APPENDIX 18: RUBURT AND SETH
... Your Ruburt was, indeed, Seth … I have promised to give you more material dealing with the psychic construction of the entity, and its relationship with its various [physical] personalities. In the beginning, I could not tell you in so many words that Ruburt is myself, because you would have leaped to the conclusion that I was Ruburt’s subconscious mind, and this is not so.
Ruburt is not myself now, in his present life. He is nevertheless an extension and materialization of the Seth that I was at one time. Nothing remains unchanging, entities and personalities least of all. You cannot stop them in time … I am Seth today. I keep my continuity but I change, and offshoots like currents explode into being. Ruburt was myself, Seth, many centuries ago, but he grew, evolved, and expanded in terms of a particular set of value fulfillments. He is now a personality that was one of the probable personalities into which Seth could grow. I represent another. I am another.
To make it simpler, we split – this being necessary always so that various possibilities can be brought into action … Yet we are bound together, and no invasion [of Ruburt] occurs because in one way of speaking our psychic territory is the same.
… Ruburt and myself are offshoots of the same entity. The difference in time is but a camouflage distortion. The entity was a particularly strong one, and many of its egos have made the decision to turn into entities … And now, my dear patient Joseph, may I tell you that you are also part of that same entity – and this is one of the reasons why I am able to communicate with you both.
… When man realizes that he creates his own image now, he will not find it so startling to believe that he creates other images in other times. Only after such a basis [is established] will the idea of reincarnation achieve its natural validity, and only when it is understood that the subconscious, certain layers of it, is a link between the present personality and past ones, will the theory of reincarnation be accepted as fact.
… Man sees not even half of the whole entity which is himself. It is true that on this journey [with the sessions] discipline, some caution and understanding, and much courage, is demanded. This is as it should be. I am helping you in this … You are both (meaning Jane and Rob) peculiarly suited for such a pursuit, with a combination of intuitiveness, basic psychic facility, and yet integrated inner identities … I also want to add that I am not a control, as mediums speak of controls. I am not, as I believe I have mentioned, a secondary or split personality of Ruburt’s. For example, I am not a conglomeration of male tendencies that have collected themselves into a subsidiary personality that struggles for recognition or release. I say that I am an energy personality essence, since that is what I am … My name for him is Ruburt, which happens to be a male name simply because it is the closest translation, in your terms, for the name of the whole self or entity of which he is now a self-conscious part.
… Ruburt should learn much of advantage from the book by Jung which he is reading. And I would like to mention here that I am not Jane’s animus … Nor could I possibly live up to Jane’s animus. I use the name “Jane” here rather than “Ruburt” because the animus belongs to Jane and to the present personality. Talk about reflections – because Ruburt has an animal.
Scientists have glimpsed the complications of the human body. They have scarcely glimpsed the complicated realities of the mind.
… The ego is not the most powerful or the most knowledgeable portion of the self. It is simply a well-specialized part of the personality, fully equipped to operate under certain circumstances … When those conditions no longer exist [after “death”], then other layers of the self take over the dominant position, and the personality realigns its psychological components. The ego does not disappear, however; it merely takes a back seat in some respects, as your own subconscious does during physical existence. The ego is under the control of what may loosely be called the “inner self”. The survival or nonphysical personality has somewhat the same relationship to the ego as the dreaming personality has to it in physical life.
When communication takes place between a survival personality and one who exists within the physical system, this involves a reshuffling on the part of the survival personality, where the ego is momentarily given greater reign … If this was not done, then in most cases communication would not be possible, just because the survival personality would have such difficulty impressing the personality who was still ego-oriented within the physical system.
The nonphysical personality does not think in terms of words, but experiences concepts in a much more direct manner. This sort of thing simply could not be understood by the physically focused individual … The survival personality’s inner self gives this reassembled ego ideas in the same way that, often, the subconscious gives the ego concepts in physical existence. This reassembled ego then attempts to perceive these insights in terms of sense perceptions, which are sent to the physical individual at the other end. Sometimes the communications are made directly, though they must be sifted through the subconscious of the one who is physical. When that person is trained along these lines, however [as Ruburt is], he or she helps in this process, and a psychological framework, like a bridge, is erected that serves to connect the two personalities.
I speak as my whole self to you … since my personality structure is more advanced than is usual for communications from other systems. Therefore, I do not need to adopt a past ego [of my own]. Perhaps because this is not necessary, the psychological bridge is required to make my messages comprehensible to Ruburt. This connecting framework does some of the translating for me that a reassembled ego would do. It delivers information to Ruburt in a way that he can understand. Occasionally [in your tests] I do impress him directly telepathically, with a concept. When he receives data in the form of images the framework is operating. With my direction, this framework uses Ruburt’s personal associations to direct his impressions toward the correct point. Then when we are successful I insert the right information.
I am a communicator. In our case the control personality, so-called, the psychological framework to which I have referred, is entirely passive and shall remain so.
Personalities are not static things. Entities are eternal. They are not as nicely nor as neatly packaged out, one to a body, as your psychologists believe. They constantly change. They grow. They make decisions. They use the physical body fully, or they partially depart according to their own inner needs and development.
When psychic gestalts are formed they are not static. They make different alliances until they find their place in a whole identity that serves their purposes, or are strong enough to become indestructible. They are always becoming. They are not closed units.
(To Rob:) Now I hope you will understand me intuitively, for what I have said [tonight] confounds the intellect to some considerable degree. But I speak through Ruburt, and Ruburt is himself and I am myself, yet without your support of Ruburt I could not speak. This in no way minimizes my reality or Ruburt’s.
ESP Session 17 April 1973
I told Ruburt from our earliest sessions that he could call me Seth. I never said, “My name is Seth” … for I am nameless. I have had too many identities to cling to one name!
ESP Session 16 July 1974
In certain terms, then, you cannot separate yourselves from me [as Ruburt cannot], nor can I separate myself from you. For we are all portions of an event that is taking place within the universe, and the universe is acquainted with all of its parts. When one part of the universe speaks, then all parts speak. When one portion of the universe dies, all portions die – but in your terms, to get into the kind of life you know again, you must exit from space and time so that you can re-enter it.
Now, I can be playful because I am not as serious and mystical as the rest of you. I am myself, and if you are yourselves, you would not be so self-consciously profound about your beliefs and the nature of your reality.
ESP Class 24 September 1974
The excitement [of living] must come from each of you, and not from me. You come here to know yourselves, and that should always be your purpose. I can help you – I can help you – but I am not the person you search for. You are the person you search for. The dimensions of your reality are the important points …
In certain terms, and in certain terms only, and speaking now as the psychological bridge personality, then what you perceive in me and these abilities represents a portion of Ruburt that is utterly free in those directions – a portion of the human mind, as you understand it, goes beyond the threshold of itself into other dimensions of actuality; then, as best it can, it translates what it learns, sees, and experiences. It goes out of itself – it launches itself on paths that it does not understand, taking journeys that even Ruburt does not understand; and yet, that one portion of Ruburt’s human personality is that free. And so you can see what happens!
ESP Class 7 January 1975
Ruburt can do many things that surprise me – that I did not do in my past, for remember that fresh creativity emerges from the past also, as in Ruburt’s novel, Oversoul Seven.
My memory does not include a predetermined past in which Ruburt exists. He can do things that did not happen in my memory of that existence, and did not, in fact, occur. Now that is a “mind-blowing” statement, and it applies to each of you. It is important in terms of your own understanding of yourself and the nature of time.
Bits of your consciousness, Joseph and Ruburt, go out through these books. I am not speaking symbolically. Those portions will mix with the consciousness of others. Portions of your intent and purpose become theirs. My identity includes the identities of many others, and they each operate in their own fashion. In those terms I am a wave function. More specifically, however, and to a lesser degree, each physical person operates partially as a particleized being, and partially in terms of a wave. But identity, being itself inviolate, is on the other hand ever-changing – and there is, in the larger framework of reality, no contradiction.
Note 13: Entities and Personalities
(From the 28th Session:) Condensed time is the time felt or experienced by the entity, while any of its given personalities “live” on a plane of physical materializations. To go into this a bit further, many men have said that life was a dream. They were true to the facts in one strong regard, and yet far afield as far as the main issue is concerned.
Individual life, or the life of the present individual, could be legitimately compared to the dream of an entity. While the individual suffers and enjoys his [or her] given number of years, these are but a flash to the entity. The entity is concerned with such years in the same manner that you are concerned with your own dreams … And as your dreams originate with you, arise from you, attain a seeming independence and have their ending with you, so any entity’s personalities arise from it, attain various degrees of independence, and return to it while never leaving it for an instant.
The entity organizes its personalities and to some extent directs their activities while still allowing them what you would call free will. There exist infinities of diversity and opportunity for the personalities.
The entity itself does not have to keep constant check on its personalities, because in each one there is an inner self-conscious part that knows its origin. I have mentioned before that some part of you knows exactly how much oxygen the lungs breathe, and how much energy it takes to pace a floor, and this is the part of you of which I spoke. It is the self-conscious part that receives all inner data.
… the part that translates inner data sifts it down through the subconscious, which is a barrier and also a threshold to the present camouflage personality. I have said that the topmost part of the subconscious contains personal memories, that beneath these are racial memories, and so forth. Things are simply not layered in the way I speak of them, but continuing with the necessary analogy, on the other side of (or beneath, to you) the racial memories, you no longer exist within your plane; you look out upon another with the face of this other self-conscious part of you. This part receives inner data, is in contact with the entity to some greater degree than you are in contact with your dreams, and actually directs all of the important functions that you think are either automatically or unconsciously controlled.
When such abilities as telepathy occur, this telepathic function is carried on continually by this other self-conscious part of you; but as a rule you act upon those data without the knowledge of the conscious self with which you are familiar.
There is of course an apparent contradiction here, but it is only apparent – your dilemma being this: If you have another self-conscious self, then why aren’t you aware of it?
Pretend that you are some weird creature with two faces. One face looks out upon one world and one looks upon another. Imagine, further, this poor creature having a brain to go with each face, and that each brain interprets reality in terms of the world it looks upon. Yet the worlds are different, and more, the creatures are Siamese twins.
At the same time imagine that these creatures are really one creature, but with definite parts equipped to handle two entirely different worlds. The subconscious, therefore, in this ludicrous analogy, would exist between the two brains, and would enable the creature to operate as a single unit.
At the same time – and this is the difficult part to explain – neither of the two faces would ever see the other world. They would not [usually] be aware of each other, and yet each would be fully self-conscious.
Note 24: Perception
(from the 464th session:) Returning to the material on perception, there are changes in the positive and negative atomic charges, alterations of movement inside the atoms in the smaller particles, a change in pulsation rate. The activity of atoms is actually caused by perceptive qualities. To begin with, atoms do not just move within themselves because they are atoms. The constant motion within them is caused by the unending perceptive nature of any consciousness, however minute in your terms.
Each of the particles within the atom is perceptively aware of all of the other particles within that same atom. They move in response to stimuli received from each other, and to stimuli that come from other atoms … Each atom within a cell, for example, is aware of the activity of each of the other atoms there, and to some extent of the stimuli that come to the cell itself from outside it.
Perceptions in general physical terms usually seem to involve information picked up from an arbitrarily designated structure, or an event seemingly occurring in another structure outside of itself. In the entire act of perception, however, there is a oneness and a unity between the seemingly objectively perceived event and the perceiver.
The entire act has its own electromagnetic reality, and the event is actually electromagnetic motion. The movement within the atoms, mentioned earlier, is therefore basically a part of the entire perceived event.
Egotistically, you make arbitrary designations of necessity, perceiving only portions of any given action: again, the ego attempting to separate itself from overall action, and to see itself as an entirely independent structure.