Impulsion versus Compulsion

[Excerpt from TT: 2002-05-23]

[clavis] I have noticed “things ending” or “things changing” around me, but I am at lost as to “where I should go next” (and no impulses). Could Michael give any insight?

[M_Entity] There are always impulses. In most cases where the sense of “no impulse” is present, the impulse is actually, quite simply, to “wait.” The impulse is informing you to manage reality as it stands currently, but that more information may be needed as a means for determining further impulses.

In other cases where the impulse is not recognized, it is because the impulse contradicts the momentum the fragment has invested in.

[clavis] So can I say that right now I need to wait for these impulses to lead me to the next step in my 4th IM?

[M_Entity] If the latter is the case, it seems to be quite helpful to consult an oracle of preference, such as I Ching or Tarot or Horary Astrology. Using these nonlinear means of insight can lead the fragment into either finding the impulses leading to preferred change, or at least how to find impulses WITHIN the decision to remain with the momentum.

In response to your clarification question, we would say, in your case, seeking insight from an oracle would be satisfying, in conjunction with the validity of your impulse to make no major changes just yet.

In many teachings, this stage you are experiencing is called “the void.” It is the space and time “byproduct” resulting from a major creation of change. While in “the void,” the opportunity to find trust and contact with Essence is heightened as your experience gentle surrender. This is an experience similar to the long night before the opening of gifts on Christmas Morning. In most cases, if “the void” is being experienced, you can rest assured that a major manifestation of some sort (a gift) is “around the corner.” In other exchanges, we can also suggest an exploration of this phenomenon would be Good Work.

[essences] Sorry I got disconnected so I have lost the last 10 minutes of conversation. My question was: Michael, how can I better understand if I am being impulsed to say change a career, or if it is a compulsion to change? If it is compulsion can it also be essence driven?

[M_Entity] As we said before, but will say again with more clarification: Impulsion is more silent, easily dismissed, yet persistent. Compulsion is that which seems more forceful, easily carried out, and is usually repetitive in its effect. Impulses lead to major and minor changes in the life, while Compulsions seem to repeat themselves in varying layers and levels. BOTH are valid as a means to create and unfold the life, but they are different.

An example may be that a fragment may have an IMPULSE to change his direction or medium of his career, while a COMPULSION may be to remain in the career that is working, even if other more satisfying options are available, though risky. These are neither positive nor negative. They are simply two of seven ways to create and sustain a lifetime. More specifically, these are two of seven ways to Choose. We will discuss this in more detail, as well, in other gatherings.