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(Seth and Conscious
CHANNELED BY SHEPHERD
Q. In the many books by Jane Roberts, the
spiritual entity Seth said there is only one rule of physical existence, and
that is we create our individual realities through our thoughts, attitudes, and
beliefs. Events in our lives are physical reflections of what we think and feel.
In other words, we cause events to happen, both good and bad, based on what we
expect to see in our world and our lives.
Michael, what are your thoughts on this concept? Do you
feel there are notable exceptions to the rule, and could you explain why so few
people seem to be acknowledged masters of conscious creation? In other words, is
there a component to the system that many are missing?
[Michael] We all co-create reality. It is good work to recognize oneself as the primary
creator of one's reality, but others are also creating reality, and obviously,
there is overlap. The choices of others do affect one. The more mastery one has
of physical plane life, which comes both with increasing soul age and with
personality development within a lifetime, the more one can avoid becoming mixed
up in the reality creations of others that one does not wish to take part in.
But "no man is an island," and it is not possible or even desirable to
create onešs reality entirely independently of others.
Q. Here's a comparison between common metaphysical beliefs and those of Seth.
Please share your views on the following:
Many metaphysical thinkers believe create our own reality sometimes, while Seth
said "We create our reality, WITHOUT EXCEPTION."
[Michael] It might be best said that each person creates his or her experience of
reality, regardless of the outer form of things.
Q. Many metaphysical thinkers believe that we incarnate into the physical plane
to become more spiritual, while Seth said we are already spiritual beings
incarnating for deeper reasons.
[Michael] It depends on your definition of "spiritual." It is, of course,
true that the soul is a spiritual entity, so yes, we are all already spiritual
beings. But one does incarnate for the purpose of spiritual growth and
development, to expand the Tao's experience. The physical plane is a potent,
challenging school and playground.
Q. Many metaphysical thinkers believe that the universe will teach us lessons
(often through the school of hard knocks) while Seth contested that lessons
experienced were manifested for our own personal reasons.
[Michael] First, let us say that learning through the school of hard knocks (growing
through pain) is usually the result of blundering around without much conscious
awareness. The more conscious a person is, the more s/he can grow through joy.
In either case, there will be lessons if there are gaps in development. If one
is already well developed in a certain area, s/he will sail through an
experience that might be difficult for someone lacking in that development. The experience of living tests the soul for weak areas, and
thereby gives it the opportunity to fill in the gaps.
It is true that the specific reasons for a lesson vary from person to person.
Q. Many metaphysical thinkers believe that we can be impacted (or physically
harmed) by the thoughts or actions of others, while Seth maintains we are not
impacted by others unless we allow it.
[Michael] If a person were so strong and fully developed as to be invulnerable to
anything that someone else might do to him, he probably would not see much need
to incarnate any longer. Great souls such as Jesus and Buddha before their
Infinite Soul incarnations came close to this ideal, but they could still be
taken by surprise and be harmed. At that level of development,
though, there is the ability to rebound quickly and grow from the experience
without much ado.
You "allow" yourself to be harmed by others because of your lack of
development. It is not so easy to blithely decide to be unaffected by others and
make it stick; there is the need to grow in the gaps to make that possible.
Q. It has been taught that time happens simultaneously. Thus, linear time is an
illusionary perception of our physical realities, and does not exist as a
universal construct. Since this would mean that in a reincarnational cycle all
lives are lived simultaneously, wouldn't this indicate that concepts of
karma or the spiritual evolution of the soul are meaningless?
[Michael] Progressive experience can occur outside of the rigid strictures of time.
Evolution, by definition, occurs in a progression. How that aligns with the
particular space/time continuum of a particular planet is somewhat negotiable.
Within the framework of time, events are not simultaneous; only when you move
outside that framework is that the case.
Time is no more an "illusion" than space; both are valid, but only
within their own spheres. On the astral plane, for instance, physical plane
space and time are much more fluid and malleable, and on the causal plane, they
are almost nonexistent.
Q. Seth has described 9 families of consciousness that exist in the universe. Is
there any terminology in the Michael Teachings that would describe these
families? For example, are these families actually cadres, entities, or maybe
SETH'S 9 FAMILIES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Gramada - to found social systems; Sumafi -
to transmit originality through teachings; Tumold - to heal, regardless of
individual occupation; Vold - to reform the status quo; Milumet - to mystically
nourish mankind's psyche; Zuli - to serve as physical, athletic models;
Boreledim - to provide earth stock for species via parenthood; Ilda - to spread
and exchange ideas; Sumari - to provide cultural, spiritual, & artistic heritage for species.
[Michael] These families of consciousness are not attached to particular souls but
provide a way to delineate foci for series of lifetimes for individual
fragments. For example, you might have a series of four lifetimes focusing on
reforming some aspect of society; you would then be drawing on a discrete
consciousness called "Vold" here.
Shepherd is a professional
Michael channel and author of The Journey of Your Soul--A Channel Explores
Channeling and the Michael Teachings and Loving from Your Soul--Creating
Powerful Relationships. He does channeling sessions and intuitive readings
via telephone, mail, and e-mail. Audio cassettes are available from his site. Visit
his website at Summerjoy Press
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