How Hearing the News Shapes Your Reality Creation – Seth

This is a bit long, it’s the whole deleted session from 12/03/77. But in my humble opinion, for the person truly interested in Reality Creation, it demands multiple readings because it is so powerful, and makes excellent arguments for not being led around by the nose by the mass-media 24/7 news outlets. – Rick, at:

Good evening.

(Good evening, Seth. – Robert F. Butts, speaking and recording a channeling session as Seth speaks through his wife, Jane Roberts. As Seth directs a comment at Rob, he refers to him as Joseph and when he refers to Jane, he calls her Rubert, names Seth says represent their larger selves or oversouls. – Pete)

Now: in basic terms you form your reality, privately and en mass – through your beliefs, of course, and those beliefs cause you to organize your psychic world in certain fashions. You use such belief organizations to concentrate upon certain data and ignore other, so that consciously and unconsciously you organize inner and outer stimuli so that it makes sense according to your beliefs, and forms therefore a more or less dependable framework in which action and response are possible.

History is written according to the present beliefs of a historian in his time. As you know, your western world followed its own mixture of Christianity, Darwinism, and Freudian psychology.  Because those ideas still are largely in the mainstream of your society, your television news, newspapers, and magazines are invisibly slanted. The news is invisibly organized to fit certain patterns, so that when you read or hear it, it carries the seemingly indelible mark, confirming the basic beliefs of the culture. I am not speaking strictly of political parties or political newspapers, or of any specialized journals or magazines, but of the overall pattern displayed by all of your mass communications.

You can see easily, however, the highly specialized, intensified view of the world that is apparent in scientific journals. These are in sharp conflict with, for example, religious journals. If you look you can easily become aware of these specialized worlds. Regardless of these differences, the overall picture is largely the same: you cannot trust yourself, your body, the natural world.

You are everywhere presented with the evidence. The headlines speak of problems between nations, mass and private crime, illness. The misuse of animals, man’s stupidity and cruelty, so it seems that the species is nearly insane. Let us look at the invisible organization behind such material, however. I do not want to shock you, but there are quite as many cases of honest heroism as there are crimes committed. There are patterns of highly constructive change that never show, as far as your media is concerned. There are as many people recovering from diseases, even by themselves, as those who succumb. There are compensating, creative earth patterns occurring in terms of energy, but these do not show.

If you do not understand this, then you will take your newspapers and other news unthinkingly, thinking that a fairly adequate picture of world events is being portrayed – a picture that only deepens the negative feelings that are behind the invisible organization of such data. In such a way you miss any significant evidence to the contrary. Privately, then, you will to some extent or another have to take up defenses against that reality. As long as you think that your physical information about the world, through newspapers and so forth, presents a fairly adequate, objective view of events, then all of the evidence to the contrary will literally be invisible, for you will continue to organize your view of the world in the old way. You will think, for example, when a story about misuse of political power is concerned, “That’s only one story. How many more politicians do the same thing?” For the newspapers also act in a suggestive fashion, further programming your expectations.

In a way you organize your physical experience as you do your inner life, through association, through emotional association. I am not simply speaking of sensationalism in newspapers or on TV. When you read the news or hear it, however, because of cultural beliefs you are programmed to behave in a certain fashion, in a fashion that validates, seemingly, the concepts of Freud and Darwin, and the most unfortunate aspects of Christian pessimism. This is not done with any ill intent. Individuals collect the news and write it.

To many people, some kind of organization , even one that is wobbly, is far better than facing the task of setting up an entirely new view of reality. The inner structure of most of your organizations and institutions are based on those old precepts. Individual lives have been constructed along those frameworks.
(With gentle irony.) You made a remark earlier this evening to the effect that the individual could do nothing in the face of such organized behavior – a remark that by now I’m sure you regret voicing.

(I laughed)

Those ideas to begin with began with individuals. The people who make and report the news are individuals. The people who read or view the news are individuals. To some extent through the (Seth) books you are helping people alter their psychic organizations, to look at the world in a different fashion, and therefore to view a different world – a world in which their experiences are different than they would have been otherwise.

Many people are already beginning to alter their picture of the world, but they are afraid of trusting their own intuitions. Consider the lengthy letter from the young English gentleman. In a large measure, the world in which he now lives is a highly more enjoyable and productive one than it was before. His experiences are entirely different than they would have been. In terms of probability, he took a new probable road, which means that his individual impact upon the world, and everyone he meets, will also be different and more creative than it would have been before.

Unless Ruburt does, no one will remark about this young man. No one will trace the beneficial changes in his life, and their effects upon others. People generally have been taught to play down their own heroism, and to concentrate upon man’s weaknesses, and so your newspapers contain categorized fact upon fact, emphasizing man’s errors and stupidities. It has become virtuous to keep track of these, as if concentrating upon errors will do anything but compound them. I am, again, not telling you to be blind to physical events, but to realize that the news media, and your organizations, are not giving you an “objective” view of the world, but a view compounded and composed by Freudian and Darwinian beliefs.

I would also like to remind you both of the difference between direct experience and second-hand tales. Examine your own personal experience with physical reality now and then when you have a moment (with irony), relying only upon your own experience. It is impossible, I know, and not really beneficial, to try to separate yourselves entirely from the cultural world, but you should understand the makeup of that world, and be able now and then at least to separate your private experiences from it, even though they must occur in its context.

How many crimes have you each personally encountered? How many people have been generally well-disposed toward you? How many have been actively vicious? What has actually been your own experience with war, with prejudice, with hatred? How much of your view of reality has been formed by direct experience, and how much has been formed through secondary sources, such as communications media, or tales brought to you by others? This is an excellent exercise because it puts you in touch with your own experience, and at least gives you a point from which you can make judgments of your own.

Your neighbor, Joe, had pneumonia, or a cold, or the snivels (upon returning from Florida last week). To Margaret he had pneumonia, because she organizes reality in a certain fashion, and by slightly exaggerating certain data, she then uses it to reinforce certain beliefs. She then must take steps of course to protect herself against illness, and she is in fear of robbers for the same reason. She does not trust her body nor her fellow men. She watches news for stories of illnesses and robbers. Those ideas do not exist alone. They have an emotional effect. To some extent, it is because you have accepted the newspapers’ view of reality as real, that you have allowed yourselves to dwell upon certain attitudes about your fellows – so that for example sometimes the world does not seem to deserve great art; or that you even feel you do not want to share your work with the stupid bastards.

(Seth said this, staring at me. I laughed again)

I am trying to induce Ruburt to drop his muscular armor. In the world of his experience he does not need it. His direct experience has not included it, the cruel adult world that he must protect himself against. It certainly does not include a frightening psychic world, actually or otherwise. Any fears he had there he picked up through reading, or through the reports of others, so let him also separate his private experience in that respect. Collecting such distorted data about inner or outer worlds can only  make an individual build up defenses, or want to.

The newspaper world is, then, highly distorted, organized in such a manner that its data reinforce negative beliefs, and constantly give evidence only of negative patterns. These then are taken as an objective picture of the fact world. All of the heroism, the private and even mass triumph, and the good intent, have been left out. The world is seen as a patient, sick in body, insane of mind, a thing that needs treatment, a Freudian and Darwinian monster. Even with your own changed beliefs, the two of you still see that mirror when you read a newspaper, and do not realize the invisible organizations behind the news. It makes it seem foolhardy to relax, doesn’t it?

(He said this ironically, leaning forward for emphasis.)

All of these things to some extent stand in the way of Ruburt’s recovery {Jane (Rubert) suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis}. They point precisely to those areas in which both of you heartily agreed, though Ruburt’s way of getting work done was not yours. This session must be taken into consideration with other ones, for I am making certain points here that are important, but that do not of course stand alone. You can if you prefer forget terms like hypnosis, but between tonight’s and next Saturday night’s session, I strongly advise that you take a half hour: it can be nap time, or any time. Have Ruburt lie on the bed comfortably. You sit beside him or lie on the bed as you prefer – but verbally reassure him. Tell his body that the muscles can relax, that you are there, and it is safe for him to let go. Use relaxation techniques, as in hypnotic techniques, if you want. I have mentioned this before.

Often I do not state the reasons for such suggestions. To some extent – underlined and qualified – you hypnotized yourselves into your view of reality. You helped Ruburt form his. You have not taken my suggestion before for a very simple reason: part of you, Joseph, was not ready to reassure Ruburt in such a fashion, for you were not certain that it was safe to relax in such a world, and you did not want to lie to Ruburt because you believed the newspaper world so thoroughly – with all, now, of its implications, as Ruburt did. Such an event represents an intent on both of your parts, you see, a joint effect, a changing of bodily response to a situation. The newspapers act as hypnotic suggestion of a potent kind. There is no one present who can confirm the newspaper’s evidence. You cannot ask questions of a newspaper, or of a news program. The entire pattern of these latest sessions deals with your inner reactions to
your beliefs about yourselves and the world. Tonight I am dealing with a specific area. To some extent, however, these newspaper beliefs shut you off from
full utilization from Framework Two’s* potency.

Hopefully, I am teaching you to reorganize your inner lives, so that you attract the best to yourselves from inner and outer reality. Your suggestions to Ruburt along psychic lines were excellent – that he do more energy experiments. His own intention to try out-of-body experiments again is also excellent because it shows a change of intent. I want you to encourage his bodily relaxation in the same manner, creatively. You do not take chances, creatively or any other way, unless you allow your curiosity and exuberance some free play. If the world seems too unsafe, you set up projections often against shadows, because you have accepted those shadows unthinkingly as facts. Those ideas, mentioned earlier, even inhibit the free creative flow of our books into the world to some extent, for you do not have as clear a channel as possible.

Never compare the sale of our books to the sale of other books. Different realities are involved – and you can then get involved with cross purposes. I have said what I intended to say. Again, these sessions are more packed than you realize. Each suggestion I give you is not only given for a reason, but has within it potentials that of course remain latent unless the suggestion is followed. Do you have any questions?

(No, I guess not.)

There is a pattern to your own dream life, however, that is emerging, and the suggestion I gave you this evening, involving Ruburt’s relaxation, is rather double-barreled in that regard. James had a rather good remark, that the hypnotist must first hypnotize himself-and that is also a double-barreled remark for my suggestion will benefit both of you also in other areas. Now what I want and what I get from you two is sometimes different. I want to establish a habit beginning with tonight’s suggestions, with you reassuring Ruburt. For a while I would like that done twice weekly. Then, however, I would like you each, for one-half hour twice a week, to use your own separate relaxation techniques. Such exercises state and reinforce your intent, reinforce through physical action, and the relaxation will set you free in your psychic endeavors, bringing your nightly dreams into clearer focus, because you are setting up consciously a better relationship between your mind and your body. I would prefer that those exercises not be forgotten, for I know their benefit. End of session.

(Thank you, Seth.)

A fond good evening.

* Seth maintains that Framework 2, or inner reality, contains the creative source from which we form all events, and that by the proper focusing of attention we can draw from that vast subjective medium everything we need for a constructive, positive life in Framework 1, or physical reality.

(c) Robert F. Butts

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