Joy is your Birthright: Seth’s Take on the State of Grace, Part 1

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.

 

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Hate, Violence, and Evil: What’s Fear Got To Do With It? Part 2

In Part 1 we were reminded that Seth looks at evil as the result of blocked fulfillment. And we talked about how wrong-thinking was the root problem. Now, we are going to go a little deeper into Seth’s ideas about guilt and aggression. For misunderstanding about these two concepts is the primary cause of fear and ultimately evil actions.

First of all, Seth tells us that when we turned the corner evolutionarily, from being more like animals to becoming thinking human beings, we lost the natural sense of justice and integrity that operates in the animal kingdom. Basically, animals don’t kill or violate each other except for sustenance, to protect themselves or their young, or for other reasons that make sense if we don’t anthropomorphize them. And Seth says animals do not experience guilt.

A cat playfully killing a mouse and eating it is not evil. It suffers no guilt. On biological levels both animals understand. The consciousness of the mouse, under the innate knowledge of impending pain, leaves its body. The cat uses the warm flesh. The mouse itself has been hunter as well as prey, and both understand the terms in ways that are very difficult to explain. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 139)

Once we lost the animal sense of justice and courtesy, we acquired natural guilt as a way to substitute for this lost sense and to prevent violation. It is a tool for learning how to use our free will and consciousness wisely. The whole point of natural guilt is to make us feel bad about any violation, so that we will not do the same thing again.

Its original purpose was to enable you to empathize on an aware level with yourselves and other members of creaturehood, so that you could consciously control what was previously handled on a biological level alone. Guilt in that respect therefore has a strong natural basis, and when it is perverted, misused or misunderstood, it has the great terrifying energy of any runaway basic phenomenon. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 140)

The rule for living, according to Seth, should be: “Do not violate.” That means one should not violate any person, animal, or the environment. Ever. Although we could probably come up with dozens of times when we might feel justified in some sort of violation–say for self-defense or to prevent a catastrophe of a higher order,  Seth says this isn’t so. If you remember from our description of the nature of reality in Part 1, everything we experience has been pulled from the infinite probability field of Framework 2. If we were creating consciously at all times, we would not find ourselves in situations where we needed to defend ourselves in the first place.

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Hate, Violence, and Evil: What’s Fear Got To Do With It? Part 1

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. From each moment in Framework 1 we call forth probably events out of Framework 2 and this is what we experience as our life.
  5. 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.

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Seth’s Value Fulfillment Promise: Align with your True Self and Flow Through Life with More Ease, Part 2

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.

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Seth’s Value Fulfillment Promise: Align with Your True Self and Flow Through Life with More Ease. Part 1

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.

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How You Age is Your Choice- Part 1

Seth often gave advice to his readers about how to apply his ideas to everyday life situations, both large and small. One of those situations is aging and it’s one that has been on my mind a lot lately.

I turned 60 this year; my husband is thinking of retiring; friends in our own age group have died in the past few years; we became grandparents; and my 93 year old Dad’s situation requires me to deal with age- and health-related issues all the time.

Seth offers some interesting and even surprising insights with respect to aging, age-related diseases, and senility. So let’s start first with the general and then get to some specifics.

Early on in the sessions, Seth said that “Aging . . . is not a primary [construction] . . . It must be recognized as secondary.” (The Early Sessions, Book 5 of The Seth Material. New Awareness Network, 1999, p. 70.)

What does this mean? Primary constructions are formed by your entity or soul. Essentially, your entity consciously projects into space/time a material replica of some degree of its own inner essence. I say some degree because, as you know, the entity/ soul or Self is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted; each portion will reflect some of the inner essence. Projections are not one-time events. Your Self continually keeps the projections going, which makes it appear that your body has duration in time. So, primary constructions are what allow you to be perceived in the world of matter. Seth reinforced repeatedly that the psychological structure precedes the material in all cases.

As an example, the physical body/mind is a primary constructions. The flexibility and free choice we have once we are here in body is where secondary constructions come in.

Secondary constructions are formed by consciousness “branching outward, constructing secondary images of other consciousnesses (beings and things) with whom it comes in contact” (ES2, p. 241) We make secondary constructions all the time. It is through secondary constructions that we experience life with other people and in the environment. Secondary constructions seem to have something to do with our perceptions, expectations, and beliefs, as well as with consensus opinions held with others. And Seth said that we have more control over these secondary constructions than we think. So, if a physical body is a primary construction, a secondary construction might be a belief that with old age comes sickness and fragility. Secondary constructions do not affect the inner self since it is outside of our system.

A recognition of the differences between primary and secondary conditions can . . . allow you to minimize the effect of the secondary conditions to some considerable degree.

Two men for example, of precisely the same physical age, of precisely the same physical condition, will be in completely different states of mind, of competence, of effectiveness and of strength, as a direct result of their inner beliefs as to their relative freedom within the framework of the physical existence in which they exist.

The man who does not realize his basic independence from the physical system will not have the same freedom within it. (ES5, p.70)

Seth spends some time discussing how we pick up ideas about aging from society and cultural beliefs. This cultural conditioning starts in childhood and continues throughout life. We can, however,  un-learn erroneous beliefs. But make no mistake, the physical body will conform to whichever belief an individual takes on.

You may have a belief that . . . age automatically makes you less a person, turning you into an individual who can no longer relate in the daily pattern of environment. The belief, you see, would work to insure the materialization of that state. On the other hand you may believe that wisdom grows with age, that self-understanding brings a peace of mind not earlier known, that the keen mind is actually far better able to assess the environment, and that the physical senses are much more appreciative of all stimuli. And so those conditions will be physically met in your experience. The physical apparatus itself, following your beliefs, will continue in health. (The Nature of Personal Reality. Amber-Allen Publishing, 1974/1994, p. 103)

 

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