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  1. KurtisM

    Idealist and Coalescence

    [Extracted from OMW: The Truth, Love & Energy of You & Your Life] MEntity: The Idealist SEES LIFE AS IF IT CAN ALWAYS BE IMPROVED, but because he or she can see room for improvement does not mean it can be, or wants to be. The Idealist's Positive Pole of Coalescence, then, is the capacity to gauge everything that would be required of that path of improvement, and discerning if it can be pulled together.
  2. Jana

    You And Your Attitude

    [Reproduction of Michael Speaks: You and Your Attitude] [M_Entity] Hello to all of you. We are here. We understand the topic to be that of Attitudes as they are defined within our teaching. Of course, there are 7 Attitudes, as there are 7 of every other Overleaf in our system. The 7 Attitudes are the Neutral or Assimilative PRAGMATIST, the Inspirational Stoic and Spiritualist, the Expressional Skeptic and Idealist, and the Actional Cynic and Realist. The Attitudes are specifically your personal means to interpret reality. The Attitudes could easily be said to be The 7 Basic Philosophies, as much of what is our more complete system now has been found isolated in various teachings throughout the ages. Each Attitude can easily find a correlation of a philosophy, which can shed a great deal of light on your personal Attitude. The Attitude could be said to be the “pivot” or “hinge” within our Personality System around which all other facets of your Personality move. Because the Attitude is intrinsically linked to your Intellect, the Attitude can “make or break” your sense of peace, trust, wholeness, etc. Whether you are Intellectually Centered or not, you still have an Intellect, and that Intellect works hard to interpret and make sense of reality. So, too, does your Attitude. It will go a long way toward freeing you from the traps of the Attitude and Intellect if you understand that it is not necessarily “the point” to “make sense” of reality, because literally, it is the opposite: your senses MAKE reality. Though we say your Attitude “interprets” reality, it may be more effective to understand that your Attitude “filters” reality. Both are valid descriptions. Though an Attitude is far from an imposition, it CAN be a limitation if you find you are not able to function within your ;particular Attitude's full spectrum of use. It can easily be said that, from the absolute worst struggles, to the most trivial of frustrations, these experiences are directly a reflection of how you are using your Attitude. When your Attitude is in its Negative Pole, regardless of what that may be, you have determined that you have completed your need for input for your basic philosophical stance. When the Negative Pole of the Attitude is in control, reality loses its creativity and flexibility, and instead becomes a tangled mess that must be understood immediately, even if the means to do so have not even come to pass. We can speak generally of Attitudes because the basic experience is quite consistent; it is the HOW of it all that is different among them. For instance, an Idealist in the Negative Pole and a Cynic in the Negative Pole will both share the struggle of trying to understand something within a limitation of input, but the Idealist will “naively” bumble his way through, while the Cynic will use “denigration” to destroy anything outside his comprehension. In the case of the Cynic, we do not mean an attempt to literally destroy, but that the Cynic will actively fight to remove any contradictions from his determined perception. In the case of each Axis of Attitude, you will find when they are in the Negative Pole, the reaction of the Attitude is to eliminate the Positive Pole experiences. When the Stoic is “resigned,” he will use inspiration to lead others into resignation, to validate his own perceptions. The Spiritualist will use inspiration to impose his beliefs on others as strongly as possible, to remove the need for verifying his perceptions. The Skeptic will simply express strong suspicions, riling others into an insecure space of perception, to remove the need for investigation. The Idealist will naively take on lofty goals and intentions, either with or without awareness, setting himself up for failure, so as to remove the experience of coalescence, which is the bringing together of parts to make a whole. The Cynic will actively remove all that contradicts his own determined perception. The Realist will insist that her perceptions are based in fact, even against the strongest of feedback that she is inaccurate, so as to remove her from having to be Objective. In addition, the Pragmatist will continue doing things, thinking about things, expressing things, exactly as they have worked for her to her satisfaction, regardless of the fact that input is dictating that there are more practical ways for the same things. The reason the Negative Pole is so strongly interested in eliminating the Positive Pole experiences is because the Attitude is the “brother or sister” to the Chief Features. We speak of these traits with anthropomorphic descriptions, only for the sake of relating, but we do not wish for you to mistake this means of description as if these parts of you are a separate consciousness. We do not say that they are, nor do we imply that they are. Because of our limitation of time, we will quickly point out what we believe may be the most important concern for your understanding of the Attitudes. Since the Attitude can be your prison or your means to complete freedom, we believe that when you are struggling in any area of your life, the first place to look would be to your Attitude. In understanding your Attitude, you would clearly be able to see that you may be in the Negative Pole, but the fastest and most effective means to move yourself out of it, is simply to choose a different angle of perception. Since the Attitude, while in the Negative Pole, so intently seeks to remove the experience of the Positive Pole of your Attitude, the “trick” is to use the Positive Pole of the Attitude that shares your Axis. If the effort is made, within minutes your life can change; or at least your attitude toward it, which can then lead to changing your life. When the Spiritualist is lost in her Beliefs and continues to find she is blocked from real, fulfilling Verification of her perceptions, it can free her to “slide” to the Positive Pole of Stoicism, which would be Tranquility. When Belief is in control, there is usually a strong need to get others to share in the belief, even if you, yourself have not Verified its place in your life. When the Spiritualist slides to Tranquility, she relaxes and surrenders gently to her perceptions. This then allows her to Verify things for herself, instead of finding others to do it for her. On the other hand, the Stoic may have given up on his life, resigning, which is a passive stance to the life. If he were to slide to Verification, he would be able to find that much of what he has resigned himself to is not even valid anymore as an imposition. We may not be able to go through all of the Attitudes with examples, but we will note that the Pragmatist has the ability to slide to ANY of the other Attitudes as a means to free himself from Dogma. We will now take any questions you may have, so we can respond to you, rather than use your time teaching what may already be available in print. QUESTIONS [MDFSage_Val] Can you describe a “spectrum of use” for an Idealist, or is this more an individual fragment thing/issue? [M_Entity] An Idealist lives within the spectrum of being “cursed” and “blessed” with the constant want for improvement. The Idealist has such a wider vision of most things that he can see patterns where others cannot. Within those patterns, he can also see how they can be improved, manipulated, or altered for the better. The struggle then comes from the Idealist being able to see the big picture, but not putting the effort into defining the STEPS it will take to get there. Therein lies the spectrum from Naivety to Coalescence. An Idealist can see that he has potential to run a marathon, but instead of taking the steps to prepare, he simply, naively runs in the marathon, until he collapses from the pain he could have avoided. [Suzanne] Michael, How would be best for an idealist & a spiritualist to relate to each other, one expresses while the other inspires? [M_Entity] The Spiritualist will always interpret relationships in terms of how inspiring they are, while the Idealist will interpret the relationships in terms of how much improvement is coming from them. [Suzanne] Rather interesting, as it can compliment. [M_Entity] If the Spiritualist feels her relationships are not inspiring, or that she is not inspiring, she will lose interest. The Idealist must feel as if the relationships are somehow improving each other, or he will feel they are not worth it. [Suzanne] Thank you, I understand better now [M_Entity] We are using pronouns randomly, for the sake of grammar. We are not intending anything to be specifically assigned to a gender. [Suzanne] Understood that too, thanks. [M_Entity] The Spiritualist could be said to be “cursed” and “blessed” with the philosophy that everything has potential. Within that spectrum, you will find the experiences ranging from blind faith or belief to valid verification of those potentials. We will point out one last point for your consideration before concluding tonight. When you are in the Negative Pole of your Attitude, you may find you are behaving more and more like the Attitude sharing your Axis, or attracting, or attracted to, those who share your Axis. This is your inherent move toward balance in perception and even if this is done without awareness, it manages, at least, to continue to give the option of choosing how you interpret your reality. So, an Idealist may tend to be very critical and skeptical as a means to balance his Idealism; the Spiritualist may find she is becoming less and less emotional and more passive as she seeks balance for her Beliefs. We shared as much as we could within your time allotted. We have much more to say about this topic, of course. We will conclude here. Good Night to all of you.
  3. [Excerpt from Energy Report: July 2012] As a cycle of pre-measured time unfolds, such as a year, it can be anticipated in understanding similar to describing and anticipating any Personality. Any system, such as another Personality system, Astrology, and even frequencies and meanings of color, could be used to describe these cycles of time, as they could also be used to describe geographical locations, communities, etc. because if there is a basic understanding of any system, it can be superimposed in a way that is quite useful and empowering. The greater the understanding of the system, the greater the understanding of that which is being superimposed upon. However, a vital, key awareness in any process of interpretation or superimposition is that “the map is never the terrain.” In other words, we can describe the year in Overleaves, Astrological terms, Color, etc, but that year will never exist through only those words; you still must live through the year as a way to know that year. This is true of any map. The ATTITUDE in our system of Personality is the individual's “map” of the terrain through which they will journey. It is your system of superimposition and interpretation. The Attitude is the lens through which one perceives, interprets, and archives his or her life, but IT IS NOT THE LIFE. When one looks at a map of New York City, it is not the same thing as walking its streets. When one looks at the stories of history books, it is not the same thing as having been there. When one looks through the eyes of his or her Attitude, it is not the same thing as what is being seen. We point this out because the shift in July moves in emphasis from the MODE to the ATTITUDE. Your Attitude is your collection of maps. One's Attitude is never just one map, but many, and always a collection that supports the same basic system of interpretation and superimposition that you are working to explore. This system is described by the name of the Attitude. One begins to collect maps of the terrain of their life soon after the 2nd Internal Monad, or when one actually begins to develop his or her own stable mobility. The maps used at 10 years old are very different from the maps used at 21 or 45 or 75, but they can be strikingly similar, with the maps building in extensiveness rather than in replacement, though a complete replacement of one’s maps can and does change, depending upon imprinting. As with our own Overleaf System, or any mapping system, the system of interpretation and superimposition is fairly neutral, and cannot determine the experiences that one will have when actually exploring the “terrain.” For example, the Idealist or a Spiritualist Attitude do not have an easier time, or a better perspective, than a Cynic or a Skeptic, but these different Attitudes do have very different systems of interpretation and superimposition; very different maps. One of the reasons we find that the cycles of a year move through an emphasis on the Attitude is so that all Attitudes may have a period of time each year to “see” the maps that may not be their own. We might compare this to one person becoming rather dependent upon a Subway Map of New York City, but then finding themselves looking at a map of walking tours through the Parks of New York City. It is not that one is better than the other, but having exposure to both (and more) can greatly enhance one's understanding of the city, and this can be said about your own exposure to the different Attitudes and maps that are used around you. You will always return to your own map, but there would come to be a sense of these other maps that can be carried with you and understood, even if not your default map. This allows you to understand the greater collective experience. To deny this expansion would be similar to someone describing New York City only terms of its Subway routes, denying all maps of waterways, Restaurants or Parks or Museums, etc. There is a necessity for multiple maps for a single terrain, because a single terrain offers up multiple layers of experiences. Your Attitude is not the truth, it is merely your means of exploring the truth. Soul Age often corresponds to the number of maps one can carry, if you will. The younger the soul, the fewer the maps, and the more invested and engrossed one is with the maps that are one's own. However, as the soul grows, the Personalities begin to carry around more maps, or put in terms relative to our Teaching, the Attitude expands. As the soul ages, its corresponding Personalities seek to understand more and more maps that are not one's own, and this is why we share the Energy Report. Understanding the collective world as it is being explored through a dominant, collective Attitude, helps one to expand upon one's place within the largest map of all, that eventually includes all of you.
  4. KurtisM

    Idealism

    [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.
  5. KurtisM

    Idealism- The Path to your Ideal

    [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.
  6. KurtisM

    Idealist Attitude

    [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.
  7. KurtisM

    Idealists in Social Situations

    [Excerpt from Ask Michael - April 5, 2015] [Kurtis] Hi Michael, today i'd like to ask about how the Idealist appears/acts in a social situation. MEntity: The Idealist in social situations is constantly measuring against an ideal. Both the self and others are being assessed, sized up, compared, measured, and calculated in ways that can be mind-boggling to those not an Idealist. Idealists can be of the most clearly and strongly-opinionated of the Attitudes, with some of the strongest arguments in support of those opinions and perspectives. Idealists can tend to read the languages of your body in ways that go far beyond the use of your words. Idealists will often respond more to what was not said than to what was said, because Idealists can see/hear beyond the facades or measured responses. Idealists are so prone to looking beyond what IS and into the projected patterns from what is, that they can sometimes be out of sync with the experiences of others around them. In other words, while others may see/hear exactly what is being said/shown, the Idealist is accessing dimensions that extend from there. In the Positive Pole, there is Coalescence. This is the pulling together of the necessary parts that fulfill the ideal or the assessed pattern. This means that the Positive Idealist may compare, measure, assess, and predict accurate patterns, but always remembers that there is more. There will always be more. This Idealist may be very clear and accurate in her understanding of the self or another person, but always makes room for variables. The Positive Idealist is not conclusive. This lack of conclusivity and room for variables is also what makes them of the most Naive, the Negative Pole. Idealists will often "see the best" in you, in herself, even as there is neglect, abuse, and pain. Idealists can, also, hold you or the self to a standard of expectation that is often unmatched, leading to another version of Naivety that is constantly pitting you against what SHOULD be. So Naivety can show up here as the inability to discern what further parts might be necessary for fulfilling an ideal, or show up as the inability to see that there are no further parts so the ideal cannot be fulfilled. Idealists will always tend to challenge your resting place for what is expected of yourself, themselves, and others.
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