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Seth on Our Responsibility to Each Other and the World

Excerpts from the Seth Books by an anonymous source. Thank you, who ever you are. – Pete

“If you allow your spontaneity its own freedom then you can quite happily have whatever you want. It will lead you to thoughts of love for others. It will lead you to realize that you cannot plunder your planet, and it will lead you to realize that as long as one person is starving then you are starving in ways you are too insensitive to recognize.”

(ESP Class Session (1) June 11, 1974)

“Your social structure, from the largest metropolis to the smallest farm, from the wealthiest areas to the poorest ghettos, from the monasteries to the prisons, reflects the inner situation of the individual self and the personal beliefs that each of you hold.”

(The Nature of Personal Reality (3) Session 663)

“Your private mental states together bring about the mass cultural stance of your civilization. To some extent then the survival of your civilization is quite literally dependent upon the condition of each individual; and that condition is initially a spiritual, psychic state that gives birth to the physical organism. That organism is intimately connected to the natural biological state of each other person, and to each other living thing, or entity, however minute.”

(The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (4) Session 802)

…each particle (of consciousness) is dependent upon every other. The strength of one adds to the strength of all. The weakness of one weakens the whole. The energy of one recreates the whole. The striving of one increases the potentiality of everything that is, and this places great responsibility upon every consciousness.

I would even advise a double reading of the above sentence, for it is a keystone, and a vital one. Rising to challenges is a basis for existence in every aspect of existence. It is the developer of all abilities, and at the risk of being trite, it is the responsibility of even the minutest particle of consciousness to use its own abilities, and all of its abilities, to the utmost. Upon the degree to which this is done rests the power and coherence of everything that is.”

(The “Unknown” Reality – Volume One, (5) Session 681, notes)

“Despite the beliefs and teachings of religion and psychology, impulses are biological directional signals meant to nudge the individual toward his or her greatest opportunities for expression and development privately, and also to insure the person’s contribution to mass social reality.”

(The God of Jane, (7) Chapter 3)

“As all of you know, but as all of you need telling, not from me, but from yourself, spontaneity has its own order. If you did not distrust yourself so thoroughly, you would not worry about your responsibilities. Being yourself automatically fulfills any responsibility. The gods created the universe out of joy and playfulness and creativity, not because they thought they had to. Your being is blessed and spontaneous because it is. And fulfilling it with nature automatically fulfills your purposes, and, in your terms, your responsibility.

If you are the self that you are, you use your abilities out of joy. When you use your abilities out of responsibilities, you distort them. Your help because you think you should, not because it is a joyful part of your being. And, you begin to ask: ‘who needs my help most?’

Can you imagine the sun thinking, ‘who needs my help most? Should I send forth my rays upon this flower or that one? Which flower needs my help most?’ Or the rain saying, ‘who needs my help most?’

No! The sun is itself as you are yourself, and through your being you bless yourself and all others. Being yourself, you can trust yourself, and your responsibilities are automatically fulfilled. But, if you do not trust yourself, there is no responsibility that you can fulfill, and no one you can truly help.”

(ESP Class Session, (1) April 24, 1973)

“To close your eyes to them (dire circumstances) in an ignorant fashion, to wash your hands of them, so to speak, is shortsighted. To pretend such situations do not exist out of fear of them, will only bring the feared reality closer. It is far better to situate yourself firmly in your own reality, acknowledge it as your own, encourage your strength and creativity, and from that vantage point view those areas of the world or of your own society that need constructive help. Purposefully in your own life, in your daily dialogues with others, in your relationships through your groups or clubs, reinforce as well as you can the strength and abilities of others.

That reinforcement will add to the personal power of all other individuals with whom those people come in contact.

(The Nature of the Psyche, Page 215)

…you must operate from strength, not from weakness. When you stand upon a firm shore, you can extend your arm to the man who is in the 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!

Individually – as you read the newspaper, 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.”

(Conversations with Seth-Volume Two (6), Chapter 20)

“Whenever the conditions of life are such that its quality is threatened, there will be…a mass statement. The quality of life must be at a certain level so that the individuals of a species – of any and all species – can develop. In your species the spiritual, mental and psychic abilities add a dimension that is biologically pertinent.

There simply must be, for example, a freedom to express ideas, an individual tendency, a worldwide social and political context in which each individual can develop his or her abilities and contribute to the species as a whole.”

(The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, (4) Session 804)

“As racial problems may be worked out on many levels, through a riot or a natural disaster, or a combination of both, according to the intensity of the situation on a psychological level; and as physical symptoms can be pleas for help and recognition, so can natural misfortunes be utilized by members of one portion of the country, or one part of the world, to obtain aid from other portions.”

(The Nature of Personal Reality, (3) Session 665)

“Some of my readers may consider themselves quite enlightened, believing, for example, in reincarnation as a series of consecutive lives. However, they may then use that concept to justify their belief in the inferiority of other races. They may say that since an individual chose his or her problems in this life – deciding for instance to be born black, or poor, or both – that karma is being worked out; therefore such issues should not be adjusted through a change of law or custom.”

(The Nature of Personal Reality, (3) Session 650)

“If you believe that your beliefs cause reality, and they do, then what is your attitude towards the poor? Do you think: ‘They caused that reality? Too bad! That is their hard luck!’ These are questions I want you to consider.”

(ESP Class Session, (1) March 20, 1973)

“War will finally teach you to revere life. Natural catastrophes will remind you that you cannot ignore your planet or your creaturehood.”

(The Nature of Personal Reality, (3) Session 665)

“As long as you believe in aggression and in force, in this country, you elect persons who believe in aggression and in force and who react to it, and so do the people in all the other nations. Unfortunately, you equate aggression with strength so you are afraid to elect a peaceful man. And all the other countries feel the same, so they are afraid to put into power, by whatever means, peaceful men. So your world situation is the result of your individual beliefs, en masse.”

(ESP Class Session (1) November 21, 1972)

“You do each create your own reality…and en masse you create the realities of your nationalities and your countries…”

(The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, (4) Session 852)

“True, individuals can do much through social action, and the species is a social one, but people who are afraid of their individuality will never find it in a group, but only a caricature of their own powerlessness.”

(The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, (4) Session 852)

To change the world for the better, you must begin by changing your own life. There is no other way.

You begin by accepting your own worth as a part of the universe, and by granting every other being that same recognition. You begin honoring life in all of its forms. You begin by changing your thoughts toward your contemporaries, your country, your family and your working companions. If the ideal of loving your neighbor like yourself seems remote, you will at least absolutely refrain from killing your neighbor – and your neighbor is any other person on the face of the planet.

For a start you will acknowledge your existence in the framework of nature, and to do that you must recognize the vast cooperative processes that connect each species with each other one. If you truly use your prerogatives as an individual in your country, then you can exert far more power in normal daily living than you do now.”

(The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, (4) Session 870)

It is very important that you express your idealism actively, to whatever extent you can, for this increases your sense of worth and power.”

(The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, (4) Session 870)

“The expression of ideals brings about satisfaction, which then of course promotes the further expression of practical idealism.

If you want to change the world for the better, then you are an idealist. If you want to change the world for the better but you believe it cannot be changed one whit, then you are a pessimist, and your idealism will only haunt you. If you want to change the world for the better, but you believe that it will grow worse, despite anyone’s efforts, then you are a truly despondent, perhaps misguided idealist. If you want to change the world for the better, and if you are determined to do so, no matter what the risk, and if you believe that those ends justify any means at your disposal, then you are a fanatic.

There is nothing more stimulating, more worthy of actualization, than the desire to change the world for the better. That is indeed each person’s mission. You begin by working in that area of activity that is your own unique one, with your own life and activities. You begin in the corner of an office, or on the assembly line, or in the advertising agency, or in the kitchen. You begin where you are.”

(The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (4) Session 850)

Man’s vulnerability to pain helps him sympathize with others, and therefore helps him to more actively alleviate whatever unnecessary causes of pain exist in society.

Each person’s experience of a painful nature is also registered on the part of what we will call the world’s mind. Each failure, disappointment, or unresolved problem that results in suffering becomes a part of the world’s experience. It learns that this way or that way does not work, or this way or that way has been tried with poor results. So in that way, even weaknesses or failures of suffering are resolved, or rather redeemed as adjustments are made in the light of that data.

In that regard, each person lives his or her life privately and, yet, for all of humanity. Each person tries out new challenges, new circumstances, new achievements from a unique viewpoint, for himself or herself, and for the entire mass of humanity as well.”

(Dreams, Evolution, and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1 (2) Session 896)

Seth books, channeled by Jane Roberts (Butts) and recorded by Robert F. Butts. Current copyright holder is Laurel Davies-Butts.


“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

“Everything you do must be worthy of your ideals, or they become something else, something less than ideal.” – Seth. (It sounds a little up tight but it’s true, right? – Pete)

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