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General Discussion / Re: The "I" of it all
« on: August 01, 2011, 06:13:52 PM »
Trust me, old souls can get irritated.

Michael Books / Re: Michael For The Millenium
« on: July 31, 2011, 03:40:14 AM »
Personally I found the ikon information quite interesting and worthwhile. I've never understood why the book gets such a bad rap. I'm not suggesting not to look at all of the Yarbro material critically, on the contrary. Perhaps because it's too "real world"? I don't know.

Soul Age / Re: Young Soul Contributions
« on: July 29, 2011, 01:58:57 AM »
Young souls can at times exasperate me, but here they are, part of the whole plan.

General Discussion / Re: Self-Karma
« on: July 23, 2011, 11:29:27 PM »
In some distant age, far more old soul in nature than this culture now is, Flow will be more greatly respected. Or so I hope.

I'm enjoying reading the responses to this question. To take my own situation a step deeper, I was raised Jewish - reform, laid-back, but Jewish nonetheless. However, I never could quite believe in the God that I was always hearing about in services. Fast forward to the early 80s: AIDS was hitting killing people I knew, and I felt my own mortality strongly at a relatively early age (early to mid 20s). That propelled to me investigate whether anything subsisted after death. For many years I read everything about life after death that I could get my hands on. The Brits did some interesting work on this decades back, btw. Seth satisfied for a while, but the Michael Teachings appealed much more strongly to my fairly logical and linear brain.

Like others, I first discovered Seth, etc. I found MFM in a New Age bookshop in Cambridge, MA in the early 80s. The incisiveness and (in most instances) great clarity of the language impressed me, in contrast to lots of the "woo woo" stuff I'd read. Probably because I'm a Scholar.... I like the emphasis on verification of information. Soul Ages explains much to me, in particular, as does Essence Contact. All these years later I'm still quite interested in the material.

Introductions / Re: National Geographic
« on: July 06, 2011, 10:31:02 PM »
I've only been in and around Albuquerque twice, once just transiting through the airport, the other driving nearby. The surroundings look beautiful, although an acquaintance of mine left it recently, saying it didn't offer that much culturally. I can't opine about this, just reporting.

Introductions / National Geographic
« on: July 05, 2011, 03:48:40 PM »
I don't know if others feel this way, but I'd be interested in knowing where in the country forum members are from. I'm not asking for "identifying information," just city and state kind of thing.

Why this interest? A) I'm just curious - a scholar. B) It'd be interesting to see if there are any patterns (see A). C) For me, knowing where folks are located helps me make the material more concrete somehow, less disembodied (all puns intended). D) Perhaps folks in nearby locales want to get together to discuss the teachings.

I know some posters have included their whereabouts. I thought a gathering of such info could be fun.

I'm a Jersey boy, living in St. Louis, MO for the last 4.5 years.

General Discussion / Self-Karma
« on: July 03, 2011, 06:40:30 PM »
Is anyone else out there living a lifetime of self-karma?

I'm gay, Jewish and adopted. None of these things are "bad," whatever that might mean, but over the years they've provided me much motivation to delve deeply, meditate (which I don't do much of anymore), and search for healing. At almost 50 (in October), I look back and see what a stimulus to self-growth this triad has been. Some pain and confusion at times, but I'm grateful to say that as I age I've grown more content, more at home in my own skin. Things that bothered me, whether internally or externally, when I was younger are often less of an issue now.

It's because of this self-karma lifetime that I think I'm probably at 6th level Mature.

I love books, but above all I love information. When I entered the profession in the early 90s, the Internet was just coming into public awareness, and I plunged into the world of computers headlong, and since that time have been a technogeek. Nowadays that's pretty much a requirement in my field anyway. My partner got us each a Kindle a while back, and I've enjoyed reading books on that platform.

Having said all of that, I don't find reading on the Kindle quite as satisfying as reading a book. A book's font type and size, cover, and general layout individuate that book in a physical way. Books on the Kindle tend to all have the same look and feel, so something is lost, at least to me.

I'm a reference librarian, and when I first started in the profession almost 20 years ago, I was like a kid in the candy store.

JK, what is your role again?

I've been curious about getting an inside view of the roles in Essence other than Scholar (my own). I'll try to explain as best I can. I mean: what do you think about all / much of the day? What's your default thought stream about?

I remember Dave G. saying he often has a jazz riff going on inside that head of is. Very Artisan-y. As a language-oriented Scholar, I think a lot about origins of words and how best to translate a particular phrase in English into French or Spanish. Or I think about history. If you're a Server, to take another role, what do you think about? I know the specific content varies tremendously by individual and current circumstances, but I'm curious to see if the content falls into a more general form. Eg one Server may think a lot about taking care of her elderly dad, while another Server may think a lot about a business project, but do they both think about these things in a way which reflects "serving the common good?"

Does this make sense? I'd love to know what your typical internal patter is.

General Discussion / Cooperation vs. Competition
« on: May 30, 2011, 08:11:32 AM »
I'm in education, and the assumption that students should be competing with one another for a limited number of top grades, rather than learning now to cooperate with each other, is so deeply ingrained in minds and society that it scarcely sees the light of day. What a potentially happier place school at all levels could be if cooperation, with the proviso that everyone contribute in some way appropriate to their interests, abilities and perceptions of the project, were the norm. Take it out a step further into the workaday world. At what general soul age level will a culture have to arrive before the very nature of competition among human animals can be seriously examined?

A dark though intervenes: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Do we have to let the memory of Marx's dictum scare us into never looking again at cooperative models of learning and working?

Just wondering, prior to breakfast.

Past Lives & Reincarnation / Weather
« on: May 30, 2011, 07:22:17 AM »
Joni Mitchell, one of my loves in this life, sings about folks from her part of Canada being "such sky-oriented people." This Jersey boy is as well, in the following way: when it's unambiguously sunny outside--blue skies, minimal clouds, the whole bit, I am often --- infused with a sense ---  of lives in tropical and especially Mediterranean climes, both ancient Greece and the US Southwest and Mexico. My entire life has been about living in northern climes and feeling incredibly drawn to the flora, fauna, weather, and ways of life of more southerly places. The first time my Dad took me on a trip to Florida (I was 8), I went ecstatically berserk upon seen my "first" palm tree.

More somber skies put me in the mind of NYC in the 1940s, or was it London, walking by shop after shop after shop. Not as pleasant a set of recollections, but equally evocative.

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