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  1. TruthLoveEnergy Great Gathering 2016 Michael Speaks Living AS Essence vs Living FOR Essence [transcript available below video, courtesy of Daniela] TLEGG 2016 Living AS Essence vs Living FOR Essence 2016-10-02 Channeled by Troy Tolley https://youtu.be/4sZJoOaLztk We are here now. Hello to each of you. As usual, give us a few moments to come through more consistently. We understand the topic to be that of Living FOR Essence vs Living AS Essence or, as we heard, however you would like to arrange that phrase. [Laughter] But what we will do is start off with a bit of conversation with you about Living WITHOUT Essence. Because you will always be Living FOR Essence and sometimes Living AS Essence. And most of you are done Living WITHOUT Essence. There is no such thing as truly Living WITHOUT Essence. That is an impossibility. But the Personality can forget to such a profound degree that it is almost as if there is no Essence and it’s difficult to remember that Essence exists in others around that individual. Living WITHOUT Essence is a rejection of any higher part of you, any greater trust in a pattern that may be orchestrated by other parts of you. Rejection of Essence is a way to live. Many do it. Many get by doing so. But when the Essence is rejected it can tend to be quite shallow, superficial, sensitive, defensive, reactionary and navigation is based almost entirely on stimulation. If this feels good I will do this. If it feels bad I will avoid this. So when Essence is rejected you tend to navigate based on those two factors in your life. Most of you are done with this. You will still go for that which is not easy, that does not bring pleasure, because you see a higher picture, a bigger picture, a greater context. So we would like to say that none of you here that we can see live WITHOUT Essence. There is not--, this concept is long in your past. We do not see a rejection of Essence among any of you. However, many of you live FOR Essence, and what we mean by this phrase is that you do the work that is necessary to be alive. You go to work. You search for resources. You feed yourselves. You endure your days. You endure your routines. You move through your years and exist as a physical being. This is Living FOR Essence. You are doing the work of being here, at all. This is a necessity for Personality to sustain its existence in any kind of consistent form. So to live FOR Essence is vital. And you do it. It is not an either/or scenario as Troy might have thought in presenting this idea for a topic. You do not live FOR Essence OR live AS Essence. You will always live FOR Essence because without you Essence cannot be here. Everything you do, and this is quite important for you to comprehend before we move to how you live AS Essence, everything you do is FOR Essence. Everything. All of the most mundane. All of the simple decisions. All of the pleasures. All of the endurance of your routines and getting through. And your illnesses. Your headaches. Your body aches. Your ageing. All of this is FOR Essence because you ARE Essence. You are an extension of Essence. And while it can seem as if you are separate from Essence because you are here doing the dirty work, you will eventually, and we know this from experience and we know this from watching over many of your incarnations, eventually see just how beautiful you have been as a representative of your Essence in your life. There is no one here who is not doing what we refer to as Good Work. Everything you have been doing feeds into what is most important or what can be taken from this life in some meaningful way FOR Essence. Even if you are still trying to figure it out. Or feel as if you’ve hit a wall. Or feel as if you are moving in circles. It does not matter. That is what it is like to live FOR Essence. It may seem boring or it may seem as if there is no purpose or point. But there is. And reminding yourself that you are at the very least a representative of your Essence in all that you are doing is somehow meaningful, even if it only means that it got you to the next day of existence as you, as a representative in another day in this amazingly unique dimension of reality. If you were not taught that there was something else so much more important or some vague purpose that you were trying to land, if you were not taught this in your culture and just woke up to your day as a being in this adventurous, wonderful dimension of sensuality, pain and pleasure, you may be able to wake up and celebrate that day a little bit more before it even gets started. So we encourage you as our students to occasionally wake up and own your day as your own and take a little bit of credit for the hard work you are doing to be here, to hold yourselves together in this form as a sensory unit, a sensory point in time for this vast part of you that exists as Essence. You are unique as a fragment of your Essence. And to wake up into your day owning this and knowing how beautiful this is can change your days and cumulatively help you to feel as if you are living a different kind of pattern than a circle. Now, one of the most profound questions that we know that we could ask of you in terms of giving you a sense of what it is like to live AS your Essence, and for a moment, each of you we invite to receive this question as profoundly as possible. Presuming that we are asking this of you as Essence, as a representative of Essence, with your Essence present in this room, through you as you: What if THIS is all there is? What if THIS is it? And by that we mean, the life that you have is exactly, deeply, profoundly who you are. You are not looking to be someone else, to find another part of you, to rise above who you are, to get out of your way. What if this is IT? Can you love this? If this is IT, can you love this? Can you be this? Can you let yourself be this? The reason we describe this as a profound question is because it helps you to gauge, when you feel the response to that question, how distant you are from Living AS Essence vs Living FOR Essence. You are doing all the hard work of being here, but sometimes you forget to bring in that dimension of Essence that LIKES being here, that owns being here, and is delighted that if it were to end tomorrow, it was worth it. Your presence here at this gathering is one of the ways you live AS Essence. You’ve done the hard work and this is part of the gift that you give yourself. This is one of the ways you give a gift to yourself AS Essence. Living FOR Essence means, as we said before, doing the work of being here. Coming to something such as this where you get to be with those who resonate with you, to sit with us as Teacher and Students. This is Essence. This is the gift of Essence. This is Living AS Essence. You cannot always do both at the same time, and often you will be Living FOR Essence more than Living AS Essence, if you were to determine it using that language. But giving yourself gifts such as this is one of the ways that you live AS Essence. However, it does not always have to cost so much. You can do this without spending any money, or spending any resource other than Choice. Walk outside and look at the colors around you. Look at the faces of others who exist inside this dimension with you. Look at the animals. Look at the plants. Take a walk. Anything that is in addition to the routines and obligations and endurance that you go through to be here FOR Essence. Anything you do in addition to that as a gift is one of the ways you continue to anchor Essence here and live AS Essence. Do you understand? [Response] Yes. If you want to get to a point where you can say if this is it, this is mine. And saying that as Essence. This question does not imply that there is no more or that there is not more to do. It is simply that if you can get to that point to ask that question and embrace that moment and be OK with it, you know you are closer and closer to existing not only as a representative of Essence but as a host for Essence, AS Essence. From here we will take any questions that you might have on this subject and see if we can respond in a way that is meaningful. [Question] If I can phrase my question clearly. I’m very interested in uploading of experience to Essence. If you could speak a little bit about how this process can be enhanced rather than waiting until a later phase when there may be an upload of experience to Essence. How can that be done on a more consistent basis? If you understand my question. Yes, we do. Rather than waiting for the cycles that come around when the uploading, so to speak, inherently occurs, all you have to do is make time for it. This can be done through meditation, through active invitation to connect to Essence, whatever that might mean to you at the moment, and can even be done simply before bed. Just taking a few moments to sit and think about your day and, as cliché as this may seem, if you were to sort each day in terms of gratitude and appreciation, this does more to keep the flow of uploading occurring on a regular basis than anything else you could likely do. It is not empty work to do this. It can change a life, in fact. To add to a day the time it takes for you to find SOMETHING, even if only one thing that you appreciate or have gratitude for. And this does not have to be in a way that is forced. Or simply listing to complete a list or to fulfill a routine. You must do this in a way that matters to you. If there is nothing you are grateful for that day, then so be it. It may be a shitty day. [Laughter] Those happen. [Laughter] So the work of uploading can be done through that simple time that you take to see what it is you are grateful for that day. You do not have to write a list. Just take a moment to think about it, and that creates the circuitry that keeps that flow of information going. Does this sound easy enough? [Response] Yes. It is surprising, now that we are on this side, how little we did this across our incarnations. And it is often surprising to you as well in your Review, how little you paid attention to what mattered in the life because you thought something else should matter more or could matter more or was supposed to matter more. The reason this works is because when you do Review, you do not only look through . . . simply to look over the life. You look for what mattered in the life. You look for what evolved you. You look for what can carry over to another life that matters. And while there is pain and suffering and struggle in a life, it is what you take from that, what you do with it that matters more than the actual experience of the pain. So when you take a moment to extract the gratitude from a day you are doing the same work you are doing in Review, the work of extracting the gratitude and appreciation and what mattered in that life. Next question. [pause] No pressure. We will relax with you. [Laughter] [Question] Can that gratitude and appreciation be for some, say, belief system that isn’t necessarily accurate? Would it include something like that? Rephrase your question. [Question] Well, say for like, someone who was religious or Christian and their appreciation or their standards for appreciation may be toward their God. Would that still apply? To some extent, yes. When it is a programmed function there is little being done. If it can expand beyond what is expected to be appreciated and the individual can identify with meaning that which is appreciated, that it is an actual thing and not an imaginary being, then the effect does matter, does have a way of bringing more of Essence into the life and more of an uploading process for the life. But if they are only showing appreciation for a vague presence that is defined by another as being a part of the life, then the effects are purely for the Personality’s amusement. [Question] This question is going to piggy back Bobby’s because I was kind of thinking the same thing. So, I am usually always appreciative. But actually saying Essence, but I include it all, you know, my guides, my higher self. So basically I answered my own question. So I am, I mean, I don’t have to say, “Thank you, Essence!” But I’m saying thank you to the whole, I guess, to all who watch over me. Would that be the same? Yes. However, we do encourage each of you to occasionally include thanking yourselves. Not just the invisible forces that you represent, that you are a part of that as well. [Question] OK, so I have a question. How can you, if you’re confronted, let’s just say the bulk of your day with others that cannot or do not show their Essence freely, how can you stay in yours? How can you keep your peace when no one else is? By minding your own business. [Laughter] By not hiding. We know there are some whose lives require strategy in terms of feeling safer and creating a sense of safety in manifesting themselves on the terms that they feel they are. And that is simply a part of the work of that lifetime then. However, whatever form it takes as YOU, one thing that can help is that, is to remember that it is not lost, it is not gone, it is not more of a challenge for you to hold that truth of who you are just because others cannot or will not or contradict that. It may be your beautiful gem of a secret that you carry around and only allow glimpses of. That is up to you. That is your choice. Or you can burst it forth and let them deal with it. That is up to you. It is your choice. But unhooking yourself from the others around you as a source of your identity is one of the first steps that you must take to be yourself or to be comfortable in yourself. When you do this, it has more of an effect and an invitation to others to do the same and it is far more helpful and loving than to hide who you are and allow others to remain locked in their illusions. We do not say it is easy though. [Question] Just before this session, we had a nice talk, Michael and I, my fellow Scholar, and we were talking about the neutrality inherent in our design. How we are processing what we observe around us. The ability to see the ugly and the beautiful and somehow just see it for what it is before you, how should I put it, start working with it. Before you internalize it and make it your own. And I’m thinking about . . . the gratitude and appreciation that we express and about what. What I’m heading toward is this. So I really like everyday stuff, somehow. It’s fascinating, you know. I can’t really see anything that is boring or unnecessary because everything is about how I choose to deal with it. And at the same time I’m really seriously allergic to, “Oh my God! . . . .” Well, it’s not! It’s really not, and at the same time when it is not I have the ability to finally get to the point where I can see the VALUE of it. I mean, not feel overly heavy about it, or joyful. It’s not that I regret it but you know sometimes I could be without this shit. At the same time I can see what it brought you. And I’m heading to my question now. So, I wonder if you can see if my Essence reads that as some kind of appreciation and gratitude of what is going on in my life. I do have ups and downs and I swear and curse a lot but at the same time, you know, that’s the journey. But, I don’t feel overly emotional about it. Do you understand what I mean? Yes. [Laughter] First, Scholars tend to inherently have a fascination with this dimension anyway. It is often fascinating. Not always, and not all designs of the personality for a Scholar will find it fascinating. Some find it appalling. [Laughter] But as you begin to live as Essence, you begin to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and no longer is the magic of this dimension some place outside of reach, but in simply running an errand. And communicating to one another across time and space. And hugging one another. And going to work. There is magic in these mundane moments. And the Scholar may have a leg up in the fascination with the mechanics of existence, the mechanics of a day, the workings of existing. But all Essences, all Personalities who are seeking to live AS Essence simply need shift perspective and take a moment and recognize the magic in the mundane, the extraordinary in the ordinary. And your term we will add to the gratitude and appreciation. Because sometimes it does not always feel good and the term VALUE is more appropriate for your list as you assess your day. You may not be particularly grateful. You may not have appreciated a certain experience in terms that feel that those terms are warranted. But you may be able to recognize the value, or to know and trust that you will find the value, you will create the value from that day. Did we respond with relevance to your meandering question? [Laughter] [Response] You did, Michael, thank you. [Question] I have a clarification on Pat’s question. Can you find value in terrible events? Of course. [Question] Do we have to? [Laughter] You do not always have to figure out the value of a terrible event while in it. Or while even in the life that had the terrible event. But there will always be value found in it. And sometimes you do not have the capacity or the strength to do that only as Personality. So to live AS Essence means that you will naturally recognize or create the value in any experience but sometimes, and we say this gently and lovingly, you simply cannot. It is something that will have to wait. And it is only a burden to think that it should be expected of you to grasp the value. If you can, it does work in your interest. It does benefit the life. It does increase your capacity for health and confidence and safety and security in your existence. But sometimes you simply cannot. And it would be irresponsible to expect that of you, of yourself. What happens when you give yourself permission to say, “That sucks and I do not understand why I experienced this or why it is happening,” is that you then start to make room for the time when you can make sense of it. Because you are no longer entangled with it in a way that locks you in a loop, but breaks that loop in a way that you can return to it when you can. When you can see more clearly. When you can stand more firmly. When you can hold more. So, yes value can be found in EVERY terrible event but sometimes it takes a little more than a day to figure that out. Did this answer your question? [Response] Yes. [Question] I’m going to piggyback on that and tie back to something that was discussed yesterday in the 7 Choices. Is it possible when we’re trying to rationalize or make sense of bad things that happen to us or devastating things that happen in the world, we were just saying maybe you can’t understand the value now but at least you’re creating that space? Is it possible right now with the Choices of TO SEE and the Choices of TO KNOW, maybe you can see ENOUGH at this moment but you really can’t see MORE? You can know ENOUGH. You know that it sucks, that it’s shitty or that people shouldn’t have died but you can’t see MORE. But you’re creating that space for yourself that eventually you will see and know MORE? Yes. It is the difference between pulling the blinds on the window or keeping them open so that you can still see when something goes by that will matter. If you pull the blinds, then you have no more options to see beyond what you have seen. Keeping the blinds open, so to speak, allows you to at least keep the window clear for when or if some clarity comes. Do you understand? [Response] Yes. Yes, sometimes you cannot see much from the window but it is better to keep the blinds open so that you can invite more information than it is to close it and refuse it. [Question] Since you have the ability to review as you are going during a lifetime, are there scenarios where you’re finished and there’s really not much left to review once you’re on the Astral plane? Like really be conscious of the Review of the entire lifetime before you die. Let us rephrase the question to see if we are understanding correctly. You are asking if you have done Review through the lifetime and you reach the Astral plane, what’s left? [Question] No. I’m saying, can you be so thorough and so aware during the lifetime and review as you go that once you do go to the Astral plane that you’ve already completed your Review? No. There will still be a Review. However, when you have spent a great deal of the life keeping that circuit alive so that the information from the life, the extraction of the experiences and meaning, value, gratitude, appreciation are there already sorted, then the experience on the other side in the Astral is one of rejoicing in higher proportion to reviewing. However, reviewing will always be a part of the process. [Question] It’s more like a highlight reel? Very much so. [Laughter] [Question] My point would be if you do the work more consciously and be aware of it and have my Personality participate in that. Your processes of Review have great variation in how they come about. And as you are older souls they often are hilarious because the Old soul has, regardless of the Personality struggles within the lifetime, the membrane difference between Personality and Essence is so fine, so thin that upon death it is often very quickly if not before death your humor shifts to its natural morbid state. [Laughter] And you look back over the life and see the hilarity in even the worst of your adventures. [Laughter] We dare say that some of you with the most struggles have the most in your audience for Reviews of your life. [Laughter] [Response] So it’s like a group event. So-and-so died and it’s going to be fun let’s go! That is not inaccurate. [Laughter] It is different for each fragment, of course. But many of you are old friends and quite often look forward to the mess that was a life and its beauty. Let us ask you, and you can answer this however you choose, all at once or individually, but as you sit here with us, how confident and comfortable do you feel you are in being not just the representative of your Essence but that you simply ARE now your Essence at this moment? This is IT. [Various responses.] That would make us cry if we had eyeballs. [Laughter] Your biology responds to truth through tears but since we do not have that capacity we will just say that it would if we could, but we still have a response that is moving to us. And to describe it in Causal terms may take another session. [Laughter] We invite you to remember what was discussed here and to carry that forward through your days here that are a gift to you and a gift from you. And we will speak to you again in your tomorrow. We will conclude here for today. Good evening to each of you. Good-bye.
  2. Michael speaking through Troy on the concept of 7 Metaphysical Strengths, and Living Without Fear. Recorded LIVE at Lifebridge during our TruthLoveEnergy Great Gathering of 2015 [FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE]
  3. TruthLoveEnergy Great Gathering 2016 Michael Speaks Loving The Unlovable [transcript below, courtesy of Daniela] FULL TRANSCRIPT TLEGG 2016 Loving the Unlovable 2016-10-03 Channeled by Troy Tolley Hello to everyone. We are here now. We understand the topic is that of Love and loving what would be described as the Unlovable. One of our favorite topics and part of the entire point of not only our sharing of this teaching but of your existence and of your being here. And of your making the effort to understand and to comprehend and to wake up and remember. So it is always Good Work to seek to grasp the seemingly allusive quality and nature of Love. Because without being too poetic or cliché, that is what it is all about. In the end, that is what it is all about. There is so much along the way that it is about as well, but it is the state of Love towards which you move, in everything you do, even when you do not think you are. One of the things that makes it difficult to know if you are being loving is because you do not understand what it is, what it truly is. You are taught that Love should feel good, and that it should bring some form of stimulation with it and often some sort of obvious reward. What is the point otherwise? You live in a world of dichotomy, dominated by a dynamic of punishment and reward, effort and result. And this can get confusing when you throw in such a large context as Love because it is the largest context of your existence. And when you try to reduce it down to a simple equation to whether it feels good or feels right or gives you the promised reward or the promised stimulation, then the concept of Love loses its footing and it is constantly being evaluated, slipped into and out of, as if it is something that could be caught, captured and lost and hunted again. But it is none of those things and all of those things, of course, because of its vast context. So what we wish to do today is offer you a simple approach to your efforts to love even the Unlovable because when things are true, they tend to be simple. Truths tend to be simple. And while Love in its vast context that encompasses all of existence includes a great deal of complexities and complications, Love in itself is as simple as any other truth. So what we will say today is that your capacity to love is parallel to your capacity to include. And it really is as simple as that. And when we say include we mean that you do not exclude it, you do not ignore it, avoid it, reject it, diminish it. You are making the effort to allow it to exist in the same space that is your world. Your capacity to love is your capacity to include. This is an effort that all Old Souls make, is to aim more and more toward inclusion. The capacity to include is not just in terms of your seeking to love the unlovable, but to love the forgettable as well, and to love that which is taken for granted as well, to include yourself in your life. And so we will start there, or invite you to start there. We know that most of you are already doing this, making this effort on a regular basis. But often our students do not realize how much they exclude themselves from their own lives. They remove themselves in a way that feels as if they must, and they are observers of a life passing by them. But it is your life, however messy it is, ugly, painful, difficult, beautiful, rewarding, sensual. It is your life. And building upon our discussion with you previously this is IT. This is not the conclusion, but this is IT. And if you can include yourself in that, you begin to be able to include everything in that space that we call Love. And when you include everything in that space that we call Love, then the circuits begin to build, the circuitry begins to open up, your neural pathways change. Your vocabulary changes. And as these things change then your world begins to reflect more accurately what it is that you consider more ideal than what it is at any given time. So the first step we invite you to consider every day is how much you are including yourself in your day versus floating above it to just get through it. Do you understand? The next thing or things and people to work on is then that which makes up your life. Once you include yourself in your life then it is a little bit easier to begin to make the effort to hold the space to include what is your life because now you are in it. You are not above it. You are not enduring it. You own it as your life. You embrace it. You include it. You are now inside the equation instead of outside of it. You do not have to like your life. You do not have to like the people in it. You do not have to like anything. And you can still love, you can still include, when you do not like. When it is unloving or exclusionary, this is when you are moving away from Love. When you look at your politics, the state of the world, the unrest, the troubles that are erupting, the violence that you witness, you do not have to like these things, but to love these things simply means that you hold the space for them to exist while they work things out. You cannot do the work for everyone, but you can be a part of the equation that helps others and helps events work themselves out. When you step outside of that, when you cut off yourself from that equation, you cut off a source of fuel, a source of energy from the collective potential. Now, this is not to say that it will not still work out, but if your goal is to love, if your goal is to include, and you are willing to do so and you are intrigued by the possibility of what it is like to have a life where you are sustaining a certain state of Love, then you must allow the room for those things that are not so loveable. And one of the ways to do this is to stop equating Love with Deserve. Many of you determine what is loveable and what is not loveable by who deserves it and who does not. Love is never discerning when it comes to terms such as Deserve. When you look at the world, when you look at your immediate life and when you look at yourselves and you ask if it can be loved and you throw out the condition of whether it is deserved, your answers begin to change. Many of you withhold Love as a form of punishment. I cannot love that until it reaches a certain state where it is loveable. That is a lie. And we always encourage our students to stop lying not only to each other but to yourselves, or at least to transcend the lies that were told to you by your culture and your world, because Love is not something that is earned nor is it something deserved. It just is something that you give. And this is the next, most difficult part for many of our students to understand and we urge you to make an effort to truly grasp what this next part means. You have been in the cycle of incarnations for many many years. Many incarnations. All the way up to your Old Soul lives, it could be said, that the dynamic of exchange with existence and with the physical plane and your interactions was to take. This is natural, this is healthy, this is part of what is necessary to gather the experiences that evolve you, but it is a dynamic of taking. When you reach the state of the Old Soul perspective, everything shifts toward your capacity to give. And the questions that you ask no longer can be answered in any meaningful way or way that is satisfying when the question is: Where is what I deserve? When is it my turn? What can I get from this? What am I getting from this? And I am not giving until I get. The dynamic shifts almost 100% towards your learning how to navigate the shift towards giving. And when you start asking the question: What more can I give? How can I give differently? How can I give in a way that does not hurt me or harm me? Then the question of whether you can love or not becomes easier. You can give Love to the difficult experiences of your life. You can give Love to the dangerous and difficult people in the world. This does not mean you are giving them permission or what they deserve. That is up to their dance through their lives as to how that is worked out. But if you can hold the space, give to that space and include all of it as much as you can, do not push yourselves beyond what you can, then you’ll see your circle of capacity to love continue to grow. We cannot change how you experience your efforts to love in one conversation, but that is why we are a teacher and will be here for the times that it is more difficult. But we will ask you to open the floor to questions for us or for each other regarding where you are in understanding what we just shared with you and how you think you might approach things differently. [Question] I just wanted to say that I find it very very helpful when you talk about being inclusive. I find it very helpful because, again, the acceptance of reality as it IS is not always joyful, but it does NOT mean that it is not equal with disliking something or not wanting something. It is not automatically rejecting it and not giving it space. So I just wanted to say that I find it very very helpful. Yes, Love is not a sensory experience. It can bring sensory experiences and some of them are quite pleasurable. We remember. But the truth of Love is about your capacity as a consciousness to share existence. And that requires inclusion. Because you are fragments working your way back toward home and when you refuse to include or make it dependent upon deserving or feeling good, you remain not only fragmented from others sharing an existence but often fragmented within. And this contributes more to your pain of existence in a Personality, often far more than the external circumstances that you experience. Next question. [Question] I’m probably going to sound like a broken record here, but I have a pretty profound fear of being hurt, isolated, abandoned, snubbed—I guess from, I don’t know, maybe expectations? I have no idea—but of giving Love and then being hurt in return, like I was open for it. I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels that way. How do I put all of that aside and give Love anyway? How do I get rid of that fear so THAT can become Love? Help me here. First, what is it that you think is being given that puts you in position of less safety when loving versus not giving it and staying safe? What is it that you are giving? What would you call it? How would you describe what it is that you are giving? Because it is most likely not Love. It is something different. Something more personal. We have seen many students presume that the concept of giving Love is to give YOU away, to give YOURSELF away. And to reconcile the experience of loving while holding on to YOU is a process that you must work to navigate. That is part of YOUR life. That is part of where YOU are. But if you can learn to understand that loving is not losing, it is not a process of losing yourself, it’s not an investment that you hope for great returns from, it is something you simply give away. When you are ready to give yourself away with that, you will do so. You will make that effort and you will be expanded enough to include yourself in the giving of that Love. But you can give Love at any moment, at any time, whether YOU are ready to give of yourself or not. We can elaborate upon this with more conversation and clarification if you do not feel this addresses it. But we do think that many confuse the giving of Love with the giving away of themselves, the giving away of power, the giving away of choice. And it is not the same thing. However, it is a risk that each of you must take when you are ready because giving Love can feel risky and you must be willing to take that risk. You will get hurt until you can differentiate the capacity to love, the capacity to include from your capacity to exist. Your safety is not dependent on how others respond to your capacity to love. [Question] I guess I’m wondering, what is Love? As we mentioned for simplistic purposes we will say that it is inclusion without condition. There are many ways that we can describe what Love is and is not, and how it takes its form and how it does not and how it includes everything. But for the sake of this discussion in trying to bring more Love to your life, including the capacity to love the Unlovable, we will describe it as inclusion without condition. We will say that, for the sake of this conversation, we differentiate Love from Agape because Agape moves more towards a true affection for that which is loved. And it is very difficult to sustain Agape in your world. It is a wonderful aim, but it is something that grows out of your capacity to love. So you must learn to love first. Before you learn to love, many of you have to learn to accept. And that is why we put the positive pole of Acceptance as Agape because the process of Acceptance leads to Love leads to Agape. But today we are talking about Love, and it is something that all of you can strive for whether you have the Goal of Acceptance or not. And it is your capacity to include without condition. We use that term include because it is not charged with liking or feeling good or all of the other false expectations surrounding the concept of Love. All you have to do is include. This means you look at your world and its conditions and you recognize that you are a part of that. It is your world. You look at your life and its disappointments and its pain and you know that it is your life. It IS your life. You include it. You look at yourself and your flaws and your aloneness and you begin to include yourself. And Love springs from this. This may not be a dramatic answer that impresses anyone but it is not supposed to be. It is supposed to be simple. Do you think that loving is something you can reduce to something simpler than what you expected of it? [Response] Yes. Do you really? [Laughter] We invite you to practice that at this moment. There are three or four of you in this room, regardless of the intimacy and the Love shared here, will carry forward and move very quickly into a state of exclusion. You do not have to be pointed out and we will not and you know who you are. But what we invite you to do as part of this moment with us is to say, all of you, to each other and to yourselves, in as heartfelt and meaningful a way as possible, and if you cannot then we suggest you sit quietly, to say I include you. I include you, and then to say I love you. We know this may sound corny but if you take a moment to rest into this being a meaningful opportunity, someone in the room will be able to take that with them and it will matter. We will leave it to you to coordinate. [Discussion over how to carry out the group exercise.] [Group: “I include you. I include you. I love you.”] Belief is not required. [Laughter] We will take any other questions. [Question] Based on how you are describing Love as we should be truly experiencing it and doing it, is there really anything called Unconditional Love? Because I think we use that often as a way of separating it from other types of Love that we give. But maybe those other things aren’t real Love and there’s just no one Love. And to your point you think about inclusion without conditions so those other types of Love will result in us giving power away or self-sacrificing yourself or other things but they clearly weren’t Love. The effort to truly love is paved with a lot of practice. And that practice will always include conditions. There is not a point in your life where you are not loving and then suddenly loving. You instead can make the effort to love with a great amount of conditions on what that means and then slowly you begin to remove the conditions. So the effort to love across a lifetime or across lifetimes, to truly love, is the effort to reduce conditions. And every effort you make to reduce conditions is a part of Love. So there is a process and just because you have conditions or may have conditions does not mean you are not making the effort to love. It is important to recognize that you have to make the effort to love to see where you still hold conditions, to see where you still have expectations that lead to pain and disappointment. That in itself is Love. Because you are including your incapacity to love in your effort to love. Do you understand? [Comment] But your attempts are important and instrumental to the end result. Very much so. It is OK that you looked for it in ways that are not quite as satisfying or fulfilling or stable. It is OK. That is what you are supposed to do, so to speak. But eventually you ask the questions like you brought to us. And say, what more is there to do? What more can I do? What is the last condition to remove? And in this case, in this particular conversation, we would say that it is the hurdle of deservedness. The differentiation between what is deserving of Love and what is not deserving of Love. When you make the decision that everyone is capable of being included, capable of being loved, it is no longer about whether they deserve it or not. And this is the next step that each of you, we think, needs to look to for learning to love the Unlovable. Because the word “Unlovable” is a lie. Next question, if there are any? [Question] I have this, sort of, one hurdle for sustaining that inclusion or affection. I’ll use work as an example. Like, I’ll go to work and maybe the environment doesn’t reflect my truths or the people don’t reflect my truths at the grocery store, but I’ll still be able to create meaning there. I’ll be able to bring myself there and some days I’ll find myself very present and I’ll be, like, myself at that till just beaming bright. And then I’ll notice afterward I’ll be so content with my life that there’s that fear which strips that away for months at a time where I won’t want to create more of my truths in this world if I’m so satisfied as it is in a sort of environment where the truths don’t reflect me. And there’s that sort of fear of not being able to make more of what you love or your truths if you begin to sort of love the Unlovable so much. Or create meaning from the Unlovable to an extent, of will you stop . . . Our first question is, what is wrong with that? This was not a rhetorical question. To create your truth in the world through your contentment and your capacity to have those moments is entirely in alignment with what you consider to be the greater truth. That inclusion does not mean you are done or that you will not expand more of your truths and the variations of it into the world. But what you just described is one of the steps towards that. Not an indication that you will not be able to any further, if we understood your question correctly. Finding contentment in an environment where you have found a way to love the Unlovable does not mean you are done and that you will not find other environments that will challenge you, or seek other environments. In fact, what will tend to happen is, if you are able to exist within the space of the Unlovable, and of course you know we use this word only for convenience, you then find within you the creativity, the motivation, and the impulses and you begin to listen to those to find your way, not only to create more inlets, inputs, circuitry to attract to you those who might support your truths more to your liking, but you may also find yourself creating the means to move to environments that support you more to your liking. So what you describe is a first step. It is only a part of the dynamic of what is generated from the efforts you make. It is not the end result. Did this address your question? [Response] Yes. Thank you. So when you are finding yourself happy with your efforts and happy with your day, when you start to feel that fear, we suggest you remember our question of, what is wrong with that? I’ve got more to do. [Question] Would Essence Recognition be considered Love? Oh yes. Yes. Because you are including. The entire point of Essence Recognition is the recognition of the existence, the core existence of another being. Or your own. It is the only way to evolve, and because it is the only way to evolve, it is Love. Because you cannot evolve if you are not expanding beyond where you are. And when you recognize the Essence in another it is an immediate expression of Love or effort to Love and an immediate fuel for your evolution. Did this answer your question? [Question] When you put us through the exercise of saying, “I include you. I include you. I love you.” It strikes me that is a tool that could be used for more than just this group. That it might be a mantra that could be used sometime when we find ourselves in a difficult situation, or dealing with a person that we’re having trouble including and loving. So is that like a good mechanism for extending our capacity to love? Yes, we do not offer disposable wisdom. [Laughter] We offered that as a means for you to carry forward to say to yourselves, to say to others silently, to say to the world silently, as a way to practice sensing where you are in your capacity to love. Because when you say those words, and in particular if there a person or situation in mind, you can feel your willingness or lack of willingness. And understanding where you are in that lets you to embrace where you are, in itself being a form of love, and then return to it and see where you are later. So, yes, carry that forward and say it as a form of practice. [Question] I have a question about, I’m curious to know if there’s a limit to the type of Love a Personality can express. And where, if you’re expressing Personality, it’s Conditional Love, but once you start Manifesting Essence it goes to Unconditional and then once you’re fully Manifesting, it’s Agape. Is that how that is structured? Yes. What your process is in your pursuit to understand and to create and pursue Love is very much rooted in sensory input and so it just takes some time to rise above that, to go beyond that. But there will come a time when you then move it towards a more intellectual concept where you know that it is a decision, a choice to love, whether it feels good or not. And then it will move into a space that is what we would say, simply, IS. It is something that you carry that cannot be put into words. It cannot be felt in a way that makes much sense or complies to an expectation. It is a state that is honoring, if you will, the very beauty of existence. It is being able to hold in some form, even if it is only a slice of comprehension while in a Personality, that existence is Love. And that is a very difficult concept to carry in your tiny brains. [Laughter] And we say “tiny” not to diminish your intellectual capacity or intelligence, but it is a tiny piece of meat [Laughter] that is trying to comprehend a universal reality. [Laughter] Do not be so hard on yourselves. [Laughter] Include as you can. Love as you can. You will find your way home. [Question] While physical, obviously the aim is to love. But would you be able to find the words to describe for us what that Personality would experience when no longer in a body, from the Astral side, since it is the realm of emotion? We will rephrase your question to make sure that we understand. Are you asking, as a discarnate being from a lifetime with your Personality still intact, experiencing Love in the Astral, what is different in that experience? [Response] Yes. Not much. It is quite similar to being in the Physical because the Personality as an independent consciousness in the way that you are thinking of it as YOU would still be in the lower Astral that still has quite similar qualities to the Physical plane including sensory input to some extent at least replicated to a great degree and experienced quite similarly although its far more malleable and understood as less permanent, the experience of Love and the effort to Love is quite similar to how you experience it and pursue that goal here. Did this answer your question? [Response] Yes. [Question] We have all these axes. Is Love a doing thing? Is Love an expression. Or is it just the inspiration to receive when you’ve included and opened up. Is it the ground of assimilation of it all? Is it relevant to have distinction, what is Love to define it in terms of axes? Only as you are trying to figure it out. It is all of those things. And when you are trying to figure out Love in terms of doing, then it is a doing thing. When you are trying to figure out love in terms of existence and being, then it is a being thing. When you are trying to figure it out in terms of your receiving it and allowing it to be in your existence from the sources that are offering it around you, then it is a receiving thing or a having thing. When you are learning that when you give Love it is not always received, it is not always accepted, you learn very quickly about the dynamic of Love in terms of giving. When you give, it is not always received. That does not change the fact that you can still give. And so all of those parts and perceptions and explorations and facets of Love are part of the whole package. And where you are is just up to you in terms of where you would like to look at it and how you would like it to look at it at any giving time. And then you will move to another part. Did this answer your question? [Question] Just the obvious right now. In the US with the election with Trump. How do we love Mr. Trump? Should we start from the top again? [Laughter] You can hold the space for that individual’s existence, however difficult or “Unlovable” this individual is, and however much of a mess may come from this individual’s existence in this form in this time. You will be coming home with that individual at some point. And recognizing that individual ON THAT LEVEL, the inclusion of this individual as a soul, as a being experimenting in the Physical Plane in ways that are not necessarily beautiful or wanted, is enough. You will still have to do the work of fighting against that mess or standing up for what is more inclusive because you are teachers. You are not here to grade people. You are here to share what you know and show what you know. And you cannot do that if you turn your back or simply condemn. So including this person as an individual ON EQUAL GROUND WITH YOU as a consciousness sharing existence can sometimes help you to keep your cool and to navigate your feelings and to choose the responses that are most effective. You do not have to like this man. And you do not have to like what is coming from this experience. But Love is a very different thing. It is creating an equal ground and generating a force of resource that will be available to those who need it who might be affected by this individual and those who may support his truths. [Response] One last go around. Anybody? Keep loving when you can. And do not when you cannot. [Response] Thank you. We will conclude here for today then? [Response] Yes. Good evening to each of you and good-bye.
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