Many Lives, Many Deaths–Seth Explains Reincarnation, Part 3

The In-Between Time or Mid-Plane

Before getting in to this section too deeply, I should caution that much of the what Seth says about the afterlife or the mid-plane is metaphorical. He frequently couches his explanations in words like “in your terms,” by which he means “in the linear thinking that physical reality necessitates.”

The main thing to keep in mind is that time is simultaneous. Although we in physical reality experience time one moment after another, always moving in one direction from past to present to future, this is only our perception. (Even Einstein agrees. Read more here: http://everythingforever.com/einstein.htm) That is why Seth says that you can reincarnate into the “past” or the “future.” They are all happening at the same time.  This is not the way reincarnation is typically taught or thought of; it is original to Seth.

Immediately after death, then, Seth says that there are some individuals who will need to rest and re-gather their energies. For those, there will be hospitals, nursing centers and spa-like places of rest, which are actually simulations.  If a person is disoriented, teachers and helpers will help to reorient them in what we might think of as classes or learning sessions. It is a time for integrating the experiences of the life just completed and to review the effect our thoughts and actions have had on others and ourselves. The people you meet in the mid-plane are at all different levels of development, as are the teachers. There are some very advanced teachers.

Some people may choose to relive certain portions of lifetime experiences that they were not satisfied with, but only with thought-forms of the other people who will appear in something like a virtual reality session. However, a few of your contemporaries could choose to join in your experiment. There is no judgment or punishment of any kind. Just a time of reflection and learning.

In this mid-plane of existence, you will be fully aware of your multidimensional self and meet with some of your reincarnational selves—even some who are much further along in their development. You will see again people from other reincarnations who meant a lot to you emotionally.

You also make friends and acquaintances in these rest periods whom you meet again and again—and only, perhaps, during in-between existences. (Seth Speaks, pp. 155-156)

This mid-plane is also the level in which you communicate with relatives. Seth says that we visit this area frequently during our dreams.  And, in case you’re curious, Seth says that “Love relationships do indeed survive time, and they put you in a special correspondence.” (Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, p. 429)

There is no fixed amount of time that one remains in the mid-plane. It depends on how easily comprehension takes place.

There is no time schedule, and yet it is very unusual for an individual to wait for anything over three centuries between lives, for this makes the orientation very difficult, and the emotional ties with earth have become weak. (Seth Speaks, pp. 151-152)

(Again, keep in mind that Seth is using terms and time frames that make sense to us; they should not be thought of as absolute.)

Eventually, you come to the “time of choosing.” Some people get there quickly, others take much longer. It depends on how well you understand the nature of reality, such as the inner unity and oneness of all creation, the interconnections and cooperation that happen at all levels, and your own part in reality creation.

The impediments to moving on include a strong belief in duality, such as heaven and hell or good and evil—or any belief the sees opposites rather than positions on a continuum. So as not to create an impediment after death, we should, therefore understand that our physical self and our non-physical self are aspects on a continuum; we are not really in two separate “places;” we are in both places at once. Thus, Seth’s declaration that we are as dead now as we ever will be!

When you are ready to choose your next existence, according to Seth, you join with others who have decided upon a similar kind of experience, e.g., to reincarnate into a certain century and in a certain environment. Some of you may have heard the term soul-groups and Seth alludes to that here:

The relationships for the next life have to be settled upon, and this involves telepathic communication with all those who will be involved. This is a time, then of many projections. There are those who are simply loners, who reincarnate without any great feeling for earth’s historical periods. There are others who like to return when their contemporaries from some particular past historical time return again, and therefore there are group patterns that involve reincarnational cycles in which many, but not all, are involved. (Seth Speaks, p. 152)

The people you collaborate with, according to Seth, include those who will be your parents and any children you might have.

Finally, there are some individuals who have finished the reincarnational cycle; that is, they understand the true nature of reality and how to capably manipulate within it. They have no further need to experience physical reality and can move on, although some do choose to return as teachers. Continue reading[..]

Many Lives, Many Deaths–Seth Explains Reincarnation, Part 2

What Happens to You When You Die?

At the point of death, according to Seth, your consciousness turns aside its awareness from physical reality and re-focuses elsewhere. Using the words “point of death” is not really accurate, though. Seth says that consciousness may leave the body before physical death, for example, when a person is in a coma and only the body consciousness is keeping it going. He also says that the consciousness of the elderly, as they near death, often comes and goes as it begins to reorient itself in a different dimension of existence.

So instead of focusing only in the physical world, those who are near death are aware of non-physical experience too. Other people who hear them speak of these “journeys” might conclude that they are hallucinating. Here is one way to think about what it is like to re-focus and enter a different frame of reference.

Imagine yourself as you were at age 5. Picture an event from those times and how you perceived it as a child. Now see it from your adult perspective. You have a different frame of reference now. You will see a broader picture; you will interpret it differently; you will notice other things that were going on at the same time, where, as a child, you were more laser-focused. That child is gone now, but still part of the greater you.

So, likewise, after death you will realize, sooner or later, that your frame of reference has changed and you have a broader picture than before.

I say “sooner or later” because a lot depends on the beliefs and expectations you have about what will happen. Some people are prepared for this change of focus because they have practiced shifting their consciousness through meditation, lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, and so forth. They already understand to a degree that they are more than just their physical bodies. Other people have expectations based on religious beliefs or fear.

According to Seth, beliefs and expectations will mean that you will temporarily experience just what you expect to, whether that is loved ones coming to greet you, heaven or hell, judgment, angels, or anything else you imagine. In some cases, especially when death is sudden, the deceased does not even realize that he is dead. But these temporary situations will not last long, and teachers will be available to helpfully guide the person to an accurate understanding.

Generally speaking, though, most will be aware that they have survived death.

You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it. Then the differences between it and the physical body will become obvious. (Seth Speaks, p. 120)

One thing that I found interesting, is Seth’s claim that “death will not bring you an eternal resting place.” (Seth Speaks, p. 121) In fact, based on the descriptions of the time immediately after death, as well as the time in between one death and the next existence, there is a lot going on and it is anything but some amorphously peaceful condition. Seth says that there is an unlimited variety of experience available after death.

The self is multidimensional when it is physically alive. It is a triumph of spiritual and psychological identity, ever choosing from a myriad of probable realities its own clear unassailable focus (very intently). When you don’t realize this then you project upon life after death all of the old misconceptions. You expect the dead to be little different from the living-if you believe in afterlife at all-but perhaps more at peace, more understanding, and, hopefully, wiser. (The “Unknown” Reality, Volume 1, p. xxxi)

While a lot goes on and different laws than we are used to apply, the overall experience is not somber at all, according to Seth.

To the contrary, they [after death environments] are generally far more intense and joyful than the reality you know now. (Seth Speaks, p. 120)

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Many Lives, Many Deaths–Seth Explains Reincarnation, Part 1

January is that time of year when many of us think about our lives and contemplate improvements. That may involve making resolutions or setting goals. At my age, it is something different. A new year seems to get me thinking about my mortality and about the ongoing purpose of my life. The busiest years of career and family work are over, which is a mixed blessing. Yes, I have more time to pursue what I love but I also must consciously choose the activity of my days. I have never liked to “waste” my time. I like to choose mindfully how I spend the time I have.

At the end of December, the media run stories or air shows that highlight all the famous people who died during the year. My husband always jokes about how we only seem to find out how great people are after they die. It’s true. In these memorials, and even at local funerals, friends and family tell such wonderful stories about their deceased loved ones and I always wish I had known them better.

As it happens, I attended the funeral, this morning, of a friend from town who had been a vibrant octogenarian until acquiring the illness that killed her. Her service was held at a Congregational Church in town and was completely filled with friends of the family. A woman who had been friends with the deceased for over 50 years gave the first eulogy. She spoke of how they had been young married women and mothers together in the early 60s and about the many hours they spent on the phone gabbing with each other.

This friend’s recollection was so poignant, that it reminded me that mundane activities like talking on the phone can have a big impact on another person; it is not just consequential accomplishments that touch other people’s lives. This was a timely lesson for me as I considered what were important or not important ways to spend my time.

I learned recently that January 1, as a date, has the highest death rate of any day of the year. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/30/the-deadliest-day-of-the-year-is-almost-upon-us/?utm_term=.45fc5f32cf91 ) The researchers who learned this, could not say definitively why, but they hypothesized that it was because, when people went to emergency rooms on New Year’s Day, a lot of the regular staff was off and they got less experienced people to care for them. I suspect that there is more to it than that. I would guess that it’s a time when people might look at their lives and see no clear purpose to it for whatever reason and on a subconscious level decide to check out.

So at this time of year, as I ponder the deep thoughts about life—and death, I invariably turn to Seth for inspiration. As it turns out, Seth has quite a lot of intriguing things to say about death and that is the focus of this post. The phrase of Seth’s that sticks in my mind more than any other is this:

You are ‘dead’ now—and as dead as you will ever be. (Seth Speaks, Amber-Allen, 1972/1994, p. 141)

I remember the first time I read that. I found it provocative but had no idea what to make of it. How could I be dead and alive at the same time? Even now, after decades of studying the Seth Material, my understanding keeps changing and growing. One thing is certain, Seth’s explanations of death, life after death, life between lives, and reincarnation are some of the most hopeful, uplifting, and reassuring parts of his books, at least to my way of thinking.  So, let’s look at some of them.  Continue reading[..]

How You Age is Your Choice–Part 2

We of the baby boom generation, are often dealing with aging parents, even while becoming “seniors” ourselves. We have had to take the car keys away; refurbish homes with new safety railings and ramps; worry about what our parents are eating; and, if we don’t live nearby, to hire aids and nurses to help with the dispensing of prescriptions and to drive parents to doctor appointments. Probably the worst thing for our aged parents is loneliness. For those who are fortunate to still have friends and family that they can see and talk with regularly, life is better, no matter what their physical or even mental restrictions.

Because of worry, we often view all the changes in our parents  as problems. Sometimes the busyness of life gives us an excuse not to slow down enough to interact with our parents at their own speed. But just because our parents can’t move around as quickly as before does not mean that they have turned into different people or that they cannot enjoy a new experience.

When an individual becomes older . . . the focus for that particular kind of concentration [intellect and critical thinking] is no longer so immediately available. The mind actually becomes more itself, freer to use more of its abilities, allowed to stray from restricted areas, to assimilate, to acknowledge and create. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 256)

As someone very familiar with Seth’s words, I tried to think of what he had advised about aging while I dealt with my own father’s situation. My Dad had a pretty routine life for someone of his generation, which included naval service during WWII, a long-term marriage and fatherhood, a lifetime blue-collar job, and a certain amount of ups and downs, like anyone else.

When he was in his early 50s, he had a massive heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery, which set him back for about a year. However, he recovered physically and mentally and was able to carry on. When he was 77 my Mom died. Within a few months of her death, my father’s home of 50 years was taken by eminent domain and he found himself having to move to a strange place. This made him extremely angry and he felt betrayed. Two such major life setbacks in a short time affected him greatly. It was no surprise to me when he was suddenly diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. While living alone in a new, strange place, he had to go for radiation treatments and take himself to all kinds of appointments. There were nurses, aids, and social workers coming to his house. He took at least a dozen pills every day and had to fend for himself for meals, since he didn’t cook. As he got older there were other health issues, surgeries, and so forth–all this as my father aged into his 80s.

Meanwhile, Dad showed signs of increasing dementia. I took him for a geriatric evaluation and was told that he had early stage Alzheimer’s disease, as well as signs of depression, and that he should not be living alone. The office suggested a very nice assisted living center with specialized memory care. We were able to make this change, which my father agreed to. In the first few weeks he did not seem to adjust well, but soon after he began to thrive. He made friends, participated in lots of activities, had a girlfriend, ate regular meals again, and had a trained staff member to dispense his prescriptions.

Once the stress of living alone was removed, I began to get to know my father in a whole new way. As we spoke daily, I learned a lot about his outlook on life and the things that he was curious about. Soon, aspects of his much younger personality began to emerge. This must have been what he was like before marriage and family. He came across as much more of a risk-taker than I remembered. He showed great curiosity about progress and changes in the world, especially technology. And he frequently explained to me that people ought to stay positive and believe in themselves if they expected to be happy and successful in life.

One somewhat shocking thing that happened was that I received a call from the assisted living staff to say that my father was acting in a “sexually inappropriate” manner by saying suggestive things and even groping at staff and residents. I found this so out of character for my father, who had always seemed to me a proper gentleman, conservative in his ways. I also heard about how he finagled extra drinks for himself during Happy Hour and was the life of the party at social gatherings! What explanation could there be for this alternative side of my father’s personality?

I should not have been so surprised. Seth says:

As the mind within the body clearly sees its earthly time coming to an end, mental and psychic accelerations take place. These are in many ways like adolescent experiences in their great bursts of creative activity, with the resulting formation of questions, and the preparation for a completely new kind of personality growth and fulfillment. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 253)

Seth said that, unfortunately, these new aspects of personality make those around the elderly uncomfortable and are often viewed as “grotesque” because they don’t fit the stereotypes we have of old people. Their behavior is simply attributed to mental deterioration. But Seth says that:

In old age. . . it is here, as in adolescence, that the greatest creativity may emerge but go unrecognized. This era could be more advantageous to the individual and to the race than any other period, were it recognized for what it is and understood. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 255)

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