TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE WORKINGS OF THE “INNER SELF”
The inner self has a virtually infinite reservoir from which to draw knowledge and experience. All kinds of choices are available, and the diversity of physical matter is a reflection of this deep source and variety.
Having determined upon physical reality as a dimension in which it will express itself, the inner self, first of all, takes care to form and maintain the physical basis upon which all else must depend — the properties of the earth that can be called the natural ones.
The deepest, most basic subjective experience is translated into the natural elements: the ample landscape that sustains physical life.
With the natural structures formed and maintained, other secondary physical properties are projected.
WHY ISN’T THE NATURE OF ALL THIS CLEARER?
It is the daily ego’s ignorance and limited focus that makes it view so-called unconscious activity as chaotic. The waking ego (dealing with physical reality) cannot know all the unconscious material directly.
The daily ego is simply not conscious enough to be able to contain the vast knowledge that belongs to the inner conscious self from which it springs. The outer ego is spoon-fed, being given only those feelings and emotions, only that data, that it can handle. This data is presented in a highly specialized manner, usually in terms of information picked up by the physical senses.
The inner self is not only conscious, but conscious of itself, both as an individuality and as an individuality that is a part of all other consciousness. It is continually aware of both this partners and unity-with. The outer ego is not continuously aware of this fact. It frequently forgets its “whole” nature. When it becomes swept up in a strong emotion it seems to lose itself. When it most vigorously maintains its sense of individuality, it is no longer aware of unity-with.
If the ego were aware of the constant barrage of telepathic communications that do impinge upon it, it would have a most difficult time retaining a sense of identity.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT CREATING AND MANIPULATING MY OWN REALITY.
You must learn to listen to the voice of the inner self and work with it.
You may also simply ask the inner self to make the answers to problems available on a conscious basis.
You create your reality according to your beliefs and expectations, therefore you should examine these carefully. If you do not like some aspect of your world, then exanmine your own expectations.
Your world is formed in faithful replica of your own thoughts… If you think positive suggestions to yourself about a situation you send telepathic ammunition for positive use. You must learn to erase a negative thought or picture by replacing it with its opposite.
You should tell yourself frequently “I will only react to constructive suggestions.” This gives you positive ammunition against your own negative thoughts and those of others.
A negative thought, if not erased, will almost certainly result in a negative condition.
Say to yourself, “That is in the past. Now in this new moment, this new present, I am already beginning to change for the better.”
It does not do to repress negative thoughts, such as fears, angers, or resentment. They should be recognized, faced and replaced.
Recognize resentment when it is felt, and then realize that resentment can be dismissed. Initial recognition must be made. Then you must imagine removing the resentment “by its roots” and replacing it with a positive feeling.
You must watch the pictures that you paint with your imagination.
Your environment and the conditions of your life at any given time are the direct result of your own inner expectations. If you imagine dire circumstances, ill health or desperate loneliness, these will be “automatically” materialized, for these thoughts themselves bring about the conditions that will give them a reality in physical terms.
If you would have good health then you must imagine this as vividly as you fearfully imagine ill health.
You create your own difficulties. This is true for each individual. The inner psychological state is projected outward, gaining physical reality – whatever the psychological state may be… The rules apply to everyone. Knowing this, you should try to realize what your psychological state is and change your conditions for your own benefit.
You cannot escape your own attitudes, for they will form the nature of what you see. If changes are to occur, they must be mental and psychic changes. These will be reflected in your environment.
Negative, distrustful, fearful, or degrading attitudes toward anyone work against the self.
If an individual sees only evil and desolation in the physical world it is because he is obsessed with evil and desolation and projects them outward, closing his eyes to other aspects of reality.
If you want to know what you think of yourself, then ask yourself what you think of others and you will find the answer.
True self-knowledge is indispensable for health and vitality. The recognition of the truth about the self simply means that you must first find out what you think about yourself subconsciously. If it is a good image, build upon it. If it is a poor one, recognize it as only the opinion you have held of yourself and not an “absolute state.”
You are not your emotions. They flow through you, you feel them and then they disappear. When you try to hold them back they build up.
You are independent of your thoughts and emotions. You have emotions. You use your thoughts and emotions in your mental composition.
You must learn to trust your own spontaneous nature.
Your nervous system knows how to react. It reacts spontaneously when you allow it to. It is only when you try to deny your emotions that they become a problem.
In spontaneity there is a discipline that utterly escapes you, and an order beyond any that you know. Spontaneity knows its own order.
All of nature is spontaneous. Our bodies will be healthy automatically if we do not project false ideas upon them.
Action accepts all stimuli in an affirmative manner. This is why an illness is accepted by a personality structure, and once this occurs, a conflict develops. The self does not want to give up a portion of itself even while that portion may be painful or disadvantageous.
Physical symptoms are communications from the inner self, indications that we are making mental errors of one kind or another.
Do not forget that you are a part of the inner self. IT IS NOT USING YOU!
What you are supposed to do, then, is change your mental attitude, search yourself for the inner problem represented by the symptoms, and measure your progress as the symptoms subside.
You sell yourself short if you believe that you are only a physical organism living within the boundaries cast upon you by time and space.
You must accept life on its terms, and not demand that it behave in certain ways. You must accept life gladly, as its own reason and cause within you.
Life is abundant, vigorous, and strong. Each of us has our own defense against negative suggestions and we should trust in our own immunity.
You are a unique individual. You form your physical environment. YOU MAKE AND CHANGE YOUR WORLD. You are part of all that is. There is no place within you that creativity does not exist.
You must live in faith that your purpose is, and will be fulfilled. The uniqueness of your own personality is to be cherished.
The particular purpose of your present personality can only be met in the present circumstances in the way that is best overall.
The people that you can help now and the particular good that you can do, can never be done in precisely the same way.
Throughout the ages, some have recognized the fact that there is self-consciousness and purpose in dream and sleep states, and have maintained, even in waking life, the sense of continuity of the inner self. To such people it is no longer possible to completely identify with the ego consciousness. They are too aware of themselves as more. When such knowledge is gained, the ego can accept it, for it finds to its surprise that is not less conscious, but more, and that its limitations are dissipated.
WHAT IS THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF DREAMS?
A man’s thoughts and dreams are more far reaching than he knows. They exist in more dimensions; they affect worlds of which he is unaware. The are as concrete, in effect, as any building. They appear in many guises within many systems, and once created cannot be withdrawn.
The dream world is constructed within a field that you cannot physically perceive, but it has more continuity than the world you know.
The same sort of psychic agreement holds the dream system together as holds the physical system together.
There is one self and it focuses its attention in various dimensions. In the waking state it focuses in physical reality. In the dream state it is focused within a different dimension.
This does not mean that we do not sometimes leave our bodies and travel in our dream to other physical locations.
When you are manipulating within physical reality, you have a fairly simple set of rules to serve you. Within dream reality there is greater freedom.
Each dream begins with psychic energy which the individual transforms into a reality which is just as functional and real as physical reality. There is form within dream reality, but the potential form exists, within psychic energy, long before its materialization.
Through our dreams we change physical reality, and our physical daily experience alters our dream experience. There is constant interaction. Our consciousness is simply directed in a different kind of reality when we dream, a reality as vivid as waking life.
On one level the personality attempts to solve problems through dream construction… and often this gives freedom to actions that cannot be expressed within the confines of waking life.
Dream action CAN be turned toward fulfilling constructive expectations, which will effect a change for the better!
Dreams can be utilized creatively to improve health, gain inspiration, restore vitality, solve problems and enrich family relationships. You can have a pleasant and joyful dream that will completely restore your good spirits and vitality.
In our dream life we also visit other levels of existence, and gain needed skills.
The ego is not present in dream reality. The waking consciousness is not the ego. The ego is only that portion of waking consciousness that deals with physical manipulation. Waking consciousness can be taken into the dream state, but the ego cannot, as it would falter and cause failure there. When you take your consciousness into the dream state, you will meet with various conditions, some you can manipulate, some you cannot. Some dream locations will be of your own making, and others will be strange to you because they belong to other dimensions of reality.
Individual consciousness can be sent through systems of reality.
This involves the transfer of conscious energy from a home system to an alien one, and certain automatic changes are made from system to system, involving the use of brain waves, certain patterns being normal in different systems.
As the personality is changed by any experience, it is changed by dreams. We may forget our dreams, but they are always part of us. The dreams experience is felt directly by the inner self. Dreams have their own actuality, they not only exist independent of the dreamer, but they also have tangible form, though not in the form of matter as you are familiar with it. They are forever contained as electrically coded data within the cells of the physical organism.
The dream universe possesses concepts which will someday completely transform the physical world, but the denial of such concepts as possibilities delays their emergence.
There are also shared or “mass” dreams. In these mankind deals with problems of his political and social structure. In these man dreams individually and collectively of ways in which changeabouts could occur. These dreams actually help bring about the resulting change. The very energy and direction of these dreams will help change the situation. The solutions reached are not always the same as those he accepts in the physical world.
The energy behind a “bad dream” is the energy of hidden fears, which could be formed by anyone, since there are fears in anyone.
Evil does not exist separate from the dreamer, and even illness or fear should not be seen as enemies, but rather as aids to understanding and means to a greater end.
In larger terms there is no evil, only your own lack of perception.
Fear directs your conscious energy into the realm of reality of that fear, and you then must deal at that level. The words “May peace be with you.” will get you through any difficulty in other layers of reality.
IDENTITY, PERSONALITY, EGO AND THEIR MULTIDIMENSIONAL ASPECTS
Consciousness is not a “thing” in itself, rather, it is a dimension of action made possible by a series of creative dilemmas.
There are three dilemmas which represent the areas of reality within which the inner vitality of the universe can express and experience itself.
The first dilemma is inner vitality’s desire and impetus to completely materialize itself, and its inability to do so. This results in action, which is a part of all structure. Identity may be termed as action which is conscious of itself.
An identity is also a dimension of existence, action within action, an unfolding of action upon itself — and through this interweaving of action with itself, through this re-action, an identity is formed.
Identity and action cannot be separated.
Without identity, action would be meaningless, for there would be nothing upon which action could act. Action then must, by its very nature, create identities.
Identity, because of its characteristics, will continually seek stability, while stability is impossible. Action would seem to destroy identity, since action must involve change, and any change seems to threaten identity, however, identities are never constant, for consciousness without action would cease to be conscious.
Identity must seek stability while action must seek change; yet identity could not exist without change, for it is the result of action and a part of it. This is the second dilemma.
Identity is not the same as individual personality. Personality represents only those aspects of identity which are able to be actualized within three-dimensional existence.
The ego at any given time in this life is simply the part of the inner self that surfaces in physical reality; a group of characteristics that the inner self uses to solve various problems. Even the ego as we think of it changes constantly.
Ego consciousness is a state resulting from the third creative dilemma, which happens when consciousness of self attempts to separate itself from action. This involves a state in which consciousness of self attempts to perceive action as an object… and to perceive action, which is initiated by the ego, as a result rather than as a part of ego’s own existence. This is impossible since no consciousness or identity can exist without action.
Each of you exists in other realities and other dimensions, and the self that you call yourself is but a small portion of your entire identity.
Within the self that you know is the prime identity, the whole self. This whole self has lived many lives and adopted many personalities. Personality may be somewhat molded by the circumstances that are created for it by the whole self but the prime identity uses the resulting experience.
Personality and identity are not dependent upon physical form.
Your prime identity is an energy essence personality which is composed of energy gestalts.
As each individual consciousness grows, out of its experience it forms other “personalities” or fragments of itself. These fragments are entirely independent as to action and decision, while constantly in communication with the whole self of which they are a part.
These “fragments” themselves grow, develop, and may form their own entities or “personality gestalts”.
You have constant contact with the other parts of your whole self, but your ego is so focused upon physical reality and survival within it that you do not hear the inner voices.
No individuality is ever lost. It is always in existence.
Consciousness is the direction in which the self focuses. Action implies infinite possibilities of focus.
What you call death is rather your choice to focus in other dimensions and realities.
You do not acquire a “spirit” at death. You are one, now!
You adopt a body as a space traveler wears a space suit, and for much the same reason.
Each individual from birth forms his own counterpart from built-up, individual, continuous electrical signals that include his dreams, thought, desires and experiences. This counterpart of complete experience is a pattern which is then independent of physical reality. At physical death his personality then exists detached from its physical form.
Various Quotes / Excerpts from The Seth Material, by Jane Roberts