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WHAT TYPE OF
SOUL ARE YOU?
[NOTE: This article originally appeared in
the April 1997 Orange County Blade magazine. It explores
how the seven Michael Teachings roles relate to societal sexual
stereotypes and sexuality. Contact the author at sgh (at)
summerjoy (dot) com [Please replace (at) with @, etc.]
about reprint rights for this or other articles.]
The cliché icebreaker used to be,
"What's your sign?" In the near future, someone attractive might
glide up to you and say, "Hi! I'm a warrior. What's your
According to a metaphysical system called the
Michael teachings, each of us is one of seven roles, which is our
primary style, or way of being. Our role remains the same in each
lifetime, whether we are male or female, so both men and women can
be any role.
Warriors are persuasive, single-minded doers,
often with a hearty sense of humor, and sometimes the subtlety
(and strength) of a Mack truck. They seek challenge. Think Joan
Crawford or Harrison Ford.
Kings are warriors' large-picture counterparts.
They are charismatic leaders, organizing others to action,
sometimes in a tyrannical manner. They seek mastery. President
John Kennedy and Katharine Hepburn are examples.
Scholars, rather than being oriented toward
doing, are a resource for others. They study and assimilate,
intellectually or otherwise. Sometimes, they are overly
theoretical and distanced from life. They seek knowledge. John
Lennon and Joyce Brothers are scholars.
Artisans create what is new, whether in art,
hairstyles, or carburetors. They are often warm and playful,
sometimes self-deceptive and artificial. They seek originality.
Andy Warhol and Judy Garland were obvious artisans.
Sages express and communicate. They are witty,
friendly, entertaining, and sometimes loud and verbose. They seek
insight. Bette Midler and Mel Gibson are sages.
Priests inspire others through their compassion
and vision. They sometimes get carried away and take too much on
faith or try to force their beliefs on others. They seek what is
highest. Two priests are Christopher Walken and Joan
And servers support and nurture others,
sometimes in a self-denying and victimized way. They seek the
well-being of all. Mia Farrow and the Dalai Lama are
Warriors and kings were attracted to the
challenges of the American frontier, and many cowboys were these
roles, so our stereotypical masculine image (the Marlboro Man)
derives largely from them. Gay and bisexual males who cannot
identify with this stereotype, especially expressive, sensitive
artisans and sages, might rebel against it or identify more with
society's feminine stereotype. The majority of all roles are
straight, and any role can be gay or lesbian. However, artisans
and sages are largely the basis for society's gay male stereotype.
High drama (opera, old movies, and larger-than-life stars) is a
sage specialty. Fashion, hairstyling and decorating are
principally in the artisan's domain.
Society's stereotypical feminine image derives
largely from the soft roles of artisan (Marilyn Monroe) and server
(Doris Day). Lesbians and bisexual females who are powerful,
intense priests or neutral, studious scholars may not identify
with that stereotype and might rebel against it or adopt the male
one; these roles are largely the basis for society's lesbian
stereotype. Warrior and king women also contribute to it, but they
more often "go with the program" and accept heterosexual
imprinting (or are bisexual), whereas scholars, particularly, have
no problem with being unconventional. Scholars tend to be
utilitarian in their dress, and this has influenced the evolution
of "lesbian chic." Gay male scholars, on the other hand, may feel
they have trouble competing with the more flamboyant sages or
striking artisans, but scratch the surface, and often scholars are
kinky or experimental.
Scholars, warriors and kings, being the most
"solid," focused roles, are those most attracted to the earthy
leather scene. Sages can enjoy wearing the costumes, and artisans
may design them. A sizable number of "masters" are kings, and many
"slaves" are servers. (Keep in mind that there are many exceptions
to all these generalizations.)
It's generally warriors and kings fighting
hardest for gay (or any other) rights, although sages are likely
to be handling the media. Many warriors and kings recently have
been choosing to be born as women because of new opportunities to
fight for women's rights. This trend is challenging stereotypes
and bringing changes--such women were accustomed to male
prerogatives in former lifetimes and aren't about to give them
In past societies, sometimes the scenarios were
different, with, for example, the feminine ideal being based on
warriors and kings (à la the mythical Amazon women), and
men imprinted to act subserviently. Obviously, these either/or
stereotypes are very limiting, and they have little to do with
what it actually means to be a man or woman. As civilization
evolves and becomes more complex, we are developing multiple role
models for manhood and womanhood. It is hoped that ultimately, we
will simply allow each person to be who he or she is, without
rigid stereotypes, and that after millennia of swinging between
matriarchy and patriarchy, we will find equality of the
The Michael teachings can help us understand
ourselves and others better, leading to greater love and
acceptance. In upcoming columns, we'll explore other traits that
affect personality and sexuality, such as body types and
male/female energy ratio.
SHEPHERD HOODWIN is a sage and a Laguna Niguel
Michael channel, counselor and past-life therapist.
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