08 May Seth and Living Our Beliefs
In your system of reality you are learning what mental energy is, and how to use it. You do this by constantly transforming your thoughts and emotions into physical form. You are supposed to get a clear picture of your inner development by perceiving the exterior environment. What seems to be a perception, an objective concrete event independent from you, is instead the materialization of your own inner emotions, energy and mental environment.
—Seth, The Seth Material, Chapter 10
“Now, class,” the traffic school officer lectures a room full of moving violation criminals, “statistics prove the effectiveness of wearing seat belts. It’s insanity not to protect yourself from possible harm, even death, by neglecting to buckle up.” Hrump, I think, as I scrunch further down in my chair. What an incredible fallacy! No seat belt is going to keep me or anyone else from bodily injury if we’ve set the stage for such. It may “protect” us for that moment, if we allow it, but we’ll just find another way of hurting ourselves later.
“Who in here wears their seat belt 100 percent of the time?” About three quarters of the class raise their hands. “And how many wear them most of the time?” Pretty much the rest of the room wave their arms in the air. He smiles indulgently at them and scolds lightly, running through the same scenario as before. I think I’m off the hook, but no way. “Oh,” a big smile, like this couldn’t be true but we’ll playfully ask anyway, “how many never wear their seat belt?” Up goes my lone hand, slowly. A look of incredulity creases his brow. Then he asks me why not.
Here’s where my mind comes to a standstill. How do I say to a group of people I’ve just met that I don’t even have health insurance because I simply know I’ll never be in an accident or have a serious illness? I mean, come on! This is mainstream America we’re talking to, not our favorite metaphysical friend. I mumble something unintelligible, and slink almost off my chair. I have no quick answer for this man, but I’ll tell you something. I’m sure glad I hold my beliefs instead of his. Now all I have to do is figure out why I ended up in traffic school in the first place.
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Our lives are crafted from the subjective landscape of our thoughts and emotions. Our experience is formed through our expectations, which are reflected in our beliefs. Thoughts, feelings, emotions and attitudes all contribute to the creation of our realities, our lives. They form the blueprint from which events will be chosen and then inserted into physical reality. Our beliefs and intents cause us to pick from an unpredictable group of actions those we want to experience. Until we become aware of what we’re thinking and feeling, we can’t choose to consciously change circumstances that are not to our liking.
Beliefs are no more and no less than strongly held thoughts, or thoughts held in the conscious mind with emotion, imagination and duration. Strong doesn’t mean they are constantly running through the mind, with brow furrowed and eyes squinted. What gives them their power is our assumption that they are true, so they cruise through our mind never questioned. But there they go, causing us, consciousness that we are, to form events that make us cringe.
According to Seth, one emotion has more power than it takes to send a rocket to the moon. And, according to Seth, behind every belief is an emotion or feeling. Listen to this list of beliefs, then, and sense their power: Illness is a fact of life. I am a survivor. No one appreciates me. I am a failure. People are so stupid. It’s all my parents’ fault. It’s flu season. You just can’t walk city streets after dark. Love never lasts. Money slips through my fingers. Cancer is caused by smoking. Luck and fate rule my life. Misery is part of living. Money is the root of all evil. I am overweight. I am ashamed of my sexuality. I don’t know how to love. No one understands me. God punishes.
Forget that you have abundant “proof” that these statements are true. That’s the nature of a belief: to cloak itself in justified fact. Of course it does—what we believe becomes real. The question is, which came first, the chicken or the egg? Jane Roberts says, “Our senses present us with a lovely package of the world. We hardly ever realize that it’s a do-it-yourself kit; that at other levels we put the pieces together, assemble the ingredients then present the entire box to our conscious selves, pretending it’s a surprise and something entirely apart from us or our creativity.”
But what happens, cosmically speaking, when a belief is held? Seth says the mind is a great organizer, and since a belief reflects an assumption about reality, the mind prepares itself to support the assumption by organizing reality to fit the belief’s definition. And how does the mind carry out this not-so-little feat? By forming events that agree with the belief; by gathering data that supports the belief; by selecting probabilities that reflect the belief.
No matter what it is we believe, the power of the mind will sculpt our reality into a dramatization of the belief.
Excerpted from Ten Thousand Whispers: A Guide to Conscious Creation, by Lynda Madden Dahl. Lynda is the award-winning author of six 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.