and accepting the differences of others is the key to unlocking greater levels
of compassion, both for ourselves and those around us. The Overleaves offer the
necessary tools to increase our capacity for tolerance and acceptance, and also show
how we pre-incarnationally decided to experience life, providing a roadmap for what it means to be human, and
how to operate from the true personality -- the
state of being where real spiritual growth occurs.
Overleaves are personality traits that
“overlay” the essence. We choose them before a lifetime begins to facilitate
the purposes of that lifetime, and usually select a new combination of them for
each lifetime. The overleaves include the goal, mode, attitude, center, and
- The goal influences what we do;
- The mode, how we do it;
attitude, why we do it;
- The center, the part of self from which we do it;
the chief feature, what tends to block or distort our doing.
Here's a comprehensive collection of articles
on the overleaves. No stone was left unturned in this impressive study. To
get started, read the introductory articles for each overleaf (goals, modes,
etc.) then read the seven specific entries for each group.
- An Introduction To Goals
Goal is our primary motivation, the thing that drives us, the general bottom
line we want to accomplish in any situation we’re in. More than the other
overleaves, goals determine how a lifetime tends to be shaped and therefore
has a lot to do with the kinds of experiences we have. Understanding the
goals can shed a great deal of light on the human drama.
The Seven Goals:
More On Goals:
An Introduction To Modes
The Mode is the way in which people pursue their Goal. It is also their
general manner of conduct or deportment. It is the underlying behavior pattern
or "modus operandi" of the personality — the standard operating
procedure. It is how people do things: their style, their path.
The Seven Modes:
More On Modes:
Introduction To Attitudes
seven attitudes are the ways personalities frame their experiences, placing
them in a context. You must frame your experiences one way or another;
otherwise they are random and have no meaning. The way you frame your
experiences has a lot to do with how you experience them. This is why no two
people agree on everything; some people are generally inclined to see things
in a more positive light or try to make the best of them, while others have
a more negative way of framing them.
The Seven Attitudes:
More On Attitudes:
Introduction to Centers
Centers govern how we experience life,
and how our response to experience is expressed. Each person has one center
that predominates in their life, which could then be thought of as a window
that looks out at the world.
Centers usually represent the most
prominent part of a person, especially how the person is perceived by other
people. Understanding centers involves learning to understand how people can
react so differently to the stimuli around them. Intellectually centered
people, for example, might view their perceptions of the world as reality
itself, and this can make it very difficult for them to comprehend how an
emotionally centered person can view the world so differently.
More On Centers:
Introduction to the Chief Features
chief feature is our Achilles’ heel or primary stumbling block—it is the
focus of our fears and illusions. Since it is our dominant blind spot, it
can be hard to recognize it, and even if we acknowledge it in theory, it can
be difficult to recognize in action. The chief feature and the negative
poles of the role and
other overleaves are
activated by fear. Ironically, they make matters worse because they generate
inappropriate responses, and then it seems that more fear is warranted when
these responses don’t work. The inappropriate responses build on themselves,
increasing the hold of the false
personality and maya.
False personality is made up of the chief feature and the negative poles of
the overleaves; maya means illusion, and relates to the essence,
particularly the negative pole of the role.
More on Chief Features:
Each Bodytype has a number of distinctive
physical characteristics. These traits are adopted from the astrological and
mythological attributes of the planets for which the Bodytypes are named. The
traits apply to males and females both, although some bodytypes are more
"masculine" and some more "feminine" according to cultural
stereotypes. There are also personality traits associated with each Bodytype.
Most people are a mixture of various proportions of two or three Bodytypes.
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