Michael Profile: Personality Dynamics (Part III)

(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.

9. Goal
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:

Inspiration Goals
RE-EVALUATION (aiming to focus the life contexts and understand what has come before)
GROWTH (aiming to broaden the life contexts and comprehend more)

Expression Goals
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)

Action Goals
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)

Assimilation Goal
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.

10. Mode
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:

Inspiration Modes
RESERVE (relating through refining the emotions, -inhibition and/or +restraint)
PASSION (relating through freeing the emotions, -identification and/or +self-actualization)

Expression Modes
CAUTION (relating through refining the thoughts, -phobia and/or +deliberation)
POWER (relating through freeing the thoughts, -oppression and/or +authority)

Action Modes
PERSEVERANCE (relating through refining the actions, -monotony and/or +persistence)
AGGRESSION (relating through freeing the actions, -belligerence and/or +dynamic)

Assimilation Mode
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.

11. Attitude
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:

Inspiration Attitudes
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)

Expression Attitudes
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)

Action Attitudes
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)

Assimilation Attitude
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.

13. Body-type
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:

Inspiration Types
Lunar (Server) ~ Saturnine (Priest)

Expression Types
Mercury (Artisan) ~ Jupiter (Sage)

Action Types
Mars (Warrior) ~ Venus (King)

Assimilation Type
Solar (Scholar)

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:

Appearance

Nature (psychological or body-consciousness)

Health

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.

How It All Began: My Introduction to The Michael Teachings (Part II)

(approx reading time 10-15mins)

With the introduction of The Michael Teachings, I began my free-fall down yet another rabbit-hole of self-awareness.

Michael claims to be a group of soul “fragments” that have reunited into one, unified group consciousness.  Every fragment from that “entity” (Michael terminology for spiritual family) has completed its round of incarnations on the physical plane.  Now, the entity of soul fragments exists on and teaches from the causal plane (about one plane removed from the physical plane: physical, astral, causal, *akashic, mental, messianic, buddhic).

This is some far-out stuff, huh?

If all of what Michael says about themselves is true, then I’m literally studying with thousands of dead people!

As “out-there” as this possibility seemed to me at the time I was first introduced to the teachings (and still does from time-to-time), this was not what stood out to me the most.

What stood out to me the most about Michael and their teaching and what really got my attention was their unconditional understanding and compassion for my human experience.

As I began to read as much of their channeled material as possible and work with them in my own private sessions, I was struck by the fact that they never made me or their other students wrong, never scolded, never shamed, never became impatient with us.  On the one hand, they could be extremely direct and blunt with their information and perspective (which could be very unflattering for the ego!) and yet come across as only kind, caring and compassionate in their motivation and intention.

My very first in-person channeling session with Michael was in the context of a group session.  Most of the other people there knew each other, already, but I didn’t know a soul (pun intended!).  The channel (Troy of TruthLoveEnergy) asked Michael to speak about a general topic that might benefit the group and then allowed each person to ask Michael a personal question.

When my turn came to ask Michael a question, I wanted to know about a specific man whom I had been getting to know on an intimate level.  The conversation went something like this:

“Hi, Michael.”

“Hello, Nicholas.”

“I have been dating this guy for a few weeks, and we have a very intense connection.  We’re both attracted to each other, and we both want to be together, but he is pushing me away.  He is HIV positive, and this adds complications to our getting to know each other.  But I have assured him that we can figure it out together, and that I am not put-off by his status.  I just want to know what is going on with him and why he is so resistant?”

“First-off, we would ask you – why are you not asking him this question?

I tried to hide my embarrassment from the group and responded with,

“Well, I know I can talk to him about this, but I am wondering if there is anything going on that he is not telling me?”

“From what we can see, there is nothing more going on here than what you already know.  He is afraid.”

And that was that.  There may have been a bit more said, but I can’t remember at this point.  What I do remember is that in that moment I learned an important lesson about relationships and communication that I took with me and applied across the board in my life.

Still, my start with these teachings was tentative in many ways, as I had been prone to gullibility in the past and was at a place in my own personal evolution where I was beginning to doubt and question ideas and the sources of those ideas.

Also, because Michael’s delivery of their teaching was not flowery or gushing with emotion, I was suspicious.  I had been used to other new age-y sources that were full of feeling, sentiment and “personality.”  At first, I was a bit taken aback by this lack of feeling and all of the “heady” intellectual terminology and concepts.  I wondered if there was any practical merit to the teachings, or were they just a means for navel gazing and intellectual masturbation.

My second interaction with Michael helped me to shift this initial reaction to their content and style of teaching.  This interaction was also in a group format, but via an internet chat room. 

If you are not familiar with Michael’s delivery and terminology, you may want to go slowly and even reread this excerpt several times:

 

 
~ Channeled by Troy Tolley of TruthLoveEnergy

 

This conversation with Michael had a subtle yet powerful impact on me.  Here was a teacher that didn’t try to convince me of anything but left plenty of room for me to grapple with the information and come to some understanding and perspective on my own.

I believe this blog has already grown lengthy, and I hope I didn’t lose any of you reading!

But if you just read that, then you are still with me.  Great!

I will wrap it up, then, and leave you with a summary of what to me are some of the most important core ideas that Michael encourages us to explore, if we feel so inclined:

*We are essence/spirit/consciousness at our core.
*We chose to incarnate, to have this physical plane experience.
*Reincarnation is valid.
*Essence/soul makes the choices that setup a lifetime, but once born and after the first breath, personality has complete “control” over the lifetime through its choices.
*Essence does not impose or interfere with a lifetime unless personality consciously or unconsciously invites it to “help” and/or participate in the lifetime.
*Choice is our most powerful tool.
*All choices are valid.
*No lifetime is wasted; every choice evolves the soul, even if only very slowly.
*Karma is valid.
*Karma is intensity and imbalance that is created when we interfere with our own or others’ choices.
*Karma serves to propel evolution forward, as the soul seeks to balance the karma and balance all karma before “cycling off” the physical plane
*As the soul gains experience through its personalities, it evolves in soul age perspective and progressively “remembers itself.”
*Essence has a design that remains the same throughout all of its physical plane cycle and beyond, but personality is designed differently for each lifetime

*The point of a lifetime is to be physical and experience the physical plane.

And finally, one sentence that sums up Michael’s entire teaching:

*We are here to learn how to choose and to choose how to learn.*

~

In the next few posts, I will talk about Michael’s overleaf system: a kind of soul and personality map for understanding our own and others’ being, expression and behavior.  I’ll do this from the very personal angle of sharing my own essence and personality profile that I received from Michael and discussing its very profound impact on me.