Do you ever wonder why some things you do are so difficult and others just seem to happen smoothly and easily? And the difficulty has nothing to do with how capable you are or how complex the thing you want to do is. It can be as big a deal as getting along with your spouse or your boss or as simple as driving to work or setting up a get-together with friends. Some things just seem to resist our efforts while others don’t.
Two things that Seth says give a hint about why this is so.
That which is in harmony with the universe, with All That Is, has a natural inborn impetus that will dissolve all impediments. (Dreams, ‘Evolution’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1. Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, p. 240)
When you trust the thrust of your own life, you are always supported. (Dreams, ‘Evolution’ and Value Fulfillment. Volume 1, p. 111)
Although it sounds like this should be easy . . . I’ll just line up with my True Self and everything will be a piece of cake. In fact, it’s something we find very, very hard to do.
The “natural born impetus” or “thrust” that Seth speaks of is one of my favorite topics in all of the Seth material. He calls it value fulfillment. But even Seth says that it is a difficult concept to define.
Basically, Seth’s claim is that everyone and everything in our world is made of the same thing–units of consciousness that are fragments of All That Is or, if you prefer, God.
Try to imagine this . . . All That Is created endless worlds in something like the way we create our dreams–all on an inner plane. Then, in the ultimate expression of love and creativity, it allowed all those worlds to explode into physical manifestation in a burst of passion that is beyond our comprehension. And each and every one of those units of consciousness carries the identical need and ability to create and express itself, just as God does. In other words, we all are pieces of All That Is.
In trying to convey the feeling of love emanating from All That Is, Seth suggested that we think of the way parents care for their children; in healthy situations, they cannot help but lovingly desire and intend for their children to develop to their fullest capacities. We are on the receiving end of that kind of love at all times.
The urge for value Fulfillment is what gives humans and all other forms of consciousness their purpose in being. However, it would be wrong to think that only big, important accomplishments reflect true purpose. Seth says:
Each whole self . . . has its own purposes, missions, and creative endeavors that are initial and basic parts of itself and that determine those qualities that make it eternally valid and eternally seeking. (Seth Speaks, Amber-Allen, 1972/1994, p. 36)
In other words, all of us come into the world with certain propensities. We find some things more significant than others and we desire to experience those things that matter most to us. These are the values we are here to fulfill.
Some people have always loved children and their lives revolve around parenting; others love competition and strive for excellence in physical activities, whether they are great at them or not; some people are natural born teachers, whether they teach formally or just in the way they share their knowledge with others. The important thing, according to Seth, is to use our abilities gladly and feely and to trust the universe to work with us. When we do things simply out of duty, we step out of the flow of the universe. When our efforts are in line with our own value fulfillment, it is like stepping into a river that is already flowing in the direction we wish to go. It carries us along quickly.
Another interesting aspect of value fulfillment is that it is supposed to be a cooperative venture with all other forms of consciousness. Seth says that with value fulfillment,
Each portion of energy is endowed with an inbuilt reach of creativity that seeks to fulfill its own potentials in all possible variations–and in such a way that such a development also furthers the creative potentials of each other portion of reality. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 139)
This seems hard to believe. Every day we see people exploiting other people and the environment to get what they want. A lot of people’s desires seem at odds with one another. How come there are so many conflicts if everyone is out for value fulfillment that is good for themselves while, at the same time, good for the whole of creation?
(See how Seth answers this question in Part 2.)