February 14, 2010
Troy Tolley, Channel
Rings of Love
[~MEntity] Hello to all of you. We are here now. We understand the subject for discussion is our perspective on Love as defined by what some call “Levels,” others call “degrees,” though we think the word “rings” carries a more accurate visual for how these manifest in your life. We also know that we have already provided text documentation of this topic that can be referred to as part of this discussion. [transcript for 7 Rings of Love]
What we will do here, then, is synopsize our perception, so as to make more time for your questions. In that synopsis, however, we will emphasize and elaborate upon key considerations that we feel may be meaningful.
We would first want to emphasize that your Universe, in all of its variations and parallels and dimensions and physical space and distance, internally and externally, is ALREADY LOVE, ALREADY LOVED, and ALREADY LOVING. There is no way around that Universal Truth.
Love is an independent state, quality, action, etc that is not affected by any beliefs, time, distance, feelings, plane, etc. LOVE simply IS.
We would define Love as NON-ATTACHMENT. This is often described as “unconditional,” as there are no conditions where Love is not present, no conditions under which Love is not accessible, no symptoms upon which its presence is dependent. When we define Love as Non-Attachment, we mean that its existence is not contained or limited by any symptom, shape, or expectation.
We also mean that Love is INCLUSIVE, so that no state, no feeling, no action, no expectation that can be conceived is not a PART of Love. To help you in imagining exactly what Love is as a Universal Truth, shift this concept to the idea of Energy as it exists among you.
Energy comes in all shapes, dimensions, and times, and it exists not just within all of those things, but those things exist within it. In the same way that you could travel to another star system and find Energy as a matter of fact, so would you find Love, regardless of what it is called, or how it is perceived and shared or rejected.
Because the concept of Love and all of its ramifications has either become so “cliché,” or so attached to symbols and symptoms, we think it is important to emphasize the fact that Love exists, not just in those instances, but beyond those in a way that is far more abundant when acknowledged.
When the fact and existence of Love is acknowledged and embraced within one’s life, it is no less-powerful than acknowledging and embracing the impact of your Truths, and your Energy.
Embracing and acknowledging your Truths simply means to bring a conscious awareness to the fact that your experiences are dictated by your interpretations, and to then take responsibility for those interpretations.
Embracing and acknowledging your Energy simply means to bring a conscious awareness to the fact that your actions, reactions, decisions, and choices are the primary creators of your life, and to then take responsibility for those actions, reactions, decisions, and choices.
Embracing and acknowledging your Love simply means to bring a conscious awareness to the fact that YOU ARE ULTIMATELY SAFE, and then to take responsibility for appropriately enlisting protection as necessary, instead of at every turn. There is no more immediate way for you to call on the power of Love than to still yourself with the reminder that YOU ARE ULTIMATELY SAFE.
We have said that Truth is the Greatest Good (energy), and that Love is the Highest Truth. We say this for several reasons. One of those reasons is to reflect the fact that calling upon the power of Love automatically pulls in the higher values of Truth and Energy. This pattern will always be the same: Energy is shaped from Truth is shaped from Love :: Love aligns all of these.
One can take responsibility for the power of Truth, which immediately aligns one’s power of Energy, but still not experience the validity of Love. One can take responsibility for the power of Energy and learn how to choose, and choose how to learn, but still remain lost against Truth and Love.
However, combining the process so that one leads to the next, leads to Love. OR calling upon the power of Love immediately includes the previous processes. In other words, when you know you are safe, you are able to make better choices, and more clearly utilize your truths. In addition to this, once you have embraced your safety on such a profound level, it immediately drops the useless, outdated, and unnecessarily protective truths and choices/energies.
Making this statement of safety helps one to validate exactly what threats there may very well be, and then to respond to those more effectively, and it helps one to see where the lies are being told to oneself about the threats in life that are merely echos of pain, confusion, longings, etc. and then to tend to those more effectively. When one makes the statement I AM ULTIMATELY SAFE, if there is a consciousness brought to that statement, one should feel the body immediately relax, the mind to slow, the forehead, face, jaw, back, torso, shoulders, feet, hands, tongue, etc. all fall into a simple presence.
The Physical Plane is a plane filled with threats to the body and experiences can and do harm ones psyche and other subtle bodies, but the greatest threat to older soul that causes the greatest debilitation and scathing is the constant sense of lacking safety. When we speak of Safety here, we speak to the fact that in most instances, there are no immediate threats to warrant your fear, and certainly not to warrant your rejection of Love. We also speak to the fact that every worst-case scenario is death, and even then, you are ultimately safe.
Growing older in soul age does not mean you grow weary of the Physical Plane, as most have presumed is the case for the Old Soul, but instead you grow attached to the Physical Plane and to your creation of more and more refined Personalities that you nurture so lovingly. You being to “love this place.” So when we speak of your Safety, and you state that you are ultimately safe, you are speaking on behalf of both Personality and Essence. The irony in the increased attachment to the Physical Plane and to the various Personalities is that the blows to your attachment is what leads to that final lifetime wherein it is grasped that you can truly Love and be Loved in a way that has expanded absolutely beyond attachment to any symbol, shape, or symptom. And from that perspective, it is a profound realization that nothing was, or ever will be, lost.
We have much to say on the subject of Love, of course, and our time is limited through this channel in this format at this time, so we will open the floor now to your questions, if you have any, and leave the synopsis to be included in the final transcript.
* ~MEntity OPENS THE FLOOR
[Student] Greetings Michael. I have a question about terminology. What you term Love has been called different things in different philosophies, surely. What are these names? What would it be called in Alchemy, Kabbala, Chinese Taoism or the Gurdjieff system? And why do you see Love as the preferred term (if you do)? Thank you.
[~MEntity] Regardless of language or terminology or teaching, we would say that this state by any name would be one of RESONANCE, EQUIVALENCE, AFFECTION, etc. We do not have a preference, though we do see the word “Love” as being more capable of embracing all of the variations, as opposed to a more specific word. In Alchemy and Kabbala, “Love” is often represented in phrases described by “Laws,” whereas in Taoism and Gurdjieff, “Love” is represented by parables and pondering.
[Student] It seems to me that the word “acceptance” comes very close to Love, while lacking its more sentimental qualities.
[~MEntity] The reason we refer to Resonance, Equivalence, and Affection is because they hint at the ultimate state of Love, which is not only inclusive and embracing, but capable of adapting to, or altering, the frequency of that which is Loved. Acceptance is a word we’ve chosen to represent the highest capabilities of the Personality for manifesting Love. Striving for Agape (affection), the positive pole, moves one toward manifestation of Essence, which is the only aspect of “you” that can truly Love.
[Student] Re. Gurdjieff, I was thinking of the Affirming, Denying and Neutralizing forces.
[~MEntity] The Personality is incapable of truly Loving (complete non-attachment), and it is painful and cruel to pretend that it is possible; however, when Essence is present, which can happen in a single moment of safety, then Love is capable of being present. We can comment on Gurdjieff’s interpretation of our teaching and the process of Love at another time as that would be an elaboration that this allotted time frame does not allow.
[Student] Thank you Michael for the teachings today. Through my few experiences in this incarnation with relationships, whether it be colleagues, friends, close friends or failed attempts at intimate relationships, I have found myself at the end of those relationships feeling guilty and shameful for having allowed myself to love another person, often due to my own causes for the various failures of the relationship. How do I begin to correct this so that I no longer fear love or fall in love with being in love, so to speak? Thanks you.
[~MEntity] The most powerful means we know of for bringing Love to a relationship, before, during, and after, is to bring into your awareness the state of PERMISSION. We use this word to describe the act of acknowledging all of the dirty, shameful, guilty levels of your experience, allowing yourself to process these, while embracing the fact that Love has plenty of room for all of that. That would be the initial starting point for transforming those energies; the Permission to experience them.
[Student] I don’t quite understand what you mean, could you elaborate? How do I experience them without becoming completely absorbed by them?
[~MEntity] They are YOUR experiences. They are YOUR choices. They are YOUR defenses. You implemented them for a reason and that is reason enough. You do not have to justify them, nor do you have to make sense of them. You simply encourage yourself to allow room for those interpretations of your experiences. In the act of giving yourself permission to feel the way you feel, to interpret life the way you choose to at the moment, you then make room for other possibilities.
[Student] The few times I have allowed myself to feel those emotions often lead to large set-backs in life, and so to some degree from those, I fear them.
[~MEntity] The more you resist, shame, reject, and fear what these interpretations are, or what they may mean, the more you become addicted to them in a way that then becomes preemptive. We would say that if it is true that you allowed yourself to embrace those interpretations, then either those “setbacks” were a part of the process of opportunity for you to transform your experiences. Otherwise, the setbacks were an extension of your resistance to the interpretations. What we mean by “permission,” is not the same thing as “indulgence.”
[Student] could you explain the difference in this sense?
[~MEntity] Permission is not consuming. It is not overwhelming. It is not further indulgence. It is a method for processing.
[Student] By further indulgence, do you mean obsessing?
[~MEntity] In other words, it could be said “I feel this way now, and that is okay, but it is not the truth.” FEELINGS are never the truth. They are simply indicators of how you are interpreting the truth. Therefore, to try to make sense of your feelings in way that matches the truth can be a painful and unending process.
[Student] Isn’t Love a feeling?
[~MEntity] When we say that Feelings are never the truth, we merely say that feelings are your response to what you have determined is true. Therefore, examining your feelings is only going to give you a pale reflection of the truth.
[Student] So then as my final question on this, how might I dig deeper to see beyond the feelings?
[~MEntity] So when we state that permission is powerful, we are suggesting that you allow your feelings to exist, while making room for the truth beyond those feelings. We realize we have not solved your dilemma, but we must conclude here as we have already run over Troy’s allotted time frame for this session.
Good evening to each of you.