While I believe that Seth would approve of most of these treatments especially those geared toward removing energy blockages, Seth’s instructions go far beyond what we think of today as “alternative” or “complementary medicine.” So, let’s examine them.
It is because you conceive of the body as existing within one field only that you have not had more success in dealing with human illness . . .
The inner self, which has been called the soul, has connections through the entire physical organism, and is not concentrated in any one portion . . . your universe is actually a coming together and merging that has its existence, and is a blending of data from many planes, that would be considered foreign by the intellect. (The Early Sessions, Book 3, New Awareness Network, 1998, pp. 202-203)
Further, Seth insists that our natural state is one of good health, vitality, and exuberance. He says that not only should we be in good health, but that we have a duty to maintain our good health to the best of our abilities. This all ties in closely with Seth’s teachings on Value Fulfillment. http://sethsays.org/index.php/2016/05/08/seths-value-fulfillment-promise-align-with-your-true-self-and-flow-through-life-with-more-ease-part-1/
As you know,
Each segment of life is motivated by value fulfillment, and is therefore always attempting to use and develop all of its abilities and potentials, and to express itself in as many probable ways as possible, in a process that. . . takes into consideration the needs and desires of each other segment of life. (The Way Toward Health, Amber-Allen, 1997, p. 206)
How does value fulfillment relate to this discussion? Well, Seth claims that it is precisely when there are blockages in our energy or spirit that we create imbalances that lead to disease or illness:
In all instances of ill health, the psychic inner forces are being misdirected. The aim of medicine should then be to aid the inner self to direct its own energy along other lines. (The Early Sessions, Book 3, p. 211)
The “lines” Seth is talking about are the paths toward our own value fulfillment. Most people are familiar, I think, with the research that shows that most heart attacks happen on Mondays and that the researchers suspect that the cause is having to face another work week. http://myheart.net/articles/predict-heart-attack/
Of course, it is not simply that people are lazy and don’t want to work, but that so many people are working at unfulfilling, spirit-deadening jobs.
The emotional climate, though intangible, is intimately known by each individual as it exists within himself, and it is the best indication of his physical condition for thoughts and emotions as independent electrical actions have great influence directly upon the physical mechanism, acting indeed as electric storms which flash through the entire nervous system; or as great stabilizers as the case may be, and with of course many middle varieties of influence. (The Early Sessions, Book 3, p. 222)
But how do we figure out what the blockages are that are preventing Value Fulfillment? Seth says that we have to open up the lines of communication between our inner and outer selves. We do that in a number of different ways, such as
- psychological time (for those unfamiliar, it is rather like active meditation)
- self-hypnosis, self-suggestion, and positive affirmations
- therapeutic dream work
- aesthetic stimulation, such as time in nature or with beautiful art
- pleasant society with friends and loved ones
- child-like play—which is one of Seth’s most highly recommended suggestions.
With all of these suggestions, Seth is trying to get us to recognize who we really are and why we chose to participate in life here and now. He purports that negativity, fear, depression, and despair are what make us sick.
No healing of any sort can ever take place without inner understanding and psychic comprehension. Any healing brought about from the outside may be advantageous in the short run. . . the illness did represent, however, a needed warning, materialized into physical reality as illness. . . The illness was meant to bring you up short, to make you think. . . (The Early Sessions, Book 3, pp 309-310)
When we don’t get the message, Seth says, we end up with serious diseases, such as cancer or heart disease. Another result could be addictions or suicidal tendencies. You will remember from a previous post (http://sethsays.org/index.php/2016/03/31/seth-and-mass-events-the-zika-virus/) that epidemics are really caused by untenable social conditions, according to Seth. In all cases, the problem lies at deeper levels than the physical mechanism.
People with life-threatening diseases also often feel that further growth, development, or expansion are highly difficult, if not impossible to achieve at a certain point in their lives. Often there are complicated family relationships that the person does not know how to handle . . . In all cases, however the need for value fulfillment, expression, and creativity are so important to life that when these are threatened, life itself is at least momentarily weakened. (The Way Toward Health, p 272)
It sounds simple, but many people will wonder how they are supposed to make a living and pursue value fulfillment at the same time; they seem at odds in so many instances. I don’t think Seth was trying to tell us that unless we were pursuing our dream career or constantly utilizing all our talents, whatever they may be, that we can’t be fulfilled. He often spoke about balance. Remember how often he told Jane to take a break from her writing and go dancing or do something else fun.
Seth also said that:
Individuals innately want to cooperate with their fellow human beings. They have a need to help other people, and to contribute to the common good. (The Way Toward Health, p. 263)
Seth often advised us to think back to childhood and the things that made us happy then. Yes, it often involved using the physical body—running and jumping, and so forth. But a big part of the fun of childhood is using the imagination or just being outdoors.
So, as adults, we could add a lot of enjoyment to our own lives and fulfill ourselves:
- through great relationships
- by being creative
- by taking notice of unpredictable events (synchronicities) and acting on them
- by looking for beauty everywhere instead of focusing on the ugly thoughts, words, and deeds that are so easy to notice,
- by reaching out to help others
- by taking good care of our own bodies
- by taking pride in whatever we do because we gave it our best effort
- by being decisive and acknowledging impulses
As Seth taught, like attracts like. So by being positive, happy, spontaneous, hopeful, and so forth, we will create more of that in our lives.
I don’t mean to be flippant about serious illnesses. People are really suffering. It is not easy to change our beliefs about our bodies, environmental effects, aging, etc. We are conditioned by our parents, social groups, religions, advertising, and the healthcare system itself, which often makes us feel like victims. Even Jane Roberts, with all the help and advice she received from Seth, was not able to counter the terrible conditioning she got as a child from her abusive mother, abusive priests, and the sexist society of the times. She could never get over the idea that she should be punished for pursuing her own fulfillment. But she tried. And that is all the rest of us can do.
I will continue to follow the healthcare debate in this country and engage in it constructively, whenever I can, to make sure that people aren’t unnecessarily hurt. We have to start to make change from where we stand. However, I do believe that the best thing any of us can do is to take charge of our own health to the best of our ability. We Seth students understand what that means and can try to encourage people to have positive beliefs, to let go of fear, to trust in their own intuitions, etc. without ever having to mention Seth. Remember:
In spite of all problems, the life force operates continually in each person’s life, and can bring about at any time the most profound, beneficial changes. The idea is to clear the mind as much as possible from beliefs that impede the fine, smooth workings of the life force, and to actively encourage those beliefs and attitudes that promote health and the development of all aspects of healing experience.(The Way Toward Health, p. 282)