As Terri Benning pointed out in her comment, not everyone CAN validate even the simplest of their overleaves because they lack sufficient knowledge, which will only come through time and experience. A 20-year old may just have passed through his 3rd Internal Monad (IM) and has a long way to go and a lot of living to reach the completion of his 4th Internal Monad — generally another 20 years at least. For me, it was 40 more years.
As an explanation, the 4th IM is a major milestone is knowing oneself, of being in touch with who one really is versus all of the family imprinting loaded onto them throughout their youth, and all of the societal enculturation that gets layered on. It’s a point of letting go of some of the baggage that one has been hauling around and accepting personal responsibility for one’s life — for all of the choices that one has made and is making. And, I agree that this type of self-knowledge is critical if one is going to validate one’s private overleaves or even one’s true overleaves; however, I accept what Michael has said about even knowing one’s public overleaves can be beneficial.
Context is important; however, the attempt to validate is even more important. I’m not sure that most of us will ever truly validate most of what Michael says. With effort, we’ll validate bits and pieces and get a huge list of questions we’d ask as followup to previous statements. Most of those answers would generate a new list of questions. At some point some of us simply accept a whole lot of what comes through as “it sounds about right, but I won’t give it 100% agreement until I know more.” However, many will just accept it unquestioningly and then run afoul when Michael gainsays some of their more cherished beliefs or when two or more channels bring through conflicting information.
There is huge pressure on humans to conform. All social groupings apply codes of behavior and beliefs onto its members, not all of which are in agreement with each other. The first group is the family, which applies not only individual beliefs based on experience and fears, but a hefty dose of what it interprets as the community’s laws, mores, social structure, and religion. Once a child enters school, they are learning a dual set of rules — one to conform with classmates and one to conform with teachers and administration. Peer group pressure will continue to expand its influence, and by teens, many young people are displaying behavior quite at odds with both family and school, and perhaps even their religious community. Depending on where one lives in the world, popular and commercial culture will be sending its messages, too. As one goes through post-high school education and work experience, additional layers are applied.
In short, very little that one “knows” upon entering the world as a young adult is derived from self-knowledge and genuine experience; nearly all of the accretions of knowledge come from outside and are not tested or validated for truth. Yet, they form the basis for each person’s personal truths of what is right and wrong, and most border on unquestioning absolutism. Unfortunately, this also forms the basis for how one continues to learn — accepting without question whatever each new authority figure expounds. The very real human need to form relationships and to belong allows for conformity to be the rule.
This is what becomes subject to gradual change over the decades between the 3rd IM and the 4th IM. As experience grows, personal truth changes if introspection is allowed. This is the process of learning to validate, at least in the context of one’s own life. Piece by piece, step by step, truths are examined for continued value. Some are kept, some are let go, and some just hang on no matter what, such as one’s Chief Negative Features.