The Michael Teachings

The Michael Teachings


About David Gregg

dave-sax-200David is the webmaster of and also moderates the Michael teachings discussion list at Yahoogroups. He has been a Michael student since 1996 and began channeling as a tool for spiritual enrichment. He is also a professional musician and plays the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, with a lifetime love for jazz and classical music. He enjoys literature and book collecting, and writes short stories in his spare time. He occasionally writes reviews and profiles of jazz musicians at his jazz blog, Jazz Reader.

The Michael teachings are a fascinating system of channeled wisdom that explores the psychology of the soul.

Using a unique set of tools that charts your spiritual progression from the first incarnation to last, the Michael teachings expand the evolution of consciousness by helping people develop greater self-awareness and more tolerance and compassion for others.

Learning about the Michael teachings helps you recognize your overall development in the reincarnational cycle, shows you where you are on the path, what lessons you will encounter, why you are here, and what is yet to come. It also helps you understand the unique qualities you bring to the world, and why people and societies are the way that they are.



The Michael entity is a collective of 1050 souls who have completed their incarnations on earth and evolved to a higher plane of existence. As with many other spiritual teachers, Michael’s knowledge is conveyed to the physical plane through the use of human channels. These channeled teachings were first published in a book by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, entitled Messages from Michael, and it paved the way for many publications to come.  

The Meaning of Existence

A fundamental aspect of Michael’s wisdom is that the meaning of existence is, in a nutshell — life.  There is nothing else. The experiences we gather from living day after day, lifetime after lifetime, constitute the essential components necessary to grow spiritually.  No secret rituals, special meditations, or any other esoteric practices are required. Life itself is the only lesson plan needed to move forward. From this continual dance, we eventual learn the following tenet: we are here to learn how to choose and to choose how to learn. 

Unlike familiar information provided by Seth or Abraham, which largely focuses on the principles of conscious creation, the Michael teachings bring a unique perspective to our physical plane explorations, centering on the spiritual growth of the soul and the varied intricacies of the human condtion.

Belief is Not Required

Because these teachings are not based upon dogmatic principles or a requirement to adopt rigid belief systems, the merits of the material can be self-validated, and that which doesn’t resonate tossed aside. Belief is not required.

The core of the teachings involves learning to develop self-acceptance and tolerance for others. This is fostered through a set of tools that Michael calls overleaves. The overleaves describe the various attributes of our personality, showing us how we perceive and interact with our world. By learning about these personality traits, we can better understand the inherent behavior patterns of ourselves and the people around us.   

It is not the intention of the Michael teachings to pass judgment, or in the words of the occasional detractor, “place people in boxes.”  The teachings simply reveal the unconscious tendencies or default settings that help color each personality with a unique stamp.  

The journey of the soul begins when it is cast from the Tao. (Michael prefers the term Tao rather than God because the word God has been masculinized in society).
Soul Ages - PART 3

Think of your soul as a spark of consciousness, released from the Tao into the physical world. Once on the physical, you begin your reincarnational cycle, the coin of the realm in the Michael teachings. Before you incarnate, however, you choose a role (or soul type) and a set of overleaves (or personality traits) that lend additional layers of specificity and growth-inducing challenges to your life journey. Life would be no fun if it were always easy.

Entering the corporeal reality of the physical plane also brings another challenge: the law of duality. Physical existence is awash with dualities — think of common polarities such as up and down, black and white, and good and evil.

Each of the roles and overleaves also fluctuates between polarities, the positive and negative poles, with one side emphasizing love and the other emphasizing fear. While there is no judgment placed on the dual nature of these energies, occupying the positive pole of a role or overleaf enables a greater connection to the true or authentic self (the influence of essence or the higher self), whereas the negative poles are governed by false personality (or ego).

The Overleaves

To gather a variety of experiences we choose a set of personality attributes (overleaves) for each new lifetime, since our role remains the same throughout the reincarnational cycle.

napoliUnderstanding and accepting the differences of others is the key to unlocking greater levels of tolerance and compassion, both for ourselves and those around us. The overleaves show how we pre-incarnationally decided to experience life, providing a road map for what it means to be human, and how to operate from the true personality — the state of being where real spiritual growth occurs. 

(photo by Ingeborg Gärtner-Grein on Unsplash)

The main overleaves are goal (the significant issues that motivate us), mode (our means of expression), attitude (our life perspective), and center (how we react).

The Goals and Modes

The Goals

We all choose one of seven goals for a lifetime. The goals are ReevaluationGrowth, Discrimination, Acceptance, Submission, Dominance, and Flow.

▪ Reevaluation simplifies and rids the life of unnecessary distractions to focus on one or two issues.

▪ Growth is a life busy with challenges and hurdles, yet a person with this goal longs to tackle even more.

▪ Discrimination creates critics who reject in life what doesn’t meet their exacting standards.

▪ Acceptance produces highly agreeable and friendly people who accept others — warts and all.

▪ Submission is selflessly devoted to a cause or person, serving with unwavering support and commitment.

▪ Dominance is driven to lead, with a motivation to control and direct what is encountered.

▪ Flow is about rest and not fighting against the current. It seeks the path of least resistance.

To better grasp the influence that your goal can have on your life, think of your life as an unfinished poem. Each new stanza leads you to a conclusion or observation about something, but until you read the poem in its entirety, the meaning remains unclear. Even the finished poem, in some instances, can seem meaningless if its words appear without direction.

Your goal, therefore, is what it all means: the sum of your poem, the reason you wrote the words in the first place. And while it is often normal not to know the precise meaning of a poem as you write it, knowing your goal helps to remove the unnecessary clutter of words that distract you from the intended purpose of, in this case, your life. Your goal is the theme of your life, the take home value, if you will, that connects everything that you ever strived for to a common purpose.

Finding this common theme is one way to identify your goal, and thus determine if you are on track with essence and not losing your focus with too many tangential themes.

The Modes

We all choose one of seven modes for a lifetime. The modes are Reserve, Passion, Caution, Power, Perseverance, Aggression, and Observation.

▪ Reserve is characterized by emotional restraint, discipline and an appreciation for beauty.

▪ Passion loses itself in an intensity of emotion or energy. Unbridled enthusiasm is the modus operandi.

▪ Caution hits the brakes on boundless enthusiasm and plays it safe, choosing more deliberation before taking action.

▪ Power is the voice of authority, expressing all opinions with confidence and unmistakable presence.

▪ Perseverance is the Energizer Bunny that keeps going and going and going. Long-term goals are usually completed.

▪ Aggression is highly assertive and ready to take a stand. These people are full of life and ready for any challenge.

▪ Observation looks at life with detachment. They quickly absorb the details of their environment.

The modes govern how we approach life and how we accomplish our Goal. If we’re in dominance, for instance, are we passionately dominant or cautiously dominant? The modes also express how we live our life, with either perseverance, aggression, reserve and so on. Essentially, our modes add the necessary spice to life that flavors our experiences and prevents unnecessary blandness. 


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