16 Sep Seth and Expanding Into Our Self
In true expansion of consciousness, you become more and more aware, more conscious of inner realities that were previously never realized on a conscious level. … (The ego) recognizes its identity as part of the inner self. … In other words, portions of the inner self have joined the strictly egotistical functions. The ego in such cases is so attuned that it becomes almost something else.
—Seth, The Early Sessions, Book 7, Session 308
As explained in the Introduction, this phase of our journey will first have to take us further into knowing our self, a deeper understanding about the core of who we are. And we need to do this because we’re starting over when we walk away from linear time for the freedom and safety of simultaneous time’s moment point. We’re entering into unknown territory, and in order to hold our footing with a sustained confidence, we’ll need to see as accurate and clear a picture as possible of what constitutes our self. And the picture will be drawn with clarity of purpose behind it, the point being to acknowledge what works for us and reject what does not, as it pertains to living safely within our reality.
The first stroke of the picture we’ll discuss is etched into our psyche as a given. Not that we always see or acknowledge it, but starting now is a new ballgame. Now it becomes imperative to open our hearts and intuitions, not just our heads, to certain facts.
What is life’s meaning? Specifically, what is life’s meaning for each of us? As it turns out, the answer to both questions is the same, because the meaning of life is quite literally within every consciousness ever created by All That Is; and we, of course, are consciousness.
So, what is the answer to The Great Cosmic Question and also the answer to our individual purpose and meaning? No surprise to Seth readers: It’s value fulfillment. Not a fulfillment of moral values, but a fulfillment of values which are emotional and spiritual in nature, and which lead toward a fulfillment of life’s quality. And those values that are etched into our consciousness that help form us? What are they?
According to Seth, they are values such as the propensity to search for meaning in life, to search for love, for cooperation, for compassion, for creativity. Value fulfillment is a gift from All That Is to each of us, then, for it brings meaning and purpose to our existence. And we need to intuitively remember this as we proceed with the further unfolding of our self, because it will become one of our conscious active beliefs upon which we will build our emerging reality.
But there’s another gift bestowed upon us that works hand-in-hand with value fulfillment, and it is our gift of free will. Free will allows us to consciously choose explorations that will lead to the value fulfillment of our potential and, by default, also enrich the world of all consciousness. Free will allows us to search for meaning, which directs us to that which we value, in our private existence and in life itself. And it’s not meant to be a solemn effort by robed spiritualists. Indeed, Seth tells us to “exuberantly and rambunctiously” seek the pleasure of existence, and in that seeking, our needs, our values, will be satisfied also. (Go Fun! Go Happy!)
And if we don’t see that life is all about value fulfillment and apply our free will to experience it? That is, if we feel we missed the value fulfillment boat somewhere along the way? In one respect, we can’t miss it, because value fulfillment is a built-in propensity, always there, propelling us toward our greatest fulfillment in a way that doesn’t step on anyone else’s toes. Value fulfillment is, after all, the most important element of All That Is, according to Seth—therefore, it also is our heritage, seeing from whence we come.
Ah, but remember, so is free will our heritage. And if we use our free will to become disillusioned, defeated, frightened, doubtful, angry—all possibilities within the range of emotions engendered by a belief in cause and effect/linear time—we start diffusing our life’s purpose with camouflage concerns and emotions that lead us temporarily astray. And if we stray too far, maybe we choose to die. Maybe we give up on this existence and try again in another one, because it just doesn’t seem worth it to continue any longer.
And where exactly was the cavalry when we needed it most during this off-kilter time? In actuality, it had been there all along, trying to get our attention, to help change our emotions and mind, to remind us of our heritage, our birthright; and to help guide us through a meaningful existence this time around. And that guidance comes from our inner self.
In Living a Safe Universe, Vol. 1, we basically covered the who, what, when, where, why and how of our inner self and our interaction with it. Almost everything said therein was in some way applicable to deepening trust in our self and coming to grips with our understanding and use of simultaneous time, so I strongly recommend you re-read it, if it’s not fresh in your mind.
The bottom line is, if you haven’t yet actively courted a conscious relationship with your inner self, now’s the time. It suggests a unique level of self-trust, and as we undertake this expanding journey into simultaneous time/moment point, we’ll need all the trust we can muster within circumstances and decisions we seldom, if ever, thought we’d face.
And further reason, if needed, is this Seth comment: “You, dear reader, are in the process of expanding your psychic structure, of becoming what your soul is. As cells multiply and grow—within their own nature and the physical framework—so do selves ‘evolve’ in terms of value fulfillment.”
You see, that’s where value fulfillment and consciously applied free will take us, further along the path to becoming what our soul already is. When we temporarily step off the path of our life’s purpose, we’re off the path of our soul’s purpose too, which, by definition, is the path to our greatest value fulfillment (also called growth). And we cannot sustain that non-path for long, because without consciously experiencing fulfillment, there becomes no obvious meaning to life or path to our expansion into soul stuff, and no reason to stick around.
What we’ve discussed so far—value fulfillment, free will, the trusted assistance of our inner self—nicely sets the overall framework of our further emerging trust in the simultaneous time mindset, one that you will see as we progress through this book becomes crucial to our success.
Excerpted from Living a Safe Universe, Vol. 2: A Book for Seth Readers, by Lynda Madden Dahl. Lynda is the award-winning author of seven Seth/Jane Roberts-based books. She is co-founder of Seth Network International, the global meeting place for Seth readers; published a quarterly magazine, Reality Change: The Global Seth Journal, for seven years; has produced numerous Seth conferences and been a speaker at many others. You are invited to become her friend on Facebook and on Twitter, and follow her at Lynda’s Seth Talk Blog.