The Overleaves (or Personality Traits)By Various
Learn about the Goals, Modes, Attitudes, Centers, Chief Features, and Bodytypes
Our Personality Traits
Understanding and accepting the differences of others is the key to unlocking greater levels of compassion, both for ourselves and those around us. The Overleaves (or personality traits) 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 true 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 chief feature.
The Goal influences what we do;
The Mode, how we do it;
The Attitude, why we do it;
The Center, the part of self from which we do it;
And the Chief Feature, what blocks or distorts our doing.
The Personality Traits (Overleaves)
Goals, Modes, Attitudes, Centers, Chief Fears
While soul age gradually advances forward over a series of lifetimes and the role (or soul type) remains the same, the overleaves are specific personality traits that change in each incarnation.
The overleaves assist with completing the life task and add necessary variety and personal challenges for the soul to explore. Without the overleaves, there would be no distinct personality or unique characteristics that stand out from others.
Think of a novelist who is creating a character for his story. To make his character come alive on the page, he gives his protagonist a goal (a special desire to aspire to), a mode (how the character will achieve the goal), an attitude (the way the character views the world in the story), a center (how the character reacts to situations), and a chief fear (what the character is most afraid of). Without these personality traits, our novelist's character would be flat and one-dimensional, lacking the inherent richness to express the range of experience required of a character in a good novel. The same requirements could be said about an incoming soul hoping to get the most out of what life has to offer. Essence (or the higher self) is then the master storyteller that breathes life into your personality.
As it does in other aspects of the teachings, the number seven prevails in the overleaves, as well. There are seven goals, seven modes, seven attitudes, seven centers, and seven chief fears (or features).
In addition, the overleaves add different colors to the otherwise pure energy of the roles (see roles). This not only contributes more complexity to the personality but allows the personality to experience the unique flavors of other roles. For instance, the goal of dominance is energetically aligned with the king. If an artisan chose dominance as a goal during a lifetime, that artisan would experience some of that king energy, and this would be reflected in the personality.
With the potential for conflicting energies, some overleaves can abrade with each other and create challenges in finding common ground. A skeptic paired with an idealist is a combustable mix, and a spiritualist abrading with a cynic rarely leads to a mutual accord. Two of the same overleaves paired together, however, often leads to an immediately affinity with another person, as if they are on the same wavelength. Bridging the gap between two opposing overleaves is then a main goal of the teachings, where the differences are better understood and tolerated.
Michael's Comments About the Overleaves
Are all overleaves in essence?
NO: THEY ARE ALL IN PERSONALITY.
Are they chosen on the basis of karma?
FIRST OF ALL, THE LOCALE, THE SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, THE PARENTS YOU CHOSE — ALL ARE FORMATIVE IN PROGRAMMING THE BIOCOMPUTER. THESE OVERLEAVES ARE CHOSEN BY THE SOUL TO BE ACTED OUT IN LIFE, INDEPENDENT MOST OF THE TIME OF THE WISHES OF THE ESSENCE. THE SOUL CHOSE THEM TO COMPLETE THE SPECIFIC TASK. THE SOUL DESIRES SIMPLICITY AND FREEDOM, MAKING A SPLIT BETWEEN SOUL AND ESSENCE.
We don’t take the personality with us when we die. Do we leave it here?
THAT IS CORRECT. THE SOUL ON THE ASTRAL PLANE IS DEVOID OF FALSE PERSONALITY.
The overleaves also provide opportunities for the soul to deal with the difficult, sometimes prickly aspects of certain personality traits in the overleaves (called positive and negative poles), allowing for more growth and spiritual development.
Positive and Negative Poles
Like most things in the Michael teachings, each overleaf is paired with a positive and negative pole, the polarities of love and fear. The negative poles are similar to Jung's Shadow Self and occupy the realm of false personality, a region in the psyche where the incarnating soul is considered temporarily disconnected from essence. (See Applying the Teachings)
The goal of the teachings is to spend more time occupying the positive pole of the overleaves. The positive pole of the goal of dominance, for instance, is leadership, a positive trait in most circles of thinking. The negative pole, however, is dictatorship, a trait based on fear-based behavior that compels one to control rather than lead.
Considering the unpredictable challenges of life, it would be impossible to remain in the positive poles all the time -- and a life without an understanding of how the personality manifests on the darker side would be less complete.
The Four Axes (Inspiration, Expression, Action and Neutral)
Cardinal or Ordinal
The articles below represent a comprehensive collection of educational material about 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.
The Seven Goals
Reevaluation, Discrimination, Submission, Flow, Acceptance, Growth, Dominance
Our goal is the primary motivation behind what we choose to seek and experience in life. It often, even if indirectly, shapes the general arc of our life and colors the palette of experiences that take form on the life canvas. Much about the human condition can be learned from a study of the seven goals.
The goal could be thought of as the life theme, the underlying meaning behind the desires and actions of the soul. The goal is then the focal point, and like a leitmotif from the arts, if the goal were audible it would be a reoccurring musical phrase that resonates throughout the lifetime. A life without one of the seven goals would tend to feel meaningless and without purpose.
The positive and negative poles can be used as a yardstick to measure the overall results of a goal. In other words, is the motivation behind the goal based on love or fear? Learning to act from the positive pole of a goal is a common lesson that essence will challenge the personality with over the course of a lifetime.
Here are the positive (+) and negative (-) poles of each goal. (Note that each goal, from 1-7, progresses from most ordinal to most cardinal).
1) Reevaluation (+Atavism -Withdrawal)
2) Discrimination (+Sophistication -Prejudice)
3) Submission (+Devotion -Subservience
4) Flow (+Suspension -Inertia)
5) Acceptance (+Agape -Ingratiation)
6) Growth (+Comprehension -Confusion)
7) Dominance (+Leadership -Dictatorship)
According to Michael channeling, the goal of growth is the most popular goal, with acceptance coming in a close second. Reevaluation is considered the rarest goal in society, a mere 1% of the population.
[Click table below for articles about each goal]
MORE On Goals:
▪ Michael Channeling on THE GOALS (Recommended)
The Seven Modes
Reserve, Caution, Perseverance, Observation, Power, Passion, Aggression
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.
[Click table below for links]
The Seven Modes
MORE On Modes:
The Seven Attitudes
Stoic, Skeptic, Cynic, Pragmatist, Idealist, Spiritualist, Realist
The 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.
[Click table below for links]
The Seven Attitudes
MORE On Attitudes:
Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Instinctive, Higher Emotional, Higher Intellectual, Moving
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.
3) Physical Center
5) Higher Intellectual
6) Higher Emotional
[Click table below for links]
The Seven Centers
MORE On Centers:
The Chief Fears (or Features)
Self-Deprecation, Arrogance, Self-Destruction, Greed, Martyrdom, Impatience, Stubbornness
Our 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.
THE CHIEF FEARS:
An Introduction to the Chief Features
▪ Self-Deprecation (Fear of "being inadequate.")
▪ Arrogance (Fear of "being judged.")
▪ Self-Destruction (Fear of "losing control.")
▪ Greed (Fear of "not having enough.")
▪ Martyrdom (Fear of being a "victim.")
▪ Impatience (Fear of "missing out.")
▪ Stubbornness (Fear of "change.")
MORE on Chief Fears:
Lunar, Venusian, Mercurial, Saturnian, Martial, Jovial, Solar
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.
THE BODY TYPES
Annotated Overleaves Chart - Pop-up text Phil Wittmeyer
Here is a standard overleaf chart, but with annotated definitions that pop-up via Java script. A very useful resource.
A compilation of celebrity overleaves, created to supplement some of the other existing sources.
Use this questionnaire to identify your own overleaves.
Discusses fear and the negative poles.
Individual Chart Analysis
An interpretation of several Michael charts.
Discrepancies in Overleaves
Explains the inaccuracies found in some Michael readings.
Astral Overleaf Schools
An interesting take on selecting overleaves
About David Gregg
David is the webmaster of MichaelTeachings.com and also moderates the Michael teachings discussion list at Yahoogroups. He has been a Michael student since 1996 and began channeling as a tool for spiritual enrichment. He is also a professional musician and plays the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, with a lifetime love for jazz and classical music. He enjoys literature and book collecting, and writes short stories in his spare time.
He occasionally writes reviews and profiles of jazz musicians at his jazz blog, Jazz Reader.
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