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[Excerpt from Ask Michael: April 2014] [Jana_K] Hello Michael, could you please talk about how Flow gets itself into positive poles through sliding to other Goals? Or how Flow can generally benefit from sliding to each of the different goals? [MEntity] Jana, Assimilative Overleaves almost always require the use of another Axis to move to its own Positive Pole. Though it is possible for the Neutral to move within itself, it is simply, nearly impossible. In the same way that any other Overleaf must tend toward the Positive Pole of its partner on an Axis as a way to return to its own, the Assimilative depends on this same process. Though the Assimilative Overleaves have access to the entire range of Overleaves in its category, habits do tend to form in regard to the particular challenges and interests that the Personality is developing for that lifetime. So one person's Flow may gravitate toward Growth as its means of return to a Positive Pole, and to the Inspiration Axis in general, while another may gravitate toward Acceptance, or the Expression Axis, as its means of return. In that regard, it is quite helpful for those in Flow to look at the life in terms of what may be a pattern for experiences at any given time. There will larger arcs and smaller arcs of experiences, so this would need to be considered, as well, but one can usually tell if the current emphasis is on a larger or smaller arc. So if your life patterns tend to be emphasizing a struggle with meaning, value, reflection and projection (inspiration), then your Flow would want to move to Growth or Re-evaluation as a means of return to Freedom. If your life patterns tend to be emphasizing a struggle with contribution, participation, effectiveness, and movement, then you would likely want to move your Flow to Dominance or Submission. If your life patterns tend to be emphasizing struggles with making confident choices, blockages to intimacy, feeling present, and/or making a difference, then your Flow might want to move toward the Expression Axis as a means of return to its Positive Pole. The above are generic phrases to reference those Axes, and should not be considered definitive. We wished only to give examples for how one might assess where Flow may consciously or subconsciously move when in light of particular patterns in the life. The more consciously one can associate the patterns of the life with various key elements of an Axis, the more consciously one in Flow can then use the Positive Pole of one of those Goals to then help return to Flow's own Positive Pole.
ENERGY REPORT NOVEMBER 2012 November comes in with a fairly clear dance of symbols representing the collective fear explored this year as Stubbornness. Though not shaking the fear of change (stubbornness), these symbols do appear to be telling a story of a collective move away from that fear, by focusing on the Positive Pole (determination), and leaving the Negative Pole (Obstinance) to be emphasized by fewer in the population. As we described in our previous report, Stubbornness is showing up as a defense of one’s beliefs, philosophies, and stances, because these feel threatened. When the Negative Pole is at work, these beliefs, philosophies, and stances are entrenched, with no room for change, updating, adjustment, healing, etc., but when the Positive Pole is at work, there is still a concern about threat, but these beliefs, philosophies, and stances are held, not entrenched. There comes to be some flexibility, some room for negotiation, some sense that there is more to be considered beyond the cherished beliefs, philosophies, and stances. This Determination was exemplified by responses to the weather system named “Sandy.” Those who were entrenched in certain beliefs found they were thrown into a scenario that encouraged them to loosen these beliefs, making room for alternatives that were discovered to have never been a threat in the first place. Determination allows one to cling to the fight against change, but it allows in the reality of it. Obstinance clings to the fight against change, and does so against all indications that change is very real. If beliefs might be represented by a pillow, Determination tucks the pillow under his arm and moves forward, while Obstinance buries his face in it. As mentioned in our previous report, another way to understand these Poles is that Determination tends to have to work around other people, while Obstinacy forces others to work around oneself. The United States’ election is another symbolic exploration of Stubbornness, and where the country is (and relevant parts of the world are) in terms of feeling threatened by change. More Obstinacy will tend to be amplified in this arena, because Politics is all about beliefs, philosophies, and stances. In this election, we are seeing a sharp divide between those in Obstinance, and those in Determination, but most will be dealing with the threat of change. An aside: Though neither pole of any Chief Negative Feature is “good,” we can say that the Positive Pole is “positive” because it is often the way out of the fear. Most of November is likely to feel to many as if it is “out of their hands,” and in the hands of others to some degree that is uncomfortable, to say the least, so we expect that many will not only feel as if November is like an out-of-control tumble down a hillside (which can be fun, or terrifying), but many will also slide into Impatience and Martyrdom on the other side of the November 7th Nexus. We mentioned in our previous report that a great deal of introspection and extrospection was in order for November not to feel as if it were a drive off of a cliff, and we see that few found a balance between those extremes. This means that, even for those who did find that balance, “the world” may still seem out of sync and chaotic for a while. For those who wish to bring a quality of centering to their days, their bodies, emotions, choices, perspectives, etc., it may mean making an active effort to JUST STOP. By this, we mean that you may have to sit yourselves down, stop your body, your mind, your emotions, and call upon a stillness, a meditative state. For those who are resistant to stillness, give yourself 5 true seconds of stillness, and then release yourself. Double that within the hour. Add 5 more when you can, so that you are still for 15 seconds, and so on. Do this until you can sustain a valid state of stillness for, at least, 30 seconds. The next day, start with those 30 seconds. Then add 30 more, and so on, until you can sustain a valid state of stillness for 5 minutes. Continue to build upon this at your pace, and the stillness will become as natural as the hurricane of thoughts, emotions, and actions that might normally manage or affect your days. “Valid stillness” here is meant to describe a state of permission for everything you feel, think, and do, but as an observer of those feelings, thoughts, and actions. Eventually, this state of “observer” can carry over into your days so that you can call upon that stillness, that state of observation and clarity, that allows you to move with change. We point out the aim of stillness to be toward observation because this year is one that is fairly permeated with the Mode of Passion. In the same way that Observation Mode can “slide” to access any other Mode, so can any Mode “slide” to access Observation. This is true of any Assimilative Overleaf. The Assimilative Overleaf is accessible to each Axis. With Passion permeating this year, it can be easy for many to lose their sense of self in events and experiences, or to become overly-identified with those events and experiences. Observation can help to honor the negative pole of the spectrum of Passion (identification), while helping to bring some inclusion of the positive pole (self-actualization). Helpful thoughts over NOVEMBER might be: TRUE CHANGE IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE Over the course of November, it can be helpful to remember that change really only happens in perspective. The constancy of change in the world around you, in the Physical Plane, is of such a constancy, that it is cycling over and over and over again in the forms of lifetimes, civilizations, weather, geography, and by extension, through politics, spiritualities, mythologies. It is true that these change, but this is not where the True Change occurs. True Change comes only in perspective. True Change is in the capacity to see another facet, another side, another part of the whole that is a constant, or to see it in a new way. The same Sun can come over your horizon for most of your life without your noticing, but one day, it is different. It changes. Not because it changed, but because your perspective did. Its beauty disappears in the same way. True Change can only be described by Soul Age in our system, and Soul Age comes only with a change in perspective, gained from experience within a constant sea and cycle of change. To resist or deny change is to deny your perspective, to deny evolution, to deny experience. There are going to be those who do not want to change, and do not want to see change, and only your perspective can free you to experience and create True Change. There are going to be times when you wish things would not change, or that those changes are terrifying, or painful, and it will be your perspective that frees you. True Change brings about True Possibilities, True Potential, which are based within a clear picture of the tools, resources, and paths necessary and available to you for making a change that you desire. That clarity, that observer, that stillness, the essence of who you are, allows for you to make the best use of those tools and resources, and to allow room for all of the changes, desired or unwanted, along the way. DATES OF INTEREST NOVEMBER 7th - NEXUS (convergence) - the storm that resulted from the divergent Nexus on the 25th of October helped to move those who were tired of the Negative Pole of Obstinance over to more of a “positive” state of Determination, and this second “great storm” of the collective psyches may do the same, but on a greater scale, and in more convergent terms, as the United States’ election unfolds. We cannot predict results, and we can see many, but in nearly all of them, there is a “storm” that, eventually, brings about True Change, a paradigm shift that is collective again.