16 Oct Seth and the Nature of Probabilities (Part 1)
You are learning how to transform the imaginative realm of probabilities into a more or less specific, physically experienced world.
—Seth, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Session 829
If anything has become clear through these ongoing discussions, it has got to be the fact that nothing is created in physical reality, all creation happens in the spacious present and then becomes reflected in our camouflage-defined reality. But no creation happens here—not motion, not aging, not growth, because they all depend on time and space being the bedrock requirements of physical creation. But time and space are simply camouflages made possible by the creative abilities of consciousness. They are secondary constructs brought to life because they serve a desired purpose.
And that is precisely why we’ve not led discussions in this book from a linear time perspective, attempting to understand how to initiate change from within camouflage itself. The dynamics of change simply cannot be understood, let alone deciphered, when viewed as one self moving through one world, on a birth-to-death journey that is basically outside the self’s obvious control.
Do you see how our wheels just keep spinning when we bind ourselves to a belief in linear time/cause and effect? How we’re then forced to search for answers through psychology and self-help and science and religion—all solidly based on that one belief and, therefore, missing the point entirely?
We simply cannot get from here to there, i.e. living a safe universe, without bringing a heavy dose of reality to our thinking. And this chapter’s dose, probabilities, will nudge us even closer to understanding how our true self, honestly and without equivocation, brings about change.
Awash in Probabilities
Seth tells us physical events imply the collection of nonphysical forces into an organization existing outside of time and space. And part of the nonphysical forces he’s talking about are probabilities. He says, “Probabilities are an ever-present portion of your invisible psychological environment. You exist in the middle of a probable system of reality. It is not something apart from you. To some extent it is like a sea in which you have your present being. You are in it, and it is in you.”
So, let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing comments Seth makes regarding the nature of the field of probabilities, and we’ll get a better sense of what it means to our creation efforts.
“The probable field is strongly composed of thought images, not physically materialized, but extremely vivid and actual storehouses of energy.”
Thought images have an amazingly intense energy behind them and an unparalleled role in creation. Even the field of probabilities is composed of thought images (i.e. mental acts, or suggestion). Thought images are action, and action is what directs consciousness through experiences.
“You use probabilities like blocks to build events.”
An event can never be created from just one probability, because each probability is an action, with the “next” action terminating the last, flashing on the screen of camouflage reality a whole new scene. An event is actually the result of numerous probabilities linked by significances in the spacious present, based on our mental acts in the moment point—and the changes to our mental acts in the moment point, until a certain overall scenario can be said to have been experienced.
As an example, let’s say Seth wants to create a whole new study, and he sets it as a goal. That goal is not simply one probability snug and complete, an end product in the field of probabilities. It’s a flowing together of many probabilities/actions; or as Seth characterizes it, blocks that build events.
“The nature of any given probable action does not lead to any particular inevitable concluding act.”
When Seth set his goal for a new study, he had to have the flexibility of making choices along the way, changing his mind, adding new elements, etc. He started the action with a charged thought, here called a goal, and that one action kicked off the unfolding of other actions which took certain directions as Seth made his choices. But the end result was never an absolute given. For instance, if Seth had let go of his goal for whatever reason, those new thought images would have changed the outcome of his study. So, even though instant materializations of action, one after the other, look to us like an only-one-path-could-have-led-to-it event, there was no one probability encompassed by the totality of Seth’s new study, or any given event, for that matter.
“Each event that you form from any given set of probabilities automatically gives rise to new probabilities.”
In fact, what Seth chose to eventually experience as his “final” study was itself an arbitrary event, because action doesn’t stop still and freeze an event in place. Consciousness can put arbitrary boundaries around an event through focused suggestion, but the event continues to change and expand because of action. And this is what gives us the freedom to open new options in our realities. The options are always there, awaiting our nod of suggestion in whatever direction we wish to go.
“Before you make your decision, each of these probable actions are equally valid.”
Seth could have chosen a blue chair with a matching ottoman for his study, or he could have chosen to have no chair, but instead a pair of matching couches. The choices were his, via his suggestions and expectation—and each was equally valid, equally available to him, because of the nature of creation, the nature of action.
To be continued…
Excerpted from Living a Safe Universe: A Book for Seth Readers, by Lynda Madden Dahl. Lynda is the award-winning author of six Seth/Jane Roberts-based books. She is co-founder ofSeth 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.