The Seth Books

The main Seth books are a series of channeled sessions.  They can be read in order, but can also be picked up at random, based on your personal interests.  The first book I read, and the one that remains my favorite, is The Nature of Personal Reality.  It’s filled with information I can use in my own life.  Seth described it as “an excellent handbook, one that will enable people to manipulate in the world they know with greater effectiveness.” (Quoted from The “Unknown” Reality, Vol. 1, Session 682)  My second favorite is The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events which provides practical information for relating to the world in general.

A third book that also focuses on the practical application of the Seth material is The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living.  It’s main focus is on using your intellect and your intuition together.  I tend to think of it as Seth-Lite because it doesn’t go into all the “behind the scenes” information his other books provide.  In some ways, it reminds me of the Abraham-Hicks books, when it comes to the depth of the material.

Personally, I need the depth of the other books in order to effectively use the concepts.  I’ve read most of the available material, and have reread significant portions of it.  Each rereading brings new insights and new ways to use the information.  The material is very complex and takes time to absorb.  Some of it I only understand on an intellectual level; some of it is still beyond my current level of understanding.  My goal is to reach the more organic, intuitive level of comprehension that is needed to truly “live the concepts.”

After reading most of the regular Seth books, I added The Personal Sessions series to my collection.  This 7 book series is expensive because of their limited availability, but they provided some valuable insights into potential difficulties in using the material as well as possible solutions.  Even with Seth’s help, Jane and Rob had multiple problems trying to change their beliefs from conventional thinking to an entirely new perspective about reality.  My main caveat for this series is that it’s definitely not for everyone.  If you were distressed by the personal struggles revealed in The Way Toward Health, which was the last book dictated before Jane’s death, you may find The Personal Sessions series overwhelming sad.  Although I gained a lot of personally useful information, I had to take breaks from reading them to recover from their emotional impact.

Another possibility worth considering is the book, A Seth Reader, edited by Richard Roberts.  It’s a compendium of excerpts from 8 individual Seth books:  The Seth Material, Seth Speaks, The “Unknown Reality” Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, The Nature of the Psyche, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment Vol. 1 & Vol. 2.

Most of the Seth books can be found on Amazon (both as print editions and Kindle editions) or other online bookstores.  The Early Sessions series has been published as Kindle books, and there are plans to eventually publish The Personal Sessions series as Kindle books, although no timeline has been given.  Print editions of The Personal Sessions, as well as other hard-to-find books and audios of some of the Seth ESP class sessions, can be ordered from SethCenter.com.

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Primary Concept

Practically speaking, Seth’s most important concept is that we create our own reality.

“Basically you create your experience through your beliefs about yourself and the nature of reality.  Another way to understand this is to realize that you create your experiences through your expectations.”

(Quote from The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 613, 9/11/72)

This is similar to the approach used in the Law of Attraction (LOA), in that one uses thoughts, beliefs, and imagination to create desired results.  And much of the Seth material can be superficially applied in the same way.  But a crucial difference is that when Seth says we create our own reality, he means that literally.

“The fact is that each of you create your own physical reality; and en masse, you create both the glories and the terrors that exist within your earthly experience.  Until you realize that you are the creators, you will refuse to accept this responsibility.”

(Quote from Seth Speaks, Session 511, 1/21/70)

So the essential difference is that with the LOA, you attract events, but with Seth, you create them.  This is a pretty radical, but extremely powerful concept, one worth considering because of what it implies.

“You are hardly at the mercy of a reality, therefore, that exists apart from yourself, or is thrust upon you.”

(Quote from The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 609, 4/10/72)

“The realization that you form your own reality should be a liberating one.  You are responsible for your successes and your joys.  You can change those areas of your life with which you are less than pleased, but you must take the responsibility for your being.”

(Quote from The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 615, 9/18/72)

Seth uses the word “responsibility” frequently throughout his books.  He doesn’t promise a quick fix or a problem-free life.  Nor is there a simple set of rules to follow.  Instead, he offers hope and practical tools for individuals to take charge and make changes in their lives.  For me, the most practical information in the Seth books, so far, has been related to identifying, understanding, and modifying beliefs.  I am building a brand new belief system for myself, one that is more supportive and life-enhancing than the hodgepodge of old beliefs I had assembled based on information and beliefs from others.  Other people’s beliefs never answered all my questions and never felt quite right for me, which made me feel like a misfit.

Why Seth?

Most of this blog will focus on the Seth books by Jane Roberts for the simple reason that they are making a difference in my life.  I have finally found some answers that work for me, and from a most unexpected source—metaphysics, of all things.  You see, it’s the practical application of information that matters most to me, so it didn’t occur to me that “woo-woo” metaphysics could provide me with effective tools to answer my questions, expand my understanding, and make constructive changes in my life.  Perhaps it was desperation, after decades of searching for satisfactory answers, that caused me to look beyond the conventionally accepted explanations from religion, science, and psychology.

Books by Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, and other authors, as well as the Abraham-Hicks channeled material, encouraged me to continue exploring the field of metaphysics.  But it wasn’t until I read my first Seth book, The Nature of Personal Reality, about 4 years ago, that I knew this was what I had been looking for.  It resonated in a way that nothing else ever had.

What’s funny, and almost contradictory, is that even though I don’t fully understand all of the concepts and there’s certainly no scientific way of “proving” they’re true, my practical side doesn’t seem to care that much.  It’s willing to make changes based on the ideas, as long as they help me resolve old issues and lead to a more fulfilling life.

I also realize that these ideas are not for everyone.  They contradict most of what we have been taught all our lives.  And there are no promises made of some sort of magical transformation.  One’s life does not suddenly become trouble-free and filled only with wonderful things.  There’s not even any clear-cut set of rules to follow.

Instead, it’s a new way of looking at things, a new way of making sense of the world.  This shift in perspective can lead to new solutions and a new way of living.  But it’s left up to each individual to decide what to do with the information presented in the books.