There is no doubt that we need to believe that life has meaning. That belief may well be a biological imperative. If we were as science maintains – only creatures formed by elements combining mindlessly in a universe itself created by chance, surrounded everywhere by chaos – then how could we even conceive of the idea of meaning or order?
Science would say that the idea of meaning itself is simply a reflection of the state of the brain, as is the illusion of our consciousness. But a science that disregards consciousness must necessarily end up creating its own illusion.
It ignores the reality of experience, the evidence of being, and in so doing it denies rather than reinforces life’s values. We need a division of scientific dogma from national policy-making so that those values not considered by science can be given some voice in issues involving public welfare. An authoritative God coupled with an aggressive science sanctioned by national policy could have disastrous results indeed.
This Universal Divinity or Ultimate Reality or All That Is wouldn’t be confined to one people or nation or species though, but would include all species of life. Each creature, each life whatever its degree would have its rights as an expression of that Source and as an inhabitant of Earth and contributor to planetary existence.
Divinity, then would be dispersed throughout creation.
I become more and more convinced that the mass psyche is preparing for another intuitive up-thrust, and that within its vast ranges it does possess the solutions, visions, and wisdom that we need. That power is making itself felt in the private arena. It’s expressed and personified in the psychic experience of large numbers of people. It speaks through the spacemen and saints and psychic heroes of automatic writings and Ouija board messages; even in the cults and the frenzied activities of the fundamentalists.
The mass psyche is looking for a way out of official beliefs. It’s ready to form a more comprehensive vision. But we must stop automatically taking such information at face value, translating it automatically through ancient beliefs. We must look directly at our own experience again – and learn to trust it. We must be our own psychic naturalists, combining reason with intuition. We must refuse to let old theories define our realities for us, limiting and distorting the very scope of our lives.
Instead, we must learn to acknowledge and interpret our own psychic perceptions; to distinguish between, say, psychic newscasts, documentaries, dramas, fantasies, and educational programs. We have to learn to read the language of the psyche and to discover far more about the psychodramas strange blend of inner and exterior events.
And to do all of that, we have to trust ourselves and our impulses.
In order to be sane and healthy, in order to even begin to understand our potentials as a species, we have to cultivate ideas and philosophies that provide us with a secure psychological base as good creatures, alive in a good universe. Otherwise, by our own definitions, we condemn ourselves as meaningless subjective mechanisms, or as the sinful children of an ancient revengeful god.
And, as Seth states in his The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, we must redefine our ideas of good and evil and reexamine the characteristics of idealism so that we really understand that the end cannot justify the means taken to achieve it. Our ideals must be reflected in the methods we use to fulfill them.
These are all issues in which each of us can be personally involved by studying them as they appear in our personal lives. It’s vitally important that we examine and explore the reaches of our own consciousnesses, gather evidence of those unofficial psychic events held in such disgrace by science and religion, and build up our own confidence. We need to examine the very contents and processes of our minds – not with instruments but with our consciousness itself.
As I type this final chapter, Rob has just finished his work on Seth’s The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, and Seth is already on Chapter 9 of Dreams, “Evolution” and Value Fulfillment. I’ve clocked many more hours of trance-time, of course, and I’m still trying to map those contours of the psyche in which my subjective travels happen.
There is a point, though, where the private psyche opens up to the mass psyche and where they both become aware of a still greater Source from which all reality emerges. The completed manuscript for Mass Events sits on Rob’s desk right now.
And even if we can’t prove Seth’s model of reality any more than we can science’s or religion’s, certainly Seth provides a more intellectually and emotionally satisfying one as far as I’m concerned, and one that leaves us room for gallant, meaningful action And how strange that my private impulses led me to a kind of public vision in which we all uphold a democracy of spirit, and insist upon interpreting not just the Bible but the nature of reality for ourselves!