In order to evolve and grow in soul age perspective, an essence must experience physical life through a physical plane “vehicle” or “medium.”  This medium is personality and its body.  For each lifetime, each personality of essence is designed with a primary body-type, goal, mode of operation and basic attitude through which it will view life.  In the teachings, these terms are called overleaves because these personality traits “over-lay” the spiritual essence.

Whereas the role in essence remains the same throughout the soul’s incarnations through various personalities, the overleaves do not.  Essence chooses the specific overleaves it would use to create a personality before each incarnation.  What overleaves it chooses depends on its intentions for the incarnation.  How carefully and masterfully it chooses depends on its level of soul age maturity (its experience with creating personalities).

* Essence also uses astrological influences to help create personality.  To learn more about how astrology plays into our design and lifetimes, please go to my Karma & Astrology Page.

There are 7 goals, 7 modes and 7 attitudes to choose from (there are also 7 bodytypes, but I will not go into those in this brief introduction), and these also reflect the basic 7-realm structure of the Tao.  Below is an introduction to the overleaves or the core personality design elements:


The 7 GOALS (the primary aim of the lifetime that underpins all DECISIONS, CHOICES and ACTIONS)

Re-evaluation (ordinal) – Aims for simplicty

Growth (cardinal) – Aims for evolution/comprehension

Discrimination (ordinal) – Aims for discernment

Acceptance (cardinal) – Aims for agape (unconditional acceptance)

Submission (ordinal) – Aims for dedication

Dominance (cardinal) – Aims for leadership

Flow (neutral) – Aims for peace/freedom


The 7 MODES (mode of operation used for reaching the goal, RELATING and RELATIONSHIPS)

Reserve (ordinal) – at best, operates through restraint

Passion (cardinal) – at best, operates through self-actualization

Caution (ordinal) – at best, operates through deliberation

Power (cardinal) – at best, operates through authority

Perseverance (ordinal) – at best, operates through persistence

Aggression (cardinal) – at best, operates through dynamism

Observation (neutral) – at best, operates through clarity


The 7 ATTITUDES (basic PHILOSOPHY through which life is viewed and interpreted)

Stoic (ordinal) – at best, views life through a lens of tranquility

Spiritualist (cardinal) – at best, views life through a lens of verification

Skeptic (ordinal) – at best, views life through a lens of investigation

Idealist (cardinal) – at best, views life through a lens of coalescense

Cynic (ordinal) – at best, views life through a lens of contradiction

Realist (cardinal) – at best, views life through a lens of objectivity

Pragmatist (neutral) – at best, views life through a lens of efficiency/practicality


As all is chosen, personality has its own context of choice within a lifetime.  It is not guaranteed that we as personality will be in alignment with our own essence.  Essence, as an extension of tao, loves each of its personalities unconditionally.  Therefore, personality has ultimate control of each lifetime.  Essence designs the lifetime and personality, and it attempts to guide both, but it will never impose its will or override the choices of personality.

Each lifetime, personality has the choice of whether or not to align with its essence.  When personality is in alignment with essence, it experiences itself as it was designed; it experiences true personality.  When true personality is embodied, love is experienced and essence can manifest on the physical plane, co-creating a fulfilling life with personality.  Until this orientation in true personality is chosen, personality lives much of its life “disconnected” from its essence and is oriented in false personality.

False personality is the conglomeration of family and worldly conditioning and imprinting (beliefs and behaviors) that a personality adopts and embodies.  The foundation of this false personality is fear.  Fear is meant to protect personality from actual threats, but personality most often uses fear to protect and defend itself from imaginary threats.  This reliance on fear as a defense and protection distorts personality’s perceptions and influences its decisions and choices.  This reliance on fear effectively cuts-off personality’s capacity to experience its own soul, which is the personality’s primary navigational guide toward happiness and fulfillment in each lifetime. When in false personality, a person makes decisions and choices motivated from fear, which usually makes life feel more painful and restricted.  When in true personality, a person makes decisions and choices motivated from love, which usually makes a life feel more free and expansive.

There are 7 chief negative features or “obstacles” that keep a person attached to false personality.  They are fear-based, habitual, protective behavior patterns that are chosen during adolescence (one or two are chosen as the primary and secondary defensive mechanism), and they “block” the experience of love and essence.  The only way to transcend them is to first acknowledge that they exist.  Then we must be able to catch them in action when our fears are triggered.  Finally, once we are adept at noticing when we are being triggered and using the protective device, we must be able to evaluate whether or not there is an actual threat.  When we can see and understand that there is not an actual threat (which is most of the time!), then we are able to make a conscious choice to drop our defenses and unnecessary protection.  As we drop them, we are again able to experience love and essence.


The 7 CHIEF NEGATIVE FEATURES (defensive behaviors that are rooted in fears that are related to BEINGHAVING, DOING and UNDERSTANDING/KNOWING.

Self-Deprecation (ordinal)
Related to the fear of not being enough (leads to self-abasement)

Arrogance (cardinal)
Related to the fear of vulnerability or being too much (leads to vanity)

Self-destruction (ordinal)
Related to the fear of having too much (leads to self-hatred)

Greed (cardinal)
Related to the fear of not having enough (leads to voracity)

Martyrdom (ordinal)
Related to the fear of losing control of space (leads to victimization)

Impatience (cardinal)
Related to the fear of losing control of time (leads to intolerance)

Stubbornness (neutral)
Related to the fear of change and the unknown (leads to obstinancy)


There are many more aspects to this teaching, but this is a good place to begin.  And why share all of this anyway?  Some ask what is the benefit of having all of this knowledge, or having these labels and categories?  From Michaels’ perspective, this mapping can be useful for helping us to know who/what we are, where we are and how to get to where we would like to be.  When we validate this information, it can help us to move away from many of our distractions  so that we can simply enjoy who we are, where we are and where we are going.  They offer this information as a tool to help us navigate our lives with more understanding, confidence and compassion.  Most importantly, they share this teaching with us to support the ultimate goal of reaching agape (unconditional love).

We will all reach the goal, eventually, with or without this teaching.  And for those of us who resonate with and apply this teaching, we have a powerful means to accelerate our growth and evolution.

I’ll end this introduction with my own essence and personality dynamics, sometimes referred to among Michael students as a “Michael Profile.”  If you are interested in having your own Michael Profile channeled for you, please contact me.  My contact information is on my Services Page.


Nicholas Sweeney’s Michael Profile (The “Trues,” lifetime and grand cycle counts, are more advanced information and not included in the basic Michael Profile that I offer.):



Role:  Sage (how I “shine”)

Casting:  Priest (how I function on a day-t0-day basis)

Energy Ratio:  20% focused/male  and  80% creative/female

Frequency:  88

Soul Age:  Old

Manifested Soul Age:  Mature to Old

Soul Age Level:  6th (there are 7 levels within each soul age)

Lifetime:  211

Grand Cycle:  10

Essence Twin Role:  Server



Goal:  Flow (sliding to Growth and Acceptance)

Mode:  Observation (sliding to Passion and Reserve)

Attitude:  Spiritualist

Centering/Part:  Moving/Intellectual

Bodytypes:  Mercurial/Venusian/Solar

Chief Negative Features:  Impatience and Arrogance



True Work/Life Task:  To Create True Sanctuary (“Active Peace”)

True Play:   Dancing, Sharing, Conversation

True Rest:  Day Dreaming, Exchanging Touch, Sensing Subtleties

True Study:  Inner and Outer Paths to Peace, Personal Dynamics of Behavior and Motivation, The Needs of Others

~ Channelled by Troy Tolley of TruthLoveEnergy

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