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Suicide is one of those subjects few care to discuss. What’s done is done. Right? If questions and psychological pain remain, however, is a subject, like family member suicide, really done? Is there something more we can learn from it? In a world largely built on beliefs in right and wrong, good and evil, guilt and punishment, is anyone who is closely associated with someone who commits suicide, able to avoid thinking that, somehow, he or she has some blame in the matter?

There is only one way to find out; and, that is to talk about it. With that thought in mind, here are the reasons Evan gave for leaving us and the world. There is really much more to his decision than this. I’m working on it now in another post.

By seeking greater understanding, can we serve a higher good? Can we find peace? I think so. – Roger, Evan’s dad.

Letter Number One Evan Wrote to His Wife:

The Cigna Disability decision (they ruled against continuing payments) did not change anything except my timetable. I was going to leave no matter what, for I had zero interest remaining in regards to life on this planet. Even a miraculous recovery from all that ailed me would not have changed my mind.

You know that this is not how I scripted things for us. And I am sorry to leave you holding the bag. I tried everything I could before I departed to leave you financially secure, but I guess it wasn’t in the cards. I will always love and appreciate all the time and experiences we shared together.

Goodbye for now, Evan

Letter Number Two Evan Wrote to His Wife:

You know I tried real hard to provide unlimited financial security for you before I left, but it is what it is. I guess winning a pile of money just wasn’t in the cards for us. And sticking around would not have been fair to you. I literally had zero desire to continue on in human form. Nothing on Earth interested me anymore; actually, everything only reminded me of how ridiculous human life and society really is. I had to go; whether to just shut off the noise or to create a situation worth taking part in, I do not know at this time. I simply could not soil my soul any further. I love myself too much for that. I was never satisfied with life on planet earth, so I chose to leave.

I choose to be cremated. Scatter my ashes wherever you deem appropriate.

Again, I apologize for any and all discomfort my passing has caused you, but I would have died soon anyway. I could feel it coming. This way cost far less though, I imagine. And I ended things on my own terms, which feels good to me because you know that I have always disagreed with the way things are on Earth. Be well, I will always hold open a special place in my heart for you.


Text Message from Evan to Family Members:

Hi peeps, I no longer walk among you and I cannot honestly say that it has been grand. But rejoice for me, for I am finally free. Please call 911 and report my death. My carcass lies on the side of the house near the horseshoe pit. Maybe we will meet again sometime on the other side.

The former Evan A. Peterson


After receiving Evan’s text message on our cell phones between 7 and 7:30 AM, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, we all raced to his home in hopes of stopping him. His wife had left for work before he acted and returned home as soon as she received his group text message. We were too late.

Ron, our daughter Crystal’s husband and retired firefighter, immediately called police and fire for assistance. Since Ron and Crystal lived closest to Evan’s house, Ron arrived first. Having been a firefighter, he took it upon himself to look for Evan’s body in the back yard. For that we are forever indebted to him. He loved Evan as much as anyone in our family and I can’t imagine how awful if must have felt for him to see Evan lying dead on the ground from a shotgun blast. Thank you, Ron. We love you!

Sandra’s Memories about Our First Annual Trip to the Redwoods Where Evan’s Ashes were Scattered:

July 23, 2016, our trip to Armstrong Woods and Frog Pond Hollow above the park for the one-year anniversary of Evan’s passing:

Jesenia carved a heart on the picnic table and put J and J inside. Roger took a picture of it and said he would show it at their wedding.

Samira brought chocolate chip/peanut butter cookies and blueberry cake. Those cookies were Evan’s favorite.

Ron pretended to fall off the mountain.

Throwing rocks over the hillsides.

Roger wandered off down the trail of one of the low mountains to stand at the top and gaze upon the valley. I felt he was communicating with his son.

Taking pictures on the road above the picnic area, waiting for the sun to set for more pictures. As the sun set, the swiftly changing light made the sky look eerie in many different ways.

Lots of hugs….

Justina, Evan’s daughter, said “Bye Daddy” as we were leaving in the car.


Sandra’s Memories of Visits from Evan:

Rog and I had purchased an 8-inch oval rock imprinted with a butterfly on it. For a long time I couldn’t get inspired to paint it; couldn’t decide what kind of butterfly I wanted. Then I remembered when a butterfly got trapped in our greenhouse in the backyard and Rog had to help it get out. He was deep chocolate brown with blue spots and a yellow stripe around the wings. When I shared that story with everyone, Laney Butler, our niece, said it sounded like a Mourning Cloak Butterfly. Then the thoughts I’d been having that it was a visit from Evan became so very real.

A few weeks later Rog and I and Crystal were hiking at Spring Lake Park and mourning cloak butterflies were flying around everywhere!

I’ve had feelings of Evan’s presence in the backyard with me several times, just as I did of my mother after she died. We had a small group of tulips, which, when they started blooming in spring, always produced a yellow one first. Yellow was her favorite color. I’ve seen my mother in dreams, in full color, in our home in Windham, Maine, where I grew up.


Sandra’s Miscellaneous Memories:

Our daughter, Crystal’s, anger over her brother’s decision to leave us instead of trying to heal physically and spiritually.

Several people saying they were so surprised that he would do this that he was often the life of the party during our gatherings. He could be very entertaining; often singing and dancing.

During the time when Roger and I knew Evan wasn’t feeling good about his health and life in general, we tried to spend a lot of time with him. He had a huge vegetable and fruit garden and when the produce was overwhelming he would do a lot of cooking and we went to his house for dinner often, sometimes when he and Samira were both home and other times when Samira was traveling.

We took a couple trips to Bodega Bay for picnics with him during this time. I remember on one of those trips that Evan talked about how disappointed he was with life on this planet and that he was going to leave to find a place where he could make life better “on his terms”. It was a difficult day for me.

July 25, 2015: Shortly after Evan’s death Samira spent the night with us and the next day, so we had a good talk. We knew she felt like her world had turned upside down. She has a lot of family support though. One day a group of her relatives and friends showed up here unannounced with lots of food. It was overwhelming, at least to Crystal and I, but heart-warming at the same time and much appreciated.

Evan tried to plan things in a considerate way to diminish the shock for us. But the end of an email to me couldn’t help but be shocking for a mother: “You’ll find my carcass in the backyard near the horseshoe pit.” It made me mad at first – that he would write that to me. But Roger’s take on it was that he did it for us – he was saying that it’s just my body; it’s not me. Thinking about that it seemed logical – that’s our Evan. He could be very blunt and straightforward at times!

For reference, read: Seth on Dying and Life After Death


Seth on Dying and Life after Death


From the book, Seth Speaks – the Eternal Validity of the Soul:

“You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it.”

“For those of you who are lazy I can offer no hope: Death will not bring you an eternal resting place. You may rest, if this is your wish, for a while. Not only must you use your abilities after death, however, but you must face up to yourself for those that you did not use during your previous existence.”

“There are teachers to explain the conditions and circumstances.”

“The after-death environments… are generally far more intense and joyful than the reality you now know.”

“All necessary explanations are given to those who are disoriented. Those who do not realize that they are dead are… told of their true condition, and all efforts are made to refresh the energies and spirits.”

“There are always guides to help you understand your situation…”

From “Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul”, Chapter 9 – The “Death” Experience

On leaving the body:

In many cases, immediately on leaving the body there is, of course, amazement and a recognition of the situation. The body itself may be viewed, for example, and many funerals have a guest of honor amidst the company – and no one gazes into the face of the corpse with as much curiosity and wonder.

For examples of this phenomenon, check out: Do Ghosts Attend Their Funerals – Pete

On the initial condition of arriving in the spirit world:

A belief in hell fires can cause you to hallucinate Hades’ conditions. A belief in a stereotyped heaven can result in a hallucination of heavenly conditions. You always form your own reality according to your ideas and expectations. This is the nature of consciousness in whatever reality it finds itself. Such hallucinations, I assure you, are temporary. […] There are teachers to explain the conditions and circumstances. You are not left alone, therefore, lost in mazes of hallucination. You may or may not realize immediately that you are dead in physical terms.

Christianity has believed in a heaven and a hell, a purgatory, and reckoning; and so, at death, to those who so believe in these symbols, another ceremony is enacted, and the guides take on the guises of those beloved figures of Christian saints and heroes.  Then with this as framework, and in terms that they can understand, such individuals are told the true situation. Mass religious movements have for centuries fulfilled that purpose, in giving man some plan to be followed. It little mattered that later the plan was seen as a child’s primer, a book of instructions complete with colorful tales, for the main purpose was served and there was little disorientation.

On realizing your new non-physical form:

You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it. Then the differences between it and the physical body will become obvious. […] You will simply be learning to operate in a new environment in which different laws apply, and the laws are far less limiting than the physical ones with which you now operate. In other words, you must learn to understand and use new freedoms.

On meeting deceased friends and relatives:

Now, you may or may not be greeted by friends or relatives immediately following death. This is a personal matter, as always. Overall, you may be far more interested in people that you have known in past lives than those close to you in the present one, for example.

Your true feeling toward relatives who are also dead will be known to you and to them. There is no hypocrisy. You do not pretend to love a parent who did little to earn your respect or love. Telepathy operates without distortion in this after-death period, so you must deal with the true relationships that exist between yourself and all relatives and friends who await you.

(At this time), you examine the fabric of the existence you have left, and you learn to understand how your experiences were the result of your own thoughts and emotions and how these affected others. Until this examination is through, you are not yet aware of the larger portions of your own identity. When you realize the significance and meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready for conscious knowledge of your other existences.

On remembering past lives and choosing a new one:

When you realize the significance and meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready for conscious knowledge of your other existences. You become aware, then, of an expanded awareness. What you are begins to include what you have been in other lives, and you begin to make plans for your next physical existence, if you decide upon one. You can instead enter another level of reality, and then return to a physical existence if you choose.

On organized assistance in the afterlife:

First of all, it should be obvious from what I have said so far that there is no one after-death reality, but [that] each experience is different. Generally speaking, however, there are dimensions into which these individual experiences will fall. For example, there is an initial stage for those who are still focused strongly in physical reality, and for those who need a period of recuperation and rest. On this level there will be hospitals and rest homes. The patients do not yet realize that there is nothing wrong with them at all. […] It goes without saying that the hospitals and training centers are not physical in your terms. They are often, in fact, maintained en masse by the guides who carry out the necessary plans. Now you may call this mass hallucination if you will. The fact is that to those encountering that reality, the events are quite real.

On Earthbound spirits and Ghosts:

You may after death utterly refuse to believe that you are dead, and continue to focus your emotional energy toward those you have known in life.  If you have been obsessed with a particular project, for example, you may try to complete it. There are always guides to help you understand your situation, but you may be so engrossed that you pay them no heed.  […]

There are obviously as many kinds of ghosts and apparitions as there are people. They are as alert or as unalert to their situation as you are to your own. They are not fully focused in physical reality, however, either in personality or in form, and this is their main distinction. Some apparitions are thought-forms sent by survival personalities out of lingering deep anxiety. They portray the same compulsive-type behavior that can be seen in many instances in your ordinary experience. […] They are in themselves quite harmless. Only your interpretation of their actions can cause difficulties. Now in the middle of life, of life conditions, you also appear on occasion as ghosts in other levels of reality, where your “pseudo-appearance” causes some comment and is the ground for many myths – and you are not even aware of this.

The Soul who compiled this information is unknown….

Seth, from The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
Session 835, February 7, 1979:

People die when they are ready to die, for reasons that are their own. No person dies without a reason. You are not taught that, however, so people do not recognize their own reasons for dying, and they are not taught to recognize their own reasons for living — because you are told that life itself is an accident in a cosmic game of chance.


Is Seth the greatest spiritual teacher of our time? I can’t answer for you but he is for me! – Pete


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions – Thank you, Andy!

Jane Roberts Typing2Jane Roberts – the author of the book The Seth Material – was a person who in a “trance” state spoke as a personality called Seth. Seth calls Jane’s personality Ruburt. Jane sometimes goes into a different trance state where she speaks as “Future Seth”. (“Future Seth” is also referred to as Seth 2 – Pete.)

All of the answers and information herein are the words of Seth (or Future Seth) which I have reordered and revised to give continuity to my understanding of the material. I think the main thing lacking in my condensation is Seth’s sense of humor. I highly recommend Seth/Jane’s books! see: Seth – Jane Roberts’ Book List

Seth Speaking About His Purpose

“I come here, as an (humorously) “endearing” personality, with characteristics to which I hope you can relate. These characteristics are mine, and I am who I say I am, and yet the Seth you know is but a small part of my reality, the one that has been physical, and can relate to your problems.

“There exists what could almost be compared to a psychological and psychic warp in dimensions where Ruburt’s personality is an apex point at which communication can take place.

“We want to deal with the nature of reality as it exists within your camouflage system and within other systems, and to study the overall characteristics that pertain to it.

“We will discuss the interrelationship that exists between all systems of reality, including certain contact points that include them all. These various points can be mathematically deduced, and will, in some future of yours, serve as contact points, taking the place of space travel in some cases.

“We will be discussing the laws of the inner universe. They are attempts to explain in words the nature of inner reality. These single-dimensional statements are more than are given to most, and, under the circumstances that we must work, are the best approximation that can be made of the basic fact beneath any existence.

“As words would give little hint of the reality of color or sound to someone who did not experience these, so words can only give insight into the nature of reality.

“I have been sent to help you, and others have been sent through the centuries of your time, for as you develop you form new dimensions, and you will help others.

“Using your free will, you have made physical reality into something quite different than what was intended. You have allowed the ego to become overly developed and specialized. You were here to work out problems and challenges, but you were always to be aware of your own inner reality, and of your nonphysical existence. To a large extent you have lost contact with this. You have focused so strongly upon physical reality that it has become the only reality that you know.

“When you kill a man, you believe that you kill him forever. Murder is a crime that must then be dealt with. Death, however, does not exist in those terms. In the dawn of physical existence, men knew that death was merely a change of form.

There is never any justification for violence. There is no justification for hatred. There is no justification for murder. Those who indulge in violence for whatever reason are themselves changed, and the purity of their purpose adulterated.

If you do not like the state of your world, it is you yourselves that must change, individually and en mass. This is the only way that change will be effected.

“The responsibility for your life and your world is indeed yours. It has not been forced upon you by some outside agency. You form your own dreams and you form your own physical reality. The world is what you are. It is the physical materialization of the inner selves which you have formed.

It is wrong to curse a flower and wrong to curse a man. It is wrong not to hold any man in honor, and it is wrong to ridicule any man. Your must honor yourselves and see within yourselves the spirit of eternal validity. You must honor all other individuals, because within each is the spark of this validity. When you curse another, you curse yourselves, and the curse returns to you. When you are violent, the violence returns.

“I speak to you because yours is the opportunity to better world conditions and yours is the time. Do not fall into the old ways that will lead you precisely into the world that you fear.

“There is no man who hates but that hatred is reflected outward and made physical, and there is no man who loves but that love is reflected outward and made physical.

“Beyond myself there is another self and still another, of which I am aware. And that self tells you that there is a reality beyond human reality and experience that cannot be made verbal or translated into human terms. And to that self, physical reality is like a warm breath forming in the winter air…”

Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions

SETH TWO, more evolved than Seth, in Seth Speaks – the Eternal Validity of the Soul:

“The Seth personality is an intermediary. The information already given to you regarding the nature of personality gestalts should make my existence seem a fitting one.

“Seth is what I am, yet I am more than Seth is. Seth is independent, and continues to develop as I do. In the Spacious Present we both exist.

“Seth, as you know him, will always be an element in these communications. He is the connective between us, and he has been a part of me that I have sent out to you. He has participated willingly.

“Names are arbitrary, and we use them merely for your convenience. Seth’s name or mine isn’t important. Individuality is important and continues in ways you do not suspect.

“Seth is learning as I am.

“As an analogy, you could call me a Future Seth, at a higher stage of development. However, both of us are fully independent and exist simultaneously.

“These communications, while taking place in your time, are nevertheless responsible in other dimensions for what you would call future developments in your own personalities.

“Whether or not I speak as myself or as Seth, he is the intermediary and the connection between us. He will appear to you as you know him because there are necessary emotional elements that are uniquely his own.

“My personality is far different than his but I am also a friend. In many ways I am the same friend. Other portions of me are concerned elsewhere, for I am aware of my existence in other dimensions and keep track of them and direct my many selves.

“We are Seth and whenever we have spoken we have been known as Seth. We are not alone in this endeavor, for through your centuries other entities like us have also appeared and spoken.

“Our entity is composed of multitudinous selves with their own identities, many of whom have worked in this behalf. Their message will always be basically the same, though the times and circumstances of their communications may differ and be colored accordingly.

“We adopt whatever personality characteristics seem pertinent, for in our own reality we have a bank of complete inner selves, and we are all Seth. We attempt to translate realities into terms you can comprehend. We change our face and form, but we are always the one. Many of us have not been born in the flesh, as I have not been, but in one way we have seeded ourselves through endless universes. The entity had its beginning before the emergence of your time. It was instrumental, with many other entities, in the early formation of energy into physical form. We gave you mental images and upon these images you learned to form the world that you know. We gave you the patterns, intricate and involved from which you form the reality of each physical thing that you know. We taught man to speak before the tongue knew syllables. The entire web-work was initiated by us.

“Our basic knowledge and energy automatically reaches out to nourish all systems that grow.

“You are like children with a game, and you think that the game is played by everyone. Physical life is not the rule. Identity and consciousness existed long before your earth was formed. You suppose that any personality must appear in physical terms. Consciousness is the force behind matter, and it forms many other realities besides the physical one. It is, again, your own viewpoint that is presently so limited that it seems to you that physical reality is the rule and mode of existence.

“The source and power of your present consciousness has never been physical, and where I am, many are not even aware that such a physical system exists.

“The physical system is an illusion, but you must accept it and from your viewpoint try to understand the realities that exist beyond it.

“You cannot objectify the inner portions of your own identity, and therefore you do not perceive them. So much of your energy is used in the physical productions that you cannot afford to perceive any reality but your own.

“Like children playing with blocks, you focus your attention on the physical blocks. The physical blocks appear very real to you when you dwell within their perspective. Other shapes and forms that you could perceive, you do not. Even in explaining other realities, I must use the words “shapes” and “forms” or you would not understand me.

“Your idea of progress is building larger blocks, and yet one day you will put aside your “children’s toys.”

“The human race is a stage through which various forms of consciousness travel… Yours is a training system for emerging consciousness. Before you can be allowed into systems of reality that are more extensive and open, you must first learn to handle energy and see through physical materialization, the concrete result of thought and emotion.

“When you leave the physical system after reincarnations, you have learned the lesson and you are literally no longer a member of the human race, for you elect to leave it. Only the conscious self dwells within it in any case, and other portions of your identity dwell simultaneously within other training systems. In more advanced systems, thoughts and emotions are automatically and immediately translated into action, into whatever approximation of matter there exists. Therefore, the lessons must be taught and learned well.

“The responsibility for creation must be clearly understood. To some extent you are in a soundproof and 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 dying are sorely felt. It is not that you must be taught not to destroy, for destruction does not actually exist. It is that you must be trained to create responsibly.

“The weapons of destruction are the obvious things that you see. The counterparts are not so evident, and yet it is the counterparts that are important: the self-discipline learned, the control, the compassion that is finally aroused, and that final and last lesson – the positive desire for creativity and love over destruction and hatred. When this is learned, the cycle is finished.

“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 lesson would not be learned.

“The teachers within your system are those in their last reincarnation, and other personalities who have left the system but have been assigned to help those still within it.

“The system also includes some fragment personalities that are entering for the first time, as well as those in later reincarnations.

“Humanity dreams the same dream at once, and you have your mass world. The whole construction is like an educational play in which you are the producers as well as the actors. There is a play within a play within a play. There is no end to the “within” of things. The dreamer dreams, and the dreamer within the dream dreams. But the dreams are not meaningless, and the actions within them are significant. The whole self is the observer and the participator in the roles.”

Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions

“In the most basic sense, the purpose of life is being – as opposed to not being.

In your system of three-dimensional reality you are learning about mental energy (also called thought energy or psychic energy) and how to use it.

“Knowledge about mental energy and its use is learned by constantly transforming your thoughts and emotions into physical form (your physical reality) and by then perceiving and dealing with the matter and events that are formed.

“From doing this, you are supposed to get a clear picture of your inner development as it is reflected by the exterior environment.

“You participate in physical reality so that you can operate and experience within this dimension. Here, you can develop your abilities, learn, create, solve problems and help others.

“Matter is the shape that basic experience takes when it comes into your three-dimensional system.

“Your dreams, thoughts, expectations, beliefs and emotions are literally transformed into physical matter.

How Does This Work?

“Every nerve and fiber within the body has an unseen inner purpose.

“Nerve impulses travel outward from the body, along invisible pathways, in much the same manner that they travel within the body.

“These pathways are carriers of telepathic thoughts, impulses, and desires containing all the codified data necessary for translating any thought or image into physical actuality, altering seemingly objective events.

“This telepathy operates constantly at an “automatic” or subconscious level, providing communication to back up sensory data. Telepathy is the glue that holds the physical universe in position, so that you can agree on the existence and properties of objects. In one respect, your body and all physical objects go flying out in all directions from the inner core of the whole self.

“The physical environment is, therefore, as much a part of you as your own body.

“What seems to be a perception, an objective concrete event independent from you, is instead the materialization of your own emotions, energy and mental environment. Events and objects are actually focal points where highly charged psychic impulses are transformed into something that can be physically perceived: a breakthrough into matter.

“The intensity of a thought or image largely determines the immediacy of the physical materialization. All such images or thoughts are not completely materialized in your perception, as their intensity may be too weak.

My intellect doesn’t have the information to control All of This. How Is It Handled?

“There is an inner ego, an inner self which organizes “unconscious” material.

“As the outer ego manipulates within the physical environment, so the inner ego or self organizes and manipulates within inner reality.

“It is this inner self, out of massive knowledge and the unlimited scope of its consciousness, that forms the physical world and provides the stimuli to keep the outer ego at the job of awareness. The inner self organizes, initiates, projects and controls the transformation of psychic energy into matter and objects.

“The energy of this inner self is used by it to form a material counterpart (you). You then deal with the physical reality that is made and work out your own creative role.

Tell Me More About the Workings of the “Inner Self.”

“The individual inner self, through constant effort of great intensity, cooperates with other entities like itself to form and maintain the physical reality that you know.

“The inner self has a virtually infinite reservoir from which to draw knowledge and experience. All kinds of choices are available, and the diversity of physical matter is a reflection of this deep source and variety.

“Having determined that physical reality is a dimension in which it will express itself, the inner self, first of all, takes care to form and maintain the physical basis upon which all else must depend — the properties of the earth that can be called the natural ones.

“The deepest, most basic subjective experience is translated into the natural elements: the ample landscape that sustains physical life.

“With the natural structures formed and maintained, other secondary physical properties are projected.

Why Isn’t the Nature of All This Clearer?

“It is the daily ego’s ignorance and limited focus that makes it view so-called unconscious activity as chaotic. The waking ego (dealing with physical reality) cannot know all the unconscious material directly.

“The daily ego is simply not conscious enough to be able to contain the vast knowledge that belongs to the inner conscious self from which it springs. The outer ego is spoon-fed, being given only those feelings and emotions, only that data, that it can handle. This data is presented in a highly specialized manner, usually in terms of information picked up by the physical senses.

“The inner self is not only conscious, but conscious of itself, both as an individuality and as an individuality that is a part of all other consciousness. It is continually aware of both this (separation) and unity-with. The outer ego is not continuously aware of this fact. It frequently forgets its “whole” nature. When it becomes swept up in a strong emotion, it seems to lose itself. When it most vigorously maintains its sense of individuality, it is no longer aware of unity-with.

“If the ego were aware of the constant barrage of telepathic communications that do impinge upon it, it would have a most difficult time retaining a sense of identity.”

Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions

“You must learn to listen to the voice of the inner self and work with it.

You may also simply ask the inner self to make the answers to problems available on a conscious basis.

“You create your reality according to your beliefs and expectations, therefore you should examine these carefully. If you do not like some aspect of your world, then examine your own expectations.

“Your world is formed in faithful replica of your own thoughts… If you think positive suggestions to yourself about a situation you send telepathic ammunition for positive use. You must learn to erase a negative thought or picture by replacing it with its opposite.

“You should tell yourself frequently “I will only react to constructive suggestions.” This gives you positive ammunition against your own negative thoughts and those of others.

“A negative thought, if not erased, will almost certainly result in a negative condition.

“Say to yourself, “That is in the past. Now in this new moment, this new present, I am already beginning to change for the better.”

“It does not do to repress negative thoughts, such as fears, angers, or resentment. They should be recognized, faced and replaced.

“Recognize resentment when it is felt, and then realize that resentment can be dismissed. Initial recognition must be made. Then you must imagine removing the resentment “by its roots” and replacing it with a positive feeling.

“You must watch the pictures that you paint with your imagination. Your environment and the conditions of your life at any given time are the direct result of your own inner expectations. If you imagine dire circumstances, ill health or desperate loneliness, these will be “automatically” materialized, for these thoughts themselves bring about the conditions that will give them a reality in physical terms.

“If you would have good health then you must imagine this as vividly as you fearfully imagine ill health.

“You create your own difficulties. This is true for each individual. The inner psychological state is projected outward, gaining physical reality – whatever the psychological state may be… The rules apply to everyone. Knowing this, you should try to realize what your psychological state is and change your conditions for your own benefit.

“You cannot escape your own attitudes, for they will form the nature of what you see. If changes are to occur, they must be mental and psychic changes. These will be reflected in your environment.

“Negative, distrustful, fearful, or degrading attitudes toward anyone work against the self.

“If an individual sees only evil and desolation in the physical world it is because he is obsessed with evil and desolation and projects them outward, closing his eyes to other aspects of reality.

“If you want to know what you think of yourself, then ask yourself what you think of others and you will find the answer.

“True self-knowledge is indispensable for health and vitality. The recognition of the truth about the self simply means that you must first find out what you think about yourself subconsciously. If it is a good image, build upon it. If it is a poor one, recognize it as only the opinion you have held of yourself and not an “absolute state.”

“You are not your emotions. They flow through you, you feel them and then they disappear. When you try to hold them back they build up.

“You are independent of your thoughts and emotions. You have emotions. You use your thoughts and emotions in your mental composition.

“You must learn to trust your own spontaneous nature.

“Your nervous system knows how to react. It reacts spontaneously when you allow it to. It is only when you try to deny your emotions that they become a problem.

“In spontaneity there is a discipline that utterly escapes you, and an order beyond any that you know. Spontaneity knows its own order.

“All of nature is spontaneous. Our bodies will be healthy automatically if we do not project false ideas upon them.

“Action accepts all stimuli in an affirmative manner. This is why an illness is accepted by a personality structure, and once this occurs, a conflict develops. The self does not want to give up a portion of itself even while that portion may be painful or disadvantageous.

“Physical symptoms are communications from the inner self, indications that we are making mental errors of one kind or another.

“Do not forget that you are a part of the inner self. IT IS NOT USING YOU!

“What you are supposed to do, then, is change your mental attitude, search yourself for the inner problem represented by the symptoms, and measure your progress as the symptoms subside.

“You sell yourself short if you believe that you are only a physical organism living within the boundaries cast upon you by time and space.

“You must accept life on its terms, and not demand that it behave in certain ways. You must accept life gladly, as its own reason and cause within you.

“Life is abundant, vigorous, and strong. Each of us has our own defense against negative suggestions and we should trust in our own immunity.

“You are a unique individual. You form your physical environment. YOU MAKE AND CHANGE YOUR WORLD. You are part of All That Is. There is no place within you that creativity does not exist.

“You must live in faith that your purpose is, and will be fulfilled. The uniqueness of your own personality is to be cherished.

“The particular purpose of your present personality can only be met in the present circumstances in the way that is best overall. The people that you can help now and the particular good that you can do, can never be done in precisely the same way.

“Throughout the ages, some have recognized the fact that there is self-consciousness and purpose in dream and sleep states, and have maintained, even in waking life, the sense of continuity of the inner self. To such people it is no longer possible to completely identify with the ego consciousness. They are too aware of themselves as more. When such knowledge is gained, the ego can accept it, for it finds to its surprise that is not less conscious, but more, and that its limitations are dissipated.”

Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions

“A man’s thoughts and dreams are more far reaching than he knows. They exist in more dimensions; they affect worlds of which he is unaware. They are as concrete, in effect, as any building. They appear in many guises within many systems, and once created cannot be withdrawn.

“The dream world is constructed within a field that you cannot physically perceive, but it has more continuity than the world you know.

“The same sort of psychic agreement holds the dream system together as holds the physical system together.

“There is one self and it focuses its attention in various dimensions. In the waking state it focuses in physical reality. In the dream state it is focused within a different dimension.

“This does not mean that we do not sometimes leave our bodies and travel in our dream to other physical locations.

“When you are manipulating within physical reality, you have a fairly simple set of rules to serve you. Within dream reality there is greater freedom.

“The dreamer creates his dreams for his own purposes, selecting only those symbols which have meaning to him.

“Each dream begins with psychic energy which the individual transforms into a reality which is just as functional and real as physical reality. There is form within dream reality, but the potential form exists, within psychic energy, long before its materialization.

“Through our dreams we change physical reality, and our physical daily experience alters our dream experience. There is constant interaction. Our consciousness is simply directed in a different kind of reality when we dream, a reality as vivid as waking life.

“On one level the personality attempts to solve problems through dream construction… and often this gives freedom to actions that cannot be expressed within the confines of waking life.

“Dream action CAN be turned toward fulfilling constructive expectations, which will effect a change for the better!

“Dreams can be utilized creatively to improve health, gain inspiration, restore vitality, solve problems and enrich family relationships. You can have a pleasant and joyful dream that will completely restore your good spirits and vitality.

“In our dream life we also visit other levels of existence, and gain needed skills.

“The ego is not present in dream reality. The waking consciousness is not the ego. The ego is only that portion of waking consciousness that deals with physical manipulation. Waking consciousness can be taken into the dream state, but the ego cannot, as it would falter and cause failure there. When you take your consciousness into the dream state, you will meet with various conditions, some you can manipulate, some you cannot. Some dream locations will be of your own making, and others will be strange to you because they belong to other dimensions of reality.

“Individual consciousness can be sent through other systems of reality.

“This involves the transfer of conscious energy from a home system to an alien one, and certain automatic changes are made from system to system, involving the use of brain waves, certain patterns being normal in different systems.

“As the personality is changed by any experience, it is changed by dreams. We may forget our dreams, but they are always part of us. The dreams experience is felt directly by the inner self. Dreams have their own actuality, they not only exist independent of the dreamer, but they also have tangible form, though not in the form of matter as you are familiar with it. They are forever contained as electrically coded data within the cells of the physical organism.

“The dream universe possesses concepts which will someday completely transform the physical world, but the denial of such concepts as possibilities delays their emergence.

“There are also shared or “mass” dreams. In these mankind deals with problems of his political and social structure. In these, man dreams individually and collectively of ways in which change-about could occur. These dreams actually help bring about the resulting change. The very energy and direction of these dreams will help change the situation. The solutions reached are not always the same as those he accepts in the physical world.

“The energy behind a “bad dream” is the energy of hidden fears, which could be formed by anyone, since there are fears in anyone.

“Evil does not exist separate from the dreamer, and even illness or fear should not be seen as enemies, but rather as aids to understanding and means to a greater end.

In larger terms there is no evil, only your own lack of perception.

“Fear directs your conscious energy into the realm of reality of that fear, and you then must deal at that level. The words “May peace be with you.” will get you through any difficulty in other layers of reality.

Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions

“Consciousness is not a “thing” in itself, rather, it is a dimension of action made possible by a series of creative dilemmas.

There are three dilemmas which represent the areas of reality within which the inner vitality of the universe can express and experience itself.

The First Creative Dilemma

The first dilemma is inner vitality’s desire and impetus to completely materialize itself, and its inability to do so. This results in action, which is a part of all structure.

Identity may be termed as action which is conscious of itself.

“An identity is also a dimension of existence, action within action, an unfolding of action upon itself — and through this interweaving of action with itself, through this re-action, an identity is formed.

“Identity and action cannot be separated.”


Excerpt #1 from In the Beginning There was Nothing:

To Be, we must create. To create, we must Be. One creates the other in an endless dance of entanglement. – Pete


“Without identity, action would be meaningless, for there would be nothing upon which action could act. Action must then, by its very nature, create identities.”


Excerpt #2 from In the Beginning There was Nothing:

Got your Einstein detective hat on? Consider this: without Energy or the power to act, how can Awareness know and express itself? And without the presence of Awareness, what defines and creates a need for Energy? Doesn’t one need the other for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to exist? – Pete


“Identity, because of its characteristics, will continually seek stability, while stability is impossible. Action would seem to destroy identity, since action must involve change, and any change seems to threaten identity. However, identities are never constant, for consciousness without action would cease to be conscious.

The Second Creative Dilemma

Identity must seek stability while action must seek change; yet identity could not exist without change, for it is the result of action and a part of it. This is the second dilemma.

Identity is not the same as individual personality. Personality represents only those aspects of identity which are able to be actualized within three-dimensional existence.

“The ego at any give time in this life is simply the part of the inner self that surfaces in physical reality; a group of characteristics that the inner self uses to solve various problems. Even the ego as we think of it changes constantly.

The Third Creative Dilemma

Ego consciousness is a state resulting from the third creative dilemma, which happens when consciousness of self attempts to separate itself from action. This involves a state in which consciousness of self attempts to perceive action as an object… and to perceive action, which is initiated by the ego, as a result rather than as a part of ego’s own existence. This is impossible since no consciousness or identity can exist without action.

“Each of you exists in other realities and other dimensions, and the self that you call yourself is but a small portion of your entire identity.

Within the self that you know is the prime identity, the whole self. This whole self has lived many lives and adopted many personalities. Personality may be somewhat molded by the circumstances that are created for it by the whole self but the prime identity uses the resulting experience.

Personality and identity are not dependent upon physical form.

Your prime identity is an energy essence personality which is composed of energy gestalts*.

* “Gestalt” is a German word that refers to an organization of any number of similar or associated elements that provide the observer with the perception of “oneness from many.” For example, it can be used to describe a collection of cells that make up a particular organ in your body or your entire body itself. It can even be used to describe an organization or framework of ideas that can be seen as a particular belief system or worldview. – Pete

“As each individual consciousness grows, out of its experience it forms other “personalities” or fragments of itself. These fragments are entirely independent as to action and decision, while constantly in communication with the whole self of which they are a part.

“These “fragments” themselves grow, develop, and may form their own entities or “personality gestalts”.

“You have constant contact with the other parts of your whole self, but your ego is so focused upon physical reality and survival within it that you do not hear the inner voices.

“No individuality is ever lost. It is always in existence.

“Consciousness is the direction in which the self focuses. Action implies infinite possibilities of focus.

What you call death is rather your choice to focus in other dimensions and realities.

“You do not acquire a “spirit” at death. You are one, now!

“You adopt a body as a space traveler wears a space suit, and for much the same reason.

“Each individual from birth forms his own counterpart from built-up, individual, continuous electrical signals that include his dreams, thought, desires and experiences. This counterpart of complete experience is a pattern which is then independent of physical reality. At physical death his personality then exists detached from its physical form.”

Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions

“For its own purpose, and because of its limitations, the ego chooses a single event from all the probable ones. Until the ego experiences the event it is only one of all the other probable ones. It becomes actual in your reality only when it is experienced by the physical self.

“A portion of the whole self can and does experience events in an entirely different fashion than the ego does and is aware of all other probable events that could have been experienced by the ego.

“This other portion of the self delves into these alternative events in the same amount of physical time that it takes the ego to experience its chosen event.

“These other probable events become just as “real” within other dimensions. There are an infinite number of systems or universes between matter and antimatter. Using the physical senses you can never perceive these other systems, but, probable events are events whether or not you perceive them.

“In dreams, often portions of probable events are experienced in a semiconscious manner. Advanced training in the use of the Inner Senses can also lead to exploration of these systems.

“These systems of probabilities are quite as real as your physical system, you are simply not focused within them.

“In these other systems of reality, each of us has “other selves” not an identical self or twin, but other parts of our whole entity, developing abilities in a different way than we are here.

“Each of these selves experiences time in its own manner according to the nature of its perceptions. Their various realities merge in the overall perceptions of the whole self.

“There is a constant subconscious interchange of information between all these layers of the whole self.

“Ultimately the inner ego tries to bring about comprehension by each of these selves about the other simultaneous selves. Until the whole self is able to perceive its own parts simultaneously, these seemingly separate selves appear, to themselves, isolated and alone.”

Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….


Seth material, organized to answer Andy Hughes’ questions

“Time as you experience it is an illusion caused by your own physical senses. They force you to perceive action in certain terms, but this is not the nature of action.

“The apparent boundaries between past, present and future are only illusions caused by the amount of action you can physically perceive, and so it seems to you that one moment exists and is gone forever, and the next moment comes and like the one before also disappears. Everything in the universe exists at one time simultaneously.

“The first words ever spoken still ring through the universe, and in your terms, the last words ever spoken have already been said. The past, present and future only appear to those who exist within three-dimensional reality.

“The past exists as a series of electromagnetic connections held in the physical brain and in the nonphysical mind.

“These electromagnetic connections can be changed.

“The future consists of a series of electromagnetic connections in the mind and brain also. In other words, the past and present are real to the same extent.

“You take it for granted that present action can change the future, but present actions can also change the past.

“The past is no more objective or independent from the perceiver than is the present. The electromagnetic connections were largely made by the individual perceiver. The connection can be changed, and such changes are far from uncommon. These changes happen spontaneously on a subconscious basis.

“The past is seldom what you remember it to be, for you have already rearranged it from the instant of any given event. The past is being constantly re-created by each individual as attitudes and associations change. This is an actual recreation, not a symbolic one. The child is indeed still within the man, but he is not the child that “was”, for even the child within the man constantly changes.

“Difficulties arise when such alterations do not occur automatically. Severe neurosis is often caused precisely because an individual has not changed his past.

“A change of attitude, a new association, or any of innumerable other actions will automatically set up new electromagnetic connections and break others.

“Every action changes every other action. Therefore, every action in your present affects actions you call past.

“It is possible to react in the past to an event that has not occurred, and to be influenced by your own future.

“It is also possible for an individual to react in the past to an event in the future, which in your terms, may never occur.

“Because past, present and future exist simultaneously, there is no reason why you cannot react to an event whether or not it happens to fall within the small field of reality in which you usually observe and participate.

“On a subconscious level, you react to many events that have not yet occurred as far as your ego’s awareness is concerned.

“Such reactions are carefully screened out and not admitted to consciousness. The ego finds such instances distracting and annoying, and when forced to admit their validity, will resort to the most far fetched rationalizations to explain them.

“No event is predestined. Any given event can be changed not only before and during but after its occurrence.

“The individual is hardly at the mercy of past events, for he changes them constantly. He is hardly at the mercy of future events, for he changes these not only before but after their happening. An individuals future actions are not dependent upon a concrete finished past, for such a past never existed.

“The past is as real as the future, no more or less.

“There is a part of you that is not locked within physical reality, and that part of you knows that there is only an Eternal Now. The part of you that knows is the whole self, your inner and outer ego (all that you are).

“From within this framework you will see that physical time is as dreamlike as you once thought inner time was. You will discover your whole self, peeping inward and outward at the same “time”, and find that all time is one time, and all divisions, illusions.”

For reference, read When Time Stopped. It tells the story of how time stopped for me when Seth, on tape, was discussing the nature of time to Jane’s class in Elmira, NY. It was an experience of time from the inside-out.


Seth’s Concepts in a Nutshell continued….

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