something tangible. An Insight/information Beacon helps to make sense of events, experiences, patterns. A Pivotal/Guidance Beacon helps orient others through experiences, events, and patterns. A Comfort Beacon helps provide nurturing and repair through experiences, events, and patterns. A Motivation Beacon helps to return one to movement and action through their experiences, events, and patterns. A Reality Check Beacon helps one to consider the larger context of their experiences, events, and patterns. A Touch Stone Beacon helps one to return to a centered state of perception amid experiences, events, and patterns. These correlate to Artisan, Sage, Priest, Server, Warrior, King, and Scholar, respectively. These traits are familiar to the Roles, but they are not always activated as Beacons. Beacons are activated in a lifetime when one choose to allow that quality to be available to whomever asks of it. This tends to be true of those who move into positions of service, or who are readily available for groups, or in large families, etc. This is why they are still considered Agreements, but they are not specific to any fragments, so they are activated as Beacons; a kind of lighthouse that draws in those fragments who need those qualities provided by that Beacon. When one is an active Beacon, there tends to be an obvious pattern of access to that quality provided.
Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin. QUEUE IS NOW OPEN *** VIP: hi Michael VIP: Does diet have any effect on the ability to access the higher centers, or the ease with which, access to the higher centers can occur? (I understand that the higher moving center is designed to be easy to access as-is, so if it makes no difference with regard to that one, I would like to know about the other two higher centers.) Accessing the Higher Centers is accessible to all under any and all circumstances. They are designed as accessible and functioning regardless of condition of the body or state of consciousness. They must function or the body dies. However, there is a difference between these Centers functioning in default, and when one consciously begins to access these for use as tools beyond their default. For most, and for many lifetimes, these Centers are only accessed consciously during extreme conditions, duress, and intense situations. Profound pain in the body, "heart," or "mind" can open one to these Centers in conscious ways. Profound pleasure in the body, "heart," and "mind" can open one to these Centers in conscious ways. Access through extremes of pain or pleasure are forms of intervention in the life, and are not only misunderstood and misinterpreted, but this kind of access can lead to addictions, escapism, fetishes, etc. Other ways that these Centers are accessed are through Laughter, Tears, and Happiness. When there is access through these, they can range in degrees of awareness and consciousness, from subconscious to full consciousness. The reason these Centers are so accessible in so many ways is because there is no interest in a design that withholds higher functioning from any individual based on their choices, behaviors, conditions, health, etc. With all of this being said, when one begins to seek understanding and use of these Centers in conscious ways, then the degree of conscious use and value can be dependent on several factors that hook into many elements of the life. In such cases, then diet becomes vital. We can speak of "diet" in broad terms here to include various ways in which one consumes as a means of "feeding" oneself. This can be food, relationships, entertainment, exercise, etc. For example, if one has compartmentalized one's food diet to the point of ignoring the impact it may have on health, other creatures, other people, and the planet, then that compartmentalizing affects how well one can access a Higher Center. If one is abusive in relationships, or abused, where one's confidence is fed, then one has limitations on his or her conscious use of a Higher Center. The equation is rather simple: The more conscious one is in various areas of the life where one seeks to feed oneself, the greater degree of conscious access one has to the Higher Centers. VIP: thank you Michael! NEXT, Claire ClaireC: Hello, Michael. Can the recently deceased see/observe/follow us in our daily lives here on earth from the Astral Plane? I am curious if they can reassure themselves that we are doing "alright", or whether they cease to care about life on earth after death, or if their only means of doing so is through Essence contact while we dream? Claire, those who die have varying degrees of access to the Physical Plane in much the same way that those who are incarnated have access. Most who die have access only through mediators. In the same way that you have channels and mediums, so does the Astral Plane have those suited for helping open and connect to the Physical Plane for others in the Astral. The younger the soul, the more dependent on these portals. The blur between the Astral and the Physical is not the limitation, but the consciousness and maturity of the Personality/Essence. In the earliest lifetimes, the panic of being out of a body is so strong that rebirth is nearly immediate. If birthing is not available, the Infant Souls can "crowd" around those who are more naturally tuned to the Astral, and this can become problematic. We can speak to that another time, but we say this because in the same way that there are those who act as mediating portals in the Astral, there are those who are channels, psychics, mediums in the Physical. In both Planes these fragments act as beacons. For simplistic purposes we will refer to Physical Plane fragments as Beacons and Astral Plane fragments as Portals. ClaireC: So, some mediums who speak to the departed are legitimate. Yes, there are legitimate mediums, but far fewer than claimed to be. Most Astral fragments get much of their information about their loved ones and after-death impact through reports from those who act as Portals. There are entire networks set up for this. But as the soul ages and consciousness allows for the blur between the Astral and Physical to be straddled, then the individual is far more capable of continuing presence among those who continue to live. This begins to be more steadily possible around the 7th Level of the Young Soul Age. If you know a Mature or Old Soul who has died, then his or her sensed presence is probably legitimate. Otherwise, it may be felt through a proxy. Neither is better or worse. But what happens even for the older souls is that it is found to be surprisingly difficult to communicate with or interact with the living. This is primarily because the living are quite limited to the processing capacity of the brain, and this machine is more often than not focused on a very finite sliver of reality. Those who are dead are no longer confined to the processing capacity of a brain and are using what you might understand as similar to "cloud technology," where fragments pool processing capacity So they can "see" and feel you more easily than you can see them, and while this may not lend comfort to the living, any direct communication you offer to any deceased individual will be heard or relayed to that individual. So while the deceased can "hang around," most do not because they have their own processes to tend to, and even when they can hang around, it can get quite lonely quickly, so it rarely makes sense to continue. It helps all involved when all parties grieve and grow and continue forward. That is more comforting in the long run than remaining in invisible efforts to comfort. These are "big" questions this evening. We do not know if we can address all of them, but we will try. ClaireC: Thank you, Michael. This validates my own experience. NEXT, Kurtis Kurtis: Hey Ms, I'd like an elaboration on the Jovial Health today. There's absolutely no info on it. The Jovial Body Type manages the homeostasis of the body, the dynamic equilibrium of functions. This is related to the posterior pituitary. When the Jovial Body Type is healthy, it is like a vast city of moving parts that work together and function in terms of balances and imbalances so that the the whole is benefited by any changes. When the Jovial Body Type is unhealthy, it is like this vast city breaks down in communication and the needs of one area begin to overshadow the needs of another, the equilibrium is lost, and various parts of the system are not willing or capable of contributing to other parts. In many instances where there are imbalances, there is bloating, blood pressure issues, water retention, and in extreme cases there can be tumors. Because the Jovial Body Type manages the release of Oxytocin and Vasopressin hormones, it is one of the reasons the Jovial Body Type can come across as so approachable, cuddly, lovable, and can be a very real factor in how that body ends up in positions of rulership/leadership. Kurtis: aighty thanks M :) NEXT, Peter PeterK: Do large prime numbers play a role in the design or structure of the Universe? There are Prime Factors involved throughout the mathematics of the universe, and some of these result in versions of Prime Numbers, but they are not particularly adhered to or referenced as a guide for the structure of the universe. It is fair to say they do "play a role," but Composite Numbers and other vastly creative mathematical dynamics are at play. NEXT, Brian. BrianW: Hi Michael. Could you please discuss how to learn and practice healthy self-love and how to overcome rejection of aspects of the self? To practice healthy self-love AND to overcome the rejection of aspects of the self is most directly and immediately remedied by CHOICE. By this we mean that you are not being forced to hate yourself. You are not required to hate yourself. You are not required to dislike yourself or reject parts of yourself. The act of avoiding self-love and the act of rejecting the self is a choice. And one can always make a different choice. So the first and most effective strategy will always be found in those moments when one realizes he is being mean to the self, is being critical and hurtful or scared and then CHOOSING not to do that. Because this is so simple, it is often not that simple. In other words, it is often too simple a solution for many to accept. So it is made complicated and messy and drawn out because one is often taught that love must be earned, it must come as a reward, it must come through permission, and it cannot possibly be "right there," ready to embrace. BrianW: If I may follow-up, could you provide some information on recognizing when one is being critical or hurtful towards themselves in the first place? CHOICE must be followed by ACTION, though, and this is where many get "lost." For a moment one can choose to love the self and to stop the rejection, but this is fleeting because the choice must be made again. And again. And again. Until it is as natural as the hate or apathy had come to be. Each of you here can stop right now, simply stop, and feel the difference between the moment before, and the one RIGHT NOW where you choose love. Just love you. Just accept you. You are fat, you are poor, you are confused, you are alone, you are struggling, you are searching, you are overwhelmed, you are uncertain, you are so many things, but none these exclude you from the choice to love. Your fat, confusion, losses, overwhelm, frustrations, etc, can all be helped by that love. We are not calling you these things above, but we know that many of you use these terms for yourselves, and you can continue to use them if you wish, but they will never be enough of a reason not to love. Never. Brian, one of the easiest ways to know if one is making a choice for love versus a choice for fear is if one is FEELING. It does not matter what you feel, it is THAT you feel. You will feel a spectrum of feelings across a lifetime, and none of these determine how accessible one's access to love may be. Your sadness, excitement, grief, joy, pleasure and pain are your efforts to Love while bumping into things. Eventually you find ways to maneuver so that you no longer bump into things, but embrace them, and that is what most think of as "love," but all of it is love. It can change everything in an instant to know that however bruised you are, broken your heart is, and exhausted you might be, that this is because you are practicing Love. True Love is an Art. Agape is an Art. You will know if you are being hurtful when you are not benefited by your criticisms. Criticism is important. Judgement is natural. Neither of these keep one from loving. Neither of these keep one from being loved. To avoid criticism and judgment is to avoid Loving and Being Loved. This may seem counterintuitive, but one grows and evolves into confidence and wholeness by questioning, criticizing, judging, discerning, assessing, and while these can be used in hurtful ways, they are not inherently hurtful. Consciousness cannot evolve without using those tools. The key is both in how constructive the criticism is in its being given and in how constructive the receipt of that criticism is. You can be critical of your status, your body, your state of relationships, and this is just information about how you feel. It is an opportunity to assess whether these are things you seek or wish to improve, to change, or to evolve. And none of this has anything to do with how much or how fully you can love. So ask yourself if your criticisms are only said to hurt you, or are they said to inform you. This is the same question that can be asked when criticism comes from others. If it is only to hurt you, then that is that. It is useless. It is not yours. If is hurtful because you resist it, then you can choose to receive it differently. The hurt is not the indicator so much as the intent and receipt. Even when someone says something only to hurt you, your receipt of it can transform it toward benefit. Kurtis: that's true So feel it all. Keep feeling. Allow it all. And let criticism inform you, not hurt you. This is Love. Loving is messy, and you will bump into many things along the way toward better embrace, but we know of no soul who regrets even the worst of pain on that path toward love. NEXT, Bobby. Bobby: The Chief Feature emphasized for next year was Self-Destruction. I was curious how this plays into the Presidential Election cycle for the US that will be underway around that time of year? Break out the probability computer if you wish :) We can only say that we think there is high probability that both ends of the spectrum will be played out in Sacrifice and Suicide. There is an implosive pattern in place here that looks to sustain its momentum through 2016 toward Self-Destruction. This will likely be a pivotal year in whether the younger souls rise in great rebellion against the shifting paradigm, or there is a shift toward embracing it. October through December will be "interesting times," indeed. We will conclude here for this evening. Good evening to each of you. Goodbye, for now.