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 12 August 1973



The First Contact With Michael


WE ARE HERE WITH YOU TODAY.

The question was asked concerning the decision to go on in the search for spiritual enlightenment, to go on to becoming an adept. What do you do when you get so far and are not too sure you want to continue? We wondered if the Masters picked those in whom the desire for “psychic experiences” was quite strong to become adepts.

THE DESIRE IS POLAR TOO. EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE IS, OF COURSE. ALONG WITH THE DESIRE IS ALWAYS THE DREAD. THE CHOICE DOES NOT BECOME CLEAR TO YOU UNTIL YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THE DESIRE FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION: YOU MUST STAND AND OBSERVE THE DESIRE FROM THE SHADOWS OF DREAD. WISHES, LIKE EVERYTHING, HAVE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE POLES. THERE MUST BE ATTRACTION AND REPULSION OR NOTHING EXISTS BECAUSE NO ENERGY IS BEING GENERATED. THE PRIMORDIAL FORCE WAS ENERGY, NOT MASS. THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU ARE HUNG UP ON CAUSE AND EFFECT. THE MORE PRIMITIVE ONE IS ENERGY. DOES IT NOT SEEM THAT ALL SEEKING THE LEAST COMPLEX WILL RETURN TO THE ENERGY FROM WHENCE THEY CAME? COMPLEXITY IS THE ANTITHESIS OF WHAT THE SPIRIT SEEKS. THE BODY REPRESENTS THE EPITOME OF COMPLEXITY. THAT IS WHY THE SPIRIT IS AGAIN AND AGAIN ATTRACTED TO IT, UNTIL THE PARTIALLY AWAKENED ESSENCE CATCHES A GLIMPSE BEYOND THE "VEIL."

Why did they go to the trouble to design such a complex body just to have it wear out over and over?

THE ANSWER IS, OF COURSE, THE PRIMARY PLAN. IT IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF THE YIN AND YANG WE CAN THINK OF.

The other night I was complaining about sitting in the midst of the (human) computer and having all this whirling going on, and saying, “I can’t understand this, it is too much!”

THE HUMAN NERVOUS SYSTEM AND THE LARGE BRAIN MAKES IT AN IDEAL CONDUCTOR. JUST ADD AN ISOTONIC SOLUTION AND THAT IS ALL THAT IS NECESSARY. IT IS A SIMPLE CASE OF ATTRACTION-REPULSION — MAGNETISM, IF YOU PREFER.

You can give psychotropic drugs and people become more energetic, and you can chemically alter moods. The process might be basically chemical. Thoughts probably generate different chemicals.

ALL ORGANIC REACTIONS DO. YOU KNOW THAT.

Reactions do what?

GENERATE SOME PRODUCT. ENERGY IS RELEASED. THOUGHTS ARE LIKE THAT. THE REACTION TAKES PLACE AND THOUGHTS ARE RELEASED.

This is probably why you should think good thoughts, but that is hard to do all the time. I don’t know how to ask this question, but as I understand it, (according to Ouspensky and Gurdjieff), you don’t think “sex thoughts”. I mean you should leave it neutral, but then you would not be generating any of these hormones that have to do with the energy that is sex energy.

THE MOMENT YOU START THINKING ABOUT SEX, YOU BRING EITHER EMOTIONAL OR INTELLECTUAL CENTER INTO PLAY. THEN THERE IS LOSS OF ENERGY FROM THE SEXUAL CENTER.

But it seems that people who are turned on sexually have more energy, more than a leak of energy, than people who are turned off. I’ve noticed this myself, when I’m turned on.

IT IS A HIGHER SOURCE OF ENERGY, AND FOR A FEW MINUTES, OR HOURS IF THE PLAY IS THAT INTERESTING, YOU CAN FEEL ITS EFFECT.

But I’m not talking about that. I mean, you feel better all the time if you are sexually turned on. Question: I wonder if we have to pay for that.

YOU ONLY PAY IN THE ACCESS TO HIGHER CENTERS.

But I’ve felt that at the times that I have been turned on, I’ve been much closer to higher Centers, and actually zoomed into them part of the time. In fact, the turning off leads into a depression for me, and at that time one is as far from one’s higher Centers as one can ever be.

THAT IS DIFFERENT. THEN YOU ARE USING THE SEXUAL CENTER AS ACCESS TO THE HIGHER CENTERS. THE PHYSICAL ACT ITSELF CAN BE PERFORMED WITH LITTLE LOSS OF ENERGY. THE PROBLEM WITH MOST IS THAT THEY ARE HEAVILY IDENTIFIED WITH OTHER ASPECTS WHEN THEY ARE PERFORMING THE SEX ACT. THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN.

You are talking about the “act” and I’m talking about the “entre-act” and this is wonderful all the time. It just seems that most people who are turned on feel good and people who are turned off feel bad. They might or might not have an “act”, but the people who are turned on are always ready potentially and they feel good.

THE TURNED-ON FEELING IS WHAT YOU ARE STRIVING FOR [in reaching higher Centers]. THAT IS THE GOAL.

Now Jesus was always against sex, even thinking about sex.

JESUS WAS NOT AGAINST SEX. HE WAS FOR MODERATION. PROSTITUTION IS NOT MODERATE.

Sex is part of the computer — we’ve got to accept that. It may be one of the most highly important parts, and maybe I’ve neglected it. Maybe in Jesus’ time they weren’t neglecting it. Maybe if He were here today, He would tell people to have more. Maybe in Jesus’ day, people thought about it all the time and we hardly ever think about it.

QUALITY IS THE ANSWER. IT IS WHAT YOU THINK, NOT HOW OFTEN. IN JESUS’ TIME ON EARTH, MOST OF THE THOUGHTS WERE BOUND UP IN FERTILITY RITES AND SUPERSTITION. THEY WERE NEGATIVE ENERGY VORTICES.

Then I would say that much of his advice does not apply to us. Isn’t that what that answer means?

MUCH DOES NOT APPLY NOW. WHEN YOU RID YOURSELF OF ALL NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT SEX, THEN IT IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO HAVE A VARIETY OF HIGHER LEVEL SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS. THESE DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE PHYSICAL. SOME OF YOUR MOST REWARDING SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS OCCUR WHEN YOU THINK YOU ARE ASLEEP. THESE ARE ENCOUNTERS WITH UNKNOWN BEINGS ON THE ASTRAL PLANE AND ALSO ESSENCE ENCOUNTERS WITH ACTUALLY KNOWN BEINGS.

I had a love affair once and I think that the meeting must have been karmic. It just seems like something that was sent, or had some super significance.

IT ENABLED YOU TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SEXUAL ENERGY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

For the first and last time!

BUT YOU ARE NOW AWARE OF THEM, YOU CAN NOW REACH THEM AT WILL, BUT IT WILL TAKE PRACTICE.

That’s what consciousness is, that’s what Robert Burton said — conscious love — to love at will — and that is what he (Michael) is saying here. I have never found that button. As a matter of fact, there is a lot of fear around that button too.

IT REQUIRES THAT YOU GO THROUGH THE SAME SET OF EXERCISES THAT YOU USE IN ANY OTHER CONSCIOUSNESS-RAISING RITUAL — THE DETACHMENT / CONCENTRATION MONAD.

It appears to me that in consciousness-raising you don’t concentrate.

CONCENTRATION ON A SINGLE GOAL. IN THIS CASE, THE GOAL WOULD BE ECSTASY.

I am wondering about the cells in the human body: are they ecstatic? Are they even conscious of what they are doing? Are they happy or not happy, or do they just feel good and not good? Then in the happy cell, are there happier atoms? Are atoms happy and unhappy too?

THERE IS EXCITABILITY AND IRRITABILITY IN THE SIMPLEST STRUCTURE. YOU KNOW THAT ALREADY, BUT YOU ARE NOT ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR NEWLY CLEARED ABILITY TO EXTRAPOLATE THIS INFORMATION. THE CELLS REACT TO NOXIOUS STIMULI IN MUCH THE SAME FASHION AS DO STARS IN THE CASE OF SUPERNOVA.

Well, he’s extrapolating it out for us, to the biggest thing that he can think of that we can relate to. That’s as far as the understanding goes. He doesn’t go into how many universes there are.

THERE IS ONE UNIVERSE, BUT IT IS INFINITE AND ETERNAL.

I can grasp the idea of infinite bigness, but I cannot grasp the concept of infinite smallness — you know, the electron is a planet, etc. Are the electrons cosmos?

THEY ARE “MICROCOSMOSIS” [a Gurdjieff term for the atomic realm].

There was a discussion concerning being unpopular because you held unpopular beliefs, pursued [strange] teachings, etc.

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE UNPOPULARITY WHEN UNPOPULAR IDEAS ARE ESPOUSED AND EXPRESSED. THE BODY DOES NOT WISH THE ESSENCE TO BE FREED. IT WILL FIGHT TO KEEP THE ESSENCE ASLEEP. IT TAKES MANY SUCH FIGHTS TO STRENGTHEN THE ESSENCE.

That’s why it’s hard to make the commitment while you are scared and while you still care (about going to prison, etc.). I wonder if Timothy Leary cares. Maybe he doesn’t. Maybe his little job in prison is tending the flowers and he may be happy there as Claudio Naranjo is happy in Spain tending his flowers.

YOU REACH THE POINT WHERE ENVIRONMENT ON THE PHYSICAL PLANE DOES NOT MATTER ANY MORE. YOU CAN LEAVE IT AT WILL.

Well, if we do astral travel to associate with the spirits more, maybe they won’t let us associate with them, after we have made the commitment. You really don’t know whether they will associate with you anyway. That puts you where you don’t care. Take the astral trips first. See if you like it.

DON’T WORRY. WE WILL ASSOCIATE. WE WILL NOW ANSWER AN EARLIER QUESTION. WE ARE INTEGRATED FRAGMENTS OF AN ANCIENT ENTITY (One of us had wondered earlier who our new entity was).

I have a complicated question about personality and essence. From what he has said before, it seems like you get here and you develop the personality (the learned personality according to where you land) and it is much in the way of what you want to do. You may never do what you are supposed to do because of the personality. This is what I’ve been doing.

YOU WILL BURN OUT ALL YOUR KARMA — YOU MUST. THE CHOICES YOU MAKE BETWEEN PHYSICAL BODIES ARE PART OF THE LEARNING PROCESS ALSO.

Maybe he’s saying you lose it in spite of your personality.

PERSONALITY IS JUST ANOTHER DEFENSE THE BODY EMPLOYS WITH THE HELP OF THE OTHER BODIES AROUND IT.

I can’t see what part the personality has to do with karma. I think that’s put in by culture.

IT IS JUST MORE COMPLEX MAYA. YOU SEE, IT REALLY IS INFINITE.

A discussion concerning monads: sacred/profane, profound/superficial, the yin and yang duality, infinite complexity/infinite simplicity.

Was Georges Gurdjieff a conscious being?

GEORGES GURDJIEFF WAS SUBJECTIVELY CONSCIOUS, YES. VERY FEW WHO ARE BECOMING OBJECTIVELY CONSCIOUS NEED TO REINCARNATE. THERE IS USUALLY NO NEED. SOMETIMES WHEN THERE IS SPIRITUAL STAGNATION, ONE WILL ELECT TO ACT AS A CATALYST FOR PHILOSOPHICAL GROWTH. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY. SOCRATES, PYTHAGORAS, KRISHNA, SIDDHARTHA [Gautama, the Buddha], AND CHRIST WERE EARLIER EXAMPLES. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER.

Concerning the level of information given, why is there a difference, however slight, between the small, private sessions, and the larger, open sessions?

WHEN THE KNOWLEDGE LEVEL OF THE GROUP IS RELATIVELY LOW, THEN THE INFORMATION GIVEN WILL BE AT A LOWER LEVEL. THE INFORMATION GIVEN HERE TODAY COULD NOT BE GIVEN TO THE LARGER GROUP IN QUITE THIS FORM. THE KNOWLEDGE LEVEL HERE IS RELATIVELY HIGH.

Before I ask any more questions, I would like our entity to give us a name.

YOU MAY CALL ME ANYTHING YOU WISH.

Well, I was just thinking about the future. Yeah, how do we call you?

THE LAST NAME A FRAGMENT OF THIS ENTITY USED WAS ”MICHAEL”.

He wants to say something else.

THE ENTITY OF WHICH [Saint] PAUL [of the Bible] WAS A PART IS NOT COMPLETELY INTEGRATED.

There was a discussion that Robert Burton had said Jesus’ disciples were beneath HIS level. It was asked if Michael would still be available after lunch.

BY ALL MEANS. I NOW HAVE ACCESS TO ETERNITY.

A discussion concerning the effects of alcohol on quieting the personality, then the fragmentation of Paul’s entity, and finally fragmentation in general.

WHEN THE SPIRIT ENTITY FIRST BECOMES EARTHBOUND THERE CAN BE AS MANY AS A THOUSAND FRAGMENTS. AS THE ENTITY PROGRESSES, THE FRAGMENTS UNITE. AS EACH LESSON IS LEARNED, THE MONADS ARE FORMED.

You mean we are all fragmented? Well, I’m still fragmented.

YOU WILL BE UNTIL YOU ARE REINTEGRATED. THE CHRIST ENTITY EVEN CONSISTED OF TWO FRAGMENTS. JESUS STILL HAD A GURU IN JOHN [the Baptist]. THE MASTER/PUPIL MONAD MUST BE EXPERIENCED FROM BOTH SIDES.

You mean everyone must eventually be a guru?

YOU ALL HAVE NEED TO SEEK A TEACHER. YOU MAY ALL TEACH AT THE SAME TIME. RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, THE PRIMARY ROLE IS THAT OF STUDENT. IN PREVIOUS EXISTENCES, YOU HAVE ALL EXPERIENCED RECEIVING THE GIFT OF HIGHER EXPRESSION. YOU MUST NOW LEARN HOW TO EXPRESS [teach] IT TO COMPLETE THE MONAD AND INTEGRATE THAT FRAGMENT.

What is a monad? Could we ask for a specific definition?

A MONAD IS A BASIC UNIVERSAL UNIT USED TO EXPRESS RELATIVE VALUES OF CONSCIOUSNESS [two opposite experiences are united into one complete experience]. A NEPHRON [kidney] IS A PHYSICAL MONAD — OR AN ORGANIC MONAD [two objects united into one thing].

Has anybody ever written about this on our plane?

MANY KNEW: [Tielhard de] CHARDIN, [Georges] GURDJIEFF, [Aldous] HUXLEY. [John] LILLY KNOWS TOO. THE MONADS DO NOT COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU, ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. IF YOU CAN COMPLETE ONE IN THIS LIFE, THOSE FRAGMENTS CONCERNED WITH THAT WILL UNITE.

He’s probably talking about major monads — not minor monads. Probably a million little minor monads just don’t make any difference. To love and to be loved may be the greatest monad.

TO BE LOVED AND TO LOVE IS A POSITIVE MONAD OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO REALIZE THAT YOU ARE LOVED IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THIS MONAD, AND THAT IS WHAT IS DIFFICULT.

“Jesus loves me, yes I know, for the Bible tells me so.” That’s being loved.

BUT YOU MUST FEEL THIS FORCE. INTELLECTUALLY SAYING JESUS LOVES ME WILL NOT DO IT. YOU USE JESUS AS A CONVENIENT SOURCE OF LOVE. IT IS ONE WHICH WILL NOT BACKFIRE AND THAT’S OK, BUT YOU MUST EVENTUALLY GET IT TOGETHER WITH YOUR OWN FRAGMENTED ENTITY. THE CONSCIOUS BEINGS ARE ALL LOVING.

When a baby is deprived of a mother because she is sick when it is born, and a certain amount of time goes by, that mother doesn’t have the agape love anymore. It is gone. The mother’s love is instinctive.

NURTURING, NOT LOVING, IS INSTINCTIVE.

We didn’t all necessarily experience the love. We experienced the nurture. I’ve often wondered about the child that results from superhigh love — the planetary kind — that child is bound to experience love as an infant because of this great love between the mother and the father. He’ll experience more than nurture.

THEY ALL HAVE. READ THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF [Mohandas] GANDHI. NURTURING IS COMMON TO ALL OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM. MAN, THROUGH PERSONALITY, TRIES TO RETAIN CONTROL BY CALLING IT LOVE AND MAKING THE RELATIONSHIP CONTINUE LONG AFTER THE NEED FOR THAT TYPE OF NURTURING IS GONE.

In other words, the baby lion when he grows up doesn’t worry about being loved anymore. He grows up, but man retains this need to be nurtured. You know, we don’t ever let each other become lions. We make us stay baby lions who need Mommy,

MAN IS THE ONLY ANIMAL WHO DRINKS MILK PAST WEANING. PERSONALITY IS LIKE AN ALBATROSS. READ THE “RHYME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER” IN THIS LIGHT.

We had a discussion concerning the “alien corn”. That part that was brought to mind was about homesickness and longing. The corn, you know, is neutral. It just grows and gives ears of corn, but it is called “alien corn” because it is not growing in her home.

TO HAVE THE FEELING OF HOME, THE ESSENCE MUST BE AT PEACE. AS LONG AS THE DIFFERENT DRUMMER STILL SOUNDS DIFFERENT TO YOU, YOU WILL REMAIN OUT OF STEP WITH THE MUSIC.

When I’ve been depressed, I don’t want to die. Oh, it is horrible — the thought is ghastly! When I feel good, absolutely overflowing with life, it doesn’t matter. It is a weird contradiction. You ought to want to hang onto it the most, but just speaking of it now, it felt like if it ends right now, that’s great.

DEATH IS A GHASTLY EXPERIENCE IF YOU ARE DEPRESSED. YOU BRING ALL YOUR DEPRESSION WITH YOU. THAT IS WHY SO MANY SUICIDES MUST GO BACK AND FINISH THAT WHICH THEY ABDICATED, OR NO PROGRESS CAN BE MADE.

Do we change sex upon reincarnation?

YOU MUST EXPERIENCE THE FRAGMENTS OF YOUR ENTITY FROM ALL DIMENSIONS.

As the hour was growing late, we asked Michael if we could contact him again.

OH YES, MORE NOW THAN BEFORE.

We tried to thank him and he replied:

THANKS ARE NOT NECESSARY. THIS GIFT IS GIVEN FREELY IN THE SPIRIT OF LOVE. I WILL GIVE AS MUCH AS YOU WILL RECEIVE. THIS IS TRUE OF ALL OF US. WE ARE ALSO SOLEAL’S TEACHER. (“Soleal” is the name given to us by an entity who says that he is an astral projection from another planet approximately twenty light years away. Michael describes Soleal as an ”adept”.)




 

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