MICHAEL: We will speak about the 5th internal monad and what it means to the evolution of the soul.
The 5th internal monad is part of the maturing of the human body. After the outward energy of the younger days, and by this we mean the years between the end of the 3rd internal monad and through the 4th, there is usually a period of rest and recovery. This time is roughly from the age of 45 to 60. By the way, we have said that the 4th internal monad usually begins at about age 35. We believe we should revise this estimate forward, given the increased longevity of your culture. The 4th internal monad may not begin until after the 40th year, sometimes not until after the 45th year.
As the fragment lives on into the late 50s and early 60s of life there comes a time when it seems useful to take stock. That is what the 5th internal monad is all about: evaluation, taking stock. At this time there is a tendency to see things as very black and white. Failures are toted up and successes are rethought as to outcomes.
However, the 5th internal monad is not meant to be a judgment call. It is meant to be a softening of the personality's efforts to scour the soul. By this we mean, if you have always expected to die a millionaire and you see by the age of 60 or 65 that this is not in the running, you will not see your life as a failure. Remember that false personality is prone to exaggerate every fear that is humanly possible. Fear of failure is high on the list.
Putting up impossible or unlikely goals is a specialty of False Personality and is especially a product of maya. During the 5th internal monad there is the prospect of righting these inflated goals and taking a hard look at the actual products of the life. These are qualities, not quantities. Where are you on the scale of understanding? Of compassion, of patience, of truthfulness, of giving up of the ego toward a companionable solution? Of endurance of what cannot be changed? Of the effort to be realistic about oneself and one's abilities? These are the criteria by which the life can be evaluated. The fragment who comes to an honest understanding of his or her actual accomplishments has entered the 5th monad and exited with honors.
There is no emphasis on bodily decline inherent in the 5th internal monad. There may be such, but that is highly idiosyncratic. Mostly the emphasis on health and bodily difficulties are left for the 6th internal monad. However, there is the fact of weaknesses and general lessening of powers that will be obvious by the time of the 5th monad. Ignoring them is not Good Work, and we do not propose that it is. Part of the 5th internal monad is arrival at a realistic appraisal of a life, including health, career, life task if known and or understood, relationships, and any other element that is important to the individual. That is the basic design of the 5th internal monad.
We have said that those who die before their 60th year are less likely to have completed all the agreements, karma, and other arrangements made before incarnating. This is only partially true and we wish here to set the record on this straighter. Fragments come into a lifetime with varying amounts of ambition regarding what is possible to achieve during a lifetime. Expectations can run rampant in this regard. But remember, agreements are not karma. Agreeing to something on the Astral Plane is a proposition only. One may decide it is not feasible, not agreeable, not going to happen; there is no penalty for abandoning it. Therefore, when the fragment reaches the latter years of a life care can be taken not to confuse abrogating an agreement with the probable karma attached to abandoning a dependent spouse or a handicapped child. We say 'probable' since circumstances may mitigate responsibility in individual cases.
We do emphasize that evaluating does not mean flagellating the soul for things undone. It means, again, an honest, unvarnished appraisal of a life and then putting it behind and living the rest of the years available in harmony with Essence. As one would have wanted to do all during life anyway.
Q: Is there a 'hallmark' one can use to determine if/when one has completed the 5th IM?
A: There might be a sense of completion, of having 'been there, done that'. Many people realize sooner than later that time has run out on some or many of their ambitions. This is one marker that the 5th internal monad is in progress. Another marker is the feeling of satisfaction that reviewing things brings. Another is quite the opposite: a let-down feeling that a goal was a bridge too far. All of these are emotional reactions, of course. There is no physical marker that we know of.
Q:Is there a way to tell the difference between abrogation of an agreement and incurring karmic debt/repaying a karmic debt? Is there a hallmark or a particular sense the fragment may have upon review of a relationship where estrangement from another fragment may have occurred?
A: There is always a sense of duty in the repayment of karma. It is not a pleasant sensation by any means. And it is especially hard to be repaid, often causing the one receiving repayment to have negative feelings about the whole thing. Karma reception and payment is engineered by Essence and comes about in its time without conscious thought on the part of the principles. An agreement, as we have said, is just that, agreeing to do something with someone else. Agreements are made by the fragment with other fragments, not with Essence. But if geography, or age, or class structure, or health prevents one from honoring the agreement, there is no residue for the soul to worry about. Any worry is from personality, either False or True. No, we do not believe that fragments would recognize a particular marker which delineates a relationship as an agreement.
Channeled by Nancy Gordon