Best Spirituality Book for Depression: Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul by Jane Roberts and Seth
Seth Speaks was written by an “energy personality essence” named Seth, who speaks through channel Jane Roberts. The book discusses the reality and nature of the soul and of consciousness itself.
Can this book help me overcome depression?
I’m not sure. It probably can, since Seth is a pretty enlightening character with lots to say on a wide variety of topics.
Does it address depression specifically?
A bit. See the information on sleep below; I found this advice extremely interesting.
Outline and highlights:
On the nature of the soul:
The human senses lie about reality. We are not stuck in time or in any one place. We are all multidimensional personalities.
We all have an “inner ego” that “correlates information that is perceived not through the physical senses, but through other inner channels.” The outer ego is who you perceive yourself to be now. The deepest portion that forms both “is the core of your identity. The multidimensional personality of which you are a part.”
“You may think of your soul or entity . . . as some conscious and living, divinely inspired computer who programs its own existences and lifetimes. But this computer is so highly endorsed with creativity that each of the various personalities it programs spring into consciousness . . . and in turn create realities that may have been undreamed of by the computer itself . . . within the personality, however, in most secret recesses, is the condemned knowledge that resides in the computer as a whole.”
“Every emotion and thought has its own electromagnetic reality, completely unique. It is highly equipped to combine with certain others, according to the various ranges of intensity that you may include.” Physical objects are created through thought as well.
“Now wherever you think emotionally of another person, you send out a counterpart of yourself, beneath the intensity of matter, but a definite form. This form . . . completely escapes your egotistical attention. When I think emotionally of someone else, I do the same thing, except that a portion of my consciousness is within the image, and can communicate.”
We are all actors in multitudinous plays of our own making. Some actors are aware of helping create the play, while some aren’t. Instinctively, though, every actor knows he’s more than a part of this one play . . . When he rests (sleep, meditation) “. . . he is informed through the inner senses of his other roles.”
Consciousness itself is always in a state of becoming. “It is learning the art of actualization.” Does so by creating endless challenges for itself (all with “great spontaneity and unbounded joy”).
“To the extent . . . that you allow the intuitions and knowledge of the multidimensional self to flow through the consciousness self, to that extent not only do you perform your role in the play more effectively, but also you add new energy, insights and creativity to the entire dimension.” In other words: You change the world!
“How many of you would want to limit your reality . . . to the experience you knew now? You do this when you imagine that your present self is your entire personality, or insist that your identity be maintained unchanged through an endless eternity . . . In some ways the soul is an incipient God . . .”
On the nature of reality:
Seth visits many other levels of existence at will, taking on any form that is helpful to the context. We do the same, but we don’t realize we’re doing it.
Everyone has many lifetimes.
Everything is changing constantly. Some of us may spend a century as a tree in order to rest, but the drive to create will always return.
“It is not that physical reality is false. It is that the physical picture is simply one of infinite number of ways of perceiving the various guises through which consciousness expresses itself.”
“Say that your father throughout his lifetime has infinite favorite chairs. If your perceptive mechanisms were primarily set up as a result of infinitive association rather than time sequence, then you would perceive all of these chairs at one time; as seeing one, you would be aware of the others.”
Physical space does not exist.
“. . . Objects are also symbols that stand for a reality . . . like the letters [in a word] . . . The true information isn’t the object any more than the thought is in the letters or in words.” The physical body is formed effortlessly in every moment.
Time does not exist.
“. . . Time as you know it does not exist basically . . . all creations are simultaneous . . . some life forms are being developed in what you think of are present time. They will not appear physically until you reach your future time . . . They exist now, however, as certainly as do, say the dinosaurs. You only choose to focus your attention upon a highly specific field of space-time coordinates . . . closing yourself off from all others.”
“What you perceive of time is a portion of other events intruding into your own system, often interpreted as movement in space, or as something that separates events—if not in space, then in a way impossible to define without using the concept of time. What separates events is not time, but your perception. You perceive events ‘one at a time.’ Time as it appears to you is, instead, a psychic organization of experience. The seeming beginning and end of an event . . . are simply other dimensions of experience . . .”
On the nature of consciousness:
A definition: “Consciousness is a way of perceiving the various dimensions of reality.”
“There is consciousness even within a nail, but few of my readers will take me seriously enough to . . . say good morning . . . to the nearest nail they can find, stuck in a piece of wood.”
“Nothing exists . . . that is not filled with consciousness of its own kind.”
“Consciousness is an attribute of the soul, a tool that can be turned in many directions. You are not your consciousness. It is something that belongs to you and to the soul.”
All objective reality is created by consciousness. Form never creates it; it creates form.
Seth speaks of the various levels of consciousness, starting with what he calls level A-1. He gives instructions for accessing deeper and deeper levels of consciousness.
A-1 is the closest level to our physical selves. “When you listen to music that you like, when you are indulging in an enjoyable quiet pursuit, you can sense the different feeling. It may be accompanied by your own characteristic physical clues. You have only to recognize it, learn to hold it, and then proceed to experiment in its use. As a rule, it is still physically oriented, in that the abilities are usually directed toward the inner perception . . .” (as opposed to other levels where you become more aware of other selves, other aspects of the universe and other universes).
At this level of consciousness you can become aware of the entire workings of your body and mind. It also helps with the creativity and meditation states.
A-1 also brings you into alternate probable realities.
In A-2 you can explore your past reincarnations.
Exercises for expanding consciousness:
Pretend you’re on a stage, alone, that has gone dark. “Be quiet. Imagine as vividly as you can the existence of inner senses . . . Very gently listen, not to physical sounds but to sounds that come through the inner senses. A number of images may begin to appear. Accept them as sights quite as valid as those you see physically.” At first you’ll only perceive snatches. Here, no interpretation necessary or useful. Some will be distorted. But eventually you’ll be better at it, have higher perception.
One simple exercise to expand awareness: “Close your eyes . . . and try to sense with yourself the source of power from which your own breathing and life forces come . . . When you feel within yourself this source, then try to sense this power flow outward through your entire physical being, through the fingertips and toes, through the pores of your body, all directions, with yourself as center. Imagine the rays undiminished, reaching them through the foliage and clouds above, through the center of the earth below, extending even to the farthest reaches of the universe. Now I do not mean this to be merely a symbolic exercise, for though it may begin with imagination, it is based upon fact . . .”
“. . . Your universe is idea construction . . . your thoughts and feelings form physical reality.”
“The body is actually blinking off and on . . . even physically you are ‘not here’ as often as you are.”
“Persons vary in the amount of sleep they need and no pill will ever allow them to dispense with sleep entirely, for too much work is done in that state. However, this could be done far more effectively with two, rather than one, sleep periods of lesser duration. The two periods of three hours a piece would be quite sufficient for most people, if the proper suggestions were given before sleep—suggestions that would insure the body’s complete recuperation. In many cases ten hours sleep, for example, is disadvantageous, resulting in a sluggishness of mind and body. In this case the spirit has simply been away from the body for too long a time, resulting in a loss of muscular flexibility.”
Shorter sleep periods increase your consciousness of the various levels of the self. Make you more focused.
“Ideally, sleeping five hours at a time, you gain the maximum benefit, and anything else over this time is not nearly as helpful. Those who require more sleep would then take, say, a two-hour nap. For others a four-hour block sleep session and two naps would be highly beneficial with suggestion properly given, the body can recuperate in half the time now given to sleep.”
This helps with depression and increases creativity. The largest sleep unit should be at night. The predawn period is the best for creativity, and the afternoon is best for rest.
Many light snacks are better than big meals, too.
“Dreams are no more hallucinatory than your physical self is. Your waking physical self is the dreamer, as far as your dreaming self is concerned: You are the dreamer it sends on its way.”
Dreams are weird to us, though, because over making selves interpret our dream express through physical symbols that we understand.
“In dreams you solve the problem. In the daytime you are (only) consciously aware of the methods of problem solving that you learned in sleep. In dreams you set your goals, as after death you set the goals for another incarnation.”
Other quite valid realities exist at same time as ours, all about us. You can teach yourself how to sense them.
“When your eyes are green, do not take it for granted that only the immediately perceivable objects exist. Look where space seems empty and listen in the middle of silence.”
“If I told you that God is an idea, you would not understand what I meant, for you do not understand the dimensions in which an idea has reality, or the energy that it can originate and propel… you will misinterpret this to mean that God is less than real—nebulous, without reality, without purpose, and without motive action. Now your own physical image = the materialization of your idea of yourself within the properties of matter.”
“. . . You are multidimensional . . . you dwell within the medium of infinite probabilities . . . God, therefore, is first of all a creator, not of one physical universe but of an infinite variety of probable existences, far more vast than those aspects of the physical universe . . .”
More on those probable universes throughout the rest of book. Most important idea: every single thought that is ever thought exists somewhere, including all the ideas we think in this reality.
“This private multidimensional self or the soul has then an eternal validity. It is upheld, supported, maintained by the energy, the inconceivable vitality, of All That Is.” It cannot be destroyed or diminished. It must create.
You affect your infinite other probable selves, as they affect you. You create a new probable self with every thought you think about a possibility of who you could be, what you could do. “It is very poor policy to dwell negatively on unpleasant aspects of the past that you know because some portions of the probable self may still be involved in that past. The concentration can allow greater bleed through and adverse identification, because that part will be one legend that you have in common with any probable selves who sprang from that particular source. To dwell upon the possibility of illness or disaster is equally poor policy, for you set up negative webs of probabilities that need not occur. You can theoretically alter your own parts as you have known it, for time is no more divorced from you than probabilities are.” (more about this)
More law of attraction ideas:
- Seth talks about special coordinate and subordinate points that offer greater creative potential. They are “felt as intensified energy. Can be sensed. More intense thought creates more quickly.”
- “I hope acquaint you with those deeply creative aspects of your own being, so that you can use these to extend and expand your entire experience.”
- Even after death, you create your own reality. You can hallucinate hell, heaven, or anything else you believe in while on earth.
The following is a word-for-word excerpt from one of Jane Roberts’ early channeling sessions. As here, it came to her in list format:
- Energy is the basis of the universe.
- Ideas are mental transformations of energy by an entity into physical reality.
- Idea constructions are transformations of ideas into physical reality.
- Space is where our own idea constructions do not exist in the physical universe.
- The physical body is the material construction of the entity’s idea of itself under the properties of matter.
- The individual is the part of the entity or whole self of which we are conscious in daily life. It is that part of the whole self which we are able to express or make “real” through our idea constructions on a physical level.
- The subconscious is the threshold of an idea’s emergence into the individual conscious mind. It connects the entity and the individual.
- Personality is the individual’s overall responses to ideas received and constructed. It represents the emotional coloration of the individual’s ideas and constructions at any given “time”.
- Emotions are the driving force that propel ideas into constructions.
- Instinct is the minimum ability for idea constructions necessary for physical survival.
- Learning is the potential for constructing new idea complexes from existing ideas.
- Idea complexes are groups of ideas formed together like building blocks to form more complicated constructions in physical reality.
- Communication is the interchange of ideas by entities on the energy nonphysical level.
- Action is idea in motion. The senses are channels of projection by which ideas are projected outward to create the world of appearances.
- Environment is the overall idea constructions with which an individual surrounds himself.
- Physical time is the apparent lapse between the emergence of an idea in the physical universe (as a construction) and its replacement by another.
- The past is the memory of ideas that were but are no longer physical constructions.
- The present is the apparent point of any idea’s emergence into physical reality.
- Psychological time is the apparent lapse between the conception of ideas.
- Aging is the upon an idea construction of the properties of matter of which the construction is composed.
- Growth is the formation of an idea construction toward its fullest possible materialization following the properties of matter.
- Sleep is the entity’s relative rest from idea construction except the minimum necessary for physical survival.
- The physical universe is the sum of individual idea constructions.
- Memory is the ghost image of “past” idea constructions.
- Sleep is the entity’s rest from physical idea construction.
- All physical matter is idea construction. We only see our own constructions.
To what degree do you think this book can help me overcome depression?
Depression effectiveness rating: 3 on a scale of 1-10
Where can I find it?
Guide to the Yale University Library Archival Collection of Jane Roberts’ Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, including both published and unpublished materials
Seth Learning Center: An overview of titles and related audio clips as well as the New Awareness Network
Nirvikalpa Archive: Over 1500 quotations and excerpts from the Seth Material
List of the Seth Sessions by Mary Dillman
Index of the Eleven Seth Books by Sue R. Williams
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