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[..]