April 13, 2008
Troy Tolley, Channel
MICHAEL SPEAKS – Platforms 2008
[Michael Entity] We are asked by Troy to discuss the concept of “Platforms” today. We will do so. We will also suggest ways for you to define this on your own, or help others to find their own.
We will first define “Platforms” as “a focus for experience from an Essence Level.” We can define this word in several ways, but this will suffice here. It is important to note that the Platform is an Essence-level focus, and not necessarily something that will be obvious to the Personality, though the Older the soul, the more likely the Platform will be obvious. The Platform can be understood as a pattern or theme of experiences that are of interest to the Essence, but Personality can always override this, or ignore that interest altogether. It is called a “Platform” as it is almost literally a higher perspective of the life, which is often why the Platform is more obvious in retrospect to the Personality than it is during the actual time period of that Platform. Knowing your Platform for any given period of time can help bring conscious alignment with Essence, if you choose to work on this experience. Platforms are not imposed or assigned. There will always be at least one version of you in one parallel who will find it interesting to bring Essence into the life, so to speak, but in parallels where Essence is resisted, ignored, or restricted, the experiences are just as valid and of benefit to Essence in the end. Some of the ideas and choices of Personality would never occur to Essence, which is why Personality is given such free reign. And many of you already know that many of the choices of Essence might never have been chosen by you as a Personality; often this is met with a “what the hell was I thinking??” commentary to Essence. We point this out to make it clear that Essence and Personality can work together or separately, and that choice is yours as Personality. When we say “separately,” it is not literal, because there can never be a true separation, but we use the word appropriately. To pay attention to your Platform is to pay attention to Essence. To pay attention to Essence is to help generate True Personality. To generate True Personality is to live the life without unwarranted fears. And so on.
We will now offer a method for discerning your Platform on your own:
First, take time to look back over at least a three-month period of time and see if you can find patterns that have shown up as DISTRACTIONS, Obstacles, or Interuptions to what you might consider to be the flow of your life. In this case, you would look at January through March/April. For purposes of time constraints, we will share our information quickly, but you can refer back to this at another time for more exploration.
Second, try to imagine the WORST-CASE SCENARIO for yourself if those distractions, obstacles, or interuptions were to dominate the life and overshadow your goals, relationships, intentions, etc.
Third, without overanalyzing, what would you say could be a VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION to the problems of distractions, obstacles, or interuptions? It might seem out of reach, but think of the SIMPLEST Solution.
Based on those responses, you can then use your creativity and imagination to capture in a phrase or word what might be a Platform for your year ahead, or for at least for the next three months. We will give an example using the Platform of this channel.
In his assessment of his past three months, it was determined that the most obvious distraction or interruption would be PROCRASTINATION.
His WORST-CASE SCENARIO was described by him as being that “I lose all respect, reputation, and relationships because I curl up in fear of vulnerability.”
His VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION is, “to just DO the work! to just DO!”
After some time of reflection and exchange with us, his Platform could be described as “DIRECTION.”
The word was chosen to reflect his sense of being scattered too thinly and too broadly, rendering much of his efforts ineffective and falling short, so it might be said that his Essence is quite interested in exploring how to find, create, and discern Direction, how to focus through the myriad of ideas and wishes and intentions.
We believe these steps will help you in defining your Platforms. It may take some consideration, some time, some reflection, and some creativity, but it can be done. It is often helpful to do this process with a trusted friend, as well.
Because Essence chooses not to override Personality, there may be some of you who are not interested in “dealing with” your Platforms, and while you may still see the patterns relative to the Platform, you may find you simple “do not get” why you keep experiencing certain themes. In those cases, you can “coast through” those repetitive patterns as often as they happen and Essence will extract the comprehension after the life has ended, during review.
Checking in every three months or so, though, can help you to see how you are doing in terms of pattern-creation and comprehension. Using the method we suggested above, your life patterns can be altered in many meaningful ways as you see fit, simply by adding this level of comprehension for Personality.
With all of this being said, we will offer each of you our perspective of your Platform, but we highly suggest that you “lay this down beside your own” and cross-reference them for more insight. We do not suggest that you use our insight in place of your own, but alongside it. We will work through the list of participants as Troy sees them in the room list: AnnH, Cheryl, LisaF, Lori, LoriS, MarioNiebles, Sandy, tkmppi, vals
The Platform we describe is what we perceive as in effect for May of 2008 through April of 2009. Keep in mind that when one considers the Platform as it is described, there will also run alongside that Platform its polarity, or “opposite” as a means to explore the entirety of the experience. If we describe your Platform with the word TRUE in front of the phrase or word, this means we see this as a pivotal year of potential for truly “getting it’ in terms of that Platform. This would mean you have visited this Platform several times already within the life.
[Michael Entity] ANNH: We would describe your Platform as being “True Kindness.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be in your comprehension of Kindness, not only to others, but to yourself. This is not trivial.
[AnnH] wow. I was just thinking about that–just before I got here.
[Michael Entity] CHERYL: We would describe your Platform as being “CLARITY.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be in your comprehension of just what is true about a situation, an event, a person, and reducing all speculations down to FACTS, allowing anticipation to be helpful instead of overwhelming.
[cheryl] i do feel overwhelmed, and Clarity would be most welcome
[Michael Entity] LISAF: We would describe your Platform as being “CAPRICIOUSNESS.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be found in your comprehension of trust in your whims, impulses, and spontaneities, allowing a return to playfulness that has become overshadowed, draining your sense of creativity.
[LisaF] ahhh i do feel drained most of the time
[Michael Entity] LORI: We would describe your Platform as being “TRUE TENDERNESS.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be found in your comprehension of the fragility of others and yourself as a strength and not as a thing to be protected. Fragility, sensitivity, vulnerability are beautiful strengths that can be harnessed and directed, but are not necessary to hide or protect. This is not a new subject for you, but one that has potential to never be the same after this year’s focus.
[Lori] I was off then, but this one is really nice too, thank you
[Michael Entity] LORIS: We would describe your Platform as being “TRUE ALLIANCE.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be found in your compr[e]hension of what it means to be in true affinity with another, to have clear agreements and intentions, exposing your fears, concerns, and wants and wishes with the other, instead of “hoping for the best,” or feeling that alliances are merely forms of rescue or “life rafts in the midst of churning waters.”
[LoriS] that is very apt right now, thank you, Michael.
[Michael Entity] MARIO: We would describe your Platform as being “TRUE CONTEXT.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be found in your comprehension of what context, environment, stage, and meaning is most-suited for your sense of presence in this lifetime. This context must be defined by you, first, and then recreated or found externally. Without defining that for the self, first, distractions, disappointments, and depression may continue to interrupt what you wish to manifest in the life.
[MarioNiebles] thanks, It’s been really hard to define which way should I go!! :o and sometimes I havent even seen a path!!!
[Michael Entity] SANDY: We would describe your Platform as being “TRUE GUIDANCE.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be found in your comprehension of what it means to truly nurture, direct, and influence yourself and others. Often the intellect grasps the insights and directions, but the implementation of it can be lost, ineffective, or misunderstood. This is not a new subject for you, but this year holds high probabilities for finally “getting it” as to how to bridge the gap between KNOWING and GUIDING.
[sandy] Thank you. This is vey close to what I had gotten for myself. I was calling it discipline but for the reasons given.
[Michael Entity] TUIJA: We would describe your Platform as being “TRUE RHYTHM.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be found in your comprehension of what it means to pace yourself, to see the life as a dance, to grasp the patterns of others around you as part of your own rhythm, instead of as an interruption to that. This is not a new subject for you, but one that holds high probabilities for bringing a pivotal shift in how you feel about life’s unfolding and its patterns as they relate to how you interact and create and interpret.
[tkmppi] needs some thinking. thank you
[Michael Entity] VAL: We would describe your Platform as being “REUNION.” The solution to many of your distractions and worst-case scenarios could be said to be found in your comprehension of the space and time that is sometimes created between you and others, between you and Essence, between you and your creations, between you and experiences. Coming back into contact with what may have seemed so distant before can help you to grasp the importance of that space and time that was in place between you.
[val1] Thank you
[Michael Entity] We will point out again, here, that what we have just shared is OUR interpretation of your Platform and this is not to trump your own interpretations, but to help you define your own with the use of more feedback. If you find our description to be in conflict with your own, we would suggest using a creative approach to seeing how they actually connect or complement each other.
If you “got something different,” as Lori mentioned, our perspective does not displace your assessment. There are many patterns occuring within a lifetime and one pattern is no less important to grasp than another.
[Lori] yes, of course, and focus would surely complement anything in my life. :-)
[AnnH] the platform may help us find a way to focus–or something to focus on. I could sure use it.
[MarioNiebles] yes, and the platform you mentioned to me is totally crucial for me at this moment!! Really crucial!!!:o serious
[Michael Entity] We also wish to remind you that your Platform is NOT IMPOSED upon you, nor is it ever vital to visit the concept. It is merely another way to explore the life with a focus of consciousness, if you choose.
We will close here and say goodbye to each of you. Goodbye.
[Lori] Today session could be called, TRUE GIFT. That is what I was feeling about it all. “What a gift.”