22 Jan Seth and the Road to Freedom
You must understand that your ideas and thoughts do not exist as phantoms or shadow images without substance. They are electromagnetic realities. They affect your physical being and they are automatically translated by your nervous system into the stuff of your flesh and of your experience.
—The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 627
Cotton candy clouds hung above the rugged Na Pali cliffs, white fluff accentuating the dazzling greens of vegetation and blues of sky and water. The day was postcard perfect on the west coast of Kauai that summer of 1989 as Stan Ulkowski, my partner in love and life, turned our rental car north through the verdant Hanalei Valley. Our anticipation grew as we approached our destination.
While playing tourists the previous day, we had wandered into a tiny metaphysical bookstore on the northern coast of the island. A poster tacked on the bulletin board announced a trance channeling session to be held in the countryside the next day. The channeler, described as a well-known international personality who allowed a nonphysical consciousness to speak through him, was on his way to the Orient with this stopover on Kauai. It was just upbeat enough to get our attention, and offbeat enough to promise a unique ending to our vacation.
Stan turned inland on a narrow country road, passing a dairy farm and heading into the island’s rolling agricultural land. The large blue and white striped canopy, our destination’s landmark, was easy to spot, a startling modern contrast to the nearby traditional Hawaiian house. After greeting us warmly, our hosts guided us to shady seats under the awning.
While we waited for the crowd to settle in, my mind wandered back over the years and events that led two fully molded products of the computer age to so comfortably await the words of a trance channeler. In 1984, I was a product marketing manager with Apple Computer. By the time Stan and I visited Hawaii in 1989, I was vice president of a high-tech company, my income had more than doubled…and I held company stock worth one million dollars.
In the intervening years, I had stumbled upon my own kind of miracle. I discovered there is no cause and effect in the classical sense, but that I am the cause of the external events that happen to me. Fate, circumstance and luck became passé concepts. I learned the most freeing, the most exciting news of all times: We create our lives from the fabric of our thoughts, feelings and beliefs. What seems to happen to us is caused by us. What we think of ourselves, our world and the universe becomes the building blocks for the events and material objects that enter our lives.
If there is more fantastic news, what possibly could it be? Intrinsic to our being is the ability to create what we want to experience. We feed our beliefs inward through our thoughts, emotions and imagination. Our unquestioning, non-judgmental inner selves take that raw data and faithfully form events that reflect exactly what we expect to see.
But, of course, I didn’t believe a word of it when I bought my first metaphysical book by mistake. The prose of the author’s previous books, non-metaphysical in nature, had hooked me. I needed another fix. Had I suspected her latest offering of being “foo-foo” stuff, my interest would have ebbed faster than the ocean’s tide.
But, fascinated from page one on, I decided to research several names she mentioned. Buried behind sunglasses, I slinked into a small metaphysical bookstore near Palo Alto, California. Cloying incense and pictures of bearded gurus holding spiritual court deepened my concern that I’d left the rational world behind at the shop’s threshold. I knew I’d joined Alice on the far side of the looking glass when I gazed upon a painting of a disembodied chalk white hand, pushing up through gray clouds while holding tightly to a lightning bolt.
As I approached the long-haired woman behind the cash register, I caught a glimpse of bare feet and ankle bells near the hem of a bleached cotton gown. The clicking of my high heels bounced off the crystals and amethysts in the display case, jarring the serenity of the shop. I asked for the books I desired, bought them, and beat a hasty retreat back into my world of business plans and technology.
From that inauspicious beginning, I moved quickly through dozens of books, branching out to new authors as I learned of them. I wasn’t convinced that there’s more to reality than the official world allows, but my position was softening considerably. My focus became tuned to finding books that could tell me how to make happen in my life what I wanted to experience.
I finally settled on the ideas outlined in the Seth books by Jane Roberts as the model I could accept. I am of a practical mind. I function well when I understand the basis for an assumption, but I’m completely unable to leap from the known to the unknown by faith alone. I don’t need proof, just a glimpse of an underlying organization or structure that supports the claim.
When I’m told I can consciously create with my thoughts, I assume that if the statement is true, then there is a process a thought goes through in order to become part of a future event. A set of mechanics must come into play, albeit universal in scope but nonetheless systematic, that makes it happen. Seth, by clearly defining the nature of reality, gave me the understanding I needed to experiment with this pioneering concept of creating what I want to experience.
And what I wanted to experience was wealth. No, actually I wanted freedom. Freedom to decide what to do with the rest of my life, to choose my own schedule, to be free of bosses, to do whatever pleased me with my days. Money could buy me that freedom, I reasoned, so wealth became my objective.
Oh, that it would have been as easy as creating parking places, but I’m getting ahead of myself…
Excerpted from Beyond the Winning Streak: Using Conscious Creation to Consistently Win at Life, 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.