Essence contact occurs when the
personality opens to its
essence or to the essence of another. It brings growth
and joy, and if the opening is great enough, ecstasy, even if the contact only
lasts a moment. Brief essence contact gives some indication of what is possible
when barriers are finally eliminated. Essence contact can occur with any
essence, incarnate or otherwise.
The most important essence contact is with
yourself. You cannot contact another’s essence more deeply than you contact your
own. There are many aspects of self, but the source of self is your essence, so
knowing your essence is crucial to knowing yourself. It is not hard to love
yourself when you know yourself, especially your essence.
Most people fear essence contact and consequently
have had a very limited experience of it, if any at all, because
personality (the fear-based ego) is dissolved in essence. If you go deeply
enough into your essence, you reach the Tao itself, for your essence is cast
from the Tao.
there a letdown or hangover, so to speak, after ecstasy, or a greater experience
When you open to your essence, you feel empowered.
Because essence contact accelerates your growth and deepens your connection with
yourself, old fears may surface in the aftermath. However, you also feel greater
strength with which to deal with them, although you might need some outside
assistance as well.
You often experience ecstasy when you leave your
body as you sleep, but because the waking personality is not equipped to deal
with it (ecstasy does not fit into its landscape), the personality blocks the
memory of it.
You will not allow yourself to experience more
than you are ready for. Perhaps in holding eye contact for a moment with someone
you care about, you experience essence contact. Although it is very pleasing, a
moment may be all you can handle. Maybe next time you will be able to handle two
Whenever you open to yourself—thinking about
yourself in a newly loving way, for instance, or seeing yourself as you never
have before—you make essence contact more readily available.
There are degrees of openness to your essence, and
it is always possible to open more. When you increase your openness a great deal
at once, you feel an ecstatic “rush” of expansion. When you get used to a
particular level of openness to your essence, it no longer feels like ecstasy in
the sense of something explosive or revelatory. However, your everyday level
would be experienced as ecstasy by someone accustomed to a much lower level, if
he opened to it all at once. It would tax his capabilities to open that wide. It
would be thrilling yet frightening at the same time. Even if it were momentary,
it would bring much growth. He would remember, at least unconsciously, how it
felt and would have something new to work toward. He might resist it, because
such a change in function would require much of him. The false personality is
devoted to the status quo, but the essence seeks ecstasy, so we all eventually
Essence contact requires coming fully into the
present moment. When you “plug in” to the socket of the present moment, the
circuit completes, energy moves, and the light comes on; you “get it.” You see
the impact of the moment. You see who you are, and who the other person is, if
it involves another person.
Does the personality fall away upon plugging in to essence?
No. It becomes enlightened. The light comes on;
the personality becomes light as opposed to heavy. In other words, it becomes
the true personality rather than the false personality. In enlightenment, all
parts of the personality become open to receive and transmit love. Think of a
neon sign as representing the personality. Not plugged in or turned on, the sign
can be rather dingy. Its true colors do not show, and it may even be an eyesore.
Turn it on, and it looks totally different. You can see it from several blocks
away. This is what essence contact does.
Two people who “fall in love” with each other may
momentarily put aside their fears about intimacy and allow essence contact.
There have been many things written about the way people who are in love glow.
If you “fall in love” with yourself, you can have a similar experience. Your
relationships with both others and yourself can teach you much about developing
and sustaining essence contact. Allowing barriers to fall and improving
communication can help provide a stable foundation upon which essence contact
can happen more regularly and deeply. However, that is not the essence contact
itself. Essence contact with another person often happens seemingly by accident.
Sometimes you both just happen to find yourselves in the present moment and
before you can stop it, there you are, in contact!
there a realistic limit to striving for essence contact?
The limit is how much you are willing to be
conscious. Some people find it too much trouble. Even those who remain mostly
unconscious may have some essence contact, and therefore, growth. However, the
growth is more laborious, painful, and slow than when
there is conscious opening to your essence.
Shepherd is a professional
Michael channel and author of The Journey of Your Soul--A Channel Explores
Channeling and the Michael Teachings and Loving from Your Soul--Creating
Powerful Relationships. He does channeling sessions and intuitive readings
via telephone, mail, and e-mail. Audio cassettes are available from his site. Visit
his website at Summerjoy Press
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