January 9, 2011
Troy Tolley, Channel
Michael Speaks – Soul Ages and Levels
[MEntity] Hello to each of you. We are here now. We will begin with the discussion on the topic of Soul Ages and Levels.
We realize we have shared a great deal of information and insight into this concept, but every aspect of our teaching as dimensions that may resonate at different points in the life, and to different students and different times, so our returning to “basics” does not have to be a review, or rehash, but a new spiral or layer of that concept.
One of the reasons we think it is helpful to return to the basics at various points is because our initial sharing of this teaching in the form that you currently understand it was shared in a highly-generalized and simplified way, and through the perspective of the average Soul Age of Young at the time.
Our teaching does not change, but the understanding of it changes depending on the perspective that is interpreting it.
For instance, there is a very basic way to understand the Role of Sage, in general, and then there are the differentiation of layers or evolution that bring dimension to that Role.
For example, understanding the Sage as a goofy, obnoxious, self-indulgent, talkative, attention-seeking Role is highly-generalized, and though accurate as a single dimension of that Role, only describes the Sage as the average Young Soul might manifest the Role.
The description, or dimension, of the Role of Sage as an Old Soul will include this Young Soul version, but age affects how a Role is played or manifested, and the Old Soul Sage is often nothing like the general description, or the Young version.
Whereas the the Young dimension of the Sage can be a clown and an attention-seeker, the Old version is the wise child whose emphasis is more on the integrity of communication and meaningful exchange, than on the attention that it would bring.
And so it goes that the Soul Ages carry within them dimensions that might be filtered or highlighted by your own Soul Age.
So, for instance, the Young Soul to an Old Soul looks and feels and is experienced quite differently from how a Young Soul would experience another Young Soul.
What we will do today is discuss with you the Soul Ages as they may be experienced by our Students, who are more often Mature and Old, and this may help build upon the generalized concept.
Your questions will help us to shape the information more relevantly.
First, we will say mention the underlying pillars for Soul Age that are relevant regardless of perception:
Soul Age is an Essence’s self-measurement for EXPERIENCE. Nothing more.
Soul Age is an Essence’s self-measurement of Experience based upon that individual Essence’s agenda only. There is no one, or no thing, monitoring this beyond that single Essence.
To elaborate: one fragment’s movement through a Soul Age may include completely different experiences than another fragment’s experiences through that same Soul Age.
That is because – Soul Age is a measurement of evolution/maturity of the Essence, and any experience can be used to propel that evolution/maturity.
Soul Age is ONE INTERPRETATION of the evolution of experiences of Sentience, but is not a singular map that all find relevant or meaningful. It is a map for older souls, and is useless to most before that level of maturity.
There are other maps used by younger soul ages.
In other words, sharing this map “with the world” would not solve the problems of the world, nor would it encourage awareness beyond the capacity that is already present in younger Soul Ages.
Presuming that this concept is as profound a map for the young or baby soul as it is for the mature or old soul, is like presuming that a map of Disney Land is as useful and meaningful for the toddler or teen as it is for the adults.
We can go further to say that even many adults, or older souls, may not find the map useful or meaningful.
Continuing – Soul Age is not a map that is imposed upon Sentience, anymore than the aging body is imposed upon a Personality. It is simply part of the nature of evolution and maturity.
In other words, there are no requirements for that maturity and evolution, only markers.
Soul Age is a map that we generated from learning about how our Essences learn and evolve, though that evolution was already long in place before the map was generated.
The map of Soul Ages is a cyclical, and not linear, despite the apparent progression.
Regardless of Soul Age, EVERY Personality is born “reset” to an Infant Soul status of consciousness, and must, if the Personality chooses to do so, find its way back into whatever Age and Level of consciousness and maturity the Essence has reached previously.
To some extent, the same could be said for the Essence at every new LEVEL within a Soul Age, and especially at every new Soul Age.
For the Personality, this may make sense, since the vehicle is completely new; a new brain and body that must adjust to and share the life with Essence, if it chooses to do so.
However, for every new Level, Essence also “resets” and cycles back through what it has learned to that point, and must then build upon that, much like the Personality must regain consciousness over the lifetime to a point that can then draw upon Essence’s history.
Before we elaborate further, we will take up to 3 questions relevant to what we have shared so far. ***QUEUE OPEN FOR 3 QUESTIONS***
[Question] “Cyclical, not linear” – I visualize the “levels” as being in line with each other, e.g. all 6s “above” each other – a spiral
That is “exactly” how it is. We qualify the word “exactly” because we mean it only in terms of a visual interpretation. That is a fair and accurate visual.
When one is in the 6th Level of any Soul Age, all other 6th Levels are activated and explored.
That “activation and exploration” are on an Essence level for the most part, but would also be relevant to which lifetimes tend to be resonant to that lifetime.
We think some insight might be gained from the recursive sequence of what has come to be called the “Fibonacci Spiral.”
[Question] I would like to ask for an elaboration of Essence resetting when a new level is achieved within the same lifetime, i.e., as XXX did. Is this why she is recycling through earlier levels as Essence resets?
That “resetting” is relevant to what we have come to describe as the Internal Monads. There are Internal Monads that the Physical Body and Personality build through, and Internal Monads that Essence builds through.
Every Level of Soul Age is a pass through 7 Internal Monads.
Every Personality’s progress through its own Internal Monads contributes to the progression of Essence through its own Internal Monads.
Every Personality starts over with the First Internal Monad in every lifetime, no matter how far a previous Personality has progressed in a previous life.
Every Essence starts over with a First Internal Monad in every new Level, because each Level is a completion, or cycle through, 7 Internal Monads.
To help clarify: Every Personality goes through a progress of “waking up” within a lifetime because it is a completely new lifetime; Every Essence goes through a progress of “waking up” within a new Level, because it is a completely new Level.
A simple metaphor might be that Essence entering a new Level from a previous Level is like an evolving Personality might enter a new relationship after having been in a previous relationship, or moving to a new city after having lived in a different city before.
It is not that all is lost, so much as that all that has been learned must now be applied in a fresh context.
[Question] How does one explain the soul that remembers a prior life under 5 years of age? Did these essences choose to remember their soul age?
It can take UP TO 7 years for a new Personality to embrace and bring through, so to speak, Essence, but for the older souls, that time is often much shorter. The greater the level of maturity or consciousness that Essence brings to a new life, the greater the resource that the new Personality can access, if it chooses to do so.
Depending upon the culture and imprinting that is the environment for the new Personality, the child may not only bring Essence in more quickly, but that child’s filters may also allow for those “memories” to flow freely.
In some societies, such as some within India, reproductive imagination is encouraged in children and they are “allowed” to voice memories that defy reason. In other societies, such as in the United States, those memories are not encouraged, and creative imagination is encouraged over reproductive imagination.
Every lifetime, regardless of the fact that it is new, with a new body, and new Personality, will always be built upon the Instinctive Center of the “previous” lifetime, carried forth like a disc from one body to the next by Essence.
That Instinctive Disc, if you will, is the mini-Akashic Records of that particular Essence, and depending upon the level of consciousness accessible to the new Personality, can be read and accessed by that new Personality.
[Question] Follow up how do we create a stage for the child to bring in essence and allow memories to flow freely?
There is no real way to create that stage in a way that prompts the memories, but there are ways that one can encourage the exploration of those memories when the child begins to speak of them, if he or she does so.
A child will either speak of them, or not, depending upon that Personality’s personal process of regaining consciousness. If the environment is open to that, and the Personality speaks of these memories, then the validation can occur.
However, to prompt a child to speak of past life memories, rather than simply allow for that child to speak of them if he or she does so, can often lead to false memories, confusion, and delusions.
In short, simply paying attention and being open is enough.
Responding to “Dracula”: The impact and extraction of knowledge from experiences is subjective, but the markers are static.
[Question] Static, not “objective”?
This might be understood through the metaphor of passing through a city that has specific streets that will crossed on the way through, but different speeds and vehicles may be used to pass. In addition to that, some may rest, some may crash, some may backtrack, some may sight-see, but all of those variations will not change the terrain.
We chose the word “static” because, though the markers may remain in place, even the interpretation of them will be subjective.
Much like the fact that a city may have a definitive terrain, but many maps to highlight various ways through it, depending upon the interest of the one choosing the map.
We will continue with the topic and return to questions in a moment.
We have already mentioned this in response to questions, but we will elaborate here on the Soul Age process:
One Internal Monad is a level of maturity, awareness, consciousness gained by a Personality or multiple Personalties over lifetimes; 7 Internal Monads = 1 Level of a Soul Age; there are 7 Levels within a Soul Age; there are 7 Soul Ages for Essence.
An Internal Monad is a process of resolving a division; a kind of return to wholeness that is greater than the sum of parts.
For instance, the 1st Internal Monad is the resolution between Physical and Essence that is “life.”
By the way, just “being born” is not necessarily a completed 1st Internal Monad, but we will elaborate upon the Internal Monads in another discussion.
Understanding that Soul Ages are built from these processes of resolution can help one to see the vast beauty and magnitude of what it means to evolve, growing from fragmentation, through resolution, and returning to wholeness.
Every Level then is one layer, or one dimension, of fragmentation “healed” for Essence, or more accurately put, “regained.”
When your Essence chooses a Role, it carries forth its own kind of “disc” into that new Grand Cycle of lives as that new Role and new sentient species, but in every other sense, it fragments itself and loses all “memory” of anything “before.”
Therefore, it could be said that every fragment is in a process of collecting itself back from the universe in which it is exploring.
In the same way that we exist as fragments of Tao that eventually return, so are each of you fragmented “out” into your Grand Cycle “ahead of you,” and then the compulsion toward wholeness propels the cycle.
In a very simplistic and crude description, every Essence “hides” fragments of itself throughout the universe, and the process of evolution is the recovery of those fragments.
That process of recovery is different for every Soul Age.
For the Infant Soul, this process comes from tangible contact with the world, a kind of feeling around in the dark, and relies greatly upon TOUCH as the navigating tool.
For the Baby Soul, this process of recovery comes from extremes of experiences, a kind of tight-rope walking that can find most of itself in every fall from the rope, relying greatly upon BALANCE as the navigating tool.
For the Young Soul, this process of recovery comes from opportunities and investments, or indulgences, toward its greatest idea of itself; a kind of constant following of a frequency or tone, making HEARING one of its primary tools for navigation.
For the Mature Soul, this process of recovery comes from recognition and empathy, finding and recovering extensions of the self that reside in others, making SIGHT a primary navigational tool.
For the Old Soul, this process of recovery comes from pleasure, reunion, happiness, and play, because it can now recover the parts of self that never stopped to enjoy so many things along the way, making SMELL/TASTE a primary navigational tool.
When we associate these senses with the Soul Ages as navigational tools, they are not always so direct and literal, but often they are.
For instance, in a Young Soul society, music tends to blossom and evolve as a primary medium because “hearing” is so pronounced. Other Soul Ages enjoy music, of course, but for other reasons.
For instance, in the United States, the “music industry” is heavily populated by Young Souls, and Young Souls are attracted to that medium of recovery in droves.
The phrase “marching to the beat of a different drummer” is a Young Soul phrase because Identity is so important to the Young Soul.
This is NOT to say that music is synonymous with Young Souls, but that Young Souls tend toward SOUND, both literally and figuratively, as a means of recovering fragments of Essence, or finding themselves, so to speak. Young Souls are often the loudest among you.
A Mature Soul may use music to explore himself, express, or heal himself, but not necessarily as a way to recover or find himself.
As your world moved into Mature Soul consciousness, you can see the shift from Radio to TV, for instance, or from music to videos.
Even the phone is on its way to being replaced by video conferencing because the Mature Soul uses SIGHT as a means of navigating for recovery of itself.
The Old Soul recovers itself through remembering how to enjoy living and being in a body, so two very primitive senses are called upon: smell and taste, which are fairly dependent upon each other, and help the body and Personality toward that which feels good.
Smell and Taste affect the entire system that is the Body and the Personality, bringing a synthesis when allowed.
In other words, the more an Old Soul allows itself to enjoy, love, accept, and live through its body, the more it recovers its fragments of self and returns to a wholeness.
Briefly, the Transcendental Soul uses Orientation, and the Infinite Soul uses Relationality as navigational tools for the recovery of fragments.
Of course, on the scale of the Infinite Soul, those fragments are all Essences relative to that species of Sentience.
Another way to understand the Soul Ages from a student’s perspective, and not necessarily as a generalized perspective, would be by seeing the polarities of the Soul Ages and how those may manifest through a Personality.
To accommodate the limitation of time for this chat, we will quickly share those:
The Infant Soul manifests Positively as INNOCENCE, and Negatively as DISSONANCE.
The Baby Soul manifests Positively as REFLECTION, and Negatively as REJECTION.
The Young Soul manifests Positively as ACCOMPLISHED, and Negatively as ENTITLED.
The Mature Soul manifests Positively as PERCEPTIVE, and Negatively as PROJECTIVE.
The Old Soul manifests Positively as INCLUSIVE, and Negatively as EXCLUSIVE.
Though we can elaborate upon all of these, we will quickly say that the Mature Soul, when manifesting positively, is capable of seeing beyond the obvious, the logical, the superficial, and does not require “reasons” for what is known. It simply Perceives. It can truly SEE.
The Mature Soul manifesting Negatively loses its capacity to Perceive and simply Projects, turning everyone into props and players for his or her own drama, never truly seeing others because of the preoccupation with seeing (finding) the self.
The Old Soul manifesting Positively is Inclusive because everything and everyone is experienced as a part of the greater whole, including all of the previous Soul Ages within itself. This leads to an adaptability that allows for finding parts of the self in places and people it never would have thought of on its own, if you will.
This Old Soul can draw upon its previous tools for navigation at will because it has accepted those tools, and will use them appropriately to navigate or understand those in younger Soul Ages.
Everything is experienced and interpreted as “food for the soul,” so to speak.
The Old Soul manifesting Negatively become Exclusionary, aligning itself only with the “like-minded,” seeking refuge and intimacy only those who feel “safe,” and even then keeping a wall of isolation around the self as part of the interaction.
This dependence upon the condition of safety never allows the Personality and Body to enjoy the life to the fullest, often resorting to the forming of secrets, imaginary relationships, and the equivalent of soul masturbation.
Keep in mind that the Negative Poles we describe are a part of the spectrum and process for any term we are describing, and do not indicate what not to do or be. They simply describe the more limited end of that spectrum, as well as the end through which all will enter in that context.
For instance, ALL Old Souls will go through an Exclusionary phase before it will move into an Inclusionary phase.
That is natural.
[Question] you mean within a single lifetime?
ALL Mature Souls will move through a Projective phase before it can Perceive.
That would depend upon the individual, but for the most part, yes. Every Old Soul within each of its Old Soul lifetimes will still have to regain the consciousness of that Old Soul awareness, and that means the Personality would go back through a phase of Exclusion before Inclusion.
As every Old Soul in this “room” can attest, if there is an honest assessment, the Exclusionary phase is all too familiar.
We will open the floor for questions, but will end our responses in 15 minutes to accommodate our channel’s and students’ time limitations. ***QUEUE IS NOW OPEN***
[Question] You said in an earlier chat that Religion was the playground of the baby soul and Politics was the playground of the Young soul. What are the equivalent structures for the other ages (especially Mature Soul)? My guess is “Community”
We could say that RELATIONSHIPS are the playground of the Mature Soul, and IMAGINATION is the playground for the Old Soul, and THE UNKNOWN is the playground of the Infant Soul.
By extension, “Community” would be included in Relationships.
[Question] Hello Michael =) Could you elaborate, or give pointers as to (learn) how to access our mini-Akashic disc you mentioned?
The greatest direct access each of you have to your Instinctive Centers/Akashic Records is IMPULSES.
Impulses are prompts that stem from the Instinctive Center in a way that each fragment eventually learns to read/interpret, and trust.
Impulses are not the same as Compulses, as Impulses always include Choice, whereas Compulsions feel as if one has no choice.
Impulses will always lead the Personality along paths that are a part of the higher pattern of its existence, and of Essence.
Those Impulses are directly from one’s Instinctive Center and directly relevant to the current lifetime in some way.
Impulses are not indications of a “right” way to do something, or a “right” thing to do, direction to go, choice to make, etc, but simply indicative of possibilities relevant to what is active in those personal records.
[Question] would that be what feels like that “little voice inside” – same as intuition?
Yes, that is often how Personalities interpret the Impulses, however, there is a difference between Intuition and Impulse.
Intuition is a synthesis of information gathered from various senses and sources that then must be interpreted, whereas an Impulse is a kind of immediate Knowing.
For instance, one might use Intuition to help decided which city or part of city to move to, or which home “feels” right, but an Impulse would be the Knowing that it is time to move.
It could be said that Intuition can be a navigational tool for fulfilling an Impulse.
[Question] I am 7th level old and my husband is 7th level mature — I have been thinking for some time that this is not a coincidence — from the perspective of our soul levels discussion today and in a way that would be relative to everyone :) — please comment.
That would be valid, Maureen. Fragments will often find themselves in association with, relationship with, attracted to, repulsed by, those who share the same LEVEL, but different Soul Age.
This is part of the process for a fragment to cycle (back) through a Level.
Though an Essence may be a 5th Level Old Soul, clearly having moved beyond the 5th Levels of the previous Soul Ages, it does not mean the value of revisiting or exploring those levels within is meaningless, concluded, or lost.
This is part of the spiral we described earlier.
For those who did not get a question in for us, we can suggest posting your question to the forum where this transcript will eventually be posted, and then it will be there for Troy offer to us as he can for our response to be added.
We must conclude here. Good evening to each of you. Goodbye.