Cooperation Beats Competition, Pun Intended: Seth Explains Why–Part 4

evenWhen we left off at the end of Part 3, human consciousness had developed enough to be firmly focused in the physical. We discussed how natural guilt–an internal checks and balances system to prevent violation against others–had gone awry. At this stage, tribal myths and cultural stories as well as various pagan religions arose, which attributed both good and bad events to outside forces. For example, a drought could be due to an unhappy storm god. So could a flood, for that matter. What made the storm god unhappy was something people had done. They were guilty, in other words, and the gods would punish them for their transgressions. These myths involved an intrinsic understanding of nature; its just that the people projected the inner knowing onto exterior reality.

Seth says that these mythologies were an attempt by humanity to regulate itself without natural guilt. They represented beliefs that were shared by peasants and the wealthy alike. Humans projected all kinds of feelings and fears onto these spirits, gods, and goddesses, and even on the natural world and its creatures.

. . . There was a spectacular range of good and bad deities, with all gradations [among them], that more or less ‘democratically’ represented the unknown but sensed, splendid and tumultuous characteristics of the human soul, and have stood for those sensed but unknown glimpses of his own reality that man was in one way or another determined to explore. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, p. 400)

Eventually–over many centuries–these pagan religions gave way to the monotheistic religions, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Jehovah and the Christian version of God brought about a direct conflict between the so-called forces of good and the so-called forces of evil by largely cutting out all of the intermediary gods, and therefore destroying the subtle psychological give and take that occurred between them–among them–and polarizing man’s own view of his inner psychological reality. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, p. 400)

These organized religions which emphasized evil, sin, guilt, and punishment, served to separate people even further from their own inner guides and inherent connection with All That Is.  We were here on Earth and God was someplace else, completely removed. Even some of the Eastern philosophies, like Buddhism, taught that all of reality was nothing but illusion and should be rejected for some future state of nirvana.

All such dogmas use artificial guilt, and natural guilt is distorted to serve those ends. In whatever terms, the devotee is told that there is something wrong with earthly experience. You are therefore, considered evil as a self in flesh by virtue of your very existence. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 235)

So, we can see that as evolution proceeded, the memory of our cooperative relationship with all of creation diminished. I don’t want to leave you with the impression that Seth criticized these developments. He described them as understandable steps in the development of human consciousness. All mythologies and religions, he said, gave meaning and some organization to people’s lives. Myths were the basis for their societies, whether tribal or civil, and they were the basis of knowledge and participation in the world at those times.

Seth is an equal opportunity critic of worldviews. For example, he mentions how early civilizations often believed that illness was sent by evil spirits who had to be mollified with various gifts or incantations. This seems ridiculous to us now. But Seth says,

It is easy enough to look at those belief structures and shrug your shoulders, wondering at man’s distorted views of reality. The entire scientific view of illness, however, is quite as distorted. It is as laboriously conceived and interwound with ‘nonsense.’ It is about as factual as the ‘fact’ that God sends illness as punishment, or that illness is the unwanted gift of mischievous demons. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 204)

On that note, let’s talk about the waning of the religious worldview and the rise of the scientific one.

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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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Joy is your Birthright: Seth’s Take on the State of Grace, Part 2

This morning I spent a few hours with my 19 month-old grandson. My daughter told me how she had heard him in the morning in his crib, babbling and singing to his stuffed animals for 30 minutes before she went in to get him up. Children are able to feel their state of grace easily and they are rewarded with imagination, playfulness, and freedom to just BE.

Seth says,

When you create a poem or a song or a painting you are in a state of play, of enjoyment, of freedom. You intend to make something different, to produce a new version of reality. You create out of love, for the sake of the experience . . . When you think: ‘life is earnest, ‘ and decide to put away childish things, then often you lose sight of your own creativity and become so deadly serious that you cannot play, even mentally . . . Limiting ideas therefore predispose you to accept others of a similar nature. Exuberant ideas of freedom, spontaneity and joy automatically collect others of their kind. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 40)

Seth’s advice is to let go and enjoy the spontaneity of your own being. He says we must abandon ourselves to the power of our own lifeform. If we think back to the creation story, that power came directly from All That Is. So it is very powerful, indeed.

We won’t all be artists, poets, and musicians, but we can be just as free and creative in any area of work, play, or life in general. We can create from love while cooking, cleaning, building, strategizing, teaching, serving others, and in thousands of other ways. It is a matter of looking at things with a good attitude. I can look upon doing laundry as drudgery, but I can also be happy that I am doing something for the family I love or with gratitude for the nice clothes I have and be happy about that.

You can mow the lawn and hate the chore or you can do it with love for being outdoors and creating a beautiful yard for your family to enjoy.

You can work in a corporation as an accountant, but instead of thinking of it as grunt work you can revel in the happiness of using your intellect, anticipating obstacles, and devising solutions. It all depends on how you look at it.

In Seth’s view of reality creation, everything we encounter in the world is created by us. If we work and play with a joyful attitude, more joy appears in our reality.

The conscious mind is a window through which you look outward–and looking outward, perceive the fruits of your inner mind. Often you let false beliefs blur that great vision. Your joy, vitality and accomplishment do not come from the outside to you as the result of events that ‘happen to you.’ They spring from inner events that are the result of your beliefs. (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 27)

We should do everything with as much love as possible, Seth says, because love is what incites action and it catalyzes dynamos of energy. Believe it or not, even hate is a means of returning to love, according to Seth:

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Joy is your Birthright: Seth’s Take on the State of Grace, Part 1

In previous posts we’ve tackled several topics that relate to things that appear to have “gone wrong” in our world based on our erroneous beliefs, such as evil, hate, fanaticism, and illness in old age.

Today, we will examine what makes life wonderful, how to be happy and fruitful, and how to dwell in peace, love, and grace.

If there is one thing we can say definitively it is that Seth has a life-affirming view of physical reality and humanity. While most religions teach that humanity is sinful, in need of forgiveness and redemption, or that physical reality is only a poor, substandard version of higher levels of existence, Seth says, “NO,” this is not correct. (Although Seth does say that physical reality is camouflaged so that we often misunderstand its true nature, he always endorses the worthiness of being in physical reality and the creative part we play in existence.)

In many instances throughout the Seth material Seth talks about the purpose of our lives being to enjoy life and even to have fun–to just BE. While this may seem somewhat shallow, it really isn’t when you put it in the context of his assertions on the nature of reality.

So we’ll start with Seth’s version of the creation story, which I happen to think is one of the most beautiful sections of Seth and Jane’s whole body of work. Once we understand that, then we can see how all love, peace, joy, happiness, creativity and vitality flow from that point.

To begin with, it’s important to understand that the story, as Seth tells it, is metaphorical. He says that we need a myth to help us sense inner truths that we are not yet able to grasp with our minds. But he asserts that the myth does express the essential truth of our genesis. The entire story, a little too long to quote here in its entirety can be found in Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Volume One, Session 883 and also in Chapter 18 of The Seth Material. One other reminder, Seth asks that we try not to think of All That Is as a human being, which would be inaccurate.

It all starts with a condition called “non-being,” which is not the same thing as nothingness. It is a state “in which probabilities and possibilities are known and anticipated but blocked from expression.” (The Seth Material, Buccaneer Books, NY, 1970, p. 264) And this is the state of affairs where the story begins. All That is or God, if you prefer, existed in a purely psychological dimension. The closest comparison to anything we can contemplate is our own dream state. In this state,

All That Is possessed a creativity of such magnificence that its slightest imaginings, dreams, thoughts, feelings or moods attained a kind of reality, a vividness, an intensity, that almost demanded freedom.

The experience, the subjective universe, the ‘mind’ of All That Is, was so brilliant, so distinct, that All That Is almost became lost, mentally wandering within this ever-flourishing, ever-growing landscape.

Each thought, feeling, dream or mood was itself indelibly marked with all of the attributes of this infinite subjectivity. Each glowed and quivered with its own creativity, its own desire to create as it had been created. (Dreams, ‘Evolution,’ and Value Fulfillment, Volume One, Amber-Allen, 1986/1997, p. 129)

When all of these endless possibilities were created in the mind of All That is, Seth says that they existed in “divine fact,” that is, they existed in all ways except for physical objectivity. Once this process started, it just kept on and new generations of divine fact spilled out with ever-increasing diversity and vividness. The pressure was growing as All That Is “realized that its own ever-multiplying thoughts and dreams themselves yearned to enjoy those greater gifts of creativity with which they were innately endowed.” (Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1, p. 129)

So imagine that every conceivable thing that ever was or ever will be was already realized at one level, but yearned for more. So All That is kept dreaming and imagining and added more and more detail to his progeny. But they clamored to be released from this state and to become actual. Seth called this the Cosmic Dilemma: To give over the massive potential and creativity to create to Its own creations would be the ultimate gift of love, but to give them actuality would also mean losing a part of Its own consciousness. And Seth says that this dilemma created a kind of divine agony for All That Is.

Of course we know what choice was made–the buildup of psychic energy exploded in a flash of creation and the multitudinous imaginings of All That Is were given the gift of actuality. Because of this gift, we are all co-creators of our world and carry a divine spark of All That Is within us, as does every other form of matter.

All That Is loves all that it has created down to the least, for it realizes the dearness and uniqueness of each consciousness which has been wrest from such a state and at such a price. It is triumphant and joyful at each development taken by each consciousness, for this is an added triumph against that first state, and it revels and takes joy in the slightest creative act of each of its issues. (The Seth Material, p. 268)

According to this beautiful story, we have the same agony within us to create, that urge to bring new ideas into actuality. This is because we are all extensions of All That Is. We are similarly divine and similarly creative and at every moment we are still connected to everything else, including All That Is. Seth says that it is now up to us to direct the outcome of our lives “with joy and vigor, clearing your conscious mind so that the deeper knowledge of your greater identity can form joyous expressions in the world of flesh.” (The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen, 1974/1994, p. 14)

“These connection between you and All That Is can never be severed, and Its awareness is so delicate and focused that Its attention is indeed directed with a prime creator’s love to each consciousness.” (The Seth Material, p. 269) So, we are loved at all times and so are all of our creations, whatever they may be.

What Seth is really talking about here is the fact that we are perpetually in a state of grace–a “condition in which all growth is effortless, a transparent, joyful acquiescence that is a ground requirement of all existence” (The Nature of Personal Reality, p. 157) Seth says that we become aware of our state of grace when we recognize our purpose and freedom, as well as our rightful place in existence.

 

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