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[..]

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)

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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 3

According to Seth, those CUs that would eventually become human consciousness as we know it existed during pre-history in a kind of pseudo-form which Seth called a dream body. The dream body, in turn, operated in what might be best thought of as a dream world, also formed by consciousness.

Seth called these pre-humans “Sleepwalkers” and their main concentration was still in the dream world, even though they were beginning to experiment with physical reality. The Sleepwalkers had bodies, some of which looked like ours, but they operated perfectly and effortlessly, were not diseased or defective in any way, and had some abilities that surpassed ours.

This state was one in which pre-humans could try out different ideas, create environments, interact with various species, and learn how they would work together. If things didn’t go the way they planned, they could try something else, without the physical consequences.

The Sleepwalkers did not age anywhere near as quickly as we do and did not need to procreate; gender was not important and these beings had what we would call both male and female qualities. In Seth’s recounting,

While men [and women] had their dream bodies alone they enjoyed a remarkable freedom . . . for their bodies did not have to be fed or clothed. They did not have to operate under the laws of gravity . . . They did not yet identify themselves to any great degree as being themselves separate from either the environment or other creatures. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, p. 222)

During the time of the Sleepwalkers, matter was impermanent; Seth said it pulsed in and out of existence. “What you really had in the beginning were images without form, slowly adopting form, blinking on and off, then stabilizing into forms that were as yet not completely physical. These then took on all of the characteristics that you now consider formed physical matter.” (Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 179)

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Cooperation Beats Competition, Pun Intended: Seth Explains Why–Part 2

You will remember from previous posts or from reading the Seth material yourself, that a nonphysical, hidden reality preceded physical reality. Every possibility or probability that could ever exist was thought of all at once by All That Is and became “Divine Fact” in a different framework–one that is completely mental, not physical.

Before anything that is part of our physical world becomes physical, Seth says, it passes through various stages. The most important thing to know about these stages is that what propels them into being is consciousness. Everything is made up of consciousness.

Consciousness is the agent that directs the transformation of energy into form and of form into energy. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, p. 137)

Seth describes consciousness units or CUs as the “building blocks” of matter. Fifty years ago we were all taught that the atom was the smallest building block of matter. Today, most physicists think of some yet undiscovered sub-atomic particle as the smallest building block of matter. Seth claims that ultimately humanity will realize that consciousness units are what they have been searching for.  You can read a bit here about the physicists who have already come around to this idea: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/11/11/consciousness-creates-reality-physicists-admit-the-universe-is-immaterial-mental-spiritual/

Seth says that CUs act as both particle and wave at different times. When CUs act like particles, they experience their reality from the center of those forms, they focus on unique specifications, and they become individual. When they act like waves they do not set up boundaries for themselves and they can be in more than one place at a time. Think of a vast ocean in relation to a drop of ocean water to get an impression of this concept. And Seth says that CUs act as both particle and wave (or matter and force) all the time. So literally everything in our reality, even space, is made up of consciousness and results from consciousness.

Metaphysically, they [CUs] can be thought of as the point at which All That Is acts to form [your] world–the immediate contact of a never-ending creative inspiration, coming into mental focus . . . the CUs represent the spectacular foundations of the world in value fulfillment, for each unit of consciousness is related to each other, a part of the other, each participating in the entire gestalt of mortal experience. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 170)

This word, “gestalt” is one that Seth uses frequently. A gestalt is a unified whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Seth says that CUs all have a propensity for exploring possibilities and they form into units of all sizes based on the qualities that are significant to them.

Certain units would settle upon various kinds of organization, find these significant, then build upon them and attract others of the same nature. So were various systems of reality formed. The particular kind of significance settled upon would act both as a directive for experience and as a method of erecting effective boundaries . . . The units can and do intermix, yet because of the propensity for selectivity and significance, whole groups of them will ‘repel’ other whole groups, thus providing a protective inner system of interaction. (The Unknown Reality, Volume 1, Amber-Allen, 1977/1996, p. 48)

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Cooperation Beats Competition, Pun Intended: Seth Explains Why, Part 1

As someone immersed in Seth’s philosophy as a way of life, I can’t help but interpret current events through this lens. Frequently, something I see or hear makes me think, “Seth said something about that.” Then, when I dig deeper, I find that indeed there is a great deal Seth said about that particular topic. When I consider how long ago his words were written, it often amazes me how prescient they were, especially when they can be applied precisely to something happening now or when they foretold of scientific discoveries that came much later into public awareness.

Today I want to talk about Seth’s thoughts on cooperation versus competition. A couple of things going on in the world got me thinking about this topic.

First, the Summer Olympics in Rio just wrapped up. Like anyone else, I can get excited and patriotic when the medal winners are from my own country. But I also feel bad for all the athletes who compete but don’t win a medal, because they have dedicated much of their lives to athletic excellence and have accomplished great things, yet sometimes, in just minutes, their dreams are dashed.

Although many things are good in moderation, we often take them too far. It’s part of the “more of a good thing must be better” school of thought that is often regarded as an American invention. So instead of celebrating all of the talent on exhibit at the Olympics, a certain segment of people will boo athletes from other countries. Certain governments will put their talented athletes at risk with doping, just to win. And certain officials will get selfishly involved in corrupt activities, just for the big money.

A different kind of competition is going on closer to home and also on my mind lately. It is the U.S. Presidential campaign, which was recently on display, in all its gross and glorious aspects, during the Republican and Democratic conventions. Beyond the polarizing campaign rhetoric and media coverage throughout, I suspect the same animosity will carry right through to the actual governing at congressional, state, and local levels. This is competition at its most discouraging and damaging.

I’ve been thinking about cooperation recently as well. Just this week I enjoyed a Ted Talk by Suzanne Simard called “How Trees Talk to Each Other, ” which was based on decades-long research on communication that exists among trees and their environment The talk was fantastic and uplifting. You can watch it here: https://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other

Simard’s presentation called to mind some of Seth’s comments so I did a little research. I found a specific reference to trees in which Seth said, “One tree in a forest knows of the entire environment and its relationship in it.  Its tree-ness can merge with soil-ness, for example.” (The “Unknown” Reality, Volume 1, Amber-Allen, 1977/1996, p. 119) But this comment occurs within a broader explanation about how communication and cooperation carry on “beneath” or “behind” the reality we are aware of.

Seth asserts that we would not exist at all if not for cooperation. The cells of our bodies cooperate to keep us alive and to heal us when necessary. Civilizations and social institutions are all based on cooperation. And of course there are limitless examples of complex and interdependent systems within nature.

The living world consists of a spontaneous cooperation that exists between the smallest and the highest, the greatest and the lowly, between the atoms and the molecules and the conscious, reasoning mind. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen, 1974/1994, p. 3)

Why don’t we realize this? Well, some people do. And some believe it about nature, but they forget that nature includes human beings.

Seth says,

It has been fashionable in the past to believe that each species was oriented selfishly toward its own survival. Each was seen in competition with all other species. In that framework cooperation was simply a by-product of a primary drive toward survival. One species might use another, for instance. Species were thought to change, and ‘mutants’ [mutations] form, because of a previous alteration in the environment, to which any given species had to adjust or disappear. The motivating power was always projected outside. (The Unknown Reality, Volume 2, pp. 286-287)

Of course, this is a description of Darwinism. And, today, we have taken some of the concepts attributed to Darwin and applied them to other disciplines such as business, finance, sports, healthcare, education, and others. However, Seth argues, this interpretation of the world as inherently competitive is incorrect.

Today, there are many scholars who say that Darwin’s observations were misunderstood and skewed by prevailing attitudes at the time. You can read more here: http://proutglobe.org/2012/10/is-human-nature-competitive-or-cooperative/ and here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/kindness-emotions-psychology/

Were humans ever aware of the inner, primal connection that Seth speaks of? If so, how and why did we lose that awareness?

Find out in Part 2