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MICHAEL SPEAKS Online 080507 [Michael Entity] AUGUST ENERGY REPORT (as given in the upcoming August podcast) August brings with it an ethereal angle, which is not a contradiction to the Realism (attitude) in place. August appears to us to be a time of retrospection and a unique use of the past as a means to build the present in a better way. By "better" we mean with the intent to increase a sense of wider fulfillment beyond the self. August will lean toward being more group- and community-oriented, not only with the sense of how to better interact and build together, but also with a strange sense of surrealism. The retrospection is fairly understandable as part of the process of a year, but the surrealism may be a bit disorienting to some of you. The surrealism is due to a kind of "hyper-realism" as August unfolds, bringing an energy that allows for perception beyond the immediately tangible. Many of you may feel a sense of lightness, or great amounts of space, among your cells and atoms. This could be said to be an extension of the internal exploration started in July, but on vastly broader levels than the immediate life, memories, and experiences. August may easily be described by some of you as a sense of floating, untethered and dreamy, but rooted and serious in its focus on improving QUALITY among your exchanges. Questions that may arise are: DO I CONTRIBUTE TO LIFE IN A WAY THAT I WISH LIFE WOULD CONTRIBUTE FOR ME? DO I CONTRIBUTE TO MY RELATIONSHIPS IN A WAY THAT I WISH THEY WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO ME? DO I REALLY KNOW HOW TO LOVE, TELL THE TRUTH, AND USE MY ENERGY IN A WAY THAT IS ALIGNED WITH WHO I REALLY AM? Looking at these questions over August can bring you some profound insights. The theme could be described, then, as CONTEXT; living, thinking, acting, giving, receiving, communicating, and being in CONTEXT. The ability to realistically discern the appropriate context of your various moments is a form of important evolution for the soul and personality. In the end, August may bring some strength to your ability to keep your perspective clear as to the whole of a context, instead of the limited or distorted contexts that often plague a difficult life. A key phrase for August could be said to be: BE BIGGER. Be bigger than the moment, bigger than the disappointment, bigger than the expectation or the effort or the results, bigger than the day. Just... Be Bigger. Make psychological space in your cells and atoms for all potential and possibility as a means to allow more creativity and acceptance in the life. And then embrace it all. END OF AUGUST REPORT [cimmarron] Hello Michael. Can you discuss helpful ways to build the immune system and some holistic ways Troy can improve his health? [Michael Entity] There are many physical efforts, including activity, diet, and supplements, that can sustain or rebuild an immune system, all of which would be in different forms and intake for each individual, but the one, single aspect that is directly related to the state of an immune system is the state of SELF-ESTEEM. This is true of all fragments. The state of the immune system is proportional to the state of self-esteem. Exercise, diet, and supplements can slightly counter the impact of low self-esteem/low immunity, but without addressing the depth of confidence and acceptance of the self, the immune system can still fluctuate to a state that is just as dangerous to the health. The immune system fluctuates for all fragments, relative to the Personality's sense of self-esteem, and allows for processes to occur on a physical, tangible level that were refused to be addressed on more emotional and intellectual levels. From the most terminal of illnesses to the most trivial of "colds," this is true. It could be said that in the transition of your world from Young to Mature, the greatest plague among you is the perpetuation of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and acceptance of self, which is the root of all vulnerability to illnesses and injuries. This is not to say that all illnesses and injuries are "your fault" because you simply have low self-esteem, but it is to say that there is an equation at work here that is consistent. In Troy's case, there is a great need to overhaul his concept of self in relation to physical plane and emotional resonances. He is a fine example of the most spirited, lively, and active of Personalities (like many of you) who have adapted to your wounds, instead of healing them, choosing, instead, to focus on crisis, struggle, helping others, expression, or any other means to direct the attention away from those wounds. As with any physical wound that remains open and unattended, even emotional wounds can eventually become "infected" to an extent that demands attention. As we have always stated that one of the final lessons of the Physical Plane is in the experience of loving the self, and embodying agape, it could be said that this is prompted by the many lifetimes of wounding that will eventually find healing from that state. In other words, a major part of why you seek to love and be loved is because you also wish to be complete and healed, which is what you will be in your final lifetimes. This very motivation is also part of why you reject loving and being loved, as this means looking at wounds to which you have ignored or to which you have adapted, fooling yourselves into thinking you are "doing just fine." Without diminishing the beauty of who you are and what you have accomplished in terms of your personal growth, acceptance, and loving, we can easily say that none of you are actually "doing just fine." You all need help. You all need each other. You all can find wholeness in NOT doing just fine, and giving up the imprinting of the Young Soul era of constant justification for your existence. You do not exist alone, nor do you exist as means to only prove your existence was worth it. We realize we have responded more broadly for all of you and not just for Troy, but while his position now is defined the way it is, all of you can do well to address your feelings of self, and your feelings of having a right to simply BE. Our response, while broad, is just as important for Troy as it is for all of you. In terms of the physical plane efforts for supporting the immune system, we would agree with most who are educated about the human body that an increase in fresh fruits, vegetables, and a reduction of processed foods, refined sugars, and stimulants, along with a great increase in intake of water, can do wonders for at least stabilizing the immune system. [Kathryn41] my question feels so frivolous after that wonderful information. VBG! It is actually more of a quick observation, than a question . . . however, would it be fair to say that the August energy report resonates to a "Spiritualist" attitude? [Michael Entity] The energy we described is based in the variations of energy related to REALIST, but this is not in conflict with any other Attitude. The only conflict between Overleaves is always based in the position of expression between the Positive and Negative Poles. Positive Poles are never in conflict, while Negative Poles are almost always in conflict. With that being said, it might be true that those who are Spiritualists will find the more etheric, expanded energy of August to be more familiar than, say, the Cynic. However, because this broader perspective is also rooted in Realism, this can be challenging to the Spiritualist, especially if coming from the Negative Pole. [Ann] I would like to ask more about the notion of "justification of existence". Can Michael say more about how we feel the need to do this? Does it have something to do with toting up our "accomplishments"/ How much of it is imprinting? (sorry for the vagueness. Flying by the seat of my pants here) How does one step away from this justification? [Michael Entity] Part of the dynamic of being a Young Soul is to justify the presence and existence of self. This influence is still quite strong in your world, as you may have observed, despite the actual Soul Age of a fragment. For the Older Soul, this pressure can be a constant weight that makes no sense, but is still addressed with a great amount of attention. We wish to make clear that it is NOT necessary for Young Souls to justify their existence, but that there is a consistent inclination to believe that this is necessary, thus it becomes a part of the dynamic of Young Soul environments. It is an exhausting and daunting way of living for the Older Soul to endure this pressure, falling into the obligation to be tangibly productive, sustaining social standards of success, showing observable ambition, and relegating Play Time to a space and time that is rarely visited. When we say that many feel an obligation to "justify their existence," we mean that it is not enough for most of you to simply breathe in life, to embrace love and kindness, to express joy. You must find REASONS for it, or only collect and express these things in relation to how rewarded you feel you deserve to be for what you have contributed. Because the standards for defining your worth are so superficial in most cases (financial stability, recognition, promotion, praise, working hard, rejecting playfulness, indulging in struggle), the Older Soul simply doesn't have the energy or motivation to "play along." This, then, contributes to the division felt between the self and the world. However, the Older Soul still "goes through the motions" of existing in this paradigm since it is so pervasive, thus betraying the self on a daily basis, diminishing the self-esteem. It is not that the Older Soul cannot play along in the current paradigms, but it is only when the Older Soul "buys into" the paradigm as a conclusive, limited space for living that the impact becomes harmful. And most of you do "buy into" it. What we mean by this is that most of you do not "look up" from your struggles for years before asking, "What the hell am I doing??!!" Many of you ask this question and then put your energy back into the same patterns, but some of you ask this and make the changes that allow room for your Being. To step away from the justification for your existence can be as simple as DOING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO (making the choices that lead you toward what you want, not what you think you must have), but more importantly than doing what you want to do is learning how to choose to HAVE FUN DOING WHAT YOU END UP DOING. It is not uncommon for any Soul Age to have to do what one doesn't want to do, but there is never a need to permanently perpetuate your distaste for that part of life. There are ways to always find joy or create joy in some way, either as a complement to the struggle, as a space after the struggle, or as pockets within the struggles. In the end, you exist with or without proving your worth in productivity. Consider this: If your life is an unlimited tap of water, it makes sense to relegate much of it to things you wish to grow around you, (and what you water is what you get), but you must DRINK of this life, too. Many of you continue to water many things around you, but never drink of your own source. All of you may choose to live in whatever way you feel inclined, but we share this with you so that you may also remember that it is your right, your choice, and your eventual evolution to realize that all of this is YOURS, with or without permission, approval, or productivity. It's YOUR life. And you are the source of it. Drink up. [rvolkman] While living in the physical plane, we are faced with choices that may raise fears and cause us to avoid doing things that we believe we truly want to do, or even to become "frozen in place". Knowing that we are completely safe as timeless souls, how can we integrate that knowledge and "feel" that safety at all times and in all things? [Michael Entity] It is quite difficult for most Personalities to reconcile the reality of the Essence's absolute safety vs the temporary, often painful, reality of being Physical as a Personality within a short period of time and space. Even the oldest of souls can be terrified of death, danger, and pain. Knowing "you" are absolutely safe in the scheme of things as an energy does not bring confidence and peace to the Personality who also knows that it will die, can be harmed, and wishes to avoid danger; however, part of the process of evolution for every soul is in the ACCEPTANCE OF BOTH REALITIES. It is not necessary to pretend that you are absolutely safe, because you are not absolutely safe, at least not in terms that the physical body can comprehend, and the physical body will do all it can to preserve itself, with or without your higher perceptions. It is okay to acknowledge the reality of your timelessness and absolute safety in terms of the soul and energy, but it is also part of your evolution to acknowledge that the "you" that "you" are in this life is the only time "you" will be that "you." It makes sense to feel a need to preserve this for as long as possible, as the Body and Personality do so love to be alive. However, what one can do is learn to assess life's choices more accurately than one was taught to do. By this we mean that MOST choices ARE NOT THREATENING to you or your body. Most fragments turn many potential choices into situations of magnitude that are disproportionate to the actual impact of the various potentials. It is a natural form of navigation to anticipate danger and harm within the range of potentials when making choices, but many of you experience these considerations as REALITY and then respond accordingly. Over time, many of you have programmed your navigational skills to simply highlight all danger and then to avoid those potentials. What one must learn to do, eventually, is to assess the potential for joy, for delight, for thrills, for love, and to start finding that most choices are worth the risk, especially when one can honestly see that there is very little potential for actual, physical harm. What one will do eventually then is to make choices that have assessed all of the potential possibilities of joy and happiness, rather than only navigating as a means to avoid danger. When one feels "frozen" in the attempt to move forward, especially in a direction that might seem to have potential for joy, one must only acknowledge gently the importance of the fear that only wishes to protect you, and then teach yourself something new for you to know: that you will survive most of your choices, even if they don't pan out the way you imagine. It is not a lie, or a fantastical myth, for us to state that all forms of sentience are designed by default to seek pleasure, happiness, and laughter, NOT to avoid danger. Only the body is designed to avoid danger. This is why we have said that to be embodied is a struggle between the sacred and profane, which must eventually find resolution. That resolution is often found in the sweet comfort of living as your Essence, and finding it your responsibility to understand the moments of fear, helping the self to navigate from a place that teaches the body and Personality that MOST of life is fun and pleasant, if not hilarious and playfully absurd, but not the constant danger that might always be anticipated. We have more to say about this, but we believe this is a good start for pondering the potentials for pleasure over danger in your choices. We will conclude here for now. Good day to each of you.