“It ain’t over, till it’s over.”
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(Resolution, done, graduation, delivery, departure, finish, release, achievement, attainment, finalization, fulfillment)
- At the time when something has been experienced, considered, explored, tested, and learned, that’s it: completion ti m e! No reason to do anything more. You are done hear and now, it is final. Don’t consider this a time to die, but a time to begin a brand new cycle and transmigrate to a new dimension of awareness. Now, get out of here, and go do something else. 🙂
- Things are at a state of completion. Move onto the next thing.
- When you can feel yourself in the home stretch, winning is not defeating someone else in the race, victory is crossing the finish line. Congratulations, you’ve done it.
- “Love is the outreach of self toward completion.” Ralph W. Stockman
- “Every child is a thought in the mind of God, and our task is to recognize this thought and help it toward completion.” Eberhard Arnold
- “The human soul, as a part of the movement of life, is endowed with the ability to participate in the uplift, elevation, perfection, and completion.” Dr. Alfred Adler
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(Cessation, death, extinction, demise, dissolution, lifeless, conclusion,)
- It is possible to finish a race and feel only exhaustion but not accomplishment. There is no turning back. Use what you’ve learned but don’t restart the process. Realize that it is within you to decide when there is nothing more than can be done. Perhaps the only residue or unfinished business is in your attitude? Put closure on it and move on!
- Feeling exhausted? Put closure on your circumstance and move on! Lingering will lengthen, not resolve suffering here.
- “Living in a constant chase after gain compels people to expend their spirit to the point of exhaustion” Friedrich Nietzsche
- “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion . . . . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- “Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.” Marcus Aurelius
Relevance to the Michael Teaching
Our existence as a soul or Essence or Soloverse, which like the expansionary force upon the Universe itself, moves a Being through a continuous series of changes that by design are evolutionary. And as such, progressive and inclusive. After a complete cycle of incarnations, the many lives an Essence uses to explore experience and learning on the Physical Plane, a finality arrives. In The Michael Teaching system of creation and evolution, one’s advancement does not rest upon success but completion; just passing through the necessary experiences required for progession. In other words, one does not have to demonstrate great wisdom, nor maturity, just an understanding of the relevance of each stage. Said another way, you don’t have to win the race and get the glory, just cross the finish line. Eventually, everyone does, even if they crawl across. For an Essence to Cycle-off the Physical Plane, all it takes is being done! And being done, is when there is no motivation or resistance left.
Michael’s concept of Soul Age Evolution explains the path of Essences. The scope of this process applies only to the Physical Plane. Other Planes of Existence are said to have their own form of evolutionary process but built on the completion of various other milestones. Of the five (5) Earthly stages of Essence development: Infant, Baby, Young, Mature, and Old Age brackets are partitions which represent an primary shift in the perspective of the Soul toward life and existence as a whole. The five Soul Ages are similar to the procedural stages in project management. Thus, the cards in this deck bear the names that amalgamate both ideas into each stage. This is the journey that comes to an end when a Essence reaches the point of Cycling-off.
Cultural Meaning Coming to Terms with Endings
There is no going back! No one lives forever in a body. Death happens to all living things. Whatever the afterlife is, we cannot know it until we arrive. It remains uncertain. It is not of this realm. Speculations to its existence abound in religion, philosophy, science and literature. Yet, it seems to captivate countless others much of the time. Life then becomes drained of a portion of its joie de verve. Only the next awaits us after each proceeding moment. A collection of moments strung together by the mind congeals events into some narrative of which gives meaning to our actions or simply tabulates actions.
To Cycle-Off, the inevitable end of life itself happens as does entropy to non-living things. But we have this thing called “consciousness” which presumes that our stories can actually predict what may happen next. While conceding that it may, the greater issue is whether it guides us now to seek fulfillment of our inner drives, those which spark the aspirations and make living a potent exercise in the present, rather than endurance test of the strictures imposed by others. And it is our decisions made now; about the here and now, that serve as the basis from which the meaning of our life is derived. The texture, taste, and value we took from our lives all comes from the meaning we ascribe to it.
When coming to the end of a project or a milestone. Take stock on all that you have learned, those you have loved, forgive your regrets, and move onto the next phase with open eyes and a clear heart.