“You and me and we are all together...”
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(Goal, direction, passion, meaning, raison det’re, nobles oblige, mission, intention, target, faith)
- Essence directedness is at the basis of this card. Purposeful outcomes are either learning or achievements in the world. How does your purpose reveal itself here?
- It is almost impossible to underscore the importance of dedication to purpose in this card. No amount of success feels as good as the sense of duty and accomplishment that occurs when you are on an important task. Find a companion to share the work and cooperate with them. You don’t have to do it alone.
- What you see is what you intended. There is a simple underlying purpose even if it seems hidden.
- “The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.” Mohandas Gandhi
- “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. ” John F. Kennedy
- “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” Robert Byrne
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(Ambivalence, drudgery, nihilist, encumbrance, hardship, expectation, bane, scourge, nuisance)
- When guilt motivates duty, the shadow shifts the experience of a task to that of a burden. The grind wears on as one is worn down. All empowerment gives way to effort and suffering. How are you causing suffering?
- Without a purpose, even a minor one, motivation is fleeting. Create goal and accomplish it.
- Nihilism is the attitude that nothing matters. Are you sure what you are doing has value?
- How can you travel anywhere if you have not chosen a direction?
- “To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.” Friedrich Nietzsche
- “Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.” Author Unknown
- “I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time.” Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)/li>
- “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” George Bernard Shaw, “Family Affection”
Relevance within the Michael Teaching
Life Task is one of the fundamental concepts tying the description of an individual incarnation and the path that a personality will tread during his/her days of living. Task has to do as much with performance and service as it does with overcoming and obstacle or learning a specific theme. As one might imagine, these may vary greatly and no two are exactly alike.
When an Essence incarnates into a body with a personality, programmed into that psyche is a sense of “destiny” or direction that a person will take. Using the term destiny, something pre-destined or somehow fated or fixed. In fact free will plays a substantial role whether and how the Life Task may be implemented or even activated in the first place.
Separation is requisite aspect of the Physical Plane but having the help of another person is often necessary to completing tasks. That help may come from many sources but one connection will be instrumental in the accomplishment of a Life Task, even if in a small way. That person is simply referred to as the Task Companion. As the several examples below might indicate, each had a huge influence upon the other and created a synergy for both. Most ventures are neither so public nor involve fame or large scale activity. The Soul Age of the people involved will greatly influence the choice and the scope one chooses.
In this teaching, beyond the directive qualities of Life Purpose and the facilitation of a Task Companion, there is another concept that lends further understanding of how one is to work within a group. Under the category referred to as “Work Groups” there are designations and work positions which tend to self organize with each member acting in ways that reflect a given strength or need.
The Life Quadrant positions consist as the name implies of four characteristic forms of expression: Initiator or Love Position, the Director or Power Position, the Support or Compassion Position, and the Analyzer or the Knowledge Position. Each bring to the task certain personality predispositions that do not always line up with the assigned duties or authorities assigned in a formal team. These tend to be more readily witnessed in informal groups like families or peers. When no restriction is imposed artificially persons will naturally tend to express their most suitable and natural capacities.
Extending these groups in number to 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and in the case of some groups like the Apostles of the New Testament, each additional player has other characteristics which lend greater diversity and complexity to the mix. Position 5 is the Eccentric or Distractor. Position 6 is the Integrator. Position 7 is the Mediator. Position 8 is the Arbitrator. Position 9 is the Visionary. As some might immediately account, the United States Supreme Court has 9 members. The size of the group usually indicates the scope, complexity, and significance of its function. The purpose, one might say, is paramount and far reaching.
Bill and Melinda Gates – Philanthropy, Lennon and McCartney – Song writing, Ronald and Nancy Reagan – political career, Marie and Pierre Curie – discovery of Radium, and Gurgieff and Ospensky – the Fourth Way.
Team work! At the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century, work in collaboration is all the rage. Projects of multilayer effort require a number of specialists to complete. In such an arena, the voice of the individual becomes interwoven into a latticework of ideas that become something larger. In micro economic theory this type of work comes under the heading of marginal productivity. The idea being two, and progressively more persons added to a task produce greater results than one person alone. Eventually reaching a number on a team where the return becomes counterproductive.
Every person alive who has ever needed an extra set of hands to lift a heavy object, or an extra set of eyes to proofread a written work, or musicians who realize that an ensemble of certain instruments produces a more captivating work than a soloist, knows of this phenomenon.
In a time when Inspiration tends to the side of the fantastic or the sinister, finding someone whose mutual goal or interest spurs one onto greater exploration and contribution is crucial at a time when humanity is at it’s most tumultuous. But to do that effectively one must find a passion of Life Porpoise ™ which galvanizes their attention and sets them upon the path. We are all in this together, yet finding those who are walking in the same park and the same direction is a must to help sustain the perseverance necessary for long term success.
by Stephen Cocconi © 2012
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