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Shepherd Hoodwin

 

Your Michael Reading chart contains over twenty channeled pieces of basic Michael teachings information that profile your soul and personality, painting a picture of how you set up your lifetime and series of lifetimes. Below is a sample of the charts I channel, followed by an explanation I wrote (current explanations are more detailed). You can order charts with or without explanation. The explanation can be further tailored to you if you submit a paragraph outlining your career, hobbies, and aspirations. Two or more people's charts can be explained together and correlated. For more information about Michael Readings and my other services, please see my brochure.

 

 This is a sample Michael Reading chart.

MICHAEL READING
For John Doe (Sample Chart)

By Shepherd Hoodwin
99 Pearl
Laguna Niguel CA 92677-4818
949-429-8792

sgh@summerjoy.com
http://summerjoy.com

June 25, 2008


INTRODUCTION

According to Michael, each of us at the core is what they like to call a "spark of the Tao" or, you could say, a "unit of consciousness in the all that is."

As this spark, we each decided a long time ago to begin a great journey or adventure that might be called "planetary sentience." To be sentient, as Michael defines it, is to have consciousness that is complex enough to be capable of purely intellectual function, such as self-awareness and long-range planning. To be a planetary sentient is to play a particular game the universe offers that involves coming to the physical plane of a planet such as earth, inhabiting a life form such as the human form, and experiencing what that planet and life form have to offer. When we're done, we ascend through the higher planes until we're fully reabsorbed back into the Tao. That whole loop, from the Tao, through the physical plane and each of the six higher planes, and back to the Tao is called a "grand cycle."

In order to do a grand cycle, we need a vehicle, something that will anchor us into the seven-plane dimensional universe and carry us along this journey. That vehicle is called the "essence," or "soul."

If you were going to take a road trip, you might first go to a car dealership to get a vehicle. The first thing the salesperson would probably ask you is, "What kind do you want? A sedan, a hatchback, a mini-van, or an SUV?" Once you narrow that down, you choose your options, accessories, and colors. It's rather like that with the soul.

When you decide to undertake this journey, you go to the "soul dealership" and decide what basic model you want. The seven models, or types of souls, are called the "role." The seven roles consist of three pairs: server and priest, artisan and sage, and warrior and king, plus the single role of scholar. Certain role combinations are "classic" and are often found in mates. In addition to the pairs mentioned, scholars often mate with priests and warriors, and servers often mate with kings. However, every soul will eventually experience most, if not all, combinations.

Once you decide your essence role, you pick the equivalent of options. For example, you choose your ratio of male to female energy, and your frequency, which is how fast the soul vibrates, giving it its texture. You also choose your unique location within larger groupings of souls, which gives you particular resonances. And so forth, until you've ready to "drive it off the lot" and begin your journey.

Now you have another set of choices. On a road trip, you'd decide where to spend the first night and what you'd do there. With the journey of your soul, you decide where you want to have your first lifetime, who your parents will be, and what you wish to experience. Then, you choose what Michael calls "overleaves," personality traits that overlay your soul and help you accomplish your goals.

Note that the chart is divided into two sections, "Essence" and "Overleaves," or soul and personality. At the top of each section are four headings, the four axes: "Inspiration," "Expression," "Action," and "Assimilation." Many chart traits are on one of these axes. A trait on the inspiration axis has an inspirational quality; it's about the inner world, and it's associated with the fire element. The expression axis is the bridge--it's about bringing what's in the inner world into the outer through communication or creativity; it's associated with air. The action axis concerns accomplishment or results in the outer world--the bottom line; its element is earth. The assimilation axis is about collecting and distilling information--it provides a neutral observation point and resource for the other three axes; it's associated with water.

The first three axes are divided into "ordinal" and "cardinal." The ordinal side is concrete; it has to do with the details of life, the nitty-gritty. The cardinal side is opposite: it's abstract; it has to do with the overview of life, the big picture. The ordinal is contracted, the cardinal, expanded. The ordinal is like a zoom lens, the cardinal, like a wide-angle lens. The assimilation axis is neutral, neither ordinal nor cardinal.

So the roles and overleaves fit onto the axes. For example, the first pair of roles, server and priest, are ordinal and cardinal, respectively, on the inspiration axis. The unpaired scholar role is on the assimilation axis.

The roles and overleaves each have a particular position on the axes. For example, the first pair of roles, server and priest, are ordinal and cardinal, respectively, on the inspiration axis. The unpaired scholar role is on the assimilation axis.

Many of the traits on the chart have a positive and negative "pole." In the positive pole, the trait manifests cleanly, with a loving intent; in the negative, it distorts due to immaturity and fear in some form. One of the benefits of having your chart is having words for your pitfalls--these are tools for avoiding them and having a more conscious and peaceful life. The poles are listed on your chart.

Overleaves can "slide," or temporarily move, from one to another, either across the same axis, or, from the neutral assimilation-axis, to any other. If you are in a negative pole of an overleaf, deliberately sliding to another's positive pole can help you get out of it. This is called "hands across" on the same axis, and "hands through" from the assimilation axis.

Let's take a look at your role and see what axis it sits on, and whether it's ordinal, cardinal, or neutral.

ROLE

First of all, what is a role? Your role is the kind of soul you are, one out of seven. It dictates your primary way of being and therefore, how you contribute to life. You might say that it's your inner style. Every role can do any profession, but there are proclivities. Your role, John, is sage.

Sages are the quintessential performers, and seek insight above all. This is a quieter lifetime for you, being at third-level mature, so your performance is more subdued; however, it is still there, and it's obvious that, being a sage-cast sage, you (like me) seek insight above all other things.

Sage is on the expression axis, so we know that your primary way of being is expressive. In order to be yourself, you need to express yourself and have your expression be heard; without expression, you languish. Sage is on the cardinal side of the axis, so you need to experience expression in an exalted, or expanded, way, which manifests as communication, and the pursuit of ideas and insight, which are less tangible than an artisan's expressions (for example, a work of art).

The positive pole of sage is "expression"; the negative pole is "oration." In expression, sages express with sensitivity to their audience, providing what fits, and being quiet when it is not appropriate or when there is not openness. In oration, sages talk too much and/or are irritating, grabbing the attention of others (which all sages need, in order to do our job) rather than earning it.

ESSENCE TWIN (ET)

Your essence twin is another soul you team up with in the beginning to help you with your lessons by being vibrationally similar to you, and thereby reflecting you back to yourself. When your ET is discarnate (not in a physical body), it's almost as if it is living in your vest pocket, and some of its traits blend into yours if its role is different. (I say "it" because the discarnate soul has no gender.) There is less bleedthrough if the soul is incarnate and knows you, and even less if you don't know each other. We only know our ET in ten to third percent of our lifetimes; it can be a very involving relationship, anywhere from very pleasant to very unpleasant, and the soul wants a wide range of experiences on the physical plane. Many Michael students make the mistake of romanticizing this relationship. There are many other reasons a soul may be close to you, and your ET is not necessarily a soul mate. Your essence twin is a discarnate scholar, so there's a good deal of bleedthrough.

Scholar is on the assimilation axis, so scholars need something to assimilate and the opportunity to do so; without that, they languish. Scholars, being neutral, are the most versatile role, and especially take on the "colorings" of their secondary characteristics, as well as their imprinting, astrology, etc. Therefore, it would be hard for those who know both you and the Michael teachings to spot your scholar influence except when seeing you in action, since sage energy is more distinctive.

Scholars and sages share in common a love of knowledge and learning in a wide range of subjects. Sages are more attracted to disseminating distilled "news you can use," whereas scholars have patience for wading through drier data to pick out the nuggets and to organize and catalog it. As a sage/scholar, you can do both; your bleedthrough allows you to be more detail-oriented. Like scholars, you are likely to collect books, CDs, DVDs, and other media/sources of information; sages like to do that, too, but because of the urge to disseminate, they are not as likely to hold onto them, but instead seek to find "good homes" for them with others.

The scholar domain is academia, research, and so forth. Sages are already natural teachers, so, with this combination, which is the most verbal of any, teaching in the higher grade levels would be a good fit, as well as informal teaching.

Scholars can excel at any field, but tend to approach everything by learning as much as possible about it first, rather than jumping into things more intuitively, as sages do, so you can approach learning both ways. Scholars can be as passionate and intense as any other role, but they more often have a quality of dispassionate objectivity as the detached observer; sages appear less detached. Again, you can go either way.

Scholars not only have knowledge about things, they also tend to know how to do a lot of things. In the positive pole, they have living knowledge that fits in the real world. In the negative pole, they have false or untested knowledge, theory, that sounds good "on paper" but doesn't pan out when tested. They can be excessively dry and vicarious, rather than participating and living life; however, your being a sage mitigates against that.

Scholars tend to have an encyclopedic memory for facts. There are many different types of intelligence (creative, for one); a scholar's intelligence tends to be more stereotypical. They can show off in class with the right answers, but it's usually the sages frantically waving their hands to get the teacher's attention.

Scholars can tend to be excessively literal and lack social skills, like the nerds who can't get up the courage to ask someone out on a date. Attendees at Star Trek conventions tend to be disproportionately scholars, and artisans are second. However, sages tend to have excellent social skills (think Bill Clinton). So the two roles have some similarities, but also balance each other in some key ways.

CASTING

"Casting" is the order in which you were cast from the Tao. The two rows of numbers on your chart detail your casting. Your role and primary casting are the most important items on your chart.

Each number, one through seven, resonates with a particular role (and its corresponding overleaves). For example, the priest role is in the sixth position and it corresponds with the sixth chakra (third eye). It is the sixth most ordinal (or second most cardinal), and also the sixth most populous (or second least populous). It corresponds with all the cardinal expression-axis overleaves. Artisan is the number two role, corresponding with the second chakra, which is known for creativity and sexuality. It corresponds with all the ordinal inspiration-axis overleaves.

Although priest is a cardinal role, priest casting is ordinal, because the number six is in the second half of the numbers one through seven--the second half of anything is ordinal. Likewise, artisan casting is cardinal, because two is in the first half. The fact that the casting numbers are opposite the roles in this regard allows souls to experience every energy in both ordinal and cardinal ways. All the complexities of casting allows for much more variety than the seven roles alone would permit.

Essence twin bleedthrough allows some of the actual energy of your ET's role to be mixed with your own, if it's different, whereas casting is more a direction, how and where your role energies tend to be invested.

PRIMARY CASTING

A cadence is a group of seven souls, usually all of the same role. Your position in that is your primary casting. You are fifth in your cadence, so you are a sage-cast sage/scholar, since five is the sage number. It has a positive pole of "expansion," and a negative pole of "adventure." In this case, adventure is a more limited experience of the energy. There's nothing wrong with it, but if you have an expansion, you probably also had adventure, whereas an adventure isn't itself necessarily expansive--it could just be getting kicks. The number five gives one an urge to experience in new and different ways, to perhaps be eccentric or to pioneer "where no person has gone before." Sages, the number five role, often like to try new things and are open-minded, more so than the other roles. A sage-cast sage, doubly so. It might sometimes bother people just how open-minded you are when they want you to just agree with them and not with other people!

Since your primary casting just underlines what you already are, it doesn't bring in anything new, except it also brings in sage flavoring in an ordinal way: Since five is in the second half of the numbers one through seven, its position is ordinal. Being a sage is cardinal, but having sage casting is ordinal, so it also allows you to also do sage things in a more down-to-earth way, such as counseling one-on-one, in addition to speaking to large groups, which is a cardinal activity.

SECONDARY CASTING

The middle number is your cadence's position in its greater cadence, which is seven cadences, or forty-nine souls. It is what stands out about you to friends and family. We are each like multifaceted gems, with different facets standing out at different angles and distances.

Your cadence is first in its greater cadence. One is the server number, and has a positive pole of "purpose"; you need something to have a purpose before you do it. The negative pole is "simplicity," referring to what is simplistic. You like to look after people's mundane needs or help the average person in your sage/scholar communication, in addition to your simply communicating for its own sake (role and primary casting). It influences you towards knowledge that serves the common good. A typical way that might manifest would be for you to teach school, maybe in a poor neighborhood, or teach social services.

Since one is first of the numbers one through seven, its position is cardinal. Although server is the most ordinal role, the number one is in the most cardinal position, so server casting is cardinal--it helps you be a leader, someone who steps in first to help others; it allows you to do serverly things in a more exalted manner. Scholars are neutral but tend toward the more ordinal, but this casting makes you more cardinal, or influential on others. Weighing your role, ET, and all your casting, you are more cardinal, but not strongly so.

TERTIARY CASTING

Your greater cadence is second in its string of greater cadences. This is a relatively minor flavor in the "stew," but it gives you some artisan influence, because two is the artisan number. It perhaps gives you an added esthetic sense and ability for craft. Since it is on the same axis as sage, it's not all that different from your dominant energies.

CADRE/ENTITY

Several greater cadences of your role combined with greater cadences of some or all the other roles makes up an "entity," your spiritual family of one to two thousand souls. Seven entities make a "cadre."

The cadre number (which is first) is unique for each one, so it has no casting influence. However, the second number, which is the entity, is out of seven, so it does have a numerical meaning. Since it characterizes everyone in a large group, it tends to more stand out about you from a distance, in what strangers and acquaintances will notice about you from afar. In addition, every entity has its own personality based on its unique makeup.

You are in Cadre Three/Entity Seven, or 3/7 (called 1/7 through some channels), in the system Michael uses through me. Being in a number seven entity adds a generalized bit of king casting. Strangers will notice a pervasive kingliness about you: leadership, organizational skills, etc. This characterizes everyone in a number seven entity, in addition to whatever specific personality an entity might have. Your particular entity has been dubbed by some as "the Sweetheart entity." It's characterized by the blending of diversities, and a tendency toward being spiritual and having psychic abilities.

These celebrities have been channeled as being in your entity: Rosanna Arquette, Howard Ashman, Christopher Atkins, Harriet Smithson Berlioz, Ram Dass, Ellen Degeneres, John Denver, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Melissa Etheridge, Al Gore, Jr., Daryl Hannah, R.P. Kaushik, Jerome Kern, kd lang, Somerset Maughm, Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Anne Rice, Julia Roberts, Stephen Schwartz, Martin Sheen, Brooke Shields, Gary Sinese, and Oscar Wilde.

SIDE OF ENTITY

There are three universal forces behind everything: "love," "truth," and "beauty" (corresponding with emotions, intellect, and body). Entities each have three sides that correspond to these. Some people are on the "border" of two of these qualities. Someone in the truth position would be more likely to be blunt about the truth she perceives, whereas someone in the love position is more likely to forgive and let go of the trespasses of others, for example. Someone in the beauty position is more likely to cultivate the body and love nature; it aligns with the action-axis affinity for physicality and energy. You are on the truth side of your entity, which is the natural resonance for sages and scholars anyway.

TASK COMPANION (TC)

Your task companion is your second closest soul bond structurally, after your essence twin. Your relationship with your ET pulls you into each other, and since your ET reflects you, into yourself; conversely, your TC draws you both outward into the world. When you are both on the physical plane, your life tasks tend to complement one another and you ignite each other to do them, whether or not you know one another. You help each other with your life tasks either on the physical plane in real time, or in the dreamtime, on higher levels.

If your TC is discarnate, it would show up as a spirit guide particularly devoted to helping you with your life task, the biggest lessons and accomplishments you seek (rather than, say, a guide focused on your day-to-day course corrections). It doesn't give you the kind of bleedthrough that you have with your ET, that can show up strikingly in your demeanor--it comes in more subtly under certain circumstances, when you're doing your big-picture tasks. Yours is a discarnate artisan, meaning that you are able to pull in more artisan creativity, craft, and originality.

MALE/FEMALE ENERGY RATIO

There are many chart items that imply masculinity or femininity as they are usually thought of, but what we call "male/female energy" on the chart has a more narrow definition: the ratio refers to how goal-oriented the soul is. Those higher in male energy more tend to be workaholics, especially when in a male body. Souls higher in female energy may work hard, too, but tend to do a lot of things, as opposed to focusing on goals in a major way. The ratio could be said to determine how much of a specialist or generalist one is.

The majority of souls are in the middle range, between 40 and 60. Whatever one's ratio, the soul's male energy is "forward" in a male body, and its female energy, in a female body. Mostly due to social expectations, the solid roles of king, warrior, and scholar generally prefer the male body. Servers and artisans tend to be more comfortable as females. Sages and priests are agnostic. Priests are both fluid and powerful; they enjoy both the fluidity of the female body and the power of the male, so they tend to do fine in either.

However, with any role, higher male energy tilts one towards the male body, and higher female, to the female body, although souls can acquire a personal preference along the way regardless of these factors--it is an individual matter. Almost every soul will choose both male and female lifetimes in order to have a complete "education" on the physical plane. It's "good work" when the soul can be comfortable as both. I've never seen anyone at exactly 50/50, but a lot of charts come out as having 49/51, 51/49, or thereabouts; souls in that range are clearly going for a more balanced experience of Earth.

It's more common for partners to have opposites. When both have higher male energy, it suggests that they're good at working together toward goals if they can harmonize them; otherwise, they may clash. When both have higher female energy, their relationship tends to be more laid back, all else being equal. There are many things on the Michael chart that can predict attraction; if two people don't have opposite male/female ratios, they probably have other complements.

Your ratio is 30/70, so it is likely you've been female more often, although sages are generally equally comfortable in male and female bodies. Since we are attracted to our opposite, someone at 70/30 would most attract you, but anyone in that range would work well for you in this regard.

FREQUENCY

Your role is middle frequency, meaning that sages vibrate in the middle range, as a role. However, your individual "frequency," at 68, is in the high range. Less than half of all souls incarnating have frequencies higher than 50, because higher frequencies are harder to manage on the physical plane. People with high frequencies can be dreamy or bubbly, have more intense and rapid experiences, and perhaps burn out more quickly. Low frequency souls vibrate slowly, more gradually and steadily. If you were living with someone whose frequency was extremely low, it would subtly pull on you, trying to slow you down, it might seem. You are most comfortable living with people whose frequency is close to your own, within about twenty points. Frequency does not change throughout our lifetimes, and no frequency is good or bad.

PREVIOUS CYCLES

You have had twelve previous grand cycles. Every time you as a spark do a planetary cycle, you gain experience and therefore complexity. You might compare it to this year's computers vs. last year's: last year's work fine, but this year's are a bit more complex. The average earthling has had four previous cycles. Nineteen is the highest number any of us have had (for example, the man Jesus). The most common number on my charts is eleven, and then twelve; the numbers thin out a lot after that. Like all things, complexity can be either positive or negative, and is relative.

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So far, everything we've discussed has concerned your essence, making it true for all your lifetimes on Earth. Now, we're going to discuss your personality traits, which can be different in each lifetime.

NEEDS

There are nine "needs." You can find articles about them at:

http://www.michaelteachings.com/nine_needs_index.html, and

http://www.michaelteaching.com/jun97.htm.

Incidentally, there is a lot of other material relative to the charts at both sites and at mine: http://summerjoy.com, as well as in my book, _The Journey of Your Soul_. Other Michael books are listed at http://summerjoy.com/Biblio.html.

http://summerjoy.com/Resources.html links to a variety of other Michael teaching sites and lists.

Your needs are based on your life task. We all have all nine, but their priority can change from lifetime to lifetime. The nine are:

Security
Adventure
Freedom
Expansion
Power
Expression
Acceptance
Communion
Exchange

Your top three are "freedom," "acceptance," and "exchange."

The freedom need is the need to have the space to call your own shots. That makes self-employment ideal.

Acceptance is the need to live and work in congenial environments, where you feel safe and accepted.

Exchange is the need to share one-on-one, to have meaningful relationships with others. With a high exchange need, you might enjoy intimate dinners and discussion.

LIFE QUADRANT

"Life quadrant" is a simple concept that states when in a group, either for work or play, we tend to take one of the following positions:

Love: Initiate, as in, "Let's go to a movie."
Knowledge: Provide information for the group, as in "I read a review that said that such-and-such is a good movie."
Power: Move the group, as in "Let's get in the car; I'll drive." And
Support: Serve and unify group, as in "I'll get popcorn."

Our position is flexible, depending on the group's needs, and we will do all positions in our lifetimes.

You tend to do the "knowledge" position. It's a typical position for sages and scholars.

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Now we have the seven overleaves, ordered from most internal to most external.

GOAL

The "goal" is the most internal overleaf. It may be the most significant, but it's not usually the most obvious. It's the motivator, what pulls you through your lifetime, what you ultimately seek from each circumstance.

Yours is called "growth." It's the most common goal; 40% of us have it at any given time. It is the priest goal: you are motivated to expand (cardinal) internally (inspiration).

Growth motivates you to seek stimulation via new things, whether learning a new language, cuisine, environment, or whatever. It makes you a busy person. It creates a lifetime of challenges that you can overcome if you work really hard, as opposed to, say, "acceptance," which creates a lifetime of "like it or lump it," or "flow," which rewards letting go and allowing things to happen as they will. The poles of growth are "comprehension" and "confusion."

In growth, you occasionally get overwhelmed by all the new experiences to process (confusion). To remedy this, slide temporarily to the opposite, "reevaluation" or "retardation," in order to give yourself a chance to catch up--it allows you to slow down and "veg."

ATTITUDE

Your "attitude" is how you look at the world, the sorts of things that tend to jump out at you. Yours is "spiritualist," a "natural overleaf" of priest (same side of same axis). Spiritualists look at the world through a lens that says, "Anything and everything is possible." Being on the inspiration axis, it's inspirational--you can remind yourself and others to believe in ourselves and our dreams. The positive pole is "verification," in which you check to see if what is envisioned is actually doable. The negative pole is "faith," as in blind faith, imparting you with a gullibility and naiveté than can lead to severe disappointment. When this happens, slide to "tranquility," the positive pole of the opposite attitude, "stoic," and then do your homework.

MODE

The "mode" is how you run your energy, how you operate in the world, and, in particular, how you achieve your goal. You are in "power" mode. Power exudes (expression axis) from you in everything you do in a large (cardinal side) way. In the positive pole, you have "authority"--you sound like you know what you're talking about, because you come on strong. In the negative pole, "oppression," you cannot hide a bad mood. You seem more opinionated that you might feel yourself to be, because your expressions are amplified, and negative feelings fill the space around you. To get out of the negative pole, slide to the opposite, caution mode, and be careful and deliberate about your choices. Power is a natural overleaf for sage, so a sage in power mode comes across especially strongly in expressing herself.

CENTERING

We all have all seven "centers": emotional (everyday feelings) and higher emotional (exalted feelings), intellectual (day-to-day matters) and higher intellectual (philosophical/big picture thoughts), physical (bodily excitations) and moving (whole-body actions or higher energetic states), and instinctive (automatic survival operations). One of four is chosen by the soul as our primary center, the front door of the personality that opens when someone knocks: either intellectual (most common in the U.S.), emotional, physical or moving.

One of the goals of the Michael teachings is to help us balance our centers, so that we have free access to whichever one is most appropriate. When both partners have the same centering, it makes for better understanding of the other, but then neither is filling in the weak spot.

You are intellectually centered, in the moving part (secondary), meaning that your first reaction is to analyze, and then you more-or-less automatically act on your thoughts once they are crystallized in reaction to something that occurred. The positive pole is "thought," the negative, "reason," which, in this context, means mechanical thinking that's asleep, not seeing with fresh eyes and engaging in original thought.

The weak link when your primary center is intellectual and your secondary is one of the body centers is the emotional center. Being a sage does give you more emotional access, since sages are so expressive of both their thoughts and feelings. Still, you don't react from your emotions first or usually second. Therefore, you and others may not necessarily know what you're really feeling; your intellectual reaction may, for example, be anger, but your real emotion might be one of hurt. If you fall into the "trap" of acting on your negative thoughts, leading to still more negative thoughts, forming a vicious circle, the way out is to feel and maybe express your true feelings. This is accomplished by distracting your moving part: instead of acting automatically on your negative thoughts, move your body in a neutral way, as in exercise. Then allow your true feelings to arise.

CHIEF OBSTACLE

The "chief obstacle" was originally called the "chief feature" in the Michael books by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; that term was drawn from the Gurdjieff teachings. I like calling it the chief obstacle because I think that's more descriptive. It refers to your primary stumbling block, the focus of your fears and illusions, something you deeply believe on a gut level to be true, but isn't. The positive pole of a chief obstacle is the lesser of the two evils, since it is still based on fear.

Chief obstacles may be blatant or subtle, strong or weak. They may be visible only under certain circumstances of high stress and fear. However, they are always working in the background to thwart our growth, so "photographing" them in action and working to reduce their influence is a priority if we wish to grow.

Yours is "greed," defined as a fear of lack or loss. It's usually fixated on a specific area or areas. It carries a feeling of a hole inside yourself that you are trying to fill via particular means that will never be successful. In its most negative manifestation, it can lead to ruthlessness, trampling over others. The goal is to "get it" and learn to find a sense of wholeness from within.

Affirmations can be helpful, such as, in this case, "I am rich in love." Counting all the things you have and are thankful for is very useful here.

BODY TYPE

"Body type" is the influence of the celestial bodies on our physical bodies. The concepts come from ancient esoteric teachings re-revealed by a student of Gurdjieff and incorporated by the first Michael channels and students, who were also students of Gurdjieff.

There are seven main body types. No person has just one influence. Most people have two, and some have three or even four. The types blend together, so we have some traits deriving from each of them. Two people having opposites, on the same axis, make for body-type attraction, which is good to have in a sexual relationship: your bodies form a sort of electrical circuit; same body types make for comfort (as opposed to the excitement of opposites). When we have opposite types in our own body, they tend to almost cancel each other out, and body type attraction with others is less compelling an influence.

Your primary type is mercurial, with a secondary of saturnian; they blend with each other. Mercurials are compact and lithe, with an oval face. They excel at activities such as yoga and gymnastics, and tend to have a lot of energy. Mercurial bodies can be wound-up, nervous, and high-strung, like the word "mercurial" suggests, when that energy is trapped in the body, whereas saturnians tend to be calm. Many models today, both female and male, have strong saturnian influences. Saturnians are tall, or look taller than they are (lanky), with prominent foreheads and bone structure. Both types tend to be lean, although any body type can put on weight, depending on diet and health.

Body types have three attributes:

1. Positive- or negative-charged. Positive bodies emphasize the good things and ignore the negative, sometimes leading to the person failing to read the handwriting on the wall and ramming into it! Negative bodies notice every flaw and can be overly sensitive. Your body is balanced but more strongly negative: mercurial is negative, and saturnian is positive.

2. Masculine or feminine. Energy moves out from a masculine body type, and in to a feminine. Your body is more feminine in that sense: mercurial is feminine, and saturnian, strong and able to lead, is masculine, so you are again somewhere in the middle ground.

3. Active or passive. Passive bodies are still, and active bodies want to move. Saturnian is the most active body type; mercurial is also active. Active bodies have faster metabolisms; passive bodies put on weight more easily. Your body is 100% active. It suggest a high need for exercise; otherwise, the energy builds up within you, making you uncomfortable and restless, needing to move. You will probably never be a couch potato--it's hard for you to sit still and relax, or do quiet work; you want to be on the go all the time.

You have body-type attraction to those with a jovial/lunar body, or those possessing either influence. Both are passive body types, with more padding, giving you both excitement and comfort.

SOUL AGE

Soul age tells what your lessons are about. It is not about spiritual advancement per se, because at any age, one can become conscious and aware.

When we're new to a planet, in our first lifetime, we're first-level infant. Infant souls are like newborns focusing on surviving: mainly, finding food and not being killed. They tend to live in tribal settings or urban "jungles." Baby souls are like toddlers learning the rules; they focus on ritual and structure, and are prone to fundamentalism. Young souls are parallel to youngsters playing hard, acting out the roles. This is when the soul, now equipped to prosper on the physical plane, looks to have maximum impact on it and be successful in an outer sense. The average person on earth is about 6th-level young, so there is a worldwide emphasis now on success, climbing the ladder of prosperity, and so forth. After the young cycle comes mature, parallel to adolescence, which is about delving into self and relationships, and old, parallel to going away to college, which is about living from a more detached, larger perspective.

Each soul age has seven levels, each of which focus on a different stage of growth. Although some are generally more challenging than others, how you experience them depends on where you are in it (beginning, ending, or in the middle of it) and your own history. For example, if you're at sixth-level, which is typically a time of repaying outstanding karma, how much karma you have to begin with will help determine how karmic that level is for you. If you are just beginning the level, or are just finishing up some of its loose ends, it will be less intense than if you're in the thick of it.

Your manifested soul age is what your life currently is focusing upon. If your chart says "same," that means that your outer life matches your inner. If it shows a lower soul age, you are reviewing lessons you covered in previous lives. This is very common. We all review younger soul ages in each lifetime until we "catch up" to where we are. Sometimes a soul lingers at an earlier level because a review is needed (for example, manifesting young in order to brush up on career issues), although sometimes it occurs because the person is stuck, perhaps unwilling to face an issue that would otherwise be on the horizon. Ideally, one manifests one's true soul age after completing the fourth-internal "mid-life" monad, which is generally in one's mid-thirties, but can be several years earlier or later. Since no soul age is good or bad, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with reviewing a younger soul age; both youth and age have their advantages. With everything on the Michael chart, "it's all good." Even our chief obstacles and negative poles provide necessary lessons, although we are happier when we overcome them and choose to "grow through joy."

You are at third-level mature, manifesting the same.

Third levels are the warrior level, since three is the warrior number. Your soul is working hard to internalize the lessons of the soul age. It is, paradoxically, both highly active yet more private, less "out there" in the world. It can be one of the more difficult levels. The first three soul age levels are cardinal in number, but third-level involves a lot of heavy plowing, so it doesn't allow you to so easily move ahead full bore. At third-level mature, you are working hard to know your inner self and relate to others from your depth, especially co-workers and others with whom you have regular dealings.

SUMMARY

I don't see anything internally abrading on this chart, meaning that all the traits seem to get along with each other pretty well. There is a strong intellectual energy both from the sage/scholar energies and from your centering, and power mode makes you come on stronger. Your 100% active body types make you do a lot, although this is a more internal lifetime.

This concludes your Michael Reading. Feel free to write if you have questions.

All the best,
Shepherd


 

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