Seth on Society and Government

by Pete on July 13, 2011

At the beginning of the evening, two of the couples in the class announced their forthcoming marriages. Class then got into a discussion of marriage and its place, or lack of place, in today’s society. Seth entered the conversation:

You form your society. Your society is not some thing, regardless of  what you have been taught. You form society. You are born into a given set of circumstances, but within those circumstances, you are individual, and from the time you learn how to speak and relate with others, you are a part of what you call your society.

You form your society. Your individual beliefs and reactions to others form your society. Your society does not change by itself. You change society. Your ideas about society change it. When you think about society and then react, you change that society. You add to a given set of circumstances, for you change that given set of circumstances.

Society simply represents a point of tension in exterior terms, between inner groups of individuals and their exterior relations. Society is not like a block of cement into which you are born, and that holds you. You are born into a given set of circumstances, which you then act upon. “You change society, or you do not change society. But the individual is the beginning and the cause, and there is no society without individuals.

You are very actively, this evening, examining your society, and that is creative, and vital, and good. You add to society. You are not at its mercy. It is not something outside of yourselves; you are a part of it. Any time you speak or agree or disagree, you are a part of society, and you are contributing to change or to lack of change.

The same applies, of course, in political terms. You cannot blame ‘the government’ for anything, for that ‘government’ is a term that is meaningless. It applies to individuals. The individuals in your nation are reflecting your private behavior. you find it shocking. You cheat in your own ways. The leaders have a greater opportunity. You use self-justification in your small cheating, and they simply use more gigantic self-justification in their cheating, and in their activities you see spread across the newspaper for the world to see — your own private acts, only this time, magnified.

You cheat at your income taxes. You think it is funny. So you have a president who is a cheat and a liar! Then look to yourselves, for he is the reflection of what your nation has become — one reflection — one reflection only. There are better reflections, thank heaven!

For you are not all liars, and you are not all cheaters. And you lie in one area of your life and be truthful in another. But until you learn to recognize your own individuality, and to realize that you form your reality, you will place the blame upon others. At the same time, you will not be able to accept your own joy, or your own creativity.

Your marriage contracts, or lack of them, are the result of your beliefs. Those contracts, and those non-contracts are changing the society in which you live. The society is not changing you. You are changing it.

Honesty of emotion is not only a spiritual concept, it is a bodily concept. Your cells have supreme honesty and integrity that only hopefully, in the future, your minds may learn. Let your souls therefore yearn after the integrity and honesty of the cells, for they do not justify and they do not cheat. They are aware of their own glorious vitality. They are themselves and yet they cooperate in the society of your body, and your body represents the most beautiful society that you will ever know, for it is composed of individual consciousness, each unique, and yet each cooperating in a supreme venture.

Seth (ESP Class, 3-5-74) Class Transcript

Posted on the Internet by Barrie, a class member.

Consider the role of beliefs like separation and competition (jungle mentality), and oneness, separation and collaboration (cellular mentality). Until we understand how core beliefs like these play out in our lives, and society, they will be in control of us; we will not be in control of them.

We Create Our Own Reality

During the course of everyday events, we often forget the role of thoughts in the forging of our material reality. We get lost in the visible symbols, the material by-products of our imaginations, forgetting the invisible blueprints from which they, and we, emerge.

Pure energy like money, its material equivalent, is shaped into matter and experience by thought. It can be used to lift up or smash down, to build character or destroy character, to express love or express hate, to beautify or make ugly.

The purpose, or challenge, of life is to learn how to use the power of thought and imagination to shape energy into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. And, like learning to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act, where one must accept falling down in the course of learning how to stand up.


Thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and you, an artist. With thoughts in the forms of belief, attitude, value and expectation, you paint the landscape of your life. Create a great day!

From a spiritual persective, there is no right or wrong, good or bad; there just IS! There is what works for us, and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t.

Pete –

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth

In other words, we create our reality from what we believe about ourselves, and the world around us.

If we do not consciously choose our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.

If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?

The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.

Blessings of love and understanding be to us all!

The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!

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