and Answers on Chief Features
Michael: We would describe this as a carnivorous plant with many tendrils. Sometimes the tendrils are there but are not tightened around the personality of the fragment, and sometimes the tendrils are active and manipulate the fragment and the expression of choices through the personality through applied pressure which is often experienced in a variety of ways according to the particular chief feature involved as well as the role of the fragment. The fragment has options as to how they will respond to this experience, and some choose quite wisely to acknowledge this as an energy separate from who they are in essence and from the true personality as well, while remaining in what we might call a more neutral or pensive but aware state. This choice of response therefore does little to promote the further tightening of the tendrils for, without resistance, eventually the chief features will loosen their grip on the fragment. In terms of a choice here, while the fragment can choose to not allow the chief features and fear to be the dominant or primary response in life, it is rare that the chief features can be entirely extinguished and it is more likely that the hold can be lessened and less likely to "strike" as a coiled snake that lies in wait for the appropriate moment. There is much that an individual fragment can do to decrease the power of fear in the life, but we will also remind you that the hold of fear is subtle and often times presents itself as a meaningful choice, a well thought and defined decision, a superlative moment of understanding, all of which are infiltrated by the sly maneuvers of the unseen enemy, fear which disguises itself as a necessary protection. Working with the chief feature and the identification of its influence in a fragments life is good work. It is also likely to increase the fear at first, for there is nothing more deadly (to) that fear when it is threatened and the chief features will stop at nothing to remain in control of a fragment's life and choices.
Q2) What is the STRUCTURE of a chief feature, within a persons psyche, mind, body, etc.? How does this apparently separate existence come into being? How does the internal world of a person change with the formation of this structure?
When a fragment is born into a physical body, there is no chief feature.
Two fragments with exactly the same experiences can choose different chief features as a protective response to external stimuli. This varies according to the role, overleaves, and soul level of course, as well as the familial interactions, influence, and iconography. The family icon is also directly related to the chief features as they are also "matched".
The internal world of a fragment changes when the influence of fear begins and the lie of the chief feature becomes entrenched in the automatic response of the fragment to the external world. The lie is "you cannot live without me". This is a very important point, for it is this lie which is then believed by the fragment at the fixation point which anchors in the chief feature on a permanent basis. The internal workings of the personality are of course complex here and a well grounded and well loved fragment has a chief feature just as a disturbed and uncared for fragment does. The severity however can differ for there are degrees ranging from mild to severe, and these can vary according to the particular life experiences occurring at any given time. We do, however, often times use adjectives which accompany the description of the chief features when overleaves are transmitted such as "exalted arrogance", "frantic or scattered impatience", "strong stubbornness" or "weak self deprecation". These adjectives are added to accentuate the degree of the chief feature.
Q3) What is it about the 3rd Internal Monad that provides the opening for chief feature formation? Why this particular time-period and not some other?
Michael: Yes, this is a good question. The third monad is a time when the adolescent fragment moves out into the world and is expected to become more independent, while remaining tied to the familial operations and this includes the expectations of how the fragment will proceed in the world. Often times in order for the fragment to begin the crucial developmental process of individuation, choices will be made that are not in alignment with the preferences of the family and thereby create conflict. This pushing off from the family of origin is necessary, and the chief feature is ripe by this point, prepared to step in with its trickery and deception in order to provide false protection for the fragment. We emphasize the word "false" for in fact it is fear and serves to act as a buffer between the fragment and the world, but it is not necessary. It is, however, part of the process and it is not likely that the fragment will be able to reduce the chief feature in any measurable fashion until after the completion of the fourth internal monad when the family icon is broken. For you see, as we have stated before, the chief feature and the family icon go hand in hand. The choice of the chief feature at this point allows the fragment the buffer that is perceived as necessary so that a separation can take place, and the defense mechanism is then in place for this process. With regard to any other time period, the first and second monads are not a time when the fragment is yet an individual in terms of solid preferences, and although the family icon is in place at the time of birth, there is not the need for defense, for the family is also still protective of the child fragment. The later monads are not appropriate times for in fact the fragment has many years of experience with the world before the 4th or 5th monad occurs, and it is during this time between the 3rd and the 4th monads that the chief feature is most likely to be "in charge" and to have a field day if the fragment is unaware of the false personality which is the manner through which the chief features are presented in the world. The chief features operate through the negative poles of the overleaves and this is what we call the false personality, or the personality that is learned or taken on, but is not the true expression of the positive poles of the overleaves which is the vehicle for the expression of essence.
Q3a: What is the fixation point for a chief feature? And what causes it?
The fixation point for the chief features occur when the tendrils
are at a developmental stage when they can sink their teeth into the
fragment as what we might call "anchors". This is of course
a description for the attachment process which takes place when a
decisive moment occur when the fragment has an experience which is
so painful that the chief features are chosen, one at a time. There
is often a process which begins approximately 6-12 months before the
actual chief feature is fixated, and this process can be marked by
a rather sudden or dramatic change in the personality of the fragment.
This change heralds the onset of the fixation process which happens
in an instant, but has a rather lengthy precursor which is the development
of fear as demonstrated through the false personality. Often times
teen fragments will begin to act in a strongly contrary fashion which
can include what parents see as subversive behaviors such as smoking,
drinking, and sexual acting out. Depression can also be a symptom
here but this is not usually true until the several months prior to
and following the actual fixation. In addition, small "events"
can begin to occur which are directly related to the upcoming chief
feature which is about to be fixated and the others, which may have
been in contention up until this point, fall to the wayside temporarily
as the primary chief feature takes hold. As this occurs, there is
often a crisis which is the focus for the family, and many times the
parents become involved in this process as well and this can become
even more difficult if the fragment shares the same chief features
with the parents, and which are likely to become more pronounced and
active during this period. As you might expect, the fixation for teenagers
often times takes place during the 4th monadal transition for parents
which makes the process even more "sticky" for all concerned.
Following the actual event there is a settling in phase which can
last anywhere from several months to well into the following years,
and it is at this time that the process begins again with the gradual
move toward the fixation of the secondary chief feature which is geared
toward relationships specifically while the primary was related to
the world at large. The secondary then focuses on relationships, such
as when a love interest gone astray which serves as the breeding ground
for the fixation of the secondary which works through the attitude
as the primary works through the chosen goal. The primary influences
the goal that the fragment is seeking in a given incarnation, and
the secondary influences the manner through which the fragment relates
and sees life. We think this is an important distinction.
Yes, the chief features work through the personality and this includes
the way that a fragment perceives him or herself. You are not your
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