Tenets of the Seth Material
The Seth Material covers a wide variety of topics, including the nature of physical reality, the origins of the universe, the theory of evolution, the Christ story, the nature of God, and the purpose of life.
The physical universe is one of a multitude of universes or “systems of reality,” some physical in nature, some mental or spiritual, and some completely foreign to human concepts, each with its own natural laws, and each as valid as any other. All systems of reality are, to some extent, camouflages since all beings have an existence which is independent of any system. The number of systems is infinite since new systems come into existence constantly. No system of reality is closed or finite; energy and information pass through all systems.
Reincarnation is the rule, although many misconceptions abound. For example, human beings never reincarnate as animals; cause-and-effect does not operate from one life to the next. Each individual must experience fatherhood, motherhood and childhood, and thus must incarnate at least twice. There is a period of rest between incarnations, and sometimes individuals will occupy other planes of existence before returning to the Earth. There is no heaven or hell, only continued existence.
The majority of souls who are reincarnating enter the fetus shortly before, during or after birth. If the mother is considering an abortion, the soul will be aware of that and can choose not to incarnate. If the soul enters the fetus and the fetus is then aborted, the soul continues on to other lives. There is no actual death in the universe; even the cells of the fetus reincarnate.
Each human individual has many layers, most notably an “outer ego,” which interacts with the physical world, and an “inner ego” or “inner self” which is concerned with the mechanics of constructing the physical world, and which existed prior to any incarnations. The entire self is a gestalt consisting of the various selves that the entity has been through all past existences (physical and nonphysical), plus all the currently reincarnated selves, and all their probable counterparts. According to Seth, human beings are generally unaware of the inner self, although it comes through as intuition and the “inner voice” that many people believe they hear. At death, the outer ego lives on and continues to develop; it becomes part of the entire gestalt that forms the entity, but is free to evolve as it chooses and to develop new associations.
Each incarnated self exists in four universes simultaneously: the physical universe, a dream universe, an adjacent electrical universe, and an anti-matter universe. The various portions of the self, and the various universes, are all aspects of a single whole. Ultimately, there are no boundaries to the self just as there are no boundaries to any system of reality.
Time and space are illusions, and both the past and future coexist with the present in what Seth referred to as a “spacious present”; therefore, a person’s incarnations in different time periods are actually lived simultaneously, as opposed to consecutively. Communication among the various past, present and future selves occurs during the dream state.
All individuals create their own circumstances and experiences within the shared earthly environment. “You create your own reality” was frequently used by Seth. The inner self is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the individual’s physical body and immediate physical environment. Events, however, unfold according to the outer ego’s beliefs and attitudes. Both productive and unproductive attitudes are translated into reality, and thus one of the tasks of the individual is to learn how to direct his or her thoughts in positive directions. “You must watch the pictures that you paint with your imagination, for you allow your imagination too full a reign. If you read our early material, you will see that your environment and the conditions of your life at any given time are the direct result of your own inner expectations. You form physical materializations of these realities within your own mind.”
“You create your own difficulties.” This is true for each individual. The inner psychological state is projected outward, gaining physical reality. The rules apply to everyone. You can use them for your own benefit and change your own conditions once you realize what they are. In other words, “You cannot escape your own attitudes, for they will form the nature of what you see.” You see what you want to see; and you see your own thoughts and emotional attitudes materialized in physical form. If changes are to occur, they must be mental and psychic changes. These will be reflected in your environment.
There is a God, whom Seth referred to as “All That Is.” God is composed of self-replicating and inexhaustible mental energy, and contains all of Creation within it. The mental energy of God is the composite substance of all things, including all beings, all universes, and all events and phenomena. God’s consciousness extends into all things as they are created, and is therefore omnipresent. God wishes to experience existence in all its forms and ramifications, and through its creations is able to do this. God is therefore dynamic and ever-changing and shares in the failures, triumphs, perfections and imperfections of its creations. The individuals that exist within God, though part of God, have free will and self-determination.