The Michael Teaching™ is a comprehensive metaphysical philosophy that has four major interrelated aspects:
- Presents a cosmology describing the structure of God, as Michael calls it (the TAO), Nature and the physical Universe and how these are constructs that provide the platform for the Spiritual Design of Human Experience.
- Provides a complete description of the building blocks of human psychology in the form of a Personality Trait System known as the Overleaves. The Overleaves are the “templates” of perception and style that allow for both consistent similarities within the human family; while allowing for virtually infinite variation and diversity. At the same time!
- Describes the foundations of World Views underlying social movements and group dynamics; redefining the concepts of spiritual evolution in terms of Soul Age and Soul Level.
- Offers anyone, who is open-minded and personally activated, to partake in direct consultation with the Michael Entity in a channeling session. This can take place with assistance of a practiced professional channel, or the individual making direct contact in a conscious trance or Quija Board. (Michael does not discriminate, but it does take practice, focus, and aptitude.)
Where did the Michael Teaching™ originate?
The Michael Teaching concepts have derived from many sources: including the works of Gurdieff and Ospensky and from the historic precepts of the Sufi’s. It was first introduced in the book “Messages From Michael” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro in 1978. More recently, the Michael Teachings have evolved from a number of dedicated students, including Channels: Sarah Chambers, JP Van Hulle, Aaron Christaean, Jose Stevens, Simon Warwick-Smith, Emily Baumbach, Joya Pope, Larry Byrum, Holly Coleman, Shepherd Hoodwin, Troy Tolly, Marina Tompkins, Terri Benning, Philip Whitmeyer, David Gregg and Stephen Cocconi.
Collectively, this material has evolved into this form. Who or what is Michael? For the Channeler, Michael is a separate but shared identity. Having existance unto itself, Michael describes itself as a group soul of 1,050 members. Using their own terminology to describe spiritual evolution, they say they reside at a level of soul development known as the “Causal Plane.” All once human, they have merged together and combined their knowledge, skill, and wisdom gained from thousands of human lifetimes. Michael has compassion for us, knowing the human path can be hard. They gain clarity and philanthropic karma for serving us here on the physical plane.
Overleaves as part of the Michael Teaching
To begin, the Michael Teaching is a metaphysical view of creation and the human experience. The Universal Force driving this creation is referred as the TAO, rather than God, in an effort to remove the gender stereotyping of a masculine deity. The Overleaf Energies are the “flavors” or “primary colors” of the TAO. It follows then, that when an unique Essence or Soul decides to experience individuality (separation from God) that the building blocks available to it are the same basic materials of the Universe itself. (i.e. the Overleaves). As a personality trait system, the Overleaves have been channeled and are validated intuitively and empirically by Michael Students, rather than statistically like other personality trait systems. Each Overleaf trait has distinct, identifiable physical appearance and energy signature that one can be trained to discern and recognize. Michael Channel’s have been born with this talent though refinement of the skill occurs with practice.
Michael Teaching Overleaves Chart v. 4 by Stephen Cocconi. Click on the image below to download a copy.
Why would one study this material?
This is a teaching based upon the principle that all people deserve compassion. And, there is no better place to start than with yourself. When we speak of Self-Love we are not referring to indulging in ego-aggrandizing Narcissism. Rather, the Michael philosophy promotes the kind of unconditional respect of our shared human dilemma, a term the Greeks called “AGAPE.” Equipped with Self-Knowledge, Self-Forgiveness, and rejuvenated with Self-Esteem, you achieve “amour-propre” and become empowered to resolve conflict between yourself and others. Thus, you set an example and model the kind of behavior and attitudes that can overcome hostility and engender trust.