According to Seth, we create our problems through mistaken beliefs. We actually create everything in our world that we view as negative. It is all a misunderstanding of the nature of reality and our own divinity. And this ties back to our original question: Why are some things so difficult?
In our divine state, if we could only believe in it, we are safe; we are powerful; we can do anything we decide to do; there is no reason for fear or to doubt ourselves. And even though we all have different propensities for self-expression, there is a wholeness, a unity to the world, that is vast enough to accommodate all the varieties of being-ness. And if we did not allow fear to enter the equation, all of life would be cooperative. That’s just the way it is.
If it were not for this most basic, initial loving cooperation, that is a given quality in life itself, life would not have continued. Each individual . . . automatically seeks to enhance the quality of life itself–not only for itself but for all of reality as well . . . regardless of the beliefs that may lead you to misinterpret the actions of nature, casting some of its creatures in a reprehensible light. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 198)
Most people, I think, have a certain amount of trouble remembering who they are and their true purpose. A lot of people claim to have no idea at all what their purpose is. Maybe that is because, in our culture, there is such an emphasis on big, splashy achievements. We celebrate the top athletes, the rags to riches stories, the improbably social media stars. But Seth says that we are attaining value fulfillment in every little thing we do, and in simply being.
We get feedback when we are doing something that is in line with our True Self. It might be a feeling of pure happiness or delight, or it might be unstoppable energy to accomplish something, or it might be total confidence without much effort.
Unfortunately, in our culture we are conditioned by what our parents, religion, social group, or even the media dictate that we ought to be, do, or strive for. And when we buy into these “rules” coming from the outside that is when things go awry.
When we hesitate, hold back, falter, when we hold back energy in the hopes of saving it, when we allow fear rather than trust to guide our activities, when the quality of our lives become less than we know it should be–then warnings flash. One crisis after another may arise to gain our attention. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 21)
So if you want things to flow smoothly, without difficulty, and if you want to experience fewer negatives in your life, the answer is to recognize who you really are and to operate from that recognition.
Your joy, vitality and accomplishment do not come from the outside to you as the result of events that ‘happen to you.’ They spring from inner events that are the result of your beliefs. (The Nature of Personal Reality. Amber-Allen, 1974/1994, p. 27)
So, for example, if your boss seems not to trust you, take a look at yourself. Do you have some hidden belief about yourself that your work isn’t good enough or that you are basically lazy? Or if you are trying to organize a get-together and you are finding it impossible to coordinate schedules, check inside yourself which of your beliefs may be sabotaging your effort. Are you inviting people because you think you have a duty to? Are you perhaps resentful that one of the guests has never invited you before? When you do something from joy, it just works better.
When the conscious mind accepts too many false beliefs, particularly if it sees that inner self as a danger . . . [it] feels itself assailed by a reality that seems greater than itself, over which it has not control . . . Believe, then, that you are a being unlimited by nature, born into flesh to materialize as best you can the great joy and spontaneity of your nature. (The Nature of Personal Reality, pp. 31)
No one chooses well all the time. But the good news is that value fulfillment is still at work behind the scenes. I think of it like those new cars that can make sure you don’t cross a lane into traffic. They work even if our consciousness is distracted for a while. All of our mistakes are opportunities to see our beliefs in physical form. If you don’t like what you see, there is something to learn. Once you learn it and change your belief, something new will appear. Value fulfillment never ends.
In man’s desire to make creative adjustments it often seems that instead he adds unfortunate blemishes to life’s vitality. Yet in the long run even these become, finally, constructive manipulations whose purposes, perhaps, we did not understand at the time. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 47)