16 Jul Seth and the Magic of NOW
The present as you think of it, and in practical working terms, is the point at which you select your physical experience from all those events that could be materialized.
—Seth, The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 656
“Will I ever get it?” I wondered for the thousandth time, with a twinge of desperation coloring the thought. “Will I ever have complete faith in my ability to allow the universe to support me? I mean, not just sometime, but all the time, no matter what?” I fell asleep with those words running through my mind, and awoke to pack for my trip to Virginia. I was on my way to spend the Fourth of July with my children.
Matt and Cathleen were temporarily sharing housing in Fairfax while Cathleen was finishing her degree at George Mason University, just blocks from their home. One of the last items to go into my suitcase was a new mystery I’d purchased the previous week. That night in bed I pulled the book out and, as the universe would have it, kicked off a whole summer of questions around the subject of simultaneous time.
The mystery was a humorous one about a group of nuns who found themselves in the midst of drug dealers and worse. One of the nuns, the heroine of the story, was almost revered by her cohorts because she had what they called “perfect faith.” They defined it as the unequivocal assumption that everything would always work out just fine, that there was no situation that wouldn’t sort itself out to the holder’s benefit, because God would protect her or him. And that’s exactly what happened to our heroine time after time, as she raced between murderers and Mafia. She was not only sheltered from harm, she led the way to some very dramatic successes.
I was quite taken by the idea of perfect faith and what it represented. Setting aside her belief that it was an outside source protecting her instead of her own self, I still felt the nun was on to something. Yes, that’s what I wanted, perfect faith. I mulled it over, thought about what the nun had faced and conquered, and even though it was fiction, I knew it didn’t have to be. I knew perfect faith is what we all can feel, and that the outcome would be the same for us as for the book’s heroine.
When I returned home, Stan and I talked to the Committee (our inner selves) on the Ouija board about perfect faith. They said that, in case I hadn’t yet caught on, I should know it led the list of subjects I had chosen to learn this time around. While that statement in itself was thought-provoking, it took a back seat to the bombshell answer to my next question, which was—and don’t ask me why I asked it or even how it entered my head to ask—“When was the material on perfect faith placed in that book?” Their answer: the moment I needed assistance.
NOW’s the Time
I thought my subject to be learned that summer of 1993 was perfect faith, and indeed it was. But intertwined, because it’s what makes the idea of perfect faith a functionally sound concept, was simultaneous time. When does creation happen? Now. When does a probability get selected from the infinite field of probabilities and inserted into our life? Now. And which thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes and expectations select the next probability? The ones we hold…now. Everything happens in the spacious present. It is, as Seth says, the point of power.
High on my list of favorite Seth quotes is this one because of its breakthrough significance: “There is no cause and effect in the terms in which you understand the words. Nor is there a succession of moments that follow one after the other. And without a succession of moments following one after the other, you can see that the idea of cause and effect becomes meaningless. An action in the present cannot be caused by an action in the past, and neither action can be the cause of future action, in a basic reality where neither past nor future exist.”
Cause and effect, the theory that has the world mesmerized. Almost all plans of action, responses, attitudes, reactions, decisions and emotions are based on a belief in cause and effect. And if there is no such thing, what happens to our thinking? Just about everything, and all of it good. We become free to view events with a radical new eye and figure out just what the heck it is we’re dealing with in physical reality.
I’d been back at the office for a few days after returning from Virginia when I opened the publication produced by a distributor of Beyond the Winning Streak and perused the pages for the ad we’d placed in that issue. I gave it a second flip-through, because the first time I hadn’t found the ad. I didn’t the second time, either. Damn! It was to have been the kick-off in our advertising efforts for the book. We’d finally gotten serious about marketing it, and look what happened, the ad was never run! Now we’d have to wait another two months and lose valuable time in the process.
Then the phrase “perfect faith” crept into my mind. Oh, yeah, I’m supposed to be learning this stuff, but this isn’t the time to try. After all, it’s after the fact. The damage is already done. Well, what can it hurt? It sure beats getting angry, and maybe there’s a silver lining I can’t yet see—like, well…I can’t think of one.
So I sat at my desk and closed my eyes. I calmed down, cleared my thoughts and said “perfect faith.” I used that phrase as a signal to settle in, let it be, accept, know, release. I felt my mind clear and then visualized a short scene of me feeling very happy in this moment. I opened my eyes and smiled, knowing (or hoping I knew) it had worked. The whole process took maybe a minute.
I reached for the phone and called our distributor. “Oh, yes,” our ad rep said, “you’re right, the ad didn’t run in the July issue. It ran in the special May/June issue that was circulated to twice the usual audience because it was handed out at the annual publishing convention that month. Although your artwork arrived after the cut-off date, we had space available and squeezed you in.”
Okay, Committee, what happened? When was that ad placed in the May/June publication? According to them, it was the moment I decided to challenge the outcome of what looked like a dead end. Operating from the present, I opened up probabilities in the “past” and allowed a different ending to the story to occur in the present.
Excerpted from Ten Thousand Whispers: A Guide to Conscious Creation, 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.