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NWM - Aug 15, 2015 - Blind Spots of Attitude

 

Channel: Troy Tolley

 

MEntity: Hello to you each of you. We are here, now. We will begin.

 

ClaireC: Hi!

 

Diane_HB: Hi Michael!

 

MEntity:
Today we will speak to the "blind spots" of your Attitude.

 

Though we have clear delineation of each Overleaf in terms of polarities, there can come a time in the evolution of an Essence when all of the "tricks" of fear, Chief Features, and Negative Poles are exhausted as methods defense, division, and isolation.

 

This can take many lifetimes to exhaust because every lifetime brings with it a new Personality, so all of these methods are still "new" every single time.

 

Fearful choices and reactions can be used over and over and then overcome, only to be found anew in the next life.

 

However, the older the soul, the thinner that "veil" is between the Personality and Essence, and you begin to live AS Essence. And Essence knows all of the tricks of fear.

 

We speak in convenient terms here that may seem to personify fear as something independent from you, but that is not the case. We know you know this.

 

As the Personality evolves in a lifetime, and particularly when studying and applying a teaching such as this, it can become quite obvious and clear when one is in the Negative Pole by definition, and choices can be made to remedy this.

 

These means of navigation, choice, and self-observation are quite beneficial to reducing unwarranted fear.

 

And while this can reduce the hold of Chief Features by up to 90% and beyond, it will not address the blind spots that each of you develop.

 

These blind spots are your downfall. They are your bad days. They are your "people suck" scenarios. They are your "I suck" scenarios. They are your haunting undercurrents of pointlessness, or your ominous dread that you keep in check.

 

In short, they are your means of evading responsibility for your fear.

 

The fear we speak of will be relative to your Chief Feature, but we likely not speak to those today. We speak of the means by which that fear gets a hold and becomes acceptable to you in ways that perpetuate the hold of Chief Feature so that it is comforting, addictive, and "sensible."

 

Before we continue: do each of you know your Attitude? Name your Attitude now, if you do.

 

PeterK: Skeptic.

 

Diane_HB: Pragmatist

 

ViP: Spiritualist

 

Maureen: Realist

 

ClaireC: Spiritualist

 

Bobby: Pragmatist

 

Diane_HB: Troy/Geraldine are Idealists

 

MEntity: Keep in mind that you may not like what we have to say today.

 

Diane_HB: LOL

 

ViP: hmm

 

MEntity:
We will prioritize details based on the Attitudes here, then expand into those that are not listed, if time permits.

 

PRAGMATIST

 

The Pragmatist, basically, interprets the world in terms of WHAT WORKS. The Pragmatist at his or her best has a keen sense of efficiency and elegance.

 

We have defined "elegance" as that economy of energy that gives the greatest amount of return for the least amount of expenditure.

 

When the Pragmatist is in the Negative Pole, it can be quite obvious as Dogma. The Pragmatist thinks that it is his or her way "or the highway," or they simply continue to repeat and impose methods that work for themselves even as they may not work for others.

 

There are many ways that Dogma can show up, but it is often fairly obvious in that it is immovable and unwavering in perception.

 

However, the Blind Spot can be far more "sensible" and more difficult to call out within the self as a Pragmatist, or for others to call out in the Pragmatist.

 

Because the Pragmatist sees the world in terms of WHAT WORKS, their Blind Spot can be related to any area where they do not wish to do that work.

 

If it is someone else's problem, it is THEIR problem. If it is not an issue that the Pragmatist struggles with, then it is a silly issue. If it is a struggle that the Pragmatist has overcome, then why cannot others do the same?

 

The Pragmatist sensibly falls into Dogma by dismissing, distancing, and even denigrating the oh-so-inefficient struggles of others.

 

The Pragmatist Blind Spot may then be described as INSENSITIVITY.

 

It is the tiresome extra effort necessary to inefficiently empathize.

 

Diane_HB: ?

 

MEntity:
Solutions to struggles seem quite obvious to the Pragmatist who is not directly involved with that struggle or that type of struggle: simply stop struggling.

 

Do something else. Walk away. Do not respond. Let it go.

 

When the Pragmatist finds this is his or her response to the struggles of another, it may be the Blind Spot in effect that allows him or her to justify Dogma.

 

This is also true of his or her own struggles. There are times when this same policy is imposed upon the self. Why am I upset? That is so inefficient. I can just walk away and leave it alone.

 

Or "suck it up."

 

The emphasis shifts only to WHAT WORKS and away from the WHY of what is being experienced.

 

Life is inefficient. Experience is not organized. It is messy.

 

For the Pragmatist, the Blind Spot convinces him or her that if it is a struggle, if it is messy, if it is not efficient, it is not worth it. It does not work.

 

As Pragmatists, if you find this oversimplification in effect, you are probably being blind to the messy depths of an experience that is either yours to experience, or yours to help another through.

 

You are being Insensitive.

 

Do the Pragmatists relate?

 

Bobby: Oh yes!

 

Diane_HB: Yes

 

MEntity:
SPIRITUALISTS

 

The Spiritualist, basically, sees life as if it has never been seen before. There is an awe as an undercurrent to the basic philosophy of the life when at its best.

 

The Spiritualist looks for signs, interconnectedness, resonance, and meaning in "everything."

 

This is why they must VERIFY, the Positive Pole. So much of "everything" can be interpreted as messages, interconnectedness, signs, etc., that life can become a din of symbolism that drowns out all of the messages.

 

When the Spiritualist is overwhelmed by the messages and meaning of life, they can retreat into an isolating system of BELIEFS that removes the noise of life, and simply decides what is true, decides what people mean, decides what will happen, decides what happened, and that is that. If the Spiritualist believes it, then it happened. That is that.

 

Now the world is interpreted through that system of Belief, and the inconvenience of Verifying lets the Spiritualist simply decide what is true.

 

This is the obvious polarization within the Spiritualist, and most older souls begin to realize this and make the effort to Verify.

 

They do not let themselves simply decide what is true; they ask questions. They question themselves. They are OK with being wrong.

 

They allow room for nuance and context so that nothing is only True or Not True.

 

However, the Blind Spot then comes into play as these polarities come to be navigated more consciously.

 

For the Spiritualist, this Blind Spot is EXCUSES.

 

The Spiritualist can tend to justify his or her behaviors, attitude, and choices by deferring to "the universe" as the force behind the reasoning for those choices, attitudes, and behaviors. By "the universe" we mean circumstances, behaviors of others, obligations, responsibilities, expectations of meaning and message.

 

Though all Attitudes may be use this method, it is often the Spiritualists who "leave it up to the Universe," or "we'll see what happens," etc.

 

The Spiritualist takes a passive seat to the efforts necessary for choice.

 

This allows two things: Beliefs to stay intact, and responsibility to be evaded.

 

In other words, the Spiritualist may find that he or she always has an excuse.

 

If the Spiritualist is upset, there is a "reason." It is not merely that he or she interpreted events through Belief. If the Spiritualist does not succeed at an expectation or intention, then it is "the universe" who decided this, not that the Spiritualist merely need alter or adapt efforts.

 

And so BELIEF remains unquestioned.

 

Do the Spiritualists relate?

 

ViP: yes

 

ClaireC: Oh yes.

 

MEntity:
IDEALISTS

 

The Idealist, basically, sees life in terms of how it SHOULD BE, or how it can be improved.

 

Though all fragments will navigate with some level of expectation, the Idealist navigates almost entirely based in expectations.

 

Expectations are healthy. They are a means of navigation and help one to shape choices and actions and feelings in response to the possibilities of life. Both Spiritualists and Idealists are quite familiar with rocky terrain of expectation, but the Idealist takes this to a new level.

 

The Spiritualist can tend to have expectations of the world around him or her as a means of navigating potential, but the Idealist can tend to generate expectations from others of himself or herself that the Spiritualist can avoid.

 

The Idealist in the Negative Pole can be obvious in his or her naive approach to fulfilling an ideal.

 

They set high expectations without considering the necessary components that need to be in place for coming together to fulfill the ideal.

 

While the Spiritualist will make Excuses for his or her disappointments and failing of potential, the Idealist will COMPARTMENTALIZE.

 

The Blind Spot, however, we will describe as REPERCUSSIONS.

 

The Idealist, when in Naivety, will distance himself or herself from the Repercussions of failed expectations by using compartmentalizing.

 

The Positive Pole of the Idealist is a Coalescing of parts that must come together to fulfill the ideal, so when the Idealist is in the Negative Pole, the parts become divided and compartmentalized so that the whole picture can no longer be seen, experienced, felt.

 

The Repercussions are avoided, ignored, or distanced from the self.

 

This is an insidious form of Naivety

 

Troy can attest to his relating to all of this.

 

As may Geraldine.

 

REALIST

 

The Realist, basically, sees life FOR WHAT IT IS.

 

Sometimes "it sucks" and sometimes it does not.

 

When the Realist is in the Positive Pole, it is not personal. They are OBJECTIVE. Life happens. Choices have consequences. Actions have impact. Feelings are important, but not the truth. The Realist knows all of this and interprets life and experiences accordingly.

 

It can be quite obvious when the Realist falls into Subjectivity because then things become personal.

 

The Objectivity is lost and Subjectivity is in effect. The distance and clarity is lost in favor of how personal something has become.

 

When things get personal for the Realist, it is unnerving, disorienting, and even paralyzing, though sometimes a lashing out can occur to help force a false distance to return.

 

By "personal" we mean that the individual can no longer see himself or herself as PART of a dynamic, but begin to see themselves as sucked into middle or as the focus of the dynamic

 

The Realist in the Negative Pole can be quite obvious as their defenses tend to rise quite high.

 

But as the soul grows older, the Realist can begin to recognize these defenses and transform a "personal" experience so that it moves from being Subjective to being Objective, and the Realist is returned to be a part of the dynamic, instead of the focus or center of it.

 

But the Blind Spot of the Realist is INCONVENIENCE.

 

The older soul Realist can navigate the precarious balance between Objectivity and Subjectivity, but heaven forbid you interfere with their convenience.

 

This can "set them off" into Subjectivity faster than even your pressing and imposing problems that spill unwelcomed into their space. The more inconvenient you are, the more you can send the Realist into the Negative Pole. The more inconvenienced the Realist, the more he or she can feel he or she has been imposed upon in ways that lock them into Subjectivity.

 

We do not say this mockingly. It is not a superficial term we use here.

 

Convenience is a prized state that the Realist works hard to secure in his or her life. They know life can be hard, so they hone the life into ways, paths, and patterns that uphold the quality and benefit of convenience.

 

This is a natural byproduct of having such an Attitude, and it is a healthy response to the acknowledgement of the range of experience that life can bring. Hardship and struggle WILL happen, so why not secure as many conveniences as possible to help balance that out. This helps the Realist, then, remain Objective.

 

But it can become their Blind Spot, as well.

 

If inconvenienced, Subjectivity can take hold, and then the defenses come up.

 

Does the attending Realist relate?

 

Maureen: Yes

 

ClaireC: And the friend of the Realist too. ?

 

ViP: ?

 

Maureen: I can see all the Blindspots of the other Attitudes, as well. ?

 

MEntity: If we are doing our job correctly, all of these will be clearly represented among you and around you.

 

Diane_HB: I can see them

 

ClaireC: Very clearly.

 

MEntity:
SKEPTIC

 

The Skeptic, basically, sees life as if it to be inherently questioned and disproven.

 

Put another way, the Skeptic sees life as something to Investigate.

 

When the Skeptic is in the Positive Pole, the Skeptic is comfortable questioning assumptions, patient in his or her search and research for answers, and does not experience this constant questioning as anything more than a means to learn, understand, and build insights.

 

The effort to disprove is not an effort to tear down, but to ensure that there is strength in the proof.

 

The questioning is a means to flesh out meaning and depth, not to strip of value and integrity.

 

The reason the emphasis is on disproof over proof is because there are far more claims in life than there are lack of claims.

 

When the Skeptic falls into SUSPICION, he or she does not stop questioning or disproving, but does so from the premise that there are inherent and intentional deceit and hidden truths involved.

 

The Blind Spot of the Skeptic, then, is DISSATISFACTION.

 

This is a sense that nothing can truly satisfy the questions, the doubt, the investigation, and leaves the individual locked in Suspicion.

 

The Skeptic can find that this Dissatisfaction is sensible and then continue in Suspicion, never truly learning or expanding in insight, but cycling through layers and layers of presumed deceit and lies and misinformation.

 

This is another of the Attitudes that often has to learn that it is okay to be wrong, or that lack of solid validation and empirical evidence does not imply deceit.

 

Does the attending Skeptic relate?

 

PeterK: Yes, very much so. I have several files on my computer titled, "Investigation of ..."

 

ClaireC: lol

 

MEntity: We know we have not covered all Attitudes, but these are for those in attendance. We will now take your questions. We have about 10 minutes remaining. QUEUE IS OPEN

 

ViP: Hi Michael, if a person slides from one Attitude to another, does that make them open to that Attitude's blind spot, as well as their own "native" blind spot?

 

MEntity:
The native Overleaf is key, but the additional Blind Spots can become double-blind spots.

 

If you notice a Blind Spot that is not of your resting Attitude, you can use this insight to then see how that is serving that default Attitude.

 

Bobby: Claire was forfeiting her question, so without elaborating due to time restraints, would you at least name the blind spot of the other two Attitudes: Stoic and Cynic?

 

MEntity: STOIC - DISCONNECT; CYNIC - OBSESSION.

 

PeterK: I often have trouble seeing possibilities. Is this related to my Skeptic blind spot?

 

MEntity:
Inherent in the Ordinal Attitudes is a more focused range of perception and interpretation. Inherent in the Cardinal or Exalted Attitudes comes the broader interpretations that require a greater sense of possibilities. Your focus is not a blind spot.

 

You would not be able to truly Investigate if a wide range of possibilities were acceptable to you.

 

It is a strength of Skeptic to narrow possibilities before they propagate into meaninglessness.

 

This does not mean you will always find your answers, but it does mean you will have a greater probability of this than other Attitudes that may allow room for a wide range that is never validated.

 

However, if Dissatisfaction has narrowed your sense of possibilities to such an extent that you are no longer searching for answers, but only searching for evidence to support your suspicions, then, yes, it can be related to that blind spot.

 

We will conclude here for today. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.

 

 

Blindspot for STOIC was obtained by JanetE on 8/19/2015:

 

MEntity:
The Stoic, basically, sees the world as if it has all been seen before. Most things are not surprising. Most people are not surprising. Enthusiasm is not denied, but it is a prized resource that is used quite carefully.

 

When the Stoic embraces the mundanity of life, there is a kind of TRANQUILITY that is embraced. Things and people are not required to be surprising. They are not required to entertain or be more than they are.

 

There is a kind of peace in the familiar, rather than a boredom or resentment.

 

This familiarity is not something that is clung to, but rather accepted as a force in life that is as meaningful as anything new and exciting.

 

However, while the Stoic embraces the mundane, it is done so with the understanding that surprises will happen. They are as built into a life as mundanity.

 

If the Stoic goes too long without a surprise, then the Attitude can fall into Resignation.

 

If the Stoic is overwhelmed with too many surprises, then the Attitude can fall into Resignation.

 

The Stoic, then, has her Blind Spot as DISCONNECT because she is either tired of the same old things being repeated and presented as if new and surprising when she presumes she already knows all there is to know or experience regarding that thing, or the Disconnect comes because too many new and exciting surprises are tossed into the mix that pushes the Stoic into Resignation.

 

It becomes sensible to the Stoic to simply Disconnect, turn off, tune out, because it is all going to be the same things again and again anyway.

 

It becomes sensible to the Stoic to simply Disconnect, turn off, tune out, because too much is too much and rather than navigate it, it simply needs to stop being the focus.

 

When the Stoic finds she is tuning out, turning off, Disconnecting, it is likely because she has found it difficult to process too much of the same thing, or too much of a new thing.

 

The return to Tranquility can come when the "too much" is removed from the equation, and is replaced with moderation, rather than shut down.

 

In addition to this, the Stoic in Disconnect and Resignation can do well to remember Experiential Differentiation. This is the truth that, regardless of how many times one experiences something, there is always potential for that experience to bring something new, meaningful, and valuable.

 

There is more we can say on this subject, of course, but this is a quick synopsis.

 

 

Blindspot for CYNIC was obtained by Kurtis on 8/23/2015:

 

MEntity:
The Cynic, basically, sees the world in terms of opposing the obvious or appearances or common assumptions. The Cynic knows there is almost always more than meets the eye.

 

The Cynic, then, is always looking beyond the surface, always willing to look in the opposite directions, always interested in the contents, not the packaging.

 

This is CONTRADICTION.

 

When in the Positive Pole, the Cynic simply Contradicts the obvious.

 

This is similar to questioning, doubting, and allowing room for being wrong.

 

However, when the Cynic falls into the Negative Pole of Denigration, it is because he cannot accept that what is known is all there is. The simple truth or the lack of complexity can trigger Denigration, or the breaking down of something or someone beyond its capacity to break down.

 

It is Contradiction for the sake of contradiction rather than as a means to know more.

 

The Cynic learns that sometimes, and more often than not, there is nothing more, no hidden or secret meaning, no blind dichotomy. Something or someone is simply what can be seen, experienced, and known.

 

So the Cynic questions and then that is that.

 

However, the Cynic can develop a Blind Spot that prompts them to continue questioning, continue breaking something or someone down, and this turns into an Obsession.

 

Some of the most outlandish conspiracies are perpetuated by Cynics in Obsession.

 

Denigration is seen as a necessary evil that is noble and important to impose, even as it means making up and stretching facts beyond recognition.

 

The Spiritualist and Cynic are similar in their fall into "beliefs" in this regard.

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Thanks for guiding me to this session @Maureen. It helps me understand how blind spots work. I keep having this 'feeling' that I am missing something in my awareness of myself, that I should ask Michael how deluded I am, what I am not perceiving. All these thoughts and feelings arise when things are going well, not when they're breaking down. When shit is hitting the fan, I find myself in an expanded state of awareness. When things are going well, I guess I have the time to wonder if I'm missing things.

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