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    The Next Step (to Change)

    Open Michael Workshop - The Next Step

    August 17, 2013

    Channel: Troy Tolley

    [MEntity] Hello to everyone. We are here, now. We can begin our discussion
    on the chosen subject.

    [MEntity] Based on the subject of interest today, we will share with you a way
    to understand the process and progress for any endeavor for fulfillment of a plan, ideal, vision, transformation, goal, relationship, career, etc.

    There is little variation among the processes and progresses of any aim.

    [MEntity] As with all processes and progression, there are 7 Steps or Stages.

    Many may already be familiar with these in a basic way, but we will expand upon these today in a way that may help you more directly in your own process and progress.


    [MEntity] The 7 Stages are fairly simple: Initiation, Discernment, Stability, Disruption, Healing, Gratitude, and Neutrality.

    [MEntity] Anything or anyone to which you commit will take these 7 Stages
    for your process and progression into that commitment.

    There are rarely any exceptions to this.

    [MEntity] Depending upon the length of time in the commitment, these 7 Stages
    may be cycled through many times, indefinitely, in various degrees of intensity,
    demand, and obviousness.

    [MEntity] This is only in terms of COMMITMENT, not the fulfillment of the commitment.

    [MEntity] In other words, if you are trying to break a habit, that process is a commitment, but once that habit is broken, the commitment is fulfilled, and the stages end.

    [MEntity] If you are committing yourself to a long-term relationship,
    once the relationship is embraced, the stages of commitment are completed.

    [MEntity] You are "done" with the challenges of that commitment,
    the efforts through the stages, and there is usually no "going back" then.

    [MEntity] Are all of you familiar with these stages?

    [Diane_HB] Sounds familiar

    [Janet] I think so, but not in this context of fulfilling a goal

    [Nadine_AP] i think so

    [GeraldineB] I don't know how Stability and Disruption play out

    [Bobby] Stability would come before Disruption though?

    [GeraldineB] apparently

    [MEntity] We will expand on each, briefly:

    [MEntity] INITIATION - the start of the effort of commitment.

    [MEntity] We will use the example of the commitment to "lose weight."

    [MEntity] The idea then is to lose weight. It is the start of the general direction.

    [MEntity] DISCERNMENT - the clarification vital to the fulfillment of the commitment.

    [MEntity] The general idea is focused down to how one will lose the weight. A plan is made.

    [MEntity] STABILITY - the implementation of the clarified efforts necessary for the fulfillment of the commitment.

    [MEntity] The individual is now working out, dieting, and sticking to the goal.

    [MEntity] DISRUPTION - stability is shaken up by an outside force or internal obstacle

    [MEntity] HEALING - the disruption is addressed, confronted, dealt with in a productive and healthy way.

    [MEntity] The failing and setbacks over the holidays are put into perspective and taken for what they were (a matter of simple, joyful indulgence), and there is a return to the momentum of commitment.

    [MEntity] GRATITUDE - the appreciation of the necessity for all that has come to be a part of the process and progress of one's fulfillment of the commitment.

    [MEntity] This is when it is noticed that the efforts are "paying off," that the setbacks, obstacles, and challenges were only a PART of the process, not the derailing of the progress.

    [MEntity] The experience of the holiday distraction is learned from, and ideas more aligned with the commitment are decided upon for the next holidays, knowing that even a failing to do so will not be "the end" of the commitment.

    [MEntity] NEUTRALITY - the final fulfillment of the commitment, or a necessary break
    from the efforts of the commitment.

    [MEntity] That is a brief synopsis of the stages of commitment that are relevant to your understanding where you are in your own processes and progress of fulfilling a commitment.

    [MEntity] Keep in mind that, in terms of the subject of this workshop, your "next step"
    may be a part of one of these stages, and not necessarily parallel to the next stage.
    So, "next step" here does not mean "next stage."

    [MEntity] Your next step will be a customized and unique ingredient of the process and progress through these 7 Stages, and one fragment's next step is not the same as another's, even as all fragments do still go through all of the same Stages.

    [MEntity] Do you understand?

    [GeraldineB] no

    [MEntity] Geraldine, for example:

    [MEntity] The person making the commitment to "lose weight" may be in Stage 3, Stability, of her process through to losing weight. The Stage of Stability can last a great length of time. She or he may be on a roll with keeping up with exercise and thoughtful diet. As a PART of sustaining that Stability, it is not always a matter of doing the same things over and over. He or she may find that sticking to the diet and exercise is going well, but is now concerned about lack of variety, repetitive routines, and realizes he or she will probably lose momentum if stuck in such routines.

    [MEntity] This is not the same thing as Disruption, the next STAGE, as Disruption truly interferes with the momentum. Instead, this is a matter of this fragment determining the "next step" in terms of sustaining Stability.

    [GeraldineB] thank you, I get it

    [Maureen] It's like a "side-step"

    [MEntity] So she decides to move off of the treadmill and run the park's paths. She decides to learn more about what options there are for food choices.

    [MEntity] Her "next step," then, was to implement Variety.

    [MEntity] This will not stop the Disruption from coming, but that understanding of the necessity for Variety will be a final part of the set of ingredients when commitment is fulfilled and concluded.

    [MEntity] QUESTION FOR STUDENTS: can you assess where you think you may be in your process of commitment regarding your focus?

    [GeraldineB] I'm in Discernment

    [ClaireC] Initiation, for me.

    [Janet] I have a longer term goal. I think I'm in the Discernment stage and may be there for awhile.

    [Nadine_AP] I guess I'm more or less lost right now in my process
    - probably discernment.

    [Maureen] I'm "stuck" in Discernment -- I think.

    [Bobby] Even though mine seems like a fairly new endeavor,
    I feel like I've experienced all of these to some degree anyway

    [MEntity] If there are no more responses, we will continue.

    [Diane_HB] Disruption, I think

    [Diane_HB] Or possibly Discernment still

    [AnnH] I am stuck in discernment.

    [Maureen] popular stage... :)

    [Nadine_AP] lol

    [GeraldineB] we are good at plan-making, but not so good at execution

    [AnnH] I can find all kinds of ways I can't implement :)

    [Maureen] I can't even get my head around the plan... LOL

    [Nadine_AP] Maureen,same with me :(

    [MEntity] What we will share now is the greater dimensions of each of these Stages
    so that you can understand the underpinnings of each Stage.

    Comprehending the underpinnings of each Stage can help you to better clarify
    where you are in the process, and are keys to helping you move through the process
    with greater ease, helping you to both make breakthroughs and to clarify your next step.

    [MEntity] We might term these greater dimensions and underpinnings as STATES.

    [MEntity] So, Initiation is a STATE OF POTENTIAL.

    [MEntity] When you are in the Initiating Stage, you are in a State of Potential.

    Nothing is defined, refined, clarified. You are exploring your options and will tend to have your ideals, projections, and expectations intact.

    [MEntity] Think of this in the same way one might enter a relationship.

    This is the state similar to "falling in love."

    This is not to say that it will feel like "falling in love,"
    but that falling in love tends to bring with it a great open-ended world of potential.

    [MEntity] Only the general intent is here.

    [MEntity] Many do not like to leave this State.

    [MEntity] Many will hold their intentions in this State for the entire lifetime.

    [Nadine_AP] I think I'm trying to pass from Initiation to Discernment then

    [AnnH] Yep

    [Maureen] I feel too shitty to be in Initiation sure doesn't feel like "love".

    [Nadine_AP] oh, maureen, it doesn't in my case either! It's a little bit distressing,
    because I can see the potentials but can't figure out how to get there

    [Maureen] Unless it's the all-consuming, stalking kind... ;)

    [GeraldineB] Maybe, you have to break your goal down into smaller chunks
    that ARE do-able

    [Maureen] That's the advice I give to Clients!

    [GeraldineB] LOL

    [Nadine_AP] I'm trying

    [GeraldineB] Healer, heal thyself :)

    [Maureen] LOL

    [MEntity] "Falling in love" is very different from Love. Falling in love may be
    experienced as a pleasant state, but it is full of projections, expectations,
    and ideals that make it relevant for comparison to the State of Potential.

    [MEntity] If you prefer a different comparison, it can also be like the
    "world after graduation," or "the day with no plan," or for some of you,
    like entering a "haunted fun house in the dark."

    [Maureen] LOL

    [Diane_HB] lol

    [MEntity] We chose the comparison to "falling in love," but the State of Potential
    also can be like "falling into fear."

    [Nadine_AP] lol...falling in love always felt like falling into fear for me...

    [MEntity] And then there is that.

    [MEntity] The State of Potential is wrought with options and mixes and directions,
    all variations of Love and Fear.

    [Maureen] Michael -- do the Attitudes affect how one can get through the Stages? I
    can see how the Attitudes may play out. I'm a Realist -- I see so many factors that it’s daunting.

    [AnnH] Me, too, Maureen.

    [ClaireC] It's really easy for a Spiritualist to stay in Potential forever. :)

    [MEntity] Understanding the State of Potential can help one to do two things:
    reclaim yourself as the source of the creation of your potential, and then to consciously choose more toward Love.

    [MEntity] This removes the "falling" part, and helps to put you back into the role of Creator.

    [Nadine_AP] How could I consciously choose more toward Love?

    [MEntity] Nadine, we will address questions shortly so that we can address each of you more personally. We suggest noting your questions as we go along, so we can return to them with you.

    [Nadine_AP] okay

    [MEntity] So, for some of you in a State of Potential, in the Initiation Stage,
    your next step is some variation on CHOICE.

    [MEntity] The most effective way one can move into a next step when in
    the Initiation Stage, and in a State of Potential, is to SIMPLIFY.

    [MEntity] Bring everything down to the simplest of facts, focus, and intention.

    [MEntity] When in the State of Potential, it is helpful to go silent, to be still,
    to stop all distractions, and sit down with yourself and your intention.

    [MEntity] Physically write down your intention and all of the scenarios or potential,
    you will see that it may not be as overwhelming or daunting or consuming as you
    thought or felt.

    [MEntity] What tends to happen is that one is in a State of Potential,
    in the Stage of Initiation, and then thinks that the Discernment Stage is what comes next.

    [MEntity] This is the equivalent of stating that you have realized you can choose
    whatever you want, but have no clue from what options are you choosing.

    [MEntity] This is quite similar to how the Internal Monads work, in that if one exits the previous state/stage in a negative pole, then the next will remain there, as well.

    [MEntity] So if one does not consciously assess what options are available,
    what directions are preferred, what ideal is of interest, what results are being sought,
    etc., then the Discernment Stage tends to only emphasize everything that is lacking in potential.

    [MEntity] The daunting aspects are highlighted. The intensity is heightened.
    The doubts are amplified.

    [MEntity] Imagine that you have decided you want to create a beautiful dress, but completely bypass the process of exploring and narrowing down the possible fabrics
    from which to choose. You now move into the next stage and it becomes emphasized
    what you have not done and cannot do.

    [MEntity] However, if you have your 10 fabrics out in front of you and then move
    into the next Stage, you can now Discern, choose the ingredients that will become
    the dress.

    [MEntity] That simplification effort in the first stage as a way to sort out the state of potential drastically changes the process of discernment that comes next.

    [MEntity] This is true of relationships, projects, transforming habits, etc.

    [MEntity] It can take many years for one to realize that there are vital, but few,
    criteria for what one truly expects from an intimate relationship.

    For many years the State of Potential is riddled with the chaos of fantasies, projections, wounding, all of which are then emphasized upon entering the Discernment Stage
    because the commitment will not work or be fulfilled without those elements addressed.

    [MEntity] When one has consciously owned the role of source and creator of his or her potential, and then sorts out what is of interest from all of that potential,

    and uses choice as a way to navigate away from fear and toward love,

    the Discernment Stage then becomes a matter of refinement, not discouragement.

    [MEntity] The Discernment Stage is a process of emphasizing What Will Work,
    and What Will Not Work in regard to the commitment.

    [MEntity] If the work of sorting has been done, then the emphasis will tend
    toward What Will Work, though both what will work and what will not
    are always explored to some degree.

    [MEntity] And just like the Internal Monads, if you find that you are in a Stage of Discernment overwhelmed with discouragement, you can "go back" to your Potential
    and simplify as a way to help move you back into refinement and encouragement.

    [Nadine_AP]: How could I consciously choose more toward Love?

    [MEntity] Sometimes the experience of choosing more toward Love is so unfamiliar
    (at least in terms of consciously doing so) that it can be much easier to simply
    NOT CHOOSE Fear.

    [MEntity] By "not choose fear," we mean that you actively utilize fear
    as a source of insight and information, but not as a source of direction or conclusion.

    [Nadine_AP] yes, that makes sense!

    [MEntity] If you are worried about the pressures of finance while seeking directions of career, then you have the capacity to resolve the conflict between doing what you
    CAN do for the sake of income, even as you aim for a more long-term move toward
    what you love.

    [Nadine_AP] Wow, that helps a lot actually!

    [ClaireC] "Love is letting go of fear" (Attitudinal Healing)

    [MEntity] In doing something such as this, there is the choice toward love
    because you are taking care of yourself AS you create, rather than presuming
    that your taking care of yourself is a defeating move away from other options.

    [Nadine_AP] I understand. Thank you!

    [MEntity] We think this may be helpful to consider as a specific response for you,
    Nadine. We will continue on now for greater context for when you explore this further.

    [MEntity] Before we continue: how many of you feel you must return
    to the State of Potential to simplify and clarify?

    [AnnH] To an extent, yes.

    [Nadine_AP] I do.

    [GeraldineB] I don't -- I've got my goal as cut and dried as possible

    [Diane_HB] Not for the issue I have in mind.

    [Maureen] I need to return someplace -- because it's not working now...

    [Janet] No. I have written down my goal and I think I'm good.

    [ClaireC] I think I'm actually in Discernment now.

    [MEntity] Geraldine, the goal can be crystal clear, but this is only helpful if the projections, expectations, and fears have been addressed so that the Stage of Discernment is then encouraging, not discouraging.

    [GeraldineB] Let me clarify -- My Goal is to Stop Smoking. As part of my Discernment,
    I have a new month's prescription to take of Chantix, an aid to stopping smoking.
    Plus, this time, I've set a date: August 31, 2013. One of the reasons I'm going to push through this bad habit this time is due to health concerns; so, for me the "choosing
    with love," would be for myself. Should I add in a request for Essence and Guides to help? as in sending me positive thoughts when I'm wavering?

    [MEntity] We would agree with your assessment, but we added our comment
    for those who may think that the clarity of Goal is enough.

    The goal will draw one forward, but not necessarily toward a fulfilling conclusion,
    if the Potential has not been clarified for Discernment.

    [MEntity] We have gone into detail about this initial stage because this is where many
    may have to return as a means to move forward toward fulfillment of a goal,
    but we will quickly describe the remaining States as associated with the Stages.

    [MEntity] The Stage of Discernment has as its foundation a State of RECIPROCITY.

    [MEntity] While in the Stage of Discernment, the emphasis can splay widely between discouragement and encouragement, emphasizing what will not work,
    and what will work, often leaning toward one direction or the other,
    depending on the work in the Stage of Initiation.

    [MEntity] A key to the underpinning of this Stage is Reciprocity, or the circuit created through giving and receiving.

    [MEntity] What many tend to do in this Stage of Discernment is to shut down, recoil, hide, enter into waves of shame, embarrassment, or even instill a kind of taboo against the sharing of where one is in the struggle toward Stability.

    [MEntity] This is a Stage where many give up.

    [GeraldineB] oh, I know that one

    [Diane_HB] me too

    [Maureen] I;m too embarrassed to say "me too" -- LOL

    [Diane_HB] lol

    [GeraldineB] LOL

    [ClaireC] lol

    [AnnH] yep

    [MEntity] However, the State of Reciprocity is enhanced through the practice of giving
    and receiving, helping others to do what you wish to do, joining with others in similar directions, asking for help in your progress, allowing the help, etc.

    [MEntity] In an intimate relationship, it is about addressing what has come as differences between you that describe what is working and what is not working.

    [MEntity] So for some of you in in the State of Reciprocity in the Discernment Stage,
    your next step is some variation on COMMUNICATION.

    [MEntity] The most effective way one can move into the next step when in the Discernment Stage, and in a State of Reciprocity, is through SOPHISTICATION, the refinement of choice. This means you no longer simply react, do as you always do, or unconsciously push forward. It means you take a moment to think, to feel, to make a choice from consciousness, not defense or habit.

    [MEntity] The State of Reciprocity and the Stage of Discernment is about learning,
    putting into effect, and implementing, all of which require communication and growing sophistication.

    [MEntity] Remember that the Stage may be completed, but the State carries forward,
    so Reciprocity will continue to be a part of the commitment, meaning that communication will end up being a vital ingredient in the fulfilled commitment.

    [MEntity] Giving and Receiving.

    [MEntity] More quickly then, the remaining Stages:

    [MEntity] STAGE of STABILITY is supported by the STATE OF KARMA, or CAUSALITY.

    [Janet] I actually think I'm in Stability rather than Discernment now.

    [MEntity] This is where one truly begins to see the results of actions and efforts,
    and those actions and efforts are tweaked, modified, corrected, observed, etc.

    [MEntity] Before this, most of the commitment was in a more idealistic place, while Stability brings with it the momentum and realization.

    [MEntity] Next steps here tend to be related, then, to EFFORT.

    [MEntity] And the effectiveness of that effort is supported by DEVOTION, which is the recognition that one's efforts are toward something of great value and worth.

    [MEntity] The Stage of Disruption has as its foundation a STATE OF SURRENDER.

    [MEntity] This is, basically, the embrace of the fact that "shit is going to happen."

    [MEntity] Sometimes there are forces greater than you that you cannot control,
    or that you allow to take control, in a way that interferes with your intentions.
    It happens.

    [MEntity] Next steps here tend to be related to HONESTY, and that honesty
    is supported by AFFECTION, or the capacity to empathize, be kind, gentle, patient, etc.

    [MEntity] The Stage of Healing has its foundation a STATE OF PRESENCE.

    [MEntity] This is where you own your mistakes, own your process, your responsibility,
    your power, your intention, your choice, etc.

    Blame and excuse are useless here, and you recover from what knocked you for a loop.

    [MEntity] Next steps here tend to be related to FORGIVENESS, and that forgiveness
    is supported by EVOLUTION, or the meaning that you attribute to your experiences.

    [MEntity] The State of Gratitude has as its foundation a STATE OF NON-ATTACHMENT.

    [MEntity] This is an ironic and paradoxical State where you begin to detach from that which has been a commitment, and experience it as a PART of you, not YOU.
    It is another thing, another person, another step, but they are a part of you, not YOU.

    [MEntity] Next steps here tend to be related to APPRECIATION, and supported by WHOLENESS, or the awareness of being greater than the sum of parts.

    [MEntity] The Stage of Neutrality is supported by the State of MOTIVATION.

    [MEntity] This is where one re-examines motives and intentions from a broader perspective.

    [MEntity] When this comes between other Stages, next steps tend to be related to REGROUPING, digesting the experiences, and this is supported by STRUCTURE.

    [MEntity] When this comes as final stage/state, it is a an assessment for whether
    to cycle back through the Stages, or to build upon those original motivations,
    creating new structures from that.

    [MEntity] Knowing these descriptions can help you to understand where you are
    in the stages, what states have been carried forward, and what keys are necessary
    for next steps and the support for those next steps.

    [MEntity] Did your sense of where you are in your progress change by seeing
    the details for each stage/state?

    [Janet] Yes, absolutely.

    [ClaireC] Absolutely.

    [AnnH] not exactly. but i often get caught up in discernment, anticipate disruption
    and give up

    [GeraldineB] it enlarged

    [MEntity] Do you feel you can orient yourself better toward an encouraging process?

    [GeraldineB] yes, I do

    [AnnH] yes.

    [ClaireC] Yes, and to recognize progress.

    [GeraldineB] I can at least let go of past "failures"
    -- treat this as a brand new experience

    [AnnH] yes

    [AnnH] good point, g

    [ClaireC] Geraldine, think of it as a U-turn, not a failure.

    [MEntity] We will open the floor to your questions now, but we encourage
    each of you to assess your own progress and process.

    [GeraldineB] I did have an earlier question

    [GeraldineB] Question: Is there an advantage for setting a NEW habit
    versus breaking an OLD habit?

    [MEntity] Our response to this is Yes. Breaking a habit can always be included
    in the process toward creating something more beneficial, but to aim only toward breaking the habit can similar to stating that you wish to travel, but never getting off of the train.

    [MEntity] It is nice to have a destination in mind.

    [AnnH] I find I easily get disracted, hopeless and overwhelmed.
    What do I need to assess and at what stage?

    [MEntity] These are symptoms usually associated with not leaving the State of Potential, and remaining in the first stage, or of leaving that first stage in a "negative" way to carry forward into further stages. This means that the solution is simplicity and choice.

    [MEntity] We do not seek to minimize the overwhelm or hopelessness or distraction by stating that the solution is so "simple," but we state this as a matter of those more challenging qualities being a part of the spectrum of possibilities from the Potential, and they do not have be given such emphasis by choice.

    [MEntity] Note that these exist, that they are with you, but you do not have to choose them (as in, presume they are more important to honor than enthusiasm, willingness, importance, etc.).

    [MEntity] You may not feel you can choose against those emotions and surges in the body, but you can, and it is a matter of practice. It is your Right.

    [MEntity] For help in your next steps, it may be of benefit to consider the difference between honoring your feelings and feeding them.

    [AnnH] aha--lol, yes.

    [MEntity] Choose not to feed them. Let them remain, do not reject them, but do not feed them. As you make different choices, your feelings will eventually feed on what you choose, and this begins the transformation.

    [MEntity] So, your next step is to learn how to choose your food, and to choose who/what to feed in you.

    [MEntity] This is simplistic, but fair.

    [Maureen] I can't even formulate a question because I feel too discouraged at this point. I'm normally optimistic about most everything -- so this state is very uncomfortable
    for me.

    [Maureen] I guess that's more of a statement than a question.

    [MEntity] Then your next step would appear to be into the Stage of Neutrality.
    You must step back.

    [MEntity] Not only have you lost your Motivation, but you may have forgotten
    the value of the pursuit altogether.

    [MEntity] In this case, you would want to keep in mind that Neutrality is not giving up.
    It is not stopping. It is not failing. It is important.

    [MEntity] Your next steps then are to stop trying, but with the intent to regroup,
    not give up.

    [Maureen] That sounds good Michael -- I'm tired of trying.

    [MEntity] Yes, and that is okay. Again, it is your Right. It is not defeat; it is a Right.
    Stop. Come back to it. It will be there.

    [Maureen] Thanks

    [MEntity] In some cases, this Neutrality must be modified from complete halt to, at least, giving some amount of attention and effort to the aim, so that will be up to you
    to consider the ratio for what and how the direction is accommodated without so much consuming of the self.

    [MEntity] Our brief responses in this format are not entirely helpful or effective,
    so we encourage each of you to communicate further in private with us on your progress,
    if you choose to do so.

    [Diane_HB] I think I'm in Discernment with my goal of improving eyesight.
    I'm still having a difficult time finding a process that works for me...
    after 10 years of trying on and off. I think I'm not seeing enough of a benefit to work harder at it -- the practices (particularly the one about keeping my glasses off) conflict
    with my lifestyle and personality. But I don't like it when my eyesight starts to get worse, so I keep trying. Any comments would be appreciated.

    [MEntity] You are in the Stability Stage. Your commitment now is a matter of Causality, experimentation, tweaking the process of effort. In this Stage, you would want to customize what is being learned to accommodate how it best works for you. During this Stage, you may also find that your eye sight is not such a bad thing after all, and that you discover that your embrace of this as part

    [MEntity] of you is far more accurate to the healing you were seeking.

    [Diane_HB] Yeah, sometimes I wonder if I really need better eyesight.
    I just don't want it to get worse.

    [Diane_HB] Maybe that's what I can commit to -- maintenance.

    [MEntity] So your next step may be to continue your practice, your Devotion, but without the looming ultimate perfection or failure.

    [MEntity] Maintenance is a healthy term for how to move forward.

    [MEntity] We will conclude with a question from Claire.

    [ClaireC] Does one have to stick with a new programme until Stability is reached or not reached before abandoning it and going back to Discernment? e.g. a new diet?

    [MEntity] We would not say that one "has to," but that it is a valuable part of the process. If you come to Stability, you can always tweak, replace, or complement your efforts.

    [MEntity] For example, if one were to start exercising, the strengthening of the muscles and the stretching of the tendons can bring aching for quite some time, leading one to consider scrapping the intentions. But once stability is reached, it is realized that the aching was symptoms of benefit, and that the exercises can be altered, replaced, mixed up, etc., but not necessary to halt.

    [ClaireC] Yes, that's true. In the case of diet, it's not always evident if it's "working", I'm wondering how long changes in food take to affect Stability.

    [MEntity] Only if one finds that the path is harming the self does one want to consider halting the progress.

    [ClaireC] Okay, that's a good guideline. Thank you.

    [MEntity] In terms of diet, Claire, we suggest considering monitoring for any effects that are claimed as part of the result of the diet, giving it the amount of time
    you deem willing to give it.

    [ClaireC] Good advice. Thanks.

    [MEntity] Sometimes the changes caused by a change in diet are not always pleasant,
    at first, so understanding that a detoxifying process sometimes occurs can be helpful
    for some diets, and not scrapping the diet because one is suddenly with cramps
    and diarrhea.

    These phases tend not to last long. However, if you find a continued state
    of distress on the body because of a diet, you may

    [MEntity] want to, at least, move into Neutrality until you understand
    if it is harmful or beneficial.

    [MEntity] We agree that a change in diet can be difficult to monitor for benefit
    because the body is so adaptable.

    [ClaireC] True.

    [ClaireC] Some people claim to feel great on a diet of junk food. Then have a heart attack. :)

    [MEntity] However, there do tend to be physical symptoms that help to give feedback about how one is eating, and this can be helpful for monitoring long-term changes
    in effect from diet. Depending upon the diet, we would suggest educating yourself
    about the claims of effects from the diet, and counterclaims.

    [MEntity] And decide from there.

    [MEntity] Your next step, then, might be education about the claims
    and also the counterclaims, or the facts vs the myths.

    [MEntity] We must conclude here today.

    [ClaireC] Thank you for the great session, Michael and Troy.

    [Diane_HB] Thank you Michael!

    [Maureen] Thanks Micheal and Troy!!

    [Diane_HB] and Troy!!

    [AnnH] That was incredibly helpful. Thank you Michael and Troy

    [ClaireC] Really helpful!

    [MEntity] Good day to each of you. Regardless of what you decide to do
    in your next steps, the map we have described in the processes and progress,
    the states and stages, can be used as a reminder that you are not lost, not defeated,
    and not failing. You are moving forward as you can, and as you will. You are not done.

    [MEntity] Goodbye.

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