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Moving Beyond Fear, Anger, and Depression

(Part 3 in Pete’s Story Room, under the heading: What do you do when Life as a Human Being is More Painful than Pleasant? Remember, thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and each of us, an artist. With thoughts in the form of beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we paint the landscape of our lives. In other words, thinking, feeling, action and reaction is where it all begins, from nothing to something, from dreams to reality. – Pete)

Understand the Nature of Being and Creation. It is the Ultimate Frontier!

At the age of 36, I was so unhappy with myself and life I was at my wit’s end. In early December, 1977, my growing depression turned into a severe panic attack. My wife, children, and I were shopping in Macy’s in the Stonestown Galleria Shopping Mall in San Francisco. For whatever reason, discomfort quickly turned into the feeling of being an utter failure as a person, husband, and father. All I wanted to do was sit on the floor in the middle of Macy’s and cry. I didn’t, but it was what I (my body?) wanted to do.

Several days after this incident, Sandra asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I said nothing because she was the only one working at the time. She insisted on getting me something so I put together a list of six books for her to choose from. They were all metaphysical books and very popular at the time.

Even though she shopped at two of the largest bookstores in San Francisco, she couldn’t find any of the books on my list. (Did someone unseen have something else in mind for me?) Caught between giving up and wanting to find something she thought I might like, her eyes kept exploring the covers of the books around her. Finally, they stopped on one book that stood out from the rest. It was Seth Speaks – the Eternal Validity of the Soul.

For some reason, she felt a connection with the image of Jane Roberts channeling Seth on the cover of Bantam Book’s purple paperback edition of Seth Speaks. An author herself, Jane also served as a channel for Seth, a non-physical entity, who dictated his books through her. I am so glad Sandra bought this book. It is the best present I have ever received, apart from her and our children, Crystal and Evan. That entire Christmas turned out to be the best one I’ve ever experienced!

After opening Seth Speaks, I couldn’t put it down. At last someone was talking about us in a way that made sense to me. He sees  things in us we either don’t see, or ignore, because they don’t fit inside the “official” worldview. If we don’t perceive things through our biological senses or they can’t be understood logically, they don’t exist. In this reality, dreams, visions, channeling, out-of-body experiences, remote viewing, near death experiences and lucid dreams that seem as real as experiences in this reality, don’t exist because others can’t see them or repeat them. It’s a specious (empty) argument because we all have our own unique preferences. No two experiences are exactly alike just like no two snowflakes are the same even though they’re made of water or the same stuff.

Thankfully, this is beginning to change. Many of us are opening up and starting to share our hidden thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Somehow, we’re finding the strength to wake up, wise up, and rise up to greater awareness and understanding, and we’re not doing it alone. Everything is conspiring to help us move past the need for control from the outside in. We are becoming adults and transforming into something more than we have been.

It may seem frightening but, deep down, we know it’s the path we are on. It’s the only way the individual and collective consciousness can fulfill its greatest possible potential. A period of authoritarian control and oppression is necessary for All that Is to develop. How else can we learn the difference between what we like and don’t like, what works for us and what doesn’t, what makes us happy and what doesn’t? Like grown children everywhere, we must learn how to accept responsibility for the consequences of our thoughts and actions because, every thought is a suggestion, a blueprint for action and every action is a choice with consequences we like or don’t like, and everything else in between. It’s the only way to know what we want and how to create it.

Where did my fear, anger, and depression come from? They came from everyone, including me, that told me I was bad and that I can’t trust my thoughts or my “flesh” because “they will always betray you.” Quote from the nun in catechism. For more on this, read What I Learned in Catholic School. For an example of how inner consciousness helps us evolve past our most difficult challenges, read:  My Recurring Superman Nightmare. It went on for years until I finally stood up and overcame oppressive forces in my life that were holding me back. It wasn’t a bad thing. It was a good thing!

Seth made me feel free to be me. He also reminded me that we are both one with and separate from All That Is, we are both products of creation and creation itself. I didn’t make Seth’s ideas my own. Deep down, they were my own! What he did was remind me of that.

The value of an idea is in the reality it creates.

…and what we can learn from it.

How Consciousness Creates Reality

All That Is thinks, feels, acts and reacts; therefore, we ARE. As we think, feel, act and react, we create. To change what we create, we must change what we think and feel, how we act and react.

For a great example of how consciousness shapes us and our experiences, read Genesis – a Lucid Creation Dream. When we accept ourselves as both products of creation and creation itself, we begin to learn about what it means to be a conscious creator as opposed to being a passive victim of creation. This dream clearly shows us how powerful we are, or can be, in controlling the unfolding of our experiences, not only in dreams but waking reality as well. For more on the nature of being and creation, read The Ball of Light – A Lucid Dream about the  Nature of Being and Creation. It takes you on another tour of inner consciousness, how it works, and what it does in helping us evolve into something more.

It also supports the idea that we are multidimensional, vibrational Beings of Aware Energy or Consciousness. If this is so then, is Consciousness, or Aware Energy, both the Source and Substance of All That Is? I think so.

Examples of how Consciousness, or Aware Energy, creates reality:

· Consciousness, or Aware Energy, creates EVERYTHING by exploring the differences between nothing and something.

· It creates INDIVIDUALITY by exploring the differences between you and me.

· It creates ONENESS by exploring the similarities between you and me.

· It creates TIME by exploring the differences between now and then.

· It creates SPACE by exploring the differences between here and there.

As consciousness, or aware energy,* explores the differences between what it likes and doesn’t like, what works for it and what doesn’t, what makes it happy and what doesn’t, it creates new dimensions in which All That Is can express itself. Wow, talk about power!

* Thought, feeling, action and reaction. This is what it’s all about, Alfie!

Every thought is a suggestion, a blueprint for action, and every action is a choice we like or don’t like. Here is where thoughts like: “Never give up!” – Winston Churchill, and “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Richard Nixon, come in handy. Thoughts like: Take a deep breath and expect the best and having fun and getting it done, help too.

Let Love and Understanding be the Light and Your Way

To help others and ourselves, one of the most powerful things we can do is to remember that, at any given moment, we’re doing the best we can with what we know and learning more to do better. To replace depression, it helps to spend more time remembering and appreciating how good we are, how much we do, and how well we do it, instead of dwelling on how bad we are, how little we do, and how poorly we do it. The more reasons we can find to love ourselves, the more reasons we find to love others.

Imagine the most despicable person you can think of in the world today. What do you want most for them, punishment for their crimes to even the score, or love and understanding to help them see a larger truth? When we let love and understanding be the light and our way, we’re able to see the larger picture behind all things and in that moment, we understand that we’re all here together to live, love, learn and evolve. When we let love and understanding be the light and our way, we realize how challenging Being and Creation is for everyone and everything. Without these difficult challenges, how else can we grow and fulfill our greatest possible potential in the universe of All That Is?

By Roger Peterson (Pete)  https://realtalkworld.com

Part 1: How come I never think about how good I am, how much I do, and how well I do it?

Part 2: Religion’s Role in Shaping Human Behavior.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

Always doing the best we can with what we know and learning more to do better.

Always remembering and appreciating how good we are, how much we do, and how well we do it.

What others will not or cannot do for us, we must do for ourselves.

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(Remember, material from Pete’s Story Room is what I believe now. What you believe is yours to choose.)

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