From the vastly expanded perspective of the soul, our earthly human life is a bit like a massive multi-player online game. Together, these are known as OVERLEAVES because they overlay the pure energy of the soul, like coloured filters overlaying a ball of light, shaping our human experience and behaviour in specific ways. For example, if a soul wants to experience being powerful, or perhaps learn how to use power more responsibly, then a Goal of DOMINANCE would be appropriate. Centering, which determines how the personality processes personal experiences, is selected during early childhood. The Chief Feature is really a negative overleaf, a manifestation of fear and illusion in life, and as such is the personality’s main character flaw. To explain further: Your Goal defines how you intend to live life, or what you want out of live overall.
So it’s as if you select one from each column before you are born, carefully (or sometimes not so carefully) choosing the options best suited to your particular life task. In my case, for example, I perceive with an Attitude of Idealism, I operate in a Mode of Perseverance, and I am driven by a Goal of Growth. For example, the positive pole of Dominance is LEADERSHIP while the negative pole is DICTATORSHIP.
The negative pole of an overleaf is destructive, or at least self-defeating, and is driven by the personality’s Chief Feature and its underlying fears.
There are seven centres in all, but the ones most used in ordinary life by the personality are the emotional, intellectual and physical (moving or kinesthetic) centres. There are, in addition, three higher centres—but these tend to be accessed only briefly during meditation or in moments of great emotional intensity.
Centering is formed in early childhood and plays a part in one’s subsequent learning style. In adolescence, as we approach adulthood and independence, we adopt a behaviour pattern to manage the fear. If the fear is of dying too soon without getting everything done, for example, then the behaviour pattern used to handle that is to rush headlong through life like a runaway train. At the same time, it is usually the most obvious and dominant trait of the whole personality.
If, for example, your primary is impatience, you will be anxious about missing out on opportunities to achieve your life’s Goal (in my case, Growth). And if your secondary defence is, say, self-deprecation, this will affect your Attitude or view of life — you will tend to interpret your life in ways that belittle your own capabilities, since self-deprecation is the strategy of those who fear being judged for their own inadequacies. To get a clearer picture of how the overleaves fit together to make up our personality structure and affect us in life, I have done this flow diagram. Basically it shows how the whole process of living is a constant cycle with choices at the heart of it. The Goal provides a distinct motivation, pushing our choices in a direction consistent with our life plan.
The Attitude adds a distinct interpretation to our perceptions that is consistent with our life plan. The Mode gives us a distinct manner of acting on our decisions that is consistent with our life plan. Chief Features emerge out of our growing fears and insecurities, adding a negative influence to our choices. Understanding the overleaves gives us a very clear picture of how someone is operating in life. The other overleaves are less easy to spot, but I find that you once you start looking, your sensitivity develops with practice.  Just watch for how a person prefers to be across different situations. So am I not supposed to be able to “access” pure love, truth, or energy at all times?
Your opening question was a little puzzling at first, but I think I can see where you’re coming from (with all this emphasis on the human-level personality). Then we are on a different path of self-discovery, the inner path of self-awareness and self-responsibility.
The psychologist Abraham Maslow noted that those who are mature enough to be concerned with self-actualisation also tend to deliberately seek experiences of a higher level of being: self transcendence, or merging with that which holds universal meaning, purpose and value. For a planned life expectancy of, say, 70-80 years, we would normally see the 4th monad kick in around 35-40. Anyway Reagan, you seem like a fascinating and very self-aware individual, and I hope some of what I very belatedly said in response to your enquiry makes sense and is of value.
Overleaves – the forces which are designed to shape an individual’s perceptions, motivations and behaviours in life, such as the Goal, the Mode and the Attitude. Most people act in habitual ways with a fairly dimmed consciousness, especially when young. By the time we’re about 25, say, we are fully immersed in the young-adult social world, asserting ourselves as free agents, maybe finding our own place in the big world, even trying to reinvent ourselves in some way to break from our childhood identity. On the whole, as children we don’t normally follow our own inner light to find ourselves (unless, I would say, we happen to be Old souls).
And then, perhaps after an existential crisis, we decide to take control of our assumptions and habits, and take responsibility for ourselves as whole persons. Yes, before birth we set out a plan for the life to come, but with the intention of being unaware of the plan (at the personality level), so that the experiences hit us unexpectedly and our emotional reactions are both real and raw.
Were it not for this ignorance of the plan, life would be rather like performing a play with the script in our hands – predictable, dull, and rather pointless. AND YET we nevertheless experience most of what we set out to experience and do what we set out to do in our life plan. Younger souls, once in a physical body, live life just as they perceive it from the perspective of the human personality and in the context of the given human society. Kohlberg’s is one of several models of psychological development that can be easily mapped onto the soul ages. A lesser known but much more high-resolution model is Jane Loevinger’s stages of (what she calls) Ego Development, which has been extended by Susanne Cook-Greuter. In a nutshell, their model is based on empirical data (not just theory), and its 8-10 stages map neatly onto the soul ages. Regarding the article itself, you discuss these personality traits we put in place for life; do we have other characteristics that stay in place from lifetime to lifetime (exclusive of soul type)? If you do this there will be no conflict within, you will grow in Spiritbecause you will be your true authentic Self - living at full potential. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. When you subscribe to our free service, each Monday you'll receive several transformational quotes on a new topic - with commentary by Peter Shepherd - plus an exceptional accompanying article, to inspire you throughout the week. And as a bonus when you've confirmed your subscription, freely download your choice of 250 eBooks in the Transformational eBook Collection - including Peter Shepherd's book, 'Daring to Be Yourself'! Generalized Anxiety Treatment ~ Use hypnosis as a generalized anxiety disorder treatment and you can feel calm today. Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance. Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there. Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness. Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track. Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start. Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. The iAwake Profound Meditation Program is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective. Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator.
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When we cast light through a prism, it comes out in the form of a spectrum which we perceive as the seven colours of the rainbow. The names given to the seven soul types in the Michael Teachings are deliberately archetypal — hence somewhat old-fashioned sounding and not necessarily politically correct. Incidentally, you can often (but not always) tell someone’s soul type from their facial features. So, one quarter of the entire poluation is made up of Servers, while there are fewer Kings than any other type.

Our soul type is often evident in the first years of life but then becomes masked to some extent by false self or false personality.
Usually, it is not until mid-life (when much of this false identity is broken through) that our true essence comes to express itself more clearly. Whereas our soul type is permanent, everything else can change from one life to the next: race, nationality, religion, gender, social standing, profession. Priests and Servers are both inspiration specialists, concerned with the well-being of others, serving the greater good, seeking to improve the quality of life for all.
Sages and Artisans are both expression specialists, concerned with bringing ideas to life, giving form or voice to their inner thoughts and feelings, thereby changing others’ perceptions.
Kings and Warriors are both action specialists, concerned with turning practical objectives into reality, making things happen, setting goals and moving towards them. Scholars stand alone as the neutral role, and they are the assimilation specialists, absorbing knowledge from life. The cardinal of the pair is yang: proactive, expansive, foreground, driven, and with a big-picture focus. In the inspiration-type roles, the Priest is the cardinal role and the Server is the ordinal role.
The Scholar role is neither cardinal nor ordinal, but at the intersection of all the pairs.
The positive pole represents the highest, most authentic and positive expession of the soul, the true self, which is a source of love, truth and freedom.
The negative pole represents the lowest, most distorted and negative expession of the ego, the false self, which is a source of fear, illusion and malice. For example, my being a Scholar means that I am the sort of soul whose role in life is to take information from the raw data of reality.
So, the positive pole of any role leads towards true fulfilment of self and is of value to others. If you want to read a fuller, more-in-depth description of each one (with more photos), click below.
For a great book about the seven soul types, I recommend 7 Personality Types by Elizabeth Puttick PhD (Hay House, 2009).The book discusses the seven roles as seven archetypes.
If a random sample of the public who are perhaps shopping (a common and everyday thing for everyone?) It may induce more reliable results. I looked at the pictures of the soul classifications and upon seeing the artisans and looking into their eyes, even with a picture I felt extremely sad and felt pain grip me. My grandfather once said j was amazing at capturing the essence of a soul and turning it into a picture. I went to search online because I have a great sadness inside me embedded deep within my heart and soul. One question if I may… as I approach the age of 35 (this January), I noticed that most of my physical traits (mental state of evolution ? age 30) is definitely relatable to the priest. A quick look at you ~ Priest, possibly Sage cast Priest springs to mind, but it’s so difficult from a single photo! This is really interesting and I’m really excited to read more of your page to learn more! The primary one is your constant natural way of being, and is often easier to discern when you are alone. For example, as a Scholar (primary) I can happily spend most of my time quietly reading, studying and soaking up information.
This would give the personality a desire to take the lead or take control throughout the life.
For example, you might inwardly experience life using words and logic but outwardly react to what you experience with feeling and emotions. The higher emotional accesses pure love, the higher intellectual access pure truth, and the higher physical or higher moving accesses pure energy. The fear is formed in childhood, compounded by painful experiences and childish misperceptions. But then your impatience will tend to hurl you into situations which make it difficult to achieve the Goal anyway, thereby perpetuating the problem. We perceive the world around us through our senses, we choose what to do and then we enact those choices in the world. Usually the most obvious aspects of a person’s character is their Chief Feature (or character flaw). Those with a Goal of dominance, for example, have a distinct manner about them — always itching to take charge of something. I might just constantly meditate or be in a constant high emotional state, but I can access them without focusing on them. Sometimes I have a good day and I can actually see that I don’t need to think about myself like that and for a while everything clicks really nicely. I have about 40 waiting to be to answered, going back many weeks, thanks to my poor health, low energies and repeated surgeries.
But once you’ve learned most of what there is to learn, why not focus your higher centres? For younger souls it usually entails some sort of near-death experience or trauma, but for older souls meditation and similar techniques can be used to deliberately seek moments or episodes of self-transcendence. Emerson?), but I think both would say it is not just the true, inner or higher nature of the individual person (i.e. This is not very reflective of their true inner nature (essence), but of how they have grown up and adapted to life given the resources (overleaves) they have and the circumstances they were in. Which, as you say, is probably the precise reason why you had those specifically challenging experiences.
Basically Infant souls are Pre-conventional, Baby souls are Conventional, and I would say from mid-Young onwards things are increasingly Post-conventional.
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And, although there are trillions of cells in the human body, there are only a few different types of cell. Although their number is so high as to be virtually infinite, scientists classify them all into just seven types, from hottest (type O) to coolest (type M).
There are similarities in the names used, but this is simply because the caste system is a tragic misrepresentation of the nature of the roles.
This consists of cultural programming, ego, persona and so on — the superficial identity we all develop which has nothing to do with who we really are. For example, a female Warrior in her late 30s who has so far been a stay-at-home housewife might suddenly find her true calling as a political activist. The ordinal of the pair is yin, the equal-but-opposite complementary energy to yang: reactive, responsive, background, introspective, and with a detail-level focus. If all the world’s a stage, Sages are the witty and eloquent presenters of the show, while the show itself is crafted by clever and imaginative Artisans. If inspiration is likened to shepherding, Priests watch over their flock and lead them on to better pastures, while Servers look out for and tend to those in need. The Scholar is the only neutral type, the role being assimilation — absorbing information from life to create knowledge. This allows them to focus on what’s what, concentrate on the matter at hand, and think clearly amid chaos. So this chart is showing a lot more Priests and Artisans than would be expected, and not many Warriors.
That the sketches I draw don’t look like who it is because it *looks* Luke them but because I have captured their soul and essence in the picture.
I find that people tend to look more and more distinctive as they get older, say between 30-60, while at younger ages, they tend to look a bit more alike (not 100% of course, I’m generalising). But I think adolescents deliberately try to look a certain way that supposedly sets them apart, and it is in a way that is usually inspired by singers, actors and models who are in reality most often Artisans. Love the teachings, love the sight, but I’m afraid you have the roles to their color (chakra) incorrect.
I felt fairly certain I must be a server from both what I read and the pictures you’ve posted, but when I took your quiz I scored as Artisan. Interestingly, to you perhaps, I’m also a psychology student, and I read you were a psychologist?
I am the third generation follower of Bhagawan Baba as my grand mother (father's mother) was in Puttaparthi and she spent her old age days in Divine Presence.

Then you might also go on to select your personality traits, such as paranoid, brave, evil, and so on. They complement each other — your Attitude shapes your inputs (perceptions), your mode shapes your Outputs (actions). In my case, for example, I have always had a basic fear of dying too soon, before I get everything done. In the near future I will be ading more personality tests to this site to help you identify your own overleaves.
The whole point of incarnating is to learn from the opposites or absence of those divine qualities. I also suspect that the bigger part of you knows exactly what you’re doing here, though for the outward-facing personality and the ego at the human level, it can all seem a tad tedious and depressing. For example, a person with a Goal of Dominance will have, as their ‘default setting’, a drive to seek status and leadership. But later in life they might feel an inner urge to be more “true to themselves”, or in other words to “manifest their essence”. Thus she develops a mental model of herself as a unique person (hence the emergence of the ego), but it is largely based on external information and factors beyond her control. This could be through art, meditation, writing, changing careers, or just becoming more quietly confident about who you are and why you are here. The reason I ask this is because my teen years were especially difficult (bulling, low s-esteem, attention seeking, sexuality) it was almost too overwhelming. THis is when they come to feel an almost intolerable itch prompting them to pause, re-think, and start being more real and true-to-themselves.
When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. Ancestral lineage and class heritage are human affairs that have nothing to do with actual soul types.
A male Artisan who has followed in his father’s footsteps in the armed forces might have a mid-life crisis and decide to become a poet. For example, a certain Artisan soul might incarnate as a woodworker in one life, a choirboy in the next, then a housewife, then a wealthy wine merchant, then a child prostitute, then a female shopkeeper … and so on. At the risk of mixing too many metaphors at once, Scholars would be the ones who chronicle wars, record stage shows, and study sheep! When acting in my positive pole, I do indeed serve a positive purpose by collecting and offering valid, useful knowledge.
By the same token, those with multiple channels can find it difficult to accept the single-mindedness of Scholars, Kings and Warriors.
To help you identify yours, I have put together a questionnaire (personality quiz) at Quibblo. This suggests either that the test is skewed to identify Priests and Artisans but not Warriors (which I totally accept is a possibility), or perhaps it is simply that Priests and Artisans are more likely to be doing this kind of thing on the Internet and Warriors aren’t. There then follows a chapter on each of the types which includes lots of useful information on how they characteristically operate at home, at work and in relationships.
Without a doubt my husband would score as a warrior but refused to test because it wasted his time. The roles go as follow: Scholar (Red), Artisan (orange, creative center), Warrior (yellow, movement), Server (green, Heart), Sage (blue, intellectual), Priest (indigo, conceptual), King (violet, spiritual). I think it will help make a lot of sense out of people’s behaviours and choices, but could also give a bit of guidance to the people I know who are floundering unhappily. Swami used to call her as 'Palamoor Kistamma'.My mother received the black and white photo shown in the above image from our beloved Bhagawan when I was 5 years old and we have the same in our pooja room in Hyderabad and more actively worked in the Organisation from 1976 onwards when I received one week Sevadal Training (conducted by Shivam-Hyderabad) in my place Kollapur-Mahabubnagar District. The choice of personality determines your character’s actions and reactions, which in turn affect how the game unfolds. That is, your Attitude defines your inward orientation to life while your Mode defines your outward approach to life. It does nothing except get in the way of our authenticity and personal fulfilment. However, it is nigh on impossible to shake off.
It’s a constant lens where I can view others others without bias, as well as myself which is the weirdest thing. Most of the time I feel crazy because of these things, or I’m just not thinking about them. Taken all together, the overleaves make up the human personality of the soul while in that particular human life. This means, first, letting go of false or artificial traits that have been picked up in the first half of life, and second, choosing to act more consistently in the positive poles of their overleaves.
For example, a Young souled personality will develop through ego stages 1-5, reaching a plateau in middle age, while an Old souled personality will go on to stages 8 or 9 in the same amount of time.
All the 7 billion souls who are currently on the planet, plus all those who are currently are off-planet between lives, can be identified as one of these seven types.
The roles are simply seven different ways of being, seven ways of playing the game of life.
In fact, the present monarch in the UK is a Server, as is the Dalai Lama and former US President Jimmy Carter.
Throughout all these human lives, however, the Artisan will still be innately creative and inventive, seeking to bring their fresh and original perceptions into being. But when acting in my negative pole, I tend to get side-tracked by invalid or useless theories of no interest to anyone but me, and then only because my ego gets off on knowing more and more things rather than interacting with real life.
Examples are also given of how the archetype has been portrayed in myth, fiction and film, and each chapter ends with a list of famous real-life examples. I don’t like those things as much as the fun things, but they seem to align better with who I am.
If I were in a room full of other Scholars, we would all be fairly quiet and studious, but I would stand out as the most expressive and jovial one. I have to say, the channelling was really helpful and I can completely see it now that I have a wealth of information about overleaves etc. After one week training in various wings of the Organisation, exams were conducted and I got First Prize in Spirituality and received Three Books from Sri BV Ramana Rao, then State Sevadal Convener of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation-Andhra Pradesh. I especially try to ignore when I see something from someone which they didn’t want to share. The positive poles of the overleaves are a more direct and true expression of the universal essence, or Tao. Not only was I effected but the souls (parents) that raised me were disturbed by my personality. Priests, Sages, Artisans and especially Servers generally enjoy being female and often prefer it. You could say that the positive manifestation of a Scholar is being a knowledgeable expert and the negative manifestation is being a tedious know-all (…sigh). Do you think this might just be because I am a server who loves creativity (and the test questions picked that up) or might I be an artisan living a life of service ?
I can see all of their flaws and love them anyway, but I can’t do that for myself normally.
Yet, now that I am looking back I recognize that it almost seemed necessary for the struggle to learn the most about myself.
I can see the good characteristics I have that should be worthwhile, but I can’t feel the worth.
I definitely agree with your own experience of being the most expressive in a room full of scholars. I mean if we make agreements with other souls to incarnate with us to help and support us, how much of “a life” is left to chance? Sorry to hijack this forum but I really resonate with your answers that I feel compelled to keep questioning. Worked in South Indian Canteen where coffee,Tea & Curd Rice were prepared from 18th to 24th Nov during free meals time.
Had wonderful Darshan of Bhagawan's Divya Sannidhi and on 1st Sept I had a rare opportunity of offering (placing) a flower at the divine Lotus Feet of Divya Sannidhi. State President has conducted meetings with EG and WG teams in Rajahmundry and Kovvur Sathya Sai Mandirs respectively. On the same day evening had a small meeting with BV Group in ESS and witnessed Sri Sairam Iyer songs (Dual Voice).

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