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  1. Maxim [memorial profile]

    Life is NOT a Journey

    Alan Watts makes a good point about life not being a journey though I find it still a good metaphor.  It can be both a dance and a journey.  Then again maybe sensing it as an ocean journey gives me nausea. lol
  2. KurtisM

    Scholars: Living as Essence

    [Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Living as Essence.] MEntity: Today we will speak to you about "living as Essence," or "manifesting Essence," which essentially translates into living from the Positive Poles of your Overleaves. What we will share today is relative to the Essence Roles, so your particular dynamic of Overleaves is not relevant to how one's Essence Manifests, as there are consistencies to the core qualities of each Role. However, because of your own Overleaves' dynamics, you may find variations on what we share. ... If one thinks of each life being a story, then what we can do to help each of you understand how you live as Essence is to put this in light of the story of your life. ... For the SCHOLAR, the question would be: IS THIS THE STORY I WANTED TO KNOW? or, put another way, "AM I LEARNING FROM THIS STORY?" The questions are not "what do I know from this story?" or "what can I learn from this story?" but more pointed at choice in the phrasing of "IS THIS THE STORY I WANTED TO KNOW" and "AM I LEARNING FROM THIS STORY." The difference here is that the Scholar can feel obligated to learn from everything, to extract wisdom from every experience, and this can sometimes spread them so thinly in terms of quality of experience that they fall into Theory and never really KNOW much, or at least, not much in terms of what they wanted to know. There is such a disconnect between the knowledge and the experience that the Scholar merely becomes a barrage of tales, information, empty words to fill the space, but very little in terms of depth and passionate knowing. So for the Scholar who seeks to live as Essence, it can be revitalizing to ask, "IS THIS THE STORY I WANT TO KNOW?" and "AM I LEARNING FROM THIS STORY?" To ask these questions bring active participation in the quest for knowledge, rather than simply gathering it because it is there.
  3. KurtisM

    Living as Essence: King

    [Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Living as Essence.] MEntity: Today we will speak to you about "living as Essence," or "manifesting Essence," which essentially translates into living from the Positive Poles of your Overleaves. What we will share today is relative to the Essence Roles, so your particular dynamic of Overleaves is not relevant to how one's Essence Manifests, as there are consistencies to the core qualities of each Role. However, because of your own Overleaves' dynamics, you may find variations on what we share. ... If one thinks of each life being a story, then what we can do to help each of you understand how you live as Essence is to put this in light of the story of your life. ... For the KING, the question is: IS THIS THE STORY I WANTED TO LIVE? Or put another way, "AM I ALIVE IN THIS STORY?" Kings, more than most other Roles, will endure the stories of their lives to such an extent that they no longer feel alive. They will continue down a trajectory for decades before hitting a wall that forces them to wake up from their stupor and BE ALIVE. So for the Kings who seek to live as Essence, the vibrancy of living must be considered as a parameter for staying on track and in the positive poles. If the King does not feel alive, he is likely not living the story he meant to live, and is likely not living as Essence. Kings, more than other Roles, often feel that enduring boredom and tedium are honorable and noble, so there is some sense of great pride in enduring this. And they can and will do so for years. However, there are few things as emotionally moving and inspiring than to see a King wake up. To see and hear a King laughing and giddy with excitement is profoundly touching. We dare say that our King students may actually cringe at the association of "giddy" with King, but it happens. And so the King who seeks to live as Essence must regularly ask, "AM I ALIVE IN THIS STORY?" "IS THIS THE STORY I MEANT TO LIVE?" and in asking these questions, she will be able to help herself navigate her choices, actions, and paths to higher ground.
  4. KurtisM

    Priests: Living as Essence

    [Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Living as Essence.] MEntity: Today we will speak to you about "living as Essence," or "manifesting Essence," which essentially translates into living from the Positive Poles of your Overleaves. What we will share today is relative to the Essence Roles, so your particular dynamic of Overleaves is not relevant to how one's Essence Manifests, as there are consistencies to the core qualities of each Role. However, because of your own Overleaves' dynamics, you may find variations on what we share. ... If one thinks of each life being a story, then what we can do to help each of you understand how you live as Essence is to put this in light of the story of your life. ... For the PRIEST, the question might be: DOES THIS STORY REALLY MATTER? Priests, more often than other Roles, can lend heavy weight to the lightest of stories. If there is a misstep, an accident, a bad choice, a wrong turn, well, it must mean SOMETHING. And so the Priest who seeks to live as Essence can help herself greatly by asking, "DOES THIS STORY REALLY MATTER?" In many cases, the Priest will probably state "yes!" so the question can be extended to be "DOES THIS STORY REALLY MATTER THAT MUCH?" or "....more than this or that?" Sometimes the Priest requires some clarification in perception so that depth of vision returns. Otherwise, the depth of vision is flattened by the presumption that everything is equally meaningful. When they are outraged, agitated, distracted, it can be helpful to ask this question so that this depth can return, and the living as Essence can soften the edges.
  5. KurtisM

    Sages: Living as Essence

    [Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Living as Essence.] MEntity: Today we will speak to you about "living as Essence," or "manifesting Essence," which essentially translates into living from the Positive Poles of your Overleaves. What we will share today is relative to the Essence Roles, so your particular dynamic of Overleaves is not relevant to how one's Essence Manifests, as there are consistencies to the core qualities of each Role. However, because of your own Overleaves' dynamics, you may find variations on what we share. ... If one thinks of each life being a story, then what we can do to help each of you understand how you live as Essence is to put this in light of the story of your life. ... For SAGES, the question would be: IS THIS THE STORY I WISH TO TELL? This may seem obvious, but that is because all of these suggestions are likely obvious, and the truths of existence are almost always as simple as these kinds of questions. For Sages, the concept of the life as a story is inherent. There is almost always a sense of what the life will mean to others, how it is affecting others, and if it is teaching anyone anything. Because the Sage knows that all of life has value in terms of a great story, the Sage can often be quite indiscriminate in what happens to him or her, because it can always be made into a great story. But when the Personality seeks to live as Essence, the story becomes much more important in terms of its cohesiveness and quality. It is no longer about whether it is entertaining or dramatic. In fact, the Sage who seeks to live as Essence does not mind how quiet, subtle, or plain her story anymore. What begins to matter is if it is actually the story she wishes to tell. In other words, the story gets simpler and more immediately accessible, rather than embellished with dramatics and entertainment. The Sage who seeks to live as Essence begins to become acutely aware of how her words shape others' perception of her, and that there is a theme to the story being told. Sometimes when that is realized, it is shocking. The Sage can sometimes be so caught up in the storytelling thrill, that she forgets that it is shaping the whole of the story that others see about that Sage's life. Sages can be of the most vocal of complainers about life, injustices, aches, pains, struggles, obstacles, and all of the great points that make a great story. But they often forget that these great points are stacking up as a whole story, and that there is more to them than those complaints. So to bring consciousness and choice back into the picture, it is important for the Sage to ask if the story he or she is telling, is really the story he or she wishes to tell.
  6. KurtisM

    Artisans: Living as Essence

    [Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Living as Essence.] MEntity: Today we will speak to you about "living as Essence," or "manifesting Essence," which essentially translates into living from the Positive Poles of your Overleaves. What we will share today is relative to the Essence Roles, so your particular dynamic of Overleaves is not relevant to how one's Essence Manifests, as there are consistencies to the core qualities of each Role. However, because of your own Overleaves' dynamics, you may find variations on what we share. ... If one thinks of each life being a story, then what we can do to help each of you understand how you live as Essence is to put this in light of the story of your life. ... Next, we will speak of the ARTISAN: For the Artisan, the question would be fairly obvious: IS THIS THE STORY I MEANT TO CREATE? Artisans cannot help but create. They are never not creating. This means that the Artisan evolves over lifetimes in the capacity for managing what is created. When creation is unchecked, it can lead to chaos. When creation is denied, it can lead to delusions. So it can be a precarious path for the Artisan to learn how to create with intention. When the Artisan does not live as Essence, the creation does not stop, and neither does the story. So the creation of the story that is the life can be quite extreme in terms of chaos, delusion, and if that is not enough, sometimes the Artisan will create your story for you, as well. Though all Personalities can be "guilty" of this, the Artisan can quickly decide on your backstory before you know it. Artisans are quick to like or dislike others based on this tactic. Artisans are also quite likely to leave you there, as well, regardless of any changes or updates to the contrary to their story created for you. So it is helpful for the Artisan who seeks to live as Essence to ask, "IS THIS THE STORY I MEANT TO CREATE?" The emphasis here is on "meant." Creation happens with or without intention, and the Artisan can easily fall prey to wild imaginings and conclusive outlooks that were passively prompted. When the life is created without intention, then the Personality begins to feel like a pinball in a pinball machine. To counter this, the Artisan can begin to lie to herself like no other Role. These lies can feel good, look good, and may feel as if they are helping, but they are false creations. The Artisan who lives as Essence must then do the sometimes painful task of determining if the life is a true story, or if it is only based on a true story, or if it is a lie, altogether. Is this the story I meant to create? Or am I covering up my true story? ### [The follow-up material below is excerpted from Ask Michael: January 2015.] JanaK: Referring to the session on Living as Essence, and more specifically to the Artisan part, how can one more specifically determine if one's life is a true story? I am talking about the part where you said “The Artisan who lives as Essence must then do the sometimes painful task of determining if the life is a true story, or if it is only based on a true story, or if it is a lie, altogether. Is this the story I meant to create? Or am I covering up my true story?" MEntity: The key for the Artisan is in the intention. When there is a disconnect between what is created and what is intended to be created, this can result in lying or delusion. The issue is not in the distance between intent and result, but in how that distance is handled. The Artisan Essence who is not lying will own the distance and do the work to close that distance, if possible. If the distance between intent and result is not possible to close, then that is owned, as well, and there is no lying about this. For example, it may have been intended to create a life as a pop star singer and this never came to pass. To the Artisan Essence, that is okay. It is not failure, and there is no reason to lie about it. Lying might show up in blaming the life, blaming others, faulting a lack of skills, etc. but owning it means that it simply was not created. It might still be possible, but the distance between intent and result is allowed to be true. JanaK: kind of taking responsibility for it then? MEntity: For the Artisan living a "true story," it means that not all intentions will have come to pass, but that this distance is allowed. Allowing that distance is not the same thing as conceding or resigning. The further the life is from what one intended, the more easily it can come to be in denial or delusion. However, the more that the distancing between intent and result is allowed and honored, the more focus the creative resources tend to be on closing that distance. When that distance is denied, creative resources are used to ignore that distance. When an Artisan is awake, these questions and considerations tend to be enough. For the Artisan that is asleep, no amount of questioning can tend to break through. It usually takes a turning point, intervention, or a complete crash.
  7. KurtisM

    Living as Essence: Warrior

    [Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Living as Essence.] MEntity: Today we will speak to you about "living as Essence," or "manifesting Essence," which essentially translates into living from the Positive Poles of your Overleaves. What we will share today is relative to the Essence Roles, so your particular dynamic of Overleaves is not relevant to how one's Essence Manifests, as there are consistencies to the core qualities of each Role. However, because of your own Overleaves' dynamics, you may find variations on what we share. ... If one thinks of each life being a story, then what we can do to help each of you understand how you live as Essence is to put this in light of the story of your life. ... We will speak about the WARRIOR now: For the Warrior, the question would tend to be: IS THIS THE STORY I REALLY WANT TO DEFEND/PROTECT? Warriors, more often than most Roles, will live a life that eventually begins to include walls around it, so to speak. Their personal story starts to be marked with shame, guilt, secrecy, and sometimes regret. For the Warrior to live as Essence, he must look at the story of his life in a way that determines if he is simply nurturing integrity, or if he is hiding shame and guilt. When there is a nurturing of integrity, there is a quiet calm in the Warrior that owns his or her past, experiences, and knows that the details do not define the person, but what one does with those details defines the person. In asking, "Is this really the story I want to defend?" he is really asking, "Is it okay if I grow to like myself, and accept the choices I have made?" The Warrior, more than most other Roles, will turn to defense of a story of another person as a way to play out his defense of his own story. The Warrior will be quick to question the integrity of your story, if it is your own, but just as quickly defend it if it is questioned by someone else. This is because he or she is playing out the dynamic that exists with the self that he or she must contend with on a daily basis. The Warrior constantly questions the integrity of his own story, all while preparing to defend it with great strength. So if the Warrior who seeks to live as Essence remembers to ask, "Is this really the story I wish to defend?" the Warrior can shift his attention away from protecting or hiding his or her shame, or guilt, and aim for the integrity and depth that has come from those experiences.
  8. KurtisM

    Servers: Living as Essence

    [Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Living as Essence.] MEntity: Today we will speak to you about "living as Essence," or "manifesting Essence," which essentially translates into living from the Positive Poles of your Overleaves. What we will share today is relative to the Essence Roles, so your particular dynamic of Overleaves is not relevant to how one's Essence Manifests, as there are consistencies to the core qualities of each Role. However, because of your own Overleaves' dynamics, you may find variations on what we share. ... If one thinks of each life being a story, then what we can do to help each of you understand how you live as Essence is to put this in light of the story of your life. ... We will begin with SERVERS: For Servers, the question for helping to determine the degree to which the Personality is living as Essence might be found in the question: IS THIS THE STORY I WANT TO SHARE? For Servers, the concept of sharing in the life story is vital. Servers wish deeply and sometimes desperately to share his or her story. The Servers want their stories to be shared, but there is a craving for that to be with just one person, one trusted, confident person. This passive or active wait for the "right person" to share in the life story can keep the Server in a state of limbo for a long time. They will share a little with some, with a few, and depending on the Overleaves, share this openly or with more guardedness, but the sense of truly sharing the story is kept out of sight until that "right person" is found. This can lead the Servers to be over-sharers or under-sharers. In an effort to share, Servers can share in the most mundane and tedious of ways that mimic sharing, but does not truly let sharing happen. It is just to fill the space and time between themselves and another person. On the other hand, some Servers may barely make themselves known even in the midst of a crowd, just to avoid sharing because it is deemed pointless unless it is truly sharing. So Servers can tend to share in ways that either speak to desperation, or they can share in ways that speak to loneliness. So if the Server can ask, "IS THIS THE STORY I WANT TO SHARE?" the Server can be more conscious of the story being shared. Do I really want a story of loneliness shared? Do I really want a story of desperation shared? Keep in mind that we are using the term "share" here very specifically. And this is where the Server can find he or she is leaving Essence out of the picture. Because the Server can get so caught up in protecting or pushing his or her own story, that he or she forgets that there are so many other stories around him or her. She forgets that she can ask about others' stories. She forgets that sharing is not one-sided. The more a Server can find pleasure in the stories of others, the more the Server finds that he or she can share in various ways, not just in one preconceived and protected way. So for the Server to live as Essence, the Server must aim for a way to SHARE in the story, not just wait for someone to share it with, or scatter the sharing so much that it is empty.
  9. Diane - Memorial Profile

    Life is a Spectrum

    From a Private Live Chat - February 9/16, channelled by Troy 'You are invited to live it [your life] AS YOU ARE HERE NOW. There is no more or less than this, but your presence and participation adds the depth, dimension, and meaning that cannot come without you. The sadness is there because mortality is being considered and this is sad. That is natural. Let it be sad. It is sad. To pretend it is not sad is to lie. But allowing room for sadness is not the same thing as defining the life by that sadness... When you feel sad, note that it is because you are alive. Feeling sadness or any other state is a part of life, and no particular state defines the life. Life is a spectrum, and "the rainbow" of life comes from the storms as much as the sun.'
  10. WILF2015 - What I Learned From 2015 Workshop 12/5/2015 Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin. There are a multitude of ways that one can examine a passing of time and determine what was useful and meaningful from it. There is no single method or way, and certainly no single conclusion about what was useful and meaningful. In fact, even after a lifetime ends, even after Review, an entire lifetime is found to be rich with resources for meaning and value that arise because new contexts of understanding evolve so that new layers previously unnoticed or irrelevant become deeply meaningful and useful. For example, if a person loses her job, struggles toward a new source of income, and then finally stabilizes, she might look back and see that she learned how to navigate the obstacles of the economy, hiring processes, clarifying of skills, etc. Later she may realize she had learned how to trust herself and to sustain her confidence. Still later, she may realize that she now has deeply meaningful relationships in her life that now exist only because of the change in her employment. And so on, and on, and on. The depth of value and meaning of experience is limited only by current contexts and levels of understanding. Those contexts and levels of understanding evolve so that the past is never dead. It will always be rich and alive with more. Your first lifetimes are still being plumbed for their value and meaning. And so the value and meaning of experience of a past year can be assessed, but it cannot be conclusive at any moment. However, in order to evolve in understanding and contexts, one must take those moments of review and Review from wherever one happens to be because understanding and broadening contexts are cumulative. We have offered various ways for assessing one's passing year, and these can be explored through research with "TLE" or in your own records of work with us. Today, we will offer another method to consider for your review of your past year. What we will offer to you today are two ideas for consideration: a SIMPLE ASSESSMENT and an ADVANCED ASSESSMENT. We will share the Advanced Assessment, first, so that the Simple Assessment will already have its foundation laid out. One of the reasons that October through December tend to be "seasons of Chief Features" is because this is when most become reflective on the time that has passed within the arbitrary framework of a year. While one is busy living life it can be easy to float above reflection, and though life continues to be lived at the end of the year, it is also a tradition to consider what has come to pass so that one can look ahead toward what one wishes to aim. Though each of you can come up with the more obvious details that may describe the patterns of your year, we offer here a broader context that might put all of the details into perspective. We now suggest that each of you start a document or have a pen and paper handy. We will label this next section WORKSHOP. ***WORKSHOP*** We suggest that you hold off on writing until we suggest otherwise. That way you have all pieces of information and can organize your work accordingly. What we will share with you as this "Advanced Assessment" is based in great part on how Review works after a lifetime. Review after a lifetime is far more elaborate, but what we will share here is part of it. Keep this in mind as we limit our reference of framework to a year. In other words, it applies to an entire lifetimes, as well. Every year will have the same four basic categories of experiences. All categories of experiences are active, but some may stand out or be less demanding during a year. So your first consideration here is these four categories: HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS, LIFE, and SPIRIT. HEALTH = that of your BODY and that of your RESOURCES RELATIONSHIPS = that with YOURSELF and those with OTHERS LIFE = the quality of PLANETARY and/or PERSONAL Life SPIRITUALITY = the state or well-being of your future This equates to 4 Categories or 7 sub-categories relative to our familiar system of 7 and the Axes. FIRST ASSESSMENT - your first assessment, then, would be to look at these categories to see which one/s were dominant for you over a year. Were you dealing with the demands of HEALTH, and was that the health of your body or health of your resources? Were Relationships dominant? Was that about how you feel about yourself, or about others? Did your Spirituality dominate because you were focused on your anticipation or fear related to your future? Did you cycle through all Categories and Sub-categories in a way that none stood as more demanding than others? Once you have considered what may have stood out as most-demanding or most-chosen as your focus, you can then say that your year has been a HEALTH YEAR. Or it was a RELATIONSHIP YEAR. etc. The assessments here are not based on any factors other than navigation, choice, experiences, and cumulative actions, feelings, and thoughts. In other words, there is no corresponding key in your overleaves to reveal the quality, meaning, and usefulness of a year. Before we continue, we will invite your feedback. Based on your initial assessment at this moment, how would you describe your 2015 in the terms above? Janet: I think I’ve had a LIFE year. NickG: Focused on Relationships ClaireC: Health/Relationships Bobby: Relationships... definitely VIP: Based on this definition of spirituality, I would say a spiritual year for me, but relationships and life were close I guess Diane: Health/Spirituality Johanne: Life/relationship Maureen: Health/Spirituality/Relationships/Life. In that order. It was a challenging year. Diane_HB: Relationship Maureen: It still is ...it's not over yet. We know that "Spirituality" tends to have a different idea attached to it, but all forms of Spirituality are about the future and how that builds from the understanding of the past. SECOND ASSESSMENT We have shared with our students the concepts of RIGHTS. These are 7 inherent values and states that come with Essence that no Personality or lifetime can diminish for Essence. However, those Rights can be diminished for a Personality, a lifetime, and a people by Personality, a lifetime, or people. Your Second Assessment will be a cross-reference with the list of RIGHTS so that you can see what your year was fighting for, trying to remember, trying to practice, trying to regain, trying to understand, etc. CORRECTION: your Second Assessment will be a cross-reference between your dominant Category and this list of Rights. We will share a quick review list of these RIGHTS: 1 - THE RIGHT TO EXIST, or TO BE, TO BE REAL, and TO HAVE 2 - THE RIGHT TO CREATION AND INTIMACY, or THE RIGHT TO FEEL 3 - THE RIGHT TO CHANGE, TAKE ACTION, or THE RIGHT TO BE FREE 4 - THE RIGHT TO LOVE/BE LOVED 5 - THE RIGHT TO EXPRESSION, or THE RIGHT TO ACCESS OR SHARE THE TRUTH 6 - THE RIGHT TO IMAGINATION, VISION, or THE RIGHT TO DREAM 7 - THE RIGHT TO TRUST, TO KNOW, or THE RIGHT TO A FUTURE What you would want to do with this list is now look at your most-demanding or most-focused Category and then look at this list to see which Right was being challenged, sustained, or regained. For example, you may have had a RELATIONSHIP YEAR (with others), and you now see that these relationships helped you regain/remember your Right To Love and Be Loved, or maybe it challenged your Right to Exist, or maybe it helped sustain your Right to Trust. Your Rights will always be in a state of being challenged, sustained, or regained. Based on your initial assessments, what do you think your Category is and what Right was the focus, and was it challenged, sustained, or regained? Bobby: The most obvious one to me at first was 5 - THE RIGHT TO EXPRESSION, or THE RIGHT TO ACCESS OR SHARE THE TRUTH VIP: Category: spirituality; Right: right to change/take action (challenged ) Diane: The Right to Trust ClaireC: The Right to Exist. NickG: The category for me would still be relationships but for the rights I don't know... I think it's between 2 and 4 but the rights seemed to be switching between challenged, sustained, and regained throughout the year Janet: Right to take action and be free was challenged and regained; right to trust was sustained VIP: But I'm not 100% certain those were the most prominent. It could have been right #7 being challenged as well (still in terms of spirituality, or even #5.) Diane_HB: Relationship - right to love/be loved as well as Spirituality - right to change/take action. Tex says for him it's 3, 4, and 5 Johanne: Relationship - right to take action - challenge ClaireC: Followed by the Right to Change, Take Action, Be Free Maureen: THE RIGHT TO TRUST was challenged sustained, and regained, throughout the year. Mosty challenged though. This is why we refer to this as the Advanced Assessment. As you make your Assessment, you can see the nuances begin to unfold across the nuances. However, to help your assessment, let one come to the top of your assessments for Category and Right and state. You can explore from there. WHAT TO DO WITH THIS INSIGHT Once you have made your assessment, allowing one Category to stand out, one Right stand out, and one state of that Right, then let your year of experiences filter through that combination assessment. It is okay that there are further nuances and variations that you can see. Just start with one strong combination and look at your year again in light of that. Maureen: Mine was 7, 3 and the chaotic side of 2. If it is difficult for you to let the whole year filter through a strong combination, then we suggest setting your strong combination and then just looking at what is currently standing out to you as a powerful pattern during the year. For example: Regardless of relationships and health and spirituality, LIFE was a big concern this year. The quality of life for the planet seemed quite strong and important amid all other categories and nuances. And though there were many Rights that could be valid within that great context, you note that it really came down to being about THE RIGHT TO EXPRESSION and what that means in terms of honesty, ethics, and sharing of truths rather than an imposition of truths. It was a challenging year for truth about the quality of life for the planet. This example is not specific to anyone, but merely an example. Though we know the example is relevant to our channel. VIP: Well here's mine following that example then... VIP: Spirituality (concern for the future) was a big concern this year. My right to access and know the truth (my truth about how I feel within myself - not anyone else's truth), and then to share it so that I could take action, was quite severely challenged and continues to be, although the weakness in being able to do so must have always existed. The above cross-referencing of Category with Right and state of Right is an Advanced Assessment that will ask you to focus on your highlights, turning points, patterns, etc. that stand out from your current review of the year. Once you have a nice sense of those greater patterns, you can then look at the more delicate or nuanced patterns. If you only looked at the greatest patterns, you will have gained more insight about "what you learned" in your year than you might have in years that simply blur into another. ViP, your example is a good one. VIP: thank you! We suggest each of you write out a paragraph to put into words your greater assessment. It does not have to be here. It can be private, in a blog, or shared with loved ones, etc. We can suggest for those who are willing, a wave of "WILF2015" blog posts to encourage greater insights and community assessments. The sharing of such patterns and insights is not just a novelty, but a means of clearing the fog of daunting review for all involved. SIMPLE ASSESSMENT Now we can share with you the means for a Simple Assessment. A Simple Assessment can be quick look at a single event or experience that mattered most to you, and may not have been a pattern. Did this fall into Health, Relationships, Life, or Spirituality? From there, you can ask yourself what you learned from that experience within that context/category. That Simple Assessment can shed more light on your meaning and usefulness of a year during one thoughtful assessment than many years get. THE WORK - what we suggest from here is that each of you take time to either do an Advanced Assessment or a Simple Assessment and then write or share in some way your thoughts and feelings in response to "what did I learn from 2015?" On your own or in your trusted community. Great insights, solutions, resolutions, and peaceful moves forward into your next year can come from this seemingly simple effort to just make a few moments to think and feel things through. Having a nice structure through which to organize your thoughts and feelings about such a great collection of experiences can help to then open you to newer and even more meaningful layers that will adapt to your evolving understanding. QUESTIONS - floor is now open VIP: Michael - does "right to a future" mean the right to simply exist at a future point in time, or the right to define the future oneself(assuming that one will in fact exist at that later point in time?) If the latter, then does it differ from the right to create, or take action, or express - since all these might be part of defining that future? The Right To A Future is inclusive of all other Rights. The Right to Exist references the moment and the past from which that moment has been built. The Right to Have, Express, Trust, etc, all reference the moment. Because you evolve, "the future" must be considered as valid, even if outside of the constraints of Time. However evolution is organized, it remains true that there is a difference at one point and another. So the Right To The Future is the Right to Spirit, to exist beyond the moment, to express beyond the moment, to have beyond the moment, to trust beyond the moment, to change and change again, etc. The Right to Evolve. The Right to Change is not necessarily an evolution, but can be directional. All Evolution is built from Change, but not all Change is evolution. But because all Rights evolve one, we prefer the term "Future" here as it inclusive of all paces, choices, etc. Does this make sense? VIP: Yes, that is a great help. Thank you! Yes, Janet Janet: I had the year of unprecedented travel that you predicted for some of your students in a higher moving centered year. Does it help to try to correlate our assessment with the overleaves for the year? Mine certainly correlates. The correlation may be there, but it is best to assess without considering that correlation. After your assessment, you may then see how closely it resonates with your own overleaves or those of the year. We would say that your experiences may correlate to the overleaves of the year, but what you learned is independent from that. That part is entirely up to you. Janet: That makes sense. Thanks. Next, Maureen. Maureen: Michael, just a comment that these "meaningful layers" you speak of, or patterns, can extend to past lives as well. I'm in the process (I have been all year) of seeing the meaning of this challenging year, as it stands on it's own, and also how it connects or resonates with another (past) life. For me it's been about Health and Healing and how one's well being can be sustained through many different states. It has been very challenging but also it feels like that expression. "You can't go around it - you must go through it". I am also seeing that it has had similar "value" for others. Yes, this is why we mentioned that this is one of the methods by which Essence Reviews an entire lifetime. This method of assessment can then extend into greater arcs of time or lifetimes to see patterns within patterns and layers upon layers. You can practice this by looking at your entire life to-date and assess a Category, Right, and state of Right. This can sum of your entire life in broad enough terms that it is not limiting, but also in specific enough terms that it allows you to start the comprehension of value, meaning, and usefulness of your experiences. Next, Nick. NickG: If these reviews aren't done consciously or at least with conscious intent, are they done in a more unconscious way through things like dreams, imagination, etc...? Or are the experiences sort of left to be processed for whenever one wishes to look at them? There are reviews every 7 years of a life in some way. The more asleep a personality the more likely these will simply show up as struggles, strange turning points, down times, growing pains, etc. However, for those who are more awake and aware, reviews can happen every day, every week, every month, and this does not require a method such as we just shared, but a simple matter of reflection. The more one reflects on the life, the softer the reviews every 7 years, and the easier the transition into death. The more one ignores reflection, the more intense these natural cycles of review can be, and the more intense and challenging the after-death review. If our students took time to reflect on each day at the beginning or middle or end of a day, it can do wonders for health, relationships, life, and spirit. Other terms for "reflection" might be gratitude, meditation, sharing, affection, etc. In other words, the more days that pass with your acknowledging the value, meaning, and usefulness of your experiences, the more value, meaning, and usefulness of your subsequent experiences. Last question, Claire. ClaireC: I guess everything isn't necessarily "clear" after death then? One must still "do the work"? Personality remains intact after death. There is no sudden shift into perspective of Essence. You remain You. And the work continues. The more asleep the Personality, the more it carries forward the reality/life/familiarity from which it came, but the more awake a Personality, the more curiosity, enthusiasm, and joy there is in validation of persistent existence and dimensions of existence. ClaireC: Do they just continue on some kind of parallel life until they "get it"? That depends. If they do not realize they have died, then yes. Everything is replicated, though there is a sense that "something" is off, and this sense grows as "tears" in that reality begin to grow to reveal the truth of their death. For many, the realization of death is present, so the replication is not necessary, but the personality's ideas of what to expect after death then play out. If that person thought he was going to hell, he will. Until he realizes this is silly. It is a hoot. ClaireC: Do people actually meet up on the Astral with others who die or have died before them? Yes, they do. ClaireC: It must be some reunion comparing all those beliefs. Even if that Essence has reincarnated, it takes very little to generate the template of familiarity/personality that a person might recognize. ClaireC: Thank you, Michael. This is a never-ending fascinating subject for me and many others. :) The emotional bodies of every Personality continue, as well, so even as Essence continues incarnation, it is very much like an Entity in that it is comprised of multiple Personalities in the same that an Entity is multiple Essences. So the "spirit" of a Personality is easily accessible for those who die later. Clarification: so the "spirit" of those who have died can easily remain available for greeting those who die after them. We will conclude here for today. Each of you have learned a lot from your 2015. We cannot presume to tell you what that might be, but we can offer you the tools for you to clarify this for yourselves.
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