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Seth on Dying and Life after Death


From the book, Seth Speaks – the Eternal Validity of the Soul:

“You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it.”

“For those of you who are lazy I can offer no hope: Death will not bring you an eternal resting place. You may rest, if this is your wish, for a while. Not only must you use your abilities after death, however, but you must face up to yourself for those that you did not use during your previous existence.”

“There are teachers to explain the conditions and circumstances.”

“The after-death environments… are generally far more intense and joyful than the reality you now know.”

“All necessary explanations are given to those who are disoriented. Those who do not realize that they are dead are… told of their true condition, and all efforts are made to refresh the energies and spirits.”

“There are always guides to help you understand your situation…”

From “Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul”, Chapter 9 – The “Death” Experience

On leaving the body:

In many cases, immediately on leaving the body there is, of course, amazement and a recognition of the situation. The body itself may be viewed, for example, and many funerals have a guest of honor amidst the company – and no one gazes into the face of the corpse with as much curiosity and wonder.

For examples of this phenomenon, check out: Do Ghosts Attend Their Funerals – Pete

On the initial condition of arriving in the spirit world:

A belief in hell fires can cause you to hallucinate Hades’ conditions. A belief in a stereotyped heaven can result in a hallucination of heavenly conditions. You always form your own reality according to your ideas and expectations. This is the nature of consciousness in whatever reality it finds itself. Such hallucinations, I assure you, are temporary. […] There are teachers to explain the conditions and circumstances. You are not left alone, therefore, lost in mazes of hallucination. You may or may not realize immediately that you are dead in physical terms.

Christianity has believed in a heaven and a hell, a purgatory, and reckoning; and so, at death, to those who so believe in these symbols, another ceremony is enacted, and the guides take on the guises of those beloved figures of Christian saints and heroes.  Then with this as framework, and in terms that they can understand, such individuals are told the true situation. Mass religious movements have for centuries fulfilled that purpose, in giving man some plan to be followed. It little mattered that later the plan was seen as a child’s primer, a book of instructions complete with colorful tales, for the main purpose was served and there was little disorientation.

On realizing your new non-physical form:

You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it. Then the differences between it and the physical body will become obvious. […] You will simply be learning to operate in a new environment in which different laws apply, and the laws are far less limiting than the physical ones with which you now operate. In other words, you must learn to understand and use new freedoms.

On meeting deceased friends and relatives:

Now, you may or may not be greeted by friends or relatives immediately following death. This is a personal matter, as always. Overall, you may be far more interested in people that you have known in past lives than those close to you in the present one, for example.

Your true feeling toward relatives who are also dead will be known to you and to them. There is no hypocrisy. You do not pretend to love a parent who did little to earn your respect or love. Telepathy operates without distortion in this after-death period, so you must deal with the true relationships that exist between yourself and all relatives and friends who await you.

(At this time), you examine the fabric of the existence you have left, and you learn to understand how your experiences were the result of your own thoughts and emotions and how these affected others. Until this examination is through, you are not yet aware of the larger portions of your own identity. When you realize the significance and meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready for conscious knowledge of your other existences.

On remembering past lives and choosing a new one:

When you realize the significance and meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready for conscious knowledge of your other existences. You become aware, then, of an expanded awareness. What you are begins to include what you have been in other lives, and you begin to make plans for your next physical existence, if you decide upon one. You can instead enter another level of reality, and then return to a physical existence if you choose.

On organized assistance in the afterlife:

First of all, it should be obvious from what I have said so far that there is no one after-death reality, but [that] each experience is different. Generally speaking, however, there are dimensions into which these individual experiences will fall. For example, there is an initial stage for those who are still focused strongly in physical reality, and for those who need a period of recuperation and rest. On this level there will be hospitals and rest homes. The patients do not yet realize that there is nothing wrong with them at all. […] It goes without saying that the hospitals and training centers are not physical in your terms. They are often, in fact, maintained en masse by the guides who carry out the necessary plans. Now you may call this mass hallucination if you will. The fact is that to those encountering that reality, the events are quite real.

On Earthbound spirits and Ghosts:

You may after death utterly refuse to believe that you are dead, and continue to focus your emotional energy toward those you have known in life.  If you have been obsessed with a particular project, for example, you may try to complete it. There are always guides to help you understand your situation, but you may be so engrossed that you pay them no heed.  […]

There are obviously as many kinds of ghosts and apparitions as there are people. They are as alert or as unalert to their situation as you are to your own. They are not fully focused in physical reality, however, either in personality or in form, and this is their main distinction. Some apparitions are thought-forms sent by survival personalities out of lingering deep anxiety. They portray the same compulsive-type behavior that can be seen in many instances in your ordinary experience. […] They are in themselves quite harmless. Only your interpretation of their actions can cause difficulties. Now in the middle of life, of life conditions, you also appear on occasion as ghosts in other levels of reality, where your “pseudo-appearance” causes some comment and is the ground for many myths – and you are not even aware of this.

The Soul who compiled this information is unknown….

Seth, from The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
Session 835, February 7, 1979:

People die when they are ready to die, for reasons that are their own. No person dies without a reason. You are not taught that, however, so people do not recognize their own reasons for dying, and they are not taught to recognize their own reasons for living — because you are told that life itself is an accident in a cosmic game of chance.


Is Seth the greatest spiritual teacher of our time? I can’t answer for you but he is for me! – Pete

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Janet B Glatz November 18, 2018, 9:16 AM

    Certainly one of them! I love how his description so closely matches those of some others’ I’ve read. So wonderful to contemplate!

  • Sandra Peterson November 18, 2018, 12:30 PM


    This is a subject that is often on our minds, including mine. But I have shied away from it, unwilling to pin down just what I believe about it. Reading Seth’s words on the subject, however, have helped me a lot. One of the things I’ve found scary is reincarnation. It sounded exhausting! Life after life after life?! But after reading some of the Seth material on the subject, here are the things that made me feel better about death.
    1. That there are personalities, or honorary guards, ready to lend assistance and aid. These may be people both living and dead. The living would be in an out-of-body state.
    2. That death is not any kind of somber endeavor, nor are after death environments somber. They are generally more intense and joyful than the reality we now know.
    3. You will learn to operate in a new environment with different laws which are less limiting than the physical ones.
    4. To know that there is help and guidance is very reassuring.

    I do believe that the loved ones who have died come back to us in dreams as well as in outer signs and symbols. I have seen my mother and my father and our son, Evan, in dreams. I have been aware of Evan and my mother in our backyard garden. These things have been comforting to me and I hope they continue. I know they will if I want it and if I let it.

    Having a husband who is very spiritual and who talks to the universe and who shares these things with me has made me aware of so much more than I had ever thought about. I now talk to the universe, or God, whatever you want to call it, and have found it very comforting. In these times of political corruption and confusion, and climate change causing so much damage to the earth and its peoples, we need all the understanding, wisdom, and help we can get!

  • Alfredo Villanueva November 27, 2019, 3:12 PM

    I have been a critically devoted (fan) of Jane and Seth’s messages for years. I am in the throes of going through a very lonely and painful transition. Tonite, I’ll sleep much more less fearful.

  • Pete November 30, 2019, 12:16 PM

    Love all these comments. Sandra, it was especially nice to read yours. I didn’t know you had posted anything on this page until now. Excited to know you’re reaching out to higher consciousness too!

    Alfredo, you’re never alone with aware energy or consciousness everywhere and everything. My thoughts are with you too. In love, truth, and joy.

  • Jennifer Arnold February 22, 2020, 8:01 AM

    Ghosts DO attend their own funerals ! If you look around , you will see the deceaced , looking on at the mourners – it makes going to funerals really interesting , believe me ! What happens when there is no funeral ? IDK .

  • Pete February 22, 2020, 10:34 AM

    Can you cite any examples of this phenomenon, Jennifer? People love examples. Pete

  • Noi June 4, 2020, 3:37 PM

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    I am so interested in Seth teachings and would like to know more
    With English is my second language it is low for me.
    Just wanted to THANK YOU to past teachers and the l living,
    with GRATITUDE 🆖

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  • Fuschia May 18, 2021, 6:45 AM

    I came across Seth in Chalice Well garden in Glastonbury in my 20s. My friend had the Nature of Personal Reality with her and I happened to glance at it. I immediately felt like I’d come home. As soon as I read that the world is a stage for us to act out our physical reality I just immediately knew it to be true. I constantly wish that scientists would look within not without as I feel that they are dissecting the stage instead of understanding the play! Over the years Seth has given me comfort, hope and has enabled spiritual growth. When I was ill in my 30s I had a wonderful out of body experience that I have always been thankful for. Floating near my ceiling – thinking “wow this is fantastic” stopped my fear of death. Since then I have become aware that I am a small part of a massive multidimensional entity -as are we all. This life seems so real but as Seth says – most of us is off in other realities doing other things. Wow! What a thought! Can’t speak to many people about my beliefs – they just don’t get it! Love to you. Xxx

  • Carole Johnson March 4, 2023, 10:41 AM

    I’ve had numerous experiences where I’m “helping” people right after death. I’ll only tell one here. My husband and I were caught in a gale in our sailboat and forced to stay put for several days. In the dream state I “saw” Princess Diana. I knew I was there to help her. She and I were in full color. Many mourners were in shades of gray. It was in England and there were many famous people, many I recognized outside West Minster Abbey. Diana “Popped up” straight out of the crowd.. and looked at me and shrugged her shoulders, asking me, “What’s happening? What’s going on” with telepathy. I calmed her down…also with telepathy saying basically “It’s OK. You’re OK. Please don’t be upset. It’s all going to be fine.”

    The next morning, I told my husband about my dream experience…. My exact words were…. You’re never going to believe who I dreamt about last Night. He said, “Who”, and I said, Princess Diana.” He said, “Interesting.” Not another word was spoken about it. We drove home to CT., no radio and no input. Once home, he went out to mow the law. I went inside and checked messages on my machine. It was my EX – husband.

    This is how I found out that Diana was dead. He said: “Oh my god. Princess Diana is dead! There is a connection between you, me, and her. I’m devastated.” So now of course, I understood fully what my dream was. So, I ran outside to tell my husband…first, I said…. Do you remember who I told you I dreamt about? He said: “Yeah, Princess Diana.” I then explained to him that she was dead and told him more about how I saw her and where I saw her and our interaction. He said….Are you ready for this???…He said: “It was just a coincidence.” I know better guys. AND, this is just one of my acknowledgements of my activities in helping people Cross Over. One other notable person was President John F. Kennedy. Also…Patti Duke. There are others, but none that you recognize. There were many others. And, as Seth pointed out…I don’t always remember my sojourns into these nighttime wanderings and helping others to cross over. One particular experience, sadly, involved three teenagers. Writing about this subject now, brought back that experience vividly. That’s all I’m going to share now. But, be very convinced, we continue after death. I know. CJKnapp

  • Pete March 5, 2023, 1:04 PM

    Thanks for writing, Carole! It’s so important to share our inner experiences. Living here on earth in human form can be very stifling because generally, we tend to ignore our connection and experiences within inner reality. Thank you again.

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