“You can’t play the blues without soul.”
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(Being, Spirit, Core, Root, Atman)
- At the core of every thing, there is an Essence or center from which radiates the source of life force. Root what you do into this power and you will be guided. Great faith is required in the foundation of your very being.
- In music, it is said, “if you ain’t got soul, the music is just sound.” You can play it, but you don’t feel it.” The essence of life is the spice you bring to it. Dip into your well and feel, don’t think. It is always there. Have you forgotten what it feels like?
- Are you looking deep enough for the core motivation? Beneath the surface a different outcome directs. Find the real center.
- Congratulations! You have just found the Essence of the situation. Stay with it!
- “What is uttered from the heart alone, will win the hearts of others to your own.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.” ~ Albert Einstein
- “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(deterministic, pawn, ablution, effect)
- Fate is the idea of refuge used by those who’d rather believe that the choice of their destiny is controlled by something outside of themselves. Are you allowing circumstance to guide you and not being proactive? It might be OK, but stay ready to act.
- Whenever to abdicate choice, a choice in itself, you have let loose the forces of fate. It takes you on whatever journey, no matter how pleasurable or bumpy, to a destination not of your conscious desire, but where some learning or remembrance may still reside. Are you willing to pay attention?
- Tempting as it may be to leave things to fate, you never know which choice is the predestined one or not. Quit stalling and calling it destiny.
- “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ― John Lennon
- “We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.” ― Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses
Relevance in the Michael Teaching
The Soul, or in this teaching the Essence, is the individual’s unique exposition of the TAO first created as unique particle of light with its own energy. Cast or spawned as Michael phrases it is a refraction of one of the primary rays of light that happens when the complete white light of the TAO is placed in front of a prism of Creation.
The Essence, paradoxically, is a quantum singularity in itself the Soloverse, and yet resides in another larger, more expansive and inclusive amalgam the Universe. Within the narrative of the Michael Teaching the Essence bears the single point of focus from which each person expresses their beingness. As to being in a body, a corporeal incarnation of that Essence, the manifestation is formed with building blocks, the waves to the particles of light, which form an unmatched yet structurally similar biochemical offspring which we think of as living beings. Once in a body, Essence works through the Unconscious, guiding you through a path where your actions and reactions seem random or predetermined but in some way out of your direct control. This is the motivation of Essence. But when a conscious Self begins to emerge, and the talents, aptitudes, memories, values, and principle objectives born of a synthesis or fusion of both realms, then a person commanding their own power, setting sail in directions of their choosing, but guided by the winds; sometimes being pushed with terrific advance while others tacking into them holding on for dear life. And it is life, in the physical form, which the Essence wants to experience when it creates you!
Personality (the next card), constructed with the Overleaves, tempered by Soul Age, and colored by the content and conclusions of past lives. It is the Essence’s vehicle to sojourn on the Physical Plane. The requirements of Ego, survival, may elicit fear and cause it to block clear access to its source. But Ego does not eliminate Spirit entirely, but disconnection from an ongoing source can make it stale, repetitive, and become rank with fear. In either case, what we think of as Spirit or someone being spirited, shows a life force contained within an individual energy signature as unique as a fingerprint, DNA architecture, and neural pattern. So the phrasing that “you are God” as some Eastern religions and New Age adherents suggest; the criticisms issued by fanatical evangelical or fundamentalist movement: Moslem, Christian, Judaic, Hindu or any other offshoot like Mormanism, Scientology and the Unification Church, does NOT preclude the existence of THE GOD or Supreme Intelligence or TAO as we refer to it. NO! What it does do however, is exactly the opposite of what many of these religious sects seem to disavow: personal responsibility as a creative force. The force of Essence!
And no matter what evidence of one’s existence is, grand or miniscule, it is the ripple effect which alters the course of all human affairs, whether you deem yourself to be a grain of sand hitting the water, or a meteor crashing into an ocean causing great waves. You are Spirit, you are the Essence of God stuff, and you are, as a human being, empowered with an ability-to-respond, not just react, to your lives.
Thus stipulating this core ability, is it essential to grasp that no matter what story or what justification one offer’s themselves or the world, YOUR actions and reactions are within your volition and rights and is accountable to them. Acceptance of that Universal Truth is not required, but denial of it provides no exemption from it. No attribution to or in declaration “I do this in God’ name” has anything to do with the Creator, but the lack of recognition of and taking responsibility for one’s choices. Let us let GOD off the hook!
Few concepts are more fundamental to the entirety of the human experience than that of the Soul. Declaring it to be an absolute object in time and space is far less relevant than its symbolic or metaphorical implications. From the advent of Scientific Determinism, the new fate so to speak; the vary existence of a soul itself is constantly a source of derisive debate and social grandstanding.
But the debate is misguided unless one speaks to the issue of permissive unaccountability that a Soul, as a gift from a Abrahamic God, endows some special dispensation to the perpetrator of cruelty or atrocity in the name of that God. Acts, which at both extremes totalitarians and terrorist alike engage, are laced with the common thread that God, or whatever higher force, gave them sanction to carry out.
The Soul of anything refers to the core of it. Its center! To imbue something or speak of it as having a soul or an essential quality which defines the thing or to differentiate from other things is useful; but also natural to human consciousness. If for no other reason, this one alone, in my opinion, makes acceptance and applicability of the Soul concept so completely indispensible, that to discard, diminish or deny it is a monumental waste of energy and by far the most misguided and misapplied use of our attention.
Can’t humans get a handle that it is the tangible universe which is our most immediate and governable concern? Worrying about the after life effects on a part of you which now have no control over accept whether to seek it out for counsel, is for the most part ludicrous. My words seek neither to confirm or deny one point of view over another; but to assert that we are missing the point all together!
The collective Soul of humanity is here on Terra Firma…Mother Earth. And though I choose to believe there is some larger force at work, it is a belief which neither distracts, nor relinquishes my attention on our journey here.
by Stephen Cocconi © 2012
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