Book Review: Seth Speaks
This is the ‘second book’ in a pseudo-series focusing on a medium known as Jane Roberts who channeled material from a ‘energy personality essence’ that called itself Seth. I wrote more about Seth and the Jane Roberts phenomenon in my post outlining and reviewing The Seth Material.
In essence, Jane Roberts was a popular and renowned psychic and medium in the 1970s and author of many books, quite a few of which were delivered to her while she was in trance by a personality known as Seth. Seth Speaks is the ‘first’ book Seth wrote himself, and it picks up where The Seth Material leaves off, so to speak.
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Seth Speaks is basically the meat and potatoes of The Seth Material, presented by Seth himself. It opens with Seth introducing himself, his reality, and how he communicates to us through Jane Roberts. Many subjects are covered in this one book, making it a little difficult to summarize. These include the nature of the ‘soul’, what Seth is, how consciousness operates, our inner selves, the multidimensional ‘God’, the creation of physical reality, reincarnation, the story of the Christ personalities, after-death experiences, and so on.
It’s classic new age material, but as with all things Seth, presented in such an individualistic way as to side step a lot of spiritual mumbo-jumbo, so to speak. Seth does not present himself in the framework of a ‘spirit’, and doesn’t play with angels, demons, ghosts, or faeries. This is one of the things that has always brought me to the consideration of this material, it doesn’t pre-suppose or assume a framework of ‘spirit’, but rather approaches the whole system of reality from a pseudo-scientific frame of reference. What I mean by that is that when Seth talks about the ‘eternal validity of the soul’, he talks about psychology and the existence of ourselves as wholes.
Seth doesn’t perceive, nor does he suggest, that our souls are independent of us, or something we have. Instead he illustrates that our ‘soul’ is our whole self in a certain form of energy. That our selves are couched in creature hood on a specific three-dimensional plane of existence, but that our whole selves are capable of receiving and directing information in other non-physical dimensions and realities.
Jane Roberts is all about the alteration or the experience of different states of consciousness. Rather than say, being possessed, or believing in a ‘third eye’, Seth explains and puts out a framework of inner perception, alternate dimensions, and psychological realities. These can manifest in what we traditionally think of as psychic phenomena, such as telepathy, or clairvoyance. But the focus isn’t on these abilities, or proving that they exist. The focus of Seth Speaks is on the existence of ourselves in a greater reality than what we perceive, and that we continue to exist after death, and in fact have many lives.
In Seth Speaks, the control personality covers many various angles and facets of reality and existence, touching upon the idea that we create our own reality. That our perceptions help shape the reality and dimensions that we know. However, this particular train of thought, the creation of our own reality, is not fully explored. It is mentioned as being a part of our existence and how we operate as whole personality systems or consciousnesses.
Seth posits that we are, generally speaking, individuals living in a three-dimensional ‘human’ existence, but that our manifestations and lives are part of a larger multidimensional being, almost as if our cells are a part of who we are and make up us. Everything has consciousness, including molecules, and atoms, just of different forms, and what we perceive as reality is a swimming commotion of interplay between consciousnesses. We might even imagine ourselves and what we know of our existences as a ‘dream state’ of flip side or ‘other’ person, just as we remember and understand the dreams we have now from our point of view.
In the book there is quite a bit of discussion of the nature of time, and how time as we experience it or as we assume it is is more of an illusion, a trick of our consciousness. That time in some ways doesn’t exist, and is simply a way to reference one particular subject or activity from another. In some ways, everything happens all at once. This discussion comes in tandem with the discussions of reincarnation, and what reincarnation means to us.
In Seth’s view, reincarnation is a form of drama. Our lives in a sense are like a play where we have free will and cooperate with other entities to learn, experience, and resolve issues. We choose our lives ahead of time, to a degree, and then our consciousness lives them out, learning and developing as we go. The idea is that we have all ‘lived’ or will live multiple lives, with a transitory period between them where we reflect on what we’ve learned and what we’ve done. All of our lives are available to us at once, and we communicate between them telepathically all the time. There is no karma, we are no punished in one life for the activities of another.
In fact, according to Seth, there really is no such thing as ‘evil’ in the way that we think of it. There is just expression, creation, and destruction. However, this subject is only touched upon here, as the focus mainly rests on explaining the processes of our existence.
There is quite a bit of material on the meanings and symbolism of religion. Seth particularly focuses on the Christ phenomenon and experience throughout the later parts of the book. This does not mean Seth is Christian though. On the contrary, Seth talks about what he calls ‘Speakers’, or personalities whose job to is communicate and teach through various realities the true meaning and operations of existence. In communicating with us Seth is being a ‘speaker’, so to speak, reminding us of the truths of multidimensional reality.
Another interesting ‘section’ of the book is the ‘probable’ systems. Seth relates that we live in a chosen ‘path’ of probabilities, but probabilities that could’ve happened had we made different choices, exist in parallel. We are able to communicate with and manipulate these probabilities both in our memory, and through our inner senses. I call this the ‘probably systems’ portion of Seth’s material and framework.
Seth also focuses quite a bit on the dream state, and what dreams mean to us and why we have them. What are the natures of dreams, and how do they relate to our inner and ultimate multidimensional existences. He talks about dreams, but he doesn’t offer anything particularly effective or useful in terms of how we might be able to focus or use our dream states or materials.
One criticism of the book, and I find this to be true of many Seth books, is that it meanders a little bit. You can tell this is the case even in reading this review. There is structure, flow, and topical addressing, but at the same time it is like a conversation that kind of flows along at its own pace and setting. This is understandable, the book was actually dictated out loud in a conversational manner during Jane Robert’s trance state. I’m glad the book as an index, because when I want to look up a particular topic, it’s difficult to just flip to the right place in the book because of this meandering.
Seth Speaks is a monumental work in consciousness theory and obscure psychology that attempts to show us that we create our own world, that we exist before and after death, and that we are parts of and exist in multidimensional realities. Some readers looking for further information past The Seth Material, perhaps even to try to glean it from the ‘horses’s mouth’ will find what they’re looking for in this volume. It is an introductory piece and outlines an entire system of thought, so no particular section dives into grave detail with regards to applicability or direct manipulation. If you’re interested in an alternative view of new age thought, and of perhaps exploring your own consciousness, this book would serve as a perfect introduction to a different way of seeing things. However, because it is an introductory book, aiming to show what we are than necessarily who we are, it covers a lot without diving in to grave detail. If the reader is interested in more detail in a particular area, they may be better served with later books in the pseudo-series such as The Nature of Personal Reality, or The Unknown Reality, or The Magical Approach.
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