Jane and Seth on A Safe Universe

“As long as you believe that you dwell in a universe that is a threat, you must defend yourself against it. As long as you believe that the self is flawed and that the race is doomed and evil, you must defend yourself against yourself. And how can you then trust the voice of the psyche? When I say to you, ‘be spontaneous’, how dare you take that step? To be spontaneous would obviously give rise to all the lust, passion, murder, and hatred that to you is inherent in the human heart.”


Jane Roberts and Seth in Psychic Politics by Jane Roberts, final part of the Chapter 27:

I haven’t resumed regular classes, and have no idea when or if I will. In the meantime I see students at informal gatherings. Besides dictating his new book in our regular sessions, Seth usually speaks to my students at such times. His knowledge of our psychology is flawless. At a recent get-together, I was explaining the idea of the safe universe when Seth came through, with humor and some gentle irony, to help me out. I’d like to close this book with excerpts from that spontaneous session.

When Seth speaks to people directly, he takes their emotional states into consideration. He never speaks at them. In this particular instance, a student had just expressed a fear that love was smothering. Before I could answer, Seth came through:

“Now, you believe that love is smothering because you do not believe in a safe universe. And each of you, to some extent or another, believe that the universe is not safe, and therefore you must set up defenses against it.

“The one-line official consciousness with which you are familiar says, `The world is not safe. I cannot trust it. Nor can I trust the conditions of experience or the conditions of my own existence. Nor can I trust myself. I can look at a squirrel and rejoice, but I cannot look at myself and rejoice, for I am filled with inequity and I am, to some extent, evil.'”

Seth spoke with rich irony here, looking from one person to another. “I am not only evil as myself,” he continued in his example, “but I come from a tainted and flawed race. My mother and my father were flawed before me and I send these tragic flaws into the future. Therefore, I must set up my defenses in whatever way I can, to protect myself in a universe that I cannot trust, and from a self that is evil and flawed.”

“Now, as long as you hold on to these beliefs, then you must indeed set up defenses. And it may seem to you”–Seth nodded to the young man–“that love is smothering.”

“As long as you believe that you dwell in a universe that is a threat, you must defend yourself against it. As long as you believe that the self is flawed and that the race is doomed and evil, you must defend yourself against yourself. And how can you then trust the voice of the psyche? When I say to you, ‘be spontaneous’, how dare you take that step? To be spontaneous would obviously give rise to all the lust, passion, murder, and hatred that to you is inherent in the human heart.”

“So you say, ‘I try to be spontaneous, but how can I? I try to believe that I am good, but how can I be good when I come from a race that is evil?’ You try to say, ‘The universe is safe’, and then you watch the television news or read the newspaper and you say, ‘What lie is this? How can the universe be safe when I read about wholesale murder, war, trickery, and greed? How can I be myself, for if I am myself will I not unleash into the world only more of the horror I see about me? For surely human nature cannot change, and human nature is evil. Look already what evil it has worked upon the planet, then tell me Seth, be spontaneous! What do you ask of me, and how can I stand upon the authority of the psyche or tell myself that I am good?”

“The official line of consciousness forms a world about it and you experience and perceive that world. While you devote yourselves to that official consciousness, the world will always appear the same—disastrous, bound for destruction or the greater judgment of a fundamental god.”

“My last book, The Nature of Personal Reality, is a good book. It is a helpful book, and it is far trickier than you realize. It will lead you–automatically, if you use it well–out of the official line of consciousness. You will begin to question not only your own private beliefs for your own purposes, but the nature of beliefs. And you will be led to discover other strands of consciousness.”

“Ruburt [Jane] is working with what he call the codicils, material he is getting from the library. Now those codicils are truths, quite apparent at another stage of consciousness. The one-line stage of consciousness was necessary, but it contained within it its own impetus for development. It set up challenges that could not be solved at that stage, and that would automatically lead you to other kinds of awareness. Only when you sense these, can old contradictions make sense.”

“You need not say, ‘The universe is safe’, for at your present level, that will only enrage you. Say instead, ‘I live in a safe universe’, and so you shall. Those defenses you have set up will crumble for they will not be needed. The codicils are practical. They are realities, but at the official level of consciousness they sound impossible. So you must learn here and now to alter the state of your consciousness and tune it to the state in which the codicils make sense.”

“When people read The Nature of Personal Reality they will begin to examine their beliefs. They will think they are doing so to get rid of a problem or to gain an advantage, but they will soon find themselves involved in challenging the entire belief system that they know. When they do, they will automatically begin to alter the focus of their consciousness—and in doing so, begin to alter nature of their world. Then, my dear friends, we will have our next book, “Unknown” Reality, ready for them. It will confuse them further. And then we will come out with another book, The Nature of the Psyche, that will help them find new footing in the world that they know. We will help them out of the confusion that we have caused, in other words.”

We took a break. Then the student who was worried about love being smothering said that he had trouble relating to a girl who didn’t subscribe wholeheartedly to Seth’s ideas. Once again, Seth came through: this time, jovially:

“Now there are people who are quite involved with my ideas who do not know my name. There are people quite content with their lot and they do not know my name. They know themselves. They are aware of the vitality of their beings and they do not need me to tell them that they are important. The flowers and cats and trees don’t need me to tell them they are important either, and there are many people who do not need me for the same reason.”

“These people recognize the vitality of their existence. They ignore the belief systems of their times. They are ancient children. They may not read philosophy, but they listen to the wind. They watch the behavior of the seasons… If you were satisfied with the nature of your existence, you would not be here. Those who are satisfied do not need my voice. They find sufficient reinforcement from the dawn and the twilight.”

“They may build ditches or work in fields or factories. They do not need to listen to my voice because they listen to the voice of the oak trees and the birds, and the voices of their own beings. I am a poor imitation of the voices of your own psyches to which you do not listen. I will be unneeded, and gladly so, when you realize that the vitality and reinforcement and joy are your own, and rise from the fountain of your own beings; when you realize that you do not need me for protection, for there is nothing you need protect yourself against.”

(The notion that we’re basically bad and can’t trust ourselves is a widely held belief throughout the world, spread by the Old Testament story of Genesis, Creation (see: What I Learned in Catholic School). When Adam and Eve ate an apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil against God’s express wish, they were banished from Eden for committing a mortal sin. According to Catholic teaching, that makes all of us guilty of committing a mortal sin because we’re the children of Adam and Eve. A mortal sin is unforgivable and we are guilty by association. A further broad brush interpretation of Adam and Eve’s behavior paints us as incapable of managing our impulses, hence, the belief that we can’t trust ourselves and require guidance by those with “higher moral authority”, the church itself. “Be fruitful and multiply” says the bible and too often, people obey. Can we afford to mindlessly obey old religious edict when the world today tells us to back off consumption and stop producing more children than the earth can support? Sometimes “bad” is good and “up” is down. – Pete )


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