If we create our own reality, Why would we choose a life that at times may see so difficult?
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Here’s Seth at Janes 1971 Feb 9 ESP class:
“You, as you know yourselves, only accept those suggestions and ideas and concepts and hangups that suit your purposes at this time. You are not, therefore, at the mercy of any neuroses from a past life any more than you are at the mercy of any neuroses from this life. There are no fears from your present life that you cannot escape and conquer. I have not said that you will necessarily escape and conquer them, but it is within your ability to do so. The decision is your own according to your understanding as the individual personality. You cannot be hounded from one level of reality to another by a fear that you do not understand. You cannot be threatened in this life by fears from your early childhood in this life or by so-called past existences unless you believe so thoroughly in the nature of fear that you allow yourselves to be conquered by fear. Each of your personalities are free to develop, to accept, from the miraculous bank of reality those experiences and emotions that you want and to reject those that you do not want.
Now let me give you a more concrete example that each of you may use in your own way. Suppose the worst, that in this life you have the following background you are poor, you are of a minority race, you are not intellectual, you are a woman, you have a severe physical defect and you are no beauty Now these challenges, in a so- called past life, you have set for yourself. This does not mean you cannot use all your resolution, all your courage to solve those problems that you have set. To use those abilities that are still yours and to make from a seemingly chaotic pattern of personality and environment a product of joy and fulfillment.
The problems you set for yourself for this life you set in the hope that you will solve them. You do not set them for yourselves like millstones about your neck hoping ahead of time that you will drown. All you have to do is realize your own freedom. To cease being afraid of the fear of water, it is not water that you fear, but the fear, so face the fear and conquer it.
You form the reality that you know, not esoterically, not symbolically, not philosophically; some great over- soul does not form it for you, you cannot put the burden there either. And though I stare at our friend here, who asked the question, this applies to each of you and to our friend, Ruburt. You form your reality and until you understand this completely you cannot change it, nor can you use your freedoms.”
You have in the past, collectively or individually, to blame a God or a fate for the nature of your personal realities, those aspects, indeed, that you did not like. Avoid the temptation to use, instead, the word, whole-self, for the personality is given, again and this is not new material either, the greatest gift of all. You get exactly what you want to get. You create from nothing the experience that is your own, and if you do not like your experience then look within yourself and then you can change your experience, but realize also, that you are responsible for your joys and triumphs. And realize also, that the energy to create any of these realities comes from the inner self. The energy, but what you do with it is up to the individual personality.
Now you may all take your break.
(During break a discussion of fate and predestination.)
Some evening I would like our Lady from Florence to talk to me about predestination.
([Florence:] “I would like you to talk to me about it. ”)
You are not programmed. Nothing happens because it must happen. Every thought that you have now changes reality. Not only reality as you know it, but all reality. In your terms you alter the past and the future.
Now there is not time, in your terms, it is all simultaneous and yet, in your terms, you can become aware of what you would call a future self. No act of yours predisposes a future self to act or forces him or her to act in a particular manner. These are banks of activity from which you can draw or choose not to draw.
([Florence:] “Do we make instantaneous decisions? For example, I was thinking of the Los Angeles earthquake, one man walked out into the street and was killed by a brick. What made this one person in the entire building walk out?”)
This particular individual was quite aware of what would occur, on what you would call an unconscious basis. He was not predestined to die. He chose both the time, in your terms, and the method for reasons of his own.
([Florence:] “Regardless of who chose, it was destined that he die. ”)
It was not predestined, he chose. No one chose for him.
([Florence:] “But he had made the decision before. ”)
([Florence:] “Before he was killed. ”)
He knew in his mind that he was ready to go on to other spheres of activity. Subconsciously, or unconsciously then, he looked about for the means and chose those immediately available. This particular individual, three days earlier, had made the plan. There was no predestination involved. Because a tree branch falls this does not mean that it was destined to fall in either the particular manner of its fall nor in the timing of the fall. There is a great difference between free choice and predestination.
([Joel:] “Didn’t you say earlier, referring to the woman who was born in a minority race, that her challenges had been set up by a previous personality in our terms?’)
By the whole self.
([Joel:] We wondered if a previous personality had accomplished this or if when that personality went back and became apart of the whole self and this period of réévaluation, if that’s when the decision was made.)
Now you must realize again, that we are speaking of division for convenience sake when none exists, so at the same time, so to speak, that this personality is born in a minority race, poor, etc., in a completely different era it may be born rich, secure and aristocratic. It is searching out different methods of experience and expansion. Do you follow me?
([Joel:] I understand. I just wasn’t sure if I had misunderstood that you had said this set of circumstances had been decided by a previous personality, in our terms, and I thought you had probably meant by the whole self”)
By the whole self indeed. Remember, when we speak of other personalities, again, this is only for convenience sake. This is your entire identity of which we are speaking. It is only you who are presently aware but of one portion and this portion you insist upon calling yourself. You are the self who makes these decisions.
([Daniel:] “What recourse would the poor individual who was born handicapped have with all of these other seemingly insurmountable difficulties? What recourse would that individual have were he consciously, at the ego level, to say, I just don’t want any of this, I would much preferred to have been born aristocratic?”)
The inner self, however, realizes that potentials are present that would not be present necessarily under other circumstances and that abilities can be brought to the foremost that could not be met under other circumstances. Abilities that can be a help, not only to the present personality, but even perhaps, to the society at large and to other individuals involved.
Your main point of contention is brought about by the emotional barriers that are caused by the difference in terms. It is as if for a day you choose to work, say in the slums. It would be ridiculous for you to choose to work in the slums and then say to yourself, why did I choose to work in the slums? I would prefer to work on Fifth Avenue. You know the reason and your entire identity knows the reason. You hide them from the present self simply to insure the fact that the reality is not a pretended one.
A rich man who tries to be poor for a day to learn what poverty is learns little because he cannot forget the great wealth that is available to him, and he can very easily return to his fine home. And though he eats the same poor fare as the poor man for a day and lives in the same poor house for a day or a year or five years, he knows he has his mansion to return to and so he cannot relate. And so you hide these things from yourself so that you can relate. You forget your home so you can return to it enriched.
ESP CLASS SESSION, FEBRUARY 9,1971