30 Oct Seth and the Nature of Time
You must simply and practically try to divest yourself of all ideas of time as you know it… Basically, what you call time does not exist. I am trying to tell you what does exist instead.
—Seth, The Early Sessions, Book 9, Session 429
Years ago I read a line from Seth I didn’t understand, and it puzzled me for a long while. He says, “Your ideas of time are detrimental. … Time works with you and not against you.” (He told Rob to underline it four times.) And the more I read the Seth material, it finally hit me that Seth was talking about two different kinds of time in that one statement.
When he says, “Your ideas of time are detrimental,” he’s talking about our ideas of linear time and our acceptance of cause and effect—which is what linear time is all about, and from which comes our belief that we’re all alone and without any consciously controllable safety. And when Seth says, “Time works with you and not against you,” he’s talking about subjective time working with us, subjective time in the spacious present—which is the only real time there is, according to him, and from which comes the reason for our controllable safety.
And it struck me that if we can get a grip on the use of subjective time, then time truly will work for us, mostly because we will drop the idea of cause and effect. By dropping the idea of cause and effect, we will significantly change the rules of the game. Seth says, “As you understand time, you will eventually be able to merge your inner comprehension with your physical self, and form your world on a conscious basis. Such manuscripts as mine are meant to help you do precisely that.”
Indeed, time is the issue. We need a different perspective on time, an expansion of our thinking to include the working assumption that time is subjective, not objective; therefore, we can override the belief in cause and effect.
And why would we care to do this? Because understanding the subjective nature of time is the key to living a safe universe, one without haphazard constructions, one lived in trust. And it is perhaps one of the most difficult issues for us to grasp. Not theoretically or intellectually, because we can pretty much understand what Seth is saying about simultaneous time vs. linear time, or at least we can see the outlines of the bigger picture. That’s not where our issue lies.
The real challenge in understanding and using time to our advantage lies in the fact we believe linear time. Not that we believe in it—but we believe it! That is, we believe it when we assume an action we took yesterday caused an event today. We believe it when a memory of a “past” event is accepted as a concrete, finished part of our past. We believe it when something happens to us in the present we accept as a random event. We believe it when an object is assumed to be solid. We believe it when we assume there is something beyond the walls of our home, always there even if we don’t see it.
Some ideas about linear time we’ve loosened. When we no longer fear death, we’ve loosened the hold of linear time. When we know the illness or accident we experienced was caused by us, we’ve loosened the hold of linear time. When we consciously choose a lucid dream or an out of body experience, we’ve loosened the hold of linear time. But, overall, a belief in linear time dominates our lives. And yet—and this is the ironic part—we know our rock solid view of linear time and cause and effect is a detriment to us and to our individual growth, because it doesn’t lead us to trust and safety; that our freedom lies in understanding and using simultaneous time.
Seth says, “You have put yourselves in a position where your consciousness must now become aware of the probable pasts and probable futures, in order to form for yourselves a sane, fulfilling, and creative present.” And we can’t accept or work with the probabilities surrounding pasts, presents and futures, and the implications of it all, unless we truly accept and work with subjective time.
So, this book is in direct response to one of the challenges Seth has laid down for us—paraphrased, to loosen our hold on linear time thinking, because our efforts will lead us to freedom from haphazard and unenlightened constructions, and into a sane and fulfilling present based in trust. In other words, into a safe universe.
Excerpted from Living a Safe Universe: 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.