A Different Approach to Twin-Flames, A Full Analysis

Introduction

Prepare yourself for a long post! My last blog post was a while ago now, I was writing about how I’d merged with my other half, what some may know as a twin-flame. Since then I’d come to many new realisations about how this twin-flame business works and wanted to lay out a new understanding for which people can refer to to gain a wider understanding. I haven’t yet got all the puzzle pieces sorted out but this is going to be a comprehensive guide which combines many different twin flame theories and allows them to work as a harmonious whole. I’ve been searching for the greater truth of these connections now for a long time and am finally feeling like it’s all coming together. After experiencing three different twin-flame connections myself and since having the healing session in January that was blocking me off partially to higher consciousness, new intuitive information has come in as well as my own logic that allows me to see the larger picture of the entire thing. Take this guide as you will, but for me it’s the only thing that has ever successfully explained what these twin-flame connections actually are and how they work.
 
In the past I have been an adamant defender against the split soul theory, but as time has gone on I have come to understand it in its wider context, how it is true in one sense, but how in another it is limiting when we only approach it from the one angle and fail to see it from the larger multidimensional perspective. To fully understand this though requires that we go back to basics and fully explore and uncover everything that makes twin connections exactly what they are, starting first with the exploration of what a soul actually is and its workings thereof.

Levels of Attraction

First I will start with something simple. In each human being there are four main levels of attraction. These are: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. On the physical level, physical attraction is very important. We love a person because of their looks. On the emotional level we love them for the emotional comfort/security they provide us and also the romantic and sexual desire we experience with them. On the mental level we love a person for their intellectual capabilities, and their similar way of processing and making logical sense of their reality. And on the spiritual level we love a person for the love and wisdom that they hold in accordance to our own.

When it comes to attraction, we need all four of these aspects to be switched on otherwise we will be less than satisfied. Many people enter into a relationship solely for the physical looks, or for the romance and sex, less people enter a relationship for the intellectual stimulation or for the spiritual love and wisdom they hold. The reason for this is that many people are not fully mentally or spiritually developed, so they are only content with two of those four aspects being fulfilled. Or they think they are content, but really they feel a huge sense of lacking when they are with a partner who doesn’t provide them with that full connection. This inner void is what their partner is highlighting to them- the fact they are not whole, and the fact they cannot share their entire being with someone.

In order to feel satisfied in a relationship you first need to be fully functioning in yourself, so that you can then connect with someone on a similar level. So as we grow and evolve spiritually, the type of partners we attract to us change too. They become less primitive and more advanced.

The Nature of the Soul

Now of course, these four aspects are corresponding to the four main levels of the auric and chakric energetic system each of us are as spiritual beings. In many people only the first and second auric layers and chakras are fully active and awake, which respectively correspond to the root and sacral chakras. In a lot of people the mental layer is partially developed, the solar plexus chakra, and in only a minority of the population is the spiritual layer partially developed. The spiritual layer for basic intents and purposes consists of the heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye and crown chakras as one larger layer. When a person is partially developed on the spiritual level, their heart chakra and corresponding causal body will be developed along with their throat chakra and the corresponding etheric template which allows them to express love, but their consciousness will not have developed the higher monadic spiritual awareness of the third eye and crown chakras which allows them to simply ‘be’ pure consciousness.

So to recap, there are four main auric bodies, with the last auric body being split into lower spiritual awareness of the heart and throat chakras and higher spiritual awareness of the third eye and crown chakras. Each main body has its own patterning and templating which includes information of its state, its past life experiences (future lives too in case of the higher bodies), and it’s spiritual evolution. When you meet someone you are attracted to, chances are they are going to share that similar patterning in at least two of the main auric bodies that you do. What happens during this process is that the auric bodies see that something is similar and hence compatible, and hence the process of sharing energies begins, which triggers the connection.

The soul itself belongs to the spiritual body, as it is a spiritual essence. This means as most people are not in touch with their spiritual bodies, neither are they fully in touch with their soul. They do not know who they truly are. The soul itself can be said to be a ball of energy, extending from the energetic sea of the universe and source consciousness. There is no separation between the individual soul and anything else, being that the same web of energy connects it and everything else together- however its expression is unique, and so you could imagine this like a bubble in tub of water, it is all water and it is all of the same essence, but the bubble extends from it as an individualised point of consciousness. The bubble being its own unique expression has its own signature, or if you like ‘fingerprinting’ which identifies it as itself, and no other soul.

But just as the soul is an extension of universal source energy, so too are the different aspects and auric/chakric layers of the human being an extension of individualised soul consciousness. In a spiritually advanced person, the soul governs all the bodies as a unified energy field, its parts working as one in what can be referred to as the light body. The light body is the higher spiritual auric and soul layer that becomes integrated as a part of the entire being, reabsorbing into itself all its parts. This doesn’t mean that the physical, emotional, or mental layers disappear, rather that they work directed under the spiritual and soul layers, functioning in harmony as a reflection of the light body rather than being disconnected from each other and fighting for dominance of the physical vessel.

Light body Compatibility

As previously mentioned, the patterning in the auric bodies is what allows for attraction. When there is a similarity in patterns there is a compatibility, and depending upon where the compatibility is, is where you will find the type of connection. There is emotional compatibility, mental compatibility, and spiritual body compatibility. As the spiritual body can be separated into two distinct parts, there is also lower spiritual compatibility, and higher spiritual or light body level compatibility. Light body level compatibility is what allows for the soul-merging between twin-flames, lower spiritual level compatibility is what allows for the strong sense of energetic attraction between other awakened soul-connections, and mental level compatibility is what also allows for compatibility for soul-connections who are not yet fully spiritually awake. Emotional and physical body compatibility only is the hallmark of your average 3D karmic connection, but more about karmic connections later.

What I want to focus on is the light body level compatibility as it pertains here to twin flames. The unique signature of each soul is identified through its light body patterning. Being that the light body is the higher level of the soul which connects us to soul consciousness, when two light bodies are compatible, that is, when they share similar soul signatures, they are able to start the process of soul-blending. This process starts first with the recognition of similar templates or light body patterns and consequently all other chakric and auric layers, which then moves onto the overlaying, and finally the merging and healing outcome of the merging. Overlaying is what happens when two light bodies literally overlay each other, after realising how similar they are on a templating level, and rather than staying two separate consciousnesses, then merge to become one instead. This, on a basic level, is like realising you have a triangle, and they have a triangle which is the exact same shape and size and colour, putting them together side by side, then melding them into one larger triangle of the same shape, colour and proportions. The only thing that changes is the size. This is why soul-merging radiates so much love, because as your light body becomes twice as large, your entire energetic being becomes twice as large too.

Now, imagine you have a triangle and they have the exact same triangle, but their triangle is in a bad state instead. Perhaps it’s damaged- many people’s auric layers are damaged or just simply missing as their spiritual bodies disconnect from their being and go wandering in other realms to escape the harshness of this 3D world. When one person has their light body even partially embodied, this means when they meet another person with a compatible light body, that light body will return from the energetic pull so the merging can take affect. Any damaged parts of a light body, when overlayed with a patterning that is not damaged, becomes healed. So the damaged triangle becomes whole again as it takes on the attributes of the undamaged one. What this means though, that as a light body becomes healed and embodied within the physical vessel, all the other auric bodies that are effectively an extension of it become affected too. So any issues you have on the emotional and mental layers are going to experience a rush of new energy from the light patterning which itself is an extension of source energy… and be erased, and replaced with the new templating. However if the emotional and mental bodies are resistance to this process (and they usually are), they will experience severe pain as this happens.

Twin Energy & the Threefold Flame

Twin flame energy is something I have mentioned before. Twin flame energy is basically source energy that is ignited with the heart chakra as unconditional love once the soul starts integrating itself into the physical body and remembers itself. This energy, is known as the threefold flame. The threefold flame carries the attributes of higher soul or monadic consciousness and burns brightly once activated or ‘awakened’ within the heart chakra. The heart chakra is the connection between the lower personality and the higher self and as such purifies the lower auric bodies as it’s ignited through the reconnection or healing of the light body.

The threefold flame gets its name from the three main attributes it embodies in itself as higher soul or monadic/divine consciousness. The first flame or attribute is blue and is the flame of divine will which allows creative manifestation. The second flame is yellow and the flame of divine wisdom and knowledge, and the third flame is pink and the flame of divine love. These flames correspond to the three main monadic rays, one of which our own monadic consciousness will be an extension of. My own monadic ray is that of wisdom, which means the yellow flame will burn more brightly than the other two within my heart chakra. However all three will be active and a good balance is meant to be established with growth and evolution. Through these flames the lower auric bodies will eventually all hold these main attributes of love, wisdom, and will, and be a reflection of the divine rather than disconnected discordant consciousnesses that are submerged in lower density junk and negativity.

Now, what happens when two light bodies start the process of connecting and healing, parts of each light body that were before absent or damaged and preventing of source energy from entering the lower spiritual and auric bodies as well as the physical body, become open and available for healing. What this means is that when you soul merge with someone, they open up your heart to your soul and source consciousness, and allow that flame to burn brightly. This usually triggers an awakening, and is what feels like a huge amount of divine love entering you from the other person. So you call this person your twin flame because they share the same light body patterning which allows the same flame or energy of source consciousness to burn brightly within the heart chakras and start purifying the system, allowing the personality to become aware of its own higher consciousness.

It should be noted here however that as everyone shares the same source consciousness (being that it’s ‘source’, of all-that-is), any person who has that light body compatibility with you will be able to stream in the exact same universal consciousness in those areas of patterning that are exactly identical. So it’s not exclusive only to two persons. The merging can happen on different levels with different people, and this is what I want to get into next. Not every light body is fully compatible, sometimes they are only partially compatible, that is, not all the patterning is identical within them. This I will start to explain next.

Basic Connections

From my experience, there are only two basic kinds of soul-connections. These are the traditional soulmate and karmic connections. A karmic connection as everyone knows is someone whom you have interacted with in past lives, and thus the connection becomes one centered around cause and effect. When you are nice to them in one life, they will return to you in another life and be nice back. A karmic connection with enough time and interaction can be turned into a soulmate, that is, as the two souls become gradually similar through their continued interaction their light body patterns will begin to change to reflect each other. The light body doesn’t stay the same but instead morphs and expands as the individual evolves. Soulmates are those souls with which the light body has a large amount of compatibility with and which has either morphed over time through karmic interactions to reflect each other more perfectly, or which were already similar as a part of being part of the same original soul group.

As each soul is born they are not born separately. They are often born in groups, which are usually the groups of a larger planetary group. This is why the souls of a planet will often be at the same level of consciousness as each other, because they were created at the same time. However, being that source loves to express itself perfectly, it will split itself into many different reflections of itself. You can imagine this like colours of the rainbow, there will be seven main groups of souls within a planet, which have groups of their own and groups of their own too. So within the red spectrum there are seven main shades of red, which are also split into seven shades each, creating a huge compatibility within the light body at that level, being that the similarity between these closest souls is so uncanny. 

These souls are your birth-right family. Each one is a unique reflection of you, being that you are all so very similar and compatible on a light body level, almost identical in fact. If you think about the rainbow spectrum again, if you are the colour orange in your immediate soul-group, then the colour red and yellow are going to be either side of you, making them the closest souls in your group. There may or may not be an identical reflection of you (commonly called the original twin flame split soul), but that is not for the purposes of this post. Because what happens over time, is that as you grow, you become different, your light body patterning changes and you form new soul groups over time. This is also why more advanced souls will have more connections, and more developed at that. They have had a lot of time to explore these bonds and mature them.

Just like your human family, you may not eventually get on with all of your soul group, you will grow apart and migrate to different groups that are more a part of whom you are becoming. As this happens any original split soul twin flame will evolve into their own unique expression too, and eventually over a long period of time may have nothing in common anymore. And this is why karmic connections can become soulmates given enough time, as your light bodies become more similar through multiple shared life experiences. And what this really means is that whilst you may have originally come from one group and been perfectly identical to another soul, over time you may find yourself perfectly identical to a completely different soul or partially identical to other souls as you continually explore the bond and experience of merging and morphing your light bodies into that of similar or identical expressions together. In a nutshell, soulmates are not who you are, but who you want to become. And karmic connections can work towards this too.

The Spiral of Life

I want to touch a little on the spiral of life. I have mentioned this before and I will explore it again here. The spiral of life is an incredibly important concept, everything in life is essentially a spiral. The spiral comes from the Fibonacci sequence or the golden ratio which is a perfectly infinite number, and is the essential pattern of the universe which makes up everything. When you take the idea of spiritual development back to the basic underlying foundation of the spiral, you see that growth is not linear, but instead functions as a spiral. Through spiralling in our understanding we eventually come to realise our own wholeness… it feels like we have come full circle, but instead are back to where we started with a wider perception of our original starting point.

Now, imagine that anywhere you are on the spiral of development is your soul signature for that particular moment in time. The souls you attract to you for merging will have a similar signature, creating their own ‘soulmate spiral’ with you at the center. The closer ones will be more energetically compatible to you, whilst the ones further out on this soulmate spiral will be less compatible with you. The further out you get the more karmic these connections become. And as you grow and develop down your own spiral as a soul, these connections will spiral in and out, closer to or further away from you, becoming either more or less matched as you explore more of whom you really are as a soul and whom you really want to be.

In this way, soulmates are not part of a fixed larger multidimensional entity, but rather shift as your own soul and light body templating morphs over time. They are part of an ever changing continuum of close connections, with the closer soul-connections likely being fairly static over larger periods of time, and the farther out karmic connections shifting quite drastically in shorter periods of time. So rather than see soul-connections in terms of mathematical constants (we have one twin, ten near twins, 132 soulmates, ect), we can see them as moving variables dependent upon your own soul exploration. The spiral concept also allows for two souls to see each other differently, meaning, one soul in the connection could put the other soul as being quite close, whilst that other soul might feel like the connection is less intense, However, generally the two souls will think of each other quite similarly due to the shared history between them.

Types of Merging

Now, this gets us onto the different types of merging. At the center of your spiral is your own unique soul signature. The closer soulmates are to us, the more they match us energetically (due to the shared light body patterning as mentioned before). When they think, feel, and behave in largely the same ways due to the same auric templating, their own energy can be experienced through each other, allowing the shared experience of emotions, thoughts, and energy. There is nothing mystical about this, only that they are experiencing the same things through each other that they were always experiencing apart, only after the merging process as one larger being instead.

The closer soulmates are to you on this spiral, the more they can merge with you. Inversely the further apart they are from you the less compatible they are for merging. What this means is that souls further apart from you will only be able to complete a partial merging, whilst souls closer to you will be able to complete full mergings. A full merging is when the light body patternings are roughly 75% identical. A partial merge would be around 50% identical. These are not exact figures but rather a rough estimate which probably has some leeway and room for adjustment.  However, a partial merge is what many will call a ‘near twin’. You merge with them partially, and they often act as a catalyst for awakening and meeting a closer soulmate with whom full light body merging and remembrance can occur. 

On top of that, I need to add in that twin-flame connections are not just between soulmates, but between karmic connections too. These karmic connections will often provide themselves as a catalyst rather than a closer soulmate so as to spare you the agony of hurting a soulmate as you heal and go through the purging process. It is near impossible to lash out at a true soulmate and hurt them due to the incredible bond of love shared, so in physical incarnation they are not actually beneficial to spiritual growth and soul-remembrance. So instead a karmic connection will come along who is compatible with you on a light body level but whom you have rarely interacted with before. These are contracts made between karmic connections to help each other evolve and grow and can sometimes turn into soulmates of their own too as they become more permanently closer together on their respective soulmate spirals.

So to sum that up, you can have karmic partial merges and karmic full merges. Both a karmic and soulmate partial merge can be considered a near twin, so this is why there is such a mix up and confusion with definitions. People might think they’re talking about the same thing but they’re really not. My own near-twin was a soulmate, whilst my karmic twin was a full merge.

One Last Note on False Twins
I want to close with a couple of paragraphs on false twins. False twins are basically karmic twins, and ‘true twins’ are those closer soulmates whom you’ve at least partially merged with instead. A true twin will never intentionally hurt you as I mentioned previously, however a karmic twin can and often does hurt you as you go through the purging process and release from you everything that doesn’t serve you. This is why they are called false twins. They function as a mirror in the truest sense because they are more a reflection of whom you were and whom you don’t want to be any longer. So in order for the situation to resolve with them you have to come to full healing inside yourself which cuts the karma.

On top of this, karmic or false twins will not experience the merging process with you as you have with them. That is one sure way to tell it is a karmic twin rather than a true twin. They have come solely to heal you. They don’t need your light body patterning, but you need theirs. Think of it as, all the patterning that you are compatible with, yours is damaged, but theirs isn’t, so they can heal that. However they might be damaged in just about every other place but because you are not compatible at that level you won’t be able to heal them. This energetic connection is completely one-sided and once it’s served its purpose and has fully awakened you will disappear, allowing a true twin to come along for merging. Unfortunately though, many people hang onto these karmic twins, and these are the majority of people these days who are actually experiencing twin flame connections. 

When you hang onto a karmic twin past its time, then things start going south. Because they cannot offer you any healing anymore and they are not spiritually available for full union, and all the energy they gave you, they see it transforming you, unconsciously wanting it for themselves, not realising it actually came from them in the first place. So they start draining. If you are not careful and cut it off when it’s time you will end back up at square one, in an unhealthy and codependent relationship. You will be draining their energy wanting this divine love back (which was only source being allowed to enter you as your light body patterning was fixed), and they will be draining you wanting this source energy that you are now embodying to some extent. It becomes vampiric and ruins whatever progress you initially made.

Conclusion

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever written so much before, but this about sums up my entire personal experiences and soul knowledge as its been revealed to me so far. Having experienced a partial merge with a soulmate, a full merge with a karmic connection, and now a full merge with another close soulmate, I feel like I have come to full circle with my understanding of these types of connections. I will add that with the karmic full merge, it will only be temporary along with any attraction to the person because it is one sided and will never be sustained, so there are sustained and unsustained merges. A sustained partial merge will often happen with a near-twin who is a soulmate, whilst a full sustained merge is what will happen with a soulmate when both are fully whole and awakened within themselves. They will not be exactly 100% identical (because then they would cease to have the two separate expressions of form), but they will be close enough to be considered ‘true twin flames’, that is, the closest soulmate and energetic match you have incarnated in physical form and whom was really meant for you as your ‘one’, if you only allow it!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Carl Jung’s Archetypes in Relation to the Multidimensional Chakric System

I was thinking back on when I started my spiritual journey and realised how far my perceptions and understandings have come since then. In order to understand myself I initially used Carl Jung’s psychoanalytical system of archetypes which were for me purely mental at the time. I wasn’t too aware of energy and how it is entwined with the body though it was starting to open up to me slowly. Everything back then was inside my mind. There was my shadow and inner child and animus, and then some mystical ‘Self’ that I had no understanding of. But then came my Self-realisation and I had to drop this system of understanding and embrace the sensations flowing through my chakric system and learn about how everything really interconnects together…

I have still not come to a complete understanding yet but I have been feeling inspired to write this for a long time now, mostly because I want there to be something that can explain in depth to my twin how my perception is now compared to a couple of years ago. We both have a foundation of Jungian psychoanalysis though I would say I am the more energetically sensitive one. That foundation though has been invaluable for the both of us, but I am not one to take at face value things I read, I have to experiment and play with them instead and see for myself whether Jung knew what he was talking about! And there are some things in which I have come to realise where he was not totally correct.

So first up is the shadow self. This is actually fairly easy, the shadow self is synonymous with the lower self. The lower self is any negative emotion or energetic ego structure in the body which carries density. This density is commonly known as a blockage and feels exactly as the name suggests, it is something that blocks the flow of energy in the body. To start with there was a smooth flow at birth, but through negative external influence and karmic attachment has clogged up and become hard. So things start to clog up and we become more antagonistic as we don’t remember how to be in harmony with this aspect of ourselves. It’s not a positive relationship.

As we break up and transmute the block back into flowing energy though we free up our system and become more harmonious with everything around us. However, due to the density of our blockages we cannot usually feel them. We lose our sensitivity, and the more blockages we have the less sensitive we become. So issues get pushed outside of our awareness into the ‘unconscious’. We forget how to be fully conscious of ourselves. The unconscious self is something impossible to see and as such just when we think we have cleared all our blockages out, new ones come to the forefront! And this process continues until we are fully conscious and have no shadow self left to clear out.

Now, these blockages and shadow selves can reside in different aspects and layers of the aura. Each chakra is a self-governing or conscious entity and aspect of the self. There are twelve chakras altogether, creating twelve separate energy bodies. These energy bodies all have their own dimensional replicas of the chakras, making there 144 chakras altogether. When all twelve main chakras are activated our light body activates too, and from there we can work on making every unique chakra of every energy body active. From my understanding, the larger the cone of the chakra the more chakras of that energy body are activated and fully awoken.

Now, as each energy body is a separate ray of consciousness of the whole and is also made up of its own aspects, we can infer that some of Jung’s archetypes actually relate to the chakras themselves, or rather are governed by the chakras. The first one of his I will mention is the inner child. The inner child is governed by the sacral chakra as it is the chakra of emotion, instinct, and creativity, and any childhood traumas will be stored here. The sacral chakra however also governs the sexual aspect of self as well as the elemental versions of self. This means it is a multidimensional entity in its own right. The twelve chakras of the sacral auric body all govern these.

Any blockages in this area will creative the negative shadow versions of these aspects of self. So the inner child becomes the victim and a healthy sex drives turns into a vampiric succubus or incubus like entity. The elemental selves such as fairies become the inner tricksters. For reference our elemental selves are what comprise the physical material of our body, that is the building blocks of life are within earth, fire, water, and air. As well as spirit. One elemental being on its own will usually be a nature spirit, governing a plant or something, but when a group of them come together as one entity they create a Deva, which then can incarnate into the base consciousness of the human body to allow it to function intelligently. Without these beings the human body would not survive.

So usually the Deva we have incarnated into us is a type of elemental we have experienced ourselves as before in previous lives. It is what we are comfortable with. My own Deva self is that of air and are fairies. And fairies are known for being devious in a state of lesser health. When I have a blockage in my sacral chakra they become the archetypical trickster figure instead. They like to cause havoc and mayhem. So it’s important all aspects of self are in harmony with each other. As it is I still have some victim complexes to deal with in my inner child as well as some entities attached to the darkness there, but I am gradually working on releasing it. It’s nothing as bad as my solar plexus chakra at least, which is what I will move onto explaining now.

Now with Jung he came up with the archetype of the anima/animus complex. To him this was both a personal and collective force. It represented the soul, quite literally as anima in Latin means soul. When one gets in touch with their anima/animus they feel overwhelming love and a sense of completion. However on the negative side Jung said that when infected or contaminated by the shadow self the anima/animus would be a negative force instead and it would be both a personal and collective negativity that would need to be dealt with. For example with women the animus is often contaminated by the collective patriarchy. He was basically explaining energetic and planetary karma to a more logical degree.

However, I’ve come to the realisation after the last seventeen months that he has gotten his own understandings here mixed up. The ‘soul’ and the inner opposite female/male as he described to be the anima/animus complex are in fact two separate beings. So he had a contamination of his own archetypes going on. The soul in fact is a genderless entity, though it may prefer a particular energetic expression, it is not divided or dualistic in itself, it is not either male or female, it is in fact completely united within itself. The personality/ego-self in fact as an extension of the soul is the one which has polarised form. The soul itself is already whole.

So the personality/ego-self being a particular gendered expression resides in the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra governs the conscious self and duality, as well as physical interaction in 3D reality. Now as most people’s entire chakric systems are closed they are not aware of their soul let alone their inner opposite. The inner opposite sits also in the solar plexus chakra, and when completely activated and functional is whole too as an expression of the soul. So our sense of ‘gender’ as a polarised form actually comes from our conscious awareness being sat in the solar plexus, and this is where it gets a little complex. In order for the inner opposite in the solar plexus to active the soul needs to start to descend into the human body too.

As it stands, most of humanity only have the first three or four chakras open, and of those energetic bodies most of the individualised aspects of them are shut down or in darkness. So we are not even functioning as half a person, we are functioning as half of a half of a person! When the soul starts to descend into the body the energy activates the rest of these chakras and they start to awake and become whole again in themselves. They start to operate more as a whole unit. So when the solar plexus chakra starts awakening, the level of duality, duality is instead turned into a continuum or scale of differences rather than one thing being against the other. There is no female vs male or good vs evil, there is a preference for a particular mode of being which has been decided to be expressed.

When this particular mode has been decided to be expressed externally then the rest of that aspect supports it as a whole. They work together. So when the soul energy descends into the body and awakens the solar plexus chakra, what we think of as being our inner opposite self is actually just the third chakra becoming more aware of its entire being. As a female I express female energy on this plane. But I have my male energy supporting it from the inside as a whole. They flow and blend together smoothly and support each other and their expression of unity in the physical plane. Or should do anyway! My solar plexus has been an issue with me as I have a lot of negative male energy stored in it. My male archetype there has been contaminated by planetary patriarchal karma and I am still working on releasing and healing it step by step.

So that leaves the soul left to discuss. The soul is a whole entity but is often not integrated into the body. The soul is in fact our true ‘other half’, not our inner opposite. Because the soul extends into the body through the heart chakra it is the representation of our entire higher being, or rather it is the unique individual expression of the divine higher self which resides in the crown chakra. As most of humanity has only the first three or four chakras open, when one connects to their soul they connect to their remaining non-active three or four chakras, making it feel like we are mysteriously completed by some other aspect of us. In fact this is what is happening and we become aware to ourselves as our higher selves. So the divine self/spark resides in the seventh chakra and connects us to our entire spiritual being. When the heart chakra is activated this unique expression can begin to integrate into us and we start to feel ourselves more completed by ourselves. We stop being half a being and become a whole being instead.

This is the beginning of the superconscious self and there are many layers and aspects here to fully understand and discuss but I have not fully assimilated them myself yet so I may save them for a later date. For now it’s suffice to say that the heart chakra governs the individual soul expression. So my individual soul expression will be different to my twin’s individual soul expression, that is we are unique and separate beings. But the entire soul essence as it stems from the eighth chakra will have many different aspects of itself too, my twin and I being same parts of that one being. So when we meet each other and have a spiritual awakening, it is my essence recognising that same multidimensional essence in the both of us and responding to it through the download of this essence into my individual soul expression which lies in the heart chakra.

What then we are looking at here is not the sense of being completed by the other, but rather the entire rest of our higher chakras. I want to be a whole being and to do that I need at least my first eight chakras fully activated to be a full and whole being in a human body, to be fully soul embodied. My soul is not a male or gendered essence, my soul is an androgynous extension which when extended into the dualistic physical reality which is governed by the solar plexus or third chakra is expressed as being externally female with an internal male counterpart, but the internal male counterpart is not the heart chakra or inidividual soul expression itself.

I don’t know if that is written very clear but I will leave it at that for now. The problem I see with Jung’s teachings then is that the soul is not our opposite dualistic expression, the soul is already whole and unified. And when the heart chakra is cleared out fully the entire eighth dimensional soul expression can begin to fully incarnate into human form,with the solar plexus chakra taking on the responsibility of showing itself as a particular gender externally and identifying with that.

This is not a two-dimensional dynamic but three dimensional instead. As I wrote in my twin flame triquetra post, there is not just male and female expression but there is unified expression too, which is what the heart chakra governs. The heart chakra when cleared of shadow is an androgynous loving energy which reminds us who we truly are as spiritual beings, through the channelling of the divine self at the seventh chakra.

As a closing note, the seven main chakras to me seem to be personal whilst the transpersonal ones after that seem to be collective. Through the seventh chakra we realise the divine spark in us which though is source of all that is, is /still/ a unique extension into the individual soul extension. Whilst my shared soul with my twin flame resides at the eighth chakra and is instead a collective or multidimensional expression of divine source, not personal. The divine source of this energy body in fact I assume would be governed by the seventh chakra of that system. So you can see how after the seventh chakra it starts to fan out and you become connected first to universal unity of the personal Self at the seventh chakra, and then unity of collective Selves from the eighth chakras onwards.

The Twin Flame Trinity as a Multidimensional Template

I’ve noticed a lot of twins talk about how when the two come together a union is formed and the two become one. In this process they talk about the third energy and how the unification itself creates a larger whole. I’m going to explain this from the other way around as it’s very widely accepted in spiritual circles that one part of creation is separate from each other, when in fact nothing is separate at all. So we have the majority assuming that the physical meeting creates the third energy and the union, when in fact the third energy and the union already existed pre-meeting.
 
Let’s talk about this process of ‘merging’. What is it, really? We assume that we are separate and that the process of merging is joining in union with an energy that is apart from you. In actually, merging is the process of dissolving illusions that keep you in the belief that you are separated in the first place, and it is the coming into the perspective of the other through remembrance of yourself as them. So in this way ‘merging’ is not the blending of two energies, but rather the shifting of ones perspective from point of view to the other.

First you are disconnected from your twin, you meet them and then remember them as another you. You haven’t merged, you just remembered. And then you feel this third energy and no one ever really defines or understands what it is. In my own journey however, I knew from the start that the third energy belonged to my soul, but at that time I didn’t realise that me, my soul and twin were all part of the same being. So I knew that the energy belonged to my soul, but it was only until recently I realised that this third energy as it belongs to both of us, it’s not something that’s created, but rather something that already was. You see, it is the soul itself as a conscious entity.

Twins in fact then, aren’t two beings, but three in one. And there could be others too part of this gestalt being as I doubt very much there is a universal limitation on how many aspects of self there can be (in fact the very is notion is impossible as everything is an aspect of everything else), but as we are focusing on the relationship as it is in the physical, there is the soul which is an equal aspect of the greater being, the soul holds the divine energy and can be thought of the unique divine expression of source, which guides the two twin aspects in the physical to remember itself as one with the whole.

In this way I want to draw attention to the triquetra symbol. It is a symbol that represents exactly how this union is, and has always been. What I love most about it though is the geometry which involves the vesica pisces, and anyone studied up in sacred geometry would know how relevant this is. Sacred Geometry is the math of creation and multidimensionality, everything can be shown through it. The vesica pisces is the fundamental ‘beingness’ that is. But that perhaps is a topic for another day. For now it is suffice to say that I do feel the triquetra symbol perfectly represents the twin flame dynamic:

It can be observed that there are three triangles which are interlocked with each other. They have separate points (individual ego expressions) yet at the core they are the same. So they are three beings in one, and together they are a larger being which is represented by the circle interlocked through them too. The circle in the triquetra symbol itself is optional and is not compulsorily a part of the shape, but to me having it there represents the larger whole of all. In this way the twin flame is not just the template for higher love, but also the multidimensional template. They are multidimensional, they are a multi-aspected expression of source.

So whilst the soul can be said to be the entire gestalt being with two aspects extended from itself to reflect the polarity of its being, the soul also has its own individual expression which allows the entire polarity to be expressed. It’s no good having only the masculine and feminine energies, there is also the androgynous energy, which is its own expression, its own aspect. Its own extension of source. There is no split soul in this understanding and it should be noted that each aspect is whole in itself, however it is also interlinked with two aspects of itself simultaneously. They are all aspects of each other.

So let it be said here there is no such thing as split souls or separated energy, no such thing as merging and union, what is there is what already is, there is no past and future where something could’ve been split and then re-merged again, there is only the remembrance of what fundamentally is, and the realisation of being a whole in a greater whole. That is the multidimensional template, that we are all aspects of each other, and that the twin flame is the personal center of a great chain of interconnectedness. The Flower of Life geometrical structure shows this extremely well:

Especially more so with the rainbow colours here! You can see the individualisation of each aspect well. We are all source experiencing ourselves in as many multitude of ways possible. Namaste.

What’s a Soul Anyway and How Can it be Split?

I have been an adamant defender against the twin flame split soul concept for a long time. To me the idea that a soul is ‘split’ has never made any sense. And far from it for me to accept things blindly on any topic without thinking it through first and coming to my own conclusions, I have spent a long time internally exploring the actual dynamics of how it works. Ironically as I originally presumed, the split soul theory is not really that far out from the truth and I have had to come to, grudgingly, admit that I was wrong, although I am glad for my deeper understanding now. Things could only have ever turned out this way with my curious mind and more intellectual disposition than romantic inclination.
 
I have always felt that the idea of having a split soul makes it easier for us to cling to a perfect ideal, which really works against the actual connection as expectations, beliefs, and desires need to be surrendered to the higher self and soul for the highest good of the personality. The suffering many of us experience is a direct result of holding onto something negative inside us when we should be letting go, and in the process projecting those traits onto others around us, especially our twin flame whom we believe *should* be with us considering they are half of our own soul and all. But the reality doesn’t work like that. Regardless of the dynamics, sifting through our motivations is important so we can see whether we’re reacting from a sense of entitlement or from unconditional love.

In fact it’s the very dynamic of the twin flame connection itself which makes it necessary to let go of the labels and understandings we use to make sense of our world around us. You cannot be anything other than who you are in front of your ‘other half’, you must be your true self or you will push them away, you will push yourself away. Think about it like this, when you do something that upsets you, for example comfort eat, it makes you feel bad, right? So you push yourself way in the process of engaging in a harmful behaviour which the ego feels it needs to make itself feel better. In fact this is the exact definition of a self-destructive loop.

Well, it’s exactly the same with your twin, they will hurt you when you hurt yourself. They will love you when you love yourself. Acceptance and love for yourself is the core of operating from your highest self, being soul embodied in human form. When you can be that you can be with your twin because there is nothing in the way of yourself.

Now, as for how this dynamic actually works, I am going to take a different approach to the split souls theory. This is purely for the sake of my not liking the terminology ‘split’ which assumes a form of separation, when in fact nothing at all is separated, we only create that illusion for ourselves. There is also another reason, but for now if you desire to think of your twin as ‘another you’, then that will work perfectly fine too.

Onto the connection itself. But first, I need to define what a soul is and how it differs to the higher self. The soul is actually not usually fully incarnated. The soul is an aspect of the personality, or rather the personality is an aspect of the soul which is in physical form. The soul itself is usually not fully integrated into the physical form due to its energetic size and purity, only the truly self-actualised are fully soul embodied, that is they are soul-actualised.

The soul actually incarnates part of itself, you the personality, into human form in order to learn how to eventually embody itself fully in this denser 3D plane. The more experience a soul has with this process the better they will be at it and the more soul-actualised and embodied the personality will become. The soul still acts as a unique aspect but is fully inside the body and one with the personality, instead of hovering outside or wandering around in other realms waiting for the personality to notice it so the merging process can begin.

If you like you can visualise this as a cone shape, the point or tip of the cone is faced downwards into physical reality. Usually it’s just the tip and the larger end of the cone will either be waiting above or disconnected entirely and pursuing its own life. The larger end of the cone rests in the soul realms, with the energy being interfaced through the fifth dimension.

Now, because most humans are out of touch with themselves, the soul can often not communicate directly, let alone merge into its personality. So it creates another aspect of itself, an extension if you like where its energy can be downgraded or converted into 4th dimensional density. The personality then is more receptive to this higher astral form, and will pay more attention to it. But as the personality evolves it merges into this aspect and gradually into its soul, or the soul descends into the personality.

So, the soul being the soul, sometimes it decides when it becomes more advanced, to create a unique aspect of itself, or extension which is totally different to its current personality. This would be the creation of one’s twin. The actual way this works can vary, for example twins can be created at the same time, or at different times (which is why one twin can often be more ‘advanced’ than the other), and also this process is not just limited to two aspects, extremely advanced souls could create more extensions of itself, though usually when a soul has experienced this once the desire to experience it again fades as it has already learned and grown and hence tends to just stick to itself as being expressed in two different forms,

This other twin extension of a soul is different to the higher self, which is more or less a converter between two different aspects of self. It disappears once the two have merged. Think of it this way, in the cone example, the higher self would be the middle part of the shape, it’s a go between, whilst a twin would be another cone point extending from the base at a ninety degree angle, creating in actual fact two separate higher selves, each the true self of both.

So they are two unique beings, with two separate higher selves and two separate ‘true forms’, yet ultimately they are one. You see they were never split in the first place, they are extensions of a greater energy. They have always been whole. Realising myself as my soul makes this clear to me, as time has gone on and I have accepted my feelings and intuitions over my rationale, I directly feel my twin as an extension of me as my soul. I am not identified with the cone point anymore, but the entire shape as well as the base which allows me to feel myself not only as whole as I have always been in my highest self, but whole as a larger multidimensional being and the extensions of that thereof.

And this is the clincher, we are never alone. We truly do just have to learn to recognise them inside our hearts where they have always been all along. This is different from realising the divine self which connects us as all, though is very closely entwined anyway. As the soul is an extension itself of the divine spark, when the personality remembers itself as the soul, it remembers itself as the living flame which fuels the soul, the light and love which is the creator of all.

Now, this gets me to the terminology of ‘twin flames’. I see many people use the term twin souls, in fact from my understanding now this would be inaccurate terminology, because they do share, or rather are parts of, the same soul essence. Essentially twins share the same core energy signature, and the same divine spark or ‘flame’ that ignites the heart chakra when activated. Through spiritual awakening the process of the divine self and soul descending into the personality starts, and flame is ignited in the sacred heart center, which is actually just behind the heart chakra, but also part of the higher heart chakra. These parts of the energetic system are all connected, but at the end of the day, when the flame is ignited it sits in the heart and purifies the ego and lower self.

That is why we start to have so many problems with resistance and negativity. Because our shameful and fearful selves fight the light and love that has arisen in us. And when you add ‘twin flame’ into the mix, you get a whole load of new problems. Because twins share the same divine spark which descends into the heart as a flame, they essentially share the same ‘flame’. That is, the flame of the heart chakras share the exact same energy signature. And when you put these two together… oohh, watch out!

Sharing the exact same energy signature, they recognise each other, and so the same purifying flame in them recognising itself in you too…. guess what it does?! It decides to start clearing you out too! 😉 Although the energy can differentiate between the two unique aspects of self, it does not see them ultimately as being any different. A flame is a flame and you will be purified or you will suffer greatly for resisting.  And that is what many of us go through and experience.

The great news about this however, is that once you place your attention inside and let your own flame purify you, when you allow yourself to become soul embodied, you stop trying to merge into them and you realise yourself as the unique being you have always been. You see, there is no need to merge into them, they are already you! You just have to clear out your negativity to realise this and know it as part of yourself, to know them as part of yourself, as a mirror and reflection of yourself.

This would also explain to me why the mirror being internal to begin with as a function of the soul, is immediately ignited and recognised upon meeting your twin flame, as they being an extension of your soul essence, would be that same internal mirror, however embodied in an other 3D physical form.

Ultimately, the lesson is to learn to operate from your highest self, and to realise who you already are- that is a multidimensional light being who is not just one but a multiple of wholes. This twin flame understanding is only the beginning, there is a HUGE world, or rather universe/omniverse out there, waiting for exploration. Don’t think it ends here, don’t limit yourself, and remember that your beliefs are the only thing limiting you. When you change your beliefs, you change your world. And it can be as fun or as tiring and depressing as you want it to be. 

So much to explore! Namaste.

Water is Just Water- Duality and Non-Duality

I’ve come a long way since this time last year, when I was going through my dark night of the soul. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m especially grateful to everyone on spiritualforums.com who have expanded my awareness and made me open to new perceptions and ways of seeing things. I feel like now I am at a place where my views have come full circle. I have integrated my self-realisation experience, and now everything that comes my way, instead of looking outwards, I look inwards. I always look inwards, to such an extent that I see reality to be something like a loop.. it loops all back in on itself, always. The outside is just the inside. The inside is just the outside.

When it comes to the tough questions in life, I think most of us overcomplicate everything. We delve into philosophy to understand, we make all these theories and we write texts explaining everything, but reality is simple, and it is unexplainable.

Those who know, know, that nothing is knowable. Still, we can establish ever increasingly enhanced modes of perception, where duality becomes less and less a part of our worldview.

So many questions can be answered by the question itself, for example, “Who am I?”- “I Am”. It loops back in on itself, always. People debate things like morality- good vs evil, ego vs spirit, selflessness vs selfishness, evolution vs stagnation, movement vs stillness.. these things are not separate, they are all the same thing in their differences.

Ultimately, what everything comes down to is water. Life doesn’t exist for any reason than other to live. Again, the answer is in the question itself. The seeker is the sought. We can make all these stories about how life is for evolving, for understanding.. but there’s nothing to understand. We are just the Universe experiencing itself, and living life.

We love ourselves enough to hate, to feel separate from all-that-is, to hurt other people whom are just extensions of ourselves, to hurt ourselves. We decide everything that happens to us. “Why do all these bad things happen to me?”- Well, you tell me, you’re the one who adds meaning to your life. 

Every choice we make is our own. The Universe is just one grand tapestry, all interwoven. There is no past, no future, no beginning, no end, no completed state, no separated state.. there is nothing, and there is everything. There is duality and there is no duality. Love is personal and love is impersonal.

Everything has an opposite, and that opposite is not actually an opposite. It’s just another way of seeing the same thing. And that’s what life is. An exploration of perceptions.. an infinite destruction and creation of itself… 

We are not the ocean, and we are not the wave. We are the water. And water is just water, no matter what aspect of itself it is.

Twin Flames and Past Lives

Twin Flames. Just what are they? So many theories going around.. but no one seems to know for sure. In midst of my own journey I have come to a few conclusions. First: It is not a normal connection. I see so many couples calling each other twins because they have found someone special. Sorry guys but that’s a soulmate connection. How can I tell the difference? Simple. If it doesn’t drag you to hell and back and in the process make you aware to a greater reality then you’re probably just fooling yourself. A twin flame connection is NOT a romantic connection. Despite what everyone says. It is a connection with one purpose: To make you realize who you really are. It is a connection of unconditional divine love, one which opens your eyes to the truth: That you ARE love. You are love itself.

How does a connection like this work? Honestly I have no idea. I don’t think it’s really too important, but some say that twins share the same Higher Self or the same Oversoul which I think is more likely. Apparently reuniting with this other part of you creates a recognition of similar energy and is what causes the recognition of Self and that huge blast of awareness, because you are basically meeting yourself. There are also theories that a twin is just someone you have incarnated with since the beginning of being split and so your energies have become almost identical over the ages.. which also potentially works. Then there’s the fact that it could just be a simple one time soul contract to help both raise themselves to greater awareness. Which is probably less likely.

It seems to me that meeting a twin is something that’s more likely to happen at the end of a persons young soul phase or at the beginning of a persons mature soul phase. I have noticed the difference myself between the way mature souls and old souls deal with this connection. Mature souls will do anything for the connection, saying ‘true love fights’, with a focus on relationship and family, whilst old souls seem more ready to let things go and just be, due to already having realized many lives before that love ‘just is’, and there is nothing you can do or not do that will change that. Mature souls are more likely so get caught up in the romance and drama of it all, whilst old souls are more likely to see it for how it is and go with the flow.

In relation to past lives, there is an interesting phenomena that I have observed. Maybe it is has something to do with revisiting any past karma that remains and releasing that, but souls will seem to phase through all of their previous lives in one way or another before settling. At least I have seen this in mature and older souls. The length each phase lasts seems to depend on how much karma is remaining. This can also be seen in twin flame connections. Meeting a twin is like suddenly being reset to a new soul. You then go through the phases again to release any more karma that remains. So it’s like a double shot of karmic cleansing. The length these phases last also seem dependent upon how much karma remains from past lives and also how much progress one has made with their twin in past lives.

After as many of these karmic phases with each other have been cleared out as possible, usually one of from the twin flame connection will disappear. This is because if both were to stay together no more progress for either would be able to be made. It’s a time for integration and realization, a time to come to terms with the reality of being. This phase can go on indefinitely until both are awake to their true nature and purpose.. at least that’s what I’ve observed. The only twins that seem to be permanently back together are the ones who are both realized. 

Otherwise there may be a lot of separation and reunion, but nothing really solid. It’s no wonder that twins are often said to be in their last incarnation when they find each other. Although this obviously isn’t true, it does seem to be true that their last incarnation is the one where both become awakened to their true nature, hence allowing the two to become one, not with each other, but with all that is, together. Along with that naturally comes awareness of their joint purpose on earth before moving onto the next dimension.

One thing I have noticed in relation to past lives phases and twin flames is that of how the chakras seem to correspond to particular soul ages. For example, a new soul will mostly be mostly operating from the root chakra, whilst a mature soul will mostly be operating from the heart, having activated the sacral and solar plexus through the infant and young soul ages. Because of this, it does not appear uncommon that a twin flame connection will awaken Kundalini once the heart is open. 

I do not know why the Kundalini needs an open heart to be activated as I am not that aware to energetic dynamics and pathways within the body, but as the heart is the gateway between the lower self and the higher self it makes sense that once the heart is open the Kundalini can then activate and rise to ajna, causing self-realization and residing there until it has pierced the crown and the soul becomes one with God. Because of the necessity of an open heart chakra for this to occur it seems like this awakening will be more common within older twin souls, rather than mature twin souls who are still working on opening up their heart.
One thing that I want to mention before I close, is something about labels. It exasperates me when people try to make the stages happen themselves because it’s written all over the internet in a set of instructions and it’s meant to happen that way. I tried that- and it didn’t work. Love cannot be controlled, only surrendered to. What will happen will happen anyway no matter what is tried or not. Labels extend from love, not the other way round. Part of the twin flame connection is realizing this.. that you create your own reality, and nothing else creates it for you. Everything that has ever happened is of your own making.. but in a way to which most are unaware of. There is no such thing as destiny or fate.. only free will and the becoming in sync with that.

This post has run away from me a little with concepts that most will not understand until they live them.. and that is really what the twin flame connection is all about. Learning to live life, truly, alive with full awareness.

If it doesn’t awaken you, then it’s not a twin flame connection.

Namaste.

Reinterpreting the Anima/Animus Function

In my last post I pretty much wrote a huge essay on how I thought perhaps everyone had both an anima and animus, and how that would justify modern developments such as gender identities and sexual orientations that are different to what was considered the norm in Jung’s day. However looking back I see a grand flaw in my theorizing. I was trying to take an already pre-existing heterosexual idea and make it fit the times, rather than starting again right at the beginning.

Trying to disconnect gender identity and sexual orientation completely from the anima-animus I found myself at the very beginning. What is the function of the anima/animus? What is it supposed to do? Stripped right to its bare bones the anima-animus function works as a psychopomp: a mediator between the conscious and the unconscious. Assuming that Jung thought the unconscious to be primarily or at least at first mostly comprised of the traits of the opposite sex, then it serves to reason that Jung believed the anima-animus function to be contrasexual. But what if the unconscious isn’t mostly made up of traits of the opposite sex? 

Dissecting the labels of the masculine and feminine further, we could say that the masculine and feminine are boxes that society has attributed a particular set of traits to. The masculine label is stereotypically portrayed as active, assertive, and logical, whilst the feminine label is stereotypically portrayed as passive, receptive, and emotional. However, at its heart, that’s all it is: labels. Especially with the changing times, gender these days is seen as more down to how a person feels personally rather than down to particular attributes they may or may not hold. Although at times the two may go hand in hand, it would be foolish to assume they’re the same thing. Gender identity then, is for the most part not connected to the anima/animus function. 

We could say, however, that due to heteronormativity within the collective unconscious, especially during the time in which Jung lived, a persons inferior traits will most likely be projected onto the opposite sex. A good theory that I have read elsewhere is that the purpose of the sexual and romantic attraction that is attached to the anima-animus figure is due to its need to disconnect the psychic energy from the mother figure and onto another external or internal being that has the traits we need to integrate in order to ‘complete us’. So basically it is most likely the way the Self draws our attention to it. And as most people are both heterosexual and keep a distinction between the masculine and feminine it serves to reason that the anima-animus function would probably most likely represent itself as the opposite sex within the larger population.

The more one integrates and finds their true Self, however, the less they need the sexual and romantic lure of the anima-animus function to mediate for them. This is where the wise old wo/man is seen to appear. What I assume is actually happening is that the ‘relationship’ one has with the anima-animus figure becomes less sexual and more platonic, and because of heternormativity it seems that the wise old wo/man would appear to be the same sex as the individual, instead of the opposite. So now instead of the anima-animus figure being needed to integrate for the individual, the wise old wo/man takes over to impart knowledge more directly so that the person can do it themselves now that their self-awareness has expanded enough. 

At this stage the unconscious has been brought out of the shadows enough to be structured and its contents are now more easily accessible to the figure that stands between the unseen and the conscious. In this way I see the wise old wo/man basically as a ‘level up’ of the anima-animus figure, the same figure but with an improved function and an improved way of going about things. If this seems hard to believe then consider how the function of the anima-animus in its most integrated state basically does exactly the same thing as the wise old wo/man. They are both one and the same, a guide and a helper to the hero, just in their different guises. The main purpose now of that figure which guards the unconscious is no longer primarily integration of the whole, but instead representation of the whole. No matter how much is integrated the entire Self cannot be accessed at all once, and that is where the wise old wo/man steps in. 

I propose then, that the anima-animus figure instead of being a contrasexual function, is actually the psyche’s center of integration. And the wise old wo/man is the psyche’s representation of the entire Self. Due to heteronormativity they may present themselves as the opposite sex and the same sex respectively, but it shouldn’t be considered unusual for them to show themselves in a different gender. Gender identity and sexual orientation this way are completely disconnected from both the anima-animus and wise old wo/man figures. What I believe instead is that these functional centers will take the form and identity which is most necessary in order to do their job. 

More to come in a later post.