The Michael Motivation Cards

31 Perseverance

31 Perseverance
What this card means... Can you stay the course and when necessary, make the subtle changes needed? Monotony makes one lose focus.

“Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go!”


Perseverance Mode as defined in the Michael Teaching

Card messages in the Illuminated position.

+ Persistence

(consistent, steadfast, stalwart, regular, dependable, )

  1. Get a move on! Keep heading in one direction even if you shift gears: walk, run or crawl, maybe fly! But don’t stop!Abraham Lincoln - the model of Perseverance
  2. Persistence is how nature endures and creates change. The processes of erosion, evolution, adaptation, all persist. Atoms are eternal but change organization, and thus form. Are you creating change or is it acting upon you? Either way, action is happening.
  3. One step at time! Be steadfast and persist.
  4. Day-in, day-out, that is how this energy can seem, but the goal is coming into view.

Quotations Illustrating this Pole

  • “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”  ~Henry Ward Beecher
  • “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”  ~Japanese Proverb
  • “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”  ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life
  • “It ain’t over, till its over.” ~Yogi Berra
  • Congratulate yourselves if you have done something strange and extravagant and broken the monotony of a decorous age ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Card messages in the Shadow position.

– Monotony

( Dogged, Fixed, Immutability, Inflexible, Repetitive, Set In Stone, Stuck, Unchanging,weary)

  1. Monotony is repetition without focus. It is the millstone grinding one down. Stealing any meaningful expression by usurping your time in a endless and mindless recursion. These patterns wear one out rather than build toward. Are you just spinning your wheels? Get off the treadmill and run somewhere.
  2. Are you weary of the repetitive nature of this situation? Try taking a break before you start up again. Or re-imagine the process you use to get the job done. The job might be the same but does the method have to be?
  3. It is said that “what you resist, persists“. Don’t let yourself be locked into a way of doing things. Otherwise, you keep getting the same old outcomes.

Quotations Illustrating this Pole

  • “It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres.” ~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • “No man is ever whipped, until he quits — in his own mind.”  ~Napoleon Hill
  • “I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.”  ~Charlotte Bronte
  • “There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!” ~Coco Chanel

Overleaf of the Michael Teaching

Monotony as defined in the Michael Teaching

Perseverance is the Mode undertaken when long term or large scale challenges are meant to be engaged.  When a life is to be filled with a task requiring many small steps and little deviation from the path.  It has been said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”  Perseverance is a long run strategy to accomplish a goal, and thus glamor elude it . It is not sexy. In the current era there is a lack of desire that doesn’t seem to happen overnight the meteoric rise, the burst onto the scene, are loved by a instant gratification society. The problem arises when in the negative pole of monotony or immutability that a person believes that the way they do something is the only way or the right way, to accomplish their task.  The problem with this reasoning has to do with the definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Perseverance often accompanies a life is besieged by suffering, trials, or set backs.  Such folks can feel a repartition in patterns of events. It is a choice to feel challenged and rise to the occasion, or to feel burdened and yoked, trapped by circumstances. No wonder Martyrdom and Submission are cousins on the same Ordinal-Action Axis, all three have qualities in their negative poles indicating a type of pointless resignation and renunciation of any personal responsibility to make life better for themselves. On of the best (humorous) movies about the negative effects of Monotony is Joe vs. The Volcano. While you are laughing, you might relate more than is comfortable.

This Mode is especially useful in tackling lives that involve a great deal of Self Karma or encounters with 6th level lives which require a great deal of stamina to complete.

Cultural Meaning

Perseverance and the little engine that could “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.” This children’s nursery rhyme may be a simplistic way of saying, stay the course and don’t give up and don’t give in, but the point is that multiple trials and experiments and practice often improves a situation at least, but can do more and cause a person to achieve their goal on the way.

There is much expectation put upon people to Persevere, especially when relief is not coming. Many stories of endurance and absolute unwavering repetitive adherence to a vary of doing things. The Donner Party Survivors are one example and so is the fated Greely Arctic Expedition of the late 19th Century.

As modern environmental and economic changes occur, many still hold onto the same tried and true beliefs and behaviors that have worked for many generations. But Perseverance will not mean staying the same, it will mean staying the course on the horizon toward inevitable change.

Famous Examples

Thomas Edison, Jewish People, marathon runners, mountain climbers, President Abe Lincoln, Kirk Douglass, Rupert Murdock, Cal Ripkin, Lou Gehrig, Michael Phelps, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Joan Rivers, Energizer Bunny, The Little Train that Could, Wiley Coyote, Kevin Costner, Philo Farnsworth, Myth of Sisyphus, John Glenn, Billy Graham, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Redford, Michael Moore, Newt Gingrich,  Adolphus Greely, Jesse Jackson, President Richard Nixon, Billy Graham, Walt Disney, John C. Riley, Mick Jagger

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by Stephen Cocconi © 2011-2012

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