(approximate reading time 10-15mins )
Essence needs personality-needs YOU. Personality is the vehicle for essence to experience the physical plane. It has no access to the wonders of the physical plane without a body and personality. It needs body/personality’s eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to touch, tongue to taste and nose to smell. Physical incarnations allow the soul to evolve and remember itself and others.
The personality is an extension of essence. Truly, they are not separate, but technically, they are different. Personality does not give rise to the essence. It is the other way around.
This vehicle of personality consists of a body and a moving center, emotions and an emotional center and thoughts and an intellectual center. It also comes equipped with an instinctive center that is like the floppy disk on which all of its experiences are recorded from one lifetime to the next.
Each center of moving, emotional and intellectual also has a “higher” counterpart that is managed by essence: the higher moving (energy or beauty), higher emotional (love) and higher intellectual (truth).
Essence designs each personality before each lifetime. The older the soul, the more adept it becomes at designing personalities so that they will be more likely to embrace their own soul essence and invite the essence to participate and help in the creation of the life.
Another way of looking at these design elements is to see the personality as a mirror image or physical reflection of the soul, reflecting the soul’s intentions and ideals for any given lifetime.
The goal in these teachings represents the original intention behind the lifetime. It is connected to the ACTION axis and therefore underlies all of our decisions and choices. Why do we do what we do? What are we seeking? What are we aiming for? What is our motivation? What are we learning about? For insights into these questions, we can look to the goal.
The goal also includes our life-task, which is a more specific aspect of the goal. One would never have a life-task that is in conflict with their goal.
There are 7 fundamental goals or aims available for any given lifetime:
RE-EVALUATION (aiming to focus the life contexts and understand what has come before)
GROWTH (aiming to broaden the life contexts and comprehend more)
DISCRIMINATION (aiming to refine the life choices and say “no” and mean it)
ACCEPTANCE (aiming to include all life choices and say “yes” and mean it)
SUBMISSION (aiming to focus one’s actions into contexts where they can be received)
DOMINANCE (aiming to broaden one’s actions into contexts of leadership for self and others)
FLOW/RELAXATION (aiming to be “goal-less,” to relax, to flow and experience peace and freedom)
Validating my goal was a big one for me. Most of my life, due to imprinting, I thought I needed to be a leader in some way, to direct myself and others masterfully (dominance). It wasn’t until I began to get to know my true personality (my personality as it was designed by essence), that I began to realize that I actually yearned for peace and freedom to simply BE. The path of dominance was what others may have wanted for me, and what I may have assumed was needed of me. But it wasn’t what I was truly aiming for. Trying to be in dominance did not help me to understand my deepest motivations and the patterns of my life.
Being in flow/relaxation did. I can barely express the relief that grew in me as I came to embrace my actual goal in life. It helped me understand my deepest longings and choose with more consciousness those paths and directions that could truly bring me fulfillment.
The goal doesn’t necessarily come easy! I had to learn to relax and flow. And I am still learning. But I am far better at it now than before.
Also, everything can be described as a spectrum ranging from negative (emphasizing separation and exclusion) to positive (emphasizing oneness and inclusion).
The negative pole of flow/relaxation is stagnation or inertia, while the positive pole is free-flowing, peace and freedom.
Before I learned to relax and flow, I spent much of my younger years running, running, running, like a hamster in a wheel, trying my best to create fulfillment but getting nowhere. There was often allot of activity but no real progress. And I often felt like giving up altogether! I was spinning my wheels, and it was exhausting.
For me, “giving up” and letting myself possibly be “the failure” was actually what helped me to begin to relax and flow. As I embraced my goal of flow/relaxation, I began to experience the peace and freedom for which I had always been searching.
The goal represents the type of fulfillment we seek in life. When we validate it and embrace it, we are able to experience a deep soul fulfillment. Then, it can feel like our life comes into alignment with a deeper sense of purpose. We make our decisions and choices from this place of consciousness, and the life begins to unfold in much more pleasurable ways.
Whereas the goal is connected to action and our moving centers, the mode is connected to INSPIRATION and our emotions. It describes our most basic way of RELATING to our goal, and it describes our primary mode of operation through which we reach our goal.
Through our mode, we relate to the goal, ourselves, others and all of life.
How do we reach our goal? Again, there are 7 fundamental ways of reaching the goal:
RESERVE (relating through refining the emotions, -inhibition and/or +restraint)
PASSION (relating through freeing the emotions, -identification and/or +self-actualization)
CAUTION (relating through refining the thoughts, -phobia and/or +deliberation)
POWER (relating through freeing the thoughts, -oppression and/or +authority)
PERSEVERANCE (relating through refining the actions, -monotony and/or +persistence)
AGGRESSION (relating through freeing the actions, -belligerence and/or +dynamic)
OBSERVATION (relating through observing and using most appropriate mode in context, -surveillance and/or +clarity)
I happen to be in observation mode this lifetime, and validating this helped me to understand my natural approach to life. Though my observation does slide to reserve and passion (the assimilation overleaves can slide to any of the other overleafs in order to reach balance), I do so in order to come home to clarity, the positive pole of the observation mode.
The mode is the overleaf we all use in order to experience intimacy with each other. It can help us to understand what it is that we are attracted to in others and what others tend to be attracted to in us.
The attitude is connected to the intellectual center and our thoughts. It represents our primary philosophy through which we see, interpret and understand life. As such, it tends to be the “hub” of the personality. Its healthy operation tends to be the key to experiencing life as enjoyable and fulfilling.
When the attitude is in the negative poles (emphasizing separation and exclusion), we will tend to be closed to new information and more prone to drawing conclusions based on half-truths.
When the attitude is in the positive poles (emphasizing oneness and inclusion), we will tend to be open to more information and more prone to a stance of continuously updating our truths in an effort to experience wholeness.
The 7 basic philosophies or attitudes are:
STOIC (sees life as if it has seen it all before, -resignation and/or +tranquility)
SPIRITUALIST (sees life as if it is seeing it for the first time, -belief and/or verification)
SKEPTIC (sees life as if it can always be disproved, -suspicion and/or +investigation)
IDEALIST (sees life as if it can always be improved, -naivete and/or +coalescence)
CYNIC (sees life as the opposite of what it appears to be, -denigration and/or +contradiction)
REALIST (sees life as it appears to be, -subjective and/or +objective)
PRAGMATIST (sees life through a lens of practicality and uses most appropriate attitude in context, -dogma and/or +efficient)
I could easily validate that I am spiritualist in attitude, especially when I considered the negative pole of this attitude: belief or faith. The negative pole of spiritualist usually shows up as gullibility and an eagerness to believe what is said to be true without questioning or testing. I could definitely relate to this in my younger years.
But more than that, I could relate to the spiritualist lens of POTENTIAL and POSSIBILITY. The motto for the spiritualist might be “Anything is possible!” And we include in our philosophy the seen and unseen. The intangible is just as real as the tangible.
In many ways, attitude IS everything. One distorted perspective or interpretation of reality can cause us to be lost in a dream of our own making. And until we begin to wake up, most of the dreams we create are nightmares.
Validating your attitude can help you to understand your personal pathway back to to wholeness when you have lost your way.
12. Centering and Part of Center
“Center” refers to a “center of gravity.” As personality, we have 7 centers available to us, however, only 3 of those centers tend to be the ones we use habitually to help us navigate the world around us. Those 3 centers are the moving, emotional and intellectual centers.
Early in our development (between birth and our 2nd birthday), we choose one of these centers as our home-base for taking in and navigating the world around us.
Each center also has a “part” of center that connects to all other centers.
We “take in” life through our primary centering and “put it back out” through the part.
For example, I am moving-centered with an intellectual part. I take in life through my body and through movement and action. Then, I make sense of my bodily sensations, movements, actions and environment with my intellect and attempt to communicate what I have learned. Another way of understanding this is that in my younger years, I had a tendency to act first and think later.
In my case, the emotional center had been the neglected center for much of my life. In order to move beyond the trap of doing and thinking/thinking and doing, I had to learn to incorporate my emotional center (love and nurturing) into my consciousness.
This balancing of the “lower” centers is essential to be able to have more access to the “higher” centers and by extension, essence.
In this teaching, the 7 centers of gravity are NOT the same as the 7 chakras, although they do relate to them.
Here are the 7 centers with their corresponding chakras (from head/crown to root/feet):
Higher Intellectual Center (Crown/7) ~ TRUTH
Higher Emotional Center (3rd-Eye/6) ~ LOVE
Intellectual Center (Throat/5) ~ THOUGHTS
Emotional Center (Heart/4) ~ EMOTIONS
Moving Center (Solar Plexus/3) ~ BODY/MOVEMENT/ACTION
Higher Moving Center (Sacral/2) ~ ENERGY/BEAUTY
Instinctive Center (Root/1) ~ FEAR (fight/flight)/CHOICE
Whereas the lower centers lie within the realm of personality (body, emotions and thought), the higher centers lie within the realm of essence (energy, love and truth, respectively).
When our lower centers are balanced, we can access the higher centers for brief periods, but we cannot sustain our awareness in higher centers while in the body. Those of us who are more spiritually inclined may try to live in these centers, but to do so misses the point of being physical.
Centering and part information is very helpful to validate because it gives you very practical tools for moving beyond your centering/part “trap” and into balance where your essence can be experienced.
Your body is the most fundamental part of personality: the foundation. Michael has said that the body-type, in a literal sense, is essence’s most basic and intimate idea of who it is while incarnated. All of the other overleaves are expressed (harmoniously or with challenge) through the body-type.
The body-type is also a reflection of essence’s most basic karma.
The body-type information is drawn from the symbolism of the 7 sacred planets:
Lunar (Server) ~ Saturnine (Priest)
Mercury (Artisan) ~ Jupiter (Sage)
Mars (Warrior) ~ Venus (King)
You will have a primary body-type, which would be your highest percentage of planetary influence. Then, you would have a secondary influence. Some have a tertiary influence, and some even have a very small quatenary influence.
The body-types also have their influence and affect in 3 different contexts:
Nature (psychological or body-consciousness)
Usually, the primary body-type (highest percentage) will have the greatest influence over appearance, but this is not always the case.
And there does tend to be some overlap between all of the body-types and 3 contexts.
The body-type information can be very useful in helping one to bring more consciousness to one’s basic health.
For example, my body-type map looks like this:
Primary/Appearance – Mercury (agile, flexible, medium build and restlessness throughout the bodies)
Secondary/Nature – Venus (focus on receptivity, pleasure, affection and finding common ground)
Tertiary/Health – Solar (thymus is highlighted, self-esteem and immunity)
Quatenary – *Uranian (supports higher perceptions, creativity, visualization, problem solving, etc.)
Validating my mercurial primary body-type has helped me to bring more consciousness to my inner restlessness, which I balance with daily meditation and other conscious relaxation techniques.
Validating my venusian secondary body-type has helped me to embrace my naturally warm and affectionate nature, along with the healthy benefits that come with treating myself to pleasurable massages, foods and company.
The biggest surprise for me, was validating my solar influence on health. Whereas I used to get frequent colds that would last for weeks, they have become a thing of the past. In general, my health and vitality are excellent, and I attribute this to the transformation in self-esteem that I have experienced over the course of the past 7 years. Before learning to love myself unconditionally and learning to embrace my uniqueness, my self-esteem was very erratic and based on external validation. My self-esteem is now based on internal validation, and I see a direct correlation between this state and my health. Whenever I have a bought of self-doubt or self-criticism, I can literally feel my health slipping away. So I have learned to quickly re-center and re-align with my inner self-esteem during these times.
*Uranus, Neptune and Pluto can be smaller influences in our body-type configurations, but they usually reflect extra-ordinary life-times and life-themes in some way. I think the Uranus influence serves me quite well in my creativity, channeling and healing work.
This just about ends our initial exploration of the Michael Profile, but it would not be complete without a discussion of one last element of the profile: the chief negative features or obstacles. The chief negative features are your primary stumbling blocks and obstacles to experiencing consciousness, true personality, essence and happiness/fulfillment. Living without fear means learning how to make fear your friend. This is the pathway to healing, manifesting your true essence and creating a life of meaning, purpose and fulfillment. These fears/self-protective patterns are: self-deprecation, arrogance, self-destruction, greed, martyrdom, impatience and stubbornness. I’ll go into more detail about each in Part IV.