In previous posts we’ve tackled several topics that relate to things that appear to have “gone wrong” in our world based on our erroneous beliefs, such as evil, hate, fanaticism, and illness in old age.
Today, we will examine what makes life wonderful, how to be happy and fruitful, and how to dwell in peace, love, and grace.
If there is one thing we can say definitively it is that Seth has a life-affirming view of physical reality and humanity. While most religions teach that humanity is sinful, in need of forgiveness and redemption, or that physical reality is only a poor, substandard version of higher levels of existence, Seth says, “NO,” this is not correct. (Although Seth does say that physical reality is camouflaged so that we often misunderstand its true nature, he always endorses the worthiness of being in physical reality and the creative part we play in existence.)
In many instances throughout the Seth material Seth talks about the purpose of our lives being to enjoy life and even to have fun–to just BE. While this may seem somewhat shallow, it really isn’t when you put it in the context of his assertions on the nature of reality.
So we’ll start with Seth’s version of the creation story, which I happen to think is one of the most beautiful sections of Seth and Jane’s whole body of work. Once we understand that, then we can see how all love, peace, joy, happiness, creativity and vitality flow from that point.
To begin with, it’s important to understand that the story, as Seth tells it, is metaphorical. He says that we need a myth to help us sense inner truths that we are not yet able to grasp with our minds. But he asserts that the myth does express the essential truth of our genesis. The entire story, a little too long to quote here in its entirety can be found in Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Volume One, Session 883 and also in Chapter 18 of The Seth Material. One other reminder, Seth asks that we try not to think of All That Is as a human being, which would be inaccurate.
It all starts with a condition called “non-being,” which is not the same thing as nothingness. It is a state “in which probabilities and possibilities are known and anticipated but blocked from expression.” (The Seth Material, Buccaneer Books, NY, 1970, p. 264) And this is the state of affairs where the story begins. All That is or God, if you prefer, existed in a purely psychological dimension. The closest comparison to anything we can contemplate is our own dream state. In this state,
All That Is possessed a creativity of such magnificence that its slightest imaginings, dreams, thoughts, feelings or moods attained a kind of reality, a vividness, an intensity, that almost demanded freedom.
The experience, the subjective universe, the ‘mind’ of All That Is, was so brilliant, so distinct, that All That Is almost became lost, mentally wandering within this ever-flourishing, ever-growing landscape.
Each thought, feeling, dream or mood was itself indelibly marked with all of the attributes of this infinite subjectivity. Each glowed and quivered with its own creativity, its own desire to create as it had been created. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume One, Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, p. 129)
When all of these endless possibilities were created in the mind of All That is, Seth says that they existed in “divine fact,” that is, they existed in all ways except for physical objectivity. Once this process started, it just kept on and new generations of divine fact spilled out with ever-increasing diversity and vividness. The pressure was growing as All That Is “realized that its own ever-multiplying thoughts and dreams themselves yearned to enjoy those greater gifts of creativity with which they were innately endowed.” (Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 129)
So imagine that every conceivable thing that ever was or ever will be was already realized at one level, but yearned for more. So All That is kept dreaming and imagining and added more and more detail to his progeny. But they clamored to be released from this state and to become actual. Seth called this the Cosmic Dilemma: To give over the massive potential and creativity to create to Its own creations would be the ultimate gift of love, but to give them actuality would also mean losing a part of Its own consciousness. And Seth says that this dilemma created a kind of divine agony for All That Is.
Of course we know what choice was made–the buildup of psychic energy exploded in a flash of creation and the multitudinous imaginings of All That Is were given the gift of actuality. Because of this gift, we are all co-creators of our world and carry a divine spark of All That Is within us, as does every other form of matter.
All That Is loves all that it has created down to the least, for it realizes the dearness and uniqueness of each consciousness which has been wrest from such a state and at such a price. It is triumphant and joyful at each development taken by each consciousness, for this is an added triumph against that first state, and it revels and takes joy in the slightest creative act of each of its issues. (The Seth Material, p. 268)
According to this beautiful story, we have the same agony within us to create, that urge to bring new ideas into actuality. This is because we are all extensions of All That Is. We are similarly divine and similarly creative and at every moment we are still connected to everything else, including All That Is. Seth says that it is now up to us to direct the outcome of our lives “with joy and vigor, clearing your conscious mind so that the deeper knowledge of your greater identity can form joyous expressions in the world of flesh.” (The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen, 1974/1994, p. 14)
“These connection between you and All That Is can never be severed, and Its awareness is so delicate and focused that Its attention is indeed directed with a prime creator’s love to each consciousness.” (The Seth Material, p. 269) So, we are loved at all times and so are all of our creations, whatever they may be.
What Seth is really talking about here is the fact that we are perpetually in a state of grace–a “condition in which all growth is effortless, a transparent, joyful acquiescence that is a ground requirement of all existence” (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 157) Seth says that we become aware of our state of grace when we recognize our purpose and freedom, as well as our rightful place in existence.
When you are fairly happy and content in your daily life, you can be said to be in a state of grace. On those occasions when you feel at one with the universe, or come upon an exceptional experience in which you seem to go beyond yourself, you can be said to be in a state of illumination. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 167)
Most of you probably are familiar with synchronicities or meaningful coincidences–those times when something unexpected but especially relevant seems to happen out of the blue. Oftentimes, these coincidences seem especially lighthearted, as though the universe has a sense of humor. Synchronicities are the perfect affirmation of something you area thinking or considering just at the most opportune moment.
I had an interesting synchronicity just the other day that has to do with this blog post. I had just recently decided that I wanted to write about joy and happiness but didn’t know from what angle or what I would find that Seth had said about these things because I hadn’t done the research yet. But the next morning as I sat quietly to meditate I put out an intention, as I often do, which was that I would leave myself open to inspiration on the topic of happiness and see what happened.
I have been listening to Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditations which begin with a couple of minutes of Deepak talking about the topic of the day. I turned on my app, pressed play, and closed my eyes. The introduction included this statement, “To be inspired makes you happy because you are being filled by spirit. That’s the literal definition of spirituality.” I just smiled, gave a knowing nod to the universe, and said thank you. It was a tiny synchronicity, but a perfect affirmation in response to what I put out in my intention. This happens all the time when you “give in” to the rightness of existence. To clarify, that means that I believed fully that the answer would come and I trusted that I would know it when it came to me.
Now let’s try to bring these heady thoughts about being divine and living in a state of grace down to a practical level. How can we “joyfully acquiesce” to the universe? How can we make our occasional burst of vitality and exuberance more frequent and more enduring? Are there really things we can do to draw peace, love, happiness, and inspiration to ourselves?
The answer is YES. And it is easier than you think. We will talk about specifics in Part 2.