In 1970, Jane Roberts allowed a disincarnate being to dictate his book through her. This being was known as Seth. What Seth said in his book is as relevant today as it was in their day.
Meet Jane Roberts
Wikipedia writes that Jane Roberts “was an American author, poet, self-proclaimed psychic and spirit medium, who claimed to channel an energy personality who called himself ‘Seth’. Her publication of the Seth texts, known as the ‘Seth Material’, established her as one of the preeminent figures in the world of paranormal phenomena.”
In early 1964, at the age of 34, she begans to channel an entity who called himself “Seth”. The process itself was closely akin to leaving her body, as in astral projection, while Seth took over. “Roberts described the process of writing the Seth books as entering a trance state. She said Seth would assume control of her body and speak through her, while her husband wrote down the words she spoke. They referred to such episodes as ‘readings’ or ‘sessions‘.”
The book’s dictation began on January 21st, 1970 at 9:10 pm.
According to seth-speaks.com, “Seth is a multidimensional personality, of great humour and wisdom, who was channeled by psychic Jane Roberts in the early sixties.”
Having read a great many of the Seth books, it was with fondness that I revisited this book.
As this is of particular interest to me, let me quote from Seth Speaks about Death.
“Now, you may or may not be greeted by friends or relatives immediately following death. This is a personal matter, as always. Overall, you may be far more interested in people that you have known in past lives than those close to you in the present one, for example.
“Your true feeling toward relatives who are also dead will be known to you and to them. There is no hypocrisy. You do not pretend to love a parent who did little to earn your respect or love. Telepathy operates without distortion in this after-death period, so you must deal with the true relationships that exist between yourself and all relatives and friends who await you.
“You may find that someone you considered merely an enemy actually deserved your love and respect, for example, and you will then treat him accordingly. Your own motives will be crystal clear. You will react to this clearness, however, in your own way. You will not be automatically wise if you were not so before, but neither will there be a way to hide from your own feelings, emotions, or motives. Whether or not you accept inferior motives in yourself or learn from them is still up to you. The opportunities for growth and development are very rich, however, and the learning methods at your disposal very effective.
“You examine the fabric of the existence you have left, and you learn to understand how your experiences were the result of your own thoughts and emotions and how these affected others. Until this examination is through, you are not yet aware of the larger portions of your own identity. When you realize the significance and meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready for conscious knowledge of your other existences.
“You become aware, then, of an expanded awareness. What you are begins to include what you have been in other lives, and you begin to make plans for your next physical existence, if you decide upon one. You can instead enter another level of reality, and then return to a physical existence if you choose.”
I feel this passage very closely follows the same reasoning that we found in “Journey of Souls” and “Destiny of Souls” by Michael Newton*.
Here is an excerpt from his chapter on Reincarnational Relationships:
“Throughout your reincarnational existences you expand your consciousness, your ideas, your perceptions, your values. You break away from self-adopted restrictions, and you grow spiritually as you learn to step aside from limiting conceptions and dogmas.
“Your rate of learning depends entirely upon you, however. Limited, dogmatic, or rigid concepts of good and evil can hold you back. Too narrow ideas of the nature of existence can follow you through several lives if you do not choose to be spiritually and psychically flexible.
“These rigid ideas can indeed act as leashes, so that you are forced to circle like a tied puppy dog about a very small radius. In such cases, through perhaps a group of existences, you will find yourself battling against ideas of good and evil, running about in a circle of confusion, doubt, and anxiety.
“Your friends and acquaintances will be concerned with the same problems, for you will draw to yourself those with the same concerns. I am telling you again, therefore, that many of your ideas of good and evil are highly distortive, and shadow all understanding you have of the nature of reality.
“If you form a guilt in your mind, then it is a reality for you, and you must work it out. But many of you form guilts for which there is no adequate cause, and you saddle yourselves with these guilts without reason. In your dimension of activity there appears to be a wild assortment of evils. Let me tell you that he who hates an evil merely creates another one.”
This sounds very much like the ideas put forth in “A Course of Miracles” which was being written through a similar process during this same time period.
I, for one, feel dubious about channeled books, because what gets written is so wrapped up with the medium’s own thought processes and understanding. However, it would seem that some truths are entirely self-evident when you read them, and that is why I believe this book is a very worthwhile read to whomever is searching for their soul. I hope you can enjoy it, too.
*To learn about “Journey of Souls” and “Destiny of Souls” read The Book of Life: an Akashic Record?