The Michael Motivation Cards

14 Relaxation

14 Relaxation
What this card means... Go with the flow. Exert energy only to steer your course, not direct it. Best to relax at whatever pace is underway.

Flowing with the Rhythms of Life


Relaxation as defined in the Michael Teaching


Card messages in the  Illuminated position.

+ Adaptability

(flow, suspension, stretch, flexible, release, play, spontaneity, ad libitum, unattachment)

  1. “Go with the flow” is the popular adage, yet can you recognize what the flow is? Relaxation at best is trusting life that things will “work out.” All that is called for is to release stress and sail along with the breeze!
  2. “There is no such thing as a flow that travels uphill. If you are having to swim against the current or move opposite than what is native to you, then turn around and follow the path of least resistance.”
Quotes signifying this pole
  • “Everyone makes their own fun. If you don’t make it yourself; it isn’t fun, it’s entertainment.” Film – State & Main by the Character Annie
  • “If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.” Herodotus

Card messages associated with Shadow position.

– Stagnation

( inertia, bewilderment, floatation, dissociative, lazy, lethargic, aimless, disengaged)

  1. If you feel inertia you have stopped enjoying the ride and are being dragged along by the currents. Stagnation is a being caught in the momentum of habit, lacking desire or
    motivation from within. Are you stuck in the doldrums? Rise to the surface whatever is running involuntarily beneath the currents and take a good look at it.  It could be malfunctioning.
  2. The only reason to stop is because you are dead. If you are reading this, we can rule that out. Move your position preferably in the direction which appears to lead away from where you are stuck.
Quotes signifying this pole
  • “In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, of freed, or educated. But in our century, they want to be entertained. The great fear is not that of disease or death, but of boredom. A sense of time on our hands, a sense of nothing to do. A sense that we are not amused.” Character of Robert Doniger – Timeline pg 443 by Michael Crighton
  • “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation … even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” Leonardo DaVinci

Relevance within the Michael Teaching 

A Goal that has had as many names as it has expressions. More than anyone issue consistent with this goal, it might be thought of as dis-identification. In a way, this Goal puts all other in Suspension. Essence will choose this Goal as a means of assimilating any number of previously undigested experiences, completed but not inculcated.  It allows for a Personality to be driven-less, sometimes unambitious, but generally taking experiences as face-value and with an air of play.

Stagnation, the original name for this Goal, implied that no movement might reign during a life, particularly with the idea of inertia as the negative pole. But Relaxation or Flow as it also came to be known, is more concerned with the freedom to move, with little attachment or compulsion.

However, stagnation is not to be confused with passivity. A person in this Goal, in combination with other Overleaves, can be tossed about without motivation or direction. Then, for those in Passion or Aggression, for instance, one could be very engaged and active.

In one way, Relaxation as a Goal might seem odd or perhaps a bit sociopathic or totally dissociative. Serial killer Ted Bundy had this Goal and was unconcerned about anything or anyone else accept the thrill of killing.

Famous Persons or Characters

George Clooney, Clark Gable, Cyndi Lauper, Bugs Bunny, George Hamilton, Buddha, John Denver, Morgan Freeman, Ringo Starr, Barry Manilow, Ted Bundy, Georgia O’Keefe,

Cultural Relevance

Relaxation & Flow - Goal defined by the Michael TeachingWho couldn’t use a vacation?! A respite, a change of  scenery, a moment to let go? To release ones’ grip on the burdens and perspective one clings to and allow for time to assimilate, digest, or distill? Questions which have within them the seeds of there own answer are those which rhetoric has designed to see the folly of our own blindness.

In classic Tarot, the Fool walks with calm and openness toward the cliff of risk.  Looking at the sky, envisioning the wonder and being swayed by the whims of his momentary fancies. This is the purpose of relaxation: to notice, to be in the present; not through some exercise in discipline but through attention completely unfettered with a specific task or purpose. “Chill Dude” could be their motto!

At no time, does relaxation dis-serve. A muscle gripped must release in order to restore. A breath is released and tension slips away, even but for a moment. A cycle completes and begins anew. In it, the conservation of energy occurs without effort. But with the engagement of the fun and the enthusiasm of play, in fact is it possible to restore what has seemed to be drained. But the modern day demands participation and work. Even fun and free time is to be managed, utilized, compartmentalized, orchestrated, and set aside. Anything resembling the kind of free flowing attention to ones whims is considered to be waste, or fool hardiness or indolence, or the greatest sin laziness.

Relaxation Flow Stagnation Suspension as defined in the Michael Teaching

But indeed, the greatest revving engine does nothing but pollute the air until the drive train disengaged and the vehicle clicks into gear. Much of what passes today as economic progress, especially in the financial sector, resembles this condition. Profits are the pollution spewed forth from a machine bent more on hearing the roar of its own power, yet propelling the economy as a whole nowhere while it spirals in stagnation toward an inevitable crash.

Relaxation might be your Goal if… 

  1. Sitting and just enjoying life is just about the most wonderful thing I can think of.
  2. Things just seem to go along for me. It isn’t always fun, but I don’t get to worried about it.
by Stephen Cocconi © 2011

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