May 25 2012

Reading the Seth Material (part 1)

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I’ve been reading Seth Speaks, by Jane Roberts / Seth. This is rather interesting. Jane experimented with automatic writing, and eventually opened herself up for temporary posession (I’m not overly fond of the term “channeling”) by a being calling himself “Seth”. Seth claimed to be a very ancient being, who had incarnated on earth a number of times, as well as elsewhere. When he was inside Jane, her body would sort of readjust itself, as would her facial muscles, as well as her voice, to be Seth’s features. I’ve seen photographs, of her, and of Seth “in” her, and I can pretty safely say she didn’t appear to be “faking” it.

Anyway, Seth decided he wanted to write a book, to sort of put us humans back on track. The book was originally published in the late ’60’s / early 70’s, and spawned a number of sequels. Jane, has since departed this world (she died a few years back), and the “Seth Books” have recently come back in print.

Strangely, I’ve been close to reading this stuff twice before. My roomie in college was heavily into it, but I sort of dismissed it at the time (this was the era of Shirley Maclaine, and the J.Z. Knight / Ramtha thing, so I was a little pessimistic). A former boss, also recommended I look into it, as well. You know me… I have to do these things in my own time.

Even after only 32 pages, I’ve found a series of rather interesting quotes that tie in with a lot of what else I’ve been studying, and some of what I’ve learned from other sources. That sort of lends some validity to all this for me as well.

Unless otherwise noted, all quotes are directly from “Seth”:

“You create the world that you know. You have been given perhaps the most awesome gift of all: the ability to project your thoughts outward into physical form.”

“The fact is that each of you create your own physical reality; and en masse, you create both the glories and the terrors that exist within your earthly experience. Until you realize that you are the creators, you will refuse to accept this responsibility. Nor can you blame a devil for the world’s misfortunes. You have grown sophisticated enough to realize that the Devil is a projection of your own psyche, but you have not grown wise enough to learn how to use your creativity constructively…As a species you have grown ‘ego bound’ instead, held in a spiritual rigidity, with the intuitive portions of the self either denied or distorted beyond any recognition.”

“Consciousness is a way of perceiving the various dimensions of reality. Consciousness as you know it is highly specialized. The physical senses allow you to perceive the three-dimensional world, and yet by their very nature they can inhibit the perceptions of other equally valid dimensions. Most of you identify with your daily physically oriented self. You would not think of identifying with one portion of your body and ignoring all other parts, and yet you are doing the same thing when you imagine that the egotistical self carries the burden of your identity.

I am telling you that you are not a cosmic bag of bones and flesh, thrown together through some mixture of chemicals and elements. I am telling you that your consciousness is not some fiery product, formed merely accidentally through the interworkings of chemical components.

You are not a forsaken offshoot of physical matter, nor is your consciousness meant to vanish like a puff of smoke. Instead you form the physical body that you know at a deeply unconscious level with great discrimination, miraculous clarity, and intimate unconscious knowledge of each minute cell that composes it. This is not meant symbolically….I call this seemingly unconscious the ‘inner ego’…It carries within it the memory of each of your past existences. It looks into subjective dimensions that are literally infinite, and from these subjective dimensions all objective realities flow.”

“Personality is a gestalt of ever-changing perception. It is the part of the identity which perceives. I do not force my perceptions upon the woman through whom I speak, nor is her consciousness blotted out during our communications. Instead there is an expansion of her consciousnes and a projection of energy that is directed away from three-dimensional reality.”

“You can learn to change your physical environment, therefore, by learning to change and manipulate your dream environment.”

“However I am speaking of psychological and psychic atmospheres, and this area is sufficiently distant from [Jane’s] physically oriented self so that the communications can be relatively understood.

It is also in a way distant from my own environment, for in my own environment I would have some difficulties in relating information in physically oriented terms. You must understand that by distance I do not refer to space.”

“Creation and perception are far more intinmately connected than any of your scientists realize.”

“So environment is not a separate thing in itself, but the result of perceptive patterns, and these are determined by psychological structure.”

“There are other realities all about you, but you ignore their existence, and you blot out all stimuli that come from them. There is a reason for such a trance, as you will discover, little by little you must wake up. My purpose is to open your inner eyes.”

” Communication, perception, and environment can hardly be separated.”

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