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OMW - Aug 16, 2014 - You and Your Nine Trues Channel: Troy Tolley (Note: See end-of-session for "The 9 Trues" transcript from September 2008.) [MEntity] Hello to each of you. We are here, now. [MEntity] Today we are asked to discuss you and your set of "Pillars," as they have come to be called. [MEntity] We have discussed these indepth in various ways that can be accessed for reference outside of this interaction, so we will focus as much on each of you as possible today. [MEntity] First, we will elaborate a bit on each area in a way that we think will add to what is already accessible. [MEntity] The Life Task for an individual is also referred to as True Work or Right Work. [MEntity] This is at the core of the concept of the 9 Pillars. [MEntity] Everything in your set of 9 Pillars is to support the Task. [MEntity] Because this is a concept that requires the Physical Plane, then Action is the hub of the concept. [MEntity] This means that, regardless of how broad or conceptual one's Task, it will require ACTION to fulfill. [MEntity] The point of a Life Task is so that the Personality has an aim for putting into action that which Essence has learned or is interested in learning. [MEntity] This is why the Life Task is not an obligation, and can be rejected. [MEntity] Whatever your Task may be, it is one of the very few specific details describing the idea that Essence had for the current lifetime. [MEntity] Your Overleaves are another area that helps point to the ideas of Essence. [MEntity] Regardless of any ideas Essence had for the lifetime, all of these can be altered, overridden, or rejected by Personality. [MEntity] To choose to fulfill the Task means choosing to be conscious. [MEntity] Choosing to be conscious is, at its very basic, a choice to take care of oneself, to nurture oneself. [MEntity] Though no Pillar is really more vital than any other, it could be said that most other Pillars will suffer if the Inspiration Pillars are not upheld as a priority. [MEntity] This means that your True Rest, Spirit, and Love, are of highest priority among the various Pillars. [MEntity] If you choose to fulfill your Task, you will REQUIRE those Pillars to be upheld. [MEntity] Your LIfe Task can be fulfilled in 3 areas of effect while in a lifetime. Not all areas will be of interest, it can still be important to consider the Inspirational Pillars of all areas. [MEntity] Your Life Task can be fulfilled on a Personal, Community, and/or Planetary area of effect. [MEntity] Depending on your choices, imprinting, passage through Internal Monads, etc. you will fulfill the Task in one, two, or three of these areas of effect. [MEntity] For maximum fulfillment, one MUST fulfill these in ways that build upon each area, or there can be painful consequences of effect in areas of neglect. [MEntity] For example, if one aims for fulfillment of the Task on a Planetary scale, but neglects the Personal scale, "the world" will have benefited from the Task, but the self may never fully grasp the effects of fulfillment. [MEntity] This happens in such cases as that of the fragment known as Robin Williams. [MEntity] This is not uncommon among those whose Personalities emphasize more and more public accessibility and effect. [MEntity] The more public the access, the more the individual can lose sight of the Task as it serves the self. [MEntity] In contrast, the more public one is while restricting fulfillment to the Personal area, the more that public would be more repelled. [MEntity] This can be the case for many politicians who are fulfilling their Task, but have no interest in fulfilling that on a Community or Planetary area of effect. It is only to serve the self. [MEntity] This is why understanding all areas of effect is beneficial because one cannot "go wrong" if each area is considered. [MEntity] So if your True Rest, Spirit, and Love are considered, the other Pillars often come more easily to the range of support for the Task. [MEntity] The suggestions that we give each of you for most of your Pillars are based on cumulative experiences of fulfillment pulled from your Instinctive Center. [MEntity] For instance, if we suggested that your Rest is to "people watch," then it is likely because several other Personalities have found this to be an inspirational, restful experience that has supported a Task of similar or themed nature to the current one. [MEntity] Your True Rest is something that "should" be implemented at least one hour a day. [MEntity] By "should" we mean that it is that important, but we put this in quotes because one does not want True Rest to become an obligation. [MEntity] When we suggest your True Rest, we are by no means giving you an exhaustive list, but are offering up ideas based on what can see as restful. Many of our students do not even realize just how restful some of the suggestions can be because they immediately reject the activity or behavior as not of interest, but that is why we suggest them. We suggest them because you may not have come up with these on your own, and experimenting with actually implementing these restful behaviors can be life changing. [MEntity] We will pause here for interaction and ask each of you what you think or feel about your True Rest suggestions, and share if you actually implement any of the suggestions. [Maureen] I know I have great difficulty with rest in general. [DianeHB] I'm wondering if I have other activities I do that fulfill my true rest. I think I only do reading consciously on a regular basis. Mine are: "floating; reading; running fingers through hair; closing eyes at random" [Bobby] I know I do get a great deal of enjoyment around Observing. Frequently, I like to go to a public place and just "watch" [ViP1] Mine are " learning something new; imagining possibilities; watching the sky/stars". [GeraldineB] The last set is the more inexplicable one to me as I have no idea how to implement - TRUE REST: true stillness and silence; listening to intricate sounds; witnessing/expressing compassion [ViP1] I find that learning something new is actually restful in the sense that it releases mental stress, but I'd like to do it more often. [ViP1] Imagining possibilities is also very enjoyable. [Bobby] My other 2 were Expanding Vividry which I can see doing especially while Observing and Walking. I could do more on the walking ;-) [ViP1] I'd like to be able to make time and relax for these more often. [MEntity] Diane, yes, of course there is True Rest outside of our suggestions. [MEntity] Geraldine, this can be done by noticing the kind things being done by others, or noticing when you do kind things, or when you are hit with empathy in a way that allows you to love another, care for him or her. However obvious or routine, these moments of compassion are all around you. [Maureen] Mine are True Rest: learning; listening to wind; storms. I know I don't do listening to the wind or storms enough. I thought I was OK with "learning" but now I am wondering if I'm actually understanding what "learning" is for me -- related to my True Rest. Also, as Diane, I was wondering if there might be even more accessible ways to gain True Rest. [MEntity] Maureen and Diane, the suggestions we offer have effects, and each should be fairly immediately or regularly accessible. Sometimes there are conditional elements necessary, such as an actual storm passing in the case of listening to a storm, or winds, but these happen enough to use them. [ViP1] Bobby's and Maureen's remind me of a couple other things I find restful or at least soothing and very renewing: 1. letting myself sink into the surroundings and hear and feel everything very clearly, with a very slowed-down sense of time passing (is this like vividry?); and 2. listening to wind and rain from indoors. Pretty close :-) (or just rain really, not the wind as much) [MEntity] Maureen, "Learning" as a form of rest is a process rather than a destination in this case. There are many days that you go to bed perplexed, agitated, frustrated, or even worried, and these are elements of Learning. You are in the process of growing, changing, evolving, trying to understand something, trying to make something work, etc. This is Learning. Taking great peace from within that process helps bring Rest to the patterns that eventually lead to what has been LEARNED. [Maureen] Thanks [MEntity] Diane, raking your hands through your hair as a means of massaging your scalp can be done at any point in your day, and the effects may be more beneficial than you may suspect. [MEntity] One of the best points of any day for implementing one's True Rest is an hour before one wishes to retire for the day. [DianeHB] Actually, I take back what I said. I do run my hands through my hair a lot without thinking about it. :) [MEntity] In your case, Geraldine, a way to bookend your days can be to peruse your feelings of closeness and kindness toward those people in your life, from strangers to acquantances to distant friends in Essence to even us. This does not mean you must be sentimental, but noting this "good" in your life can do wonders to keep your sense of Inspiration up and alive. [MEntity] Visaish, many suggestions of Rest can be universally beneficial because many of these are universally experienced as restful and stored instinctively in nearly everyone. [GeraldineB] sounds like a variation on a "gratitude list" [MEntity] Geraldine, a "gratitude list" may be a bit too "cheesy," but a quick smile to think kind thoughts about someone, or to embrace the idea that others may be thinking kind thoughts about you can be quite nurturing. [MEntity] Maureen, for more accessible ways to listen to wind, one can set up wind chimes, or in your modern age, download a windchime app that gently adds ambience to your space. [Maureen] Can one get inured to a True Rest? For example, leaving a CD on all the time with the sound that is restful. [Maureen] To the point where it isn't effective any more. [MEntity] Yes, which is why one would want to do these consciously and in rotation with other Rest. [MEntity] These suggestions are not magickal, so your participation is vital in the effects. This is why making a "gratitude" list is far less effective than a glance of awareness that makes you smile for a moment, for example. [MEntity] Or how Diane's running of the hand through the hair was missed. Habit is not the same thing as conscious. [MEntity] If nothing more is gained from our exchange today except that the use of Rest in a conscious and regular manner can help all other Pillars, each of you would/could drastically increase your sense of fulfillment of the Task. [MEntity] However, to see tangible fulfillment of the Task, it can be helpful to look to one's Goal. The Task is tied to Action, which is tied to one's Goal (regardless of the Axis of the Goal). [MEntity] There must be "real-world" examples of how one is fulfilling the Goal. If one is fulfilling the Goal, one is more than likely fulfilling the Task. [MEntity] By "real-world" we mean that you can see that you are aiming for that Goal. The Goal can never be completed or perfected, but is more like a state that comes to be more and more in effect. The "aiming" would not mean that the Goal is easy or that, for instance, you are already "Accepting," but that you clearly see that you work on Acceptance. [MEntity] When you aim for the Goal, the path for fulfillment of the Task tends to be cleared. [MEntity] Considering the limitation on time, we will now open the floor to your questions about your own Life Task and its Pillars. We can always elaborate further on the dynamics of the Life Task and its Pillars as a concept, but you may have questions that help shape that direction. [ViP1] You gave the following keywords as my planetary quadrate: [ViP1] True Love: Loyalty [ViP1] True Core: Fantasy/Day Dreaming [ViP1] True Gift: Adaptability [ViP1] Could you provide some insight on how these would support my Life Task of "To Embrace Friction"? [ViP1] I can see how Loyalty would be involved in "friction", at least at a surface level and it's important to me, and how Adaptability would help to do so, but less clear on Fantasy/Daydreaming. [MEntity] For most who are not going to be public on a planetary scale, this area of effect described as "planetary" must be considered on the scale of "your world." This would mean your experience of the world and all of those involved in it. [MEntity] So when it comes to the Pillars that support your Life Task in "your world," the way you demonstrate your very ideal of Love is through Loyalty. Loyalty is considered a potential for helping to inspire others and the self through the challenges of friction. The way you demonstrate your very core truth is through your Fantasy and Day Dreaming. You always aim for problem-solving, solutions, [MEntity] ways to work around and with scenarios of friction. Your Truth is that when this is implemented, friction can be made beneficial. So your Fantasy and Day Dreaming shows you a whole range of possibilities. [MEntity] The way you demonstrate your Courage/Gift/Beauty is through your Adaptability. This means that you help others to be strong by demonstrating how to roll with the punches, to lubricate the friction if it gets "too hot," and this is not an easy practice. It takes courage. And it is beautiful. [Bobby] One my True Plays has always given me a chuckle, Mocking Insecurities. It almost seems anti-anything you would condone :-) Would you briefly comment on that particular True Play and its relationship to the Life Task of True Security? [MEntity] Bobby, this Play is one that can help one not to take oneself too seriously, or to take too personally those who would wish to punish you for their own insecurities. If done with malice, it is not Playful, but seeing the comedy in the scenarios is quite helpful. This sets your Attitude back on track. [MEntity] We are not in any position to condone or not condone, but we are always up for a good laugh, and much of what is funny about life is the absurdly serious nature imposed upon the most inconsequential. [Bobby] I would agree with that [MEntity] We used the term "mocking" because that is what it often looks like while incarnated, but it is often just a matter of it being funny. Humor is generated from the resolution of paradox, and in this case the paradox is that something of little consequence is taken as profoundly consequential. [Bobby] Ok, so I can now see then not letting an upset knock me into Confusion that is more than likely how it relates [MEntity] That is a healthy way to use that Play, yes. [GeraldineB] My Life Task is "to draw soft conclusions" and my Goal is Discrimination -- I see a bridging between the two. I've become milder and milder in my discriminating, i.e., more flexible, also a willingness to see subtleties. I'm progressively less "black and white" or extremes of belief or reaction, and far more the myriad shades of gray between. I will accept any suggestions or advice on how I might improve my implementing of any of the Pillars. [MEntity] Geraldine, consider replacing your term "milder" with "more and more refined." You have moved toward refinement in your stances between YES and NO. In earlier days, YES or NO came from defenses or from familiarity. Now your YES's come with consideration, and your NO's come from clarity. The lack of defense has brought about the fulfillment of the Task. [GeraldineB] yes, that is definitely a better way of stating what has happened [MEntity] Your consideration at this point in your fulfillment of the Task is in how it applies to all areas of effect. You have secured good footing in the Personal area of effect, and to a great degree your Community, but now you seek to have this in effect on "your world." You may find that world events are far more inciting to you than may have been in the past, and this is because you now aim for the Task to be fulled in that area. [GeraldineB] inciting? [GeraldineB] but, yes, I'm getting agitated once again :) [GeraldineB] and am seeking more global understanding [MEntity] As in, they are more provocative. [GeraldineB] indeed [MEntity] To help you in keeping your spirits up, your enthusiasm, and your sense of value placed on the world, it can be helpful then to look at your True Love, Gift, and Core. [GeraldineB] May I have them? [MEntity] Of course. We will deliver these to you outside of this format. We will include elaboration for you. [GeraldineB] thank you -- I only have the first 4 Trues [DianeHB] In the last few weeks I've been thinking about how I've done enough of my own growth that I'd like to do something with my life that has tangible beneficial effect on a larger scale. How could my planetary quadrate support that? I've gotten some elaboration on my planetary quadrate in my 9 Pillars Report, but not how they relate to the life task. [DianeHB] True Love: through creating and nurturing common grounds [DianeHB] True Core: through inspiring one individual at a time [DianeHB] True Gift: through overcoming paralysis of expression [MEntity] Diane, these are fairly self-explanatory in that if you aspire toward work that is for benefit of others on a larger scale, those key Pillars can help you to question if that path is in alignment with these important factors. However, do not confuse the Life Task with the work that you would wish to do as an income or as a career. These go hand-in-hand, of course, but are not the same things. [MEntity] In terms of the Life Task, True Work is often used interchangeably, and we rarely offer suggestions for True Work, since these tend to form most naturally of all of the various "Trues." We also do not offer suggestions because it is too easy to confuse work with True Work, which can be any activity, not just for income or career. [MEntity] But if one looks at the description of the Life Task and it can be applied to a position in caeer or as a job, then that career or job can often be quite fulfilling. [MEntity] In your case, the position as a mediator that generates common grounds for negotiations, communication, and expansion of that common ground can be found in many positions of work and career. [DianeHB] Yes [DianeHB] Except that paralysis of expression is a pain in the butt [MEntity] This is not limited to the obvious, either. [MEntity] Diane, that is why it is so beautiful. That is why it is your Gift and reflects your courage. When you implement that Pillar, it is often pivotal. [MEntity] In the context of your question, you would want to look at where you already feel the most comfortable because of experience in pivoting beyond that paralysis, or consider where you feel paralyzed in expression, and work on generating those moments where you overcome that so that it helps clear your path to your aspiration. [MEntity] We must conclude here for today, but each of you can explore further with us based on your questions in other formats. We know this is a rather expansive topic, but the points shared today can help you begin to see your Pillars and Task in a more meaningful and useful light. [Maureen] Michael, I came into today’s session thinking that I rarely rest, based on my Trues. If I am actually utilizing my True Rest why don’t I feel more rested? [MEntity] Maureen, keep in mind that Rest here is in the context of Inspired. Your physical rest, though related, can have its own realm of challenges that interfere with it. [MEntity] Implementing your True Rest can help you to keep your spirits up, stay inspired, and sustain your self-care, even as you may not be sleeping well. [Maureen] I see. [MEntity] If the suggestions we have given for your True Rest do not seem to be working, and you have given them a nice try, we will look at other suggestions and share these with you then. ******* The 9 Trues September 14, 2008 Channel: Troy Tolley This article is the result of a personal question from a student in another part of this forum. FROM MICHAEL: The 9 Trues (or 9 Pillars) True Home is part of the 9 areas of life one can consciously manipulate through choice, creativity, and intent to help one to feel alive, in harmony, and fearless while Physical. In short, it is a way of helping the Personality to experience a sense of confidence, peace, and transformation. Many of you have heard "True Work (Life Task);" "True Play;" True Rest;" and "True Study." These are known as the 4 "Pillars of Vitality." They create a Quadrate. These were the most immediately applicable for most of our students once there is comprehension of the Overleaves. In fact, none of the "trues" are very practical if the Overleaves are not validated, accurate, and understood. True Work, or the Life Task, is the core of each Quadrate. This is because the Life Task is anchored to the Goal for the life in the Overleaves and its fulfillment pulls from all layers and dimensions of the Personality, Essence, and Life. The initial triad of Play, Rest, and Study is the first ring of support for the Life Task or Goal of the life, creating the most immediate Quadrate. True Work and Life Task can be used interchangeably, though some of our channels and students prefer differentiating the two. True Work is a listing of suggestions for how to fulfill the Life Task through action, but these suggestions often work against the idea of the Life Task because the list is taken literally and is often given as various occupations. All suggestions for any "True" are meant as just that, suggestions, and not as a limited list of assignments. All "Trues" are relative to the current Personality and its relationship with Essence, Others, and Life. "Trues" are not static, even within a lifetime. "Trues" are assessed as a collection of factors that include the history of Essence in other Bodies (past lives), the original intent of the Essence for the lifetime, and the current intent of the Personality. Considering all of these factors helps to generate a self-sustaining matrix through which both Essence and Personality can function and manifest within the Physical Plane. The first Quadrate of "Trues" is the Personal Quadrate, or Pillars of Vitality, and they are True Work, True Play, and True Rest, of course (adding the Life Task creates the Quadrate). If these are addressed, the Personality co-creates with Essence and feels alive, dynamic, and directed. The awareness and benefit is of the immediate well-being of self. While this Quadrate is of use at any point in the process of lifetimes, this Quadrate is usually of primary implementation and development during from Mid-Young Soul cycle through Mid-Mature Soul cycle. The second Quadrate of Trues is the Community Quadrate, or Pillars of Harmony. If these are addressed, the Personality and Essence co-create in a way that includes consideration of consequences, impact, and exchanged effects on the self as it exists within a body, environment, and community. These Trues are known as True Home, True Health, and True Spirit. While this Quadrate is of benefit to know at any point during the incarnational cycles, it is most often implemented and developed from Mid-Mature to Mid-Old Soul. True Home is any variable or element within the immediate environment outside of the Body that tends to create an exchange of harmony. True Home can be described as geographical locations or "zones," or in terms of elements such as general weather, temperature, types of nature, colors, etc. For the most part, True Home may tend to be a combination of two Zones. There are 7 Zones: "Ocean," "Desert," "Wilderness," "Jungle," "Plains," "Urban," and "Mountain." One does not have to relocate in order to implement the benefit of True Home. If one's True Home is in the "Desert Zone," for example, even if one is geographically located in an "Urban Zone," decorative elements can be used in the immediate environment to draw in the energy of the Desert Zone. In fact, the type of nature, colors, weather, and temperatures that can help to describe True Home could be said to all be extensions from one of the 7 Zones. Creating one's True Home can help one to feel in harmony with his immediate environment in a way that brings more of Essence and Personality into the community. True Health is a description using percentages of emphasis that one might consider for optimum physical health in terms of interaction with the environment. These percentages are suggested as divided among 7 categories that describe a physical body's "diet." These 7 categories are described by as Exercising, Feeding, Socializing, Sleeping, Schooling, Entertaining, Meditating. One's True Health may have more of an emphasis of percentage on Feeding, Sleeping, and Socializing as a means to support health, over someone else who might have higher percentages in Schooling, Entertaining, and Meditating. ALL categories are addressed in the daily life of a Personality, but being aware of what most immediately and effectively supports the overall health, one can sustain well-being and balance within the exchanges between the body and community. We can suggest percentages across all 7, but a more practical approach might be to simply be aware that ones True Health could be described as a combination of 2 or 3 categories of emphasis. True Spirit is one's medium within an environment for encouraging expression of Essence more fully. There are 7 media: Independently-Mobile Beings (e.g. animals), Dependently-Immobile Beings (e.g. plants), Ritual, Labor, Arts, Technology, and Communication. One's True Spirit is usually a combination of 2 or 3 media. There are 7 "zones," "diets," and "media" in the above because they are on the level of interaction with environment and community, and this lends itself to a sort of structuring that is unique to this Quadrate. The last Quadrate could be described as the Planetary Quadrate, or the Pillars of Transformation. If these are addressed, the Personality and Essence co-create in a way that contributes to the evolution of the self, the planet, and sentience. These are True Love, True Core, and True Gift. While these can be important at any point during a cycle of lives, it is during the Old Soul Age that these begin to feel vital to comprehend. True Love is a way to help one grasp those factors that come together to generate Agape from Personality and Essence into the world. True Core is a way to help one grasp those factors that come together for embedding one's Truth into the world. True Gift is a way to help one grasp those factors that come together for amplifying one's Courage into the world. When any of our students ask us about these 9 Trues, or 3 Quadrates/Pillar groups, our responses are always our interpretation and suggestion, but we encourage our students to validate and discover their own interpretations and suggestions. Each Quadrate or group of Pillars would do well to have more elaborate attention.
MICHAEL SPEAKS 091408 Open Floor Michael Entity: Hello to all of you. We are here. We will begin with a response to the first question. QUESTION: I can see how anger can be useful (to show you when your boundaries have been breached), but Cruelty would seem to have no use. Why does it exist, and where does it come from? Michael Entity: In the same way that Anger is a defense, so is what you might consider to be Cruelty. However, it is important to note that "Cruelty" is often a relative experience. "Cruelty" is often not an intentional by-product of someone's action or choices, but a fragment who is disappointed might assign the label of "cruelty" to the event. For instance, when one fragment can legitimately sense the necessity of a separation within a relationship, but the other fragment is deeply attached and terrified of solitude, the choice of the fragment to move on can be interpreted as "cruel," when, indeed, it was one of the most loving choices the other fragment might have experienced to-date. COMMENT: Oh, I see. I guess I was thinking of cruelty as intentionally trying to hurt another. Michael Entity: It is very important to differentiate the intentional act of Cruelty from the interpretative act of defense against disappointment. Acts of Cruelty are often not just the result of intentions to hurt, but can be the result of neglect, denial, justification, and apathy. With all of that being said, we can now more clearly respond to your original question of "why does it exist," and "from where does it come." The legitimate act of Cruelty, whether intentional or not, is a product of choice, of course, but a product of choice that is entirely self-preserving. Not "self-serving," but self-PRESERVING. There is a difference. Self-preservation is an act of survival and fear, whereas Self-Serving is an act of giving/receiving. Cruelty, then "exists" because there are a myriad of ways in which the fearful body, mind, or heart can turn for survival purposes when these feel threatened. Even the most intentional, drawn-out acts of torture as a form of Cruelty would still be generated from this very same thing. Although all Chief Negative Features can bring about forms of Cruelty, the most active, intentional forms of Cruelty can generate from Arrogance and Self-deprecation, and the most passive forms of Cruelty can generate from Impatience and Martyrdom. In terms of "Cruelty having no use," we would agree. Cruelty is an unnecessary byproduct of fear and has no value beyond the false sense of defense. QUESTION: Would you say anything about healing our bodies when they have been experiencing physical and emotional cruelty? Michael Entity: The response to your question might find more relevance on an individual basis, but what we can say in general is for any fragment who has experienced Cruelty, whether real or imagined, 50% of the healing would come from the comprehension that the Cruelty had nothing to do with you, or your value, your meaning, your worth, your choices, your past, future, etc. In short, it has nothing to do with you at all. Many who experience Cruelty, real or imagined, healing is delayed by the constant questioning of WHY. Most often there is no answer to this question that would satisfy you. The focus for healing would be more beneficial in the direction of HOW, as in focusing on your rebuilding, your personal compassion and kindness, and your support. QUESTION: Recently it was channeled I have a surrogate task companion because my TC is not available. What reasons would a Task Companion not be available so that a surrogate TC would need to be available, and could the surrogate TC relationship last across lifetimes. Michael Entity: All fragments have surrogate Task Companions and Essence Twins. There is a spectrum of reasons for why a fragment falls into unavailability, such as death, distraction, change of plans, lack of memory, lack of interest, lack of skills or tools required for the task at hand. An Essence cannot predict the outcome of the choices that a Personality might make within a lifetime, and often those choices are counter to original intentions for the lifetime. As the soul grows older, rather than generate Karmic Ribbons as a result from the impact of another fragment's choices that might alter your plans for a life, it is simply more practical to have a surrogate step in. Surrogate relationships do tend toward consistency and are usually drawn from the closer strings within your circle of support (your Support Group of 12). For instance, a 3rd String Knowledge Position might be your Surrogate Task Companion, and a 2nd String Love Position might tend to be your surrogate Essence Twin. If these terms are unfamiliar to you, Troy can direct you to resources for exploring that Support Group details further. QUESTION: Is it possible to run out of surrogates (if the surrogate is unable to be there for some reason)? Michael Entity: Surrogates do tend to still fall into some kind of mathematical resonance with you in a way that would be similar to the fragment for whom one is stepping in. It has happened to all of you here that, after the life was entered, "no one was around." Those lifetimes can tend to be surprisingly delightful or terrifying, much in the same way one might feel if one were to plan a trip to the mall, or upon arrival to school, and finding oneself in a complete "free-for-all." Those lives are rare, especially after the Baby Soul Age cycle, because the skills for creating a Personality and lifetime becomes an art for Essence, but it has happened to some Older Souls. QUESTION: I would like clarification re: the 9/12 "Trues". There are 9 Trues PLUS Life Task/True Work, but the 9 Trues are actually grouped in threes with the True Work to make 3 quadrates. Does that mean there are 3 different aspects to the Life Task/True Work depending on its quadrate, thus making 12 Trues, 3 of which are variants of True Work? or is it 9 Trues plus 1 True Work/Life Task? which would make 10 trues . . . Michael Entity: Both angles of interpretation would work. Technically, there are 9 "Trues" made up of 3 Triads of support for the Life Task in various contexts of "Personal," "Community," and "Planetary." The phrase "True Work" was a kind of shorthand as the original concept was delivered in a consistent way to describe the Personal Quadrate and was interpreted by some as indicating a separate concept from Life Task. However, it is valid to say that the Life Task can be described through various suggestions under a title of "True Work" and each could be more specific to the different Quadrates. In other words, the Life Task would remain the same as an overall arc of description, but methods of action for manifesting the Life Task could be described in terms of True Work on a Personal level, a Community level, and a Planetary level. QUESTION: so in a sense all 9 Trues combine together as supportive elements of the Life Task which is the summation of the 9 Trues? Michael Entity We describe the three Triads as each supporting the Life Task, but the ultimate pattern is one of progressive, though non-linear, evolution, or pyramidal evolution. Any system of 9 is a pyramidal form of evolution in our system, such as the 9 Needs. When a fragment's Life Task tends to be on a Personal Level, the "base" is built from the Personal Quadrate, or Pillars of Vitality. When a fragment's Life Task tends to be on a Community Level, the base is built from the Community Quadrate, or Pillars of Harmony. When a fragment's Life Task tends to be on a Planetary Level, the base is built from the Planetary Quadrate, or Pillars of Transformation. However one "builds" or visualizes this pyramid of evolution, there will be tiers of development that eventually address all Quadrates. We have much more to say about this subject, but will move on for now. NOTE FROM TROY: Michael also shared this image for me as a way to understand this "pyramid," so I mocked up a copy as best I could. For some of the advanced students, note that the Life Task/True Works are Action; Play, Health, and Core are Expression; Rest, Spirit, and Love are Inspiration; Study, Home, and Gift are Assimilation. See attached image or the image above, if it shows properly. The image isn't static, either, but rotates as necessary or depending on a person's emphasis. [QUESTION]: How does serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, manifest in relationship to Roles and Overleaves? Are they caused by the Overleaves or are the Overleaves masked by the illness, until the illness is successfully treated? Michael Entity: No "mental illness" is caused by the Overleaves themselves, but understanding the Overleaves can help one to manage "mental illnesses." Most breakdowns in Personality however, when not due to any physical damage or developmental distortions, are usually Centering issues. COMMENT: I am going on the research that says these are physical illness. Michael Entity: Schizophrenia, for example, is the inability for the emotional elements of a Personality to communicate with one another, tending to be an Emotionally-Centered, Moving Part issue. Bipolar diagnoses are often the issues of Intellectual Centering, Moving Part. "Mental illnesses" that are diagnosed as being sourced from chemical imbalances are still connected to the Centering issues, and it can be a valid form of healing to use drug intervention on that chemical level to bring about a functioning that can then be sustained by the body in the long run. When physical damage or developmental issues of the body are a cause for a "mental illness," then this is usually a direct result of choice or allowance by Essence and is part of a greater theme of experience. In that case, the Goal is usually involved as the primary consideration, but is not the only consideration, of course. In all cases of legitimate mental illness, it is the result of breakdown in communication among the various facets of the Personality, requiring a third-party bridging for effective communication to be returned. There are a number of ways a fragment can focus a lifetime on issues that require comprehension of interconnectedness, dependency, and the importance for allowing help, so mental illness is one of those ways. Again, this is a question that can be more effectively answered in relation to specific individuals, but we believe our response here will offer some relevance in general. QUESTION: You have told earlier about suitable ways to meditate for people with emotional/intellectual and intellectual/moving centering. What about the rest: intellectual/emotional, emotional/moving, moving/intellectual and moving/emotional? Michael Entity: In nearly all cases for effective meditation, it is not so much about the Primary Center/Part, but about the Centering that is most often neglected. So an Emotionally-Centered/Intellectual Part, and an Intellectually-Centered/Emotional Part could both do well with a MOVING-CENTERED Meditation. Whatever your Centering/Part, you might find the most effective meditations to be in the realm of that third Center of Gravity that is not usually accessed. Moving-Centered Meditations can include anything that involves the Body, from taking a simple walk, to Tai Chi and Yoga to dancing the night away. Intellectually-Centered Meditations can include anything from crossword puzzles and brain teasers to such focused meditations as Transcendental Meditation, to good night of hilarity and comedy. Emotionally-Centered Meditations can include anything from a good listen to music that resonates with you, to cathartic expressions such as can be found in Primal Therapies, to night of tears and intensity at the movies. So a Moving Centered/Emotional Part or Emotional Centered/Moving Part can both do well to get out out the crosswords, brain teasers, or make their way to the nearest comedy venue. The point of meditation, in general, is to bring about a full functioning of all of the lower Centers, so it will always be most effective to focus first on that Centering that is most neglected. However, if one wants to just feel good and bring some awareness to one's natural, habitual processes, one can focus on a meditation that is resonant to the Primary Centering. Rather than compile a list of meditations for each Centering, each of you can consider this fairly accurately on your own: if it tends to emphasize the Body, it can be used as a Moving-Centered meditation. If it tends to draw up and emphasize the Emotions or feelings, it can be used as an Emotionally-Centered meditation. If it tends to bring about emphasis on the Intellect or thinking, it can be used as an Intellectually-Centered meditation. The difference between an experience being just another experience and its being a meditation is AWARENESS. When you are dancing, listening, or laughing, for example, bringing your awareness to the moment can instantly turn it into a kind of meditation. QUESTION: I'm curious about the "coincidence" of someone dying on the birthdate of a loved one; for example, my grandmother died on my birthday, and my mate died on his mother's. My feeling is, it's like a tip of the hat, a sort of spiritual wink, from one soul to another — if it's possible to generalize. Could you comment please? Michael Entity: "Meaning" is always the result of one's creating it, not finding it, or discovering it. Even when the intentions of someone is clear, the interpreted meaning on the receiving end can be quite different from those original intentions. When one dies, one will die on a day that many MANY will be able to claim as their birthday. With that in mind, we would say that when a person from your intimate circle dies on a personally relevant day, there is often an intention there. What that intention is can be very different among those instances, but we have seen that it is valid that there is usually an intended message there. QUESTION: There has been written and discussed much about that the mobile phones are overheating and making damage to our bodies when much used. There are of course also those that deny facts about any effect in one way or the other. How does the energy from the mobile phones influence on our bodies or the head when we use them? :call: :hypno: :) Michael Entity: Though the use of what you call "cell phones" or "mobile phones" is fairly recent in your history, we have not seen any effects of any significance that could be considered dangerous to the physical body, at least in terms of waves or rays, however some have exploded, causing harm, but that is a different category of threat, and minimal at that. The rays of your sun in one day can have far more impact in "negative" or dangerous ways than a lifetime's use of a cellular phone. The use of a microwave for extensive cooking can have more long-term damage to one's body than the use of a cellular phone for a lifetime. QUESTION: So the heat and dizziness some feels in the head when they hold it for a longer period close to the ears is minimal of distortion? Michael Entity: We base our response on the reports we can see relative to damages or harm caused by cellular phones, but we see none beyond those of the explosive variety and some cases of interference with regulators, such as "pacemakers." The heat is legitimate, but the dizziness appears to be individual reactions to holding up the arm for extended periods of time, or walking and talking at the same time. Other reasons can tend to come from the audio effects on the ear drums as many cellular phones can tend to have poor translation from device to ear. We offer our response as reflective of what is on record at this time, but we do not offer it as a conclusive report. The devices in question are undergoing a number of changes that will continue to require monitoring for effects. We will conclude here. Good day to each of you. Goodbye.