The Sixth Monad: Conscious Dying
A: The stages of this monad are linked of course to the seven stages of any process, and there are specific matters of focus that are related to this particular process. This is to say that stage one in any process will always include the establishing of a purpose or an awareness. In the sixth monad, this is the initiation of the physical body illness or malfunction, which incidentally can be minuscule in the beginning stages or can be large as in the case of an obvious accident which causes severe trauma to the physical body. Let us also note here that the initial impact can be felt by the fragment or not, and this awareness does not determine whether or not there will eventually be consciousness in the dying process if it is a long illness. For you see, there are many factors to weigh in the understanding of this particular monadal process
Stage two is structural and as in the case of a cancer there is a network which begins to develop at this time. In the case of a trauma such as a car accident, this could be when other organs begin to be affected by the initial breakdown. In a long term illness, this stage can be quite long and it is usually during the end of the stage that the conscious awareness comes to the fragment in question. We would call this stage development.
Stage three is related to action and this will often involve some kind of action on the part of the fragment involved, such as chemotherapeutic intervention or in the case of a sudden trauma, this would be the actions taken by other assisting fragments. A strategy is often mapped out and there is implementation of a plan of action, whether it be with a fragment who is likely to die within minutes, or one who is fighting for life.
The fourth phase of the sixth internal monad will be an evaluation of the state of affairs and this includes a thorough review of the state of affairs. This can involve other fragments such as doctors and other caregivers in an urgent situation and can be a rest and recovery process for the fragment undergoing the transition. We will note here that this is an important turning point, for it is often here that the fragment will either succeed in holding the monad at bay, or suspension (remission), or will continue with the process into . . ..... . . stage five. It is here that the fragment often begins a communication process with Self, and this can lead to an expansive effort on the part of the medical "team" where other alternatives are explored which will hopefully lead to remission or suspension. We will call this phase advancement.
Stage six of the monad is when the physical body systems begin to break down in earnest, and at this point we would say the fragment often times wishes to make peace and tie up any loose ends if possible with other fragments. This relates to the priest role in essence and we will call this surrender. If the seventh monad is imminent, then it is at this time that the essence begins the process of letting go from the physical body and there is a direct connection with the astral plane. Close essence mates such as entity and cadence mates begin to show up, often in the form of vivid dreams or what are seen as hallucinations (by others), and help the fragment prepare for the transition. However, if the fragment completes the sixth phase of the sixth monad but death is not immediate, there can be a holding pattern which can last for an extended period of time as the body makes the final decline.
The seventh phase of the sixth monadal transition is completion and it is when this is processed that the seventh monad is initiated with the last breath. In terms of choice here, we will say that the initiation of this monad is not always a matter of conscious choice, for there are accidental conditions on the physical plane. On the other hand, there are times when a fragment has indeed set up life circumstances in order to learn specific lessons related to the sixth and seventh monads. The actual choice will depend upon many factors, and this can include the current state of the life task, vectors if other fragments are involved in the creation of accidental conditions, the condition of the physical body itself. The personality is often not aware of the choices before hand, but often times if [it is] aware as it happens, as in the case of a sudden event, there can be a thought "I'm going to die" before it actually happens as the personality realizes that a life threatening situation is occurring.
Q: This seems to be the only Internal Monad, where personality and essence can be in open conflict. What happens when the personality resists and refuses to surrender its attachment to the physical plane?
A: We would agree that there is often a conflict between the personality and the physical body, for fear is never more present than when a fragment is threatened with the possibility of death. However, we would not agree with [the idea] that this is the only internal monad where there is conflict between the personality and essence, for indeed it is often during the third, fourth, and fifth internal monads that the false personality if ruled by the chief features and fear can take exception to the impulses which come from the true personality and from essence. Here we will note that if the personality refuses to surrender or let go, that the sixth monad can be completed in the negative pole. A truth of the physical plane is that the sixth monad will eventually lead to the seventh monad, and that "resistance is futile". A fragment can resist but the process will continue. In the case of the earlier monads, they can be abdicated or completed in the negative pole, but the sixth and seventh internal monads cannot be abdicated, even with resistance on the part of the personality.
Q: Is it possible for a person, who is experiencing a disease, to distinguish between, first, when the disease experience is just a physical event or, second, when that disease is a 6th monad event? What is the extra something that the 6th monad brings to a disease?
A: Well we would say here that almost any disease could and we emphasize could conspire with other malfunctions of the physical body to create the initial phase or stage of the sixth monad. There are of course some diseases which tend to create havoc in the physical body systems and therefore there are really few options except remission. Here we would use the analogy of a small boat with one captain in a windswept sea. The captain struggles to keep the sea from overturning his little boat. Sometimes the storm will subside for a while and there is smooth sailing, but often times another storm is "on the horizon". The extra something that the sixth monad brings is the "truth" that whatever is eventually going to bring death to the fragment has been set in motion and that eventually death will occur. As we have said, fragments are not often consciously aware of this, but many times fragments around them are as there is usually a difference energetically that intuitive fragments are able to perceive. This can be `seen’ as a shift in the energy of the body if viewed through the lens of the third eye and this includes a change in the overall coloring or hue of the auric field. It is through this type of seeing that many skilled practitioners who assist others through this transition are able to perceive this shift.
Q: The following is a background question: How are the Seven Internal Monad transitions connected to the reincarnation cycle?
A: We will say here that these internal monads are linked to the cycle of reincarnation in that each fragment must process through them in order to progress through the soul age cycles and the levels that are contained within these cycles. For example, a fragment must complete all seven monads in each of the levels and this can be accomplished over a period of several lifetimes. All fragments will complete the first, sixth, and seventh monads in each lifetime. Each fragment experiences birth, the deterioration of the physical body, and death in every incarnation. (There is some exception here if a fragment is stillborn, that is, if the soul does not enter the body. But if the soul enters the body, which usually occurs at birth or the moment of the first breath, then the rest will occur.) Therefore monads two, three, four, and five must be experienced and completed in the positive pole in order to receive 'credit'. If a fragment completes the second and third monads in the positive, then it is far more likely that the fourth and fifth will be completed in the positive pole. The monads can be seen as building blocks: successful completion of one leads to the possibility of successful completion of the next. A fragment can choose to return or revisit a previously incomplete monad later in the life as well if he or she discovers that attempts at engaging the subsequent monad are failing due to the previously unfinished work.
Every experience that a fragment has is part of the current 'self'. As we have said, you are the sum total of all your lives, and in order to complete lives on the physical plane, all the boxes must be 'checked' or 'signed off' by essence.
Q: Can Michael explain some of the characteristics of conscious dying? What are the conditions that make conscious dying possible? If a fragment can have this experience, how does it influence the fragment’s astral journey?
A: We would say that conscious dying is exactly that: bringing conscious awareness and cooperation to the process. This does not imply that fear is not present, but rather that fragments engaged in the fifth and sixth phases of the sixth internal monad do so with an open heart and a commitment to work on disengaging obstacles and resistance.
Many times these phases include the work of communication with Self (phase five) and dialogue with others (phase six). It is during these phases that a deeper understanding occurs, an expansion where artificial constructs are broken down and swept away. We would use an example of a fragment who has for years held resentments and grudges against a family member, and it is during the process of conscious detaching that the individual is able to release those emotions and embrace the other fragment with love and forgiveness. As we have said, surrender to the astral connections occurs here as well and cooperation begins with fragments with whom agreements are in place to aid in the final stages of the transition. The astral experience after death is very much related to the fragment's perceptions prior to the final breath, for much confusion can result if the fragment does not have a vision in place for this transition. Many fragments find themselves in confusion and it will take awareness on their part to extricate themselves from this. It can be as simple as “Oh yes, I am dead." As simple as this may sound, fragments who have experienced sudden deaths often do not know what has happened to them, and it can take some time for them to sort through the event. (Many times entity mates help them with this process.) The creation of a deathscape prior to the actual death can do much to aid fragments in making a more comfortable transition. This was incidentally practiced during the mystery schools and often times fragments would draw the proposed journey in the form of a map which would be placed with their body during 'last rites'.
Q: Can Michael comment further as to how communication would help essence via the personality to experience conscious death?
A: It is the essence of each and every fragment that experiences life on the physical plane through the chosen Overleaves and personality and this includes the experiences through the internal and external monads. If a fragment chooses to share the process with others, then others benefit whether or not the personality of the shared with fragment thinks so or not, for in the bigger picture, nothing is wasted. It is often during the mature and old soul cycles that fragments are able to comprehend that there is more than one life and that the essence continues after death and it is the understanding of this universal truth and the realization that separation is an illusion which allows a fragment to more smoothly make the journey to the astral plane where the soul resides during the interval between incarnations. This is our way of saying that discussions between fragments on the nature of "reality" can be stored and accessed during subsequent lives and eventually all fragments will understand and come to perceive that which often lies beyond the veil of everyday life on the physical plane.
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