to the Michael Teachings
If you're new to the Michael teachings,
here's a collection of introductory material to help get you started. You'll
find a general overview below.
of the Michael Teachings
Long ago you faced a dilemma. You were about to
start a grand journey, a new cycle of lifetimes in a human body. In your cycle
you would sign on for approximately 10,000 years, or 50-200 lifetimes, in order
to learn about the physical plane and about sentience.
You were told that in order to become sentient
you needed to be one of seven personality types, or "Roles":
Scholar. Your Role, to be chosen by
you, would be your underlying personality type through all of your lifetimes in
You knew this was a big decision, one you'd
have to live with for a long time. Should you be a kind, loving Server? An
inspired Priest? A creative Artisan? A fun-loving Sage? What about a brave
Warrior, masterful King, or intelligent Scholar?
To make things easier for you, the universal
life force or Tao created a system of personality traits called
to be worn like a cloak over your true Role. You would stay the same Role
through each of your lifetimes in the cycle, but every lifetime you would change
your overleaves for variety. Overleaves would give you a chance to experiment
with the energy of all the other Roles, modify your life experience as needed,
and enable you to be complex and sophisticated.
When you began your first lifetime as whatever
Role you wanted to be. You chose a Goal for that lifetime:
You also chose a Mode:
And an Attitude:
You chose one or two Chief Features:
And a Centering:
Emotional, Higher Emotional,
Intellectual, Higher Intellectual,
Moving, Higher Moving, or
Instinctive; like a
Chinese dinner. Once you completed that first lifetime and learned all you could
about that set of overleaves, you went on to another lifetime with another set.
Staying your same Role, you chose a new Goal, Mode, Attitude, Chief Feature and
Most people choose a partner with whom to share
their entire cycle, called an "Essence Twin." Your
Essence Twin is one
other person who goes through lifetimes just like you do, with varying
overleaves, all the while staying their same Role: Server, Priest, Artisan,
Sage, Warrior, King, or Scholar. Your Essence Twin is the one person who always
"gets" to you, each lifetime, and the person with whom you will
develop the most karmas.
As you progress through your cycle, with more
and more lifetimes of experience, you make your way through what are called
Old. Eventually you
complete your cycle at the end of the Old Soul phase, and unite once again with
All That Is, The Tao.
Each and every person you know is one Role or
another, one Soul Age or another, with a chosen Goal, Mode, Attitude, Chief
Feature, and Centering for the lifetime.
For instance, let's pretend your Role is
Server. Your Essence Twin happens to be a Scholar. You might be a successful
nurse practitioner, an enjoyable, inspiring profession for you. You like serving
people by healing their illnesses. Your ability to handle the details of medical
treatments comes from the bleedthrough of your Scholar ET's energy, whether or
not your ET is in your life. Perhaps this lifetime you have chosen Goal of
Discrimination to help you learn discernment, giving you a knack for diagnosis
of illness and skill with treatment recommendations. You might have chosen the
Mode of Observation which gives you the ability to survey patients quietly,
looking for flickers of symptoms otherwise easily missed. In addition, you chose
the Attitude of Pragmatist, providing you with a good sense of efficiency on
your busy hospital ward. Your Chief Feature or trap might be Greed fixated on
snacks from the cafeteria, something of a professional embarrassment as you are
supposed to be a role model for a healthy lifestyle. These "overleaves"
or layers upon your Server Role give you the personality traits you need to
fulfill your life task, that of working within the medical system to heal
But you haven't always had those overleaves.
Last lifetime you may have wanted to travel a lot, socialize, be silly, believe
in the goodness of the universe, and work on self-karmas. You were still a
Server with a Scholar Essence Twin, as you will always be. But you might have
chosen Goal of Growth, with Passion Mode, Attitude of Spiritualist, and Chief
Feature or trap of Self-Deprecation.
Next lifetime you might want to go into
politics. You may choose Goal of Dominance, with Power Mode, Attitude of
Realist, and Chief Feature or trap of Stubbornness. These strong, rather
masculine overleaves will support you through the buffeting you're likely to get
as a public figure.
In sum, you are the same Role in each of your
lifetimes within a 50-200 lifetime cycle. Each lifetime you grow in Soul Level
and Soul Age, choosing a new arrangement of Goal, Mode, Attitude, Chief Feature
Let's start with a description of the seven
As you progress through your cycle, you
naturally grow in experience. Your world view changes according to a systematic
plan, which corresponds to your
Soul Age. Soul Age is usually determined by the
number of lifetimes you've had, start to finish, however some people are
speedier learners than others, and can become Old Souls with fewer lifetimes
than the norm. Here are the seven Soul Ages and their attributes:
Infant: Raw, simple, wild and
unmanageable, instinctive, animal-like in some cases, frightened look in eyes,
limited frame of reference due to small number of lifetimes. Simple people in
tribal cultures, survivalists in the woods, psychopaths, mass murderers. Not too
many Infant Souls become famous, but here are a few: Richard Allen Davis (killer
of Polly Klaas), David Carpenter (serial rapist/killer), Richard Ramirez (The
Hillside Strangler), Larry Singleton (rapist/killer).
Baby: The phase where people learn to
live with people. Can be loving, yet simplistic in thinking; see things in black
and white terms, Good versus Evil; like the security of church or political
party membership; like to live in small, insular towns without a whole lot going
on. Rules make life seem easy to understand. Love big families. Religious
churchgoers, God-fearers, evangelists, PTA and NRA members. Examples: Jerry
Falwell, Adolph Hitler, Jesse James, Rush Limbaugh, Timothy McVeigh, Mike Tyson,
Young: Sophisticated, worldly-wise, like
to be rich and famous, to collect things. A karma-building level. Not too deep,
love power, worship youth, don't like to look old. Examples: Cher, Sheryl Crow,
Rebecca DeMornay, Kirsten Dunst, Newt Gingrich, John Grisham, Nicole Kidman,
Ralph Lauren, Bob Packwood, Claudia Schiffer, OJ Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson,
Sharon Stone, Donald Trump.
Mature: Interested in deep relationships
and philosophy, thrive on emotional intensity, learning about their impact on
the world, striving for ecological and social balance. Examples: Murray Abraham,
Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Michael Bolton, Kevin Costner, Clarissa Pinkola
Estes, Bob Dylan, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Bill Moyers, Sinead O'Connor,
Martin Sheen, Gary Trudeau, Robert James Waller, James Woods.
Old: Retired, relaxed-looking, puttering
around, usually happy, not getting excited about too much, unambitious, learning
to teach and love, finishing off karmas. Examples: Werner Erhard, Boutros
Boutros-Ghali, Robert Bly, George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones,
Dalai Lama, Gary Larson, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Bill Murray, Jack
Palance, Ram Dass, Bernie Siegel, Patrick Stewart, Jessica Tandy, Mother Teresa,
Alice Walker, Marianne Williamson, Frank Zappa.
Transcendental: Bodhisattvas, religious
leaders, prophets who predict coming of Infinite Souls, represent their
cycled-off entity. Meher Baba, Mahatma Gandhi, Pope John XXIII, John the
Baptist, Hazrat Khan, Mother Meera, Ammachi, Mohammed, Socrates, St. Francis of
Assisi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Zarathustra.
Infinite: Manifestation of the Tao
incarnate, comes about every 2,000 years, can have the flavor of any of the
higher planes. Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Krishna, Lao Tsu, Ra the
Egyptian Sun God, the Hindu God Rama. Mother Meera of Germany, currently alive,
is looking at signing on for Infinite Soul manifestation.
Within each Soul Age are
seven levels of
awareness and lessons. As with any cycle you start out as a beginner, go through
the intermediate stages, and end up a pro. Generally you are most comfortable
with people who fall within seven Soul Levels younger or older than you are. For
instance, if you are 1st level Old, you'll feel comfortable with most Mature
Souls and most Old Souls. If you are 3rd level Mature, you'll feel most
comfortable around 3rd to 7th level Young Souls, and 1st to 3rd level Old Souls.
You may find it difficult but not impossible to relate to Baby Souls or late
level Old Souls. Here are the seven Soul Levels within each Soul Age:
1st: The Ingenue level. You're just
beginning your experience at the new Soul Age, and have a delightful innocence
about you. You will tend to make friends with people who are older than you
within your Soul Age. Examples: Prince Andrew, Sonny Bono, Tammy Fae Bakker,
Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Montana, Hugh Grant, Eric Clapton, Macaulay Culkin.
2nd: The Explorer. At this level you
feel more grounded in the new consciousness, and send yourself out in the world.
Here you work most strongly on your self-karmas, testing your personal habit
patterns and working on your self-discipline. Examples: Jerry Garcia, Barbara
Marx-Hubbard, Jay Leno, Mary Kay Ash, James Taylor.
3rd: The Renunciate. You're solidly into
your Soul Age now, and take some time to pull back from your outer growth. You
might prefer to live a quiet life where your thoughts can remain undisturbed.
Examples: Alice Walker, Greta Garbo, J.D. Salinger, Stephen Hawking, Walt
4th: Full Steam Ahead. You've done your
contemplation for a lifetime or two, and now you're rarin' to go. You thrust
yourself into outer activity, probably to change the world according to your
vision. Examples: Deepak Chopra, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Joseph Campbell,
Mario Cuomo, Jane Fonda, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Jefferson.
5th: The Hippie. Your last lifetime was
rather suit & tie, working within the system to change it. Now you rebel
against authority, and make your own (eccentric) rules. Examples: Bob Goldthwait,
Tom Waites, Jimi Hendrix, Wolfman Jack, Pablo Picasso, Truman Capote, Geena
Davis, Willem Dafoe.
6th: The Martyr. An incredibly intense
level; you'll want to take more than one lifetime to get through it all. In the
Infant, Baby and Young Soul Ages you create more karma at this level than any
other. In the Mature and Old Soul Ages you pay off more karma. Examples: Martin
Luther King, Marcia Clark, Werner Erhard, Adolph Hitler, Timothy Leary, Charles
Manson, Mother Teresa, Michael Jackson, The Elephant Man, Elizabeth Taylor.
7th: Resting Assured. This level is a
plateau, a relaxing point after the 6th level storm and before the growth to the
1st level of the next Soul Age. Here you feel self-assured, having mastered most
of the lessons of the Soul Age you just completed. You'll probably act as
teacher for people still working through the lessons of the Soul Age you're
leaving behind. Examples: Lynn Andrews, Meher Baba, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Bob
Hope, Ram Dass, Ruth Westheimer, Thich Nhat Hanh, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
The Role is the main personality archetype we
choose for the entire cycle. We remain our same Role through each lifetime,
giving us a basis of experience on which to draw. Our Role sets the theme for
the cycle, and indicates something our inner essence wants to learn about. Here
are the seven Roles:
service-oriented, soft and luminous, dedicated, loving, heals suffering. Like to
be nurses, veterinarians, social workers, office workers, moms and dads. Some
celebrity examples: Ingrid Bergman, Phil Donahue, Laura Dern, Mia Farrow, Dalai
Lama, Robert MacNeil, Kelly McGillis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chelsea Clinton, Albert
Schweitzer, Queen Victoria.
Priest: Inspired, visionary, zealous,
instigates global or mass healing, leads congregation. Political or religious
spokesperson, troubleshooter, preacher, holy man/woman, spiritual teacher,
founder of nonprofit organization, wants to save the world. Examples: St.
Francis, Joan Baez, Adolph Hitler, Joan of Arc, Timothy Leary, Rasputin, Nancy
Reagan, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Malcolm X, Frank Zappa.
airy, vulnerable, unearthly, dreamy, highly creative, artistic, musical, fluid
and flexible. Actors, dancers, fine artists, fashion models, carpenters,
construction people, architects, musicians, poets. Examples: Nicholas Cage, Kurt
Cobain, Macaulay Culkin, Leonardo DaVinci, Johnny Depp, Albert Einstein, Dennis
Hopper, Whitney Houston, Kato Kaelin, Mozart, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves,
Christopher Reeve, Jennifer Tilly, Marisa Tomei, Andy Warhol.
Sage: Funny, jokester, lifts everyone's
spirits, likes to make play out of work, lightens up the crowd. Flamboyant actor
or actress, delightful ham, salesperson, politician, TV announcer (especially
sports and weather), comedian. In negative expression, buffoon. Examples: Dan
Aykroyd, Lucille Ball, Sandra Bernhard, Mel Brooks, Brett Butler, Bill Clinton,
Tim Curry, Rodney Dangerfield, Danny DeVito, Fran Drescher, Placido Domingo,
Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman, Mick Jagger, Jay Leno, Groucho Marx, Bette
Midler, Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Mark Twain, Jesse Ventura.
Warrior: Solid, brave, has valor and
strength, good protector of the kingdom. Lawyers, police officers, military
personnel, prison guards, run shelters for battered women/children and the
homeless, mountain climbers, athletes, professional boxers. Examples: Tom
Brokaw, Barbara Bush, Diane Delano, Richard Gere, Norman Mailer, Demi Moore,
Martina Navratilova, Janet Reno, Nicole Brown Simpson, Oliver Stone, Mike Tyson,
King: Natural leader, masterful, regal,
solid. Head of country, CEO of corporation, entrepreneur, football coach.
Examples: Sean Connery, Mario Cuomo, Queen Elizabeth I, William Randolph Hearst,
Madonna, Aristotle Onassis, Ross Perot, Bill Walsh, Orson Wells, Madeleine
Scholar: Neutral, research-oriented,
collects and sorts information for everyone, likes to study systems whether
philosophical or scientific. Astrologers, doctors, scientists of all types,
academicians, writers, university professors, legal counsels, mapmakers.
Examples: Ken Burns, Carlos Castaneda, Michael Crichton, Galileo, Pee Wee
Herman, Lance Ito, John Lennon, Bill Moyers, Faith Popcorn, George Washington,
essence twin is someone who was cast out
from the Tao the very same time you were. You follow each other around lifetime
after lifetime searching for each other, obsessed with each other, and sometimes
trying to get away from each other. You and your Essence Twin mirror each other
like no one else. The intensity you feel and the focusing you do on your Essence
Twin causes you to channel his or her energy as a secondary Role expression.
For instance, if you are a Scholar with a
Warrior Essence Twin, you will do the things Scholars usually do (research,
compile lists) but will likely use it in a competitive situation, such as a
business. If you are a Warrior with a Scholar Essence Twin, you might be a
police officer with a penchant for collecting unusual boxes. If you are an
Artisan with a King Essence Twin, your career as a rock musician will be
successful, since you channel the mastery of your Essence Twin's Role, the King.
Here are some examples of famous people with
their Essence Twins. Note the similarity of "feel," as if it's one
person sharing two bodies. As well, see how the flavor of the Role bleeds
through to the other Essence Twin: Warrior Ferdinand & Priest Imelda Marcos,
Sage Hugh & Warrior Christie Hefner, Artisan Jean-Paul Sartre and Warrior
Simone de Beauvoir, King Madonna & Artisan Sean Penn, Sage Mikhail &
King Raisa Gorbachev, Sage Richard Burton and Artisan Elizabeth Taylor, Warrior
Sam Shepard & Artisan Jessica Lange, Artisan Sylvester Stallone &
Warrior Brigitte Nielson, King Jesus & Priest John the Baptist.
Each lifetime you choose one of seven Goals,
themes for the lifetime to focus on. For instance, you might need to learn about
leadership, so you choose Dominance. The following lifetime you need to learn
how to follow orders, so you choose Submission. Then, wanting to get out and
explore the universe, you choose Growth. You can choose any Goal you want, but
you will have every Goal at least twice during your cycle of 50-200 lifetimes.
Here are the Goals and their attributes:
Re-evaluation: Likes simplicity, one or
two issues for the lifetime, likes to stay in one place. Examples: Albert
Einstein, Buddha, Marlin Fitzwater, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, George Shultz,
Growth: Likes complexity. Typically, 3-6
careers for the lifetime, many relationships, moves a lot. Examples: Tom Hanks,
Shirley MacLaine, Steven Spielberg, Dana Carvey, Jerry Brown, Tipper Gore, Tom
Hanks, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Seinfeld.
Discrimination: Sophisticated, likes to
reject what comes to them, meticulous, analytical, refined sense of taste.
Examples: David Byrne, Julia Child, Bob Dylan, Peter Jennings, Jason Alexander,
Adam Arkin, Mr. Blackwell, George Bush, Roger Ebert, Ralph Fiennes, Larry King,
Miss Manners, Rob Morrow, Gene Siskel.
Acceptance: Open to things that come to
them. Want to love everyone and have everyone love them. Examples: Ronald
Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Linda Evans, Bill Clinton, Christie Brinkley, Sandra
Bullock, Bobby McFerrin, Diane Sawyer.
Dominance: In positive pole, likes win/
win situations. Developing leadership abilities in the lifetime. Examples: Lee
Iacocca, Mike Tyson, Fidel Castro, Newt Gingrich, Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton,
Likes to devote self to a cause, family, or group. Examples: Jane Fonda, Dian
Fossey, Princess Diana, Mr. Rogers, Oliver North, John Bradshaw, Tom Cruise,
Robert Dole, Jaime Escalante, Mia Farrow, Mahatma Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Ralph
Nader, Pat Nixon, Tim Robbins.
Relaxation: Vacation lifetime. Things
come easy usually, not a whole lot of struggle. Bottom line: Taking the path of
least resistance. Examples: Ringo Starr, George Hamilton, Sheryl Crow,Antonio
Banderas, David Crosby, Bhagwan Rajneesh, Louis Rukuyser, Claudia Schiffer,
Christian Slater, Dweezil Zappa.
You choose one of seven Modes each lifetime,
which are ways you express your body:
Reserve: Elegant, refined,
sophisticated, delicate, self-controlled, look great in a tuxedo or formal wear.
Ballet dancers, neurosurgeons, fashion models, ladies and gentlemen. Examples:
Lloyd Bentsen, Candice Bergen, Pierce Brosnan, Prince Charles, Princess Diana,
David Duchovny, Ralph Fiennes, Joanna Lumley, Priscilla Presley.
Passion: Bubbly, full of life, vital,
enthusiastic, animated. Comedians, stage actors, musicians, bon vivants.
Examples: Leonard Bernstein, Sonia Braga, Nicholas Cage, Kathie Lee Gifford,
Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dick Van Dyke, Debra Winger,
Weird Al Yankovic.
Caution: Sensitive, deliberate, careful,
cautious, shy, can't be rushed. Cops, librarians, IRS auditors. Examples: Bob
Dole,Winston Churchill, R. Crumb, Dan Rather, Suzanne Vega, Vanna White,
Power: Generates nuclear power, takes
charge, likes control, has intensity and power, charismatic. Organization CEOs,
leaders of countries, movers and shakers. Examples: Marlon Brando, Willie Brown,
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, L. Ron Hubbard, Raul Julia, Ross Perot, Colin Powell, Rod
Serling, Rod Steiger.
Never gives up, sees
project through to completion, digs teeth in, holds on. Researchers, social
workers, inventors. Examples: Kevin Costner, Katie Couric, Walt Disney, Thomas
Edison, Elizabeth Dole, Carrie Fisher, John Glenn, Mahatma Gandhi, John Grisham,
Pope John Paul II, Jack Kevorkian, Nelson Mandela, Ralph Nader, Martina
Navratilova, Jack Palance.
Aggression: Hard-driving, breaks through
barriers, dynamic, likes competition, volcanic, enjoy a good battle. Martial
arts experts, military personnel, boxers, lawyers, politicians, large machine
operators, athletes. Examples: Tom Arnold, Tim Curry, Willem Dafoe, Judy Davis,
Michael Douglas, Bob Hoskins, Michael Keaton, Harvey Keitel, Tommy Lee Jones,
Ray Liotta, Axl Rose, Nicole Brown Simpson, Richard Simmons, Tina Turner, Bruce
Look somewhat distanced, neutral, observing the room from an unobtrusive place,
look Scholarly. Can slide to the other Modes. Computer programmers, book
editors, writers, cultural commentators. Examples: Tim Allen, Larry King, Liam
Neeson, Gillian Anderson, Brian Boitano, Eric Clapton, Michael Crichton, Robert
Downey, Jr., Robert Fulghum, Bridget Fonda, Jerry Seinfeld.
Your Attitude is your most basic
problem-solving style. It's how you go about handling information, and is your
normal mindset. Because it is based on the mind, the Attitude is the one
overleaf you can change, perhaps using the other six Attitudes as you go through
your day. Here are the seven Attitudes, with their attributes:
Stoic: Keep emotions inside, handle
crises silently and bravely, facial expression doesn't change a lot (can be an
asset in wartime or in business). Confidence men or women, diplomats, prisoners
of war, soldiers, doctors, First Ladies of countries, poker players. Examples:
Marlon Brando, Buddha, Rebecca de Mornay, Clint Eastwood, Al Gore, Alfred
Hitchcock, Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon, Colin Powell, Lisa Marie
Presley-Jackson, OJ Simpson, Jimmy Smits, Charlie Watts, George Washington.
See tragedies as opportunities, soft and watery eyes, dreamily optimistic,
seeing God in everything and everyone. Ministers, healers, drug addicts,
followers of leaders, holy men and women, artists, musicians. Examples: Lisa
Bonet, Nicholas Cage, Geena Davis, Gerard Depardieu, Mahatma Gandhi, Whitney
Houston, Magic Johnson, Andie MacDowell, Bob Marley, Julia Ormond, Ram Dass,
Skeptic: Check things out before
believing in them, ask penetrating questions, hard to convince of something.
Auditors, critics, debunkers, journalists, lawyers. Examples: Danny Aiello,
Jason Alexander, Connie Chung, Marcia Clark, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Robert
Duvall, Roger Ebert, Sigmund Freud, Peter Jennings, Jim Lehrer, Rob Morrow,
William Shakespeare, Mike Wallace.
Idealist: Like to really believe in
something (sometimes without checking out the details first), have strong sense
of fairness and equality, like to get involved in schemes, start nonprofit
organizations around a favorite ideal. Salespeople, TV commercial actors,
spokespersons, theory people. Examples: Sonny Bono, Bill Clinton, John Denver,
Phil Donahue, Jane Fonda, Holly Hunter, Thomas Jefferson, Diane Keaton, Jack
LaLanne, Timothy Leary, Harvey Milk, Sinead O'Connor, Robin Williams.
Cynic: Acerbic wit, sophisticated sense
of contradiction, personally disappointed by whatever is wrong with the world;
tendency to see negatively. If sense of humor, can be great comedians. Examples:
Sandra Bernhard, Boy George, James Carville, R. Crumb, Willem Dafoe, Bob Dylan,
Bob Goldthwaite, Harvey Keitel, Sylvia Miles, Jim Morrison, River Phoenix,
Stephen Rea, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Roseanne, Martin Scorsese, Harry Dean
Stanton, Hunter Thompson, Christopher Walken.
Realist: Objective, weighs all sides,
cuts through dross to get to heart of the issue, matter-of-fact. Comptrollers,
financial experts, scientists, plumbers, judges. Examples: Tom Brokaw, Elizabeth
Dole, Dianne Feinstein, Lance Ito, Katherine Hepburn, Ann Landers, Cokie
Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Gene Siskel, Maggie Smith, Judge Wapner.
Pragmatist: Efficiency experts, know how
to cut corners to save time, schedule-oriented, like to make lists. Time
management experts, economists, industrial designers, accountants,
nutritionists. Examples: Gillian Anderson, Lloyd Bentsen, Cindy Crawford,
Joycelyn Elders, Werner Erhard, Bridget Fonda, Lee Iacocca, Margaret Mead, Tim
Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Martha Stewart, Donald Trump.
The seven Chief Features arise from what is
called "false personality," a symptom of maya or universal delusion.
False personality is the inauthentic, delusory part of ourselves, coating the
true inner Self or essence with a false cloak of unreal communication. We become
caricatures, odd and bizarre, unable to communicate the perfect, illuminated
soul essence. That essence is who we really are: a pure, perfect light of
consciousness linked to the Tao itself.
False personality, and thus the Chief Features,
have their roots in fear. When we're anxious about not getting enough love,
acknowledgement, life force, food, or time to spare from the universe, we get
stuck in habitual, nonproductive behavior patterns. These patterns, we think,
protect our vulnerability. They ward off our fears and alleviate our anxiety, if
only for the moment. But like any adapting device, they don't heal the roots of
fear, and become unconscious habits which keep us blind to our own irritating
Here are the seven Chief Features. Most people
have a primary Chief Feature, and a secondary Chief Feature. This means we all
have more than one.:
Learning lessons of humility for the lifetime, not wanting to appear arrogant.
Self-critical, not believing in self, refreshingly humble. Greatest fear is of
being inferior. Examples: Bill Clinton, Albert Brooks, Geena Davis, Laura
Dern,Gerard Depardieu, Hugh Grant, Dennis Hopper, Chris Isaak, Magic Johnson,
Joe Montana, Willie Nelson, Christopher Reeve, Winona Ryder, Donald Sutherland,
Daniel Stern, Forest Whitaker, Gene Wilder.
Proud, self-confident, vain, uppity, secretly self-deprecating. Greatest fear is
of being merely normal or mediocre. Examples: Kevin Bacon, John Cleese, Sean
Connery, Brian Dennehy, Salvador Dali, Shannen Doherty, Newt Gingrich, Marvin
Hamlisch, Val Kilmer, Kevin Kline, Dave Letterman, Madonna, Bob Packwood, Jack
Nicholson, Jack Palance, Jeremiah Tower, Denzel Washington.
Self-Destruction: Hard time adjusting to
life, often abused as children, not given positive validation from parents,
oftentimes want to die, suicidal. Alcoholics, drug addicts, chain smokers,
motorcycle and car racers, anorexics, heavy metal enthusiasts. Greatest fear is
of life itself with the pain it brings. Examples: John Belushi, Lennie Bruce,
Drew Barrymore, R. Crumb, Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Hunter
Thompson, Jean Paul Sartre, Andy Warhol.
Greed: Appetite for life, hungry
looking, look like they need a lot of love or money or food or experience,
bottomless pits in some cases, voracious, lack of control, zingy eyes. Greatest
fear is of starving or being left with nothing (often comes from recent previous
life where that actually happened). Examples: Tom Arnold, James Cagney, Jim
Carrey, Katie Couric, Jenny Craig, Tim Curry, Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia,
Adolph Hitler, Graham Kerr, Ricki Lake, Meatloaf, Roseanne, Richard Simmons,
Selflessness, missionary zeal, dies for a cause. Can make others feel guilty.
Greatest fear is of being victimized or taken advantage of by others. Examples:
Kurt Cobain, Billy Crystal, Olympia Dukakis, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King, Pat
Nixon, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Regis Philbin, Yoko Ono, Stephen Rea,
Mother Theresa, John Turturro, Elie Wiesel, Sean Young.
Daring, tries to do too many
things in a short amount of time, hates to be late for anything, intolerant.
Type A's, freeway tailgaters, schedule freaks. Greatest fear is of being late,
or of missing out on whatever is going on. Examples: Tim Allen, Kathy Bates,
George Bush, Danny DeVito, Holly Hunter, Demi Moore, Paul Reiser, Dean Ornish,
Rod Steiger, Patrick Swayze, Quentin Tarantino, Marisa Tomei, James Woods.
Stubbornness: Determined, hard to move,
refuses to change, obstinate. Greatest fear is of being pushed around. Examples:
Barbara Boxer, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Chris Evert, Dianne Feinstein, Jane
Fonda, Mahatma Gandhi, Don Henley, Charlton Heston, Ross Perot, Janet Reno,
Zecharia Sitchin, Margaret Thatcher.
Centering adds an interesting angle to the
overleaves. It is flexible, in that you pick one favorite Centering and Part of
Center for the lifetime, but can use the other Parts of Center in situations
when you need them. Your Centering reflects your first response to stimuli; your
Part of Center is your second response.
For instance, you might have Emotional
Centering with Intellectual Part of Center. You cry at movies and funerals,
keeping Kleenex handy wherever you go. If someone insults you, your first
response will be emotional. Later on, you'll use the Intellectual Part of Center
to obsess about what they said, what you said in return, what you should have
said, what they would have said had you not said what you said, etc.
On occasion, however, you will slide to the
Moving Part of Center from Emotional Center. You'll take up an exercise regimen
to help you slough off depression. Or, you'll go dancing to express your
Here's a short synopsis of each of the seven
Centers and Parts of Center, with their attributes:
Intellectual Center: Born think tanks,
rarely losing their cool in emotional situations. You can almost see the gears
spinning in their brains. They do well in academia, and the computer and banking
industries. With Emotional Part of Center: They think coolly first, then
express their emotions later on in private. Examples: Patty Hearst, Katherine
Hepburn. With Moving Part of Center: They think first, then act on their
thoughts without considering the emotional consequences. Examples: Newt
Gingrich, Joseph Goebbels, Lady Godiva. With Instinctive Part of Center:
A cool first response which gets funneled through their primal needs. Examples:
Hunter Thompson, James Michener, Henry Miller.
Emotional Center: Compassionate,
empathetic, sympathetic, vulnerable. They feel what you feel, and do well in
healing professions where a kind word is important. Schoolteachers, therapists
of all kinds, artists, musicians, charity volunteers. With Intellectual Part
of Center: They like to funnel their emotions through their thoughts,
perhaps enjoying writing or talking about their personal crises. Examples: Woody
Allen, John Bradshaw, Regis Philbin. With Moving Part of Center: They
funnel their emotions through their bodies, enjoying dance therapy,
movement-oriented growth seminars, or stage performance. Examples: Paula Abdul,
Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry. With Instinctive Part of Center: Panic
disorder, phobias, eccentricity, primal sensuality. Example: Edgar Allan Poe,
Always on the go, these people seem like perpetual motion machines. They love
athletics, dancing, anything which gets them up out of their chairs and moving
around. With Intellectual Part of Center: They funnel their perpetual
motion through their speech. If athletics-minded, they like prescribed dance
routines like classical ballet or aerobics, enjoying the structure of sports
rules. Examples: Sandra Bernhard, David Byrne, Cher, Howard Cosell.
Emotional Part of Center: They love freeform movement: Brazilian samba,
modern dance, belly dancing. Can be attracted to the emotional intensity of
athletics, channeling their rage or depth of feeling into the competitive
aspects of the sport. Examples: Bonnie Blair, Brian Boitano, Charles Bronson.
Instinctive Part of Center: Hyperactive or autistic child, sensualist,
charismatic actor. Example: Pee Wee Herman, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Martin
Luther, Jim Morrison, Timothy Dalton. With Higher Parts of Center (Higher
Emotional, Higher Intellectual, Higher Moving): The body moves, and the mind
Instinctive Center: Instinctively
centered people are hard to find. Look in their eyes and you get an uneasy
feeling, like you're looking into some altered reality which makes you
uncomfortable. Many Instinctively Centered people are labeled
"schizophrenic," but you can be Instinctively Centered without being
mentally ill. Instinctive Center gives anyone a pipeline to their animal nature:
scents, sounds, primal survival instincts, sensuality. With Intellectual Part
of Center: Experimental surgeon, occultist, forensic specialist, power
freak. Example: Leni Riefenstahl, Rasputin, Rod Serling. With Emotional Part
of Center: Eccentric actor, uncontrolled angry criminal, survivalist.
Examples: Ted Bundy, Curtis Sliwa. With Moving Part of Center: Hunter,
soldier of fortune, wild animal trainer, violent charismatic leader. Can be
cruel, lacking in emotional warmth or intellectual reasoning. Examples: Pol Pot,
Rudolf Hess, Richard Ramirez, Charles Manson.
The Higher Centers take us out of our egos, and into a state of merging with
the cosmos. These states are rare, and considered to be the goal of all
spiritual practice. Because the energy is too strong to hold in the body for a
long period of time, most of us get only a taste of it once in awhile, perhaps
at an enlightenment seminar, in a peak emotional release, or an intensely
transcendent meditation session. People who have higher centering as their
primary center have chosen an unusual lifestyle of spirituality with much outer
support, perhaps taking vows as a renunciate in a monastery, or leading the life
of a guru.
Emotional Center allows you to channel unconditional love from the higher
planes. Founts of this Centering like to take their devotees with them into a
high state of divine ecstasy, to share the egoless love all around. Examples:
the saints Ammachi, Jesus, Ramakrishna, St. Francis, Mother Mary, Muktananda,
Maharishi and Paramahansa Yogananda.
Intellectual Center appeals to Zen Buddhists, Vedantists, quantum physicists
and Western philosophers, all of whom like to sit and think. The goal is to
reach a state of pure thought, which is no thought. Once that state is achieved
the ego falls away, and pure telepathy is possible. Examples: the Vietnamese
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Lao Tsu, Zen Master Suzuki.
Center: Here you dance your way to enlightenment with repetitious movements
combined with mind-stilling mantras or chanting. Most ecstatic religions use
this technique: Shaker, Sufi, Pentacostal, Hindu, Native American, Santeria, and
tai chi, which release the ego from condensed daily reality and into divine
ecstasy through the vehicle of physical release from contraction. Sexual climax
brings in the Higher Moving Center as well, albeit for only a short time; rarely
does it transform the soul for more than a few moments. Healers of the physical
body, massage therapists, tantra practitioners and kundalini experts often
channel this Centering. Examples of saints with this primary Centering: Buddha,
John the Baptist, Sri Krishna and the Gopis.
Remember, the Role describes personality traits
rather than vocations. For example, a King in this system isn't always the
leader of a country, but may (like Madonna) choose the field of entertainment;
or he may just be your neighbor's gardener. A Scholar isn't necessarily a Rhodes
scholar or academician, but might be someone doing a lifetime task as a concert
pianist or fashion model. Your local artist might be a Warrior like Picasso.
Your Sage butcher might regale the waiting customers with operatic arias.
It is helpful to remember in studying this
system that it is just a shortcut, an abbreviated version of who we really are.
Overleaves define only our temporary or false personalities, lifetime to
lifetime. In truth we are infinite beings, beyond definition or labeling.
- This article is an excerpt from Celebrities:
Complete Michael Database by
Baumbach, Causalworks 1996
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