You cannot help yourself and you cannot help your species by identifying with your own weakness, or with the weakness of your species. When you are safe, you are safe, and you are in a position of strength, and you can be in a position of tranquility. Then you have the energy and the exuberance to think and feel clearly, and to help others.
When you are in a position of safety, you do not help by pretending that you are not safe, or by taking upon yourself the agony of others. Your reality, when you are safe, is a reality of security. From that framework you have strength, validity, grace, exuberance – additional energy that you can send out to touch the hearts and realities of other people.
If you become so frightened of realities that are not your own, if you take upon yourselves tragedies that do not exist in your reality, in your moment, then you weaken your position and you weaken the position of those you think you are helping. You look about you and you see only hopelessness and helplessness. You organize your reality according to the tragedies of the newspapers.
The tragedies of the newspapers are symbols. Those symbols represent real tragedies, but those tragedies do not exist in your moment unless you are participating in them. Those who are involved in such tragedies feel a sense of hopelessness and the loss of power in the present – and you do not help them by taking on the guise of hopelessness!
What I am saying this evening is indeed simplified… but you must operate from strength, not from weakness. When you stand on a firm shore, you can extend your arm to the man that is in quicksand. You cannot help him by leaping into the quicksand with him, for surely both of you will go down. And he will not thank you!
Class Member Asked: “Then we’re doing this as a nation?”
Seth: Individually. As you read your paper, as you watch your television; whenever you look around you and say, ‘Other men are fools’; whenever you look around you and say, ‘The race is ruining itself — it is insane,’ you are doing the same thing — you are jumping into the quicksand, and you cannot help.
Organize your reality according to your strength. Organize your reality according to your playfulness; according to your dreams; according to your joy; according to your hopes — and then you can help those who organize their reality according to their fears.
There are those who prophesize a great holocaust that will destroy the species. There are those most certain that California, as the new state of sin and iniquity, will be banished from the face of the earth. There are those who prophesize, and have prophesized since the beginning of time, that tomorrow would never come because you are so sinful — because you are such idiots! There is no difference! You can condemn yourself because you are sinful and the daughters and sons of Satan. Or you can say, ‘That is nonsense. We are not sinful nor the daughters nor the sons of Satan. Instead, we are the idiot off casts of nature. We are going to destroy our planet. We are rotten, not because we are the sons of Satan, but because we are insane atoms and molecules gone astray!’ Only the vocabulary is different!
Do any of you actually believe your existence is a cosmic accident? Do any of you really believe that the integrity of this moment is an accident? Do you really believe that all nature is sane but you — that nature in its great holy being had good sense except when it created men and women, and only then did it go astray?
If you organize your reality in that fashion, then you are in the quicksand! If you want to help, stand on the firm ground of your creativity and being! You are only fools if you cast off your clothing and jump into the shifting ground. Who needs a hand that is going to sink beneath the mire? Some help that is!
Seth, from ESP Class Transcript, 4-8-77 ( Also in Conversations with Seth, book two, chapter 8, by Susan M. Watkins)
In our Value Judgment World of right and wrong, good and bad, guilt and punishment, how many of us are afraid of others because the church and the bible tell us we’re born in sin and therefore, bad? How many of us are afraid of ourselves because we were told we can’t trust our own flesh, that it will “always betray you”? How can we feel safe when we’re taught to stand in judgment of ourselves? When someone in authority tells us we’re bad and we can’t trust ourselves, what are we to do? As Seth says, we must recognize nonsense when we see it. We must accept our own authority and ability to think for ourselves!
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