The overall message of the Seth material is one of optimism. Any Seth reader knows that Seth stresses the personal power of every individual to shape his or her own reality. And throughout the material, Seth continually reminds us that All-That-Is supports value fulfillment for everyone. How then, are we Seth students to understand the many negative events and situations in the world? Seth gives a plausible explanation for disasters, tragedies, and epidemics that still fits in with his overall theme of personal power. It involves learning.
We have to look at the beliefs behind the physical manifestations in order to understand what is going on. Seth explains this quite well in his book, “The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events.”* Mass events are events that reflect and influence large swaths of the population.
Seth says that individuals cannot separate their realities from the societal and cultural attitudes that surround them and in which they participate. In fact, “The magnification of individual reality combines and enlarges to form vast mass reactions.” (p. 9)
Let’s look at the zika virus epidemic that was recently declared a Global Health Emergency by the World Health Organization. The zika virus is allegedly linked to a frightening birth defect called microcephaly–a condition that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and often severe brain damage. The first outbreak of this latest epidemic took place in Brazil and is quickly spreading to other Latin American countries and beyond. Zika virus has been around for a long time, in Africa, but without causing the effect we are seeing now, such as microcephaly. So why is it suddenly a problem?
We know that Seth says we all create our own realities and that “no person becomes ill unless that illness serves a psychic or psychological reason.” (p.10) In the case of zika, it is not only the child who is affected, but also the parents, families, communities, governments, and so forth.
What is the point?
According to Seth,
The environment in which an outbreak occurs points to the political, sociological and economic conditions that have evolved, causing such a disorder. Often such outbreaks take place after political or social action . . . has failed, or is considered hopeless. (p. 20)
Let’s look at the political, social, and economic conditions of Brazil and Latin America to see how this applies.