2017 Overleaves ~ “Shift Happens”

(approximate reading time 10-15mins)

Hello, all, and Happy 2017!

I think The Tower (XVI) from the tarot’s major arcana is an appropriate symbol that gives more insight into the patterns of the year ahead.  Or maybe the shock and surprise shown in the image of the tower came last year!

Either way, The Tower symbolizes shocking realization and awakening that is sometimes the necessary precursor that initiates the process of deep cleansing and healing.

We are in it, folks!

Hold tight to your center of love and conscience in the days ahead and stand up for a cause that is for the greater good.  Healing and evolution is the truth inside all this apparent madness.

Here is what I got from Michael on the patterns for the year ahead.

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2017 Overleaves

Role: WARRIOR
Center: HIGHER MOVING (default to MOVING)
Goal: DOMINANCE
Mode: PASSION
Attitude: PRAGMATIST sliding to REALIST
Chief Feature: ARROGANCE

Michael Entity:  We see Warrior as the role for the year due to many fragments, not just in the United States, but worldwide, who are clear that it is time to stand for something, to be loyal and devoted to some cause, to put themselves into submission to this cause and to take coordinated and strategic action to bring an air of victory to their cause, whatever that may mean to the various groups.
As you know some will be pursuing causes that are not for the greater good and some will be pursuing causes that are.  Because the Warrior energy is so single-minded and “bull-headed,” if you will, we think we will continue to see quite a bit of polarization throughout the year, as completely opposing values continue to collide, as each side forcefully and passionately stands behind its cause.

This is normal and the way when a collective is in the middle of a soul age transition, and in particular in the shift from young to mature.

The values here that are clashing are those of the young within the perception of “There is you and there is me, and I am going to win (or influence or impact you) as I take my own position as far as I can” and those of the mature which are “There is me and there is you, and I feel your pain” or “We all hurt, therefore, we all can choose to hold one another up and help one another, creating win-wins instead of win-loses.  This is a perception that everyone has rights, that everyone is equal and that everyone should be considered moving forward.

This clash in values can be seen throughout all the major structures and institutions of the planet across the board: political, economic, social, educational, etc.

The centering for the year harmonizes quite well with that of the Warrior focus, at least in its default of Moving Center, but when the higher center is engaged, the Higher Moving, the Warrior energy can feel quite lost, as the Higher Moving can first be experienced as quite chaotic before it is experienced as beautiful pattern and recognition of those patterns. 

So, as the Higher Moving energy manifests in peaks throughout the year, we see a high probability of pauses, standstills and re-calibration within the various groups and causes that are fighting to have their voices heard on this planet at this time. The recognition of higher patterns and broader perspectives on the way your collective is evolving will ultimately help to bring all of these groups, these conflicting and polarized groups, into a new kind of alignment that is arrayed around common goals and causes that supersede what came before.

This is much like realizing that though you would like to buy that new “toy” that you have been wanting for quite some time, it might be better or serve the whole you better to go to the doctor first and focus on healing the massive tumor that you have identified in your lung, for example. The want and the desire for the toy doesn’t go away necessarily, but you choose to focus all of your time, energy and resources toward the more essential need of the moment. Once the healing has come or the road to recovery has come-once it has been addressed, then you may want to go back to fulfilling the other desire.

So in this shift of alignment, it is not that certain desires or wishes are excluded and dismissed. Not at all. They are simply set aside for the time being to work on the most essential issues, challenges, crises, etc.

We think that by the end of the year, it will be quite obvious to most who are actively participating in the changes on your planet in this transition more fully into the mature soul paradigm, what the patterns and over-arcing realities of necessity are actually saying. It will become clearer and clearer without a doubt the direction your species is headed on this planet, if you continue to fight each other and allow corporations and special interests to do nothing to help heal and nurture the environment in which you live.

As chaos is the negative pole of the Higher Moving energy, it is also likely that the year will be punctuated by brief to long phases of anxiety as a very chaotic reality appears to swirl and eddy in the collective. These chaotic eruptions would help to bring what needs to be healed more to the surface so that the aftermaths and the work on recovery begin to fall into the larger patterns of where the collective is wanting to go.

Dominance would be the goal because there is a very high focus on the necessity for each individual to be a leader by example in the ways that they feel most drawn to be.  Whether it be in a very small personal sphere where our students are working on moving from the negative pole of dictatorship to the positive pole of leadership or whether it be in much larger community contexts, the process would be the same of that movement from the negative poles to the positive poles, with the focus on choosing to be at cause, choosing to participate, choosing to choose amidst all of the shifting chaos and patterns being revealed in the coming year.

In terms of relating, we see Passion being the key here, in the sense of “what inspires you and whom”? It also has the mark of pursuing the goal of dominance with full energy and inspiration.

When in the negative poles, identification would be the experience, which means losing the sense of self to the sense of passion, to the cause, to the fight, so to speak, and losing all perspective of one’s self within these arenas-losing all perspective that one is a part of the cause because one chooses to be, but they are not one and the same.

Next we come to Pragmatist sliding to Realist. This is a focus on-in terms of interpretation and philosophy-on “what works”. This will be the fundamental platform from which the collective is looking at events this year-what works? In the negative, this will be dogma and what works, whether it works or not in actuality, will be held on to stubbornly and fought for as dogma. Whereas in the positive pole, efficiency will leave room for new learning and testing and experimentation to see what actually works better than what has come before. It is a perspective that is open and flexible and continues to gather input, continuing to piece together what works, rather than closing down out of fear and laziness toward synthesizing new information.

We see that the collective will often use the attitude of Realist to “partner” with the Pragmatist in order to move forward throughout the year, focusing on being objective in their assessments and interpretation, which will help to pull the Pragmatist into the positive pole of efficiency.

And finally we come to the chief feature of Arrogance, which in the format that you are used to [as channeled by Troy Tolley of TruthLoveEnergy], would be most dominant in the experience of the collective in the last 3 months of 2017.

Arrogance is the fear of vulnerability, the fear of being seen too closely and judged for what is seen. Arrogance is a means of protection against this fear of vulnerability and being exposed and judged. The defense is to “puff the self up,” to present a façade and an armor that seems to show no vulnerability or weakness but only superior qualities.

We see this arrogance not only in the causes that represent the side of “right”-and when we say “right” we simply mean moving in a direction that includes the whole and is better for the whole rather than just for individuals or small groupings-and in the causes that represent the side of “wrong.” It is obvious why those that represent the causes of exclusion and those resisting the flow of evolution-it is easy to see their arrogance. It is not always easy to see the arrogance in the causes that are striving to be inclusive and to implement better ways of having and being and doing for the whole.

Arrogance tends to dismiss, reject, defend against criticism, whether it is accurate and useful or not. And of course, in response to the fear of vulnerability, is quick to judge and criticize the other.

If one watches closely the interactions at the global level this year, one will see arrogance quite clearly but probably more extreme examples by the end of the year.

We are aware of most of our students being quite anxious and fatigued by the patterns of the collective in this intense transition into the mature soul paradigm.  We understand that the situation may look bleak as they peer ahead into the future of this year, and that the insight we are offering here today may only seem to validate what is feared ahead in the coming months, in terms of the polarization and the conflict and the chaos.

We do not ever suggest denying realities, which is why we tell you what we see as fairly as we can. We do not feel it serves you to gloss over realities that can be quite painful, shocking and horrendous to you, but our intention in telling you this is so that you can be more aware of where your choices lie within all of that.  For you can add to the chaos, confusion, conflict and “drama,” if you will, or you can choose to focus your energy and choices in directions that amplify peace, goodness, harmony and beauty in your personal worlds as well as in the larger communities of which you are a part.

The evolution will happen and is happening.  How you get there as a collective is your choice. You can get there through catastrophe and chaos or through unity, creativity and beauty. It is your choice. We share this with you so that you can make more conscious choices.

It might be helpful over the year to remember this:

I AM NOT THE WHOLE BUT I AM A PART OF THE WHOLE AND DIRECTLY INFLUENCE THE WHOLE.

MY CHOICES MATTER.

In a time when choices are critical and the ramifications seen much more quickly than in the past, what you choose to contribute to the collective energy has great impact.  This is a year we think will come to be realized by many the power and impact one person and many can have, as they begin to own their responsibility and their choice, their leadership, their passion, their pragmatism and their warrior spirit.

Michael Profile: Personality Dynamics (Part IV)

(approximate reading time 10-15mins)

14. Chief Negative Features (obstacles)

The concept of “chief negative features” refers to habitual ways we learn to protect ourselves and defend ourselves from experiencing that which we fear.

We learn these fear-based, self-protective habits during childhood and “lock-onto” one or two ways of protecting ourselves by the time we reach young adulthood.

Fear is very natural and useful!  This instinctive mechanism is used to help keep the body and personality from harm’s way.  However, by the time we reach young adulthood, most of us are using these chief feature mechanisms far more than is actually useful.  We learn to use them in anticipation of threatening experiences, rather than in the midst of a truly threatening experience.  We use them due to many more imagined fears than actual, real, in-the-moment threats to our survival.

Also, it is true that we may have needed some of these protective strategies when we were younger and less equipped to handle some of the complex challenges of life.  But as we grow in age and consciousness, we have much more capacity to meet the challenges and complexity of life with creative response instead of reactionary defense.

As we grow and mature, the chief features become more and more of a stumbling block or obstacle to experiencing wholeness an fulfillment.

They block our experience of wholeness and fulfillment by keeping us locked in narrow ways of processing and interpreting the events of our lives.  In Michael-speak, they keep us locked in our NEGATIVE POLES.  

In and of themselves, the negative poles of personality are neither “good” nor “bad”.  They are simply the parts of us that can focus, dissect, narrow-down, make distinctions and focus on more of the concrete reality and details of life.  Our negative poles allow us to deal with the “nitty-gritty” of physical plane reality, but they also emphasize a sense of exclusion and separation.  

The problem is not with the negative poles.  The problem is getting stuck in the negative poles so that we have little access to the bigger picture, which is represented by our POSITIVE POLES. 

The positive poles are the parts of us that are always open to receive new information about experience and continually update our perspective.  These parts of us see the bigger picture and tend to be far more expansive and abstract.  The perspective here is broad and amplifies a sense of inclusion and unity.

The chief features keep us stuck in our negative poles and distort our perception of reality. They block new information and keep us locked in the maya and illusion of our own fragile reality.  Ego is one term for this part of who we are.  Michael more often uses the term FALSE PERSONALITY to describe this state of fearful consciousness.

The compliment to false personality is on the other side of the spectrum: TRUE PERSONALITY.  We experience true personality when we are experiencing life from our positive poles.  And this is also how we are able to experience and “manifest” our essences.  To manifest essence means to experience TRUTH, LOVE and ENERGY, as well as every other inner resource we could ever need in order to navigate life with security, enthusiasm and confidence.

Judging by the above descriptions, it might seem as though we should always aim for being in our positive poles as much as possible!  But Michael teaches that we are not designed to only experience our positive poles.  We are designed to experience a spectrum of experience.  They teach that the positive poles actually INCLUDE the negative poles.  So, when one is balanced in ones being, one has constant access to their higher perspective while they tend to the mundane realities of life.  The WHOLENESS comes from the capacity to be fluid and able to navigate both ends of the spectrum from negative to positive and everything in between.

All this is to say that the chief negative features inhibit our awareness of our essence or higher self. When we are totally entrenched in these fear patterns, we have little access to our essences’ wisdom, insight, love, creativity, encouragement, comfort, healing, inspiration, enthusiasm, forgiveness, clarity, vitality, etc.

For those that seek to be less unconscious/reactive/asleep and more conscious/responsive/awake in life, the only pathway is through becoming aware of, understanding and being able to set-aside the chief negative features.

The chief negative features tell LIES, and to live a more fulfilled life, you have to get beyond them to the TRUTH.

There are 7 chief negative features and they all want to protect us from life experiences that are quite natural:

 

Chief features that seek to protect us from the natural realities of EXISTING/BEING (self-esteem issues)

SELF-DEPRECATION (-self-absement/+humilty) defends against fear of being invisible or not being seen clearly/fear of being seen and judged as inadequate

ARROGANCE (-vanity/+pride) defends against fear of being seen too clearly/fear of being seen and judged as too much

 

Chief features that seek to protect us from the natural realities of DESIRES/HAVING (self-worth issues)

SELF-DESTRUCTION (-suicide/+sacrifice) defends against fear of having too much/fear of not being worth what one has

GREED (-gluttony/+appetite) defends against fear of not having enough/fear of never having enough of what one wants/needs

 

Chief features that seek to protect us from the natural realities of the PHYSICAL PLANE (control issues)

MARTYRDOM (-victimization/selflessness+)  defends against the fear of losing control of space and the environment

IMPATIENCE (-intolerance/+audacity) defends against the fear of losing control of time/fear of wasting time

 

Chief feature that seeks to protect us from the natural realities of CHANGE (fear of the unknown)

STUBBORNNESS (-obstinancy/determination+)  defends against the fear of change, new experiences and the unknown

 

I will use one of my own chief features to help explain how they work.

My primary chief feature is IMPATIENCE.  This protective mechanism seeks to defend against my fear of losing control of TIME.

I could immediately validate this chief feature!  In the past, I could drive myself and everyone else crazy with my impatient explosions.  

Until I did some investigation into the lies of this chief feature, I always had this vague fear of losing control of time, that I had to do everything NOW, or else I would soon run out of time.  The slightest delay or breakdown could send me into an inner rage that I could barely keep from erupting all around me.

And my goal in life is to FLOW and experience PEACE and FREEDOM.  This habit of reacting with impatience to every unexpected delay effectively distorted the reality of peace and freedom that was always available to me.

Impatience would lie and make promises that never came true, making me believe that there was always a clock to race against and that if I would just rush and hurry enough, then I could somehow get it all done and free up my time to experience that peace and freedom for which I longed.  But I could never get it done fast enough, as there would always be something else to do!  

The impatience promised that somehow I could control time.  It was a lie.  

The truth is that I can only control how I choose to relate to the passing of time.  Another truth is that the impatient reactions actually increase the time it takes for me to do things.  Yet another truth is that the impatience feels awful inside my body and makes everyone around me very uncomfortable.

It is very difficult to extinguish a chief feature completely, and when you remove yourself from the grips of one, there is a tendency to take on another!  Still, one can become aware of the chief features and learn to set them aside so that one can respond more consciously to fear.

Though I still experience impatience, I am very much aware of whenever it rears its ugly head, and I am able to breathe through it and set it aside so that I can get back to experiencing my flow, peace and freedom.

I have been able to see the truth that most of the time when I am not able to accomplish a goal as quickly as I would like, my life is not actually in jeopardy, and the only thing keeping me from experiencing the fulfillment of flow, peace and freedom is my own reactions in the moment.

Validation of your chief features is quite an empowering step towards freeing yourself from unconscious and reactionary behavior.  On the other side of this is the growing capacity to consciously co-create a more fulfilling life with essence, a life that is full of love, peace, joy, security, prosperity and every other good thing you can imagine.

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I hope you have gained some useful insights from this basic breakdown of the information that you will receive in your Michael Profile.  In time, I will go into much more detail about every profile element mentioned in this 4-part series.

Be on the lookout for my next blog on choice, a concept that is the foundation of The Michael Teachings.