Miscellaneous – Poem by Jane Roberts on the present moment

“Today is tomorrow, and present is past.
Nothing exists and everything will last.
There is no beginning, there was no end.
No depth to fall, no height to ascend.
There is only this moment, this flicker of light
That illuminates nothing, but oh! So bright!
For we are the spark that flutters in space,
Consuming an eternity of a moment’s grace.
For today is tomorrow and present and past.
Nothing exists and everything will last.”

Jane Roberts

On attitudes and perceptions

“If you examine your thoughts for five minutes at various times during the day for several times a month, you will indeed receive a correct impression of the kind of life you have arranged for yourself in the next existence, If you are not pleased with what you discover, then you had better begin changing the nature of your thoughts and feelings.”

Seth Speaks
Session 550

On creation

“Each mental act opens up a new dimension of actuality. In a manner of speaking, your slightest thought gives birth to worlds.

“This is not a dry metaphysical statement. It should arouse within you the strongest feelings of creativity and speculation. It is impossible for any being to be sterile, for any idea to die, or any ability to go unfulfilled.”

Seth Speaks
Session 565

On perception and camouflage pattern

“The brain is a camouflage pattern. It takes up space. It exists in time. The mind takes up no space, it does not have its basic existence in time. The reality of the inner universe does not take up space, nor does it have its basic existence in time. Your camouflage universe, on the other hand, takes up space and has an existence in time, but it is not the real and basic universe, any more than the brain is the mind.”

Early Sessions
Book 2
Page 13

(Exercises and practices) Feeling-tones

“To understand yourself and what you are, you can learn to experience yourself directly apart from your beliefs about yourself. What I would like each reader to do is to sit quietly. Close your eyes. Try to sense within yourself the deep feeling-tones that I mentioned earlier*. This is not difficult to do.

Your knowledge of their existence will help you recognize their deep rhythms within you. Each individual will sense these tones in his or her own way, so do not worry about how they should feel. Simply tell yourself that they exist, that they are composed of the great energies of your being made flesh.

Then let yourself experience. If you are used to terms like meditation, try to forget the term during this procedure. Do not use any name. Free yourself from concepts, and experience the being of yourself and the motion of your own vitality. Do not question, “Is this right? Am I doing it correctly? Am I feeling what I should feel?” This is the book’s first exercise for you. You are not to use other people’s criteria. There are no standards but your own feelings.

No particular time limit is recommended. This should be an enjoyable experience. Accept whatever happens as uniquely your own. The exercise will put you in touch with yourself. It will return you to yourself. Whenever you are nervous or upset, take a few moments to sense this feeling-tone within you, and you will find yourself centered in your own being, secure.”

The Nature of Personal Reality
Session 614
September 13, 1972

*(“…They are instead tones of your being. They represent the most inner portion of your experience. This does not mean that they are hidden from you, or are meant to be. It simply means that they represent the core from which you form your experience … They are the form your spirit takes when combined with flesh. From them, from their core, your flesh arises.)

On being yourself

“I feel sorry for anyone who feels that they must take such a huge responsibility upon their poor shoulders. Your responsibility, in your terms, lies in recognizing the joy of your being, and expressing its many aspects. When you express your being, you automatically fulfill your responsibilities. When you think of responsibilities in those terms, however, you think of taking something alien upon yourself and holding it up and bearing the weight. And then you think of being serious and long-faced and dignified and adult and saintly and of making sure that you fulfill yourself. But when you let yourself go, you automatically fulfill yourself.

If you will forgive the same analogy, for I use it often, can you imagine a flower in the garden in the morning saying, “I must fulfill my responsibilities; therefore, my leaves must go out so-so [gesturing], and my head must be up and pert, and I must smile at the sun.”

And so all the time while our poor deluded flower is trying to bear the weight of its responsibility, its head grows heavy, and its mouth drops lower, because it must be so certain that it does the right thing.

But when our flower forgets, and remembers that it is a flower, then it is. And in its being, it fulfills its flowerhood and, therefore, in those terms, its responsibilities.

And another favorite analogy of mine, the smallest cell in your little toe fulfills its responsibility, and is an excellent cell in your toe-without being serious about it, and without wondering what its responsibilities are to, say, your finger or your ear. It rejoices in its own being.

Your inner self is not trying to remind you of seriousness. It smiles, as you are smiling now, and if you must compare it to anything, then after our friend’s visit, imagine it as a seagull quite happy with its flying, and, in your terms, if it is serious about its flying, it is only because flying is such a part of its being, and not superimposed by an ego that says, “I must fulfill my responsibilities.”

Now, if I were a seagull, even a wise old seagull, I would fly around your head until you were dizzy, and until you laughed like a child playing Ring Around the Rosy. That is what I want to say to you [Rick] and to you [a student].

Trust yourselves, and do not treat yourselves with a heavy hand; and do not over-criticize yourself, or step apart from yourself so you can examine yourself better. You are the self who examines and the self who is examined, and they are together and not apart, and let them be friendly with one another.”

The Seth Audio Collection – The Joy and Vitality Of Your Spontaneous Self