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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Creativity Will Shift Us to Higher Consciousness and Heal Our World, Part 2

Seth predicted that in the Unites States, for example, there would be a new transparency that would expose all of our structures and policies, revealing both greed and good intent. He said things would have to change in a financial way to repair great inequalities. In addition, Seth said that fanaticism and its results would be out in the open, as we’d have to admit is happening in today’s politics. All of these predictions have come true in our own time. Through the Internet, as well as through social media, greater transparency is thrust onto governments, businesses, and other organizations. These same technologies make communication instantaneous so that word can get out before “spin” can be applied.

Seth predicted that there would be grass-roots organizations springing up to make sure that “life has meaning” and that these groups represented the “beginnings of new journeys quite as important to the species an any sea voyage ever was as man searched for new lands.” (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, pp. 346-347.) I see in this prediction reference to groups like the Occupy Movement, Black Lives Matter Movement, and LGBT activism, to name a few.

Surprisingly, Seth even said that we would experience great planetary changes and extreme weather events, all of which are happening now.

There was for humankind, according to Seth, a strong probability that we would weather the storms of disruptions, chaos, and unpredictability that would come with the new transparency and we would create a vastly better world when it was over.

How exactly is this supposed to happen? Seth says it will happen through a leap in consciousness. As I said before, he claims that humans have latent abilities that will re-emerge, that will make humanity so different as to be almost unrecognizable as the same species. And he said that changes in consciousness were accelerating. Think of the leap in consciousness between cavemen and current humans–only now think of it happening quickly rather than over thousands of years.

Seth called this new adaptation “Probable Man.” What will make Probable Man so special and different is the ability to combine intellect with imagination (or creativity, if you will). He or she will be able to consciously create reality using wisdom and discrimination, which will come from adeptness at traveling inner reality.

Before this happens, however, the breakdown of all the false structures and erroneous beliefs that we have relied upon until now will have to be completed.

You may need some time before the old beliefs become less prominent and finally fall into their proper decay . . . But the inner natural leanings of all consciousness . . . now yearn for constructive change, clearer vision, to experience again their inherent sense of corporal spirituality, physical and psychic grace. They want to sense again the effortless motion that is their natural birthright. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, p. 537)

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Creativity Will Shift Us to Higher Consciousness and Heal Our World, Part 1

When most people think of creativity what comes to mind are people using exceptional abilities to make music, art, literature, and design or perhaps they think of great idea-people like inventors, scientists, or entrepreneurs. And it’s true–creativity, inspiration, and imagination drive these accomplishments and these people.

When Seth speaks of creativity, however, it has an even broader meaning. He is talking about our life-force, vitality–that very thing that gives us our being, our will to live, to act, and to know.

This primal creativity applies to all people, not just some specially gifted ones and, according to Seth, also applies to animals, plants, and even things. (We’ll get to that later)

This creative thrust that is behind everything in our world comes from All That Is. We’ve talked about this before but it bears repeating. All that is, in an act of love, released those mental creations to become actualized and gave them the same ability to create worlds that It had.

Consciousness, which is what All That Is really is, transformed Itself into the many facets of nature, all beings, and into every molecule, cell, atom, and particle.

The universe is the natural extension of divine creativity and intent, lovingly formed, from the inside out–so there was consciousness before there was matter, and not the other way around. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, p. 156)

An important characteristic of consciousness, Seth says, is that it operates as both waves and particles. (Today, we know from quantum physics that this is the actual nature of reality. Learn more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave%E2%80%93particle_duality

Seth says that being part of All That Is in its wave-like manifestation means that on one level, absolutely everything is connected to everything else and is able to communicate with and be aware of everything else.

This ability is something that we have forgotten, even though, at one time, in our distant history ancient people used this ability. At the core of virtually every great religion is a mystical tradition which embraces the idea of unity; this idea of a connected whole is an essential element of the Perennial Philosophy–a philosophy that reemerges throughout history in different centuries and cultures. (Read a bit here: http://www.centerforsacredsciences.org/publications/the-mystical-core-of-the-great-traditions.htm

In fact, Seth gave some interesting examples of this ability throughout his books. Here is one:

In those times, all species shared their dreams in a way that is now quite unconscious for your kind, so that in dreams man inquired of the animals also–long before he learned to follow the animal tracks, for example, where is there food or water? What is the lay of the land? Man explored the planet because his dreams told him that the land was there. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 173)

So in this view nothing exists in isolation. Everything is connected.

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Idealists, Fanatics, Fundamentalists, and Donald Trump

The 2016 campaign for President in the U.S. has me feeling alternately amazed, dismayed, energized, and disgusted. Today I’m going to look at the Trump campaign, since this is the one that is causing my reactions and I think Seth offers quite a lot in the way of an explanation.

When the campaign began and Trump and his supporters almost immediately started garnering asymmetrical attention, the news reports focused a lot on the demographics of Trump’s followers: mostly white, blue-collar, skewing male, high-school educated, middle to lower-middle class socio-economic status. As time went on psychological descriptors were added: angry, frustrated, fearful, and some volatile or even dangerous. Of late, Trump’s supporters are called xenophobic, isolationist, racist, and nationalistic.

What about the candidate himself? He has been called sexist, racist, bombastic, narcissistic, arrogant, shallow, materialistic, and ignorant, among other things. Trump seems to view every problem or opportunity from the viewpoint of a salesman, deal-maker, or celebrity; it makes no difference if it is foreign policy, dealing with allies or enemies, the economy, trade, or budget issues–his approach is pretty one-dimensional and based on “power over” or as he might say, strength.

Trump evades substantive questions about policy and pre-empts any bad news that might befall his candidacy by stirring up controversy to change the subject, whenever possible.

Although Donald Trump has upended the status quo–not necessarily a bad thing–it is almost unimaginable to me that he could be the President of the United States, standing for American values at home and in the wider world. It was in thinking about the values that Trump does espouse and those attributed to his supporters that I thought about Seth, remembering that he had a lot to say about worldviews. When I dug into “The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events”* once again, I found Seth’s remarks almost tailor-made to today’s political situation. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised given simultaneous time and Seth’s vantage point outside of physical reality!

Worldviews are important, according to Seth, because “The organization of your feelings, beliefs, and intents directs the focus about which your physical reality  is built. This follows with impeccable spontaneity and order. . . You organize your mental world in such a way that you attract to yourself events that. . . will confirm your beliefs.” (p. 164) If we follow this line of thought, then we Americans have created Donald Trump, his campaign, and the way it is going.

Seth calls the American experiment with democracy heroic, bold, and innovative and said Americans, although never really achieving the “equality” that is the hallmark of democracy, still hold on to that American Dream in which everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goals and be happy, which is the “ideal.” Seth noted, however, that American society was disrupted when an older, predominantly religious worldview was overtaken by a newer, scientific and materialistic worldview. In the religion-grounded worldview “The individual lived out his or her life almost automatically structuring personal experience so that it fit within the accepted norm.” (p. 156) That is because in a religious context order is provided from on high. That which is moral and good is clearly spelled out, as is evil. There are established rules, and people with this worldview are happy to abide by them.

When modern society began to emphasize science, technology, and individualism, the boundaries shifted for those with a religious worldview. Darwin’s theory of evolution and “survival of the fittest” affected peoples’ sense of safety and place in the universe. Seth said that after Darwin, “You take it for granted that the species is aggressively combative. You must out-think the enemy nation before you yourself are destroyed. These paranoiac tendencies are largely hidden beneath man’s nationalistic banners.” (p. 177) The so-called improvements that were to be the result of scientific and technological advancements have not necessarily improved these peoples’ lives either. The result is a rebellion against scientific intellectualism. There are many examples of this, but a good example is the skepticism about climate change in the fundamentalist religious community.

With changing worldviews, Seth says, “The individual must make his or her own way through a barrage of different value systems, making decisions that were largely unthought-of when a son followed his father’s trade automatically, for example, or when marriages were made largely for economic reasons.” (p. 156)

According to Seth, the “improvements” of the materialistic/scientific worldview, while convenient, robbed humanity of its heroic impulses and true instinct, which Seth describes as the need to feel that life has purpose and meaning.

In the wake of these sea changes, “some people. . . are looking for some authority–any authority– to make their decisions for them, for the world seems increasingly dangerous and they, because of their beliefs, feel increasingly powerless. They yearn toward the old ways. . . Their idealism finds no particular outlet.” (p. 210)

It is understandable that Trump supporters feel put out. They find themselves in a society now where marriage may be between two people of the same sex, where a Muslim may move into their workplace and be excused several times a day to answer the “call to prayer,” or where they are turned down for jobs which are then given to immigrants. On top of that, the order they once relied on has either imploded or been corrupted somehow. The financial crisis of 2008 was especially rough for them; they lost homes, retirement accounts, life savings, and jobs. At the same time, globalization resulted in many of their jobs being moved to countries with low-wage workers. The world around them changed very quickly, with new technologies, new ways of communicating through social media and the Web, and many social changes that seemed to fly in the face of the religious and moral values they hold. Without higher education or the ability and desire to “reinvent themselves” they did not prosper as once was possible. So, where before they could be “idealists” about what it meant to be an American, now they see that whole way of life threatened. It is no wonder that Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again” appeals to them.

According to Seth, a frustrated idealist “projects his betrayal outward until betrayal is all that he sees in the socio-political world. . . They demand immediate action. They want to make the world over in their own images. They cannot  bear the expression of tolerance or opposing ideas.” (pp. 214-215) Rather than projecting everything bad onto others, the better antidote, Seth says, would be if every person worked on actualizing his ideals through his own private life. “When you fulfill your own abilities, when you express your personal idealism through acting it out to the best of your ability in your daily life, then you are changing the world for the better.” (p. 215)

Instead, some of these thwarted idealists become what Seth called “fanatics” or they turn to fanatics for answers. Seth says:

A fanatic believes that he is powerless. He does not trust his own self-structure, or his ability to act effectively. Joint action seems the only course, but a joint action in which each individual must actually be forced to act, driven by frenzy, or fear or hatred, incensed and provoked, for otherwise the fanatic fears that no action at all will be taken toward ‘the ideal’ (p. 229)

This is where Trump masterfully channels the outrage of the group and brazenly promises that things will be different once he is in charge. He castigates “the establishment,” the liars, the hypocrites, and the sell-outs. His rallies consist of chants, threats, and litanies of problems caused by all kinds of groups and people. The rally takes on a life of its own.

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