Centers and Inappropriate Reactions

edited May 2013 in Centers
What part of the brain would correspond to the Centers? Is it a set, a gestalt, or what?

MORE THAN ANYTHING THIS (balanced Centering) CAN BE SEEN AS AN APPROPRIATE REACTION TO THE SITUATION. IN THE CASE OF THE LOWER CENTERS IT MEANS THAT THERE IS NO LEAKING OF ENERGY AND FATIGUE BUILDUP AS A RESULT. YOU SEE, IF YOU RESPOND TO AN INTELLECTUAL SITUATION WITH AN EMOTIONAL REACTION, IT IS USUALLY TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE, AND IT COMES NOT FROM EMOTIONAL CENTER, BUT USUALLY FROM THE EMOTIONAL PART OF THE CENTER IN WHICH YOU SPEND YOUR LIFE. IF YOU RESPOND TO AN EMOTIONAL SITUATION IN A MOVING CENTERED WAY, THERE IS A TREMENDOUS DOWNWARD RELEGATION OF ENERGY, AND FATIGUE FOLLOWS. YOU CAN READILY DETERMINE WRONG USE OF CENTERS IN YOURSELF BY THE WAY THAT YOU FEEL AFTER THE SITUATION HAS PASSED. IF YOU ARE TIRED, ANGRY OR ANY OF THOSE NEGATIVE THINGS, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT WRONG USE OF CENTERS IS TO BLAME. IF YOU FEEL HIGH, ELATED, JOYOUS, ETCETERA, THEN PERHAPS GOOD USE OF CENTERS HAS OCCURRED. ANY SITUATION THAT PRODUCES A NEGATIVE REACTION IS WRONG USE OF CENTERS, AND THEREFORE WRONG WORK FOR STUDENTS ON THIS PATH. THIS IS WHY WE ASK THAT YOU LOOK AT YOUR NEGATIVE REACTIONS, EVEN IN RETROSPECT, AND DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR ENERGY WHEN YOU EXPRESSED. CENTERING, OR BALANCE, IS, ABOVE ALL, APPROPRIATE. THAT IS WHAT IT MEANS — THE LOSS OF ALL OF THESE UNREASONABLE LAPSES IN THE VOLITION. WHEN YOU REACT NEGATIVELY, YOU ARE CERTAINLY NOT IN CONTROL — YOUR FALSE PERSONALITY IS IN CONTROL. THE TRUE PERSONALITY OF THE ESSENCE MERELY LOOKS AT THE SCRIPT AND MAKES THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE AT THE MOMENT IT IS CALLED FOR — FROM THE CENTER EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THAT SITUATION WITH DISPASSION.

How can one tell whether one is in a negative pole of an appropriate Center, or if one is in the wrong Center entirely?

WHATEVER PORTION OF A CENTER PROVIDES AN ENTRAPMENT FOR THE SOUL WHO IS STILL A VICTIM OF HIS OVERLEAVES BECOMES THE NEGATIVE POLE OF THAT CENTER. ALL CREATURES OF REASON HAVE THIS IN COMMON — YOU ARE NOT ALONE. THIS IS FOR MANY A NO-EXIT SITUATION, AND BECOMES WRONG WORK, BUT STILL NOT WHOLLY INAPPROPRIATE, AS IN THE EXAMPLE GIVEN. IT IS STILL AN EMOTIONAL REACTION TO AN EMOTIONAL SITUATION OR A SEXUAL REACTION TO A SEXUAL SITUATION. WE WOULD CALL IT UNSCHOOLED RATHER THAN INAPPROPRIATE. IT IS NOT INAPPROPRIATE, FOR INSTANCE, FOR YOUR CHILDREN IN THIS CULTURE TO GIGGLE AT SALACIOUS PICTURES, AND THIS IS AN APPROPRIATE REACTION FROM AN UNSCHOOLED CENTER.

IN ORDER TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE IN THIS CULTURE, IT IS USUALLY ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO ACT OUT OF THE NEGATIVE POLES OF CENTERS. IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, SOME OF THE NEGATIVE POLES OF THE OVERLEAVES PRODUCE BEHAVIOR THAT IS LAUDABLE BY THE CULTURE. FOR INSTANCE, MOTHERS IN THE NEGATIVE POLE OF DOMINANCE ARE OFTEN ADMIRED FOR THEIR UNFLAGGING DEVOTION TO THEIR CHILDREN. HOWEVER, WHAT PRODUCES SUCCESS IN LIFE PRODUCES FAILURE IN A TEACHING, FOR THE VERY VISIBLE REASON THAT THE GOALS ARE DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED.

Someone asked for a comment on something new happening within her. Is it awareness of misCentering or is it learning to use the correct Center?

YOU ARE NOW BEGINNING TO PHOTOGRAPH WRONG USE OF CENTERS IN YOURSELF AND OTHERS. IT IS STILL A BIT RETROSPECTIVE, BUT IT IS GOOD WORK. IN ORDER TO USE THE APPROPRIATE CENTER YOU MUST BE CONSTANTLY ALERT. IN ORDER TO USE THE APPROPRIATE CENTER, YOU MUST BE AHEAD OF THE GAME, AT LEAST AHEAD OF YOUR HUMAN BRAIN, THE GREAT COMPUTER THAT PLUGS IN ALL THE TAPES.

Are there any other surprises in Centers?

NEGATIVE REACTIONS OF ANY TYPE ARE ARTIFACTS AND NEED NOT BE EXPERIENCED NOR ACTED UPON BY ADVANCED STUDENTS. THERE ARE NO SURPRISES OTHER THAN WHAT WE HAVE GIVEN. STOICS WHO ARE TRAPPED IN THE EMOTIONAL CENTER REACT VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN DO, SAY, IDEALISTS. LOOK TO THE OVERLEAVES WHEN REACTIONS OCCUR FIRST. CHANCES ARE THAT THE PERSONALITY IS TO BLAME AND NOT THE CENTER. MANY REACTIONS TO THE PAST AND THE GLORIES OF IT ARE FROM THE [negative poles of the] OVERLEAVES, NOT THE CENTERS — ALL TAPES [recordings in false personality], IN OTHER WORDS. IN FACT, ANY RUMINATIONS ABOUT THE PAST OR THE FUTURE MUST COME FROM THE PERSONALITY.

SOURCE: Michael Teachings Transcripts
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