Seth on the Reality of Thought.

The following is an excerpt from ‘A Seth Book: The Nature of Personal Reality’. It’s such a simple but very powerful piece, and a great reminder of the possibilities to be explored when considering the nature of reality. I found it particularly eye-opening especially after 20 years since I first read this book in the series.

“ Physical existence is valuable for many reasons, one being that the flesh is so responsive to thought and yet so resilient. There are built-in guidelines so that the body consciousness itself, while mirroring your negative images at times, will also automatically struggle against them.
You must remember that you dwell always in a natural framework – which means that your thoughts themselves are as natural, say, as the locks of your hair. In what may seem to you to be an odd analogy I will compare your thoughts with viruses, for they are alive, always present, responsive, and possess their own kind of mobility. Physically speaking at least, thoughts are chemically propelled, and they travel through the universal body as viruses travel through your temporal form.
Thoughts interact with the body and become part of it as viruses do. Some viruses have great therapeutic value. The physical body will often let down its own barriers to these, knowing they will contract certain others that are not beneficial at the time.
So-called harmful viruses are ever-present within the body. You are very rarely vulnerable to any but a small percentage, though you carry within you traces of the most deadly of them all of the time. Viruses themselves undergo transformations completely unsuspected by medical men. If one virus disappears and another is found, it is never suspected that the first may have changed into the second; and yet through certain alterations of quite natural character such is the case.
So viruses can be beneficial or deadly according to the condition, state, and needs of the body at any given time. It is known that one disease can often cure another; sometimes, left alone, an individual will go from a serious disease through a series of less severe ones that are seemingly unrelated to the original problem.
Now in the context of usual Western learning, and with the introduction of modern drugs, you are in somewhat of a quandary. The body knows how to handle ‘natural’ drugs coming directly from the earth – whether ground or boiled, minced or steamed. A large variety of ‘manufactured’ drugs offer an unfamiliarity to the body’s innate structure, which can lead to strong defence mechanisms. These are often aimed directly against the drug instead of the disease itself. Such a situation means that you must the use another drug to counteract the one just given.
I am not suggesting that you not visit doctors or not take drugs of that nature, as long as you believe in the structure of medical discipline that the Western world has evolved. Your bodies have been conditioned to it through the use of such medications since birth. There are many casualties, but this is still a system that you have chosen, and your ideas still form your reality. No one dies who has not made the decision to do so – and no disease is accepted blindly. Put simply, your thoughts can be regarded as invisible viruses, carriers, sparks setting off reactions not only within the body but the entire physical system as you know it.
Your thoughts are as natural as the cells within your body, and as real. They interact with one another as viruses do. While you are in this reality there is no division between the mental, the spiritual, and the physical. If you think there is, then you do not sufficiently understand the spirituality of the flesh or the physical reality of your thought.”


Happy New Year Everyone!!!



14 thoughts on “Seth on the Reality of Thought.

  1. Seth leaves himself open to ‘logic’ at this point “No one dies who has not made the decision to do so – and” …

    There are other factors involved. True, the literature contains many instances of people dying of a broken heart, and many examples of people surviving against improbable odds; but I am wary of ‘allness’ statements.

    1. And so you should be, however, it is mighty difficult to talk about metaphysical subjects with the limitations that verbal language imposes. Difficult indeed not to use all-encompassing statements that of course will be full of logical pot-holes. But it’s the essence of the piece that counts, and where it leads the imagination that is important. Nothing should ever be taken as a flat out truth, or rule. Even that statement alone fails its brief.

      1. Your reply when I got it was time-stamped with a UK time; not a US zone. Intriguing … February could well be a bit chilly? But nowhere near as cool as inland USA gets—there’s a lot to be said for being on an island …

      2. Ah, I see. I think I just didn’t change the timezone on this particular blog when I moved to the States, hence the UK time-stamp. In fact, I need to revise various things like email and such so that I actually get notifications of messages – notifications for this blog currently go to an email address I can no longer access. I’ll add it to my ever growing list of things to do!
        I hope the new year is treating you and your Spouse well so far. Yes, February in the UK probably will be slightly chillier than usual, but my eldest son’s birthday won’t wait. I’m determined to be there for the lad’s 10th birthday, or as close to it as I possibly can, airfares permitting. Hopefully I won’t get stranded in Iceland this time on the way there or back!

        Thankfully no snow here yet, though it has been forecast at some point this month. Joy…(deep sigh). Roll on April when the weather begins to warm again to acceptable levels, even though temperatures are still wildly erratic in Spring here.

        Right, back to the stuff of artificial intelligence and consciousness…! 😉

      3. Yes, and thanks!
        I realised that chaining my email almost reset my entire Gravatar account. Fixed now, but I think this is why I seldom play with such things. It’s a pain. At least I’m now getting notification of comments, and not missing nuffink! 🙂

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