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[Excerpt from Energy Report: September 2013] Remember that the Negative Pole of Idealism is the intent to fulfill a vision or ideal without full consideration of the steps, responsibilities, or consequences. One simply thinks the vision or ideal is enough. That vision or ideal either justifies whatever comes next, which can lead to some fairly heinous and irresponsible behaviors, or there is complete shock and dismay that the ideal did not pan out. Idealism is fueled by the concept of “should,” because it is an Attitude that compares what is with what should be. That “should” is subjective, of course, but that is not often the challenge. The challenge is in the presumption that because something or someone “should” be, then it will or can be. That presumption is Naivete. ... If you find yourself struggling with a wave of “shoulds,” and distracted with a vision or ideal against which you hold yourself, yet have no plan, no steps, no help, no sense of responsibility for the necessary efforts to fulfill that ideal, no willingness to do the work, or if that ideal comes at the expense of other important things in your life, you may be dancing with Naivete. This would tend to feel as if the reality of that vision is “so close, yet so far away.” And then you may fall into limbo. If you find you are in a state similar to the above, then it may be time to either make the choice to do the work that fulfills the vision (which includes the research, planning, effort, etc) or to realize that you may have other priorities that require being addressed before you can fulfill your vision. For example, some presume they “should” not have financial struggles, but then do very little to pursue an income. This is because they often have ideals on top of ideals about where and how that income “should” come, and anything less or different must be failure or deemed not worth the effort. Or one may be seeking a long-term change, but presume the change “should” be faster, easier, and is an entitlement, not requiring so much effort. We speak of those who are in positions where the capacity to choose is not removed, not of everyone who struggles in the face of imposing adversities, of course. If you find yourself in any positions where “should” is descriptive, then you are playing with Idealism in some way. ... “SHOULDS” AND “COULDS” AND “WOULDS” are friends If you “should,” then it is best to know and feel if and how you “could,” and even if you “would.” This may seem shared in jest, but they are the triad of empowerment for the fulfillment of ideals. Should is the idea/ideal; Could is the potential and possibilities that must then be narrowed down to a workable plan; and Would is the willingness and effort one is capable of affording. These are the Intellect, Emotion, and Action necessary. These are the Truth, Love, and Energy in everyday words that build your momentum in the life. If any one of these is emphasized without the consideration of the others, there is often little movement or fulfillment.
[Excerpt from Energy Report: August 2013] ... When there is an emphasis on Idealism, the support is there for helping to improve upon some element or aspect of the life, a relationship, or the self. That sense of support can turn into a sense of pressure or anxiousness if it is not used to move you toward an ideal. That support is like a current that is dammed, and it will, eventually, help move you toward the ideal, break the dam, or recede. To clarify one's personal ideals, all that is necessary is to pick one. Regardless of one's Overleaves, there are always elements and aspects of the life, a relationship, or the self that one seeks to improve. Pick one. That is all that is necessary for allowing the current of support to be of benefit, and to shift from being a pressure. Once you have picked one, the energy would shift to being supportive, but you will still have to do the work of the steps necessary for bringing fulfillment to the ideal. However, with the sense of pressure shifted to a sense of enthusiasm and support, your creative processes, openness to Agreements, and your synaptic pathways begin to be used far more productively. If you have clarified your ideals, but still feel a bit of anxiousness or pressure, it is most likely because you have not considered your part in the next steps necessary for fulfilling that ideal. Simply having the ideal is not enough. You must map out your next steps. For these students, we suggest writing down your next step or steps. We suggest literally writing this out. There is a drastic difference between typing and writing when it comes to synaptic pathways and body memory. Typing is beneficial for a number of reasons, and can always complement writing, but freehand writing is vastly more beneficial for any method of expression regarding memory, planning, or changing/nurturing synaptic pathways. Write out your next steps, then type them up. Typing will tend to leave your words “floating above the neck,” so to speak, while writing will help move thoughts and feelings throughout the body for use in planning, memory, and shifting of synaptic pathways. Clarifying and mapping out your ideals now can be key to helping shift away from the pull of the Chief Feature “season” coming in October. Pick one thing you wish to improve, describe your next steps, then do the work. If you find you are blocked, or that the improvement is daunting, choose a different one. The important thing here is that you experience your participation in the active improvement of at least one thing. That experience then helps to bring momentum to the more daunting improvements you may wish to pursue.
[Excerpt from Energy Report: July 2013] The Attitude is a description of one’s basic philosophy about life. It is the filter through which experiences are interpreted. The Idealist, then, interprets life in a way that is optimistic, but is constantly aware of the room for improvement. The Idealist always sees how things can be better, often in terms of how they “should be,” but rather than use this comparison to undermine the moment, the Idealist usually just aims for “better.” This can work for or against the individual who is an Idealist, depending on factors in the function of other Overleaves, and the presence of the Chief Negative Features. When Idealism is in its Positive Pole as Coalescence, it will not only see the room for improvements, but it seeks to understand and implement what that vision of improvement will require. Coalescence is the coming together of parts for the fulfillment of an idea that has become a vision. When idea and vision combine, they become an ideal. When Idealism is in its Negative Pole as Naivete, the room for improvement will still be seen, but the aim for that improvement will come from an uninformed, ignorant, or innocent unawareness of what that vision of improvement will require. It is presumed that because one has decided upon how things “should” be, then it is only matter of deciding that is how they should be. There is no concern or consideration for all that would have to come together for that ideal. Furthermore, there is often a complete lack of understanding that the entire concept of an “ideal” is relative, and not always the same for everyone. When speaking of Idealism in terms of the year, and in terms of this being a philosophy on a more collective level, it would tend to be a year that is focused on grand improvements in some obvious ways. Because this is a Sage year, we would think this would come in terms of anything regarding entertainment, technology, information, communication, and social structures. ... Over the course of July, August, and September, there would tend to come the impact of the breakthroughs or collapses of those ideals, and an effort to continue building upon the ideal, or an effort to return to the Positive Pole for those that have collapsed. Even with the best of intentions, the greatest ideals can fail if there is naivete in the process. One can push and push for the ideal, but if the parts are not coming together in coalescence, the ideal will remain an ideal. ... This is an Exalted, Expressive Attitude, so this is not a quiet Attitude. The gentle “voice” in your head, the impulses, the nudges and the intuition would tend to become more pronounced over these months, even if you are not an Idealist in Attitude. The sense of necessity for making things better may focus on specific areas of the life, or the overall quality of the life, or even toward the world in general, or toward the lives of those close to you.