[Excerpt from TT: 2009-07-13]
[Question] This is a carryover from the last chat and may be confusing; however, I’ll try and lay some groundwork. Last month’s chat, we had a very nice session on how it’s the Role in Essence that evolves through the Soul Age Levels, and that it’s Roles that go through the various Grand Cycle evolutionary experiences, not Essence, per se. Yet, conversely, we’re also told that it’s Essence who holds their casting place in Entity, which then recombines as a single being as it were, including recombining the Entities into a Cadre being, and even onwards into an Energy Ring being on the way back to Tao. My question would be a need for clarification about how Essence retains individual integrity enough to have Roles and multiple grand cycles within this larger recombined or integrated structure of Entities to Cadres to Energy Rings.
[Michael Entity] We will offer up this analogy for you to consider: Within your single lifetime you are born and live a life full of impact, choices, relationships, foci, paths, environments, experiences, etc. At the end of that lifetime, it could be said that who you are is the culmination of that entire lifetime. Each day, each month, each relationship, each environment, etc. to your Personality in no way loses substantial existence or influence simply because the Personality ages. And so it is for Essence. Every Personality, lifetime, Agreement, Karma, Configuration, Entity, Cadre, Energy Ring in no way lose their relevance at the eventual “end” of a Grand Cycle. To take this further: in the same way that your waking up in the morning and changing clothes does not lose the day before, so it is that Essence does not lose itself. This may be difficult to fathom, but this analogy is as accurate as possible. Each Grand Cycle to Essence is like each day to your Personality, so to speak. Most Essences have only been “awake” for “3 days,” then.
[Question] Although, how can one go on to be new roles, grand cycles, etc — are those akin to personalities to Essence types of experiences?
[Michael Entity] Yes, when Essence (or Spark) returns to Tao and then chooses a new Grand Cycle, its choice of a new Role and relationships and Casting are similar to the Role’s choice of a new Personality, parents, geographical location, and Overleaves in each lifetime.
[Question] So when essence recombines in the Causal Plane and above on its way back to Tao, it is still able to access these memories, even after it is Tao?
[Michael Entity] Yes, the memories are always there for the “Spark” that is behind the choice of Essence Role, but not necessarily for the Essence Role and Personalities that are distinct to a particular Grand Cycle and Physical Plane. It is a misnomer to call them “memories” in this case, but it is the most accurate word for now. [ELABORATION REQUESTED BY TROY] One of way of understanding this thread of continuity for the Spark, or Essence, is to imagine a box of photographs from your childhood, and a box of video tapes from your youth, and DVDs of your adult life, etc. With each passing stage of life, your memories of the past are not a constant in your mind, but those stored images can trigger those memories in an instant. The same could be said of your Spark, or Essence, as it moves from one Grand Cycle to another. A “box of images” are left with Tao, so to speak, and can be drawn from at any point, or pulled up in between Cycles, but the “memories” are not exactly prominent in the current focus.
[Question] So while individuality is ‘lost’ it is still ‘retained’ – I love when the rule of paradox applies
[Michael Entity] The need for individuality is lost, but not the validity of it.