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The Early Sessions, Book 3 of The Seth Material, Session 119.
Seth: “The Inner Ego (Self) is the Organizing Principle within the Subconscious. Because Its Attention and Focus is Directed Elsewhere, it appears to be Dormant But, it is not. It Directs Movements of the Physical Body and it is Responsible for Physical Health.”
“Ruburt (Jane Roberts) should learn much of advantage from the book by Jung which he is reading. And I would like to mention here that I am not Jane’s animus.”
(The word was unfamiliar to me and I asked Jane [Seth] to repeat it. She did so but I still did not understand it very clearly, and decided to wait until I could refer to Jung myself. It will be recalled that in the 83rd session, August 31, 1964, [in Volume 2], Seth commented on the work of Freud and Jung, and mentioned some of the distortions Jung’s work in particular contains. – Robert Butts)
“You will understand, Joseph (Robert Butts), when you read the book.
“Jane’s animus is indeed quite a different sort of chap from myself, much more omnipotent, to Jane’s subconscious. I will indeed speak concerning the inner ego, which is the organizing principle within the subconscious., but which looks into other worlds; toward worlds in which it has its origin, and does not have awareness of itself or possess self-consciousness within the physical universe. Its attention and focus is, rather, directed elsewhere, so that it appears to be dormant. But it is not.
“It is the ego (Self) or directive consciousness behind all personified aspects of the subconscious; in dormant fashion however, and contrary to Jung’s propositions, within the subconscious and in those personified aspects of it will be found remnant memory personalities of past reincarnated selves. They may be called shadows and yet they are not powerless. The inner ego, the directive organizer of the subconscious, also is the part of the self which is familiar with activities and methods of which the outer ego is ignorant. It is this organizer who directs not only the movements of the physical body from within, but directs from within those intimate survival mechanisms, without which the physical body could not exist, and upon which the existence of the outer ego is so dependent.
“It is this inner director who maintains all of these functions, and who is responsible for the physical health. It is this director to whom you must communicate when health fails. There are ways of doing this which we will discuss at a later date. It is this inner director who chooses the dream symbols in such a way that they will be meaningful to all layers or areas of the subconscious, and who is responsible for the amount, rate and type of subconscious data which is given to the outer ego by means of the intuitions.
“If the outer ego would be content to work on an equal basis with its inner counterpart, then many severe difficulties would be sidestepped.
“The outer ego, being of later development, is jealous of its position and would have all knowledge at its fingertips. This is impossible. It cannot stand to have anything hidden, but the very mechanism of its own behavior is hidden from itself, and it knows only the feel of its own surfaces.”