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<DaveGregg> We open this session by offering our
love and blessings to all who read this seasonal message today.
The holiday season can be a time of stress for
it also is a time when people are more willing to open their hearts. Take advantage of
this windfall. If the motivations are pure, an open heart can mend decades of
old wounds in a matter of days . Reach out to those caught-up in the euphoria of
the season and dismantle those barriers that have kept you apart.
You can also
openness as a model to guide your own emotional well-being throughout the rest
of the year. The benefits, of course, are limitless: an open heart is able to
receive without judgment; an open heart does not feel the need to protect
the ego or false personality; an open heart is a measure of your ability to
receive the love of those close to you as well as those kept at a distance; an
open heart is your deed to a life containing more joy and fulfillment, and we
could easily continue here with even more
A closed heart, on the other hand, leaves you
at the mercy of false personality and the distorted fears that accompany that.
Anger and frustration is the inevitable result, and after awhile it can feel
like you're on a sinking ship without a life raft. Striving towards the more
positive feeling is often enough to keep you on track.
For those of you still feeling challenged by a
year of innumerable frustrations, we offer the following:
The symbols of Christmas are, of course, rich
with traditions from many cultures, but the symbol we'd like to address today is
a custom that, while it often leads to a surfeit of commercialism, has graced
the lives of everyone who ever shared their love with another-- and that is the exchange
When you wrap a gift for another you are not only concealing the surprise from them, but encoding the gift with a
symbol of your affection. On this day when you are often giving to others, we
ask that you share some of that affection with yourself.
Secure a quiet location and meditate for a moment. When you're free of distractions, review the progression of
your life over the past year. Pay careful attention to any obstacles or problems
that either challenged or upset you.
Now imagine that these challenges must be placed in a
box and wrapped with the same level of affection you'd give if the present were
intended for a loved one. When you're finished wrapping, place the gifts under
an imaginary tree for yourself. Go forward in time a little and imagine
waking up Christmas morning.
As you unwrap each package, give thanks for the gift and appreciate what it has
taught you about yourself. Do not take this step lightly. It is only after you
have acknowledged the gift -- and the things it has illuminated in your life -- that you will be able to release its negative charge
and let it go.
By the time you finish this exercise you should
feel less embittered by the frustrations and setbacks of the past year, and more
empowered by all that life brings. We are not saying that bad things won't
happen in your life, but you can choose how to perceive them. While it's true
that choice may
seem limited at times, you still have the power to choose how you feel, and this
is where choice can truly be empowering.
Christmas then teaches that in
each day a new gift is waiting to be unwrapped. If you can learn to accept
that gift with dignity and grace, you will better appreciate what life continues
to teach you
-- for life is indeed the most precious
gift you will ever receive.
Q & A
<Gloria> What is an evolved soul?
<DaveGregg> You are all evolved souls in the sense that you are
continually evolving. We are not aware of a specific stage at which to
designate a soul as evolved, since the evolution of the soul follows a process
that's uniquely different for each fragment. We will say, however, that
appearances may be deceiving. There are those that society views with disdain
who are more evolved in a spiritual sense than individuals you often refer to as
"model citizens." False personality can, of course, obscure the true nature of
souls that are otherwise highly evolved, since things are rarely what they
seem in these matters.
If pressed to specifically address this question, we would add that an
evolved soul is one who has amassed a considerable amount of life experience
and who uses that experience in ways that reflect the humility of the journey.
Evolved souls rarely seek the tangential experience, preferring more to focus
on what is directly in front of them. The question of the forked road then is
rarely a dilemma for the evolved soul, since they instinctively know where
they are going.
<CynthiaB> I know there's true work, true study, true play, true rest, etc.
is there a true teacher?
<DaveGregg> Note: I channeled a question about true teachers awhile back and will
include it here since it has already been done.
<DaveGregg> We do not wish to minimize the intent behind this question, but
every person you meet is a true teacher. There isn't a soul on the planet who
doesn't have something to teach you. The very nature of existence provides a
multitude of experiences, and no matter how mundane or trivial, the opportunity to learn
always exists. Nothing is ever wasted. You are literally learning every second you exist;
it cannot be avoided. In this regard, LIFE is the truest teacher.
Concerning other people, every interaction you have with another fragment is a
chance to learn about the intricacies of the human condition and what it's
like to experience life on the physical plane. True teachers come in
surprising guises: the Mother-in-law who made your life a living hell; the
spouse that disrupted your marriage with a painful affair; the girl next door
who gave you your first kiss; the panhandler that asked for money, these are
all true teachers and they have taught you well. The real purpose behind their
intent is immaterial. Essence doesn't judge the lessons it extracts from life,
it simply learns from them.
There are, of course, people that specialize in teaching. There are vast
curriculums at your disposal that explore the academics with carefully
defined prerequisites for potential instructors, and criteria like this can
either be helpful or a process of false personality. We are mainly concerned
in this discussion with the larger perspective. From our vista we see every
life form on earth as a true teacher -- from the smallest microbe to the tallest
<Gloria> The term "life contract" is used in some spiritual circles to
denote that there is a life plan that the soul has determined on prior to
incarnating. I have the impression that there is a school of thought
that believes that everything that happens to a person is completely
reflective of the pre-incarnational contract.
Is the term "contract" appropriate to describe the soul's plans for the
life, and do we in fact make contracts in addition to the life
task/other agendas? Or is a contract the same thing as life task?
<DaveGregg> The term "life contract"
is mostly interchangeable, as we see it, with the life plan. The life task
more specifically addresses a particular objective, whereas the life plan
involves agreements you have made with others, your overleaves, karma, and
An agreement with another could
certainly be viewed as a contract, but these contracts are subject to
forfeiture at any time. While it is true that a skeletal-like structure
helps to outline the malleable epidermis of the life plan, nothing is set
The passage of life is not a
train that only follows tracks to a single destination. Freedom of choice is
still the agent that fuels its engine, and with so many choices to choose
from, the amount of outcomes would be impossible to tabulate pre-incarnationally.
In the case of Christopher
Reeves, the drama that unfolded in his life was partly due to a pre-incarnational
agenda, but also the result of a series of random choices that led to
unexpected results. This is the beauty of life for some. To borrow an old
saying: "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry," but
that's all part of the fun for many people.
<Thomas> How much influence does the soul have over the genetic inheritance of a
physical lineage? To what extent is the soul able to manipulate physical
variables to create a body and appearance that is more suitable to the life
task and overall agenda than if genetic influences were left to
themselves? (How independent is essence of genes?)
<DaveGregg> Like the way a lounge chair
begins to show the outline of the person who frequently uses it, the soul
expresses itself through the body in a similar fashion. Thus, the physical
expression of the soul can indeed be discerned on occasion, especially
around the eyes. The old saying: "The eyes are the window of the soul," is
We would not say this
outward expression is the result of genetic manipulation, but more along the
lines of the body stretching itself to accommodate the soul -- think
of a tight-fitting glove that gradually remolds to the shape of the fingers.
<Jen> I have recently heard the term "clusters" used to describe a series of 5
or 6 incarnations wherein a fragment deliberately selects an emphasis for
those lives. For example, a fragment may decide on a cluster of
incarnations in which it is going to work on musical skills - performing an
instrument or becoming a highly polished singer. Or use a series of
lifetimes to learn martial arts skills or becoming an expert in a certain
specialized body of knowledge. Etc.
Is this concept of "clusters" accurate? If so, are these clusters of
lifetimes done consecutively, or does essence take time out to begin new
clusters and then come back to continue a former cluster? And are there
lives which are not attached to any cluster format, but are more
Themed incarnations are not uncommon, but clusters usually focus on
specific lessons or a series of lifetimes in a particular culture. Occupational pursuits are really just subsets in a theme,
but essence is certainly free to pursue a variety of interests, such as a
couple lifetimes as a musician. Exploring the defining moments in a
different culture, however, is more important to essence than
becoming a polished singer, but if valuable lessons can be
culled from the experience, essence will show greater interest.
Themes may be grouped
together, but depending on the needs of essence, they can also be broken into smaller segments
and taken out of order. New incarnations that resonate with a particular theme
access those previous lifetimes, especially if there are unfinished lessons to
<Francis> I've recently read several websites
that claim AIDS is not the disease its purported to be and that HIV doesn't
cause AIDS. It's been further stated that testing is useless, people in Africa
aren't dying from AIDS, and those supposedly dying worldwide from it are
simply dying from common, everyday diseases.
Is any of the above true? If so, why would
science claim otherwise? Is it the drug companies hoping to make big profits?
Is it a government conspiracy?
<DaveGregg> It is not a
First, however, we would like to address one of the underlying reasons
behind this pandemic. There have, of course, been many personal motives sought by fragments when
manifesting this disease, but we will primarily examine those objectives
sought on a mass level.
Although the price is
great for many, some soul groups use AIDS as a vehicle to focus more attention
on the often ignored and indigent segments of society. The devastating poverty
that plagues Africa, for example, requires an antidote, and while the remedy
may seem counterproductive, the enormous attention to AIDS has both attracted
the media and galvanized activists to beat the drums of change.
It is true that lessons of
survival are being explored in these third-world regions, but the magnitude of
poverty and suffering has gone beyond the level of conditions many souls feel
is tolerable, and the experiences are no longer considered productive.
The gay community, of
course, has long suffered the indignities of both this disease and
the contemptuous views from
society, but in this case -- where at first the AIDS spotlight resulted in a
backlash against gay lifestyles -- the attention is now being redirected at those who have
long been blinded by
ignorance, and society is learning greater levels of tolerance as a result.
We are not saying that gay men have literally jumped at the chance to die for
this greater cause, but when opportunities presented themselves, the disease has certainly
been used as a crucible to foster greater awareness towards the plights of others.
In regards to your initial
question, AIDS is a systemic condition that opens the floodgates to a variety
of diseases, all dependent upon the locale of the individual and the level of damage to
the immune system. While AIDS may seem non-specific in nature, its insidious
presence is very real. Over time it decimates the immune system of the body,
leaving it unable to guard against attack from opportunistic infections and
diseases that otherwise wouldn't affect individuals with healthy immune
It is true that
pharmaceutical companies have leveraged themselves into positions of huge
profit from this disease, but they are merely taking advantage of an existing
opportunity. The many claims that dispute the existence of AIDS mostly
fall into realms of pseudoscience and various states of denial. What you
choose to believe, however, is ultimately a matter of your own personal
<Robert> Why do some people seem to manifest their desires effortlessly, and other
folks have limited success with this? (Assume that all participants in
reality creation are sincere and working at keeping their focus and positive
<DaveGregg> The law of attraction is not a mere parlor
trick that can be implemented with the flick of a wand. Your primary centers
must be properly balanced in order to focus your desires with the intensity
needed to manifest something. If your energy isn't flowing freely in this
regard, you may indeed experience the limited success you spoke of.
Working from the assumption that you have already studied the
basics of this subject, we offer a couple suggestions based on the body of
our own knowledge.
First, we suggest imagining that the primary centers represent the
sides of a pyramid. Without the equal support of just one side, the entire
structure will collapse. The key then is to identify your least used or
weakest center. In other words, if you're intellectually centered with the
moving part, the emotional center is the missing link you seek. Conversely,
if you're intellectually centered with the emotional part, then the moving
center is your Rosetta stone, so to speak, and taking action is the missing
component. In short, identifying the center you inhabit less is the tool
you'll need to manifest the things you desire. If it's the intellectual
center, for example, you'll need to place greater importance on the thoughts
you use when creating your reality; if it's the emotional center, you'll
need to feel your desires with more intensity; and if it's the moving
center, taking action is what you'll need to bolster the credibility of your
The simple act of "wanting" something badly enough is
another area we'd like to address. Many fragments are unclear about what they want, or
don't know with any certainty if they truly want what they're wishing for.
We think a bit of soul searching is required here. One trick is to gauge how
you feel about the chosen desire: does the desire make you feel good or bad?
Feeling good is an obvious indicator of being aligned
with your goal. A feeling of neutrality, however, often indicates that the
desire may lack the necessary follow through. Ruthless honesty with yourself
is the only way to determine if what you want to manifest in your life
serves the needs of both self and essence. Essence is indeed a
factor in these matters, and in many cases the final arbiter.
<Gloria> Michael has said that by the time we reach 7th old we will be so
happy and involved in being alive in the physical plane that we love being
here - and then we cycle off. How did this notion develop? What is really
meant by "loving it here?" Does that apply regardless of the life
circumstances? I.E., can we distinguish between a certain love of the beauty
of the physical plane and life itself, vs. the exigencies, difficulties, and
generally abrasive experiences some late old fragments have.
<DaveGregg> You are referring to an oft generalized comment.
When you can love life without the burden of negative
attachments or expectations, you have found the equilibrium and there is nothing left to do but flow with the current. In other words,
loving life means you have finally accepted it in all of its multifarious
guises and costumes -- the show is over, so to speak, and you are no longer the
playwright arguing with the director about the changes he made to your script.
To further illustrate, we do not mean that fragments will become so
enraptured with life that they'll love wasting away with a disease. Instead,
a state of acceptance develops where the fragment no longer clings to
attachments of misfortune and hardship, and finds a way to love the variegated
scenery that life brings -- regardless of the view.
It should come as no surprise that hardships in life are a fundamental
part of the physical plane, and while considerable effort may be put forth
to alleviate occasional harshness, few fragments ever escape without some
cuts and bruises.
Learning to love life in spite of these pitfalls is not about hiding
from the struggles, but about facing the adversity without fear. It's a
choice if you choose to scream about everything that's wrong with your life,
as much as it's a choice if you choose to dwell on those areas that do bring
you happiness. We know of fragments who appeared to achieve everything they
ever wanted, yet continually allowed any feelings of joy to slip through
their grasp. Conversely, we have seen fragments who led lives of terrible
poverty find joy in the simplest of pleasures, such as feeding feral cats, or reveling in the warmth of the sun on their back as they
picked through garbage. Joy is truly relative.
Loving life does not mean excluding what you perceive as bad, but
fearlessly including what you encounter as part of the all-encompassing arc
of your existence. In other words, loving life is about finding joy in the
struggle. Have you not noticed how vibrant life can feel after a period of
pain has passed? It's like a Spring shower that washes away the debris from
Winter. There are similar cycles of cleansing in every incarnation: learn to
accept them and embrace the feelings of renewal that follows.
<DaveGregg> The channel
wanted us to end this session with an illustrative little tale, so we shall
oblige. This is not a Christmas story, per se, but we think it reflects the
spirit of the season.
During one of our incarnations --
never mind when precisely -- there was a little girl from the far side of our village that
carried water each day to her aging parents. She walked to the river every
morning and several hours later could be seen trudging up the hill to her
distant cottage, balancing two pails
of water connected by a leather strap that hung around her neck. The weight of
the water was often more than her frail body could handle, but she braved the
burden with a determination that made everyone in her village proud of her
One blustery morning when
splinters of dust felt like broken glass, the little girl
fell into the river and drowned. Her body was never recovered and all that the
villagers found were two pails of water resting on the bank.
To honor her memory, the
villagers volunteered each day to continue in her place, and when it was our turn to carry the water
for the little girl we eagerly
scaled the hilltop to her cottage. We were surprised, however, to find the place
in disrepair. At that moment we knew the other villagers had guarded the secret:
her parents had been dead for many months and the little girl had only been watering the
flowers around their graves.
Just as she had done,
we lovingly splashed the thirsty perennials with water. But there
something strange about the flowers. The blooms grew larger each time we doused
them, and like memories they became stronger when nurtured.
It was at that moment that we
understood the little girl's perseverance: she
that her love for her parents
could never die as long as their memory still bloomed in her heart.
Now we do not suggest
emulating the overzealous preoccupations of the little girl, but at this
time of year when the air grows cold and life succumbs to the shadows of winter,
it can be comforting to reflect on the connections you have with those still with you, as well as those from the past -- for the flower of the soul blooms forever.
We will now conclude this
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
<DaveGregg> Dave: Happy holidays to the
Michael teachings community!
May the joys of the season be with you always.
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