Many of you are probably already familiar with the groundbreaking channeled works by Jane Roberts in the 60’s and 70’s. For those that aren’t, I believe an introduction in order, for you have been missing out on some of the most astounding esoteric and deeply philosophic metaphysical works ever produced through channeling. In this post, we examine descriptions of the afterlife and our experiences directly after death through the perspective of one ‘old ghost’, who has admittedly been through it more times than even he could count.
“When one has been born and has died many times, expecting extinction with each death, and when this experience is followed by the realization that existence still continues, then a sense of the divine comedy enters in.”
-Seth, as channeled through Jane Roberts
Channeling is a method by which a person (the channeler) goes into a trance-like state, and a psychological bridge is formed with a non-physical entity who then speaks through the channeler. The channeler is typically unaware of what is being said, and it will seem as though the non-physical personality is ‘in control’ although in reality, it is a partnership. In this case, Jane Roberts channeled an entity who calls himself ‘Seth’, and over two decades, wrote his own volumes of books about the afterlife, the nature of reality, science, health, personal improvement, consciousness, alternative history, and a host of other topics. The books are written from the perspective of a highly-evolved spirit who has lived many lifetimes and is no longer focused in physical reality. He returns through Jane as a teacher, to help us remember our spiritual heritage and empower us to make positive changes in our lives. Jane Roberts, herself an author, devoted two sessions a week to Seth’s material, though by the time the books were finished, she had to read them for the first time like everyone else. She had no conscious memory of what had been spoken through her lips.
Some people have divided opinions on channeling. I say, read “Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul” for yourself. The work is so astounding and so original for its time, that honestly, it doesn’t matter. Personally, however, I’ve looked deeply into the life and work of Jane Robert and her husband, Robert Butts (who was responsible for transcribing the channeled works) and have found absolutely no evidence or motive for fraud. Jane channeled unto her deathbed, and aside from the modest returns from her book, she led a more or less reclusive life, eschewing all fame, gaining no fortune and spending inordinate amount of time channeling for Seth. She and her husband lived in a modest apartment in Elmira, New York and only much later even had enough money to purchase a house. Clearly, Jane didn’t do this for glory or fortune, as she acquired neither, and yet the channeling continued. She produced many volumes of work, plus boxes of unpublished materials that are currently housed in the Yale library. She was also tested by a fair number of scientists and psychologists during the time, and all conceded there to be no evidence of fraud.
Lastly, Jane, if producing these books under fraudulent claims, could have simply published the material under her own name, so why create a fictional entity? After spending decades researching Jane, reading the works, looking for any possible contradiction or motive for fraud. I have found none. In fact, to this day, The Seth Material remains the one afterlife source that I will proudly proclaim that I believe is genuine, and much of my personal belief system is colored by these works. When I first read them, they seemed to call up in me a sort of remembrance, and the ring of truth.
[If you are interested in a more sophisticated analysis of Seth’s validity, I encourage you to read the in-depth scientific inquiry that was published called “The Problem of Seth’s Origin“.]
So, without further ado, the best quotes on the afterlife by my favorite “old ghost”, Seth.
From “Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul”, Chapter 9 – The “Death” Experience
On leaving the body:
In many cases, immediately on leaving the body there is, of course, amazement and a recognition of the situation. The body itself may be viewed, for example, and many funerals have a guest of honor amidst the company – and no one gazes into the face of the corpse with as much curiosity and wonder.
On the initial condition of arriving in the spirit world:
A belief in hell fires can cause you to hallucinate Hades’ conditions. A belief in a stereotyped heaven can result in a hallucination of heavenly conditions. You always form your own reality according to your ideas and expectations. This is the nature of consciousness in whatever reality it finds itself. Such hallucinations, I assure you, are temporary. […] There are teachers to explain the conditions and circumstances. You are not left alone, therefore, lost in mazes of hallucination. You may or may not realize immediately that you are dead in physical terms.
Christianity has believed in a heaven and a hell, a purgatory, and reckoning; and so, at death, to those who so believe in these symbols, another ceremony is enacted, and the guides take on the guises of those beloved figures of Christian saints and heroes. Then with this as framework, and in terms that they can understand, such individuals are told the true situation. Mass religious movements have for centuries fulfilled that purpose, in giving man some plan to be followed. It little mattered that later the plan was seen as a child’s primer, a book of instructions complete with colorful tales, for the main purpose was served and there was little disorientation.
On realizing your new non-physical form:
You will find yourself in another form, an image that will appear physical to you to a large degree, as long as you do not try to manipulate within the physical system with it. Then the differences between it and the physical body will become obvious. […] You will simply be learning to operate in a new environment in which different laws apply, and the laws are far less limiting than the physical ones with which you now operate. In other words, you must learn to understand and use new freedoms.
On meeting deceased friends and relatives:
Now, you may or may not be greeted by friends or relatives immediately following death. This is a personal matter, as always. Overall, you may be far more interested in people that you have known in past lives than those close to you in the present one, for example. Your true feeling toward relatives who are also dead will be known to you and to them. There is no hypocrisy. You do not pretend to love a parent who did little to earn your respect or love. Telepathy operates without distortion in this after-death period, so you must deal with the true relationships that exist between yourself and all relatives and friends who await you.
On the Life Review:
You examine the fabric of the existence you have left, and you learn to understand how your experiences were the result of your own thoughts and emotions and how these affected others. Until this examination is through, you are not yet aware of the larger portions of your own identity.
On remembering past lives and choosing a new one:
When you realize the significance and meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready for conscious knowledge of your other existences. You become aware, then, of an expanded awareness. What you are begins to include what you have been in other lives, and you begin to make plans for your next physical existence, if you decide upon one. You can instead enter another level of reality, and then return to a physical existence if you choose.
On organized assistance in the afterlife:
First of all, it should be obvious from what I have said so far that there is no one after-death reality, but [that] each experience is different. Generally speaking, however, there are dimensions into which these individual experiences will fall. For example, there is an initial stage for those who are still focused strongly in physical reality, and for those who need a period of recuperation and rest. On this level there will be hospitals and rest homes. The patients do not yet realize that there is nothing wrong with them at all. […] It goes without saying that the hospitals and training centers are not physical in your terms. They are often, in fact, maintained en masse by the guides who carry out the necessary plans. Now you may call this mass hallucination if you will. The fact is that to those encountering that reality, the events are quite real.
On Earthbound spirits and Ghosts:
You may after death utterly refuse to believe that you are dead, and continue to focus your emotional energy toward those you have known in life. If you have been obsessed with a particular project, for example, you may try to complete it. There are always guides to help you understand your situation, but you may be so engrossed that you pay them no heed. […]
There are obviously as many kinds of ghosts and apparitions as there are people. They are as alert or as unalert to their situation as you are to your own. They are not fully focused in physical reality, however, either in personality or in form, and this is their main distinction. Some apparitions are thought-forms sent by survival personalities out of lingering deep anxiety. They portray the same compulsive-type behavior that can be seen in many instances in your ordinary experience. […] They are in themselves quite harmless. Only your interpretation of their actions can cause difficulties. Now in the middle of life, of life conditions, you also appear on occasion as ghosts in other levels of reality, where your “pseudoappearance” causes some comment and is the ground for many myths – and you are not even aware of this.
The above descriptions are only a very small portion of the detail that Seth provides in his book, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul. Although the material is difficult at times due to its technical, intellectual and esoteric nature, the sophistication of the material cannot be denied. It’s important to note that this book was written in 1970, before bookshelves were filled with books on spirituality; even before near-death experiences were first published into a book by Dr. Raymond Moody. This information predates most of the spiritual material that we now take for granted, and yet has formed the foundation for much of it.
I would implore you to read the book in its entirety [or listen to the audiobook version] if you are interested in matters of consciousness, the afterlife and spirituality. I cannot promise that Seth will not challenge your preexisting ideas of religion or of divine judgement, as he denies both pretty early in his books. Instead, we create our own reality, and the only judge of our deeds is ourselves. Dogma has no permanent place in a realm of pure thought; and all experiences, both good and bad are judged as simply experiences; each with the potential for learning and growth.
I am not too bashful to say that Seth changed my life when I first read it at 19. Now, nearly two decades later, re-reading his books only continue to deepen my spirituality. As it stands, most other afterlife resources that I consider of good standing don’t contradict Seth’s philosophies, they merely provide alternative examples of the same basic principals.
The information found in the Seth material agrees with modern NDE experiences, after-death communications and information from genuine mediums and other valid channeling resources. It has served to validate and affirm my belief that our lives aren’t dictated by some God on high who doles out miracles and punishments in turn, but rather our experiences are of our own directing, for basic creativity of experience itself.
“You make your own reality. You get what you concentrate upon. There is no other main rule.”