Building Castles in the Sand
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(Rules, formation, building, enterprise, curiosity)
- Have you forgotten the simple pleasure in discovery? The inner child is re-awakened and giggles with the delight of something captivating and thrilling. Call upon these qualities and recall a “child’s mind” ready to embrace adventure. There is a hidden treasure.
- Taking the first steps as a child moves them onto the path of discovery. Exercising their muscles, the child learns to do for themselves; learning to say NO, rather than the comfortable ease of yes. Make decisions based not on what you know is safe, but what fascinates you.
- “Babies act out when they’re hungry, cold, tired. They do this for survival. ” ~ Marilu Henner
- “Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.” Friedrich Schiller
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(divisive, conformity, uniformity, absolutist, group think)
- When a baby cries it is natural to see if they are hurt. How you respond may overcompensate or neglect the real issue, and thus render the child unable to know how to help themselves. They learn to have dependency upon those who they perceive more powerful. No competency or responsibility is developed. If someone is acting like a powerless child waiting for rescue? Say NO! But encourage them to stand on their own two feet.
- Ever seen a Baby get entangled in a ball of yarn? Hopefully the mess they make is cleaned up by their parent. Is there a mess being made that makes everyone cry but nobody rectifies?
- “Babies control and bring up their families as much as they are controlled by them; in fact the family brings up baby by being brought up by him.” Erik H. Erikson
- “Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another.” Immanuel Kant
- “The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover; it is kept alive by hope and fear, by childish faith, and by cowardice.” Clarence Darrow
Relevance in the Michael Teaching
The Baby Soul arrives at this stage of development having felt subjected to the whims of nature, the pressures of survival, and the mystery of forces they cannot control, with a desire to create structure for the purpose of imposing order. The underlying hope becomes one of attaining safety by making things subject to their whims, commands, and dictates to describe them; regardless if they incorporate what-is, they prefer to declare how things are.
Advancement comes with the requirement that things conform. Religious and social orders are structured as authoritarian hierarchies. The goal is to discover a place in that structure even more than it is to help construct it. In fact, what identity one forms in life is almost completely defined by their place or compartment in that society: farmer, fireman, lawyer, preacher, mother, etc.
The standards around any of these social stations are generally narrow, fixed, ill-defined but held as absolutes and inviolate. The Baby Soul rests its faith in the belief in outside authority. Thus, those who are seen as leaders are assumed to be sanctioned by higher authorities like God or Nature endowed with some superior tenets and therefore infallible.
Moving from the Infant to Baby Soul is one that we might psychologically compare to Freud’s development of the Super Ego, the self regulating or parental aspect of the human personality to control the impulses and reactiveness of the ID. Suppression of some aspects of Self, give rise to the expression of others, taking that energy and producing tools, theologies, laws, social orders, architecture, and organization which gave them an outlet to refine and strengthen their sense of power in the world.
Thus, all the great early civilization sprang from Baby Soul.
Famous Examples and Icons
Mall of America (all strip malls and chain stores), Sphinx, Cross, Angels with wings, Mickey D’s Golden Arches, Sword, Neck tie, Eye for an Eye, Mickey Mouse, “cute” of any kind, picket fences, bake sales, arranged marriages, bound feet, national anthems, a punishing God, death penalty, anti-abortion, uniforms, religious fundamentalism, slavery, beatings, order,
Movies about, appealing to, or made by Baby Souls: Birth of a Nation, Greatest Story Ever Told, Wizard of Oz,
Rigid beliefs, coupled with a ruthless sense of entitlement to status, and a disrespect for anything that is not like yourself.
You might be at this Soul Age if….
- You believe the best way to be safe is to follow the rules.
- You save stuff because you believe money doesn’t grow on trees.
- God is on your side and you are his servant.
- People will try and get the better of you so better not to trust them.
- Things from the past are always better than the new.
- Parents should have total control of their children.
- It is morally right to obey authority.
- You believe in the notion “an eye for an eye.”