“I have told you time and again… and I tell you again…: You form your own reality. You form the world that you know, and you form your own images. And there is no justification for violence. Now the words sound simple. None of you has fully accepted them except as they apply to others.
“You must apply them to yourself. You must look within yourself and apply these truths, and learn from them. They are not theoretical ideas. They are realities.
“You operate in accordance with those truths whether you realise it or not. It is not enough to listen [to me]: you must look within yourself. It is not enough to play games. It is not enough to squint at yourself… to look at one motivation… to accept partiality.
“Do you want to know what freedom is? Then I will tell you. Freedom is the inner realisation that you are an individual, that you do create your reality; that you do have freedom – and the joy, and the responsibility – of forming the physical reality in which you live. Then you can change the reality. Then you are free to move…
“You are not free when you say, ‘The idea works for everyone but me; my symptoms are caused by something else; and when I am violent, different rules apply. Everyone else forms their physical reality, but not me: my reality is caused by heredity or environment. Every other nation, every other people form their own violence and [are] responsible for their own miserable condition, but my people – they are right! Any problems that they have had are caused by other agencies beyond them!’
“Then, you are not facing yourselves individually or as a people. You are meant to look at your physical condition, to compare it against what you want, and what is good – and change the inner self accordingly. Any evils in the world are symptoms of your own inner disorders and are meant to lead you to cure them.
“There is a beauty and a strength and a joy in looking within yourselves, and a freedom from bondage [subservience]. And I hope that when I am finished with you all, you will taste some of that joy and freedom! You will not get it from a book. You will not get it like your chocolates [indicating some candy on the table], wrapped in a merry box. You will not get it by making exceptions. You will not get it by saying, ‘I am the exception to the rule!’ You will not get is by running away from yourself. You will find this freedom by learning to look inward, and by realising that you create the reality that you know.
“There are no exceptions to this rule. Your success and your failures alike, you have yourselves created. If you would but understand, this is the truth that would make you free.”
(‘Conversations With Seth: Book Two [June 1974], Susan M. Watkins, 2006, Moment Point Press)