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?

How does Goswami’s theory apply to healthcare? Surprisingly, the values that he identifies as missing from our system coordinate nicely with many of Seth’s statements on the subject, which I will address in a moment. Continue reading[..]

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[..]