May 29 2012

Reading the Seth Material (part 7)

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from the chapter The Nature Of Physical Reality:

“The objective world is the end result of inner action. You can indeed manipulate the objective world from within, for this is the means and definition of true manipulation…

“Thoughts and images are formed into physical reality and become physical fact. They are propelled chemically. A thought is energy. It begins to produce itself physically at the moment of its conception.

“Mental enzymes are connected with the pineal gland. As you know them, body chemicals are physical, but they are the propellants of this thought-energy, containing all the codified data necessary for translating any thought or image into physical actuality. They cause the body to reproduce the inner image. They are sparks, so to speak, initiating the transformation.

“Chemicals are released through the skin and pore systems, in an invisible but definite pseudophysical formation. The intensity of a thought or image largely determines the immediacy of its physical materialization. There is no object about you that you have not created. There is nothing about your own physical image that you have not made…

“In your system of reality you are learning what mental energy is, and how to use it. You do this by constantly transforming your thoughts and emotions into physical form. You are supposed to get a clear picture of your inner development by perceiving the exterior environment. What seems to be a perception, an objective concrete event independent from you, is instead the materialization of your own inner emotions, energy, and mental environment.”

from the chapter Reincarnation:

“Karma does not involve punishment. Karma presents the opportunity for development. It enables the individual to enlarge understanding through experience, to fill in gaps in ignorance, to do what should be done. Free will is always involved.” 

from the chapter More On Reincarnation, where Seth is interviewed by a minister:

“‘When we leave the physical body, where do we go?’ the minister asked. Everybody else sat about, sipping wine and listening.

“‘You go where you want to go,’ Seth said. ‘Now, when your ordinary, waking, conscious mind is lulled in the sleep state, you travel in other dimensions. You are already having experiences in these other dimensions then. You are preparing your own way. When you die you go into those ways that you have prepared. There are various periods of training that vary according to the individual.

“‘You must understand the nature of reality before you can manipulate within it well. In physical reality you are learning that your thoughts have reality, and that you create the reality that you know. When you leave this dimension, then you concentrate upon the knowledge you have gained If you still do not realize that you create your own reality, then you return, and again you learn to manipulate, and again and again you see th results of your own inner reality as you meet it objectified. You teach yourself the lesson until you have learned it; then you begin to learn how to handle the consciousness that is yours, intelligently and well. The you can form images for the benefit of others, and lead and guide them. The you constantly enlarge the scope of your understanding.’

“‘What determines the time between reincarnations?’ the minister asked.

“‘You. If you are very tired, then you rest. If you are wise, you take time to digest your knowledge and plan your next life, even as a writer plans his next book. If you have too many ties with this reality or if you are too impatient, or if you have not learned sufficiently, then you may return too quickly. It is always up to the individual. There is no predestination. The answers are within yourself then, as the answers are within you now.’…

“‘As a rule, each entity is born so that three roles are experienced -that of mother, father, and child. Two lives would be sufficient to give you the three roles, but in some cases the personality does not function to adulthood. The most important issue, however, is the fullest use of potential.'”

“‘In the materialization of personality through various reincarnations, only the ego and the layers of personal subconscious adopt new characteristics. The other layers of the self retain their past experiences, identity, and knowledge. 

“‘In fact, the ego receives much of its [relative] stability because of this subconscious retention. Were it not for past experiences in other lives on the part of deeper layers of the self, the ego would find it impossible to relate to other individuals, and the cohesiveness of society would not exist.

“‘Learning to some extent is passed on through the genes, biochemically, but this is a physical materialization of inner knowledge achieved and retained from past lives….The human being does not…erupt into existence at birth and laboriously then begin its first attempt to gain experience. If this were the case, you would still be back in the Stone age.'”

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