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Michael: We are here. We wish you all a
greeting of the 'season'. It is well to remember milestones of the year even
if they are specific to particular traditions that you do not follow.
Although Easter is a Christian holy day, it is also a day within the time of
the earth's shadow going toward the longest day of the year.
Beginnings are always new, no matter how often they occur. Beginnings mean
having the chance to start over, a welcome thought for the physical plane,
we think. No matter how many times the task at hand seems endless, it also
had a beginning. It follows that it will have an end. We know that some
tasks such as meal preparation or repetitious chores like that may not seem
to have either a beginning or and end, but if taken one task at a time you
can see that even then there comes a moment when the first knife is lifted
or the last rag is hung to dry.
The spirit is calmed with beginnings and ends. Or rather we would say, the
spirit is enlivened at both ends. More energy is focused on beginnings and
more serenity is occasioned at ends.
When there is an onerous task to accomplish, one that may take years to
fulfill, the thought that it once had a beginning may seem so far in the
past that it has lost relevance. We understand that. Nor do we insist that
each task, whether so small as a meal or so large as rearing a child, should
be constantly evaluated for its start and stop.
Only the most dedicated accountant-minded might find satisfaction in such an
exercise. No, rather we remind you that approaching each task of the day,
which may be a slice of a large amount of time or it may be discrete for the
moment, is a way to value, that is, put a value on your life. We have said
before that no life is wasted, no choice is bad, no path is wrong.
How is this possible, you wonder, when your experience of life has shaken
your knowledge that these words are so? How is it that a day or a year or a
lifetime that never seems to have a beginning or an end that you can see is
still 'appropriate' for your life? Remember, you are viewing time from your
physical plane knowledge, your human brain and eyes and understanding.
Essence has no such limitation. Essence has no time constraints, no physical
body to hurt, no brain or heart to worry about.
Time is indeed part of the physical plane and the experience of it, and the
experiences that are rolled into time do matter and they do impact life.
What we wish to describe is a way to make what seems intolerable sometimes,
more bearable. Think back to the beginning of some burden that you carry
today. Each of you has one, at least one, such memory. Remember how it
began, if you can. The energy that was released at that moment is part of
what is fueling this experience right now. And that energy has both a
positive and a negative pole. It is positive when it allows you to undertake
something without knowing how it will turn out, or even knowing how it will
turn out, as in the undertaking of caring for a dying person. The negative
pole is the creeping sense that somehow the task at hand, large or small,
wasn't actually chosen at all, but rather was foisted on you, willy nilly
and you became mired in it before you knew it.
Choices have stages, remember. There is a beginning and an end to choices
just as there is for tasks. Tasks are after all the expression of choices.
Stepping back and drawing breath to examine where you are in the continuum
is a step toward understanding both beginnings and ends. No experience that
you are having, have had, will have, is lost to the universe, No path is
'wrong'. This is part of the introduction to the cycle of existence that
begins with casting and ends with return to the Tao. This is the
quintessential 'beginning and end'. Everything else proceeds from this
Grief, joy, weariness, excitement, satisfaction, depression, these are all
small flags along the path and each can be a descriptor of a moment or of a
lifetime. Nothing is static or indelible. We have said this many times. When
assessing where you are in the journey with its beginning and not yet its
end, there is always the option to 'opt out' of a particular task. If it is
a lesson Essence is particularly keen on, it will turn up again in a
different guise, either in this lifetime or in another. Essence is nothing
if not patient. And unlike your niggling conscience that says: You goofed
that time, kiddo, Essence is non-judgmental.
We return to our first thought. Beginnings are opportunities to start over.
Endings are opportunities to assess results. That is all. Not in the sense
of the scales that the early Egyptians used to weigh the feather of Maat,
Truth, against the human heart. Rather the scales of your own Higher Self
that knows what you are and where you are going.
We will take questions now.
Q & A
<SusanF_Denver> Michael, can you help me understand why I'm so empathetic
with animals, I find myself very disturbed when I think any animal is going
to be hurt. I get furious with the thought of abuse or abandonment. Why do I
feel this way? I find them very painful.
This fragment has had many lifetimes involving either the use of animals or
the misuse of them. There was one lifetime in which the fragment was a camel
driver for caravans crossing the Arabian desert. In order to complete
passages that would result in an additional amount of money for early
delivery, this fragment often drove his animals harder than was necessary. A
flavor of this mistreatment trickles into this life as an abhorrence for
seeing any animal abused or in need of care.
Another lifetime will no doubt complete the repayment to the animal kingdom
for the original choice to put aside their needs in favor of his own. This
lifetime is not the one.
<SusanF_Denver> Serves me right, Thank you Michael.
<Brian_W> Hi, Michael and Nancy. I was told when I had received my
overleaves that my Sage casting has "saved me" many times over the years.
Could you please elaborate on this?
Sages are among those who generally do not hold grudges, unless other
overleaves or astrological energy interferes. This quality has allowed the
fragment Brian to move forward at times when another would have spent a
great deal of useless thought and energy on 'getting even'. We would
consider this a 'saving' grace. Wouldn't you?
<Brian_W> Yes, I agree. Thank you.
<BobbyA> Hi, Nancy/Michael: From personality's point of view, would you
describe the most exciting lifetime for me, being Warrior-roled?
Michael: Exciting? Warriors tend to find
the excitement they need in the exercise of their role. However, yes, there
was a lifetime some centuries ago when the fragment rode with the Asian
tribes of the man you call Genghis Khan, Temujut. His lifetime was spent in
the saddle, bringing tribes of the steppes under his control and in the end
extending his rule over much of central and eastern Asia. This fragment rode
with his chief through much of that human's long lifetime, with enormous
exuberance and pleasure.
<BobbyA> Interesting. Thanks. :-)
<Kathryn41> My question seems very apropos considering tonight's opening
comments, Michael. :-). I am asking about a 23 year old young man named
Matthew whom I knew very well as a child and boy. I have his photo in front
of me and hope you can connect to his image from my mind. 2 weeks ago
tonight Matthew committed suicide. As you said, no life is wasted, no choice
is bad, no path is wrong . . . . However the family did not see this coming
and are devastated. Can you shed any light or offer any insight that might
help the family understand why Matthew made the choice to end his life?
Michael: Within the circle of a life,
its beginning and its end, there can be as little as moments and as much as
a century. The use of the time is up to the individual fragment. We see this
young fragment Matthew as having completed the tasks of this life and using
his choice to end it, which is his right.
<Kathryn41> So he never meant to live a longer life . . . ?
Michael: This lifetime was a completion
of one that was abruptly ended in its 3rd decade some four lifetimes ago.
The one task left brought the fragment back to accomplish it and when it was
done, he saw no reason to remain. His higher self allowed this choice as an
option before incarnating this time. In this respect, higher self was able
to over rule false personality which might have interfered with his
<Kathryn41> Thank you. It is somewhat easing to hear that higher self made
the choice and not false personality, although I am not sure his family will
<NancyGG> (Probably not, Kathryn. But unless he was terminally ill or
depressed out of his mind, this seems to explain it.)
<KerryP> I'm a newly single mom and hoping to develop some stronger
friendships. I'm struggling a lot lately with being taken advantage of in
all areas of my life, expected to do monumental things for others without
even minimal appreciation in return. Can you give me some insights into how
I might counter this more positively, so that I don't end up always being
the one dumped on? I'm very hesitant to reach out to others for friendship
with this as the current dominant theme, and end up just avoiding people
Michael: In the early stages of
singleness after a mating has been terminated, there is a tendency for
others to expect that a fragment is once again available for tasks that have
piled up on them. This scholar has the priest's energy to serve the higher
good and translates that into helping those who turn for help.
<KerryP> I very much enjoy helping and am very empathetic, but the being
taken advantage of is going a bit too far.
Michael: We would say that a certain
discernment is necessary here. Even one in growth can find that there are
not enough hours in the day to please everyone. Again, we say take a good
look at the request when it happens and weigh it against former experience.
Where it meshes with your needs and abilities, it may still be too much in
light of the work of your own life. The requests and demands of others will
only be taking advantage of you when you let them. Appraise each
request/need against your time, energy, and willingness and ration yourself
for your best performance and your own well being. It may be hard to say NO
at times, but this is always a possibility.
<KerryP> Thank you.
<annh> I will be on sabbatical next year and although I have a number of
projects I've arranged to work on, I'm concerned about loneliness, laziness,
and isolation. What would be helpful for me to bear in mind during that
Michael: The sage requires an audience
and companionship in order to function well. The scholar enjoys solitude and
the rewards of intense focus on a limited scope.These two energies are
compatible, generally, when each is given time for its own expression. We
would say that alternating between periods of intense study/research/writing
and interaction with others, either in small tete a tete luncheons or larger
gatherings, will offer the best approach to productivity.
Going totally toward isolation will distress the sage and giving in to
riotous living will distress the scholar.
<annh> So true.
Michael: We suggest a happy medium. Re
leave stress when it feels right and bring your talents for study to bear
when it feels right.
<annh> Thank you. This is a good reminder!
<LoriS> Good evening. My question concerns the flow of life recently for me
personally. I've had to make some fairly large decisions and choices lately,
mostly in letting certain things and relationships end. It was difficult but
now that I have, I feel a clear sense of moving on quite strongly. My
intuition has been working overtime and I feel very "tuned in." It has been
channeled that I have completed what I incarnated for specifically, and that
I have decided to "remain in the life". Could you please give me a sense of
what is going on at Essence level?
<NancyGG> (Lori, how old are you?)
<LoriS> 50, just a month ago.
Michael: There is a sense here of an
ending in having accomplished the main life task. When this happens,
everything else seems like an open market, ready for anything. This fragment
has finished the 4th IM, is not yet ready for the 5th, and has a number of
years remaining according to the plan she and Essence decided on prior to
this incarnation. During this time new experiences are available and new
choices can be made. Some have been already, with good results. Essence does
not abandon the fragment once the life task has been accomplished. Essence
is ready and willing to assist in furthering the experience of the physical
plane to its utmost. If there is any direction that appeals, we would say:
Try it. If there is a door that seems beckoning, we would say: Open it. And
then walk through.
The opportunities for an interesting and even rewarding life do not end just
because you have fulfilled the primary purpose. Think of all the secondary
and tertiary purposes that you can now explore! We would say: Happy hunting!
<LoriS> Thank you!
<Geraldine> In honor of today, I'd like to ask about the Infinite Soul
Christ manifestation. You've said previously that the message from the IS
Christ/Jesus was muddied, misquoted, and degraded nearly from the beginning.
What was the true purpose and message of that IS?
Michael: We have said this before but it
cannot be said often enough: The incarnation of the Infinite Soul is a
matter of bringing the Logos to bear in the physical world. In order to do
that the Infinite Soul has to acquire a body. Otherwise it cannot obtain a
footing in the world of the physical plane. The Infinite Soul found the body
of the man Jesu at exactly the right moment and undertook to incarnate in
it, with his permission. This incarnation was a matter of a few weeks at
most, and must not be supposed to have been the whole lifetime or even the
adult lifetime of the man Jesu.
The bringing to bear needs some explanation. The Infinite Soul does not need
to DO anything in its incarnation. All that is necessary is for it to BE, to
have presence on the physical plane. That is why there were no cataclysms,
or thundering bells ringing, or enormous crowds shouting alleluias, not
forgetting hosts of angels at his birth. The crowds who followed him were a
result of the Old soul Jesu bar Jousef's own personality and teaching. The
Infinite Soul, when it incarnated in that body, was a shadow among men,
going among the followers and teaching, yes, but without the uproar that had
followed before. These teachings were gentle and calming, not a rousing call
to arms. That is not the way of the Infinite Soul. Remember it as BEING
PRESENT, not as RULING THE WORLD.
<Brian_W> So the personality known across generations as Jesus was simply a
man who did extraordinary things with his life by teaching love, goodness,
Michael: Yes, we would say this.
Further, the man Jesus was an occult master and quite capable of performing
miracles as he is thought to have done. He was also dedicated to bringing
the teachings as he understood them to as many as would hear. Remember his
words that you call the Beatitudes. These are among the truest of the words
that are left of his.
<Geraldine> You've said that the current manifestation of the IS has been
put off because there has been sufficient consciousness raising -- so, what
issue was pressing at that time for the IS to be present?
Michael: At the time of the
manifestation of the Infinite Soul there was a growing felt need to connect
with the energy of the Tao. It was manifested in the many occult and fairly
superstitious religions that were being introduced at the time into the
Roman world from Africa and Asia. It was a turning point, much as this time
is, between soul age levels for the world, moving from Baby to Young, as you
are beginning the transition from Young to Mature. These are some of the
reasons for the bringing of the Logos to bear at any time.
We remind you that the total turning over from Baby to Young took nearly 400
years. Today, with the possibility of interchange and connecting with each
other in ways that were unheard of even a hundred years ago, there is a
sense that the Infinite Soul may let things go their way as long as they
seem to be 'on target' in a cosmological sense. The coming of the Infinite
Soul is totally within ITS purview. We know no better than you when or even
if it will come again, now or later.
<DaveGregg> Does Michael have closing comments?
Michael: We have come to another end.
The next moment is a new beginning. We offer you the peace and compassion
and total unconditional love that we can give, quite appropriate for this
day, we think. Go in peace.
<DaveGregg> Thank you, Michael and Nancy.
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