[Excerpt from TT: 2002-03-21]
Chief Features Part One
[Note: Part Two was never done. glb]
[M_Entity] Hello to all of you. We are here. We understand the Topic to be that of what we refer to as the Chief Features. We will discuss, then, the nature of each Chief Feature, their paths of development, how they show up, and how each might be remedied or dismantled.
First, it will enhance your understanding of how to deal with a Chief Feature if you understand exactly what it is, in general. We define your Chief Feature as a specific description of one of 7 basic fears that blocks Essence and by extension, blocks the expression of True Personality. Chief Features ARE NOT simply to cause trouble, to challenge you, to “teach you lessons,” to keep Essence from being bored. While these descriptions would be accurate to some degree, the primary function of your Chief Features is TO PROTECT YOU.
Chief Features are considered FEARS because they are the part of your Personality that feels the most separated from the life being created, and therefore, by default, creates a dynamic of protection from any of the 7 basic, natural experiences relative to a Chief Feature.
Chief Features are not curses, they are not something to fight, they are not something to fear, and they are not something to consider as apart from you any more than you would your clothing. Though your clothing is ultimately unnecessary, it does provide a function for the Physical Plane and wearing clothing can be used for many different reasons. Ultimately, clothing is superficial, irrelevant, and “negative” in that the wearing of clothes is primarily based in Fear. By considering this connection, or analogy, you may see that fear actually SERVES you quite nicely, as long as you are CONSCIOUS in your use of it.
Chief Features can be used in ways that serve you until you find no use for them. In the same way that wearing clothing is truly optional, so are Chief Features, and until clothing or a Chief Feature is truly not functional in its use, you WILL continue to enlist their functions.
Chief Features are not settled upon as habits until after or during the 3rd Internal Monad, but the use of a Chief Feature is implemented as early as you might be wearing clothing. Before the Age of 7, the Personality is absolutely Chief Feature-Free. By this we mean that the fragment is not capable of truly understanding fear and therefore does not respond from their own perception of events. Through the age of 7, in general, ALL Chief Feature behavior is the funneling of parental or a caretaker’s Chief Feature. Before the approximate age of 7, fear generated as a biological/instinctive reaction is considered practical and there is no real judgment of the process.
Between the ages of 7 and 14, approximately, the fragment will then tend to develop an awareness of fear in a new way, and either keep the “inherited” Chief Feature, or develop his or her own. Upon embarking on the 3rd Internal Monad, a Chief Feature will then be “owned” by the Fragment and used for the remainder of time that Fragment “needs” it. We note here that ALL Chief Features are potentially used at varying times, depending on certain situations. Though you find one or two to use habitually, ALL Chief Features are accessible when you deem necessary.
Two areas of the life are usually the focus of a Chief Feature, or two Chief Features: the area of Life Plans, and the area of Intimacy, or the Goal and the Mode, respectively. We refer to the Chief Feature that protects you from the experiences needed accomplish your GOAL to be the PRIMARY Chief Feature. We refer to the Chief Feature that protects you from the experiences needed to gain Intimacy in your life as the SECONDARY Chief Feature.
A Tertiary Chief Feature IS common among Soul Ages Infant to Young, (though it is possible within Mature and Old) and a Tertiary Chief Feature protects a fragment from the experiences needed to develop philosophical structures, or in other words, protects the Attitude from evolving.
Chief Features, once used habitually, manifest INTERNALLY or EXTERNALLY, or both. This means that whatever the basic fear is for that Chief Feature you have come to own, you will either attract that behavior to you through others, OR you will express the behavior, yourself. In most cases, both Internal and External methods are used. In many cases, people who have companion animals will find that their pets manifest versions of the Chief Feature as a means for the fragment to process these fears. Companion animals will 9 times out of 10 help the primary caretaker “carry the weight” of a Chief Feature. If your companion animal is sick, ill-behaved, depressed, etc., it can do wonders to consider your own Chief Feature and its remedy as a means to help heal your animal. This is not to say that all illnesses in pets, or behaviors in pets, are an extension of your own Chief Feature, but it is consistent enough to consider a valid first step when looking at treatments and solutions.
Each Chief Feature is one of 7 basic fears about something in life that is actually quite empowering to incorporate, but seems to threaten the Body in ways that the Fragment develops a want for protection. When looking at what each Chief Feature is a “fear of,” it will be enlightening to realize that what the fear focuses on is actually a part of life, that once accepted, will transform you in ways that are terrifyingly freeing. Since there is a great deal already published and written about these basic fears, we will stop here and open to your questions due to time constraints.
[kathryn41] Does it often happen that when one CF is worked through, that there is no one CF that takes over by preference? Does someone use all of them without favouring one?
[M_Entity] Though it is rare, there are some fragments who do not settle on one particular Chief Feature, but these are usually cases of what some call “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,” “Schizophrenia,” and “Multiple Personalities.” This is due to a breakdown in communication among the Physiological aspects of self (Obsessive-Compulsive), the Emotional aspects of self (Schizophrenia), or Intellectual aspects of self (Multiples). Usually a fragment will use their two Chief Features for the entirety of the life, while using the rest when specifically needed.
[kathryn41] So usually one CF is just exchanged for another?
[M_Entity] If a fragment begins to use a different Chief Feature habitually, the previous one it is replacing would then fall into the more situational need.
[ClaireN] Please explain how the fears threaten the body.
[M_Entity] The 7 fears are of EXPOSURE (Inadequacy/Vulnerability), HAVING (Too much, Too little), and CONTROL (of Space/Time). And of course, the Fear of Change, which links them all. When looking at the fears as being on these Axes, you can see how the Body may develop needs for protection. For instance, if a fragment deems he or she is Over Exposed, they may choose Arrogance; if they feel Under Exposed, they may develop Self-deprecation. This Over or Under Exposure can be felt in any of the basic bodies, as in Emotionally, Physically, or Intellectually. When we say these Fears protect the Body, we include all of the basic levels of the Body.
[ludmila] By attracting that behaviour to you, do you mean my friends and associates will usually have the same CF’s as I do?
[M_Entity] No. Regardless of a Person’s own Chief Feature, as part of your own, you may attract or extract that kind of behavior from another. To clarify: A person who has Arrogance will either BE judgmental, have high standards, show no need for others, AND/OR find that others are judgmental toward him or her, act as if the one in Arrogance is not needed, etc. Those who express Arrogance toward the Fragment who actually has Arrogance as a Chief Feature may or may not have that Chief Feature as one of his or her own. The same can be said of yourself; there are certain behaviors you find coming out of you when around certain people that are NOT your normal reactions in general.
[M_Entity] Do you understand?
[ludmila] Yes, thank you.
[M_Entity] We will, however, state that most of your closer relationships tend to be based in shared fears. When the fear of another is not understood, this usually creates distance or repulsion.
[JNelson] Does the primary chief feature have to be stronger in influence than the secondary? Because I see my secondary show up much more commonly than my primary.
[M_Entity] No, we only call the Primary as a means to differentiate. Each will show up as strongly as you need them, in their own contexts. If you find that your Secondary shows up more, it simply means you are more inclined to protect yourself from the perils of Intimacy.