It’s been on my mind for some time, on account of all the violence, terrorism, and fearfulness in the world, to delve into Seth’s ideas on topics like these. Doing the research was tricky since Seth talks about all of these topics , in practically every book he dictated through Jane Roberts.
Like most of Seth’s remarks, though, there are layers of information rather than straightforward, one-dimensional definitions. So, one has to be very careful to avoid misunderstanding. In the case of the topics of hate, evil, and fear, there has to be a foundational understanding of the nature of reality according to Seth. Otherwise, one might think that Seth blames the victims of violence or that he denies the experience of evil in our lives, both of which are incorrect.
So, here in a nutshell, is Seth’s basic description of reality:
- We experience ourselves here in a physical world as separate beings at the mercy of cause and effect, as well as random events. Seth calls this level of reality Framework 1.
- Beyond or behind this reality is a hidden reality, mostly unknown to us, except in uncommon instances, such as in near death experiences. This is called Framework 2. Framework 2 is responsible for all the physical effects and laws of Framework 1.
- The essence of this unknown reality is Consciousness. In Framework 2, all possibilities and probabilities exist simultaneously in one timeless present and everything is connected to everything else, rather than separate or isolated.
- From each moment in Framework 1 we call forth probably events out of Framework 2 and this is what we experience as our life.
- This is done through our thoughts, beliefs, desires, and expectations. The intensity of our desire or emotion determines how quickly or easily things materialize in our reality.
Although greatly summarized, this definition will do for our purposes. While this view of reality may seem theoretical, if you stop and think about it, you will be able to find many examples that suggest how it might be accurate.
Think about an athlete who has just won the Masters Golf Tournament. In the interview that follows, he says, “I dreamed about this since I was a little kid . . . I actually saw myself walking up the 18th fairway and heard the applause.” That is a positive example. But the inverse can be just as likely. Imagine a woman whose mother died of cancer at the age of 52. The daughter believes and fears that she will have the same fate. And she does. In both cases, they created their realities through their beliefs, one driven by desire, the other by fear–both very powerful drivers.
Ok, with that refresher on reality creation behind us, let’s get back to the main topics of evil, hate, and fear.
Seth says that all kinds of evil, dangers, and bad outcomes are our own creations. We don’t consciously choose to create these things, however. They are a result of our misunderstandings and erroneous beliefs about the nature of reality. Evil is not a force in and of itself, he says, but results from a lack of knowledge, a lack of fulfillment.
Actually, every individual has a propensity to fulfill himself or herself and to cooperate with everything/everyone else according to the laws of value fulfillment. This impulse for excellence in a life well lived, a life of fulfillment, will never cease,. no matter how many obstacles we put in its way. In an ideal world, in which all people fulfill their values, Seth says that there will be cooperation, not conflict or competition.
The blueprints for ‘ideal’ developments exist within the pool of genetic knowledge, providing the species with multitudinous avenues for fulfillment. Those blueprints exist mentally as ideals. They express themselves through the impulses and creativity of the species’ individual members. (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, 1981/1995, Amber-Allen, p. 289)
There are many reasons why we forgot the basic fact of cooperation. One is Darwinism–which has come to encompass the idea of “survival of the fittest” and competition over cooperation. Over time, we extended such biological ideas into all aspects of life, including economics and commerce. These mistaken beliefs often result in situations where greed, self-aggrandizement, and belief in scarcity lead to all kinds of “evils,” such as worker abuse, environmental degradation, and loss of common decency.
In areas like science, religion, healthcare, and most other domains, we are similarly conditioned to wrong-thinking. We convince ourselves that the only way to test certain drugs or procedures is on helpless animals; we start holy wars to defend our notions of God’s will; we build up”health” systems that reinforce the belief that our bodies will betray us in the end, convincing us that sickness is the norm.
Such notions have also reached into child-rearing and education. Children are taught to compete against each other at earlier ages all the time. It is as if the only way to define one’s own worth is in comparison to others. This is a tragedy, according to Seth, since within the framework of the physical world, value fulfillment is actually the underlying “law.” To be clear, Seth does not say that competing against yourself to make improvements is wrong; only that there is no reason why improvement or success has to come at the expense of others. The greatest threat to our own value fulfillment is not other people, but the way we fight the natural force of our values trying to express themselves.
Almost everyone, I think, can remember times when they worked against the flow of their natural impulses. Even if we achieve some surface-level success, the underlying desire for true fulfillment will find another way to express itself. Unfortunately, this may manifest as a lot of “unfortunate” incidents that seem to be at odds with your recently successful efforts.
I can give you a quick example from my own life. At one time, I was a small business owner with a partner. Although we were doing quite well, I had an idea to expand the company by bringing in more partners. The two new people were both successful in business, but their ideas about how to do business were fundamentally different than my own. In addition, the business I was in was already taking me in directions that were odds with my inner self. But I worked very hard to make the deal come together, ignoring any misgivings below the surface. I pushed against all kinds of obstacles until the new business venture was formed. On the day it was settled, I drove home on the highway, very satisfied with myself for making the almost seemingly impossible happen. Halfway home I got two blowouts and ended up stuck on the side of the road. That should have been a sign. But I went ahead anyway and in under a year I knew I had made a terrible mistake. Things just kept “happening” that made me face the facts, at last.
The truth was that inside, I hated the kind of person I was becoming and the kind of advice I was giving to my clients. It was all rather cut-throat and I assumed that I had to be that way to be successful as a consultant. I was not yet mature enough or certain enough in my beliefs to realize that I could have operated quite differently. My impulse for value fulfillment, however, kept searching for a way to satisfy my true self. The bad thing that ultimately “happened to me”–the end of my business, was actually something I created myself.
So what is Seth’s prescription for the state we’ve gotten ourselves into? He said that we have to become aware when what we find in front of us is less than ideal. then we can begin to change those situations:
You do this by accepting the rightness of your own personhood. You do this by discarding ideas of unworthiness and powerlessness, no matter what their sources. You do this by beginning to observe your own impulses, by trusting your own direction. You start wherever you are, today. Period.” (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, p. 290.)
So far, we have seen how the root problem of wrong-thinking and wrong-beliefs leads us away from value fulfillment. Although this may seem like a diversion from our main topic, it is essential to understanding evil, hate, and fear. In the next part in this series, we will see how guilt, aggression, and fear result in what we perceive as evil.