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[..]

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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Seth’s Value Fulfillment Promise: Align with your True Self and Flow Through Life with More Ease, Part 2

According to Seth, we create our problems through mistaken beliefs. We actually create everything in our world that we view as negative. It is all a misunderstanding of the nature of reality and our own divinity. And this ties back to our original question: Why are some things so difficult?

In our divine state, if we could only believe in it, we are safe; we are powerful; we can do anything we decide to do; there is no reason for fear or to doubt ourselves. And even though we all have different propensities for self-expression, there is a wholeness, a unity to the world, that is vast enough to accommodate all the varieties of being-ness. And if we did not allow fear to enter the equation, all of life would be cooperative. That’s just the way it is.

If it were not for this most basic, initial loving cooperation, that is a given quality in life itself, life would not have continued. Each individual . . . automatically seeks to enhance the quality of life itself–not only for itself but for all of reality as well . . . regardless of the beliefs that may lead you to misinterpret the actions of nature, casting some of its creatures in a reprehensible light. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1,  p. 198)

Most people, I think, have a certain amount of trouble remembering who they are and their true purpose. A lot of people claim to have no idea at all what their purpose is. Maybe that is because, in our culture, there is such an emphasis on big, splashy achievements. We celebrate the top athletes, the rags to riches stories, the improbably social media stars. But Seth says that we are attaining value fulfillment in every little thing we do, and in simply being.

We get feedback when we are doing something that is in line with our True Self. It might be a feeling of pure happiness or delight, or it might be unstoppable energy to accomplish something, or it might be total confidence without much effort.

Unfortunately, in our culture we are conditioned by what our parents, religion, social group, or even the media dictate that we ought to be, do, or strive for. And when we buy into these “rules” coming from the outside that is when things go awry.

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Seth’s Value Fulfillment Promise: Align with Your True Self and Flow Through Life with More Ease. Part 1

Do you ever wonder why some things you do are so difficult and others just seem to happen smoothly and easily? And the difficulty has nothing to do with how capable you are or how complex the thing you want to do is. It can be as big a deal as getting along with your spouse or your boss or as simple as driving to work or setting up a get-together with friends. Some things just seem to resist our efforts while others don’t.

Two things that Seth says give a hint about why this is so.

That which is in harmony with the universe, with All That Is, has a natural inborn impetus that will dissolve all impediments. (Dreams, ‘Evolution’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1. Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, p. 240)

When you trust the thrust of your own life, you are always supported. (Dreams, ‘Evolution’ and Value Fulfillment. Volume 1, p. 111)

Although it sounds like this should be easy . . . I’ll just line up with my True Self and everything will be a piece of cake. In fact, it’s something we find very, very hard to do.

The “natural born impetus” or “thrust” that Seth speaks of is one of my favorite topics in all of the Seth material. He calls it value fulfillment. But even Seth says that it is a difficult concept to define.

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