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[Extracted from MMW: The Health of your Moving Center] [Note: The session was originally slated to cover all the "lower" centers but became a session focused on the Moving Center.] MEntity: We have been asked to discuss the health of your "lower" Centers. We will begin with a quick review of these Centers. The "lower" Centers are thought of as the MOVING, EMOTIONAL, and INTELLECTUAL Centers. Though the Instinctive Center may be thought of as "lower," it is actually the meeting ground of all Centers, or the "hub," if you will. This can be confusing in terms of correlating to the Roles, but we will address this at another time. We will define "healthy" here as the Positive Poles of the Centers discussed today. We will define "unhealthy" as the Negative Poles. The discussion today will be about the Centers, not your Centering. In other words, your Centering merely describes your habitual and prioritized use of the Centers, but all of your Centers are working. So as we discuss a Center that is not a part of your Centering, it will still be relevant. MOVING CENTER: +Productive -Frustrative The greatest indicators of one's Moving Center Health is where one is in terms of patterns of Productivity or patterns of Frustration. When one feels as if progress is being made, there is Productivity, and this feels expansive. When progress is hindered, delayed, or halted, it can show up as Frustrating. The key here is not in a day of frustration or a day of productivity, but in the consistency of one over the other. The more you are frustrated, the more you are in the Negative Pole. The more you are productive, the more you are in the Positive Pole. It is the patterns that matter, not the pauses. There are times when a single event may come into play that feels as if it destroys progress or suddenly catapults one into progress after a long term of frustration. However powerful these single events are, it is the follow through, the larger pattern that will always matter most. If you have a tremendous breakthrough and then do not follow up on this, that pattern of frustration matters more than the breakthrough. If there is a tremendous setback, a blow to the life, to progress, it can seem all progress is lost, but it does not have to be. If the pattern of Productivity is upheld, then the blow to the life shifts into a curve, not a wall. [Participant interaction omitted] Two factors are key symptoms to the overall patterns of use of the Moving Center besides the obvious Production and Frustration. Your relationship with your BODY and your SELF-CONFIDENCE. The relationship with one's Body and the state of one's Self-Confidence are the deeper elements that indicate the foundation of one's Moving Center. If these are in poor states, then all use of the Moving Center will be affected. In other words, no matter how Productive you may be, you will have a much more difficult time experiencing this as progress if you have a poor relationship with your Body and lack Self-Confidence. Full access to the Positive Pole of your Moving Center means having a healthy and loving relationship with your Body and a strong sense of Self-Confidence. If you give "100%" of your effort to success and progress in the life, yet despise your body and/or bombard yourself with self-doubt, you may only have access to about 10% of your energy. Conversely, if one has great confidence and love for the body, then the slightest efforts can yield tremendous results. Loving your Body means accepting it AS IT IS and as an accurate representation of you, even as you may seek to improve and maintain it. Self-confidence means allowing room for self-doubt, but making choices based on intentions, not on fears and defenses. [Participant interaction omitted] ... It is important to note that older souls, and in particular Old Souls, have the greatest challenges with the Moving Center, even if Moving Centered or using the Moving Part. This is because the Moving Center tends to accumulate understanding about its nature and function only from actual action and movement, but as your Essence and Personalities move into more philosophical states of existence during lifetimes, the Moving Center is explored in its more subtle and expanded terms. The Moving Center does not merely manage movement and action, but all of your processing and movement of energy and resources, both tangible and intangible, obvious and subtle. The Old Soul does not tend to move away from immersion in the Physical Plane because she is "tired," but the Personality experiences this "being tired" because it is learning how to manage energy differently. When it was merely an equation of cause and effect, of physics, it was "easy." Hit the ball. Ball moves. But now you must be responsible, not only for the final form and action, but for the energy that fueled the action into form. [Participant interaction omitted] We think that Troy was a bit ambitious in asking us to cover all three Centers, so what we will do now is open the floor to your questions and save assessment of the other Centers for another exchange. Digging deeply into the Moving Center today is vital and your living with the thoughts and feelings from today for a while can help in further assessments.
[Extracted from Energy Report: September 2009] MEntity: Despite the fact that the Moving Center has been evident in global and local events in varying degrees, it has not been as evident for many on a Personal level beyond Frustration, a negative pole description of the Moving Center, which can also be described as Frenetic. Frustration is generated when energy is moved in a direction that lacks fulfillment of intention, whereas Productivity, the positive pole, is the fulfillment of intention. If improvement is intended, then not only will thinking and feeling be required, but action will be, as well. A renovation job is not fulfilled by mere excitement and blueprints alone; someone needs to DO something. ... Put another way, you are the one who has to do the work to accomplish, transform, or embrace what you have set out to accomplish, transform, or embrace. ... [W]e would suggest looking at what helps the Moving Center continue to work Productively, rather than Frustratingly: LAUGHTER. Laughter is a biological product from the higher functions of the Moving Center, which then fuels the lower, more mundane levels of the Moving Center toward Productivity, which then provides the conscious and creative navigation toward fulfillment of an Ideal (or ... whatever Attitude may be of relevance). Laughter is vital for Productivity, and though we do refer to the physical elements of laughing, we also refer to the internal laughter that allows you to not take yourself or your life so seriously. There is a vast difference between treating yourself seriously, and taking yourself seriously. Treating yourself seriously emphasizes you as a valuable and meaningful Being, while taking yourself seriously merely emphasizes and amplifies (and defends) the question of your value and meaning. In other words, treating yourself seriously is simply another way of describing Confidence, whereas taking yourself too seriously is Insecurity. Treating yourself seriously, ironically, means being able to laugh at yourself and your experiences, creatively navigating through your hardships and disappointments, and being able to decide on your own what those experiences mean to you.
[July 3, 2007] Although this will be in the podcast, most of you have been waiting for this since February, so I don’t want to delay any longer. I think it is so funny (in a sick kind of way) that the subject of Procrastination took so long to get done! hee hee I’d love for any of you with psychology or psychiatry backgrounds to comment on this! ENJOY! Troy [MICHAEL ON PROCRASTINATION July 2007] Procrastination is often seen as a personal problem to be solved or cured as a means to be more productive or to allow more fulfillment, but we have never seen this as an issue that is necessarily negative, but more an element within the personality that is misunderstood and can be harnessed in ways that do bring more fulfillment and productivity without having to engage in some internal battle. We would define Procrastination as “a preference for pleasure over productivity.” The root of Procrastination is not dread, as many have concluded, but OPTIMISM. There are very few fragments engaging in Procrastination that are not also engaging in a form of optimism; a trust that things will work out, that one will be able to handle the consequences, that others will be understanding, that one can correct a situation, that it is never “too late,” etc. Although this can look to be a negative trait because of the inconvenience it can cause, it is actually a deep trust that is simply misunderstood in your current culture of enforced ambition, time-centric definitions of responsibility, and immediate results. In an Older Soul world, time and productivity are never higher in priority over synchronicity and pleasure, but you do not live in an older soul world, so it is often not appropriate to disregard the current contexts of Young Soul values if one wants to participate in the world. To understand why one has inclinations toward what is called Procrastination can help one to make a more gentle choice to regard time and productivity as equally important values to pleasure and synchronicity. One does not have to choose one extreme over another, but can find a balance. Procrastination, like every other description of energy in your world, could be described as having Positive and Negative Poles: +Deliberation -Avoidance. In the positive pole, one uses Procrastination to simply do things at one’s own pace and sense of priority, ultimately getting things done, even if laced with pressure, disappointments, distress, anxiety, etc. In the negative pole there is either an inclination to busy oneself with trivial or distracting tasks to completely avoid the pressing responsibility, or a paralyzing of choice to do anything, choosing instead to do nothing. For those who engage in Procrastination, there is a similar pattern of imprinting that must be addressed before freeing oneself from the inner battle that is self-imposed. In nearly all cases of chronic procrastination, we have seen 3 influences that have not been fully addressed, each building upon the other: 1. resistance/distaste for authority; 2. by extension, an extreme distaste for absolute obligation; 3. by further extension, a distaste for lack of immediate reward/pleasure from the effort. These three influences are the inspiration behind the fragment’s sense of Optimism. This is because there is a subtle, if not strong, pleasure gained from holding out against the authority, obligation, and while it is not the most ideal reward, it is more rewarding than conceding. Many who practice Procrastination can attest to this habit being linked not only to the obvious obligations, but to experiences that could be seen as pleasurable, and this can be confusing. We suggest that it is not confusing, but that the “pleasurable” agenda that is avoided or delayed still has some kind of air of obligation attached to it, or Procrastination would not be involved. In nearly all fragments who engage in Procrastination, there is a history of some form of oppressive force in the life that required a form of Optimism as a means to endure and get through to the other side. This optimistic force is then used as a means to deal with any form of authority or obligation, to help keep a focus on dealing with the consequences and responsibilities on the other side of the avoidance and delays. For the most part, Procrastination then is harmless, even when it interferes with many obligations and responsibilities. If any procrastinator would look closely at his or her life, it would be evident that procrastination is NOT a factor in all aspects of the life, but in only those areas somehow interpreted as being imposed, even when those impositions are chosen or seen as potentially pleasurable. The pleasurable experiences that are avoided are often attached to the phrase, “I really should get around to doing that; that would be fun.” But even the pleasurable agendas can get categorized into “obligations” once a delay has already begun. The greatest pain caused by procrastination is when the adult becomes his or her own authority, but the distaste for authority and obligation remains without intelligent discernment of the source of authority. In other words, a division is created within the self between the aspect who assigns or chooses the obligations and the one who must carry it out. The distaste for oneself as authority is often overlooked as it is easy to displace this distaste as directed toward those indirectly involved with the choices or assignments one takes on. In addition, the more pain involved with procrastination, the more there is a tendency for that fragment to consume stimulants such as caffeine, sugars, and alcohol as a means to increase valid distractions for the body. It is important to note that the pain of procrastination is not caused by the procrastination, itself, but by the resistance to what has been deemed the “authority,” and when this is inherently the self, it is quite painful to divide oneself in this manner. In effect, the pain is a result of creating an “innocent” side of oneself vs a “bad guy” side of self. Having to manage the energy that it takes to sustain this division, along with the emotional impact of such inner rejection vs protection, can be exhausting. This is why we suggest that this is not a dynamic that is to be cured or overcome, but simply to be understood. Once this unnecessary division is comprehended, a wholeness begins to unfold as a form of freedom, expanding the ability to choose more appropriately to the life’s context. It has been speculated by many of our students that the Moving Center is somehow connected to procrastination as the Moving Center is also connected to productivity and movement, but the Moving Center is rarely the primary energy that is involved. More often than not, it is the Intellectual Center. As Optimism is the root of Procrastination, the Intellectual Center is called upon to be used as the means to justify the procrastination, providing a range between REASONS (negative pole) and INSIGHTS (positive pole) to carry the fragment through time until either the obligation passes, or the obligation is resolved at the “last minute.” The Intellectual Center can find a myriad of “reasons” and “insights” into why one can avoid or delay the obligations. On the negative end (REASON), there is lying involved and a lack of self-regulation that can lead to distractions with stimulations and escapism, which is directly related to the sense of helpless rebellion against authority, while the positive end (INSIGHT) is simply a lack of interest in practical or time-centric obligations as one takes on more important, bigger tasks with bigger rewards as deemed by the self. Soothing the effects of procrastination within the life means soothing the reactions to authority, which means telling the truth about the present, and acknowledging the past as the past. For most procrastinators, there is an element of the self that is locked in past battles with oppressive authorities and any indication in the present of another authority is a reliving of that distaste. Bringing the self into the present with the truth (“I am my own choice, not a result of someone else’s choice”) is a means to draw upon the Higher Intellectual Center as a way to bring wholeness to the process of choice and responsibility. It really is as simple as that. Beyond this, procrastination is a misnomer that describes a way of living life within a culture that upholds ambition and results as being a more stable sign of identity than it does pleasure and freedom. This is not to say that one should fall prey to the effects of procrastination to the point of being incapable of functioning in current times, but more that if one were to understand the inherent division and pattern contributing to procrastination, then one can find one's own definition of productivity and responsibility within the capabilities of the self, and not just defined by external factors. In other words, the external factors that one takes on are CHOSEN in most cases and these can either be chosen with more care and presence, or managed as a whole person telling the truth to oneself, without dividing oneself into authoritarian vs rebel. Tools for helping the body to be more present so that the Intellect and Higher Intellect can bring insight and truth to your choices: 1. scent of oranges, fresh or essential oil 2. removal or cutting down of stimulants 3. shaking meditation (stand, shake out every part of the body in as comical and fun a way as possible for as long as it feels necessary, then sit for focus) And remember: you are your friend, not your authority. This simple phrase could be the most profound in setting you free from the negative impact of procrastination.
[Excerpt from OMW: Your Future and You] [EricM] This may have already been discussed, but I'd like to know what suggestions or ways this concept of time can help someone in the throes of Sentimentality or worry about the future or perhaps those recovering from an experience that leaves them anxious or Sentimental. I ask because I've been working on this myself, and have seen others going through it, and it can feel incredibly daunting...very much like you are a product of time or 'ruled' by it [MEntity] Eric, this solution would go back to the simple mapping among the Centers for return to a Positive Pole. In this case, turning to Insight or Productivity can help one to return to Perception. In other words, using the Positive Pole of the Intellect, INSIGHT, can help one to ask, "what am I learning from this?" "What did I learn from this?" "What can I take from this?" This line of questioning inherently ignites Perception without threat of abandoning the symbolism, freeing one from the lockdown in the past. Or using the Positive Pole of the Moving Center, PRODUCTIVITY, to ask, "what can I do with this?" "What will I do with this experience?" "What do I do with this now?" DOING something with what you remember, or LEARNING something from what you remember, brings you back into Perception.