Seth: “Once you understand the symbolic nature of physical reality, then you will no longer feel entrapped by it. You have formed the symbols, and therefore you can change them. You must learn, of course, what the various symbols mean in your own life, and how to translate their meaning.”
From Seth Speaks, the Eternal Validity of the Soul, Session 594, Page 383
“You must learn, of course, what the various symbols mean in your own life, and how to translate their meaning.” – Seth
How would you define what Seth is saying here? One example that comes to my mind is the belief that I must accept being controlled from the outside-in because I’m “bad” and “I can’t trust myself.” Therefore, I require the services of religious institutions and must never challenge their authority because they have my best interest at heart. This may be true but does that belief structure work for me or make me happy?
Another set of beliefs that support the idea that I must accept being controlled from the outside-in is based on ideas like separation, scarcity and competition, ideas that create the illusion of a hostile world. If I want to survive in this world, I must “eat or be eaten, kill or be killed.” It wouldn’t take too many experiences under the spell of these beliefs to recognize that I need the protection of external rules, rules that define right and wrong, good and bad behavior, enforced by the promise of reward and the threat of punishment. Please, more police, more judges!
How does this framework of ideas make me feel about myself? Does it make me feel safe or unsafe, strong or weak, independent or dependent? Does it work for me and make me happy?
If we create our own symbols, why do we think we need a huge and powerful military? Why do we think we need money? Why do we think we need government, lawyers and police? Why do we need doctors? What do I believe about myself that gives these symbols so much power and meaning in my life? If I create my own reality, can I redefine myself and create a different reality?
Overcoming our reluctance to challenge established psychological structures that define life as we know it can be frightening. What will we replace them with? Buckminster Fuller suggested something pretty cool. He said: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” Seth says the same thing in another way: “Live by value fulfillment and practice idealism.” When we determine the qualities of life and being we value most, our ideals, and actualize them to the best of our ability, isn’t that what we’re doing? When we look for the greatest good and the greatest truth in ourselves so we can project it out into the world, isn’t that what we’re doing?
Is it time to let go of external value systems based on fear, separation and competition and create internal ones based on love, oneness and self-acceptance? Shall we love and appreciate ourselves or continue to be afraid of and diminish ourselves? What works and makes us happy?
Pete – http://realtalkworld.com
“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 own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us, whether by intention or inattention.
If we don’t CONSCIOUSLY choose our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we UNCONSCIOUSLY absorb them from our surroundings.
If 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.
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of our experience. Look for them!