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Michael channeled by Shepherd Hoodwin
January 10, 2010, BlogTalkRadio chat
Transcribed by Gloria Constantin

Our intention is to communicate with you not just through words but through what we sometimes call your higher centers. Every person has seven centers, or gateways of experience, that give you information. Three are higher, or cardinal; three are lower, or ordinal, and one is neutral. Of course, you have a body, an intellect, and emotions, which can be pointed at your necessary mundane experiences. These are the three lower, or concrete, centers, which are practical expressions of the universal forces of beauty, truth, and love. Your body or physical center is a gateway to all sorts of physical excitations; it lets you know when you are thirsty or hungry, for example. Your intellect frames your experiences in concepts; for instance, it lets you remember what time it is so that you can go where you need to. Your emotions provide the content (rather than form) of your daily experience; one of their functions is to let you know how you and others feel about what is happening, how it is affecting you.

The neutral center is the instinctive center. It is the gateway into what is, more or less, automatic in your life, such as your habits and breathing. For the most part, you may be aware of your instinctive center acting, but you don't often have much to do with it consciously.

Then there are the three higher, or abstract, centers. By higher, we do not mean superior in value--all the centers are intrinsic to the whole. However, they are gateways into your less earthbound experiences, even though they are part of your human makeup. They can provide more direct experiences of beauty, truth, and love, which are the building blocks of the universe.

The ordinal centers are sensory; they are on the front lines of the physical plane, sensing what is there to be experienced. The cardinal centers work to place experiences in a larger context, ultimately of the eternal. The whole purpose of human existence is to further the eternal through specific experiences.

The higher version of the physical center is often called the moving center. You have mundane experiences of physical movement in which, instead of having a more localized experience in the body, such as feeling hungry, you move your whole body. However, that is just the beginning of how the moving center can impact your life. For each of the centers, there is a spectrum from ordinary to extraordinary experiences, especially in the higher centers. (There is also a spectrum from muddy to clear, refined experiences.)

In the moving center, there are ordinary experiences of, say, walking, all the way to the exhilaration you might feel when you are dancing or moving athletically in "the zone." This is also the center where more profound sexual experiences can occur, although they normally start in the physical center through the stimulation of the body. The most refined experience in the moving center is one of exalted spiritual energy as you attune to a higher (faster) vibration.

Various terms have been used for the action-axis centers. The original pair was sexual (ordinal) and moving (cardinal). Since "sexual" was often understood in an overly narrow way, this channel substituted "physical" for it. Other channels use moving (ordinal) and higher moving in order to line up the terminology with those of the other pairs of centers. In addition, the original terms have, at times, been reversed, with moving referring to mundane actions, and sexual, to more exalted action experiences. Each term has its merits. The point is to know what is being referred to.

The words we speak are themselves of the intellectual center; they are ordinary. However, it is our intention in this series of lectures that the words help you activate experiences in your higher centers so that you more fully comprehend and know the true meanings of the overleaves. When you understand something only as words, words explained by other words, they are not very useful. When the words generate awareness in other centers, then you start to understand.

The higher or cardinal version of the intellectual center is called the higher intellectual center. This is where you form ideas, context, and philosophies. In the intellectual center, you might balance your checkbook; in the higher intellectual center, you might see the patterns, not only from this month's bank statement but from previous ones and your various other financial experiences, and formulate them into an overarching budget. That is an ordinary higher intellectual experience. As the energy of the center becomes more refined, there come more subtle philosophies about life. In the most thrilling experience of the higher intellectual center, you have revelations of truth in which you see new meanings and importance in your life.

An ordinary experience of the higher emotional center might be crying at a movie that portrays someone dying, helping you empathize with the suffering of others. This not necessarily revelatory, and could even result from being manipulated by the movie. It is a higher center experience because it is abstract; it is not directly related to something in your own, local life, although memories of your own grief, which are of the (ordinal) emotional center, might also be triggered. The most refined experiences of the higher emotional center uplift you out of the illusions of the physical plane and help you feel unconditional love, or agape, for all things.

A sense of the eternal and infinite is the hallmark of the most exalted experiences in all three higher centers. Your personality becomes subsumed by your essence, the part of you that knows that all is well. Your lower centers often have difficulty remembering that because they are on the front lines of what can be a harsh existence.

In the Michael Teachings, we speak about balancing the centers. If one were too much in the higher centers, there would be a lack of practicality. Such a person might be said to be a dreamer, unable to function in daily life. However, most people are imbalanced in the other direction--they are all too aware of their bodily appetites and their mundane thoughts and feelings. It can be hard for them to remember beauty, truth, and love.

"Overleaves" are a combination of personality traits that help shape your experience of the physical plane. Everyone has all seven centers, but in terms of the overleaves, one is your primary center, the main gateway to your personality, and another is your secondary, or "part" of center. As a soul, you choose them before you embark on your life task; they are part of your life plan.

Although the soul pretty much decides before incarnating what the primary and secondary centers will be, they don't solidify in the personality until the second year of life, giving the soul time to change its mind if it wishes to. For example, if it turns out that there is unexpected brain damage that will make intellectual centering problematic, there is still time for the soul to choose instead to be in the physical center.

Out of the seven centers, there are four that can be used as a primary or secondary centering: intellectual, emotional, physical, and moving. In the United States, a lot of people have intellectual centering, meaning that the most direct route into their personality is through their intellect, largely meaning words, although visual input can also be intellectual, such as symbols for traffic signs, lavatory facilities, and so forth. Pictures can stimulate emotions as well, but if the basic idea of a picture is to stimulate a concept, such as "Stop!" it's intellectual.

Intellectual centering is useful where there is a great deal of intellectual stimulation to keep track of. The media are predominantly focused in the intellectual center, other than music, which is more emotional, although it can also be predominantly intellectual. A person who is intellectually centered thinks first. Having a primary center means that you don't have to decide from which center you're going to react, which would slow you down too much; all centers are capable of reacting appropriately, so one is not better than another. If you are intellectually centered, your personality almost always processes incoming stimuli immediately through analysis, through parsing what it is. Your decision more involves *how* you analyze them; your personality can take charge of the process more consciously, or react on automatic pilot. Your primary center is your personality's control panel, quickly passing on your reaction to another center, usually your part of center, which may then pass it along to a third center, and so forth, as you process the experience. This may happen so quickly that you might not be aware that you had, in this case, a thought that set the ball rolling.

Having a primary intellectual center does not ensure that a person is actually intelligent--one cannot assume quality control. A person could be rather unintelligent, yet still react to things through analysis, thoughts, and so forth--they don't have to be perceptive or complex thoughts.

People with emotional centering predominantly experience their reactions first emotionally. In an intellectually centered culture, like the one in the United States, there are many people who look down on emotional centering. However, an intellectual reaction can be unreasonable, and an emotional reaction can be reasonable; again, all centers can be muddy or clear. Your emotions inform you of the content of incoming experience, as opposed to your intellect, which informs you of the form of that experience. Of course, you need both, and they need to work together.

Your emotional center tells you what is happening within you; your intellectual center may then verbalize it, accurately or not. If you, as a soul, set it up to have a lifetime working more with form, maybe words, you might (but might not) feel it most useful to be intellectually centered. On the other hand, if you are going to be focusing your life on the internal, the content of experience, you might choose emotional centering. For example, if you are going to be a musician or were planning to take care of children, emotional centering might be more useful because it makes emotions immediately accessible. However, we do not want to generalize too much; you do not have to have an emotional primary centering to be in touch with your emotions, and having primary emotional centering does not ensure that you will be accurate in discerning your emotions or those of others. Some souls are better at emotions than intellect, or vice versa, and some are better at action.

There are seven essence roles, or types of souls. In general, the inspiration axis roles, server and priest, have a natural affinity for emotion. Not surprisingly, the emotional and higher emotional centers are also on the inspiration axis. They all have to do with the internal. Artisans and sages, on the expression axis, resonate with the intellectual and higher intellectual centers, respectively, but as creators and communicators, they are accustomed to conveying outward what is within, so they also tend to have a good connection with emotions. (This also depends on the individual's history.)

Warriors, kings, and scholars are considered solid (as opposed to fluid) roles because they have one psychic input, making them more focused and down-to-earth. Warriors and kings, the action axis roles, can have particular trouble with emotions because they are farthest from them: they focus on the outer world, and emotions are about the inner. For example, a king who is emotionally centered might still be rather mystified by an unusual show of emotion, whereas a priest who is not emotionally centered may have an inherent understanding of it. Warriors and kings can be quite adaptive in their use of the intellect for sizing up a situation and planning their strategy; however, they can be suspicious when it is used in more subtle ways. The intellectual creativity of artisans and sages may seem dishonest or less-than-straightforward to them.

As you might imagine, scholars, the assimilation axis role, excel at the use of the intellectual center, particularly in a more neutral, computer-like way, but also in magnificent ways as they build upon their knowledge over time. Scholars are equidistant from all the centers; they could just as easily do their assimilating in the emotional center, but tend to choose the intellectual center more often; therefore, they also usually have less comfort with emotions.

There are no limitations here: any soul develops as it chooses to, so there are always exceptions to any sort of generalizations that one can make. If you are attuned to our communication through more than just your intellectual center, you can gain understanding in a more complete way, sensing the pictures we are painting rather than taking the words too literally.

It would not be practical to choose your higher emotional center as your primary gateway. It would not allow for living a normal human life, even though having that center well developed is a blessing. Similarly, you would not use your higher intellectual center as your gateway for day-to-day experience--you would be too cut off from the mundane things that you have to deal with. It would be redundant to have your instinctive center as your primary center because it is already working automatically; it does not need your conscious intention to function.

However, you can use either your physical or moving center as your gateway, although, with the moving center, the cardinal of the pair, you would not use its more exalted aspects for reacting to everyday life. If you are moving centered, you tend to react to things with a whole body response. That is useful for people who are going to be in motion a lot, such as athletes, dancers, and those who do physical labor. A moving-centered person would probably be particularly coordinated, or at least that is a gift that is especially available to her, whether or not it is developed. Such a person doesn't have continual day-to-day experiences of the most exalted moving-centered kind. Obviously, she would not, for example, be in constant orgasm or in a continual runner's high--that would be impractical. Such experiences might be more accessible, but that is not what is meant by being moving centered.

Someone who is primarily in the physical center reacts not with his whole body but from within his body, such as having a gut reaction to his environment. Someone physically centered may be turned on sexually more easily, and may exude sexuality more easily to others. However, it could be something as simple as reacting with heat or cold when something first happens.

The soul seeks a variety of experiences on the physical plane. If you are a warrior or king soul, you already have a natural affinity for physical experiences. If you have, in addition, a moving or physical center, you are underlining that tendency; you are focusing more on the physical. On the other hand, if you are a priest soul choosing one of those centers, you are seeking to round out your experience, to be less internal and more physical.

With all the overleaves, there is a mechanism called "sliding." Sliding means that there is a structure that allows for easily moving to another overleaf that is connected by reason of being on the same axis. In the case of the items on the far right-hand column of the Michael chart, the assimilation axis (which is not divided into ordinal and cardinal), one can slide to any of the others. That's not really applicable with the centers, since people are not centered full-time in the instinctive center. However, if you are emotionally centered, you can more easily slide to the higher emotional center. Therefore, your mundane emotions can more easily become more exalted, profound, and overarching. Crying because of an unresolved emotion might give way to a sense of loving connection to the divine for no other reason than that you happen to open to essence (your soul), so you are using that gateway to open yourself up more. Someone who is intellectually centered may fairly easily stumble upon a truth that delights and expands her. Someone in the physical center may start to move his whole body that leads to a profound gestalt that feels liberating, such as on the dance floor where his body seems to be moving itself; time seems to stop.

This can work in the other direction, too, such as when you have a great intellectual realization that your (lower) intellectual center starts making sense of, finding applications and examples.

Once your primary centering is set, it usually does not change throughout your life. It is not a problem that your first reaction is from the same center most of the time; it is useful for the soul to have a practiced reflex. It's only a problem if you get stuck and your reaction doesn't flow well to your other centers as is appropriate.

Your secondary center, or part of center, is also habitual, but less so. Let's say that you are in the emotional part of the intellectual center. You might primarily react intellectually 95% of the time, but go into the emotional part of the intellectual center only 60% of the time. The rest of the time, your thoughts might directly manifest in your body instead, or may simply stay in your intellectual center if an emotion or action is not called for. So there is more leeway in where you go after your primary reaction than in your primary reaction itself. Some people are very fluid in this regard.

If you are in the emotional part of the intellectual center, your emotions reflect your thoughts much of the time. You react intellectually, and then your thoughts, as soon as they are formed, manifest emotions. If you're having unpleasant emotions, deliberately changing to more positive thoughts (for example, through affirmations or visualizations) may help your emotions feel better. However, in a minority of instances, making your thoughts more positive might instead directly result in feeling better physically, if you're currently using the physical part of the intellectual center.

If you are in the physical part of the emotional center, your bodily symptoms tend to reflect your emotions; if you improve your emotions (perhaps by listening to beautiful music or communing with nature), you will probably feel better physically. However, sometimes, your emotions instead directly manifest in your thoughts, perhaps moving into your body after that, as a response to the thoughts that formed. When all your centers are open and well developed, your reactions will flow from your primary center to the others in whatever way is most appropriate.

If the part of the center becomes "trapped," it means that it tends to feed back into the primary center in a "tape loop"--you fall into a rut. It doesn't spread out into the other centers appropriately. This is a problem when a person is on automatic pilot. If you are in the intellectual part of the moving center, your thoughts form as a response to the way you are acting and moving. If you are in your trap, that leads to more movement rather than an appropriate emotional response. This is compulsive behavior--your body's unease leads to uneasy thoughts, which stimulates still greater unease in your body. The key to getting out of your trap is to do something different with your secondary center to calm it. In this case, instead of intellectualizing about your compulsive actions, you might distract your intellect with a crossword puzzle until you are calm, and then engage with your emotions, which is the weak link here.

Q. Why are "reason" and "telepathy" considered negative poles (traits) of the intellectual centers?

A. The positive poles of the centers reflect what happens in them when a person is conscious and awake; negative pole experiences are automatic and less developed. The positive pole of the intellectual center is "thought"; real thought is organic, fresh, spontaneous, and alive. Reason, in this context, refers to something that is mechanical, like a computer. You can get a reasonable calculation from a calculator, for example, but a calculator is not alive. Of course, there's nothing wrong with reason, but being the negative pole suggests that it is limited.

The positive pole of the higher intellectual center is "integration"--in tapping into the truth force, you form a view of things that grasps how the whole fits together. In telepathy, you get part of the picture through subtle intellectual communication with others. One might use the higher intellectual center for verbal channeling and use telepathy to bring forth words from another place, but it does not yet suggest an overarching understanding, only the possibility of it.

The emotional center has a positive pole of "sensibility," which is a well-fleshed-out ability to feel. "Sentimentality," the negative pole, suggests the emotions being a little purple, aggravated but not enriched. The higher emotional center has a positive pole of "empathy," which again puts it all together: empathy is accurately knowing in yourself the whole of an experience outside yourself. Empathy, incidentally, is not the same thing as sympathy. Sympathy is more like the negative pole, "intuition." Sympathy resonates with just a part of an experience outside yourself--the pain--without necessarily understanding it, although caring. Similarly, intuition, as we are using it here, receives part of an experience without grokking the whole.

Words like "intuition" and "sympathy" are defined and used differently by different people. We are, obviously, under the necessity of using words, and words are limited, so we suggest that you receive these words with your whole being, with all your centers, so that you can understand them in this context, as we are defining them, rather than using the words to form limited concepts.

The positive pole of the physical center is "amoral"--not "immoral" but amoral. It doesn't sound very positive if you think of it as a person who doesn't have any morals, but what it means here is a full-bodied physical experience without censoring. You fully feel the aliveness of your body without constriction. The negative pole is "erotic," which tends to conjure just the sexual, but we mean it as more than that. Erotic simply suggests that the body has been stimulated, which is fine, but it isn't the complete experience of even just the body; it's like scratching an itch. Again, there's nothing wrong with it, but it is not what the fully alive person experiences in the body.

The positive pole of the moving center has been called "enduring"; it is "energetic" in the negative pole. These terms are a little problematic also, but perhaps you have a sense of the endurance of the moving center when you are in the zone and feel like you could go forever, whereas just being energetic might not last, mean anything, or go anywhere.

The instinctive center has a positive pole of "atomic." You might think of that as taking you all the way to the Source, to the place where physicality emerges from the Tao; the atom is source of all form. In its most healthy alignment, the instinctive center is in the flow of everything, whereas "anatomic," the negative pole, suggests more mechanical experiences of the anatomy that's trying to keep itself alive.

Balancing the centers is a different experience for different individuals. If you are intellectually centered, it is normal for you to be more oriented toward intellect, and this is also generally true if you are a sage or scholar, especially, even if you are not intellectually centered--you tend to use your mind a lot. So balancing your centers does not mean you have to have an equal experience of each. It does mean, however, that you have an equal availability of each so that you can use whichever center is appropriate in the moment. It is common for people to start relying too much on whatever comes easiest to them. An example is the stereotypical nerd who is great with numbers and other intellectual endeavors, but who is totally nonathletic; he may feel embarrassed by his inability to do things with his body, and retreat even further into his intellect to the point where he has very little physical capability.

When the centers are balanced, the person feels good; when the centers are unbalanced, the person doesn't feel good. A nerd doesn't have to become a great athlete to be balanced, but he might feel better if he has some comfort with doing physical things. Therefore, it might be a good choice for him to deliberately develop his body a little more, even if it's not easy, and that could actually improve his intellect further.

Your third area of centering is weakest, and that is what you most need to work on in order to be balanced. If you are in the intellectual part of the emotional center, your weakest area is your body; you might want to work on your sexuality or athleticism. Someone in the intellectual part of the moving center is likely to be strong with action, and not bad with her intellect; she may want to work on her emotions, which are her weak link. Since emotions are, by definition, formless, a large number of people, even some with an emotional center, misunderstand their emotions--they don't really know what they are feeling. Those whose weak link is the intellect don't tend to stop to think; they may not like analyzing, or don't want to let facts get in the way of their feelings or plans of action. If that's the case, that is what they most need to do in order to be balanced.

What does it take for you to be balanced? If you are highly intellectual and don't do physical exercise, you could benefit greatly from just, say, three hours a week of it; even though that is far less time than you spend focusing on intellectual things, it could go a long way toward balancing you. When you balance your centers, you are firing on all cylinders; everything works better in your life.

Developing your intellect is not just about improving your memory or your ability to do math problems; it also has more subtle manifestations. A well-honed intellect can help you see what is true, just as a well-honed emotional center can help you know what is loving and not just what you happen to be feeling at the moment. And well-honed physical and moving centers can help you have health and beauty; they can help you appreciate the aliveness that permeates all creation.

Let's say you have a brilliant intellect, but you are cut off from your body. Eventually, this impacts your ability to know truth because your direct experience of beauty is diminished. If you build up your body centers, your experience of truth can also increase. Truth cannot be separated from beauty or love, so this is a good reason for balancing the centers. Of course, the health of your body also affects your brain's function.

Q. Do younger souls choose moving or physical centering more frequently?

A. Yes, but it also depends on the culture; for instance, younger souls in the United States choose intellectual centering more often. However, generally that is the case because when you are an incarnating soul, you have to know about the physical side of things before you can know about how the intellectual and emotional sides manifest in the physical.

There may not be much point to choosing intellectual centering if you are in a culture where there is little intellectual activity. If you are living in a survival-oriented tribe, for example, that focuses on the moving center, you will not fit in very well if you are intellectually centered, although that could be by design. You might choose to be intellectually centered in that situation so that you can become the tribe's herbalist, studying and teaching the medicine of the tribe. If you have a physical disability and cannot move very well, then perhaps the tribe will make an intellectual place for you. Emotional centering could work well in a moving-centered tribe, too, being useful for making music and dancing. Dance is a moving-centered activity, but when an emotionally centered person dances, it is an expression of his emotions; this can be powerful in building community.


Pay attention to your centers. See if they are balanced, or if you have an urge to balance them more. Maybe you are feeling drawn to listen to emotional music, or to work your mind. Maybe you are feeling that you want to express yourself physically, that you want to dance or otherwise move your body. Notice what sounds sweet to you; that is what will balance your centers.

Q. I am a healer, and am in the emotional center, but would like to become more intellectual. Would I be able to do this?

A. You can do anything. You are not limited by anything on your Michael chart. You have an intellect and a body in addition to your emotions. As you exercise your intellect, its capacity grows. Your centering is how you react to stimuli first and second, but all your centers are available to be used and developed.

However, as a healer in the emotional center, your strong suit is your empathy as you slide into your higher emotional center. Often, grasping the emotions of a person's illness gives clues for healing. You would probably not take a purely intellectual approach, such as simply going down a list of herbs, but would feel into the whole situation; your intuition would guide you. However, increased knowledge, such as of herbs, could help you target your intuition better. All the centers can complement one another.

Q. Lately, I've tried to stay balanced, but because of stress I've been feeling I cannot. I'm wondering how I can keep my balance in the midst of extreme stress.

A. One of the keys is to go into neutral gear, meaning to step out of your normal situation in any way that you can. A great way to do that is to get out in nature; for example, taking a walk.

Another technique, if you are struggling and are stuck in any of your centers, is to do something that you don't normally do. Let's say you're a person who is not using your intellectual center very much, but you enjoy museums and sense that visiting one would be satisfying. Just getting out of your routine, whatever that is, is useful. If you don't feel that you have time for that, then try to do what you are doing in a different way. It could be as simple as taking a different route to work or shopping. Wake yourself up out of the trance of habitual reactions.

This is a very challenging planet. You have, particularly in the current era, a great deal of stimulation continually being thrown at you. Most of you don't even get away from it much when you sleep. In part, this is because the airwaves, both physical and energetic, are filled with all sorts of stimuli. They can come at you without your even knowing that it's there.

You might particularly notice this after a collective trauma. 9/11 was an intense example of that, but there have been many others. If there is something negative in the news and a lot of people are reacting to it, it can generate an energy that you react to. If you are intellectually centered, you might find your mind racing, but that doesn't mean that you won't also feel emotions as a result of these energies, particularly if a lot of other people are feeling very emotionally stimulated. You have your own seven centers, but you are also part of collectives of increasing size, such as communities and cultural groups, that also have seven centers. So even if you are intellectually centered, you may be part of a nation that has a strong tendency toward the emotional center. In any case, you have emotions, and if there are strong emotions around, your emotions feel them.

If you go to a hospital, your body is likely to feel the compromised experiences that pervade the hospital. This is especially true if you are the more sensitive type. Some people tend to contract their auras tightly around them so that they don't pick up much from other people, although they still pick up some things without knowing it. If you are a highly sensitive type, you may pick up a lot of things. If you have a loved one who is ill, you might take on some of her symptoms out of an unconscious desire to help her. Some husbands even manifest their wife's symptoms of pregnancy.

A poet said that "No man is an island." You cannot entirely escape picking up on the energies of others, whether they manifest as emotions, thoughts, or sensations. What you can do is learn to discern when what you are feeling is not from your own personal life. That simple recognition may calm your reacting center(s).

"Mob mentality" refers to how quickly a group of people can come to share the same exaggerated emotions, and how the energies of the moving center can take over, such as a group of bigots who become riled up and start moving as one to lynch someone. If your centers are balanced and well-developed, you have a lot of the defenses against inappropriate group reactions: you can analyze whether something is reasonable, feel whether it's loving, and sense whether it has beauty and goodness in it. And you can cross-reference these reactions, so that if something doesn't seem intelligent, but your emotions are strong, you can use the balance of your centers to check one another. If there is not balance, one center is more able to go to an extreme. Your emotions can go off the deep end, or you can rationalize something that seems logical but is actually prejudiced, or you can act out your anger without checking it.

Many acts of violence are committed when a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These substances suppress the intellect's ability to be a moderating influence. They let emotions or anger take over in ways that can create karma or be otherwise harmful. Anger is not so much an emotion as a reaction in the body to emotions; it is an uncomfortable energy in the physical center that wants to do something in an unrefined way in order to be released as quickly as possible. A more mature approach is to use it as a catalyst for growth, gaining greater understanding.

On the other hand, when intellect is too dominant, it can lead to ideologies that suppress compassion and fairness. Furthermore, when people know only the hungers of their body, it can cause them to run roughshod over both reason and feeling, their own and those of others. So it is easy to see why balancing the centers is so valuable. One cannot be truly kind, for example, if there is not both emotional compassion and intellectual clarity. One cannot be graceful if there is not both physical peace and emotional equilibrium.

In the centers, we see, perhaps more than anywhere else, how everything fits together, how you cannot have one thing without the other, how one quality of creation is not superior to any other, but each is an important part of the whole. In the children's story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," perhaps Goldilocks represents the personality, and the three bears represent the body, emotions, and intellect. Goldilocks learns that the key to life is finding not too hot, not too cold, but just right; not too much, not too little, but a good balance. However, finding balance in life can be very challenging.

We mention that one tends to rely on one's strong suit. As you ignore the things that you are not good at, they become weaker and weaker. After a while, they may atrophy and be hard to get back. Perhaps you have made a New Year's resolution to exercise more. This is one of the first times in history when such resolutions would even have been needed, because most people used to get plenty of exercise in the course of surviving, unless they were unusually rich and privileged. It's an interesting time to be alive, when you have to actually make a choice to move your body. In the past, the problem was more often moving it so much that you exhausted yourself.

It is also unusual for so many to suffer from intellectual overstimulation. A few hundred years ago, there were hardly any books around. There might have been a little bit of intellectual stimulation at your house of worship, but that was about it.

The simple life tends to have a pretty well-developed emotional component, particularly for those who have families--there is usually emotional content by reason of having children around, if nothing else, and also when loved ones die. So the circle of life tends to offer some emotional stimulation, but now, with hyper-stimulation of all kinds, people are feeling overwhelmed and many try not to feel. So this is a good time to focus on what inspires you to feel love, as well as to appreciate beauty and to know truth. Simply having the intention to balance your centers will help you do so.


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