Probable Selves Show Up in Mainstream Science and Literature: Seth Explains, Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, we introduced the idea of probable selves. Next we will explore details from both quantum mechanics and Seth.

What is the “vast bank of probabilities” from which Seth says all realities arise? Quantum theorists have called it the implicate order (theoretical physicist, David Bohm) or the zero point field (theoretical physicist, Max Planck) or the holographic reality (psychologist and neuroscientist, Karl Pribram); metaphysicians and new scientists call it the Akashic field (Hindu mystic, Sri Aurobindo; philosopher of science, Ervin Laszlo); Seth calls it Framework 2. Basically, it is a field of all probabilities out of which our reality is formed.

All I can do in this blog post is point you toward some of the areas of science that correlate with Seth’s ideas. The main point is that strong correlations exist. I’ll keep the science to a minimum, however.

Framework 2 is not in physical reality, although all versions of reality (probable realities) interact with it. This field of probabilities can be equated with the quantum wave function of quantum mechanics. This is a complicated topic but I just want to make a couple of points. First, for about a hundred years now, physicists have known that electrons are both particles and waves. Until you take a measurement to determine where exactly an electron is, it seems to be spread out over a portion of space and there are only probabilities that you will find it in any one location in that space when you look. The wave function just describes that probabilistic situation.

Second, physicists also know that the underlying reality, by whichever name you call it, is teeming with particle interactions happening at tremendously fast speeds. During these interactions, so-called virtual particles and anti-particles are created and annihilated and tiny wormholes are formed. In physics, the result has been called quantum foam (If interested, you can read more here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/physics/2012/10/quantum-foam-virtual-particles-and-other-curiosities

Seth says that tiny black and white holes do indeed exist and they are responsible for energy entering and leaving our physical world. He refers to this as “blinking on and off.” Since we are made up of quantum particles ourselves, Seth claims that we are also blinking on and off.

Accordingly, when we blink off we are dipping back into the field of all knowledge, where all probabilities exist and our consciousness looks in another direction, as Seth would say. These other directions may be other probable realities.

When we blink back on, our consciousness is focused once again in the physical world.  We get the impression that our existence is continuous; but there are actually these pulsations of energy going on all the time. It all happens far too quickly for us to notice.

What directs all this activity? Seth claims that it is the intensity of our thoughts and emotions. Depending on our intentions, with each blink we have the potential to change by actualizing a new probability.

This process chooses significances . . . around which experience is built, and around which ‘life’ is felt. The very sensations of one kind of life then automatically set up barriers against other such ‘world-schemes’ that do not correlate with their own. (The ‘Unknown’ Reality, Volume One, Session 684, p. 60)

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Probable Selves Show Up in Mainstream Science and Literature: Seth Explains, Part 1

One complaint that I’ve heard about the Seth material is that Seth’s claims about the nature of reality are too farfetched and the explanations too complicated. I don’t agree with the assessment that Seth’s ideas are implausible. However, a lot of the detail is difficult to grasp. It has taken me many years to get clear on some of the ideas, and each time I revisit the material, I seem to grasp a little bit more.

I’ve been aided along the way by other source material, most notably, from quantum physics, at least to the extent that I can understand it. The channeled material of Elias is also helpful in that he often elaborates on topics that Seth introduced but for which Seth didn’t give exhaustive detail. The Elias material is interesting because Elias doesn’t dictate books, like Seth did, but answers questions posed by people who attend the sessions. A lot of those people ask the same questions I would ask if I could. (Here is a link to the Elias Forum where you can search the transcripts by topic: http://www.eliasforum.org/

Occasionally, illumination will come unexpectedly, as recently happened when I read a popular novel. The book was the first novel of a young, British author, Laura Barnett, called The Versions of Us. I have no idea whether Ms. Barnett is familiar with the Seth material, but her book brought a particularly perplexing concept—probable selves—to life for me.

I won’t spoil the story for you, but it is safe to give you the basics. The story revolves around two main characters, Eva and Jim. They are Oxford University students who meet by “chance,” when they are 19. Barnett writes three different versions that all begin at this meeting point. From there, three “probable” versions of each of them spin off into different probable realities. The author follows the main characters throughout their entire lives, showing us how their choices affected them in each alternative timeline–an interesting, though not entirely original conceit.  More surprising, however, is the way Ms. Barnett includes incidents which suggest that these divergent timelines (or probable selves) continue to influence one another.  This is a concept I recognized from the Seth material, though I’d never seen it explored exactly this way in popular media.

So what are probable selves? Seth says that each probable self is a portion of your soul, which comprises many, many probable versions in our physical reality system, as well as many more versions in the reincarnational system. Every time we reach a choice-point, that is a moment where we are about to make a decision that will move our lives in a different direction–a probable self will spin off to follow “the path not taken.” In The Versions of Us, for example, Jim asks Eva out after they meet. In two of the versions she acquiesces, but in one she does not. This choice is significant because Eva is already in a relationship with someone else when she meets Jim, so going on a date with another man could initiate a meaningful change in her relationship.  Two probable realities are generated by her decision to date, or not to date, Jim.  Seth says, minor choices that don’t create major life changes do not cause a new probable self to form. Continue reading[..]

Trumpcare/Ryancare vs Obamacare: What Seth Might Say–Part 2

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)

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Trumpcare/Ryancare vs Obamacare: What Seth Might Say–Part 1

Lately, I’ve been listening to debates going on in Congress, in the media, and among friends about the topic of our healthcare system in the United States. As you know, the Republicans have been vowing and voting to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for 7 or 8 years now. However, even with both the Legislative and Executive branches of government now in Republican hands, they still seem embarrassingly unprepared to right the problem that they have decried for so long.

Although, between the current Republican and Democratic approaches, I think the Republican one is crueler, in this blog, I am not going to take sides one way or the other. I think it is all too apparent that, regardless which political party is in power, American healthcare is:

  1. Expensive–both from overpricing and from over-usage
  2. Full of improper incentives to overuse technology and other services
  3. Dependent on prescription drugs, which themselves are overpriced
  4. Litigious
  5. Focused too much on illness rather than wellness
  6. Fragmented and duplicative
  7. Overly influenced or controlled by special interest groups

Instead, I’d like to point out why neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will ever be successful in their goals if their overall thinking about health doesn’t change.

I worked in the healthcare industry both directly and indirectly for quite a few years, first as part of senior management at a Blue Cross & Blue Shield plan and later as a business consultant with many clients in healthcare, including a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), several hospitals, a commercial insurer, and several doctors’ groups. Even after retiring from that work, I have watched developments closely because of my interest in the field. I have seen the myriad problems from the inside.

In addition, I have had to “work the system” myself as a consumer for my own family and as a fiduciary for my father with respect to Medicare, the government’s Prescription Drug Program, and the Veterans Administration benefits program. It has been a nightmare, to put it bluntly.

While I think that everyone should be able to get care when they are sick, my experience convinces me that big bureaucracy makes any effort to actually care for people or help them pay for that care worse, not better. I am equally convinced that the system is fatally flawed in several ways, that no amount of “market forces,” “free choice” or “greater accessibility” will redeem. So, I think both the Democrats and Republicans have it wrong.

My worldview, inspired by Seth, influences my thoughts on this matter. However, as Seth always instructed his readers to do, I have tested my beliefs for myself and examined them with an open mind. Nonetheless, I try to remember philosopher, Jacob Neddleman’s, timeless advice: “You should be open-minded but not so open-minded that your brains fall out.”

Although I have had my thoughts on this matter for years, they were just a farrago of ideas in my mind—until recently. I just read a new book by an author, Amit Goswami, whose previous books I liked. This new one is called Quantum Economics: Unleashing the Power of an Economics of Consciousness, which brought all my inchoate thoughts together. In it, Goswami puts forward the idea that scientific materialism (the belief that only physical reality is real) has biased our science, economics, academic research, our ideas about money and careers, and virtually every area of life, and that no amount of economic manipulation can correct the underlying flaw in that worldview. I agree with him.

He identifies the underlying problem as a lack of acceptance that there is more to life than just matter or, to put it another way, to a belief that only things that can be scientifically measured or counted are real. Some people won’t even understand what that criticism means; but we Seth readers are well aware that there are indeed different planes of consciousness.

Of course, denying the existence of all but material or measurable things is ridiculous. We all have feelings and emotions that can’t be measured. We feel an inner vitality and interest in life that can’t be measured. We look for meaning and fulfillment in our lives that can’t be satisfied with just material things. We have values that matter to us that defy quantification. And, most importantly, we all experience love, which is also beyond measurement.

Yet our economic system doesn’t account for any of those things. You won’t find a factor in GDP that assess how much meaning or love is moving around the country at any time. But it clearly does matter, doesn’t it?

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Seth’s Advice on How to be Happy: Be a Practicing Idealist in 2017

In my last post, the U.S. Presidential Election had just concluded and reactions and analyses were swirling turbulently around us.

Since then, things have calmed down a bit. There was no mass exodus to Canada. There have been some protests and petitions, an unfortunate increase in hate crimes (as reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the FBI), and the media is still trying to figure out how to deal with the unconventional and unpredictable Mr. Trump. The President Elect, through his cabinet picks, has set off some alarm bells.

Whether you are someone who is anticipating the coming change with eager anticipation or, alternatively, filled with trepidation and even horror, life must go on.

In this time of uncertainty, it might be sensible to go back to basics—to think about what people want and need at the most fundamental level. By that I mean, their very purpose in living or being. It is important to remember, from Seth’s viewpoint, that individuals create the living picture of our society, politics, government, culture, and so forth, not the other way around. So we have an opportunity to shape the future.

Seth’s teachings about practicing idealists, closely tied to his statements about “natural law” and human impulses can help us understand how to do this.

Natural Law and Value Fulfillment

In many posts on this blog I have mentioned Value Fulfillment. According to Seth, it is one of the fundamental aspects of reality. To refresh your memory:

You are born with a desire to fulfill your abilities, to move and act in the world. Those assumptions are the basis of what I will call natural law. (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen, 1995/1981, p. 259)

So what are the Natural Laws that Value Fulfillment is based upon?

Natural Laws are the inner laws of nature that underlie all realities, not just the one we are of aware of. They guide all kinds of life. Seth says they are laws of love and cooperation. These laws are what make us feel safe and secure in the universe, understand that we have a part to play in the whole, and give us confidence that we will creatively add our gifts, talents and outlook to the world. In a nutshell, Natural Laws are what give life meaning.

Seth says that we all come into this world with an impetus toward growth and action–but not growth in terms of size or how much space we take up. Rather, it is a qualitative measure based on how fulfilled we are in the things that matter to us or which we most value.

Chances are that you can look within yourself, your own family or group of friends and identify what some of those values might be for each of them. Some people are competitive and value a challenge. Some people are nurturers and feel fulfilled when they are helping others. There are those who have to feel active all the time; or creative, artistic, or musical. Some people have the need to act as catalysts or to make others laugh or to use their athletic abilities; others get their thrills from always learning or teaching. The list is long and varied.

According to Seth, the way the universe is configured allows for every individual to pursue his or her own Value Fulfillment without impinging on anyone else in a negative way. That is the ideal.

You are born seeking the actualization of the ideal. You are born seeking to add value to the quality of life, to add characteristics, energies, abilities to life that only you can individually contribute to the world, and to attain a state of being that is uniquely yours, while adding to the Value Fulfillment of the world. (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, p. 259)

So far, we humans seem to have missed the memo on this. In fact we have phrases in our language that reinforce the idea of winners and losers, such as “zero-sum game,” in which the only way for one person to “win” is for another to “lose,” so that together they net out at zero.

This is contrary to how the universe actually works, according to Seth. He says that, if we were all true to our values—faithful to being our True Selves—conflicts would dissipate.

Your True Self, Impulses, and Spontaneity

People tell me that they don’t know who their True Self is. It is the Self that you are naturally, without having to try. Think back to childhood. Were you a quiet child who liked to make things out of natural materials you found in the woods? Or were you a child who had to be the center of attention, putting on plays and musicals? Were you someone who liked to read or explore or did you prefer playing sports? Maybe making new friends came easy and you made everyone laugh. Were you kind to others and eager to share? Did you like to build and destroy and build again? Children are more likely to act on their impulses than adults, so it is easier to identify what they inherently value. They are still in their pure form.

Seth says that if we act on our impulses they will lead us to Value Fulfillment? That sounds kind of scary. We’ve come to think of our impulses as things we should keep in check. Seth disagrees; by impulses he means the underlying motive power of everything in existence.

Impulses . . . provide impetus toward motion, coaxing the physical body and the mental person toward utilization of physical and mental powers. (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, p. 242)

Seth reminds us that impulses are what keep the body going. Every cell and organ has an impulse to do its unique job. Our impulses help us make specific choices out of all the probable choices we might consider. Children are often scolded for their impulses. But impulses are what make them use their muscles and minds. Parents often are fearful that their teenagers’ impulsiveness will lead to trouble. But their impulses are also what allow them to learn, explore, and mature.

Impulses are doorways to action, satisfaction, the exertion of natural mental and physical power, the avenue for your private expression – the avenue where your private expression intersects the physical world and impresses it. (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, p. 243)

We get into trouble, according to Seth, because we ignore our small, everyday impulses, either because we have been shamed into doing so or when we act a certain way to meet some set of standards imposed on us by parents, culture, religion, gender norms, business, or even by our own egos. Continue reading[..]

Seth Explains How and Why We All Elected Donald Trump for President

I have restrained myself from blogging too soon after the election because I wanted to make sure I was calm, clear-minded, and appropriately reflective before I did. The day after the election, I had to talk a few crying people off the ledge. And I was feeling kind of numb and shocked myself.

I have to say that my understanding of Seth’s philosophy has helped me tremendously. Not only does it explain the rise of Trump and Trumpism (see my earlier blog on Trumpism here http://sethsays.org/index.php/category/politics/), but it also outlines next steps that could help us mold a good probable outcome starting from where we are today.

As the exit polls revealed, everyone who voted for Trump did not necessarily like him, believe him, or endorse all of his ideas. Many people voted for him despite their misgivings.

Why? It seems clear that they were trying to make a statement about the “system,” which includes the government, corporate America, the “elites”, the media, and the “establishment,” in general. I made a list of the words that have been used to describe their emotional attitudes, which includes:

  • fear
  • anger
  • despair
  • hopelessness
  • disdain
  • revulsion

These people felt that the system was so broken, so stuck, and so irreparable that only someone as brash, outrageous, and iconoclastic as Trump would have the nerve and the audacity to knock it all down. As far as I can tell, electing Trump was equivalent to them  giving the whole world the finger.

Yes Trump’s campaign did indeed unleash some apparent racists, misogynists, and paranoids which we will have to deal with. But beyond that subset, whatever its size, I believe the majority were really saying that the status quo was no longer tolerable and they acted in the only way that they felt empowered to.

Now, before we move on to Seth’s comments, let’s take a quick look at the Clinton supporters. Again, the exit polls showed that there was still a great deal of reluctance in choosing Clinton because of personal distrust, wariness of her corporate connections and involvement with big money interests, and her overly political cautiousness in terms of policy. During the campaign we saw within the Democratic Party a similar populist uprising to the one on the Republican side, with many of the Bernie Sanders voters indicating that they also thought the system was broken.

Now that Trump has won, there have been protests, outcries, and all kinds of fears and worries expressed by the public, the mainstream media, and social media. I decided, once again, to make a list of the words that were being used to describe the emotional states of the distraught Clinton voters. My list included:

  • fear
  • sadness
  • despair
  • hopelessness
  • anger
  • disdain
  • revulsion

Isn’t it interesting that my two lists are almost identical?

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You Create Your Own Reality: Much More than a Catchy Slogan–Part 3

 

Step by Step Reality Creation

1. Use your thoughts, emotions, and imagination to focus on what you want. If you can’t believe that it can ever happen, just pretend that you can, the way a child pretends to be a doctor or to drive a car. Have a light touch while you do this, being playful with it if you can. This is not about trying hard; it is turning your attention to how nice it will be/feel once you have what you want.

If you are poor, you purposely pretend that you have all you need financially. Imagine how you will spend the money. If you are ill, imagine playfully that you are cured. See yourself doing what you would do. If you cannot communicate with others, imagine yourself doing so easily. If you feel your days dark and pointless, then imagine them filled and joyful. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 619, p. 63)

2.  As you are focusing, imagine experiencing the outcome with all of your senses that you can–see it, feel it, hear it, taste it, smell it. Really use your     imagination and feel the emotions surrounding the outcome.

You must begin to initiate action that you want to occur physically (emphatically) by creating it in your own being . . . This is done by combining belief, emotion and imagination, and forming them into a mental picture of the desired result. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 627, p. 104)

3. Keep this focus for a short time–up to five minutes. Then let it go. Do not worry that you have never been able to do this before. Let the universal energies help you.

You must not be concerned for their emergence, for this brings up the fear that the new ideas will not materialize, and so this negates your purpose. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 621, p. 72)

4.  Avoid focus on the things you do not want. You attract to yourself whatever you focus on, good or bad. As far as this process goes, it cannot distinguish between “positive” and “negative.” Beliefs in this system are neutral. Like attracts like. This does not mean that you can never have a wayward emotion such as anger or frustration. But you must realize that when you have those emotions they are giving you a clue about your beliefs. Don’t repress them; look at them and try to understand where they are rooted; then turn them around by choosing a wiser belief.

As you trust yourself more you will naturally express feelings, and their suppression will not bring about explosive reactions any more. They will come and go . . . Attention to your own stream of consciousness is highly important. This alone will help you to see in what areas you are denying impulses or giving yourself directions that lead to powerlessness. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 663, p. 344)

5.  Be happy. Have faith. Once you have set this process in motion, feel grateful that what you desire is on its way to you.

Make one physical gesture or act that is in line with your belief or desire. Behave physically, then, at least once a day in a way that shows that you have faith in what you are doing. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 657, p. 300)

6.  Remember that reality is created in the present moment or what Seth calls the “moment point.” This is the point of power in which Framework 2 and Framework 1 coincide.

At each of these points, what seems to be an isolated life is experienced. Just beyond those intersections, however, there is a more or less unitary and overall recognition of wholeness that ‘rides’ above them. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 668, p 376)

 

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You Create Your Own Reality: Much More than a Catchy Slogan–Part 2

How Reality Creation Works

Let’s start at the beginning. If you want to test out this concept for yourself, start by looking around you:  observe the people in your life, the situations you find yourself in, and the problems or issues you face.

The world as you see it is a reflection of what you are, a reflection not in glass but in three dimensional reality. You project your thoughts, feelings, and expectations outward, then you perceive them as the outside reality When it seems to you that others are observing you, you are observing yourself from the standpoint of your own projections.” (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 610, p. 4)

  • If your house has been broken into or your computer hacked, look deeply at your beliefs about your safety and privacy.
  • If people take advantage of you, is that exactly what you expected might happen? Do you believe that other people have power over you? Or maybe that you aren’t as important or capable as other people?
  • If you can never seem to lose excess weight, do you simultaneously have a fear that looking too good makes you a target for sexual advances that you fear?

It is not just problems like these that can give you a clue about how deep-seated beliefs affect your outcomes; all the things you are grateful for are also based on your beliefs.

  • If you have a loving partner, you no doubt believe that you are worthy of love.
  • If you are valued and acknowledged at work, you already believe that you have something worthwhile to contribute.

Seth says that the world is something like a school for us, complete with playground. Using our creative abilities is the very purpose for our being in this reality. Through trial and error we will learn to use our abilities to choose probabilities and thus develop as a species. Apparently, in some other realities, beings use these abilities expertly and have fun doing so. (To see a fantastic account on one woman’s near death experience and how it taught her to have fun with reality creation, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wjx-dF-qWs

The world is meant to serve as a reference point. The exterior appearance is a replica of inner desire. You can change your personal world. You do change it without knowing it. You have only to use your ability consciously, to examine the nature of your thoughts and feelings and project those with which you basically agree. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 609, pp. xix-xx)

Obstacles, Assistance, and Alignment

Sometimes we have beliefs that conflict with each other. For example, I may believe that women are just as competent as men. Yet I may have a subconscious belief, ingrained since childhood, let’s say, that it is natural for men to be the leaders. This will be a problem because of the electromagnetic energy of thoughts and feelings.

According to Seth, thoughts, imagination, beliefs, and emotions all are forms of concentrated energy. Seth says that a strong emotion actually has more energy behind it than it takes to send a rocket to the moon.

(The combination of) thought, emotion, and desire creates form, possesses energy, (and) is made of energy. (Seth Speaks, Amber-Allen, 1994/1972, Session 540, p. 145)

Seth says that every form of consciousness, including human, is constantly sending out energy in all directions. In fact, he asserts that the space outside of our bodies is composed of the same elements as our bodies, but in different proportions and that they are constantly exchanging chemicals. So great gestalts of energy mix and merge. Ones that are like in their intensity and inclination attract each other. (You can read about the electromagnetic energy in so called “empty” space here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_state or here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-baksa/zero-point-field_b_913831.html  I also recommend that you watch this live presentation of physicist, Nassim Haramein:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0B-ZhBwhiM

Your feelings have electromagnetic realities that rise outward, affecting the atmosphere itself. They group through attraction, building up areas of events and circumstances that finally coalesce, so to speak, either in matter as objects–or as events in ‘time’. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 613, p. 10)

You may remember from previous posts that Seth claims the nature of reality is one of cooperation and support. When we are in sync with inner reality, we receive this support without impediment.

The inner portions of your being operate spontaneously, joyfully, freely; all of this occurs because your inner self believes in you, often even while you  do not believe in it. These unconscious portions of your being operate amazingly well, frequently despite the greatest misunderstanding on your part of their nature and function, and in the face of strong interference from you because of your beliefs. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 614, p. 19)

 

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You Create Your Own Reality: Much More Than a Catchy Slogan–Part 1

If there is one thing that Seth/Jane Roberts is most famous for, it is coining the phrase”You create your own reality.” In dozens of variations and in hundreds of instances, Seth implores his readers to make this the number one take-away from his books.

You make your own reality. There is no other rule. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen, 1994/1974, Session 613, p. 14)

and

Your environment is the physical picture of your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs made visible . . . You are in physical existence to learn and understand that your energy, translated into feelings, thoughts and emotions, causes all experience. There are no exceptions. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 614, p. 22)

For a long time, very few people thought about the nature of reality in these terms. It is, however, not a new concept; it has for centuries been part of certain Western esoteric wisdom traditions, such as Hermeticism, Theosophy, and mystical sects of Christianity, Judaism, and other philosophies.

In modern times, this idea which was popularized by Seth and Jane Roberts has been reiterated and expanded upon by other entities and channelers, Such as Abraham/Esther Hicks and Elias/Mary Ennis, among others. Nowadays, quite a few physicists and other scientists are making a similar case based on quantum physics. (You can learn more here:  http://www.integralscience.org/materialism/materialism.html In the past few decades, many leaders in the New Age community began speaking about conscious reality-creation and a great many books and videos have been made on the subject, as well.

After the release of a 2006 documentary film called “The Secret,” the concept of creating your own reality seemed to explode into mainstream attention. It is no longer uncommon to hear people saying they are trying to “manifest” one thing or another or to learn that they have “vision boards” to help them attain their goals.

I thought the movie was good as an introduction, but was a bit superficial in terms of the rationale. Many people, I think, have come away with the idea that reality-creation works by force of will or just positive thinking. There might also be a misconception that this is something that applies only to specific goal achievement or projects. Seth makes clear that this is how everything is created. No aspect of reality is formed in any other way.

Although “positive thinking” and “prosperity thinking” have been around for a long time as methods for achieving success and happiness, they are not the same thing that Seth is talking about. That is not to say that both of these techniques won’t work–sometimes. I find that they can be very helpful; it’s just that, occasionally, what you think you want and who you really are conflict and this creates problems.

You will remember from previous posts that Seth says our particular reality is a result of action between Frameworks 1 and 2. To summarize, Framework 1 is the reality we perceive around us as the physical world. Framework 2 is hidden from our perception, but it is the source of everything and every event in Framework 1.

I personally think of the “power of positive thinking” as the ability to influence Framework 1 without any particular awareness of Framework 2. We may get what we set out to get by force, persuasion, charisma, sheer will power, and so forth. Much can be accomplished in this way. But there is something disjointed about this approach. There may be a split between the outer self and the inner self that interferes with reality creation as you desire. Even with the best of intentions, we often ignore buried feelings and repressed emotions. On the surface we think we know what we want; but underneath we are conflicted.

In my experience, if the goals you set are not aligned with your inner beliefs, values, and desires–either conscious or unconscious–you may still accomplish them temporarily, but ultimately the solution will not be stable. In addition, it will take a lot of energy to accomplish such goals.

If you would know yourself in deepest terms, you must start with your own feelings, emotions, desires, intents and impulses. Spiritual knowledge and psychic wisdom are the result of a sense of self-unity. (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen, 1995/1981, Session 872, p. 296)

Have you ever wondered why it is that sometimes the things you are trying to do are so difficult, obstacles are thrown in your way, and your achievements are slow and brutally hard? At other times, things seem to happen almost magically; everything lines up just perfectly to make the way smooth and joyful. What’s the difference? When everything clicks into place smoothly, I believe that we are creating reality knowingly from Framework 2 and the universal energies are helping us.

This can sound very New-Agey and pie in the sky. But if you can suspend disbelief for a moment and think about it, you will likely be able to find examples in your own life that verify this claim. I know I can. For me, this happened many times during my business career, when the goals I set were at odds with the person I wanted to be on the inside. I found myself taking one step forward, then two steps back often enough. I urge you to think about your own situations.

Psychologists and athletes speak about “flow” as a state in which an individual easily excels to the best of his or her abilities, time seems to stand still, and he or she completes the task, with little conscious thought involved. Again, I believe this is because in those moments, the person’s outer goals and inner values and beliefs have lined up perfectly. You can learn more about flow from the psychologist who discovered and described the phenomenon here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzPky5Xe1-s

So, simply wishing, and visualizing, won’t necessarily make things happen–even with hard work. It’s ultimately about beliefs.

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Cooperation Beats Competition, Pun Intended: Seth Explains Why–Part 4

evenWhen we left off at the end of Part 3, human consciousness had developed enough to be firmly focused in the physical. We discussed how natural guilt–an internal checks and balances system to prevent violation against others–had gone awry. At this stage, tribal myths and cultural stories as well as various pagan religions arose, which attributed both good and bad events to outside forces. For example, a drought could be due to an unhappy storm god. So could a flood, for that matter. What made the storm god unhappy was something people had done. They were guilty, in other words, and the gods would punish them for their transgressions. These myths involved an intrinsic understanding of nature; its just that the people projected the inner knowing onto exterior reality.

Seth says that these mythologies were an attempt by humanity to regulate itself without natural guilt. They represented beliefs that were shared by peasants and the wealthy alike. Humans projected all kinds of feelings and fears onto these spirits, gods, and goddesses, and even on the natural world and its creatures.

. . . There was a spectacular range of good and bad deities, with all gradations [among them], that more or less ‘democratically’ represented the unknown but sensed, splendid and tumultuous characteristics of the human soul, and have stood for those sensed but unknown glimpses of his own reality that man was in one way or another determined to explore. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, p. 400)

Eventually–over many centuries–these pagan religions gave way to the monotheistic religions, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Jehovah and the Christian version of God brought about a direct conflict between the so-called forces of good and the so-called forces of evil by largely cutting out all of the intermediary gods, and therefore destroying the subtle psychological give and take that occurred between them–among them–and polarizing man’s own view of his inner psychological reality. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, p. 400)

These organized religions which emphasized evil, sin, guilt, and punishment, served to separate people even further from their own inner guides and inherent connection with All That Is.  We were here on Earth and God was someplace else, completely removed. Even some of the Eastern philosophies, like Buddhism, taught that all of reality was nothing but illusion and should be rejected for some future state of nirvana.

All such dogmas use artificial guilt, and natural guilt is distorted to serve those ends. In whatever terms, the devotee is told that there is something wrong with earthly experience. You are therefore, considered evil as a self in flesh by virtue of your very existence. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 235)

So, we can see that as evolution proceeded, the memory of our cooperative relationship with all of creation diminished. I don’t want to leave you with the impression that Seth criticized these developments. He described them as understandable steps in the development of human consciousness. All mythologies and religions, he said, gave meaning and some organization to people’s lives. Myths were the basis for their societies, whether tribal or civil, and they were the basis of knowledge and participation in the world at those times.

Seth is an equal opportunity critic of worldviews. For example, he mentions how early civilizations often believed that illness was sent by evil spirits who had to be mollified with various gifts or incantations. This seems ridiculous to us now. But Seth says,

It is easy enough to look at those belief structures and shrug your shoulders, wondering at man’s distorted views of reality. The entire scientific view of illness, however, is quite as distorted. It is as laboriously conceived and interwound with ‘nonsense.’ It is about as factual as the ‘fact’ that God sends illness as punishment, or that illness is the unwanted gift of mischievous demons. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 204)

On that note, let’s talk about the waning of the religious worldview and the rise of the scientific one.

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