Monday, December 17, 2018

The Arts

In our technology-seduced society, it's easy to overlook the arts.  Seth often talks about Value Fulfillment as the fundamental driving force behind existence in physical reality for humans, all life forms, Gaia, atoms and molecules, etc.  I think it's pretty obvious that, without the arts, humans would not find true Value Fulfillment; true expressions of love, wonder and exuberance; a true channel connecting the Inner World and Outer World.  If that happened, the civilization as we know it would cease to play in this epoch and we would simply move on to more interesting epochs and realities.

“Early artists drew pictures to share the images they saw in their dreams. In a fashion, they practiced dreaming in their sleep, and thus learned also to think in terms of the measurement of physical images, and to move objects around in their minds before they did so physically.
“Poetry was an art and a science.  It conveyed quite necessary information about man and the universe. The same can be said of many cave drawings.  What you had – what you still have, though you are not nearly as aware of it – was an excellent give-and-take between the inner and outer senses.  Through chanting, dancing, playacting, painting, story-telling, man spontaneously translated inner sense data into physical actualization.  The physical senses only present you with clues as to your own sensitivities.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Seventeen)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

All the world is a stage

“… the reasoning mind is spontaneously fired.  The species contains within itself all of the necessary spontaneous attributes that are necessary to from a civilization, for example. All of your reasoned activities – your governments, societies, arts, religions and sciences – are the physical realization, of course, of inner capacities that are inherent in man’s structure.  Take your theaters’ moving picture dramas.  These are the materialization in your time of man’s natural acting ability – a characteristic highly important in the behavior of the species.
“Early man, for example, spontaneously played at acting out the part of other animals.  He took the part of a tree, a brook, a rock.  Acting became a teaching method – a way of passing on information.  Man always possessed all of the knowledge he needed.  The task was to make it physically available.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Seventeen)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Rhythms of time

This quote reminds me of Lazaris's description of time as cycles ... be it cycles around the sun or heart beats of caesium atoms.  Our sense of time can only be defined by reference to some vibration, or cyclical phenomenon ... unlike space where, for example, an institute in Paris (until recently) held a platinum bar that was the calibration reference for a meter.  Interestingly, that bar has recently been replaced by an atomic standard.

Melchizedec refers to epochs.  I see that as "nested epochs"; for example, the long cycle (the solar system's oscillations up and down through the galactic plane tracked by the Mayan calendar), within that long cycle there are epochs of evolution, within the latest epoch of evolution are epochs of human history, ... all the way to my personal epoch today of my morning espresso!

Dogen realized that there only is now .... and offers a treisho called "Being Time" which is well worth reading.

In physics, the function of matter really is to create time and space (we typically view it the other way around ... i.e. matter embedded in spacetime).

“You must remember, of course, that the use of clocks is a fairly recent phenomenon. Men thought in terms of rhythms of the time, or of flowing time, not of time in sections that were arbitrary.  So as far as creaturehood is concerned, you have adapted to a time environment that you yourselves have formed. Creative people, again, are often aware of those connections.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSessionFifteen)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Prehistoric consciousness

“In those (prehistoric) times, however, man identified more with his intuitive self, and with his imagination, and these to some extent more than now, directed the uses to which he put his intellect.”
“This meant, of course, a language that was in its way more precise than your own, for concepts were routinely expressed that described the vast complexity of subjective as well as objective events.  There were myriad relationships, for example, impossible now to describe, between a person and his or her dream selves, and between the dream selves of all the members of the tribe.  Particularly in warmer climates, man was naturally nocturnal, and did a good deal of his sleeping and dreaming in the daytime.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Fifteen)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Daily Rhythms - Night

“Cultures that were night-oriented appreciated the night in a different fashion, of course, and actually utilized their consciousnesses in ways that are almost nearly forgotten.  I believe there are ancient fairy tales and myths still surviving that speak of these underworlds, or worlds of darkness – but they do not mean worlds of death, as is usually interpreted.
In a fashion, the intellect goes hand-in-hand with the imagination under such conditions. It is not that man stressed physical data less, but that he put it together differently – that in the darkness he relied upon his inner and outer senses in a more unified fashion.  The nightly portions of your personalities have become strangers to you – for as you identify with what you think of as your rational intellect, then you identify it further with the daytime hours, with the objective world that becomes visible in the morning, with the clear-cut physical objects that are then before your view.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Fifteen)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Daily Rhythms - Evening

“You do not project as many negative ideas upon the evening hours, and the same applies to most people to varying degrees.  That is at least one of the reasons why these sessions have been held in the evening, where it was at least not as likely that you would try to invest them with the workaday kind of world values.
“That is also why it is easier, generally speaking, for Ruburt to receive such information in the evening, because you are jointly free of limitations that might hamper you at other times of the day – not simply that visitors might arrive more usually then, but because you yourselves are less visited by preconceptions of what you are supposed to do in any given hour of the day.
“The natural, magical flows of your own rhythms are more often broken up in the daytime.  This applies to other people as well, because of your ideas of what you should be doing at any given time, or what is socially respectable, proper, upright, even moral in limited terms.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Fifteen)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Daily hypothesis

When I read today's Seth I think of how we've been conditioned that: Monday is a drag, Wednesday is "hump day" and Friday is TGIF!!!!  I just experienced three months of retirement and, to me, it became like the movie "Groundhog Day" ... every day was the same.  I'm back to work now so it's high time that I upgraded my daily hypothesis this time around!

“Later, I will have some things to say about what I will call “the daily hypothesis”, for each person has such a daily hypothesis – one that might be quite different for say, Friday than it is for Monday.  You build your daily experience partially by such working hypotheses.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Fifteen)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Concentrate on periods of good moods

Seth's advice to Ruburt (aka Jane Roberts) is something we all can benefit from.

“One important point, again, is to remember that in any given day his mood is often excellent for many periods of time.  He should concentrate his attention upon those periods, rather than concentrating upon the periods when he is blue or upset, and berating himself for those reactions.
“In that way, the good moods become longer.  They increase.  They become significant. In such ways, he will discover what promotes those good moods.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Fifteen)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Periods of letting go

While this Seth quote refers to a specific precognitive exercise that Rob and Jane were doing, it does emphasize that the intellect works best when it is given periods of "letting go" rather than being always constrained to work in a rigid, 3D linear time framework with linear, logical sequences.

For me, my moments of "letting go" occur in meditation and sleep.

When I was a student in university (and knew nothing of the Seth material), I was studying quantum mechanics and other advanced topics in mathematics and physics.  When I came to a problem I couldn't solve .... I just put my head down and literally slept on it (even in exams!) ... then I'd spontaneously awake with the answer.

Later, I quit doing this because nobody else did it and I thought I was cheating and not learning ... now that I'm familiar with the Seth material, I know better!

You can see from my comments, that this was something I used to do spontaneously too … until I tried to conform to the rigidly structured world of engineering!  Mind you, with the type of safety critical things I was doing in flight testing and engineering, there was limited room for creativity … you had to demonstrate logically that a design was safe before people would trust it.  It seems odd now, that with AI, we’ve lost that whole concept of absolute design integrity as a requirement for safety … and we let AI do the “letting go” for us without really knowing what all of the consequences will be.  Too bad the engineering world has outsourced “letting go” to computers rather than using the technique themselves … we would be a lot further ahead if they did what Seth describes here!

“…see how important periods of letting go are.  Your experience happened when you were nearly asleep, but merely relaxed, not worrying, with your intellect in a kind of free flow.  You were not hampering it.  It was momentarily free of limiting beliefs, and it naturally used – and chose to use – the magical approach to answer what was a very simple, now-forgotten intellectual question: What might be in today’s newspaper?
“The usual answer, or the usual method of obtaining an answer, was at the time inconvenient …
“It did not give you the bare headline, however – even though that and the story were perceived far too quickly for you to follow.  What you were aware of were your own creative reveries in response to that information.
“Now left alone, the intellect will often solve problems in just such a fashion, when it is allowed to, when you forget what is supposed to be possible and what is not, when you forget that your mind is supposed pedestrian and parochial.”
(The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About The Art Of Creative LivingSession Thirteen)