“You make your own reality. There is no other rule. Knowing this is the secret to creativity.”
– Seth in The Nature of Personal Reality, Chapter 1
The Seth books, channeled through Jane Roberts, are a remarkable source of spiritual wisdom and knowledge. Most of the books were channeled during the late 60’s into the 70’s, way out ahead of the “New Age” curve.
Although Jane Roberts was an author and metaphysical teacher in her own right, she disavowed any credit for the Seth dictation, which she channeled under trance as her husband wrote in shorthand.
Seth is a poised and intellectual-sounding source, and his personality readily comes through in the material. He comments on the nature of the human psyche, the soul, and repeatedly reminds the reader that we create and shape our own reality.
It’s fascinating to note the degree of convergence between Seth’s teaching and more recent metaphysical material, particularly on the topic of creation and manifestation. Awareness of the fact that we are responsible for our own outcomes is becoming widespread, and many excellent sources of teaching have become available.
However, the recent movie “The Secret” left me a bit disappointed. The very premise that the “law of attraction” has been somehow been suppressed as a “secret” is a bit overdone. The real problem is that the movie fails to cover some significant aspects of creation, and narrowly seems to define success in terms of a big house, tons of money, and perfect health.
Way back in the day, I once dabbled in a branch of Pentecostal Christianity. Within this group, the message was somewhat the same as in “The Secret”, but with a Fundamentalist twist: God wants to make you rich and prosperous like Abraham and King Solomon - but only if you have enough faith. Critics referred to it as “name it and claim it theology” because they equated the level of one’s faith with how big one’s house was or how expensive of a car one drives. I recall one teacher boasting that he had “Cadillac faith, not Volkswagon faith”. (Oops - I was driving a Volkswagon at the time.)
OK, most people of faith instinctively turn to prayer when they are faced with problems, which is fine. But equating spirituality with material gain? Lost me there, and those long-dormant feelings resurfaced again when watching The Secret.
So what is the glaring omission in The Secret? As Seth eloquently explained, human incarnation is the result of one sliver of a vast multidimensional entity (the soul) taking form in this dense physical dimension in order to experience something unique. Although the individual can change a great deal of their personal reality “on the fly”, there are certain foundational aspects of our lives that were laid prior to birth, and careful planning went into this. Each of us comes with an agenda and overall theme in life, along with contracts with others and major events planned.
Can any of this be tweaked? Sure, but to do so first requires raising one’s awareness to the level of spiritual consciousness where the original planning took place. Once we understand what the higher self understands about its life purpose, we then come to appreciate the beauty of the plan. The soul is a free agent and does nothing without the desire to do so; the highest task confronting the ego-bound personality is attempting to glimpse the soul’s purpose in this particular life.
Personally, I have found tremendous value is understanding my soul purpose – it defuses the mysteries in life and makes sense of everything that has happened. What had looked like wrong turns or major mistakes can resolve into a very coherent, beautiful life plan, once the purpose is revealed.
An excellent book that explores this is Your Souls’ Plan by Robert Schwartz. The author sought out people with the most challenging life situations to discover what degree of soul-planning was involved. Using hypnotic regression and psychic channeling of the subject’s higher selves, he demonstrated that just about everything is planned in advance - even in cases of seemingly tragic situations. In those cases, the souls sought to experience rather extreme events and conditions.
So is there anything wrong with big houses, fancy cars, and tons of money? Not necessarily, but first consider the question of why you are here. Earth is a tough environment, with lots of pain and struggle. Souls value this environment (at least the courageous ones with ambitious goals). It is well known that there are kinder and gentler places to incarnate, and many souls refuse to take their chances here. Some are overly ambitious in their goals and appear to fail - which is one reason not to judge others!
I sometimes hear my guides humorously remind me that if my goal were the country-club life of ease, there are astral planes available where one can float endlessly in bliss. The fact is, you and I chose to come here, to a tough part of the galaxy. This does not mean we are meant to suffer endless pain and deprivation, but rather to face interesting challenges that offers opportunities for the soul to shine with creativity! This is what life is truly about.
I offer the analogy of a video game: How many would continue to play a game where they knew all the cheat codes and could easily win without effort? On the other hand, a true gamer’s delight is a game filled with difficult challenge but also hidden opportunities to be discovered and a realistic chance to persevere and ultimately win. Once such a game is mastered, the gamer is ready to move on to something new – as is the soul.
The soul comes here already knowing the answers, and easily able to manifest any thought into reality. By some incredible miracle of incarnation, we are able to convince ourselves to forget all of that, so the magical mystery of discovery can begin anew.
When the ego-bound personality feels cut off from source, despair can set in, and fears and anxieties begin to rule. This is the point of need when we need to be reminded of our soul’s unlimited potential. We can address any problem and put the soul to work weaving creative solutions, for this is what souls do best!
The Secret, unfortunately failed to address the other side of the equation: the nature and purpose of challenges. I guess materialism is what sells.
More Seth quotations:
“You Make Your Own Reality.
I repeat: Your ideas and beliefs form the structure of your experience. Your beliefs and the reasons for them can be found in your conscious mind. If you accept the idea that the reasons for your behavior are forever buried in the past of this life, or any other, then you will not be able to alter your experience until you change that belief.
The realization that your form your own reality should be a liberating one. You are responsible for your successes and joys. You can change those areas of your life with which you are less than pleased, but you must take the responsibility for your being.
Your spirit joined itself with flesh, and in flesh, to experience a world of incredible richness, to help create a dimension of reality of colors and form. Your spirit was born in flesh to enrich a marvelous area of sense awareness, to feel energy made into corporeal form. You are here to use, enjoy, and express yourself through the body. You are here to aid in the great expansion of consciousness. You are not here to cry about the miseries of the human condition, but to change them when you find them not to your liking through the joy, strength, and vitality that is within you; to create the spirit as faithfully and beautifully as you can in flesh.”
-The Nature of Personal Reality Chapter 2