A SETH PRIMER, Part 1
- A SETH PRIMER
by Mark M Giese
A guide to Jane Roberts Seth Material
All Seth/Jane quotes © Robert F. Butts
Spring 2006, Racine, WI, US(A)
SETH. In simplistic terms, a dead guy (though he referred to himself as
personality essence no longer focused in physical reality") "channeled"
by the late Jane
Roberts who made seemingly outlandish statements like:
You create your own reality.
There are no boundaries to the self.
You are multidimensional beings existing in more than one reality at
Any question you can ask about God could just as well be asked about the
You're as dead now as you'll ever be.
All time is simultaneous.
All religions are distortive, for that matter so is much of science.
The theory of evolution is as much a fairy tale as the Biblical creation
Ideas are more important than genes.
You can change your past and actually do so all the time.
The present is the point of power.
Violence is never justified.
Violations: Murder, rape, overpopulation, human-caused extinctions, etc.
Miracles are merely nature unhampered.
Humankind's true sexual nature is bisexual.
"Perhaps when all is said and done [integrity] is my only requirement."
"You can learn more from watching the animals than you can from any
or from reading my books."
"If it's not fun, stop doing it."
Held a panentheistic, multidimensional idea of God ("All That Is") and
reincarnation is a reality.
Occams Razor: "Of two competing theories, the simpler theory is to be
Mark M's Razor: "Of two competing theories, the more astonishing theory
is to be
(William of Occam was wrong; things just arent that simple!)
"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true." --Niels
Changing Personal Reality with the Seth Material
Restoring your health, finding a rewarding job, discovering the meaning
in your own
existence--to reach such goals as these is what it means to change your
reality. The how of doing so and why that's possible are presented in the
The Seth material is a system of philosophy and psychology presented by
the late Jane
Roberts and her husband Robert Butts beginning in 1963 as a consequence
trance communications of an entity named Seth. The origin of the
material, however, is
far less significant than its scope, its logical consistency, and the
validation it receives
as people read and use its ideas in their lives. During our current
period of worldwide
stress and conflicting ideologies, it makes sense of our situation and
The main ideas of the Seth material are as follows:
1. We create our own reality--literally--through the beliefs we hold, and
can change what we don't like into a more appealing form. Seth says: "The
of the world grows within the mind. The world as it appears to you is
like a three-
dimensional painting in which each individual takes a hand. Each color,
each line that
appears within it has first been painted within a mind, and only then
does it materialize
without. In this case, however, the artists themselves are a portion of
the painting, and
appear within it. There is no effect in the exterior world that does not
spring from an
inner source. There is no motion that does not first occur within the
mind." (The Nature
of Personal Reality, Chap. 1, Session 610)
Two tips to aid in beneficial reality creation:
Suggest to yourself: "I will only react to constructive suggestions" and
"Every day, in
every way, my life is getting better and better."
2. We are multidimensional beings who inhabit many realms and who exist
throughout eternity, developing continually into more creative and
individuals. Seth: "Your own personality as you know it, that portion of
you that you
consider most precious, most uniquely you, will never be destroyed or
lost. It is a
portion of the soul. It will not be gobbled by the soul, nor erased by
it, nor subjugated
by it; nor on the other hand can it ever be separated. It is,
nevertheless, only one aspect
of your soul....
"While you go about your daily chores and endeavors, beneath normal
consciousness you are constantly focused in other realities also,
reacting to stimuli of
which your physical conscious self is not aware, perceiving conditions
inner senses, and experiencing events that are not even registered within
"After death you are simply aware of these dimensions of activity that
you now ignore.
Now, physical existence predominates. Then, it will not. Nor, however,
will it be lost to
you; your memories, for example, will be retained. You will simply step
out of a
particular framework of reference." (Seth Speaks, Chap. 6, Session 527;
Chap. 10, Session 539)
3. The universe is of good intent; evil and destruction do not exist.
Evidence of the
seeming evil in the world appears to our senses in order to acquaint us
consequences of our beliefs, but we will awaken from this kind of sadness
in the same
way as we awaken from a bad dream and become once more aware of the
All That Is.
Seth II, another entity who communicates through Jane, says: "The
creation must be clearly understood. To some extent, you are in a
isolated room. Hate creates destruction in that 'room,' and until the
lessons are learned,
destruction follows destruction....
"In the terms of other systems, that kind of destruction does not exist
-- but you believe
that it does, and the agonies of the dying are sorely felt. A vivid
nightmare is also sorely
felt, but quickly over. It is not that you must be taught not to destroy,
does not actually exist. It is that you must be taught and trained to
Yours is a training system for emerging consciousness.
"The training will serve you for existence in a variety of interrelated
systems. If the
sorrows and agonies within your system were not felt as real, the lessons
would not be
learned." (The Seth Material, Chap. 20)
4. We are in this life to enjoy ourselves--spirit, mind and body. Seth:
joined itself with flesh, and in flesh, to experience a world of
incredible richness, to help
create a dimension of reality of colors and of form. Your spirit was born
in flesh to
enrich a marvelous area of sense awareness, to feel energy made into
You are here to use, enjoy, and express yourself through the body. You
are here to aid
in the great expansion of consciousness. You are not here to cry about
the miseries of
the human condition, but to change them when you find them not to your
through the joy, strength and vitality that is within you; to create the
spirit as faithfully
and beautifully as you can in flesh." (The Nature of Personal Reality,
5. By following our impulses (or at least acknowledging them to see where
lead), we can discover the purpose of our lives and how to act in such a
way as to
benefit both ourselves and the world. Our present personal and societal
behavior arise from our mistrust and repression of these vital directives
sent out by our
Seth: "Your psychology of the past 50 years has helped create insanities
by trying to
reduce the great individual thrust of life that lies within each person,
to a generalized
mass of chaotic impulses and chemicals... Genius was seen as a mistake of
chromosomes, or the fortunate result of a man's hatred for his father.
The meaning of
life was reduced to the accidental nature of genes. Science thought in
terms of averages
and statistics, and each person was supposed to fit within those realms.
"To some extent, this also applies to religion in the same time period.
sinners galore, but shied away from saints, or any extravagant behavior
that did not
speak of man's duplicity. Suddenly people with paranoidal
characteristics, as well as
schizophrenics, emerged from the wall-paper of this slickly styled
characteristics of each were duly noted. A person who feels that life has
no meaning or
that his or her life in particular has no meaning, would rather be
"Each person has his [or her) own ideals, and impulses direct those
ideals naturally into
their own specific avenues of development--avenues meant to fulfill both
and his society. Impulses provide specifications, methods, meanings,
point toward definite avenues of expression, avenues that will provide
with a sense of actualization, natural power, and that will automatically
feedback, so that the person knows he is impressing his environment for
"Those natural impulses, followed, will automatically lead to political
organizations that become both tools for individual development and
implements for the
fulfillment of the society." (The Individual and the Nature of Mass
Events, Chap. 9,
Sessions 863 & 860)
6. Each person's conscious mind and his/her intuition are equally
his or her well-being.
Seth: "There has been on the one hand a too-great reliance upon the
while its characteristics and mechanisms were misunderstood--so that
the 'conscious-reasoning-mind-above-all' theories advocate a use of
reasoning powers, while not recognizing their source in the inner
"On the other hand there are those who stress the great value of the
inner self, the
emotional being, at the expense of the conscious mind. These theories
hold that the
intellect and usual consciousness are far inferior to the inner
'unconscious' portions of
being, and that all the answers are hidden from view....
"Both groups ignore the miraculous unity of the psyche, the fine natural
that exist between the so-called conscious mind and the so-called
incredibly rich interaction as each gives and takes." (The Nature of
Chap. 4, Session 621)
7. There is only one wrong act a person can perform: violation of either
him/herself or another being. A violation does not actually imply
however. The only lesson to be learned is to violate no more.
Seth: "Thou shalt not violate....
"An outright lie may or may not be a violation. A sex act may or may not
be a violation.
A scientific expedition may or may not be a violation. Not going to
church on Sunday is
not a violation. Doing violence to your body or another's is a violation.
Doing violence to
the spirit of another is a violation--but because you are conscious
interpretations are yours. Swearing is not a violation. If you believe
that it is then in
your mind it becomes one.
"Killing another human being is a violation. Killing while protecting
your own body from
death at the hands of another through immediate contact is a violation.
Whether or not
any justification seems apparent, the violation exists." (The Nature of
Chap. 8, Session 634)
8. There is no authority superior to the guidance of a persons inner
words are merely an attempt to present us with the knowledge that we
when it comes from our own psyches.
Seth: "Now there are people who are quite involved with my ideas who do
not know my
name... These people recognize the vitality of their existences. They
ignore the belief
systems of their times. They are ancient children. They may not read
they listen to the wind. They watch the behavior of the seasons....
"They do not need to listen to my voice because they listen to the voices
of the oak trees-
and the birds, and to the voices of their own beings. I am a poor
imitation of the voices
of your own psyches to which you do not listen. I will be unneeded, and
gladly so, when
you realize that the vitality and reinforcement and joy are your own, and
rise from the
fountain of your own beings; when you realize that you do not need me for
for there is nothing you need protect yourself against." (Psychic
Politics, Chap. 27)
9. The soul or psyche is not just male or female, it is both. This is the
sexuality and gender equality.
Suggested reading for people who wish to learn more about the Seth
Jane Roberts, The Seth Material Prentice-Hall, 1970; Bantam paperback,
1976. This is
an account of how Seth first appeared in Jane and Rob's lives, their
questionings, and tests of him. Excerpts from his early sessions with
them help explain
what they are going through and sketch the outlines of the world view he
is shortly to
present more fully.
______, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Prentice-Hall,
paperback, 1974. This is the first, full-scale "Seth" book, in which he
multidimensional nature of the human personality, with its untapped
range in time and space, and its connections with all aspects of the
_____ The Education of Oversoul Seven, a Novel, Prentice-Hall, 1973;
paperback, 1976. This novel was written by Jane in a state of altered
Seth's concept of the time- and space-free human personality is developed
in a lively,
_____ The Nature of Personal Reality: A Seth Book, Prentice-Hall, 1974;
paperback, 1977. This is a handbook of explanations and techniques for
concept of the time- and space-free human personality to whatever
difficulties we may
find ourselves surrounded with.
Sue Watkins, Conversations with Seth: The Story of Jane Roberts's ESP
Class, 2 vols.,
Prentice-Hall, 1980 & 1981. This is a narrative of the ESP Class held by
Jane in her
home each week from 1967 to 1975, with extensive and lively dialogues
and class members. Illustrated by class member George Rhoads.
This 9-point summary has been produced by:
Maude Cardwell/THE AUSTIN (TX) SETH CENTER [defunct] and Mark M Giese
On the origin of the sessions
Jane hoped to become known as a writer of science fiction. But then the
happened. ("Life is what happens when youre busy making other plans"
She completed a novel and asked Rob what she should next do for a book.
about maybe one on ESP.
They borrowed a Ouija board, and after first getting gibberish, were
by a Frank Withers. After some sessions of that, there was suddenly a
(paraphrase), "Please don't call me Frank anymore; you can call me Seth."
Frank was a "fragment personality" of Seth's and Seth the "oversoul" or
"entity" of a
completed reincarnational cycle of lives.
NOTE: Beware of other "Seths." Seth insisted he would speak only through
Roberts (1929-1984) in order to preserve the integrity of the material.
There are other
people claiming to speak for Seth but often their Seths message differs
Seth/Jane said Jane and Rob were the only two people on the planet he had
reincarnational/psychic ties to (an aid to good channeling) and that this
"last life" here.