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  1. OMW - Mar 5, 2011 - Choice Vs Circumstances Troy Tolley, Michael Channel MEntity: Hello to all of you. We are here. We understand that we have been asked to discuss the sometimes-confusing subject of Choice, and how this may or may not conflict with the subject of Circumstances. First we will discuss the concept of Choice: this concept has been discussed to a great extent in our body of information, but much of the concept has been discussed in terms of its foundation, and not its "structure," so to speak. Choice is the most-powerful and immediate tool any consciousness has, and all forms of consciousness have Choice. That is an example of a foundational statement. This is a factual statement. But what is built upon that is often inaccurate and misleading. That fact that Choice is available to every fragment and every form of consciousness does not elaborate upon the DEGREE of Choice that a fragment or form of consciousness may have at its disposal. It also does not account for the degrees of consciousness that a fragment may have to have as a means to increase the capacity for choice. It also does not account for the restricting factors of any given life, relationship, or event. So the concept of choice becomes a painful, confusing, delusional, dishonest, and harmful structure built upon an empowering, clear, aware, honest and healing foundation. We clarify the difference between the "foundational" and the "structure" because there is no paradox and no conflict between the two, but when one is confused for the other, the conflicts and confusion can come. The concept that "All is Choice" is a foundational statement, but not a structural statement. ALL is Choice, but this does not elaborate upon the fact that there are variations on the dimensions of "you" who make these choices, and that while a choice may be made in one dimension, it is not one that is made in another. ALL is Choice, but this does not elaborate upon the fact that this is not a statement of permission, but a simple foundation of existence. It does not elaborate upon the evolution of choice-making, and that fragments learn how to choose in ways that match their growing consciousness and manifestation of Essence. This is why the choice between "murder" and "not murdering" becomes an easy choice as one evolves. So while "All is Choice," and "Choice is the most-powerful tool you have" are true, it will help to understand the structures that are built upon those concepts in varations that can make sense. All forms of consciousness have Choice, from the subatomic to the complexity of Sentience. The degree to which a consciousness is closer to Sentience is the degree to which that consciousness makes choices that range between atomic and anatomic, or put another way: in a range between reactionary to creative. Bacteria have Choice, but can only react to stimuli. Humans have Choice, and that can range between reaction to stimuli all the way to conscious, creative problem-solving and beyond. The more one only reacts to stimuli, the more one is bound by the atomic, or the lack of consciousness. The Soul Ages describe this process of learning how to choose, and choosing how to learn. The Soul Ages describe the widening range of realization for a Sentient Being to excercise its capacity for Choice. The Infant Soul does not have the same capacity for Choice as does an Old Soul. It must be LEARNED. And in a microcosmic reflection, the newborn child does not have the same capacity for choice that an adult has. The Old Soul child does not have the same capacity for choice that an Old Soul adult has. This is because that capacity must be REMEMBERED. The Internal Monads are a description of that remembering process. Every lifetime is a remembering process, and every new Soul Age is as well. Every new Soul Age is the equivalent of a new Personality, in many ways, because it is a new paradigm upon which the Essence must now build from an old paradigm. The first 3 Levels of any Soul Age, and the first 3 stages of the Internal Monads are entirely about regaining consciousness, or "remembering." The 4th Level/Stage is about the application and building upon that memory. The 5th is about the experimentation with those new structures; the 6th is about the integration of those experiments; and the 7th is the comprehension/archiving of all of the experiences gained across that Age or Lifetime or span of lifetimes. We share this with you because it is helpful to understand that process and why it is a part of our mapping of existence, but also because it can help you understand the spectrum that you may have as choice at any given time, in any given circumstance. CIRCUMSTANCES is a term that Troy chose, but we can work with this as a term that describes situations, scenarios, conditions, limitations, etc that appear to be, or are clearly beyond your control in any obvious way. CHOICE will ALWAYS exist in some form in ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. That range of choice will ALWAYS range between atomic to anatomic, or between reactionary to creative. It might even be fair to call the range as being between Reactionary to Conscious, and while that is fair, it is slightly misleading because there would still be some degree of consciousness to your reactionary choices. For instance, your compulsions: doing what you know you do not want to do, but doing it anyway. Compulsions are reactionary. Impulses are Creative. To return to the ideas of Foundation and Structure, like the statements about Choice, it would be true to say that one is born into Circumstances that are not the choices of the Personality, but that would be a foundational statement. It does not elaborate upon the fact that the Personality is a beautiful and brilliant extension of Essence who created the Personality through its capacity of choices, and that the circumstances were chosen as Essence's ideas for how best to explore the life as you. It could be argued, then, that the life is not "your" choice, and that would be true to some degree, but only as true as "you" are not manifesting or allowing Essence into the life. The more one aligns with Essence, manifests Essence, the more the life becomes a creative process, and not a pinball game of reaction to stimuli. Therefore, while Circumstances may be limiting, and your Choices restricted to the context of Circumstances, the CAPACITY for Choice is never limited. Within the most extreme of Circumstances, you will always have the choice ranging between reaction and creativity. You may not "choose" to die from a long-term illness in any way that seems obvious to you, but you CAN choose to react to that experience as a form of survival, or choose creative ways of dealing with it in a way that evolves you. You may not "choose" to be poor in any way that makes sense to you, but you CAN choose between constant reaction to the circumstances, and creative responses to the circumstances. You may not "choose" to grow old in a way that hurts, but you CAN choose between reacting to that pain, and being creative through it, around it, beyond it. You may not "choose" who challenges you, and who may die on you, or who may assault you, or who may praise you, but you CAN choose to default to reaction or to creative response. All of this is summed up in the cliche, but valid, statement that you may not choose what happens to you, but you do have a choice in what to do with what happens to you. The most extreme form of Circumstance within a life is what we will call SUFFERING. Suffering is a relative term, so we will not define any conditions for it beyond the fact that anyone can Suffer for any reason that he or she deems circumstances are beyond their control. SUFFERING is a natural part of being alive. It cannot be avoided, and it will happen to all of you in some way, some how, some time. Not because it is imposed upon you, but because each of you will go through a process of interpreting experiences in a way that cause Suffering. Each of you Suffer in every lifetime in some way. Even the Transcendental and hosts for the Infinite Souls suffer. This is because there will ALWAYS be Circumstances beyond your control in some way. In the same way that we described the Learning and Remembering process of Soul Ages and Internal Monads, so does the approach to Suffering evolve. Suffering is avoided at all costs as an Infant Soul, and as an infant child, but Suffering is eventually and actively embraced as the soul ages, and as the adult comes into maturity. To avoid Suffering is a Survival Reaction, and a valid one within context. To embrace Suffering is to embrace your Creative Force. This is why it is well-known that those who suffer within a lifetime tend to be the most creative. Suffering is one of the most fertile of experiences for generating a return to a Creative Force within. It is NOT the only way, but it is a way that is so often a part of the life that it has come to be counted upon by Essence in many ways. When one abdicates Choice, Suffering is painful and overwhelming. When one enlists Choice to any degree closer to Creativity, Suffering becomes a rich resource, and often a direct path back to the self, and to Essence. All Infinite Souls embraced Suffering in its entirety. All Transcendental Souls, as well. This is NOT because Suffering is "noble," but that it is a part of life, a part of living, a part of being alive, in a body, and within the structures of limitation that are built upon various foundations. To avoid Suffering is to remain locked in Survival Mode. To consciously embrace it as a part of life is to Evolve. This does not mean one must seek it out, though we doubt we need to warn of this since suffering is often found without "looking for it." There are three types of Suffering: Survival Suffering, Denial Suffering, and Conscious Suffering. Survival Suffering is a closed loop of Suffering that is often generated through circular blame, guilt, shame. This is not a "true" suffering, but one that is brought upon the self and can be broken at any moment, though may require support and intervention. Survival Suffering tends to cut one off from others, the world, relationships, and life. Denial Suffering is an open loop of Suffering that drags others into it as a means to help the fragment continue its denials, lies, refusals, delusions. This is not a "true" suffering, but one that is brought upon the self as a means to avoid responsibility and accountability. Denial Suffering often leaves a trail of broken relationships, hurt people, and can lead to sociopathic behaviors. Where Survival Suffering isolates the fragment, Denial Suffering creates closed allegiances and alliances that become defensive fences between the self and "reality." Conscious Suffering, or True Suffering, is when one recognizes that there is nowhere else to go, so to speak. When one "loses" a loved one, there is nowhere to go but to suffer the grief. When one struggles with illness, there is nowehere to go but to suffer the challenges. When one struggles with pain, there is nowhere to go but to suffer the endurance. Conscious Suffering is the willingness to stand in that, and let it be. Conscious Suffering is the willingness to be present for the experience. Willingness to be present is a willingness to own what power one has in the circumstance, regardless of how limited that power may be. Owning the power that one has in the most limited of circumstances is the embrace of Choice and Creativity. Embracing Choice and Creativity means allowing for uncertainty, and paves a rich path back to the core of the self and to Essence. While Suffering is not a "noble" thing, it does lead to noble characteristics that every fragment eventually embraces and evolves. The 7 Nobilities, if you will, are: PRESENCE or Self-Authority; STRENGTH or Endurance; INNOCENCE or Wisdom; CREAVITY or Solvency; EMPATHY or Self-Reflection; FORGIVENESS or Self-Responsibility; and TRUST or Experience. The first two are Action Oriented, resonating to King/Warrior respectively. The second two relate to Expression Axis, and Sage/Artisan respectively. The third set of two relates to the Inspirational, and Priest/Server respectively. And finally the Assimilative and Scholar. The "Nobilities" will tend to be emphasized in various degrees depending on the predominance of Overleaves across the Axes, and, of course the Role and Casting. We will OPEN THE QUEUE here for your questions regarding what we have shared so far. Type three asterisks *** to indicate that you have a question, and we will call upon you in order. QUEUE IS NOW OPEN [Maureen] What comments would you make re: the axiom – “If you have the choice choose to enjoy” related to today's material? Maureen, we think that is a valid statement, and in MOST of life circumstances, that choice for \enjoyment is present, but it would be a lie to say that it is a choice in every circumstance. It is rare that a fragment would or could choose to "enjoy" Suffering, itself, but one CAN choose to find moments of joy, or to allow moments of joy, however fleeting, to count, even in the midst of Suffering. If someone suffers from cancer, it would be irresponsible to tell that person to choose to enjoy the cancer, but it would be helpful to remind them that there is joy beyond the suffering, or alongside the suffering. Does this response offer some insight, Maureen? [Maureen] move towards inclusion rather than exclusion - yes thanks Yes, Maureen. That is a valid elaboration. [Corinne] Could you explain further the differences between structure and foundation from the beginning part? The difference between Foundation and Structure is the difference between what IS the concept and the DETAILS of that concept. The concept of a foundation for a home is fairly standard, for example, but what the details of that home may be as built upon any foundation is varying. It could be also be said to be the facts within the facts. CHOICE is a foundation for any form of conscious, but the details of how that choice is built, evolved, utilized, applied, etc is as varied as any home. Does this help clarify? [Corinne] Ok...it's clearer. Is this distinction relative to choice similar for the essence and the personality or different? Another example might be that you have a LIFE, and that is a Foundation, but what you DO WITH THAT LIFE is the structure built upon it. [Corinne] AH! I see. You will always have a range of Choice between Reaction and Creativity within any Circumstance, but you will not always understand or consciously choose your Circumstances. [Oscar] Hello Michaelses ;) Would you care to elaborate on "...any way that seems obvious to you", which you mentioned in relation to possibility of Choice? For example, one may not "choose" a certain illness, but the choices made over time during the life may end up resulting in that illness. To that extent, one DOES CHOOSE the illness, but it is no way an obvious process. Another example might be that one may not "choose" to be attacked by a murderer or rapist, but the choices that lead one to be in a certain place at a certain time resulted in being accessible to the attacker. To that extent one DOES CHOOSE the path that leads to the attacker, but in no way that is fair to call an "obvious choice" made by a person. One may not choose to live with the aches and pains of growing older in a finite body, but one DOES CHOOSE to grow older, and thus the inherent conditions that go along with age must be included in that choice. Do these examples help to clarify? [Oscar] yes very much so, thanks =) [DanR] Michael, could you comment on a bias seen in fragments where they view their own suffering as arising from unfortunate external circumstances while they view other fragments' suffering as arising from poor choices? For example, “I am poor due to a bad upbringing and lack of opportunity while they are poor because they chose not to work hard.” Does overcoming this bias help with Essence evolution? The first example is one of Survival Suffering: blame on the past, on the upbringing, on the past. Survival Suffering is wrought with comparisons for the sake of excuses and alleviation of self-reflection and self-authority, self-responsibility, etc. Comparing Suffering is never insightful. It is about as useless as defining a line between Art and Not Art. By this we mean that while there are three types of Suffering that do have symptoms and behaviors distinct to each, they are still Suffering. Anyone who Suffers can use your help, and if you suffer, you can always use your own help. Therefore, yes, the transcendence of comparisons will always help one to tend to his own Creative solutions for his suffering, rather than to ensure them because they are justified when compared to others'. Comparisons are helpful for navigation, but if not used for navigation, they become the parameters of centrifugal vs creative force. Does this help in answering your question? [DanR] Yes, thank you very much Michael. [Bobbi] Having recently been dropped by a friend of 35+ years, I am left wondering if my change from uneasy ally in her Denial Suffering to offering self-empowerment/self-love suggestions caused the freeze-out. Do I try to get back in, or let her evolution continue without me? Your observations are valid. The "freeze-out" is often the modus operandi of those in Denial Suffering, and if we see the correct fragment, your assessment is valid. As mentioned before, Suffering is Suffering, regardless of Denial, Survival, or Conscious, and any Suffering person can use your help. The choice is yours to make, but there is a risk that it could lead you to your own Suffering in some way. And if you are willing, then that can be a path of Creative Force. We would say that it would be helpful to continue what you have already done, which is to continue along lines that are on your own terms, and not catering to the perceived delusions. [Bobbi] Would the risk be rejection? [Bobbi] Again. There is a way to return to the friendship with more offers of support and intervention without it being consuming, and that would be through calling upon one of the 7 Nobilities that come naturally to you, or that you wish to take on as a challenge. [Bobbi] Thank you. Very helpful. When one moves into uncertainty, risk, and limitation of choice, but recognizes that choice is still an option, then calling upon one of the 7 Nobilities can help one to focus the choices. [Bobbi] Good to know and have in the holster! For instance, in your case, you can make the choice to take the risk because you are willing to challenge your Empathy, or to utilize your Forgiveness, or to encourage her Strength by exemplifying it in yourself, etc. As we said, Suffering is not the Nobility, in itself, but from Suffering comes the 7 Nobilities, and one eventually learns to call upon those actively and willingly in the lifetime. When one actively calls upon a Nobility, then Suffering is minimized, if not diminished entirely. [Bobbi] I must have missed that in the other books. ;-) It is not there. Our teaching is not completed in any book. [Jill] Would it be accurate to say that someone who is highly sensitive is highly reactive due to interpretation of experiences? Highly Sensitive does not automatically equate Highly Reactive, though the phrase "highly sensitive" is often imposed upon those who are more obvious in their reactions or creative responses. Highly-sensitive people simply react OR respond quickly. Those who are highly-sensitive require more downtime for calibration and recalibration, since their sensitivity equates quickness. On the surface, and often, yes, this is reactionary, but it can evolve into a quickness of consciousness and creativity just as easily as anyone can. Does this lend insight to your question? [Jill] Is sensitivity due to Overleaves, imprinting etc.? Sensitivity can be a result of any number of combinations, but most-often it is the result of AWARENESS. When one is "sensitive" in the sense that one is offended by the slightest thing, it is NEW, or RAW Awareness, whereas one who is "sensitive" in a sense is intuitive and transcendent of the senses, it is INTEGRATED Awareness. [Jill] Thank you. I have been struggling with the distinction for quite some time Sensitivity is a state that every fragment strives for, and cycles through in terms of rawness vs integration. Being easily upset or offended only means that one has not found acceptable solutions to the awareness that has come to be, and this can be the case in a spectrum of situations. For instance, one can be sensitive to the behaviors of others in a way that upsets one because this emphasizes the differences between oneself and another. What to do with that awareness is then a process of Integration. [Jill] So we can truly feel empathy on the way to agape? One can be sensitive to the plight of animals, or the oppressed, and but raw awareness will be ineffective and reactionary, often exacerbating or defeating the awareness, but integrated awareness will be responsive, effective, creative, and educational on behalf of that awareness. Jill, one cannot be in a state of agape without empathy. We will conclude this workshop with a suggestion for each of you to examine the 7 Nobilities and to look at which ones are more challenging, which ones are natural to you, and which ones have not been considered. Look at the risks you may be willing to take in the life, and call upon one that you feel could help minimize the potential for suffering. Examine where and how in your life you feel you suffer because of circumstances, and see if you can stand in it Consciously so that it is transformed into a path to your Creative Force. [Corinne] What are the differences between the Nobilities you capitalized and those you didn't? While there may be variations in the limitations and freedoms relative to Choice, you will ALWAYS carry with you the spectrum between Reaction and Response/Creativity. Corrine, we added a more personalized sub-description for convenience. It could be said that the capitalized is the foundation, and the lower-case is the structure; or put another way, the concept and the application. [Corinne] I see. Thanks. We must conclude here today. Good day to each of you. Goodbye.
  2. June 7, 2001 Troy Tolley, Channel Open Floor [Michael_Entity] We are here. One moment. Hello to all of you. We will begin with the Energy Report. This Report is for the weeks running between June 10 and June 23. Recall that our Energy Reports are not based on predictions, but rather, probabilities and momentum of consciousness based on collective choices. Over the next two weeks, more implementing of a wider circle of contact is the focus. This means more people in interactions with you in some way, either in dreams or in waking state. These fragments are in some way related to a larger picture, however small their contribution to your current perception. Regardless of your age in physicality, and regardless of your psyche relative to your Life Task, it appears to be a year centered around individuals increasing communion and exchange. The next month or so will bring you into examinations of your Needs involving Exchange, Communion, and Acceptance. In fact, NEEDS, in general, are at a height in examination over the next month or so, whether they are your primary needs or your neglected needs. Though Exchange, Communion, and Acceptance are the themes, all Nine Basic Needs (Security, Acceptance, Freedom, Exchange, Power, Expression, Expansion, Adventure, Communion) will be under examination. The challenge will be between the want to have your Needs fulfilled by fragments in your intimate circle, while the reality requires that any Need can ONLY BE FULFILLED BY YOURSELF. This will mean that you, yourself, may end up in positions that are asking you to fulfill Needs for someone else. This could create opportunities for truth, love, and energy to be infused into a relationship, or an opportunity to displace your responsibilities and “blame” others. Sensitivity will rise in terms of the fragments involved in your intimate circle, challenging you to choose between recognizing what you are Offering Vs Getting. Your culture supports in the most insidious of ways how to GET, but rarely how to truly Give. This certainly creates a dichotomy within, in regard to what you are to provide yourself Vs what is valid in accepting from external sources. Over the next two weeks, if you choose, you can examine your behavior in your intimate exchanges. Observe your REACTIONS. Your reactions are your messages over the next couple of weeks, at least in terms of discovering where you are responsible for fulfilling Needs that have been neglected for a time. We define “intimate exchanges” as anything involving conversation, touch, social grace, sex, sharing, eating together, and several other incidences of behavior which gauges another fragment involvement. As we said, Communion, Exchange, and Acceptance will be the “issues” over the next week, for many. This means it is a very important time to Offer valid sincerity, compassion, and attempts to “see past” the flaws of others. We will also add that at least 10 of you here have “messages” to collect from “strangers” in the next couple of weeks, regarding your next life steps. We would also venture to call the next couple of Weeks, “Sage Weeks,” meaning it is a time to view everyone as children, regardless of behavior and to trust in the “flaws” you see in others and yourself. It will be a time to allow room for major “mistakes” created by yourself or others, if you choose. Celebrate the many varied ways others express themselves, even if you “wish” for someone's change in behavior or someone is expecting a scripted behavior from you. The energy is available as support for experiences of true Exchange, Communion, and Acceptance, again, if you choose to utilize it. The most pivotal, powerful tool you will have over the next couple of weeks is a smile. We do not mean this in a trivial way. The Energy Report is commented on enough that we may move on, or take questions regarding it. Questions? [MaryBV] Would it harm us to know who will receive a message from a stranger? [Michael_Entity] No [MaryBV] Hahahah, ok who? [Michael_Entity] Anne, Annette, “nelson,” David, Ludmila, Marion, Troy, Lawrence, Leela, Mary. This is not conclusive, but a picture of the momentum at this point. There are “messages” for all of you; pivotal. It simply happens that the ten mentioned are in positions that allow contact with more of a “stream” of people through their various environments. [Anne49] would you define the true nature of giving? [Michael_Entity] The true nature of Giving is in creating an Exchange without the fear of “being ripped off.” Giving is not just an active offering of something, but a gauging of the recipient's capability to receive. To be put simply, True Giving is in the comprehension of Other as they are a part of an Exchange. True Giving, as an example, includes the allowance of OTHERS to Give what is natural to them. For instance, TOUCH. It is considered a violation in many ways to have a stranger touch you, when in reality it is a form of Giving for you to allow social contact from another fragment. We do not mean for you to reduce your boundaries to allow true violations, but a gentle touch, a bump, a brush against you, is not a violation, they are opportunities. Listening to another fragment without using the exchange as a platform to tell your own stories is another example of True Giving. Many of you are kind listeners, compassionate, and deeply helpful, but this does not mean you are Giving if your intentions are to “earn” another's love or to be able to “get them” to listen to you. Many with Self-deprecation are prone to do the latter. [Leela] My question relates to something that happened a little while ago. I am curious about the press conference called by high-level NASA and other government officials about extraterrestrial contact. How much of this was accurate, and will we see any real results of this? [Michael_Entity] The conference was valid and addressed many issues known and unknown to the participants previous to the exchange. There are some “serious” issues to be dealt with within the “higher governments” and NASA as you prepare for eventual revelations. Contact with off-planet species has been known to many in positions of “power” for over 50 years. There are fewer and fewer ways to “protect” the public, especially with the advent of faster and wider means of communication and research. Your world is almost as “small” as it will ever be, so these issues must be addressed if there is going to be any sense of “control” by those in positions of knowledge. You will see results of this conference, with the release of carefully regulated pieces of information, first with allusions, then with revelations. We, ourselves, have been “waiting” for a formal announcement of revelation for quite some time, as we have seen many fragments “pushing” to make it possible. Your world is almost ready to believe. [Liiona24] Is there any real intention to allow drilling for oil off the coast of Florida or is this being stages between the brothers to allow Jeb Bush look good when he “fights” his brother and “wins?” Cynical view perhaps, of what could be going on. [Michael_Entity] There is real intention to drill. Its probability is at 57%. There is no political conspiracy behind it, simply what some might call ignorance. [xyzlorenzo] Mormon roots are showing… can you tell me overleaves for Joseph Smith and just a little blurb about the his and the Mormon faith's significance to world affairs? [Michael_Entity] Joseph Smith: Early Mature Priest/Server, Artisan Cast, Acceptance, Passion, Idealist, Arrogance (double), Intellectual/Emotional. Mormonism is a mature soul religion as opposed to the baby soul religions such as Christianity and Hinduism. Its focus is on acceptance and inclusion, but its roots are heavily weighed down by Arrogance. The philosophy is still within the parameters of Baby Soul behavior, but with a broader definition of what is acceptable. There is still an emphasis on negative poles, even in the focus being Acceptance, as the focus is on Ingratiation, not Agape. In terms of its “significance to world affairs,” it is simply another religion. Religion, in general, is losing its footing in positions of power and authority as more Mature Souls question themselves. [clavis] Could Michael comment on which stage of the 4th IM that I'm going through? And how to stay on the positive pole through the process (the 4th IM)? Thanks. [Michael_Entity] We do not comment on personal situations in public chats; however, we will include a response to this, sent to you privately, when the transcript goes out. We will say you are at the 3rd Stage. [JNelson] (From my mom) How can I differentiate between past life recall and imagination? [Michael_Entity] They are the same. Imagination is incorrectly distrusted, when in reality it is your highest form of contact with various non-physical aspects of life. There IS a difference between delusion and perception, however. Delusion requires you to enforce a vision, while a memory of a past life, or perception, “happens.” [JNelson] But can't you create things completely original with your imagination? [Michael_Entity] Yes, you can create something completely original with imagination. Past Life Recall, as we said, “happens,” while creativity is actively pursued, which can lead to delusions. If you are seeking recall, for instance, in meditation, your differentiation will be more difficult, but the validity can come in the determination of the “past life's” significance NOW. If you are more entertained than empowered, it is more likely delusion. If there is relevance and meaning even if only symbolically to you NOW, then it is more than likely a Past Life Recall in some form. We refrain from saying “it might be your imagination,” simply because Imagination is a large context that includes both delusion and memory/perception. Most of your own memories within a lifetime are based on Imagination. Most valid past lives, though, as they become available and however vague, will have direct relevance to your life. They are recalled for a reason. Active pursuit of past lives can lead to delusion, only because most have expectations and scripts for what they must experience. [JNelson] I am interested in how The Book of the Law was channeled by Aleister Crowley. Would Michael care to explain who/what Crowley was channeling and possibly comment on Crowley's teachings and abilities as a whole? [Michael_Entity]: We will include our response in the transcript, but will conclude here, for tonight. [added response] The fragment known as Aleister Crowley (a Final Level Young Priest, Artisan Casting) was simply “channeling” his own Essence and Personality's ideals. Much of the interpretations are distortions from the original intentions, but his goal was ultimate empowerment of the individual, along with the encouragement that all was ultimately “safe”. Good night.
  3. November 15, 2001 Troy Tolley, Channel Open Floor [Michael_Entity] We are here. Hello to all of you. We will begin with the requested “Energy Report” as it stands for the 17th through the 30th. As most have noticed, there is very little stability in the world these days, personally or otherwise. This is not due to anything “metaphysical” or supernatural; it is much simpler: your species is in conflict with itself on a scale that has never been able to be observed so clearly before. This has created a psychic reaction in the world, much like “ripples” moving out from two epicenters: New York City and the area around Kabul. Whether you want to “pay attention” to the events happening or not, you are affected. On a larger scale, this effect is found in strange distractions and bouts of confusing depression or grief or anger or agitation. This is because the effect is generated from a part of you that is inescapably human and feels the deeply moving drama that is happening within your collective. It is not uncommon, especially, for late mature to older souls to “feel the pain” of the species. Empathy and sensitivity is a mark of progress, not weakness. Many fragments have never even considered themselves as part of “humanity” until this event. Older souls can have the difficult path of reconciling their minority within a species they see little of themselves reflected in anymore. This can be a painful and humiliating route for many older souls; to finally admit their love for the very species they may despise. This is in keeping with the larger lessons of the older souls: to comprehend what appears to be paradox. On a smaller scale, this turbulence and instability is simply an opportunity to “shake up” your own world to look at what your new priorities are. Many of you have already decided these priorities and are now living within the path of choices and creation that are stemming from those realizations. We believe we can see, despite the world’s events, that most of the older souls are finding some great gratification in their pursuits. This will continue. Most of you have clarified a position in your life that now only needs your commitment. Depending on your personal energy levels and motivation, you will begin to manifest the very best of what you are seeking to accomplish. There will remain a dichotomy in your experiences with the balancing between processing the world events that create dread and anxiety, and the personal successes of your own life. Many of you feel dread and an ominous weight simply because you “know” the devastation is not over. Many more people will potentially perish and this is deeply affecting. Commend your empathy, process it in your own way, and maintain your focus on contribution to your life in ways that are fulfilling. Over the next two weeks it does appear to be another “spike” in the fears of your people, especially in the United States. We see two revelations coming to the surface and potentially some arrests or deaths that will reveal a great amount of potential destruction was diverted. This will lend a sense of relief or over-speculation. We cannot guarantee your safety anymore than we can predict your disasters, but we can see the energy fluctuating in ways that can be interpreted. This is our interpretation as we see it currently. Overall, the next two weeks do not hold anything more specific than the past several weeks. We simply wish to share a perspective that helps you comprehend what may be happening for you on varying levels. Questions on the Energy Report: [Leela] In the past 2 or 3 days, I have felt what I think is some kind of energy shift. 2 days ago, I was nearly crushed by a sense of inconsolable grief, the next day my boyfriend and I both had dreams about missiles, and then today, I suddenly felt things get somehow, nicer. I suddenly feel that things may get more gentle. What am I perceiving? Am I picking up anything outside of myself? [Michael_Entity] Yes, you are experiencing another Major parallel shift occurring around the 20th. Since most of what the shift is about has already occurred, the shift is simply a means to solidify. The upcoming Nexus is moving most of your parallels into more peaceful and empowering solutions for your current events, personally and globally. The shifts are averaged into a specific day they will most likely make impact on the species or planet, but for many older souls this shift will already be occurring. This will not relieve the feeling of dichotomy in that you have a life of potential substance and success to tend to, while dealing with the mourning and anxiety generated by younger souls, but the long-term focus appears to be freeing. You may believe us when we say that you are in the more peaceful of all the possible scenarios. This will not, of course, tame the drama. [ludmila] I’ve dreamt of birthing twins a couple of times with their lives in danger – does this have anything to do with the current situation? [Michael_Entity] Yes. Many of you are evaluating the varying potential futures or your own past lives wherein you felt similar anxiety. Your “twins,” in this case, appear to be your most distinctly divided perceptions of the world events. The part of you who trusts and the part of you who fears. Their “lives are in danger” as you integrate them. But we can also say this applies to your personal life, as well, since you are dealing with a dichotomy in how you are perceiving unfolding events there, too. This appears to be your way of managing these poles within. You are not required to choose one over the other. That is why you dreamt them as children, and not doors. [Dewliet] Do the potential “revelations” and “arrests” you mentioned previously have anything to do with the most recent plane crash in NY? [Michael_Entity] No. More with biologicals and explosives. [LoriA] Is the death and destruction that you talk about concern the war on terrorism or would that include the earth changes as well? [Michael_Entity] We include “earth changes” as well. For instance, the impact of the recent plane crash in NYC is one of many large groups of fragments leaving the planet without relation to the current larger “war.” Except in that those on that flight were energetically linked to the fragments of the World Trade Center collapses. [Kathryn] Are the fears that you mentioned specific to any one geographic area or part of society, or for the US population in general? [Michael_Entity] Fear is a world truth and many of your fears are shared, currently, regardless of society or geographic location. These fears are more generalized, though they are stronger in the epicenters and “fade” outward from there. We will move to OPEN FLOOR: [Elf] Is becoming a paraverbalist or a paraemotionalist over an average level simply a choice, or do some overleaves make it more effortless? [Michael_Entity] Centering can inhibit these or enhance them. Since Centering is merely a habit, this means anyone can adapt and develop these traits you describe. The Intellectual PART of any Center can encourage paraverbal abilities. The Emotional PART can contribute to paraemotionalism. And the Moving PART can contribute to parabehaviorism. A more accurate terminology for these, respectively might be: Paraverbal, paraperception, and parastrategy. Regardless of your primary centering, if you are able to access the appropriate PARTS, you can manifest these traits readily. What inhibits these is the negative poles of any Attitude. This inhibition may manifest as having no ability at all, or a misuse of the ability in ways that are harmful, such as manipulation. [JNelson] Is there any relation to Mature Soul Shift and the shift to the Aquarian Age or the Age of Horus spoken of in many occult circles? [Michael_Entity] Yes. Depending on the terminology of the teaching, the terms will still describe a shift on the planet that has been anticipated for many centuries. [Anne49] Can you tell us if the anthrax originated in the USA–if it was perpetrated by domestic terrorism? [Michael_Entity] Though not originally from the US, it has been here for some time, it appears. We do see this as related to the “terrorism” you saw manifested in the NYC attacks, though those who initiated it would be more likely claiming their connection, despite the lack of knowledge of the larger network that they exist. It is inevitable that there are smaller networks with idealistic views who align themselves with larger stances; even if they are not connected literally, they are connected philosophically. [Annette] Are we experiencing the opening of another dimension? I sometimes feel like I am experiencing things not of this vibration/dimension, i.e., I see things change or disappear right before my eyes and I’m trying to understand this. Thank you. [Michael_Entity] We would not describe your shifts as “opening of another dimension,” but the older souls may experience inconsistencies in the fabric of “reality” as the consciousness of the species is in such flux. This is not unusual. Depending on your focus within this life as an older soul, you may or may not perceive these discrepancies. Most of our students will see the surprising fluidity of “reality” as it shifts. What you do with that, is your choice. [Elf] You have said that the astrological chart of the moment of conception is more telling than the birth chart. Is there any reliable method of calculating the time one was conceived? [Michael_Entity] By observing the primary physical manifestation of the Body Type, you will know the planet at the Midheaven at birth. This can lend some clarity to determining the rest of the chart. If a Body is primarily Martial, this means Mars was near the mid-heaven, for instance. This can act as an extrapolation for the rest of the chart. Knowing the general time it took for the pregnancy, of course, will lend to that calculation. [silverback] Is the current sense of world unity a herald of a new age for governmental unity? [Michael_Entity] Yes, actually. We don’t believe the world will act as one under a single government, but the tenets of democracy are making their way throughout the world in ways that might help free fragments from oppression. We even see the Monarchy changing its policies over the next 20 years as a result of this. “This” meaning the current world evaluations and impact. [Kathryn] Companion animals take on overleaves of their main caregivers to express personality. Is it likely for one to take on overleaves of an ET if there is strong bleed through, and do they change these overleaves if their caregiver changes? [Michael_Entity] Yes to both questions. The shifts in expression, if an animal changes companions, can usually last nearly 7 months to a year. But we have seen the shift occur within 7 days, as well, depending on circumstances. [SusanSF] I’m feeling an urging, pull desire to get the students together in person, especially the entities. Do you see this happening and in a positive way for reinforcing entity commitments? [Michael_Entity] Yes. Within the next year, most of you with whom you share agreements in the “trueview” community will have met. Across the communities you attend, you will find yourself with most being able to physically meet you next year. Next year, in fact, most of you have Agreements to have a serious physical reunion of some sort. We believe many of you will recognize the “pull” you speak of. Between March and September of 2002, we are arranging many gatherings with most of our students. We will conclude here. Good night.
  4. July 1, 1999 Troy Tolley, Channel Platforms and Parallels [Michael_Entity] We are here. One moment. We will delve into the Energy “forecast” first, then move into general discussions if there is time. We want to first point out that the past 12 days and the next 5 to 7 days is a pivotal window for realigning fragments that are in your space, your circle of support. This seems to be an adjustment period for “keeping” what is wanted, and “releasing” what is not, on an Essence Level AND Personality level before the Community Parallel Shift on the 19th. This means that work, people, and most of what is taking your attention has come under high scrutiny to determine what is ‘superficial’ and what might be termed your “True Potential”, or your future in more mundane terms. This evaluation happens in more obvious ways when the Parallel shifts take place in wider circles than just the Individual levels. The individual parallel shifts occur and primarily change your perceptions of self; the Community Shifts occur and change perceptions of self in relation to environment. Global Shifts occur and change sentience in relation to itself/Tao. We will discuss more about the Global Shifts as they occur, the next being in December of this year. This next shift, occurring in the Community Level, will primarily affect you and those with which you share Agreements or Karma for external work. All who are within the circle of support you have identified (by your terms, not necessarily ours) will be moving as a “group” through this shift. This is why it seems that some things are collapsing irrevocably while other things are opening as opportunities. Most things will just seem more a blur for now. Things and people who will not be moving with you will simply move along other creative paths, while those things and people who are highlighted as your “future” will remain or be added/merged. Before we continue, are there any questions about the nature of Parallels and shifts? [bn] I’m not sure what you mean by Parallels… [Michael_Entity] We will define: As Essence creates a life, it does not want to be limited in any way nor does it want to eliminate its creation, the Personality. The Tao has set up a convenient method for accommodating this. As the life unfolds, there are points in which Essence and Personality agree and do not agree, or where the creativity of the Personality is considered a benefit to the knowledge of Essence, or where Personality rejects Essence outright. In addition to these variables there is also the “original plan” that must be fulfilled by Essence in some way. To handle these fluctuations and creativity, “parallel realities” are created to allow all versions of the life to be fulfilled. ALL ideas of Essence and Personality are explored IN SOME WAY. Parallel realities are simply different levels of frequency within the same space. [bn] So, a parallel shift refers to the idea that the energies will be shifting in all parallel existences? [Michael_Entity] ALL decisions made add to the bank of possibilities as the Personality experiences a life and ALL major choices create a “spin off” reality to accommodate “both” (or more) choices. No choice is left behind. This all being said, a Parallel Shift is when a DIVERGENCE or a CONVERGENCE is happening between 2 or more parallels. [G5] Ah, so my neighbor can experience the end of the world, and I can live on in peaceful solitude in a different parallel? [Michael_Entity] A DIVERGENCE is the “spinning off” of a reality, while a CONVERGENCE is the “merging” of realities that have become so similar there is no longer a need to sustain “both” (or more). [la] Which one is happening on the 19th? [Michael_Entity] In answer to the question about the neighbor scenario, it is doubtful you would even share a reality with someone who would choose this experience if you were not included. The 19th is the primary window, though the shift will last from the 17th through the 29th. It does not occur “simultaneously” for everyone involved. Both forms of shifting are occurring for all. Usually it is one or the other, but this year has proven to be a particularly exciting year for Essence and the prospects for the new millennium are high. [A2] Can one access these different frequencies or parallels from one's own consciousness at any time? [Michael_Entity] Yes, in fact you do. There are “bleed throughs” at many points in your days. This is where many of you turn for more creativity and ideas, where many of you turn for exploring probable futures (as in ‘what should I do next?”). In some parallel you may have already explored a similar path, therefore you access it for input. “Déjà Vu” can be result of this exploration. For a more practical and conscious use, accessing parallels can be a tool for creating variations in your “present parallel” by drawing from experiences that have already become a part of your Essence in another parallel. For instance, you may be interested in “creating more space”, as in a new home or location. You can easily “look in” on a parallel simply by imagining what that “version” of you is doing in THAT parallel with THAT experience you are seeking “here”. Through visualization, observe a simple idiosyncrasy in you that is from that parallel. Something that you DO NOT do already, such as the way “you” wear “your” hair in that reality, or where you place your keys when you return home, or what activities you enjoy, etc. something easily accessible. This will create a bleedthrough, opening up flows of energy from the already-established creation in the other parallel, for manifestation in “your” present parallel. More on this later, if asked. The use of the imagination for this exercise, by the way, may prove uncomfortable as you seem to be fantasizing. We remind you though that your imagination is the highest frequency you own as a human and its benefits and capabilities are too easily dismissed as fanciful when in fact Imagination is one of your primary sources of power as Personality. [Le] Does the upcoming shift give us an opportunity to move into another reality then? [Michael_Entity] Yes,… this does not mean it will suddenly be unfamiliar, but that a new set of parameters for you and your circles of support will unfold. For some this will be drastic, for others, gradual. For all, it will be chaotic and beautiful. What you will see are new things coming in and old things leaving within a very short period of time and a new focus and level of intention is felt. For all of you here, this shift seems to be centered on “your self as resources”. We have mentioned throughout this year that your “niches” will be more conscious, more resolved and clarified. This is just another step. We want to make it clear that these shifts are not unusual. You have passed through many within your lifetime. [Jn] Will there be paranormal (and/or physical) phenomena during the shifts? [Michael_Entity] That will depend on your particular circle of support and your perceptions as Personality. Some of you may certainly “see” some strange occurrences. It is true that this time period is a time of a heightened “psychic sensitivity”, but even more emotional sensitivity. ALL that you are (as Personality, as Sub-Personality, as Essence) comes into alignment for a short while, allowing choices to be made with some amount of clarity of intention for the next 6 months or so. The alignment is “local” to “your” parallel and relative to your sense of Essence presently. This allows all levels to evaluate, create, and apply energy for the life. This can tend to open you to wonderful or frightening visions and experiences. In terms of physical phenomenon, you may notice things that “were not there” before seeming to appear from nowhere. Other experiences may find something previously familiar, gone, such as streets and buildings and landmarks. This is usually dismissed as confusion since the transition is so smooth, but for those who are more awake to this experience of shifting, you can experiment with trusting and validating that, in fact, some physical cosmetics of your environment have shifted too. This is especially true when it is a Global Shift. [S1] Physical Cosmetics have shifted too? In countries or states? [Michael_Entity] In realities. We do not mean a continent will appear or disappear (although this has occurred too), but the details environments do certainly shift. This is due to the “merging” of realities. Though MOST of two (or more) realities have become or remained identical while parallel and separate, certain details are not identical. When the realities merge, certain details submerge while others emerge. This means the paint on the house down the street that used to be white, now has a purple tinge, or that your PIN # may be one digit off even after years of use as the number you “remember”. These things do not disrupt the flow of the merging and for the most part are not even noticed with any significance. The older the soul, the more these become natural to see. As you learn to identify these, it can be amusing for the Essence and Personality. [Le] Will this shift create any new power centers, particularly on the East Coast of the U.S.? [Michael_Entity] They will not necessarily be “new”, but there is more potential for some to become more emphasized than others. “New” centers do occur in Global Shifts many times, but not usually in Community Shifts or Individual Shifts. [Le] Which centers may become more emphasized? [Michael_Entity] Through our perceptions, the drop from emphasis in the Southeast could soon shift to more emphasis and become more manageable and external, rather than internal and contemplative as it has been for the past several years. Some potential storms this year could bring that shift. These shifts will be felt more locally than be seen in larger terms, at least for now. When we say “Southeast” we are referring to the Carolinas, primarily. There is also something potential in the extreme Northeast, maybe in Maine. We can be more accurate after the shift. [la] We’re going to Greece on the 19th and wonder what implications there are for me & John with the shifts, etc. [Michael_Entity] The effects of your shift will be seen more softly and without the edge that some might experience. This trip allows you to be focused in a way that Personality won’t find so stressful. This will also give you the ability to “bring back” to your environment some physical items that seem to be important for your shift. This means these items carry energy conducive for your shift and will facilitate it. We trust you will find what Essence guides you to find. This does not mean there may not be turbulence for you as you go through your shift, but that there might have been more if you were not in a different physical space when it occurred. [bn] How will the new platforms be affected due to the shifting? [Michael_Entity] Actually the major shift in platforms is the initiator of the Shifts this year and have created the unusually frenetic quality. It is more that the Platforms are affecting your Parallels. The platforms, after being settled upon, become your clarifying factor. Your parallel creations will more likely be shaped around various manifestations of your Platforms. In fact, your Platforms are the only constant throughout all parallels, at least in terms of choice. [Le] Has everyone here selected new ones? [Michael_Entity] Yes, of course.
  5. Michael Speaks: The Darkness Among Us December, 26, 2015 Hello to everyone. We are here, now. We can begin. We have been asked to discuss how one might navigate what seems to be the overwhelming "darkness" that can come from personal and collective events in your world. First, we will say that nothing we will say today will change the world, but what we can share with you today is a way to change how you see the world, and more importantly, how you see yourself IN that world. What we share today can help you to not only change how you see the world, how you see yourself in that world, but how you act within those parameters that are meaningful and practical to you. It is fair to describe the effects and forces in the world as "darkness," if that term is intended to describe a force or experience of limitation that challenges your force or experience of "light," or choice. In other words, if choice = light, and interference of choice = darkness, then the terms are fair. However, if the terms are synonymous with "good" and "evil," then the terms are useless. For there are forces that interfere with choice, and there are consequences that are experienced because of that interference, but these can rarely be simplified into terms such as good and evil, but the terms light and darkness are neutral. For many, the day (light) allows far more freedom and choice than the night (darkness), but neither of these would be considered good or evil, but simply more useful parts of each day and quite natural. We share this distinction because one of the first things one must do if one seeks clarity, effectiveness, and peace while navigating the forces of the world, one must resolve the apparent conflict between these forces. Understanding that night is not competing with the day, that the night does not swallow the day, and that the day can never truly destroy the night frees you from one of the first layers of intensity and stress that the navigation of life can bring. When you were younger souls, you may have thrown rocks at the moon to stop an eclipse, but you know now that you are safe, that there is a natural cycle, that you are not losing your Sun. As you grow older, the fear of an eclipse moves from the sky to your political and social arenas. You fear that the darkness is taking over the light, and your reactions are about as effective as throwing rocks at the moon. The truth is that the world will never be free of darkness, or "bad" people, or karma, or inconveniences, or destructive forces. But equal to this truth is that the world would be in no better position if there were no more nights, no more cycles, no more interferences to the broad light of day. What we shared here is the broadest context with which you can understand the dance between light and dark, between the forces that seem to benefit and the forces that seem to harm. You must have this greater context as a means to then focus more specifically on the details. Understanding this broader context does not mean permitting harm, but it does allow you to reduce the broad notion that all darkness is harmful. It is also helpful to remember that not all light is beneficial. Both darkness and light are neutral, and the effects, consequences, and experiences of these are dependent upon relativity, intensity, and proximity. In other words: your world would burn if closer to the Sun... Consideration of Relativity, Intensity, and Proximity leads us to the next important layer to explore in regard to navigating life/darkness/light. As you grow older, your empathy evolves, rises, expands, and encompasses more and more of life. Empathy is vital for evolution of consciousness. Without it, you do not evolve. It is impossible not to evolve one's empathy, but one can certainly stall or halt it for a while. Hand in hand with Empathy comes Sensitivity. Keep in mind that we say "hand in hand." Empathy and Sensitivity are different things, but they tend to be drawn to one another as tools for those who seek the path. Before one begins to evolve in one's Empathy, one tends to increase one's Sensitivity. Sensitivity tends to come from experience, and a great deal of experience that fuels Sensitivity is wounding. This is one of the reasons even an older soul will draw the line and halt or stall in one's increasing capacity for Empathy. This is because Empathy begins to equate Sensitivity equating Wounding. In other words, it hurts to care. What the older soul must, eventually, grasp is that caring FEELS GOOD. Empathy FEELS GOOD. Compassion FEELS GOOD. Sensitivity does not always feel good, but it is the tool used down the paths of Compassion, Empathy, and Caring. Returning to the concepts of Relativity, Intensity, and Proximity, it can change everything for you to remember that IF IT IS NOT HAPPENING TO YOU, THEN YOUR EMPATHY, CARING, and COMPASSION are not there to make you feel bad about or for others, but to motivate you to help. If you feel bad about events in the world, you care, your compassion is there, and your empathy is intact, but if you do nothing, or feel you can do nothing, or you make it about your sensitivity/wounding, then you will feel bad. 99% of what one feels overwhelmed by, upset by, angered by, frustrated with, etc. is not actually happening to you. This is not to say that you are not a part of the picture, or that you are not affected by events and forces well beyond your personal space, but that you are in a position that allows for greater choice and action than you realize or choose to implement. If it is not happening directly to you, then you can let your sensitivity lead you to Empathy, Compassion, and Caring in ways that feel good. And by "feel good" we mean that you can either make a difference, or acknowledge that you cannot make a difference. If you can make a difference, then make a difference. If you cannot, then you must trust those who can, will. For example: If you are overwhelmed by the mentality being fueled by the Young King known as Donald Trump, you can make a difference with your educated vote, or if you cannot vote, then you can encourage those who can vote to cast an educated vote, or you can focus on the trust you must extend to those caught up in the experience who are closer to it. If you are concerned about climate change and its long-term and short-term effects, then you have more immediate choices and actions you can take to participate in helping to reverse or alleviate the momentum of this force. If you are upset by the murder of a family by a father who "snapped," there is very little you can do to have prevented or helped with that scenario. If you are upset by a recent bombing that has occurred, or a recent mass shooting, you cannot always make a difference to have prevented these, but you must then decide if you can help, how you can help. And if you cannot help, you trust. If it is not happening directly to you, then you must consider if you can help, and if you cannot, then you must trust. And, finally: you cannot help everyone, every time. But you can always care. It becomes much easier to care, even if you cannot help, when you have helped where and when you could help. The world is neither overrun by darkness or fighting to sustain its light, but you are learning to care, and how to care without being consumed by your own wounding. When a Higher Moving Center or Moving Center are involved in a year's Overleaves, or in an event or person's overleaves, then the tendency for Martyrdom and Impatience can run high. The dance between Victimhood and Intolerance can be quite painful. There can tend to be more collective commiseration of frustrating world when these Centers/Chief Features are involved. When collective commiseration displaces collective help, the overwhelm and anxiety is perpetuated. Rather than add to the collective commiseration, you can harness your caring and share ways for others to help, if there are ways to help. When you share solutions, you increase the probability for your caring, and someone else's caring, to make a difference. If you do not know of any solutions, then asking for solutions can be as helpful as offering solutions. Commiseration can serve to bring people together, but if it ends with only commiseration, then the darkness of the world is not the concern of these individuals. It is their personal wounding that they seek to heal. If you find that you simply commiserate without any effort to help, then you are probably looking for help for yourself. And this can be quite a relief to understand about yourself. Because then you can get on with the more honest search for help, rather than the gamble of hope for healing through the pain of others. When you realize that it is your own wounding you seek to heal, you can then allow that healing. Not only does the world then begin to be brighter, but your load becomes lighter as you share it with honesty. So if something "bad" is happening directly to you, in close proximity, and with intensity, then you must ask for and allow help. We have covered a great range of concepts for our students to consider when pondering the overwhelming darkness that can seem to be in the world. Our intent is to help you to move away from throwing rocks at the moon, and knowing when and how you can make a difference. Because you do make a difference, even when you choose not to make a difference. QUEUE IS NOW OPEN ************ Yes, Brian. Brian: What techniques or exercises might we use to expand upon having sensitivity, empathy, and understanding? BE ALIVE. If you are alive, you are already immersed in technique and exercise for expanding your sensitivity, empathy, and understanding. However, we will say that as with every other "muscle" that is increased in strength, there can be pain along the way. Those who actively exercise tend to recognize that there is "good" pain. In our teaching, we tend to differentiate Friction from Resistance. What most experience as "bad" pain is Resistance. "Good" pain is Friction. Friction is the range that includes challenges, difficulties, obstacles, and the coming together of forces against one another to create an experience. Friction tends to build upon itself, bring expansion and growth, evolution, fulfillment, and pleasure. If one can begin to consider the difference between Friction in life and the Resistance to life, then one can change how one expands in sensitivity, empathy, and understanding. You cannot avoid Friction, and you are almost always the solution to Resistance. Navigating your life in terms of gaining as much as you can from your experiences vs resisting them with anger, frustration, and evasion can be the difference between the imbalance of darkness over light, and the comforting balance between the two. Most of our students do not need to learn how to be Sensitive, but what to do with that Sensitivity. And we will say that Sensitivity is an invitation to make a difference, if you can, and if you cannot, then let it matter that you care. Let it be enough. There are other areas of sensitivity where you can make a difference. You can always care, even if you cannot help. Next, Rosario. Rosario: Hello Michael. I think your answer to Brian's question applies also to mine: how would be the process from "darkness" to "light" in children/people recruited by ISIS militants? First, those who have been recruited would need to want to move away from that "darkness" and into "light." If they have been recruited through brainwashing by choice, then they have determined that there are solutions to their pain in what you describe as "darkness." When someone is brainwashed by choice, the only thing that can make a difference for that individual tends to be in the presentation of even more effective relief from their pain. In those cases, education, information, opportunity, etc. tend to be the means by which one can move from a darker place to a lighter place, if you will. When someone is recruited through mindfuck, then intervention tends to be necessary. Mindfuck is karmic and compelling, so even when intervention is offered, the person may reject the help. You may or may not have the means through which to help those who are recruited through brainwashing or mindfuck, but both require clear paths of information, addressing of pain and needs, and options for solutions. Those who are recruited entirely by conscious choice fall into the brainwashing category in terms of what would be necessary for help in expanding their choices and inviting different actions from them. Rosario: I see. Keep in mind that many who are labeled as "terrorists" are often just crude versions or reflections of greater superpowers who have become more refined at the same behaviors and actions in the world. The line is rarely distinct in the greater scheme of things. Next, Sevemanalo Sevemanalo: I'm wondering how what you've said today on light/darkness, can be applied to social justice work such as anti-racism work or youth rights? It can be applied in terms of doing what you can if you are able to help "from the outside," and allowing help if you are on "the inside." If you are directly affected by racism, then you must allow help, and if you are not directly affected by racism, but care, then you can help by asking how you can help, and listening to what help is needed. In cases where racism is addressed, it is vital that the request for help is seen as a strength, and that the offer of help is formed through listening to the requests. Next, PaulyBoy PaulyBoy: Hi Michael Entity. Most of us probably have some family or extended family member who is wrapped up in "Trump Mentality." To quote from earlier: "If you are overwhelmed by the mentality being fueled by the Young King known as Donald Trump, you can make a difference with your educated vote, or if you cannot vote, then you can encourage those who can vote to cast an educated vote, or you can focus on the trust you must extend to those caught up in the experience who are closer to it." How might we approach "encouraging those who can vote to cast an educated vote" when topics of "religion and politics" are often off the table when talking with family at gatherings? How might we approach this in a way where we might actually "get through" to some folks, and not just alienate them? Is this a matter or just letting them "make their mistakes" or "having their experiences and consequences?" and there's only so much we can do? Or do we have to let "them" come to "us," like you have to wait for the question to be asked? Wearing political-messaging t-shirts seems likely to provoke a fight without much of a discussion... I seem to be having some trouble with the question, so I hope the question is coming through, even if it somewhat conflicted and confused inside of me. "Gentleness, healing, song, and story" just came to me, and "be an example." I'm not sure if that was you or me or something else there. Maybe I just answered my own question for me. None the less, I am curious what your extended thoughts are on "reaching out" to folks in the Trump Mentality. Thanks! You can only invite education and choice; you cannot force or impose these things. We have learned this, ourselves, by working with all of you over the past 5,000 years. If you can have a conversation, then have the conversation. If you cannot, then you cannot. PaulyBoy: That is so simple it makes sense, even if I'm making a funny face and cracking up But the most effective way you can communicate in those instances is to A) know your facts B) reduce your reactions, and C) to offer the insight, not presume it should already have been gained. If you cannot pull off all three of these, your effectiveness diminishes relative to the strength of these three keys. PaulyBoy: Ooo, that last one really stuck out (not presume it should already have been gained. We are losing focus through Troy tonight and must conclude here. Good evening to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
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