[overview] Today we would like some information on the personality shell, the identity we form in this illusion. What is its purpose, and how does it work in our evolution?
Greetings in the love and in the light of the one infinite Creator. We are those of the principle known to you as Q’uo. This day you wish to explore the thinking behind that joining betwixt the second-density body and the consciousness of self-awareness which you have called the personality shell. As always, we are delighted to share with you those thoughts that we may have upon this interesting subject, with the one request that each seeker judge our thoughts by the standards of her own personal discrimination, for this power was given unto each to know that truth that has come at the right time and at the right level, for those truths ring clearly and distinctly. If our thoughts do not ring true for you, we ask you to leave them aside and move on. If our thoughts provide a resource for you, we are most pleased. In any case, we thank each of you for calling us to you at this time, for truly it is a blessing for us to be able to serve in this manner.
As each of you relaxes upon this beautiful spring evening the surroundings of your domicile vibrate in an unending song of joy. Each tulip and daffodil, each dogwood and red bud, opens its blossom to the air and rejoices and dances and skips like a lamb. There is that bliss of full knowledge, for each flower knows the Creator and nothing but the Creator. Each animal has that same instinctual awareness, that feeling of being completely, totally at home. For these plants and animals there is no self-doubt. There is not the concern for the opinions of self or others, for there is no self-awareness. That which comes, be it the wind that blasts the flower, or the injury that ends the life of a small animal, all is accepted as perfect. If there is pain, it is endured.
Into this perfection of animal awareness something is given and something taken away in order that third density may offer its opportunities for learning, growth and the evolution of the spirit. Into the instinctual awareness and brain of that hairless great ape that is homo sapiens comes that startling and stunning awareness of self. No longer does the animal look into the mirror and see nothing or perhaps see another animal like itself with whom it might wish to play. Now the image that looks back from the mirror is that self of which each human is aware.
Blocked from this human being in third density is that knowledge that is beyond telling, of the perfection of one’s place in the flowing dance of life and rejoicing. It is not for the human to know beyond doubt, beyond awareness, that all is perfection and that there is nothing but love and the rhythmic echoes of love answering to love. The great gift of self-awareness walks hand in hand with the startling reality of free will and places the third-density seeker into a dilemma to which there is no final answer, at least not within the incarnation.
Thusly, there is the meeting of the instinctual biological entity that is the vehicle of awareness that meets the one great original Thought that is pure and creative consciousness. This consciousness has no personality, has no limits or characteristics that can be directly described. Efforts to characterize love inevitably fail, for no matter how fulsome the praise of love or how painstakingly accurate of the observation of its passing, love itself remains that creator and destroyer that is beyond all telling and cloaked forever in mystery.
The animal within is dumb. It does not speak. Consciousness is also silent and has no words. And so consciousness has no way to express itself to that biological entity that carries you about. And so before you, as a spirit, undertook to enter into that great ordeal known as incarnation you and that self that is the heart of your self, your higher self, thought long in choosing from the full Self that exists beyond space and time those characteristics of the self so far explored that you felt would be useful in bringing you as a self-aware entity into certain configurations of mind and ability and energy that seems to you promising in that these gifts and blockages and characteristics of all kinds would color and characterize and particularize that limitless light of love so that manifestation and learning might take place.
The self that chose the personality shell was not a self that hoped for a popularly lived or easily enjoyed incarnation. Rather, it was designed to make the incarnative self uncomfortable in this or that situation so that the self was caught on the hook of this or that characteristic of personality. You did not hope for an harmonious and pleasant existence. Rather, you hoped for the self to be able to confront, examine and process those learnings about love and loving and being loved that you felt still needed more work. And in this regard and to this end you artistically and creatively crafted the combination of strong points and weak points that would bring you again and again into face-to-face meetings with the self that hopes to choose ever more purely and deeply the love of the one infinite Creator.
Further, each chose the endowments, talents and gifts that you thought would be most appropriate for sharing as blessings with others. If there is within the personality shell a marked gift for the art, for the scholarship, for the science, for working with people, and nurturing families, or for any marked talent whatsoever, this was given to you on purpose. However, not all talents are intended for the using in the way in which one automatically thinks of the use. For example: with this instrument there is the talent for the dancing, the scholarship, and other gifts that have not been used to any great extent in a direct fashion. And yet these endowments create for this entity a cluster of gifts that can be used in the movement of energy between those entities which are about the instrument and which may turn to this entity for counsel or advice. When one looks at the personality of the self, then, there is almost never a direct one-to-one relationship between one’s gifts and the most obvious use of these gifts.
We find within this instrument’s mind, and indeed within the culture in which you live in general, that feeling that the self is the personality shell. And yet within each seeker there is that call to live beyond the personality and beyond the personal. There is that call to live the impersonally lived life. And so the personality shell is often undervalued and underappreciated by the spiritual seeker who sees the personality simply as part of an illusion that needs to be seen beyond. We feel that this is not an opinion which gives the appropriate amount of respect to the personality shell. It is indeed full of error in that the characteristics of personality inevitably color and bias and prejudice the instreaming sense data and cause the seeker to think and to express the self in biased and imperfect ways. Especially aggravating to the seeker are those blockages brought into the incarnation that catch the seeker and take the seeker from the catbird seat of full awareness of who he is and where he is going.
But we would commend to your attention the virtue of confusion, the virtue and helpfulness of being caught, of being puzzled, of being taken out of oneself so that self is revealing self to self in a spontaneous manner. These characteristics of self provide the structure for learning within third density. They present to the seeker carefully orchestrated choices that are subjectively oriented to offer the best opportunity for polarization of consciousness. Without personality but simply with self-awareness and the choice before one the seeker will move without error into full awareness. Yet this awareness teaches nothing. It does not connect with that biological entity in a way which furthers spiritual evolution. It is the foolish personality, the ego, the self that thinks a million thoughts and does a million deeds in its heart, and that foolish entity alone that interacts with free will and finds ever deeper and truer choices that create and recreate and recreate the self ever anew.
It is these perceived imperfections, then, that make that nebulous and necessary connection between consciousness and manifestation. Therefore, we encourage you to glory in and enjoy your personality. We encourage each to appreciate the real value of confusion. As each finds herself becoming too intense, or too this, or too that, take the time to speak to self tenderly and to say, “I know that you are feeling foolish, but this is the folly that teaches.” Therefore, abide in peace and allow the confusion to do its work, for from these concatenations of circumstances hitting that personality shell shall come the catalyst that gives to you the seeker all that you desire: the opportunity to intensify and accelerate the processes of spiritual evolution within the spark of the Creator that is your eternal and infinite self.
We would at this time transfer this contact to the one known as Jim. We thank this instrument and leave it in love and in light. We are those of Q’uo.
I am Q’uo, and greet each again in love and light through this instrument. At this time we would ask if there might be further queries to which we might speak?
[new speaker] B
Could you clarify the phrase, [inaudible]?
I am Q’uo, and am aware of your query, my brother. We were speaking with that phrase and the thought about it that the entities that exist within the third-density illusion, the human beings that live upon your planetary sphere, are not those who are able to appreciate the fullness, in some cases even the existence, that has created all, the love that is the energizing force within each entity’s incarnation, for within this heavy chemical illusion there is the covering and hiding of almost all of the jewels, shall we say, that the Creator has bestowed upon each of the entities that inhabit this sphere. The reason for this is, of course, the choice-making ability and responsibility that each entity within this illusion partakes of. The love that is so magnificently formed into each portion of this illusion is, though ever present, ever hidden from the entities that move in their daily round of activities and pursue the myriad of goals, some having to do with this love, others not. Yet always is this love available for inspiration, support and the connection of all things one to another.
May we answer you further, my brother?
[new speaker] B
No, not on that topic. I have another query about the archetype of the mind, the Fool. We never really have all the information that we need to make correct choices. Is this why it is called the Fool?
I am Q’uo, and we believe that we grasp your query. We ask that you query again if we have not satisfied you with our response. The archetype of the Fool, the choice-making entity, is the archetype which can represent [or] which places each choice within the illusion as a portion of its form or creative personality, or it can represent the entity which has been able to master the energies of mind, of body, and of spirit and which, with that mastery in hand, is now able to choose the further path of its evolution from this density. Thus, you see in some instances the Fool being numbered zero, which would indicate the continued choosing ability of the neophyte seeker. In other instances the Fool is numbered twenty-two, which would indicate the entity which has mastered the illusion and which now proceeds from this illusion to a finer illusion.
Is there a further query, my brother?
[new speaker] B
No. Thank you very much.
And we thank you, my brother. Is there another query at this time?
[new speaker] Carla
Let me follow up a little bit. So when we as people feel that we know the Creator, it is not a perfect knowing because we are still aware of our personality shell?
I am Q’uo, and am aware of your query, my sister. The feeling of knowing the Creator has in some of your cultures been refined to a greater degree so that the knowing of the Creator yet contains the existence of the personality shell which knows, so that the entity knowing the Creator knows also it remains an entity. There is the knowing of the Creator in which the entity who experiences the Creator does not any longer, during the knowing, experience itself as apart from the Creator in any way whatsoever. Thus, this is considered by many as a higher knowing of the Creator.
Is there a further query, my sister?
[new speaker] Carla
During my channeling I got the impression of faith swimming around in the muddy waters of the personality and the personality somehow making faith possible. I couldn’t make anything out of it to channel. Could you explain it a little more for me?
I am Q’uo, and am aware of your query, my sister. The quality of faith is much like...