How Roles Appear Physically and Energetically


Occasionally, Michael students say that someone looks like a certain role. A person’s physical traits result mainly from heredity and body type (which is partly hereditary). However, the role energy does exert subtle influences on how someone looks. It exerts a stronger influence on the qualities that come through physical traits, especially facial expressions. The following are some examples from my observation; they should not be taken as “rules” or as being universal, by any means.

Priests’ eyes are one of the most clear-cut physical indications of role I’ve found: they are very warm and intense, either compassion (positive pole of priest) or severe, depending on whether the priest is in the positive or negative pole. Priests often receive comments from other people about their eyes. Warriors’ eyes can also be intense, but in a cooler, earthier, sometimes metallic way. Servers’ eyes are also warm but not as intense. In general, servers can look sweet, earnest, and comforting, or, in the negative pole, dull or downtrodden.

Kings can have narrow, wedge-shaped faces with long, regal noses and a contained, regal expression, sometimes as if to say, “We are not amused.” Both warriors and kings have a “clean,” no-frills, “let’s get to the point or down to business” air about them. Warriors’ faces can be flat and smooth. Warriors exude a quality of solidity and raw power. It is as if kings’ faces are designed for focus, and warriors’ faces for pushing through (like a blunt battering ram).

Scholars’ neutrality can be harder to spot than the particular “colors” of the other roles, but it does manifest in the way they look. Their eyes, for instance, have a neutral, Van Gogh-ish quality—I can almost see swirling circles in front of them that perhaps allow scholars to observe without being seen too much. In general, scholars seem “washed” with an almost milky energy. Although scholars can be beautiful or handsome, like any other role, in my experience they are generally not striking, since they usually don’t want to call too much attention to themselves. Sometimes I can guess someone to be a scholar only through a process of elimination—I figure that they can’t be any of the other roles. On the other hand, scholars can look like any other role depending on what other influences are present. If, for instance, someone is a scholar with a priest essence twin, he may look like a priest because of the bleed-through against the neutral “backdrop.” However, because the priest energy is being filtered through the translucent scholar energy, the priest energy isn’t as strong or “pure” as it would be if he were a priest. (This will be discussed further in the next section.) In the negative pole, a scholar can sometimes seem colorless.

Artisans, servers, and scholars all tend to have a gentle, lower-key demeanor. Artisans frequently have a cloud-like air, and soft, rounded faces. “Pretty-boy” (as opposed to more rough-hewn) men and “adorable” or beautiful women in a Marilyn Monroe kind of way are many times artisans. They often like to express themselves through their clothes and adornments, hairstyles, and their body itself to create beauty and/or originality. This is also true of sages, although to a lesser extent. As you can imagine, many models are artisans and sages. Priests’ smiles can be angelic, whereas sages’ smiles often seem to have a little mischief in them. Sages’ faces are highly expressive and are often good-looking or interesting, so as to capture the attention they need in order to fulfill their role.

In general, the solid roles—warriors, kings, and scholars—look more “hard,” and the fluid roles—servers, priests, artisans, and sages—look more “soft,” although I find that sages, particularly, can look either way. Depending on other influences, such as male/female energy ratio and essence twin role, I have sometimes mistaken a sage (especially in a male body) for a king, and vice versa, whereas I would be much less likely to mistake a server or an artisan for a king. So sage is the fluid role that can most easily look solid.

I asked some other Michael channels how the roles look to them. José Stevens, pointed out the mirth in sages’ eyes, and that sage males can have craggy, movie-star looks. Warriors’ eyes tend to be narrow or close set, while kings’ eyes tend to be far apart. Scholars can have a high forehead and a lot of facial wrinkles at a young age. They have a kind look as opposed to the compassion (positive pole of priest) of priests. He also noted that artisans can look cute wearing anything, even a mop!

JP Van Hulle finds that priests tend to be the most striking and best-looking of the roles, with a strain who are tall and willowy. Kings and warriors are often short, and warriors can be thick, perhaps muscular or fat, with a thick neck. There is a strain of scholars who are stereotypically “nerdy”: skinny and “weedy” with “ropey” muscles. (Of course, there are many scholars who do not fit this mold.) JP observes a “halo” of soft hair around servers’ faces. Artisans can look dreamy-eyed or vague, with somewhat childlike faces; older artisans tend to have fewer wrinkles than other roles.

There are abundant exceptions to these generalizations, and discerning the role solely from the way someone looks is unreliable. Nevertheless, when combined with other perceptions, observing how a person looks can help us distinguish his role. As mentioned, when I have a photograph of a person for whom I am going to channel a Michael Reading chart, I usually try to guess his role. If what I guess turns out not to be his role, it is usually at least the role of his essence twin, or the role his cadence position resonates with.

A variation on this is psychically discerning the role (and overleaves, too) as it manifests in the aura. For example, artisans’ auras tend to be soft and diffuse, whereas warriors’ tend to be hard and compact. (Kings and scholars also tend to have auras that are dense and close to the body.) A king tends to send his energy down, while a priest tends to send his up. I do not see auras (although I can sense what is happening energetically with a person in a general sense). However, through some channels, Michael discerns the role and overleaves in that way rather than getting the information from the akashic records.

Incidentally, since artisans’ auras tend to be the largest and most diffuse, artisans need to be especially aware of what I call “aural hygiene.” In a crowd, there can be many other people in an artisan’s aura, and he can pick up a lot of their energies, some of which can stay with him and weigh him down. It is a good idea for artisans to spend a few minutes each morning and evening clearing their aura. A simple way to do this is to imagine being washed by a rainstorm; the visualization itself isn’t important—it is the intent to cleanse the aura and making time for it to happen that count. (This can benefit anyone, of course, but is particularly important for artisans, and, to a lesser extent, sages.)

It can work the other way around, too: if a crowd is in an artisan’s aura, the crowd can take on the artisan’s mood—the artisan creates the atmosphere.

What artisans pick up in their auras often bears little relationship to them—it is just debris, like the dust cloud around the Peanuts cartoon character Pigpen. That makes it easy to cleanse their auras. Priests, on the other hand, tend to pick up other people’s negative energy as a result of their desire to offer healing. Their empathy allows them to feel what others feel, and they are natural healers. They can unconsciously draw off other people’s blocked energies, but rather than dispersing the energies, they can store them in their own energy field, which, of course, can become a burden to them. Sometimes it is not enough for priests to visualize cleansing their auras—they may also need to set boundaries and realize that it is not their responsibility to take on other people’s “stuff.” Whatever our role is, it is useful to learn to keep our energy field protected with a “teflon coating” of light. Just as healthy skin keeps intrusions out of our bodies, a healthy energy field has a strong energetic “skin.”

(excerpt from The Journey of Your Soul)

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About Shepherd Hoodwin

Shepherd has been channeling since 1986. He also does intuitive readings, mediumship, past-life regression, healing, counseling, and channeling coaching, where he teaches others to channel. He has conducted workshops on the Michael teachings throughout the United States. His other books include Enlightenment for Nitwits, Loving from Your Soul: Creating Powerful Relationships, Meditations for Self-Discovery, Opening to Healing, Growing Through Joy, Being in the World, and more to come.

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