Committing to something greater than One’s Self
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(Surrender, loyalty, principal, fealty, allegiance, commitment)
- “Devotion is an act of loyalty which carries honor for the doer because a purpose larger than themselves is at stake. Surrender is called for when you align with higher principles. Do you know what principle is at stake?”
- “Genuine devotion has the commitment to look beyond specific faults and see the big picture. Be alert for someone whose commitment is wavering. Is it you?”
Quotes illustrating the Overleaf in this pole
- “The good of the many must outweigh the needs of a few.” Mr. Spock
- “True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.” Henry Miller
- “The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it – and the glow from that fire can truly light the world”~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(submissive, deference, obedience, follower, )
- Subservience portends defeat and indentured servitude. A warrior with no principled investment is nothing more than a mercenary or compliant soldier, or canon fodder. Are you marching to someone else’s drum beat with no allegiance to it?
- The nature of subservience demands conformity. Can you see yourself under the thumb of someone or some system that is causing you to follow blindly?
Quotes illustrating the Overleaf in this pole
- “The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.” Stanley Milgram
- “Man is a feeble creature, to whom only submission and worship are besoming. Pride is insolence, and belief in human power is impiety”~ Bertrand Russell
- “One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.” Bertrand Russell
- “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Relevance within the Michael Teaching
The Goal of Submission is one of the pair of Action Goals which concerns itself with its placement in the range of human hierarchy. Yet, as the Warrior nature, which is its antecedent, Submission in its highest manifestation is not to a person, but to a principle or cherished value. Of which, the person is likely to view the survival and furtherance of that value or goal as the focus of all their life energy and the as being more important than their own betterment. The motive of this goal is to comprehend what it means to be lead by something or someone else or in the contracted expression to submit yourself to the will of another.
Cooperative with the Goal of Dominance, Submission does not mean weak nor any less potentially Egotistical. The primary Essence objective for this goal is to motivate actions which go beyond the immediate self-interests and encourage actions which may bring benefit to many far greater than would be accomplished by individual acquisition or achievement.
In the negative pole, one operates from a belief that one is less wise than a leader. The tendency will arise for that person to blindly follow anyone or any cause which calls forth in him/herself that need to feel alignment or doing something important.
Yet another manifestation of this negative pole of Submission, reveals a person who feels despondent or unworthy because they have no direct sense of purpose or usefulness.
Submission, in the modern era, has lost much of its religious devotional meaning; which suggests that surrender to a so-called higher wisdom, cause, being, etc. will secure and preferred status in the eyes of that commanding presence. So too, the act of yielding ones will and servitude to this power will provide the individual an inner a sense of peace and assuredness. Many militaristic and theocratic societies and philosophies are based upon this viewpoint. Know that with the genuine desire to preserve what one values as “good” or “necessary” being the emotional pull string which is genuine in all human beings; commonly people will devalue their own knowingness and focus their energy on a charismatic leader or dominant social norm and make it their rallying cry. Operating from a belief that one is less wise than a leader or that a better interpretation for an objective exists simply because a more popular belief forebears the emergence of the syndrome known as the “True Believer.” When Sociologist Eric Hoffer coined this term by his book of the same name, he observed in many “movements” the tendency of some individuals to subvert their own intelligence to the direction of the figurehead.
Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Ralph Nader, Mr. Rogers, Jack Benny, Ellen Bursted, Nelson Mandela, Joan Baez, Pope John Paul II,
Submission may be your Goal if:
- You do what you are told with blind obedience.
- Without a sense of purpose, or someone to give you orders or direction, you feel aimless and confused.
- I often feel compelled to find a cause to follow or to participate in a task.
- The goal is more often than not more important than my needs.