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  1. KurtisM

    Poles of the Emotional Center

    [Extracted from Energy Report: 2010 Overleaves] MEntity: The Emotional Center has as its Positive Pole PERCEPTION, which is the capability of assessing a relationship, person, or event with accuracy beyond any intellectual or physical contradictions. Perception is a non-linear, non-logical form of intelligence that is dependent on resonance and empathy as a means to discern. It is the process of "seeing past the obvious" and into the heart of a relationship, person, or event. It does not require understanding, proof, or tangibilities, but simply "knows." ... The Emotional Center has its Negative Pole as SENTIMENTALITY, which is the blurring of lines between symbol and essence so that the symbols become the very things they represent. Sentimentality is attachment to a perception that is locked in place by what represented that perception, and is often outdated. For instance, if one experienced a sense of freedom and innocence as a child, then Sentimentality would not only equate childhood with freedom and innocence, but it would leave the possibilities of qualities like freedom and innocence locked in the past of childhood.
  2. [Extracted from Michael Speaks: On Healing & Healers] Diane_H: Can you explain the difference between Intellectual and Emotional healing? Are they often intertwined? MEntity: Intellectual Healing would require the Order returned to the Intellect, or the Intellectual Center to return to the Positive Pole of INSIGHT. This is usually a matter of returning the fragment to a state of honesty about his or her life in a way that brings that Insight, instead of a chronic state of REASON. A chronic state of Reason will bring the Intellect into a constant state of overdrive, looking for patterns that are not there, or creating patterns that are not valid, forcing justifications, reasons, explanations for that which is not understood. This, then, can affect the Emotional Center in a way that pulls the Emotions into a chronic state of Negative Pole, which is Sentimentality. Sentimentality is the confusion and blurring between Symbols and Meanings, and when Symbols and Meanings become confused, Beliefs are generated. And so the Intellect that forced a false pattern then begins to believe it in the Emotions. A simplistic example would be in one who might Think that someone's intentions were to hurt her, and so begins to believe that this person did hurt her, because she can feel that hurt. But the truth will have been that she forced an explanation or a reason for someone else's choices that she did not like, and then the person who symbolized "Love" for her is gone, so that means "love" is also gone, and now she has become Intellectually and Emotionally wounded. To bring Healing to her Emotionally, she will have to regain the Order that allows for a person to symbolize Love, but does not confuse the conduit of Love for Love, itself. Diane_H: So it could be said that Intellectual wounding comes from one's interpretation of symbols, and Emotional wounding is the emotion that results from it? MEntity: If the Healing is not addressed Intellectually or Emotionally, it can then move into Physicality, and she will either open up to, or create a path to, Homicide, Suicide, Accident, or Natural methods of implementing one of the 7 Woundings. Yes, Diane, that could be one way of describing a pattern, though we might clarify the statement to read: Intellectual Wounding can come from False or Forced Interpretation, and Emotional Wounding is the Belief/Feelings that support in that Falsehood or Forced Interpretation. Yes, Diane, that could be one way of describing a pattern, though we might clarify the statement to read: Intellectual Wounding can come from False or Forced Interpretation, and Emotional Wounding is the Belief/Feelings that support in that Falsehood or Forced Interpretation.
  3. [Extracted from Energy Report: January 2017] MEntity: The Higher Emotional Center is what helps inspire and anchor the truth and energy of Love. The Higher Emotional Center has a Positive Pole of Love and a Negative Pole of Intuition. Higher Centers do not have any classic “negative” effects, but there is the more restricted and divided pole. Where Love transcends the divisions and parts and pieces that make up a relationship, event, or life, Intuition navigates all of this. Intuition is only “negative” in that it is finding a way through the parts and Love is holding them together. ... The Emotional Center holds Perception as the Positive Pole and Sentimentality as the Negative Pole. Perception is the capacity to bypass logic as a means of opening to the “heart” of an event, person, or experience, while Sentimentality is an attachment to the “heart” of an event, person, or experience as a way to bypass logic.
  4. Janet

    The Seven Emotions

    [Reproduction of Michael Speaks: The 7 Emotions, with some participant interaction omitted] [MEntity] We understand the topic of focus is that of the Emotions. First, as you explore the concept of Emotions, we will point out that "feelings" and Emotions are not, technically, the same things. They are so interconnected that they are often considered the same thing, but for the sake of the topic today, it will be helpful to understand that the "feeling" aspect is a bodily reaction/response to the energy that is Emotion. Emotions are more like a surge of energy, a kind of electricity, if you will, and your processing of that is what you call "feelings." All Emotions originate from the Emotional Center. These are then distributed, or processed, through the Parts of that Center, which funnels the energy into the other Centers relative to the Part. So, for example, if an Emotion is a Moving Part Emotion, it still originates from the Emotional Center, is processed by the Moving Part, and directed toward the Moving Center then. We will return to this circuitry a bit later. All Emotions Are Personal -- Only About Oneself Because all Emotions are of the Emotional Center, this means they are always related to ORDINAL INSPIRATION. This means that all Emotions are personal, and they are either a result of PROJECTION or REFLECTION. Emotions are personal (ordinal) in that they only ever tell you about YOU. Emotions never tell you anything about anyone other than yourself. Ever. It is an information circuitry that is entirely unique to you, about you, and is all about your collection of experiences, organized in layers of time, and that are then used to measure against your current experiences. All of this is a form of navigation. This is all true whether one is Emotionally-Centered, or not. When one is Emotionally-Centered, it simply means this form of navigation is relied upon far more than the other two forms (Intellectual and Moving). All fragments will have all three forms inherent to the incarnation, of course No matter how provoked, your Emotions are informing you about you; not the other person or even the event. When we say that they are "informing you about you, we mean that they are sifting through your collection of experiences over time and comparing the current experience to a past one for reference. If you have a painful experience in your records, a current experience might trigger that painful association and the current experience will be regarded as painful, even if it may not be painful. Because Emotions are Inspirational, they are LOADED with POTENTIAL. They are not reality. They only speak to the potential of a reality. So, for instance, this reference to a painful experience from the past is only meant to suggest that the current experience MIGHT BE painful, too. It is not meant to tell you that your current experience IS painful. And therein lies the difference between PROJECTION and REFLECTION. Projection is a reactionary processing of Emotions that presume that what is "felt" is the conclusive truth. If you feel it, it must be true. That is that. This is Projection. This is why we continue to remind our students that Emotions are not the truth. In a sense, Emotions are ALWAYS about the PAST. So the truth that you "feel" is about the past, not the present or the future. This is not a bad thing or a good thing, it is simply how Emotion functions. Even the best of how you feel is a product of the past. For example: you may find that the watching of the setting Sun is one that brings joy. But this is because it is not your first sunset. First sunsets for many fragments (in those early lifetimes) was terrifying. The world was plunged into darkness and new creatures emerged in that darkness, and nothing was ever the same again. Until the morning, of course. But then it would happen again. This was terrifying. Eventually, enough experience with sunsets brings Trust, and it is known that the Sun has not died, and it will rise again in the morning. To be clear, this Trust still cannot speak to the TRUTH. It can only speak to experience. MORE THAN LIKELY the sun will rise, and MORE THAN LIKELY the sun has not died, but there may very well come a night that never ends. As you can see, Trust then becomes an important Emotion for navigating because one cannot constantly fight and fear a sunset. If there comes a day when the sun does not rise, you will deal with that. Until then, you live as if the sun will rise again, because you Trust that it will, and you Trust that it will because you have enough experience to do so. This is no different in processing when it comes to relationships. It is fair to be wary of new relationships if one has experienced pain in one or more. Your Emotions are telling you to be careful, and that another round of relating COULD result in another round of pain. But, remember, Emotions are not the truth. They are only referencing your experience, and your experience, while your own, is not a constant. You lived in terror for years, afraid that the sun may not rise again. That fear and pain and terror was real. It is fair to be wary as the night falls again. But your fear, pain, and terror are not a constant, because you continue to gather experiences. And as your days are found to be filled over and over again, despite the terrors that the night will come, you begin to note this and grow from it, and face each day and night with Trust. The same is true of your relationships. The fear and pain and terror of your losses when a relationship ends or departs from expectations can make the next relationship seem a breeding ground for more terror, fear, and pain. But a new relationship is like a new day. IT WILL END. AND YOU WILL NOT. And just like the passing of days, you will find that relationships, like your days and nights, are uniquely filled with what you put into them, and are not defined by their beginning and "end." This is REFLECTION, then. PROJECTION is when you impose your past on an experience, relationship, or event. REFLECTION is when you learn from your past, but allow the greatest potential of the present or future. What we have shared, so far, is how Emotions function, how they are processed, what they are for, and what they mean. Though there many words to describe Emotions and how one feels, all Emotions can be traced back to one of seven basic Emotions, or as a combination of two or more of these basic Emotions. Those SEVEN BASIC EMOTIONS are: TRUST, DISGUST, ANTICIPATION, SADNESS, JOY, ANGER, SURPRISE. Trust is of the Instinctive Part. Anticipation is of the Higher Emotional Part. Joy is of the Higher Intellectual Part. Surprise is of the Higher Moving Part. Disgust is of the Emotional Part. Sadness is of the Intellectual Part. Anger is of the Moving Part. FEAR is not an Emotion, technically, anymore than Truth is or Love or Energy, in any technical sense. Many "emotions" that are referenced by other terms are combinations of the above, either in negative or in positive pole combinations. None of these Emotions are bad or good, but all can be experienced in beneficial or harmful ways. Before we break down these Emotions into polarities, we will open the floor to any questions relative to what we have shared so far. [DianeHB] What IS Fear, if not an emotion? [MEntity] Fear is a "feeling," a secondary response or reaction to the processes of Emotions of Anger and Surprise. Fear, then, could be said to be the body's reaction of protection against negative experiences relative to Anger and Surprise. Keep in mind that the entire concept of Fear is one that is far more insidious and pervasive than this simplified version we speak of. We are speaking of Fear in terms of Emotions here, but we may speak of fear in larger terms in other discussions. But for the point of discussion regarding Emotion, Fear is often that bodily reaction to protections against all that is related to negative experiences of Anger and Surprise. In broader terms, it could be said that Fear is also the bodily response to all of these Emotions in their negative poles. [Juni] I am wondering about the difference between feelings/emotions and intuition. If feelings/emotions only ever tell you about oneself, how do you distinguish that from a "feeling" about another? [MEntity] Intuition is different from Emotions. Again, these are often presumed to be the same things, which is why many who use "intuition" are merely guided by a maze of emotions, and not insights. This is not a bad thing in the end, because when "intuition" is thought to be a process of navigating Emotionally, it can still be helpful, since Emotions always lead one back to the self. This can be just as important as guiding one outwardly. However, to more directly respond to your question, one's "feelings" about another person can still be useful, even if those feelings or Emotions are informing one about the self. It simply means that one has owned the feeling as one's own, and not as having originated from another person. If a person "makes you feel good," it is informing you as to how you feel about that person, but it is not necessarily how anyone else might feel about that person. And it only tells you how you feel about that person RIGHT NOW, not about how you will feel about that person in the future. All of this speaks to your past as a reference, too. If you meet someone and presume that your good feelings are the truth about that person, you have immediately cut yourself out of the picture as a source of those good feelings. This is often the case when "falling in love." Presuming that these Emotions and feelings are sourced by someone else means that there will likely come a day that the other is then blamed for less pleasant feelings. This becomes problematic for relating to someone because then the emphasis shifts away from how you contribute to your range of emotions and feelings, and the emphasis shifts toward how to get the other person to make you feel the way you had expected to feel. So there is no real differentiation here. Your feelings about a person are your own, and are not the truth about another person. There is a big difference between "I feel good" and "You make me feel good." Intuition, however, is another topic, and it is a synthesis of input from all of your senses so that comprehension can be gained. [ViP1] Hi Michael. I've read in psychology articles that insufficient contact or interaction (as an infant) with one's mother (or perhaps both parents) in the form of touch, and responses to facial and other cues, can inhibit peoples' abilities to recognize and describe their emotions (or perhaps, feelings?) And hence, leading to difficulties in dealing with them (emotions - or perhaps feelings, I'm not sure which based on your earlier distinction between them. Probably feelings.) Would you say that there is validity to this, and if so, if someone has had this experience in early life, how the processing circuitry is affected (and if possible, tips on how to rectify it, ie, recognize and process emotions effectively?) [MEntity] Any issues with care taking during the first 7 years can affect the Instinctive Part and, therefore, affect one's TRUST. Trust is reset in every lifetime, but how one is handled, treated, nurtured, born, etc. can skew that function so that it has some range of challenges. All Emotions are reset in every lifetime. But as one progresses through the Internal Monads, these Emotions are explored in a way that locks them into Projection or frees them into Reflection. These are not tied to the Internal Monads in a way that leaves an Internal Monad unfinished if the Emotion is not freed, but there do tend to be periods of the life where the various Emotions are emphasized in exploration. For example, Trust is explored and emphasized between the 1st and the 2nd Internal Monad. The 1st and 2nd Internal Monads can be successfully closed, even if Trust is not freed, but there is a rather high correlation to the level of trust vs distrust that one has in relation to whether one has completed those Internal Monads. In other words, there does TEND to be a much higher level of distrust among those who have not successfully closed their 2nd Internal Monad. DISGUST is explored and emphasized from the 2nd Internal Monad all the way through the 3rd Internal Monad. This is why you will find your toddlers to teens emphasizing this in ways that can be repellent and difficult. ANTICIPATION is explored during these, as well. Whereas SADNESS and JOY are explored and emphasized during the 4th Internal Monad. While ANGER and SURPRISE are explored and emphasized during the 5th Internal Monad. This is not to say that these Emotions do not exist as emphasis at any other time. We did not say that, nor did we imply that. But it is to say that those stages tend to be when those particular Emotions come to be truly resolved and freed, or locked into a more restricted state. Speak to a fragment who is successfully navigating the 5th Internal Monad and you will speak to someone who has all but lost the charge of Anger as a form of helplessness, and has freed it to become a form of motivation. Emotions as Polarities This may be a good segue into these Emotions as polarities. Think of the poles below as describing the Emotion as restricted or freed, and therefore more subject to Projection vs Reflection. TRUST as restricted might be FOOLISH/DISTRUST, and freed as CONFIDENCE/AWARENESS DISGUST as restricted might be CAUSTIC/LOATHSOME and freed as HUMOROUS/PREFERENCE Keep in mind that our polarities here are not necessarily emotions. These are merely adjectives to help understand the spectrum of that particular Emotion. SADNESS is restricted as PATHETIC/SELF-PITY and freed as GRIEF/HONESTY. ANGER is restricted as DEPRESSION/BLAME, and freed as MOTIVATION/PURPOSE. ANTICIPATION is restricted as AGITATION/DISDAIN, and freed as ENTHUSIASM/CONSIDERATION. [ViP1] Michael, just to confirm, you are giving negative poles first, then positive, as usual (eg, ENTHUSIASM: -ve, /CONSIDERATION: +ve?) [MEntity] What we are sharing with the two terms for each pole is the branching that the restriction or freeing can show up as. For instance, some restrictive Trust shows up much more like Foolishness or blind faith than as Distrust. But Foolishness and Distrust are fair ranges to include how the Freed end would show up. JOY is restricted as OBNOXIOUS/SELF-INDULGENT, and freed as INCLUSIVE/INVITING SURPRISE is restricted as RESISTANCE/DISREGARD, and freed as ADAPTIVE/PLAYFUL. To bring further correlation, it could be said that these Emotions are more inherently explored and emphasized in various Essence Roles, as well, though this is certainly in no strict sense of delineation. Scholars - Trust; Servers - Disgust; Artisans - Sadness; Warriors - Anger; Priests - Anticipation; Sages - Joy; Kings - Surprise. These inherent Emotions might be said to be a long-term spectrum for each Role to truly comprehend from its worst to its best. Furthermore, one COULD look at one's overleaves and "translate" his or her profile to show how the Personality might be emphasizing certain Emotions as exploration and emphasis. For example, if one has a greater emphasis down the Moving Axis, one might be exploring the wide range of Anger and how this is both debilitating and motivating.
  5. KurtisM

    Health of the Emotional Center

    [Extracted from MMW: The Health of your Emotional Center] MEntity: Today we are asked to explore the nature, function, and symptoms of health for the Emotional Center. The Poles of this Center are the Positive Pole of Perception and the Negative Pole of Sentimentality. PERCEPTION is the capacity to rise beyond the limitations of Time, Space, Logic, and comprehend the essence or Essence of the self, others, or an event. SENTIMENTALITY is when one becomes attached to the limitations of Time, Space, Logic, as these exist symbolically as representations of the past or future. The health of the Emotional Center can most easily be seen in where one is in terms of Self-Love (self-acceptance), where one is in terms of the state of Relationships, and your use or rejection of Trust. The cumulative effects of the health of the Emotional Center can be seen overall in how Happy one is. It is important to understand the nature of Happiness, then. Happiness is not a forced or pursued state. It is a natural state that comes from allowing room for more than Happiness without rejecting Happiness. In other words, to be Happy means allowing room for being Unhappy. This may seem contradictory, but Happiness is a spectrum, a wide range of experiences. Happiness is an emotional stability that runs through all experiences so that sadness is ok, disappointment is ok, anger is ok, struggle is ok, setbacks are ok, not because they are easy, but because they have nothing to do with your capacity for Happiness. There are many who suffer and will tell you that they are Happy. This is not because they concede to or deny suffering, but because Happiness is HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES. Your experiences do not determine your Happiness. You do. There are two methods of use of your Emotional Center: TRUST and REJECTION. Happiness is possible in the worst of situations because you Trust. You bypass Logic, Time, and Space, and you navigate intuitively and with responsibility for what you often describe as your Feelings. Experiences do not determine your Feelings. Feelings determine your Experiences. When you are faced with challenges, differences, struggles, internally or externally, these are no different from weather. If it rains on 10 people you will find a range of interpretation for what that rain means and how it was navigated because of the health of the Emotional Center. For some it was just another bad thing to happen to them because they feel that bad things just happen to them. For some it will be a nice surprise that brings laughs and play because they do not mind surprises that inconvenience them. For some it will barely be noticed because they are prepared and knew that it would rain and they know that rain happens. It's not personal. None of these scenarios are right or wrong. It rained. It happened. But it was not the rain that determined the quality of experience. It was the difference between Trust and Rejection, or the difference between Perception and Sentimentality. This dance is true of everything you experience. If you are attached to a range of static symbols in your life, you will likely navigate Emotionally with Sentimentality and Rejection. It will be a process of constantly comparing against the system of symbols you have developed, and then rejecting that which does not comply to that set of symbols or counters that set of symbols. CLEARER STATEMENT: or rejecting that which counters that set of symbols. Your Emotional Center is how you experience Time. Perception frees you from the limitations of Time, and Sentimentality locks you in Time. In the same way that Happiness includes Unhappiness, so does Perception include Sentimentality. Perception allows room for the symbols, for the meaning that you develop as an emotional language that bypasses logic. However, Sentimentality locks down the symbols in time while Perception allows them to grow, expand, be replaced, updated, etc. You then carry with you a realm of living symbols that are not static, but are guides and informers. This means that the rain now has a range of interpretation, not just one or two. The wider your range of interpretation, your range of Perception, the greater your capacity to Trust. Trust is the process of using experience to guide you, not just defend or protect you. Trust frees your symbols to live with you, not against you or for you. For example, instead of Rain being your symbol for "the universe is always out to get me," it comes alive with a new range of surprise, neutrality, delight, awe, playfulness. If someone does not smile back at you when you smile, this may be symbolic of rudeness, specific rejection of you, a pointed attempt to undermine your good day, etc. If you are attached to that symbolism, a lack of returned smile can ruin your day. But if you Trust and free your symbols to expand, live, breathe, and grow, your Emotional Center can add that someone may not have noticed, someone may have his own insecurities, someone may have been daydreaming, someone may not be used to someone smiling, etc. All of you have an entire library of Symbols like this. They are all in your Emotional Center. And this Center is what you use when you navigate where there is no Logic, like intimacy, relationships, life, love, and self-love. This is the only Center capable of Rejection and experiencing Rejection. The Emotional Center is the Personality's closest relationship/path to Essence. When there is Essence Recognition, it is the Emotional Center. This is because it does not require logic, reason, or proof. It simply "knows," Perceives. The Higher Centers are how Essence stays connected to the Personality and Body, even when rejected, but the Emotional Center is how the Body and Personality embrace or reject Essence. The only True Emotional Pain is Rejection. Rejection is defense against Time, against Experience, and against Love, against Essence. Rejection is the only way to avoid Essence, not only in yourself but in others. And it is painful. Not only to you, but to Essence. Rejection is one of a very few experiences of pain that Essence can feel. When you reject each other, reject yourselves, reject your Essence, the cascading effects of pain are astounding. We share all of the above because it is important to note all of these elements when looking at the health of your Emotional Center. We will ask you a set of questions now. Answer these as best you can. Organize your responses relative to the questions to help our channel convey these to us. Wait for our set of questions to be posed in their entirety before responding. A - ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 5, with 1 being NEVER and 5 being ALWAYS, how would you rate your attachment to symbols. B - ON A SCALE BETWEEN 1 and 5, with 1 being PAINFUL and 5 being PLAYFUL, where would you say you are in the health of your most dominant Relationships? C - ON A SCALE BETWEEN 1 and 5, with 1 being PAINFUL and 5 being PLAYFUL, where would you say you are in the health of your most passing Relationships? D - ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 5, with 1 being ALWAYS REJECTING and 5 being ALWAYS REJECTED, where do you feel you are in your experiences of Rejection? [Participant responses omitted] ClaireC: "Always" is confusing. MEntity: Because feelings are not logical, we used "always" in terms of Emotions. One who is at extreme ends of the spectrum will feel they "always" are the ones doing the rejecting, or they are "always" the one being rejected. Between the two extremes would be your interpretation of degrees. 2 Mostly Rejecting, 3 Sometimes Both, 4 Mostly Rejected. [Participant responses omitted] MEntity: The above is a quick way to check in with yourself as to the truth of where you are in your use of the Emotional Center. It is a subjective truth, but it is a truth, nonetheless, and you may often find that your assessment shows your health to be better than expected, especially when going through a difficult or challenging conflict. Reminding yourself of the truth is a way to bring back Trust and Perception. This is more important than you may realize. Because the Emotional Center does not know the truth. It does not think. It cannot make proper decisions or choices. It can only "feel" and feelings are never the truth. One can make decisions and choices when led by Emotions, but Emotional Centering cannot factor in consequences. It only "knows" in terms of relating or not. The greater your range of relating, the greater your range of trust and perception. The more reduced and restricted your range of relating, the more reduced and restricted your trust and perception. In other words, you need not have logic and reason to Love. You can navigate your world based on what makes you feel happy and gravitate toward that which you relate, and that is how Emotions work well. The Emotional Center is intelligent about the art of Relating, but other Centers are better equipped for navigating beyond that, particularly in terms of logistics, decisions, and choices. You can let your Emotions inform you about how you feel, but your CHOICES need not be guided only by what feels good vs feels bad. For example: the Emotional Center may say "as long as we have Love, we can do anything" and this is true up to only a very specific point. You must also have food, shelter, clothing, negotiation skills, communication skills, etc. You may need a plan, you may need to work, you may need energy, creativity, etc. Love is the fuel of universes, but if you would like to experience this while in a body, you must allow your other Centers to do their work. When one is led only by Emotions, with choices and decisions only coming in terms of feelings, life is often quite exhausting, depressing, and disorienting. The Emotional Center, for instance, does not "like to work." Those who have the more difficult time of choosing to work just for the income that could then be used for further expansion of choices are usually of Emotional Centering. "But I don't like to work" is not a proper form of choice or decision. It is valid to make one's decision and choices based on this, but it is not proper in that it does not consider consequences. This is why a self-assessment at times can help to break one out of the blind spots of the Emotions, of your attachment to symbols, of comparing everything to your library of symbols, of your attachment to a moment in time, free you from navigating aimlessly based in only feeling. To know when you are being led by Emotions in your choices and decisions, it is often a trigger that you may be thinking or saying: I LIKE THIS, I LOVE THIS, I DON'T LIKE THIS, I HATE THAT. The vocabulary of the Emotional Center is Like, Love, Dislike and Hate. When you catch yourself choosing and deciding based on this, consider if it is necessary for consequences to be considered. For example: "I hate when it rains" is likely quite inconsequential. It may be inconvenient, but your like or dislike only tells you what you feel about rain. But "I hate to work" can have consequences and should be a process of choice that is not dictated by Emotions. It is okay to continue to hate work, but you may have to still do the work. And this is also how Essence Recognition works. When you are in conflict with another person, challenged in your relationship, it can be vital for you to generate a corridor for your Essences to reach one another if your Personalities cannot. When the Emotional Center is opened to recognize that there is a soul in another person, even in the most despicable of people and even in those who seek to harm you, Essence Recognition is the only way that there will be evolution beyond. You may carry on despising the person and even hating them, or even fearing them, but open that corridor for Essence to connect to the Essence of the other person. Not only does this free you from Sentimentality and Rejection, but it brings an energy to the exchange that makes a difference when you cannot. As you can see in current politics, when Emotions lead the way, chaos can ensue because consequences are not being considered.
  6. KurtisM

    Emotional Center: Linked to Mode

    [Excerpt from OMW: You and Your Centers] MEntity: The EMOTIONAL CENTER has as its Basic Functions the regulation of your intimacy, empathy, and sensitivity. In its simplest description for this exchange, we can say that is how one navigates between MEANINGFUL and MEANINGLESS. This is everyone's way of infusing or extracting meaning from his or her path/experiences in life. It is directly linked to the MODE. No matter what your Mode, in terms of Axis, it is your EMOTIONS that create or destroy your sense of meaning from your experiences. One cannot fulfill any range of significance in intimacy, sensitivity, without having infused or extracted Meaning. One cannot implement the Mode in any healthy way without evolving one's range of INSPIRATION. The more one limits his or her sense of Inspiration, the less-likely one can relate to others, to see himself or herself in others, and more importantly, less-likely to recognize others in himself or herself. By "others," we speak of any creature, sentient or non-sentient. In Positive Health, this Center could be described as showing up as GIVING/GENEROUS. In Negative Health, it can show up as RESENTFUL. The means by which the Mode is fulfilled at its best is when approached from this state of Giving/Generosity. The trick here is that no lifetime can be experienced without some experience in giving, but when one begins to keep score, to stand in righteousness, to give when not fully capable of giving, then Resentment begins to step in. So the evolution of Giving is a matter of one's evolution of Meaning. ... we will close on the Emotional Center by stating that the state of your relationships is a fair means of assessing where you are in terms of Health in the Emotional Center.
  7. Janet

    Sentimentality

    [This is a reproduction of an article from the Ning Archives.] This question was originally posted by Leela on January 12, 2009. What happens when one leaves behind sentimentality? What lies on the other side of it? Without sentimentality, is there still intensity? Feelings? Without sentimentality, does one live more in the present? Is one more productive? FROM MICHAEL: We would never suggest "leaving behind" Sentimentality as it is a natural part of life and the experience of Emotion. It is part of the spectrum of Emotion. Without it, one would not learn; one would not experience some of the more glorious experiences of longing, loss, nostalgia, the past, etc. We have our system designed to understand the Poles of such things as Emotions, but we remind you that we do not encourage the rejection or neglect of one for the other, but simply the awareness that both exist. However, there is a beautiful irony in the fact that as one utilizes any Positive Pole, it will INCLUDE the Negative Pole, whereas the Negative Pole's myopic position loses sight of the Positive Pole. In other words, in terms of Emotion, the Positive Pole of PERCEPTION will allow for the experiences of SENTIMENT, while not losing clarity. Intensity is a Moving Centered energy. Most of what are considered "feelings" are actually products of the Moving Center; the physical processing of intellect or emotion. Intensity could be said to be of the Negative Pole of the Moving Center, along with such words as Frustration and Frenetic, while the Positive Pole is Productive. In light of this, we can answer that if one were to restrict Emotion to Sentimentality, it could lead to Intensity (or feelings of intensity; "feelings" is not synonymous with "intense"), and if one were to move toward Perception (even while including Sentiment), this could then prove far more Productive. The movement of any Overleaf toward a Positive Pole can tend to move others in the same direction.
  8. KurtisM

    Shifting from Sentiment into Perception

    [Excerpt from OMW: Your Future and You] [EricM] This may have already been discussed, but I'd like to know what suggestions or ways this concept of time can help someone in the throes of Sentimentality or worry about the future or perhaps those recovering from an experience that leaves them anxious or Sentimental. I ask because I've been working on this myself, and have seen others going through it, and it can feel incredibly daunting...very much like you are a product of time or 'ruled' by it [MEntity] Eric, this solution would go back to the simple mapping among the Centers for return to a Positive Pole. In this case, turning to Insight or Productivity can help one to return to Perception. In other words, using the Positive Pole of the Intellect, INSIGHT, can help one to ask, "what am I learning from this?" "What did I learn from this?" "What can I take from this?" This line of questioning inherently ignites Perception without threat of abandoning the symbolism, freeing one from the lockdown in the past. Or using the Positive Pole of the Moving Center, PRODUCTIVITY, to ask, "what can I do with this?" "What will I do with this experience?" "What do I do with this now?" DOING something with what you remember, or LEARNING something from what you remember, brings you back into Perception.
  9. KurtisM

    Emotional Center of Gravity

    [Excerpt from NWM: Your Center of Gravity] MEntity: One of the reasons we use the term "Center" is that it is short for "Center of Gravity." Center of Gravity describes an average location of the "weight" of an object, by which that object can then be understood in terms of its motion through space and time, as well as an even deeper understanding through how that object is bound in rotation around that Center of Gravity. The "object" here is most often understood as the self, but can extend to refer to events, relationships, time periods, etc. There is a "natural" or starting point Center of Gravity for each "Center," but these change over the lifetime. For example, the Emotional Center of Gravity is in the Heart, or rests in the Heart Chakra. ... For example, an Emotionally-CENTERED person tends to rotate/process within the self in terms of how things, people, events, life moves them, inspires them, and bypasses their prejudices and logic to get to a place of direct perception.
  10. KurtisM

    Emotionally Centered, Intellectual Part

    [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: Freedom from Life Traps] MEntity: First we will point out that your primary centering is how you take in life. The part of your centering is how you put it back out there, and the tertiary centering is how you bring balance to those two — the center and the part — or break the pattern that has become a trap. A very simplistic example would be someone who is Emotionally Centered navigating life through feelings, and directions that pull them towards inspiration, often using perception as the means for navigating the life. Because the emotions do not require logic, they simply require a developing internal trust of Perception, which is the positive pole of the emotional centering. And so this individual would navigate life based on feelings. If it feels right, that person would go in that direction; if it feels wrong, that person may question. And if they are Emotionally Centered with an Intellectual Part, this means that this person would navigate life based on their feelings and then express those feelings because of the Intellectual Part. So this individual would like to talk about these feelings, and find a way to share those feelings and basically create a construct for those feelings. Often using the positive pole of the Intellectual Centering would develop insights based on those feelings, because the positive pole of the Intellectual Center is Insight. And so they are able to make sense of their feelings and then possibly do something with that, by pulling in the Moving Center. ... Going back to our example of an Emotionally Centered personality, this individual is going to navigate life through feelings. So this person will feel and then think with the Intellectual Part. So as trauma happens and wounding occurs, it happens first to the emotions and then it has to go through the thinking process or through the thoughts, through the intellect. If insight is not accomplished, then it falls into the negative pole of Reasoning. The experience will often cycle back through the emotions generating new feelings in response to the thoughts that just occurred, which then must pass back through the thought process, and what happens in that case, is a vortex is created, or a loop is created, that we call a trap. Those experiences that you take on as wounding take on in a cumulative effect that becomes what we will describe as your life traps. To differentiate from the centering traps, we'll call it the Life Trap. This person will keep trying to solve the situation by feeling it out, thinking it through, feeling it out, thinking it through, feeling it out, thinking it through, and so on, until it becomes a weight much like the process of generating a pearl within a clam, except this is not as beautiful to each of you. Understanding the origins of what is causing the effects of the Life Trap is not as necessary as what you do in response to that now. In other words it is not necessary to go back and work through or understand or feel out or correct anything obvious or tangible at this point, at the first step. The first would be to free yourself from the effects of that Life Trap. That would be the first step. Often it is the only step necessary because once you have freed yourself from being locked into that Life Trap, it often loses all significance whatsoever, consciously or subconsciously. The way to free yourself from that is to break the pattern that you are using in dealing with it. So the person who has a Life Trap that has been developed from trying to deal with wounding by having feelings about it, trying to make sense of it, which causes more feelings which causes more confusion and so forth, this individual would want to emphasize tremendously the Moving Center, which has been left out of the process. Those of you who are Intellectually Centered Emotional Part, or Emotionally Centered Intellectual Part, probably can attest to the fact that there is very little action that you take to break the cycle of your emotions and your thoughts in regards to what you feel is holding back your life. ... We realize that this sounds quite simplistic, to say that whatever centering of the three lower centers is neglected is the solution, but it truly is that simple. For an individual whose life feels as if it is blocked who is Emotionally Centered Intellectual Part, more action is necessary in that life to break that cycle and to free that individual from the effects of the Life Trap. Nothing else is required.
  11. KurtisM

    Neglected Emotional Center

    [Excerpt from: Michael Speaks: Freedom from Life Traps] MEntity: The same would apply to those who are Intellectually Centered Moving Part or Moving Centered Intellectual Part. That the allowance of feelings and the exploration of feelings and the embrace of inspiration, which is where the emotions and Inspirational Axis are tied together, would be a common neglected area of the life that might be obvious to a person with that centering combination. We realize that this sounds quite simplistic, to say that whatever centering of the three lower centers is neglected is the solution, but it truly is that simple. For an individual whose life feels as if it is blocked who is Emotionally Centered Intellectual Part, more action is necessary in that life to break that cycle and to free that individual from the effects of the Life Trap. Nothing else is required. For the individual who has neglected the Emotional Centering, allowing feelings, allowing affection, allowing anything that related to trusting and perception, would break the cycle. The emphasis on the neglected centering would be proportional to the weight of the Life Trap. So while someone who has neglected the Emotional Center could allow the experience of being hugged to be felt, it would not change the life in that moment. But in the same way that the Life Trap became a Life Trap through cumulative insults and wounding, so would the resolution come in cumulative effects. However it does not take as long as the Life Trap took to develop. It can be changed depending on the commitment and the awareness of the emphasis of the neglected center. ... Question: I have a question about Moving Part of the Intellectual Center. I never really did grasp what it meant not to use Emotional Center, as I don't feel that I am without feelings. I don't really see how it is applied in certain situations. MEntity: All of your centers are present and all of them are active to some degree. Some of them more restricted and in the negative poles and some of them more towards the positive poles and freer flowing of the energy relative to that centering. And in your case, you have continually, from what we can see, moved towards a greater capacity towards the positive poles of your centers, but the Life Trap would have come from frustration and annoyance, not only with others but with yourself, because of that Intellectual Center Moving Part trap. You would have developed many reasons for your experiences, and as you navigate it is based on reasons. And then the Moving Part would be bringing it back out into the world in forms of frenetic activity, doing just to be doing, or even frustration. Often this can also show up as rage and anger, which then of course can flip and become depression and defeat. It is not that you don't feel, but with this cycle being your trap, it is going to keep the emotions in a state of sentimentality, so that you blurred the line between symbols and meaning. That is how we describe the negative pole of the Emotions; that you have lost the differentiation between symbolism and meaning, so that if you are not showing up in a way that you feel you should be, that means something about you. If others do not show up the way that you expect them to show up, that means something about them. Or there may be attachments to figures in your life from the past that you feel have impacted you in some way. That if these individuals had not been that way, or were not that way or are not that way, then you may be clear. We could come up with many examples but we will leave it to you to find more relevant examples or more specific examples. The most obvious way, and the greater context in which the Emotions being neglected would show up for you is in the difference between trust and distrust. In the neglect of the Emotional Center, there is a greater distrust of yourself, of your life, of those in your life. Whereas the positive pole of the Emotions, which is Perception, moves into a state of trust, develops, builds and accumulates experiences that develop a sense of trust in the self in the life and in others. When that part or that centering is neglected, trust is a great issue. ... So what you would want to do as part of your solution to breaking that cycle is to consciously choose trust in situations that allow for it. By that we mean to fall back on experiential differentiation. You may have developed a distrust based on some things that have happened to you in your life, but every experience has the potential to bring new results. So therefore it is an opportunity to trust yourself, because at least you have that to depend on. You have survived situations, you have risen above situations, you have gotten through situations. You have been there for you. Even if you have been harsh sometimes, you have been there for you, and that is the first place that you can start for developing or choosing trust that at least I trust myself. No reasons, no necessary logic involved. No actions necessary, just the choice to trust. And in doing so, this can begin to extend to people around you and that doesn't mean always trusting in obvious ways. It can sometimes mean trusting that what is frustrating you about this person is okay, because that person has to make the choices necessary for his or her life, and whether they correspond elegantly with your own or not, does not determine your capacity for trust.
  12. [Excerpt from Michael Speaks: September 2008] QUESTION: You have told earlier about suitable ways to meditate for people with emotional/intellectual and intellectual/moving centering. What about the rest: intellectual/emotional, emotional/moving, moving/intellectual and moving/emotional? MEntity: In nearly all cases for effective meditation, it is not so much about the Primary Center/Part, but about the Centering that is most often neglected. So an Emotionally-Centered/Intellectual Part, and an Intellectually-Centered/Emotional Part could both do well with a MOVING-CENTERED Meditation. Whatever your Centering/Part, you might find the most effective meditations to be in the realm of that third Center of Gravity that is not usually accessed. Moving-Centered Meditations can include anything that involves the Body, from taking a simple walk, to Tai Chi and Yoga to dancing the night away. Intellectually-Centered Meditations can include anything from crossword puzzles and brain teasers to such focused meditations as Transcendental Meditation, to good night of hilarity and comedy. Emotionally-Centered Meditations can include anything from a good listen to music that resonates with you, to cathartic expressions such as can be found in Primal Therapies, to night of tears and intensity at the movies. So a Moving Centered/Emotional Part or Emotional Centered/Moving Part can both do well to get out out the crosswords, brain teasers, or make their way to the nearest comedy venue. The point of meditation, in general, is to bring about a full functioning of all of the lower Centers, so it will always be most effective to focus first on that Centering that is most neglected. However, if one wants to just feel good and bring some awareness to one's natural, habitual processes, one can focus on a meditation that is resonant to the Primary Centering. Rather than compile a list of meditations for each Centering, each of you can consider this fairly accurately on your own: if it tends to emphasize the Body, it can be used as a Moving-Centered meditation. If it tends to draw up and emphasize the Emotions or feelings, it can be used as an Emotionally-Centered meditation. If it tends to bring about emphasis on the Intellect or thinking, it can be used as an Intellectually-Centered meditation. The difference between an experience being just another experience and its being a meditation is AWARENESS. When you are dancing, listening, or laughing, for example, bringing your awareness to the moment can instantly turn it into a kind of meditation.
  13. [Excerpt from Energy Report: July 2008] MEntity: By "meditate," we describe a triad of effort that starts with Examination, moves into Implementation, and then into Realization. For July, it would do our students well to examine which of the primary centers (Moving, Emotional, or Intellectual) is least-used or most out of balance, (this should be rather obvious to most of you) and then implement a behavior that brings about that Centering into your life. If you lack balance of Movement, then for a part of your week, your day, emphasize Movement: take a walk longer than you normally would; literally exercise; dance; stretch; do Yoga, etc. If you lack Emotional balance, then expose yourself to elements that provoke or soothe your emotions, such as listening to music (actually listening to it, not just having it as background); experiencing a live concert or performance; watching the sky, sunset, clouds; sitting with nature; etc. If you lack balance of Intellect, then for part of your week or your day, implement Intellectual experiences such as crossword puzzles, brain teasers; singing; shouting out randomly in nonsensical sounds to provoke laughter; telling the truth to a friend or self; writing a list of gratitude; sitting still; etc. On the other side of these experiences one would find the Realizations that come as part of Meditation.
  14. [Excerpt from a private session on June 16, 2016] MEntity: As for your "thinking too much," there is truth to this, but only as part of a Trap that you find yourself in between the Intellect and Emotion. You overthink your feelings. This is because you long to be more Emotionally-Centered, Intellectual Part. What happens in Intellectual Centering, Emotional Part is that thoughts build and grow and take up a great amount of "room" in the mind, and the Emotional Part is mute. There is no outward expression of your thoughts, no form to put them into, so they show up as "feelings," as agitations in the body, and "boomeranged" back into the Intellect to be organized and sorted and tamed. Centering and Part are not static, so this only describes the habit that you have developed. To change this is only a matter of changing your habits. When the Intellectual/Emotional is in cycle of a Trap, it tends to be that the Personality is stuck in a cycle of listening to others and listening to a cacophony of inner thoughts that then generate feelings that then must be tamed and sorted and managed, which then brings up more feelings, etc. This leads to a numbness after some time. Or to great outbursts that are senseless because the Emotional Part has no voice, and the Moving gets called in as the outlet, which often does not go well. A personality tends to choose one or the other as their method of managing the Trap. Either the outbursts or the numbness. So what you can do to bring this back into balance is to proactively activate all three Centers at once in a way that allows for you to be familiar with them as a team, so to speak. To activate all three at once, a common and easy method is to take a walk while listening to music. The Intellect will be present by default, and the music would activate the Emotions, and your body is included because it is Moving. Experiencing this in a way that is playful but aware can help you to catch those moments when you feel a confidence to move in harmony to the music/emotions, and to sing out loud in confidence, even if quietly. All of this gives you practice in the experience of giving form to feelings, voice to movement, soothing of intellect.
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