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<Shepherd_Hoodwin> There is an especially expansive
energy in the group. Take a moment to anchor yourselves into it.
It has been said that
love is blind. It is true that romantic feelings can obscure perceptions one
might otherwise have. However, in general, love heightens perceptions. Of
course, we are speaking here of unconditional love, or love as a universal
quality. Personal love can be unconditional. It can be characterized by
universal love manifested in a human relationship. There is at least some energy
of universal love in most human relationships. However, it is usually limited in
certain or many respects. It is those limitations that cause blindness, not the
love. On some level, people choose not to see what they feel they cannot love.
If you can shed judgments of other people's limitations, your love for them will
not be blind. You will not love them in spite of these limitations; you will
simply love them, period. You may have to be canny in working around them, but
this relates more to your expression of love than to the love itself.
Bring to mind someone you love a great deal. Allow
yourself to be aware of something about him or her that you have not fully seen
because you judge it. Wrap that trait in your love. You may now be aware that
your love has become more unconditional. Are there any comments or questions on
<EvaDillner> Very timely and useful.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> You might also note that the group
energy has changed. How so?
<Elisa> More thoughtful.
<carol> More tolerant.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Some of you are becoming more
sensitive to energy. See if you can notice tonight as your feeling state shifts.
What at first seems subtle may seem more overt with practice. We will now take a
Q & A
<GLO> After this cheap-oil economy fails, what
does everyday life in the U.S. look like? A book, The Long Emergency, describes
a complete breakdown of civilization as we know it, once we run out of fossil
fuels. (This, despite the fact that there are other sources, like hydrogen fuel
technology). The author describes a soon-to-come scenario where marauding
bandits terrorize the country, and a vassal-serf society exists because there's
not enough land for each person to grow their own food. What is the probability
of such a breakdown occurring?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> About 12%. It is a real probability
but one based on humanity making a series of extremely short-sighted choices. It
may appear that humanity is in the process of doing just that, but new
consciousness is emerging rapidly that could bring a change in direction. You
might wish to check again on the probabilities from time to time to see how they
may have changed. This probability was at about 8% about 18 months ago. That it
has risen indicates a recent deterioration of choices particularly by the U.S.
However, 12% is still a low probability. Would you care to follow up?
<GLO> What is the new consciousness that is emerging rapidly?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> There is an increasingly conscious
desire to live with more respect for the earth. More and more people are
reacting physically to the pollution and associated energies of violation. Their
bodies are rebelling. They are becoming weary of this unharmonious state. A
strong desire for harmony is emerging as greater extremes of violation manifest.
In more sensitive people, this desire emerged earlier. Now, it is getting bad
enough that the less sensitive are craving it more consciously.
<DaveGregg> Elo, you are next...
<Elo-Maria_Roots> I have Discrimination goal,
what makes me reject most potential relationships before they can start. I just
want to know, is there anyone IŽll be able to accept as my life partner?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Yes. This relates to what we were
saying relative to the previous question. Your high sensitivity coupled with
your need to discriminate will make it likely that you will hold out for someone
who feels right, who is harmonious. This is not impossible for you to find but
it could take some time. It is the nature of this goal to need to process a lot
of dross in order to find a gold nugget. The very experience of testing possible
relationships can allow for the positive expression of this goal.
<Elo-Maria_Roots> Do I have any mate agreements with someone I know at the
present or meet in the near future?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> None that we see. However, you will
not limit yourself to those. You are casting your net wide, so to speak. This is
part of the achievement of your goal.
<Elo-Maria_Roots> Thank you
<DaveGregg> Laurel, you're next...
<LaurelB> Could Michael talk about choice as it
relates to animals. Are they able to make choices, or is everything instinctive?
What would be required in order to "bestow" free will on a animal in order for
it to experience being human?
<LaurelB> This is a hypothetical situation for a fantasy novel.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Animals make choices within a much
narrower range than sentient souls. In general, companion animals have a
slightly wider range than those in the wild. Being exposed to the choice-making
of humans (in your case) helps them evolve faster. They get a taste of what is
to come in their evolution. Still, their range remains quite narrow. Also, the
range of choice is generally wider among animals who function more independently
than for pack animals.
<LaurelB> This would be a cat.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Again, their range remains
relatively narrow. Yes, cats are an example of both. There are also differences
in range among humans. Obviously, children have a narrower range than adults.
Younger souls have a narrower range than older souls. One can only choose what
one can conceive of. In general, older souls can conceive of more possibilities.
This makes choosing more challenging; presumably, older souls are also better
equipped to meet that challenge. The wider the range of choice, the more an
individual can create his/her reality. From your point of view on the physical
plane, evolution is painstakingly slow. Therefore, an animal would not
realistically reach the point of sentience within time frames that are
meaningful to you.
Each of us are students of the spiritual path. Consider
how much you have learned about making choices just in this lifetime. Still, it
is just a fraction of all there is to learn. That is why the soul seeks a
variety of experiences-- to give you a more rounded education in choice-making.
<LaurelB> Thank you, that was most interesting! :-)
<DaveGregg> Trudy, you're next...
<trudy_bartlett> Greetings. My question is
about eliminating toxic levels of mercury from the body. In the past when I've
asked you about general "cleansing", you've recommended homeopathics that
strengthen, activate and support the body's own elimination mechanisms. However,
my chiropractor is advising chelation - via DMSA or a volcanic mineral called
zeolite - for removing mercury. What is my best course of action regarding
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> We sense that this is good advice
for you. We think you would respond well to this treatment. We would also
recommend that you supplement trace minerals in your diet. Having enough of the
healthy minerals helps the body rid itself of the toxic ones. Toxic minerals are
a widespread problem. They have led to a general downward trend in mental
function in humanity over the past 50 years or so. However, this can have a
silver lining: it can encourage people to better develop their other faculties,
particularly their spiritual ones.
<trudy_bartlett> Of chlorella/cilantro, DMSA, or zeolite, is there one
particular superior choice for chelation?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> We are not able to read that for
you. Perhaps muscle testing could indicate which is better. Perhaps a
combination would be best.
<trudy_bartlett> Thank you!
<DaveGregg> Anne White, you're next...
<Anne_White> My husband & I have chosen to
experience a great deal of pain, loss, fear and grief in this life (we also
chose the ability to maintain a sense of the ridiculous and a sense of humour).
Can Michael tell us why we chose so much pain?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> We would say that your level of pain
in this lifetime has been within the normal range for sentient souls on earth at
this time. You perceive it as being abnormally high because of the nature of
your particular lessons around having and losing. It can seem more painful to
have had and lost, than to never have had at all. However, the pain isn't
greater; it just gives you a greater ability to compare. The general answer to
your question is that a life of more challenges usually means a life of more
growth. You and your husband are quite dedicated to growth. This is not to say
that one must have pain in order to grow. However, growing through pain has been
more popular, by far, than growing through joy. Part of the spiritual path is
learning to growth more through joy.
<Anne_White> Thank you.
<DaveGregg> Anna Ross, you're next...
<Anna_Ross> I want to ask for help so that I
can be less anxious and worried about things in my life. Also I often have
unpleasant dreams where I am scared and anxious.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> A large part of your problem is
physical. Your nervous system is not functioning smoothly. You are deficient in
a number of minerals and vitamins. We would recommend taking high-quality
vitamin and mineral supplements in an easily assimilable form. Are you taking
any supplements now?
<Anna_Ross> I can't remember the details. But quite a variety under the care of
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Some people have trouble
assimilating the nutrition they take in either through food or supplements.
<Anna_Ross> Yes, my digestion has been deficient in recent years.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> You might investigate taking in
supplementation more through liquid form. We'd also suggest that you make a
"ritual" of ingesting. Slow down the process. Pay attention to it. Bless
everything you take into your body. Ask it to go where it is needed. Visualize
that happening. Be in a relaxed, almost meditative state. Work on developing a
strong belief that you deserve to be nourished. On an unconscious level, you are
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> You don't entirely believe that you
deserve to live. Are you aware of this?
<Anna_Ross> It has been a sort of at the edge of my consciousness knowledge -
that I have struggled against.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Your spiritual task here is to
embrace life, to believe that you not only deserve to live but that your life
<Anna_Ross> How do I find that meaning?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Life itself is meaningful. Just
being. That's the point: you don't have to do anything to have meaning or to
deserve life. All meaning is in this moment of being. When you are filled full
of the meaning of now, that might spill over into meaningful doing. You are
enough. "You" goes deeper and deeper until "you" are the Tao itself. What could
be more meaningful than that? The All That Is. You have an opportunity to rid
yourself of the conditions you have inherited upon your beingness, and just be.
We are working with you energetically on this. Can you sense that?
<Anna_Ross> Yes I feel "safer"
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Keep relaxing into that. We sense
that this will not be a difficult mindset for you to change. It will be like
flicking a switch inside your consciousness.
<Anna_Ross> Thank you
<DaveGregg> Carol, you're next...
<carol> I am a 5th level mature warrior in the
power mode with a goal of growth. I have 2 young girls with my partner of 14
years. I want to leave him. am I burning karmic ribbons with him or will I be
creating more? I am unhappy with him yet I do not feel strong or smart enough to
deal with him. Am I on tract? Thank you.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Your relationship is not karmic. You
did not burn a ribbon and you will not create one by leaving. We sense that you
have already separated from him energetically; it's as if you'd split up two
years ago. We think you'd be more comfortable without him.
<carol> Will my girls and I be ok financially..will he be responsible?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> That looks iffy. Be sure to have
good legal assistance.
<carol> thank you very much. I will take your advice.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> One more question, Dave.
<DaveGregg> Doreen, you're next...
<doreen> Is there anything you can tell me
about the hardships my youngest brother Yoel has to face?
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Yoel is challenging himself to
become free from attachment to his physical body. In past lives, he has been
exceptionally sensual and proud of his or her body. This, in itself, can be
quite positive, but he came to excessive identify with physical prowess. He is
also teaching others about the temporal nature of physicality and the eternal
nature of essence.
<doreen> Thank you very much.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Take a moment to observe the group
energy. It is different from that of previous chats. It is comparatively low-key
and refined. How do you experience it?
<Elisa> More settled than usual.
<lindapostal> I sense the mood of progressiveness, of desire, wanting more...
<EvaDillner> More stable, at ease.
<doreen> It feels calm and absorbing.
<Elisa> It feels like a good foundation.
<Kathryn41> Yes, it feels 'present'
<LaurelB> Very well focused.
<Shepherd_Hoodwin> Many of you are currently in a time
of rebalancing. It is a more inward time. We expect it will continue in this
vein for the next couple weeks. It is a good time to relax and consider your
life. Less intellectual activity would be useful; quiet endeavors can nurture
this rebalancing. The energy work tonight have been mainly concerned with
rebalancing. Consider what you crave that would help you rebalance, what has
been missing or deficient in your life.
We will conclude now. Love and blessings to each of you. Goodnight.
<DaveGregg> Thank you, Shepherd/Michael. :-)
<Kathryn41> Love to you too, Michael and Shepherd. Thank you.
<Elo-Maria_Roots> Thank you all.
<Anna_Ross> Fare well and thank you.
<CarrotWax> Thank you all.
<dianeh> Thank you.
<Elisa> Thank you Michael, Shepherd.
<lindapostal> Thank you Michael and Shepherd.
<Anne_White> Thank you.
<SamL> Thanks Shepherd.
<trudy_bartlett> Thank you Michael and Shepherd
<Tina_Wong> Thank you all.
<JohnRoth> Thank you, Michael and Shepherd.
Shepherd is a professional
Michael channel and author of The Journey of Your Soul--A Channel Explores
Channeling and the Michael Teachings and Loving from Your Soul--Creating
Powerful Relationships. He does channeling sessions and intuitive readings
via telephone, mail, and e-mail. Audio cassettes are available from his site. Visit
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