Michael Teachings
Michael, a spirit entity, supposedly first manifest during a
dinner party in the home of Walter and Jessica Lessing, a couple
living in the San Francisco Bay area. The couple were playing
with a Ouija board when reportedly a simple message appeared
‘‘We are here with you tonight.’’ When asked who ‘‘we’’
were, an entity replied, ‘‘The last name a fragment of this entity
used was Michael’’ and added, ‘‘Each soul is a part of a larger
body, an entity. Each entity is made up of about one thousand
souls, each of which enters the physical plane as many times as
necessary is to experience all aspects of Life and achieve human
understanding. At the end of the cycles on the physical plane,
the fragments once again reunite as we have reunited.’’
‘‘Michael’’ indicated that the fragments comprised an ancient
entity that comes to those who ask and teaches some understanding
of human evolution. They hope to redirect people
to their personal life plans and show them that which is wrong
so they can come to a personal acceptance of truth. Understanding
is achieved when the student can go on to agape, a
nonsexual and selfless love, the goal toward which all should aspire.
The Lessings and their guests, Craig and Emily Wright,
stayed at the board for the next five hours. In the days ahead
they were joined by Lucy North (who became the group’s typist)
and Leah and Arnold Harris. After about six months of intensive
reception of material, the small group began to grow
until it numbered about thirty. Then in 1978 writer Chelsea
Quinn Yarbro was introduced to the teachings and given access
to the messages that had accumulated over the eight years since
Michael first appeared. Her book Messages from Michael (1979)
brought attention to the Michael teachings, expanded his audience,
especially in the San Francisco area, and has led to the
publication of much of the material.
The teachings are set within a familiar Gnostictheosophical
universe that divides existence into seven planes, which Michael
calls the physical, astral, causal, akashic, mental, messianic,
and buddhaic. Michael resides on the causal.
Baumbach, Emily. Michael’s Cast of Characters. Orinda, Calif.
Affinity Press, 1989.
Pope, Joya. The World According to Michael. San Mateo, Calif.
Sage Publications, 1987.
Stevens, Jose, and Simon Warwick-Smith. Essence and Personality
The Michael Handbook. Orinda, Calif. Warwick Press,
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Messages from Michael. Chicago
Playboy Press, 1979.
———. Michael’s People. New York Berkeley Books, 1988.
———. More Messages from Michael. New York Berkeley
Books, 1986.