<ShepherdHoodwin> Let's take a moment and tune in to spirit. Let's each of us
also feel our anchoring into the earth, like mighty trees with deep roots. As we
relax, let us notice that our breathing is free and full.
<ShepherdHoodwin> MICHAEL: Greetings!
<ShepherdHoodwin> The energy tonight is
light and responsive. There is an eagerness for transformation and healing on
all levels. Many who participate in teachings such as these are quite
intellectually intelligent. It is self-evident that intellectual food appeals to
the intellectually oriented. We are not just speaking of those who are
intellectually centered. All scholars and sages, in particular, tend to be
attracted to knowledge. Beyond that, some people are intellectually calcified
and feel that they already know enough; their curiosity has been suppressed if
not outright broken. Other people, of all roles and overleaves, retain an avid
thirst for knowledge. "Blessed are they who thirst...."
Intellectual orientation, as we are
referring to it here, is a double-edge sword, like most things. It can lead to a
lack of development of body and emotions. It can lead to living life from the
head and not from wholeness. It is an illusion to mistake intellectual
understanding with full-self knowing. Still, an avid intellect *can* lead the
way toward wholeness.
Whatever one's strengths are, they can lead the way toward wholeness. For
example, someone who is artistic but not as well developed intellectually,
physically or spiritually, can use her artistry to awaken those other areas. Her
creativity might spur her on to research an area of interest, or to "get her
hands dirty" in physical exploration, or to find her way into the source of her
inspiration. So you may use what you have to find wholeness. This is related to
what we call balancing the centers, since usually (but not always), the
underdeveloped areas are represented by the least-used centers. However,
wholeness includes more aspects than just body, intellect, and emotions,
although these aspects can probably be classified under one or two of these
headings. Artistry, for example, usually suggests more the emotional center, but
there is clearly an intellectual and physical component to it. Some artists use
their intellectual center more than others. All use their body to some extent.
Art generally speaks more to the
emotions, but some people access it more intellectually or tactilely. We are
using artistry as a prime example of wholeness because many of you are feeling
an opening into greater artistry. Your society is a bit elitist about art; many
won't go near it because they feel they have little talent, and if they can't be
"good," let alone great, they don't want to risk the judgment of others.
However, in some cultures, art is seen as being for everyone to both enjoy and
practice. Perhaps it would be well to approach it as you do with children,
encouraging their expression without being too concerned about their technical
Artistic expression can balance one's
life like almost no other activity. Ask yourself what you would do if you could
in the artistic realm. Whatever comes to mind is likely to be something essence
is longing to express itself through. If you think you long to be a concert
pianist but cannot play piano, you might simply reinterpret the longing as a
desire to make music. Ask yourself what forms of expression now available to you
call to you. Perhaps singing in a chorus or attending a drumming circle. Perhaps
you long to dance but judge your body and/or your skills. Consider putting on
music you like and dancing alone, for the time being, in your private place.
Human beings are, by nature, artistic
beings. The ability to manipulate the environment implies doing so with maximum
choice and flair. That's artistry. There can be artistry in every aspect of
life, including business, food preparation, and so forth. Every conversation is
a chance to create, to express yourself with originality and vividness. However,
the areas normally considered to be artistic focus on creativity as opposed to
just getting the job done, so they are ideal for self-expression. There have
been great musicians, painters, etc., of all seven roles, so don't think that
you are limited if you aren't an artisan or a sage. If you *are* an
artisan or a sage, and you don't have a creative outlet in your life, you are
likely to suffer the most for that lack.
We're going to open this up now for
comments and questions on this topic. What do our words so far bring up for you?
<LoriS> To look for the opportunity to create everywhere in our lives.
<janie> To create is to bring balance to our lives.
<DaveGregg> It's true about the artisan who lacks a creative outlet. It's like
being in prison.
<Fideelia> Art is both fun and hard work. I am angry if I can't draw or paint
for longer time. It is unhealthy.
<LoriS> Sages too - I get cranky when I can't paint or draw.
<laurie> Resonance....I've been looking for a creative outlet and considering my
options. And I'm an Artisan :-)
<ShepherdHoodwin> For many of you,
taking a beginner class at a local school can get the ball rolling.
<ladybroker> I've always wanted to do belly dancing, so based on the channeling
I will look into it.
<fideelia> I can't sing at all but took voice course this fall term and it was
<Kathryn41> Interesting that the messages I am receiving now are about creation
and recreation and creative expression in other areas of my life - this ties in
<Rainbows> We are all creating every day - our lives, our work, our loves, our
joys, our sadness, our families...
<ShepherdHoodwin> Responding to
Rainbows, we would say that this is very true, and *knowing* this as you live is
a key to enhancing the creative expression in one's life.
<laughingboi> Can Michael speak to the cathartic aspects of art when dealing
with tough life situations or the process of burning karmic ribbons?
Laughingboi, re: the cathartic aspects: self-expression, by definition, gets
energy moving from within outward. Giving form to what's going on within can be
remarkably healing. This is the concept behind art and music therapy.
<Renee> I am Scholar/Artisan cast and it definitely struck a chord as to where
I'm neglecting myself in my life to achieve that balance!
<Carol> You have reminded me how healing artistic expression is and I need more
of it in my life.
<Ivy> This is so true-I'm a sage and nothing feels as right as when I'm dancing,
and I miss it horribly when I don't have the energy to do it.
<susantheoboist> I am always relearning to allow myself to enjoy music, as much
as I allow myself to enjoy other artistic outlets.
<ShannonB> So how does an intellectually focused person know if he/she is
"living too much in his/her head"?
<mark_townley> This is an area that this scholar tends to neglect!
<ShepherdHoodwin> Shannon asks how one
knows if one is too much in one's head. In such a case, life feels too dry, and
not as fulfilling as it might be.
<Elisa17> Is there any value to creativity that is mental only? Sometimes it
feels pointless to play a violin badly when I can play a string quartet in my
that can be valid, too, if it isn't just replaying what you already know. Some
can have a very rich creative life without expressing it externally. However,
you are physical beings, and most do better to externalize their creativity.
<SylviaD> As a scholar warrior cast, I see creativity in all that I do, - making
meals, planning, just living.
<Fideelia> You must play violin so badly, that it seems like art you know --
like performance. Many artists have done this. :-)
<ShepherdHoodwin> Fideelia brings up a
good point. If you are naturally more intellectual, you will be comfortable with
intellectual functions. However, all souls crave balance. The balance for one
person is different than for another. For some people, spending one percent of
their time expressing artistically is the right balance. For others, it's 75%.
We encourage you to find what works for you.
Now, we'll begin the formal questions, starting with one of general interest.
<DaveGregg> Fideelia, you have the first question of the evening...
Q & A
<Fideelia> In our culture many people believe that women are more
intuitive than men -- feminine intuition, they claim. Does feminine intuition
exist? And if so, how would you describe it? Moreover, what is intuition and how
does it differ from female intuition?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Intuition is
intuition. It is not solely the domain of souls in female bodies. We might
define it as the ability to know more than what the five senses tell you.
Intuition is not merely of the emotional center, but emotions carry a great deal
of information. Someone cut off from emotions is likely to have trouble
receiving intuitive knowledge. However, there are other sources of intuition,
such as through a bodily and/or psychic sense of energy.
The most accurate intuition involves all
levels of perception. Some males are quite intuitive in your culture, but
generally not through their emotions. They often perceive through "gut
feelings." The reason women are thought to be more intuitive in your culture is
that males are enculturated to deny emotions. This is less true today than in
the past, but there is still a cultural imperative for men to be "strong." What
that boils down to is that society says, "Men need to be tough and protect us
all. If that means killing, so be it."
Of course, in the hunter/gatherer
tradition, hunting meant killing animals for food. It also meant killing other
men to protect the tribe. It is possible to kill when necessary and still
maintain open, healthy emotions, but in general, killing is traumatic, and
society has often found it easier to deal with that by teaching males to detach
from all emotions. That leaves them without a main source of intuitive
information, although, as we say, there can be others. This is the main reason
that women are considered to have better intuition. However, there is also a
structural reason. The feminine correlates with the inner world, and the
masculine, the outer.
Since emotions are
content and thoughts are form, males are considered more intellectual and women,
more emotional. Of course, you each know of exceptions to this, but it generally
holds. A soul in a female body will naturally be more attuned to inner
realities; in a male body, the same soul will be more attuned to outer
Among souls, some naturally attune more
to one than the other, but the body's sex will emphasize inner or outer, and
will move the soul's focus to the "left" or the "right." That's the main reason
there are exceptions to the generalities about men and women. Imprinting is
another. All souls evolve toward greater intuition, even if some people's
personalities block it more in some lifetimes. Even those who refuse to
acknowledge any truths beyond the intellectual have intuitions--they just don't
fully engage with them. You, no doubt, have heard many people say that they
wished they'd followed a particular impulse or feeling. At the time, they
dismissed it. You have also no doubt heard of people who were not normally all
that intuitive who trusted an impulse that saved their lives. Oftentimes, the
impulse was one of their spiritual guides "yelling" at them to avoid an accident
or a doomed airplane. Your guides work with you to help you complete your life
Would you like to follow up on this
<Fideelia> I wonder if male/female ratio means outer/inner ratio?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Yes, to a certain
degree. Not entirely, though. It more refers to the level of goal-orientation of
the soul, but that's roughly equivalent, since goals are generally outwardly
focused (not always, though).
The role matters here, too. Warriors and
kings are especially outer-focused, no matter what the individual ratio.
Scholars are, too, to a lesser degree. They are more influenced by the ratio in
this regard, and also the body's sex. Priests are probably the role most
inwardly directed, but they can still externalize their goals, obviously.
Servers probably best balance the two: they can work diligently (outer) but
bring much caring (inner) into the work. Sages tend to be more inner than is
obvious to others. They are sometimes the "life of the party" or are otherwise
holding forth, but in the positive pole, they are more inner-focused, as they
maintain a keen eye for insights. They monitor inner dynamics and then report
them externally. It's similar for artisans; although they may be caught up in
the form they are crafting, in the positive pole, their creation springs from an
internal process. In fact, in the positive poles, there's a better balance
between inner and outer; in the negative poles, there tend to be extremes. A
negative-pole priest ignores the outer. A negative-pole warrior ignores the
inner. It is usually appropriate for warriors to be outer-dominant, but there's
a right balance with the inner for everyone. Extremes of any kind indicate
<Fideelia> Thank you.
<DaveGregg> Sabrina, you're next...
<Sabrina_> For a long time I have had a feeling that I “should”
be doing something, such as helping others or following an unrealistic dream,
instead of pursuing a regular career. This could be because I’m a priest, but
I’m wondering if Michael can put perspective on it. I don’t get any specifics on
the feeling and very recently this feeling has become more fearful and
internally consuming. I feel that I’m in conflict with myself
<ShepherdHoodwin> As a server-cast
priest, you obviously have a great need to serve in an exalted manner. This is
not your imagination or just false personality. What is your training and
<Sabrina_> I'm an engineer. Degree in Applied Science.
<ShepherdHoodwin> You chose this because
it provides you with stability. There is nothing wrong with this work for you.
Perhaps you can inspire others with whom you work and interact by maintaining as
high a self-awareness as you can. A regular spiritual practice can help with
this. However, this work will not be enough to nourish your need to have an
inspirational impact. So it falls to your after-work activities to fill this
Perhaps some volunteer tutoring would
fit the bill. One example might be teaching English as a second language (ESL).
Another avenue might be some kind of peer or lay counseling. Or some form of
healing work such as Reiki or hypnotherapy. There are many ways you could
satisfy this need. The first step is to explore various options and see which
ones call you.
<Sabrina_> Thank you very much
<DaveGregg> Beryl, you're next...
<beryl> I've wondered why fragments often come here for such
seemingly trivial reasons, as channeled as one's Life Task, that is. I'm sure
they're not at all trivial from an essence perspective, but it's like, "Um, I
came all this way for THAT?" I'm talking about cases where fragments do not have
more than one Life Task in a particular lifetime, and this "centerpiece" of
their Life Plan seems totally underwhelming from the perspective of the physical
<ShepherdHoodwin> Words fail when
voicing the life task(s). Summarizing them is like summarizing a great work of
art--one can never fully do them justice. When we look at the thrust that brings
a soul into physical manifestation, we see a magnificent matrix of threads and
desires. They always come down to a soul seeking to overcome limitations and
experience bliss. Of course, there can be great pain on the physical plane, and
we don't downplay this, but ultimately, it is all in service to the growth in
one's ability to better experience the greatness of love. It takes a challenging
"school" to call forth your inner greatness.
The life task is
never truly trivial. If it appears to be, then we suggest that one feel into it
more intuitively and sense its possibilities. Follow-up?
<beryl> Ah, LOVE. I don't know my Life Task but I now understand the
complexities a little better, especially the limitations of language in
channeling. Thank you!
<ShepherdHoodwin> You're welcome.
Whatever your task, it is what you are called to do in your deepest knowing.
<DaveGregg> Renee, you're next...
<Renee> I'd like to ask a question about a friend of mine. His
name is Gunnar. Can you tell me anything about his condition and if there is a
reason or purpose for this in this life? Can you also tell me if there is any
possibility of healing and if yes, what that might be?
<ShepherdHoodwin> What exactly is his
condition as you know it?
<Renee> He has cancer.
<ShepherdHoodwin> If we are tuning
accurately into Gunnar, we get a sense that he has mostly given up and resigned
himself. Is that correct?
<Renee> Absolutely correct!
<ShepherdHoodwin> His cancer is largely
physical, with genetic influences but aggravated by less-than-ideal personal
choices. It would, of course, help if he had a more positive attitude, but there
is good news, in our view: We think he would be quite responsive to herbal
treatments. If he could be persuaded to see a gifted herbalist, he could correct
his situation. Practitioners of Chinese medicine are often well trained in this,
but an intuitive Western naturopath could also work. He seems parched,
dehydrated. We suggest that he drink about half a gallon of fresh lemonade each
day, with light sweetening.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Is there a follow-up?
<Renee> I wondered if it was part of prearranged agreement or anything?
<ShepherdHoodwin> No. This was a blip, a
hazard of the physical plane. But, as we implied, we get the impression that he
has not taken good care of himself. Is that correct?
<Renee> Somewhat. He is a smoker but he was also pretty physically fit -- like
an avid exerciser, etc.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Perhaps it is the
toxicity of the smoking we're picking up.
<Renee> I should also add he is a recovering alcoholic.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Obviously, that is
another example of not taking good care of himself. Some people are better
equipped than others to get away with such things. With a strong genetic
constitution, cancer and other maladies might be slower to manifest.
<Renee> Thank you very much. I will pass your suggestions on!
<DaveGregg> TzM, you're next...
<TzM> What is my connection to Michael and the Michael teachings
(past-life connections, agreements in this life)? Am I meant to channel them at
some point directly in words as Shepherd does so artfully here, or in some other
way (ie, just learning about them by reading, etc., and then talking with others
about my understandings?) I find myself insatiably curious to learn about their
teaching (my scholar side?) even though I don’t feel particularly emotionally
connected or “inspired” by them (my priest role?), and I find it has become
almost impossible for me not to talk about these understandings with others,
even where such talk might seem radical/heretical. What is this all about?
<ShepherdHoodwin> You have always been a
"good student." By this, we mean that over many lifetimes, you have maintain the
avid intellect we spoke of earlier, and since you're a priest, you have
particularly sought out inspirational teachings and have applied them in your
life. This has accelerated your progress, the depth and breadth of your lessons.
Even as a school student, you would not be satisfied, generally, to just do what
is necessary for the grade--you want to really learn.
You have been our student in two previous lifetimes, once in a toga and once in
the Asian monk's robes. Most others here have also been our students previously
both on the physical and astral plane.
You could channel us if you wished but we suspect that you won't be drawn to the
work involved for perhaps another ten years or so, if you choose to do it at
all. Just as you have a passion to learn, you have a passion for others to know.
This can sometimes lead to priestly zeal, but behind it is a deeply held belief
that knowledge is a light out of the darkness, and you want to share that with
others. A key to balancing this is to also live in the awareness that you
already *are* the light and so is everyone else. That will keep you in
compassion towards both yourself and others. Follow-up?
<TzM> How am I meant to be using the teachings now (if not channeling for
another 10 yrs if ever)? Just learning and then being?
<ShepherdHoodwin> In whatever ways you
find useful, but recognizing the patterns is a great tool for learning to be
nonjudgmental. For example, when you spot a warrior doing what warriors
naturally do, it's easier to let go of the idea that she should be more like
you. That is mainly the purpose of the Michael teachings.
<TzM> Right on! Yes, I see this. Thank you very much! :-)
<DaveGregg> Ivy, you're next...
<Ivy> I was wondering about past lives or agreements with Noah
[last name omitted]. And why he keeps showing up in my dreams?
<ShepherdHoodwin> What is your relationship with Noah?
<Ivy> Friends, but we had a falling out recently, of sorts.
<ShepherdHoodwin> MICHAEL: You and Noah
have no agreements, but have had some interesting past lives together. One of
your favorites was as petty thieves together, which you both mostly enjoyed
thoroughly until being hung in a public square. Even that you didn't mind too
much, since you both enjoyed the minor celebrity you received. You felt
yourselves to be quite clever at having eluded capture for so long. Alcohol
eased your passages into the astral. In another lifetime together, you were
expert embezzlers, similar to the other lifetime but white collar--in fact, you
were priests who lived quite well.
You are quite connected telepathically,
and we suspect that your falling out will be temporary. Follow-up?
<Ivy> So he was my partner in crime?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Yes, happily so.
<Ivy> is he aware of this himself? The connection, I mean, not the past lives
<ShepherdHoodwin> Somewhat, we'd say.
<Ivy> Wow, shocking, thank you!
invite you each to tune in to the group energy, and report what you're
experiencing relative to it.
<mark_townley> Quiet energy tonight I think.
<Kathryn41> Yes, calm, clear, comfortable - easy energy.
<ladybroker> I feel the energy circulating through me
<susantheoboist> I feel it from my heart through the top of my head.
<TzM> The group energy feels elastic, spacious (even though I'm quite exhausted
<Ivy> Feels low key and relaxed tonight.
<ShepherdHoodwin> The energy is now
expanding. As you relax into it, see where it takes you.
<cynzim> I feel a lifting pull.
<Ivy> Same here.
<Rainbows> Delightful, energetic and fun energy - somewhat playful and fluid.
<Kathryn41> There is the same feeling as standing outside on a hill looking out
over the fields to the far horizon with billions of stars and a bright moon
shining overhead - expansive, light, responsive. And very clean.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Tonight's energy, as
it continues to move in your lives, is available to help you transform your
inner landscape in ways that you've felt ready for but couldn't quite reach.
Although no one can really predict, we would think that 2007 will be a more
comfortable year than the past two has been for many of you. There's a readiness
not to struggle so much and allow life to flow more easily.
<DaveGregg> Thank Tao! ;-)
<beryl> Joy! Hope I'm included in that.
<Ivy> I hope so!
<Cricket> Certainly hope so!
<TzM> Expansive, delightful, playful and fun would be great! :-)
<Jyoti_Shah> Nice prediction for all of us! I believe so, too.
<ShepherdHoodwin> We will conclude here.
Love and blessings to you all.
<mark_townley> Thank you Michael.
<susantheoboist> Shepherd, as usual, you rock! Thank you so much!
<DaveGregg> Great session tonight, Shepherd! The hills are alive with the sound
of "Michael." ;-)
<ladybroker> Thank you.
<Jyoti_Shah> Thanks, Shepherd.
<Kathryn41> Thank you Michael and Shepherd.
<Cricket> Thank you.
<LoriS> Thank you!
<laughingboi> Thank you!
<Robinette> Thank you.
<Ivy> Thank you, Shepherd and Michael.
<Rainbows> Thank you Shepherd and Michaels :)
<cynzim> Thank you and big love!
<JohnRoth> Thank you Shepherd!
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