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When a Voice in a Dream Gives You “The Answer”

{Subtitle: The Codicils: A Vision for 21st Century America & the World.}

© John W. Robinson Dream Awareness Network Oct. 6, 2020

Some definitions of the word "idea" are as follows: [1] a thought, plan, or suggestion about what to do, [2] an opinion or belief, [3] something that you imagine or picture in your mind [4] any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, mental awareness, or mental activity.

With this lead in, I want to present an idea for any explorers that are new to the world of understanding their dreams. This is the idea that you can incubate a dream by suggesting and affirming to your inner self and your conscious self that you wish to experience a dream about a certain topic or more specifically to receive an answer to a question, or to receive practical guidance in the solving of a real life problem.

This is a practice in the art of dreamwork that I have been using for over 50 years with many successes. Jane Roberts, author of the Seth material, refers to it and other practices as becoming A Dream Art Scientist. At times, the practice will take persistence to develop. But if you are disciplined in the practice it will eventually become your expectation that you will receive the information from a dream that you seek. I believe this practice illustrates the admonition to:

• Seek and you will find.

• Ask and you will receive.

• Knock and the door will be opened.

The practice is that of dream incubation, or to develop or produce a dream about that which you are incubating. One of my most recent experiences at dream incubation deals with a concern many people have with the present state of perceived chaos, confusion over a vision for the future, and a lack of a continued movement toward equality & justice for all. These are all indicators that the experiment in democracy that our American culture has been involved in for so long, appears to be evolving. But, it is not just an American experience, it is a global experience.

It is with a history of proving this method in my dreamwork and a belief in its power that one night a few weeks ago, before falling asleep, I suggested to my conscious mind, subconscious mind and inner self that I desired and expected more insight and a solution to the societal anguish and confusion that millions are experiencing at this historical time. How do we as a society move forward?

With that background, I awake from a dream that night with this action taking place. My dreaming self like my waking self is asking the question to another personality in my dream. I am aware of another personality being in the dream event even though upon awaking I could not identify that personality. What impacted me was a voice that stated very clearly – “Reread the ending of Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time and you will discover your answer”. Awakening from this dream and the certainty of the voice in the dream, I felt that I had received the answer to my suggestion, or incubation of the ideas stated above.

Immediately upon getting out of bed, I went to the family room which now serves also as a writer’s office for me. I found the book among the many books authored by Jane Roberts,  or books by others sharing their experience with the material. At last count I think it totaled about 35 volumes.

I opened the book to the section suggested by the dream voice and began reading. It did not take long before I discovered the answer to my specific request for the dream incubation.

There it was in plain sight in black & white very clearly laid out. The word is Codicils.

I knew then I had read about the Codicils, previously in the books “Psychic Politics” and “…The Museum of Time”, and at the time had an idea, that I wanted to write a blog about the Codicils because I believed them to be a touchstone in the evolution of civilization and its move toward justice and equality for all while developing humanity’s nature to it full extant.

(Moment Point Press - 2000 edition – Copyright © by Robert F. Butts

© 1976 Jane Roberts (Prentice Hall)

I will now share with you my rediscovery of the Codicils as recorded by Jane Roberts in The Oversoul Seven Trilogy and Psychic Politics. The source I begin with is the literary fiction work The Oversoul Seven Trilogy. The Trilogy was transmitted and written by Jane thru altered states of consciousness. The quotes I will use come from the 1995 Amber-Allen Publishing edition of the Trilogy, published by Robert Butts (Jane’s spouse) over 10 years after Jane’s physical death.

The following quotes are from sections of the referenced work beginning on page 538 and ending on 545 (last page in the trilogy). Open your mind to a new awareness and understanding. To set the stage, passages from the book’s last chapter follow.

“George was always embarrassed for Window when he spoke for Christ or Monarch; he couldn’t look him in the face. Grinning, he said, “the George?” “Well, I’m George anyhow.”

“I’m deeply honored,” “Monarch said.”

“He is the George, “Leona whispered mentally, and he isn’t, I can tell. Something’s …distorted.”

“And then obviously you aren’t trying to steal the Codicils,” Monarch replied to George, with relief.

“Seven interrupted.” “We’re trying to make sure that the Codicils do appear in your time. You must be dream travelers.”

…”George shook his own head. He knew that whatever Window would say was true. But how did he know”?

“Window began: “I use to speak for a personality called Monarch—as you know. Well, suddenly that consciousness and mine merged. I knew Monarch’s life and he knew mine. But his was a world that makes ours really look sick. I’ve never been so happy in my life as when I glimpsed pictures of that world through his mental images. And his world was based on completely different ideas than ours is….”

“While Oversoul Seven was so concerned with finding the Codicils, the words “the Codicils” kept sounding through Josephine’s mind. She sensed some odd familiarity as if she herself had run across that particular phrase in some significant way before. That is, she thought the words meant “appendages to a will.” Yet suppose in this connotation, they meant “appendages to the will” – to man’s will?” {My note added: In this use “man’s will” refers to mankind, or humanity’s personal will in the generic sense.}

“With no particular destination in mind, she walked up the stairs to her small study and found herself examining the piles of books stacked so neatly on the bookshelves. “The Codicils”, she muttered angrily, anxiously. As if by themselves, her hands began rummaging through the books, fingering the pages. Yet she had the odd feeling that her fingers knew what they were doing, that she had in mind some particular goal beyond her conscious knowing.”

“…She suddenly yelled out in triumph and exaltation as she found the phrase, the particular phrase that was so vital. It was in an old book, Psychic Politics, by Jane Roberts, written many years before. There it was – the blueprint for mankind’s future, the blueprint that she was now completely sure was also written in the tissues and cells of the species itself. She read quickly, triumphantly:”


(Alternate hypotheses as a base for private and public experience)

1. “All of creation is sacred and alive, each part connected to each other part, and each communicating in a creative cooperative commerce in which the smallest and the largest are equally involved.”

2. “The physical senses present one unique version of reality, in which being is perceived in a particular dimensionalized sequence, built up through neurological patterning, and is the result of one kind of neurological focus. There are alternate neurological routes, biologically acceptable, and other sequences so far not chosen.”

3. “Our individual self government and our political organizations are by-products of sequential perception, and our exterior methods of communication set up patterns that correlate with, and duplicate, our synaptic behavior. We lock ourselves into certain structures of reality in this way.”

4. “Our sequential prejudiced perception is inherently far more flexible than we recognize, however. There are half steps – other unperceived impulses – that leap the nerve ends, too fast and too slow for our usual focus. Recognition of these can be learned and encouraged, bringing in perceptive data that will trigger changes in usual sense response, filling out potential sense spectra with which we are normally not familiar.”

5. “This greater possible sense spectrum includes increased perception of inner bodily reality in terms of cellular identity and behavior; automatic conscious control of bodily processes; and increased perception of exterior conditions as the usual senses become more vigorous. (Our sight, for example, is not nearly as efficient as it could be. Nuances of color, texture, and depth could be expanded and our entire visual area attains a brilliance presently considered exceptional or supernormal.)”

“Josephine’s glance slid down the page. The Codicils were followed by comments by the author. There was a paragraph called Comments on the Codicils. It seemed to apply to Codicil #1 and to the five Codicils in general at the same time. She read the pertinent passages quickly and impatiently.”


“Acceptance of these first codicils would expand practical knowledge of the self, break down barriers that are the result of our prejudiced perception, and restructure personal, social, and political life.”

“Concepts of the self and practical experience of the self must be broadened if the species is to develop its true potentials. Only an evolution of consciousness can alter the world view that appears to be our official line of consciousness.”

I, John, will digress from quoting from the book and say to the reader of this blog that there are two more pages of Comments on the Codicils that are a must for reading and understanding if you hold the view I do that our culture and the world needs to change its current direction, or the survival of mankind as we know it may be in jeopardy. I encourage you from my heart, to seek, find, read, and become aware of these Codicils. The realization of your human potential may be at stake. Now I am returning to quoting from the book to bring this blog to an ending.

“…George the First cried out: “Zounds, what luck!”

“You’ll never know,” Seven whispered to George mentally. “Goodbye, dear friend, at least for now.” He grinned and added, “It’s been a –uh—super relationship. You succeeded in your pursuits far better than you know.”

And Seven knew that it was all right, that everything was all right, always had been all right, that it had only been their anxieties and doubts that ever made it all seem wrong. They were all couched and safe, forever secure, forever jubilant at the heart of their own beings. There was never anything to be afraid of, if only they trusted the great sweet security that forever held the vitality of their beings, for they were all truly splendid, a part of a loving universe that cradled them forever in a safety and love literally beyond all comprehension.”

In closing this great example of the type of information you may get when you choose to incubate a dream, I encourage you to follow my lead. You may become aware of a new worldview that may be in your future now. A future governed by the CODICILS discussed in the two books referenced. Or, you may just become aware of the power of your dreams for releasing dramatic changes in your life. Either way the process is a win-win situation.

Look for more blogs on this site in the future expanding on these Codicil concepts while being related to my personal dreams and experiences or related to the dreams or experiences of others.

(Note: Incubation image courtesy of C4DL Lab)


The Codicils were first received by Jane Roberts from her mental library and published in her book Psychic Politics-An Aspect Psychology Book, published in 1976. The Codicils I share above were included at the end of the third book of the Oversoul Seven Trilogy, Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time, a fiction novel. This is the reference to which my dream voice first led me, pointing me in the direction of the answer to my question. Jane published the first book of the trilogy The Education of Oversoul Seven in 1973. In 1979 The Further Education of Oversoul Seven was published. The last book of the trilogy Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time was published in 1984.

In the book Psychic Politics, chapter 21, Jane shares how she received the Codicils. She describes the source as a type of psychic library.

…Finally one morning as I sat at my table, I saw the library transposed against the living room wall. My double sat there, reading a book. At the same time, the word “codicil” kept coming into my mind again. I heard it mentally, at first faintly and then it sounded louder and louder until I wrote the word down and waited. Then I knew that the material to come represented an alternate model for civilization to follow, and that I was transcribing my book from one depicting such a model—a model that we hadn’t chosen in the past. The codicils would represent a fresh hypothesis upon which to build a new, better civilization.”

As Jane reflected and expanded on what she was receiving, she suddenly realized:

“That the rest of the book would deal with an alternate model for civilization to follow based on the codicils I had just received and others to follow”. … “The rest of the material came very rapidly, and I found myself caught up in a vision of the world far different than the one we know.”

“The codicils, followed, would lead to a government as natural, orderly, and spontaneous as the seasons in which each individual brings personhood to fulfillment to the best of his or her ability, and in so doing automatically plays a potent role in the development of the entire society. Such a civilization would be based upon the following codicils, added to those already given.”

Additional Codicils

1. Each person is a unique version of an inner model that is itself a bank of potentials, variations, and creativity. The psyche is a seed of individuality and selfhood, cast in space-time but ultimately independent of it.

2. We are born in many times and places, but not in a return of identity as we understand it; not as a copy in different clothes, but as a new self ever-rising out of the psyche’s life as the new ruler rises to the podium or throne, in a psychic politics as ancient as humanity.

3. Civilizations both past and present represent projections of inner selfhood, and mirror the state of the mass psyche at any given time. We hold memory and knowledge of past civilizations as we hold unconscious memories of our private early current life experiences.

4. From our present, we exert force upon the past as well as the future, forming our ideas of the past and reacting accordingly. We actually project events into our own new past.

5. Each generation forms a new past, one that exists as surely as the present, not just an imaginary construct but as a practical platform—a newly built past—upon which we build a present.

6. Options and alternate models for selfhood and civilization exist in a psychic pattern of probabilities from which we can choose to actualize an entirely new life system.

And so, just as a dream can have a false awakening; an experience where you think you have awakened from a dream and begin reflecting on it, only to find out you are still dreaming when your consciousness in the dream gives you a clue pointing toward that fact; - I will now have a second ending to this report with a quote from Seth (Jane’s teacher) used as the closing to Jane’s book Psychic Politics.

“I am a poor imitation of the voices of your own psyches to which you do not listen. I will be un-needed, and gladly so, when you realize that the vitality and reinforcement and joy are your own, and rise from the fountain of your own beings; when you realize that you do not need me for protection, for there is nothing you need protect yourself against.”



The Power of Suggestion ; An Aspect of Natural Hypnosis

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 8:02 PM Comments comments (33)

The Power of Suggestion:  An Aspect of Natural Hypnosis 

Repeated suggestion, whether from outside sources or from your own conscious mind as self suggestion will have a hypnotic effect on your subconscious mind and will establish neurological patterns within the body itself. 

These conditions once created can be either impeding or empowering depending upon the nature of the suggestion. We must realize that even repeated subtle suggestions can play a powerful role in our lives. Only through increased awareness and monitoring our thoughts and verbal expressions can we begin to understand this phenomenon.

  The real understanding comes when we can identify and change limiting core beliefs and all impeding beliefs attached to the core beliefs. Suggestion can then be used in an empowering way.  We are continuously employing Natural Hypnosis to help create the life we think we want for ourselves and all humanity. This is done naturally through the power of suggestion.

This discussion on suggestion is a preliminary discussion that goes with 3 other posts and associated exercises dealing with Natural Hypnosis. The other posts are:

1.       You are Your Own Hypnotist
2.        Accepting Desired New Beliefs
3.       Which You, Which World

For each of these summaries, there is an exercise that if done as outlined, can be a tool to help you achieve any New Year Resolution that you are serious about. Any goal you select, that is in harmony with your life purpose and personal blueprint for life, can be achieved if the proper tools are applied.

I could spend time filling a lot of space with words, sharing my personal experiences with suggestion over the past 50 or so years that enhanced my understanding of me, and my world, but this paper is not for that purpose. Instead, I will share the wisdom from a couple of my “teachers”.

First, a few passages from one of the books that was empowering for me in my past studies regarding the understanding of the “mind”, and my mind in particular regarding suggestion. I will then share several passages from various sessions of the Seth material that was received and written by Jane Roberts and Robert Butts during the period 1964-1984, as Jane received the material from an “Educator” known as Seth.  

 I can’t stress enough the importance of understanding the role of suggestive self- talk that we all engage in, that sooner or later; helps mold our bodies, health, relationships, and all other aspects of our existence. So, to begin:

“You must realize by now that your conscious mind is the “watchman at the gate,” and its chief function is to protect your subconscious mind from false impressions. You are now aware of one of the basic laws of mind: Your subconscious mind is amenable to suggestion. As you know, your subconscious mind does not make comparisons, or contrast, neither does it reason or think things out for itself. This latter function belongs to your conscious mind. It does not show a preference for one course of action over another.

It is true that different people will react in different ways to the same suggestion because of their subconscious conditioning or belief. The dictionary says that a suggestion is the act or instance of putting something into one’s mind, the mental process by which the thought or idea suggested is entertained, accepted, or put into effect.

You must remember that a suggestion cannot impose something on the subconscious mind against the will of the conscious mind. In other words, your conscious mind has the power to reject the suggestion given.

Each of us has their own inner fears, beliefs, opinions, and these inner assumptions rule and governs our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself except it is accepted mentally by you. This causes your subconscious powers to flow in a limited and restricted way according to the nature of the suggestion.”

The above passage in quotes is from the book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy (1963).

Next, I will share several passages from the Seth material. This will provide a frame of reference to understand the impact of the other posts dealing with Natural Hypnosis and  how to use it to make dramatic and positive changes in your life.

  The source books and sessions from the Seth material will be listed at the end.

“Now, we will discuss what you call suggestion in more practical terms, for your particular uses, It is necessary that its basic nature be understood. The ego simply cannot judge, as a rule, whether an action is a constructive or an impeding one, for the personality as a whole.  It can judge however, for itself whether an action is a constructive one, or one that impedes.”

“First of all, the unconscious is not a sponge, indiscriminately accepting material regardless of the considerations of your conscious self. All beliefs or suggestions are first sifted through your conscious mind, and only those you accept are then permitted their penetration into the other areas of the self.”

“Your beliefs act like a hypnotist. As long as the particular directions are given, your “automatic” experience will conform. One suggestion that can break through this is:I create my reality and the present is my point of power.”

"If you do not like the effects of a belief you must alter it, for no manipulations of exterior conditions themselves will release you. If you truly understand your power of action and decision in the present, then you will not be hypnotized by past events. In a manner of speaking, then, the suggestions you give yourselves constantly operate overall as beliefs that are reflected in your experience. “

“Many, who make a practice of “denying” negative suggestions from others, asserting positive affirmations instead, actually do so because they are so fully convinced that the power of negative beliefs is stronger than that of beneficial ones.”

“Much has been written about the nature and importance of suggestion. One of the current ideas in vogue holds that you are constantly at the mercy of suggestion. Your own beliefs are the most important suggestions that you receive. All other ideas are rejected or accepted according to whether or not you believe they are true, in line with the steady conscious chatter that goes own within your mind most of the day – the suggestions given to you by yourself.” 

“You will accept a suggestion given by another only if it fits in with your own ideas about the nature of reality in general, and your concepts about yourself in particular. If you use your conscious mind properly, then, you examine those beliefs that come to you. You do not accept them willy-nilly. If you use your conscious mind properly, you are also aware of intuitive ideas that come to you from within.”

“Your beliefs automatically attract the appropriate emotions. They reinforce themselves through imagination; imagination and feeling follow your beliefs. It is not the other way around.  A brief innocuous enough example – If you meet an individual often enough and think, “They give me a pain in the neck,” it is surely no coincidence that you find yourself with a painful neck in future encounters with this person. The suggestion is quite a conscious one, however, given by you and carried out not symbolically but most practically, most literally. In other words, the conscious mind gives its orders and the inner self carries them out. The inner self brings about whatever results the conscious mind desires.”

“You constantly give yourself suggestions about your body, your health or ill health. You think about your body often, then. You send a barrage of beliefs and instructions to the inner self that affect your physical image. Your thoughts have a very definite vital reality. Beliefs are thoughts reinforced by imagination and emotion concerning the nature of your reality.” Repeated thoughts then, are repeated suggestions.

For example, “When you say, “I am tired,” mentally you are not only giving silent messages to yourself – I say messages rather than message because the general statement is broken down; many portions of the body must be affected before you feel tired – but inside this the inner sound value of the messages automatically affects the body in just that way.”

“What should you do, then, if you find yourself feeling tired? This is your conscious assessment of your body’s reality at a given time. You want to change it so you do not reinforce it. Instead you say mentally that "the body can now begin to rest and refresh itself". You take your initial judgment for granted without restating it, and instead, suggest the remedy to be carried out (positively).” 

“You can if the conditions warrant, physically rest by lying down or making whatever adjustments seem appropriate. If none are possible then several such suggestions – that the body can refresh itself – will give you benefit. To tell yourself over and over that you are tired, however, reinforces the condition. The inner sound value of the countering suggestion automatically begins to refresh the body. “

The Seth material contends that every thought, or suggestion, that we entertain, has an impact on our body and affects our health. Happy, empowering, or peaceful thoughts can help keep us healthy, while fearful, limiting, or negative thoughts can help bring on disease. The material also says that we all send and receive suggestions telepathically that affect us unconsciously.

“You must understand that telepathy operates constantly.  If you continually expect an individual to behave in a particular manner, you are constantly sending them telepathic suggestions that they will do so.   Each individual reacts to suggestion according to the specific conditions existing at the time.”  

“An individual will to some extent or another act according to mass suggestions they receive.  These mass suggestions include not only those given to them by others, both verbally and telepathically, but also those given to themselves both in the waking and dream states. If an individual is in a state of despondency, this is because they have already become prey to negative suggestions of their own and from others.” 

“If you see someone and think that they look miserable – or that they are an incurable drunk, then these suggestions are picked up by them subconsciously, though you have not spoken a word, and in their already weakened condition the suggestions will be accepted and acted upon.”     

“If on the other hand, under the same circumstances, you stop yourself and say gently to yourself, “They will begin to feel better now”, or,” their drinking is temporary and there is indeed hope here”, then you have given them aid, for the suggestions will at least represent some small telepathic ammunition to help them fight off the war of despondency.”  

“There are obviously ways in which you mold your own conditions, protect yourself from your own negative suggestions and those of others. You must learn to erase a negative thought or picture by replacing it with its opposite. “  

A phrase which can help here is one I learned several decades ago (can’t remember now just where I picked it up). Whenever you catch yourself making a negative comment about yourself or another, just say to yourself, “Stop, Erase, Rewind, Rephrase”; and turn the suggestion into a positive and helpful one.  

“If you think “I have a headache”, and if you do not replace this suggestion by a positive one, then you are automatically suggesting that the body set up those conditions that will result in the continuation of the malady. “You should tell yourself frequently, “I will only react to constructive suggestions”, for this gives you some protection against your own negative thoughts and those of others.  A negative thought, if not erased, will almost certainly result in a negative condition; a momentary despondency, or a headache, according to the intensity of the thought.” 

“If you do find yourself with a headache, say immediately “That is the past. Now in this new moment, this new present, I am already beginning to feel better”. Then, immediately turn your attention away from the physical condition. Concentrate upon something pleasant, or begin a new task. In this way you are no longer suggesting that the body reproduce the headache conditions.”  

“It does not do to repress negative thoughts; such as fears, angers, or resentments. These should be recognized, faced, and then replaced.”  Remember, thoughts are suggestions!

To protect us from unwanted effects, a suggestion daily like “I live in a safe world; infinite intelligence guides me and protects in all ways in everything I experience”, will counter the negative suggestions that may be thrown our way.

Even though I could bring into the discussion other areas where suggestions play a big role, like over- all health, dream recall, or even the experience of astral travel, I will close with some thoughts from the Seth material that have far reaching effects on the world.

“There is an enchanting suggestion, solemnly repeated many times, particularly after the turn of the last century” (1900): “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” - The suggestion is from the work of the French psychotherapist, Emile Coue, (1857 – 1926).

“This might sound a bit  overly optimistic, though maybe delightful, nonsense. To a degree, however, that suggestion worked for millions of people. It was not a cure-all. It did not help those who believed in the basic un-trustworthiness of their own natures. The suggestion was far from a bit of fluff, however, for it could serve – and it did – as a framework about which new beliefs could rally. "

“We often have in your society the opposite suggestion, however, given quite regularly: “Every day, in every way, I am growing worse, and so is the world.” "You have meditations for disaster, beliefs that invite private and mass tragedies. They are usually marked by the polite clothing of conventional acceptance.

Many thousands may die in a particular battle of war, for example. The deaths are accepted almost as a matter of course.

These are victims of war, without question. It seldom occurs to anyone that these are victims of beliefs – since the guns are quite real, and the bombs, and the combat. The enemy is obvious. His intentions are evil.

Wars are basically examples of mass suicide – embarked upon, however, with all of the battles paraphernalia, carried out through mass suggestion, and through the nation’s greatest resources, by men who are convinced that the universe is unsafe, that the self cannot be trusted, and that strangers are always hostile. 

You take for granted that the species is aggressively combative. You must out-think the enemy nation before you yourself are destroyed. These paranoiac tendencies are largely hidden beneath man’s nationalistic banners. “The end justifies the means.” This is another belief, most damaging.

Religious wars always have paranoiac tendencies, for the fanatic always fears conflicting beliefs, and systems that embrace them."

The power of suggestion can fruitfully, and practically be employed in your Dream Work also. That is another topic to address in a separate posting soon. Thank you for staying with this one till the end!

The Seth material book references are:

The Nature of Personal Reality:  by Jane Roberts – Sessions 615,623, 658 (1974)

The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events: by Jane Roberts – Session 835 (1981)

The Seth Material: by Jane Roberts - Chapter 13  (1970)

Don't let the publishing dates mislead you. The material is as current today as it was when it was published. In my opinion, it is the best broad spectrum explanation of Reality I have come across. There have been many teachers through out the centuries. Seth summarizes and expands a view of reality that is dearly needed today as we approach the mid 21st century.

Some current influential teachers feel civilization is at a crisis point, a turning point, a monumental decision point - "Are we going to grow, or die as a civilization"! I believe the Seth material shows us a path that leads to growth and expansion of consciousness. It can lead us to engage in "An Experiment That Has Never Been Tried" since the beginning of our civilization (the topic of another future posting)..

Now, read the other 3 summaries listed above, on this blog page /blog and experience the respective exercises. You will be on your way to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015, and life.

What Is Consciousness?

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM Comments comments (43)
What is it?  How does it work? Where does it come from?

It may help to think of how mathematics is organized and develops, as an analogy to understanding the concepts discussed here.  It is not probable that you could understand higher math concepts without first acquiring an understanding of the lower level math processes.

If you have ever studied math to the level of differential equations, you know that before you can understand the subject, you must have a good grasp of the many theorems and laws developed in studying calculus. And before understanding calculus as a scientific problem solving tool, you must have acquired the knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. But, you cannot really understand geometry, trig and algebra with having a working knowledge of basic arithmetic and being able to start that understanding through the ability to count using numbers. The better you understand each successive level of math, the better able you are to progress and use it as a problem solving tool. Acquiring the process enables you to count cookies or to begin a journey to mars with the certainty that you will get there. Keeping with the “technical” theme, the same progression is true of the study and application of physics or any of the sciences. With each subject, there are relationships and patterns of organization that you must learn in order to grasp a workable understanding of the body of knowledge.
If math or physics is not your preferred analogy, think of how your body is put together. I presume that most people have a basic understanding of the organization of their body. The physical body as a whole is an organization of major organs and delivery systems such as blood systems, lymph systems and the electrical system.  There are also “less physical” systems such as information storage, thinking, intuition, dreaming, and consciousness. In just considering the physical aspects of the body, we can develop a similar analogy.
The organs and delivery systems are all composed of cells organized in specific arrangements with very specific relationships shared among them. Let something interfere with the relationships and organizations, and you may experience a cut finger, the common cold or even a life threatening disease. All the cells that are the building blocks for the organs and delivery systems of the body are composed of similar relationships and organizations of molecules. It is the working together for the greater good, of all these molecules collectively, that allows the organs and delivery systems to perform their function and do their task of sustaining life.
We can’t stop with the molecules. These structures are built up from very specific arrangements and relationships of atoms that are in a cooperative venture to maintain stability in bonding and the structure of the molecules, the building blocks that compose the cells - that make up the organs and delivery systems of the physical body. We now know that science has verified that within months or just a very few years, every atom in the body is replaced with an atom that was once external to your body. This poses the question: How does the cell retain the memory of what its role is in the life process, when all of its constituent parts are constantly being replaced?

We aren't finished with the body analogy until we travel inside the atom and find that it too consists of other smaller units such as electrons, protons and neutrons that must remain in a specific relational arrangement in order to maintain stability. Let a certain mass event occur with a sufficient collection of specific atoms of an element such as uranium 235 or plutonium and you have an atomic fission bomb. A mass of uranium 235, smaller than a bowling ball, is what destroyed the entire city of Hiroshima in Japan toward the end of WW-2, when the energy was released through such a “mass event”. With this event, as Einstein postulated, the world found out there was indeed a relationship between material mass and energy. This relationship was stated as being proportional to the square of the speed of light (186,000 miles/second squared);  became the most famous equation discussed for many decades and even now.

 But, as physicists discovered, there are even smaller building blocks that make up the protons and neutrons that are in the nucleus of the atom. This peering deeper and deeper into the atomic structure soon reveals that the apparent beginning of these particles is no more than pure energy that is not physical at all, even though the reference at the lowest level is still to “particles”. Not only that, but empty space is theorized to be full of this non physical “dark” energy. It is labeled dark energy because it is unseen. It must be there, scientists say, for the universe to make sense given their level of knowledge and the equations developed.

This finally brings me to the present point, where I wish to start this discussion of what is consciousness? Most of the wording in this discussion will follow closely to the Seth view of reality as expressed in several of the volumes published by Jane Roberts, who was probably the 20 century’s most interesting mystic and psychic. It was Jane Roberts who brought the world the body of wisdom and knowledge known as the Seth material. Specific volumes that were sources for this information will be listed in the end notes. The Seth view of reality differs from the typical religious or scientific worldviews of reality, how it came into existence and how it functions. I will go into the contrast between this discussion and the dominant religious creation story and the scientific “big bang” & random events views of reality in another paper. Most people are aware of the basics of the conventional religious views and the popularly held scientific or evolutionary views. I might add that even today they started out as a theory and the beginnings of each remain as theories that have never been proven. 
It cannot be proven scientifically that our world was created by a god who set it into motion, but remained outside of its dominion. Nor can it be proven scientifically that the creation of the world was the result of a chance occurrence (the big bang) though it is said to be deduced from observation – so, I will not be able to prove what I am going to share with you either. Not in usual terms. The explanations you are about to read will give certain hints and clues, that will show you where to look for subjective evidence as we live our lives through our own subjective knowing. Some say perception is reality.

There are a couple of suggestions I have that will help in understanding this material. The first is to let your mind be “open” for new possibilities and to “suspend disbelief”, if only for a while, in the impossibility of what is shared. Allow for the possibility of these ideas to be valid, even as the other “officially” accepted religious and scientifically based views about reality, which many people have held on to, were assumed valid and not questioned by most people for so long. Indeed, some beliefs currently held may have to be changed or eliminated in order for the deeper implications of this material to sink in. Allow for the importance of not only our intellect, but also the importance of our dreams, impulses and intuitions that speak to us of a greater inner reality that we can indeed experience and practically use in our lives to guide us and to help us solve practical problems.
So, let us begin with an alternate view of reality as explained in much detail in the collected volumes of the Seth material published by Jane Roberts (and her spouse Robert Butts) and New Awareness Networks Inc. that took up the continued publication of previously unpublished material upon Jane’s death in 1984. The original manuscripts of Jane’s are kept alive today through Amber-Allen Publishing Inc. 

Yale University has in its archives, copies of all of the volumes of material that was produced over a 20 year period by Jane Roberts. Jane has been referred to as one of the 20th century’s greatest mystics and psychics, who lived at a time when the material was shunned by most religious, scientific and educational institutions. With my paraphrasing added in many places for clarity, let us contemplate on what Seth shared with the world through Jane and Rob; and Jane’s ESP classes that she taught for about 11 years in Elmira, New York.

Consciousness Is the Vitalizing Force Behind the Physical Universe

“There is a basic unit of consciousness, that expressed, will not be broken down, as once it was thought that an atom was the smallest unit and could not be broken down.

The basic unit of consciousness obviously is not physical. It contains within itself innately infinite prospects of expansion, development and organization; yet within its self always maintains the kernel of its own individuality. Despite whatever organizations it becomes a part of, or how it mixes with other such basic units, its own identity is not annihilated.

The basic unit of consciousness (CU for consciousness unit) is the source of all other kinds of consciousnesses, and the varieties of its activities are infinite. It is aware energy, identified within its self as its self, not “personified”, but “awarized”. The basic unit of consciousness (CU) combines with others of its kind, forming then units of consciousness – as atoms and molecules combined to form various structures. This CU is endowed with unpredictability, which allows for infinite patterns and fulfillments. The organizations of consciousness “grow” even as cells grow into organs of the body and delivery systems within the body.

Each “particle” of consciousness is dependent on every other. The strength of one adds to the strength of all. The weakness of one weakens the whole. The energy of one recreates the whole.  The striving of one increases the potentially of ALL THAT IS, and this places great responsibility upon every other consciousness. As used in the Seth material, All That Is, is the GOD concept, but described in an entirely different way. Consciousness forms its own organizations and psychic interactions, such as precognition, clairvoyance and telepathy at all levels.

Any consciousness automatically tries to express itself in all probable directions, and does so. In so doing it will experience ALL THAT IS through its own being, though interpreted, of course, through that familiar reality of its own. The structure of probabilities deals with parallel experience on all levels. Your consciousness picks and chooses to accept as real, the results of, and ramifications of, only certain overall purposes, desires, or intents. You follow these through a time structure. Your focus allows other just-as-legitimate experience to become invisible or unfelt. Consciousness is able to hold its own sense of identity by accepting one probability, one physical life, for example, and maintaining its identity through a lifetime.

From the seemingly “chaotic” bed of your dreams, springs your ordered daily organized action. In your reality, the behavior of your consciousness and of your molecules is highly connected. Your type of consciousness presupposes a molecular consciousness, and your kind of consciousness is inherent in molecular consciousness – inherent within your system, but not basically predictable.
Now, a quick review of the CU’s, or basic units of consciousness:

·      The CU’s are endowed with unpredictability.
·      The very unpredictability of the CU’s allows for infinite patterns and fulfillments.
·      The very nature of these CU’s is the vitalizing force behind everything in our             physical universe, and all other universes as well.
·       CU’s attempt to expresses themselves in all probable directions.

  Some additional advanced attributes of the CU’s are:

·      CU’s can indeed appear in several places at once, and without going through           space, in your terms.
·      Literally, these CU’s can be in all places at once. 
·      The CU’s will not be recognized. They will always appear as something else.
·      CU’s move faster than the speed of light!
·      There are many millions of CU’s in just one atom.
      ·Each CU is aware of the reality of all others; and influences all others.
·      In our terms, these CU’s can move forward or backward in time!

It seems to me, that these CU’s postulated by Seth In the 1960’s, may be the “God particle” that physicists have been searching for, and theorize they may have discovered through high energy collisions in the CERN particle accelerator, near Geneva, Switzerland, used to do research into the basic structure of matter.

It may not surprise you that Seth’s main formula to rival Einstein’s is that E = M = C; or Consciousness is equal to energy, is equal to matter; consciousness and energy and matter are all one - More on this rule later. Maybe you are beginning to realize the fact that there is more creativity and variety in the unknown reality than you ever physically perceived.

The CU’s do not have human characteristics of course. They do however; possess their own “inclinations”, or leanings or “propensities”. They are not clumps of “idle” energy. They are vitalized, aware and charged with all the qualifications of being. All psychological structures are composed of such organizations, however long or short lived in our terms. They are innately endowed with the desire or propensity for growth and creative organization. They are not found alone in isolation. They grow out of themselves.

Think if you will of the word “soul”. Unfortunately, this word has been so used in regard to our species, that it becomes highly difficult to unravel the conceptual difficulties surrounding the word “soul”. Using usual definitions, we would call a soul the result of a certain organization of these basic units of consciousness (CU’s), which we would recognize as a “soul”.   The conscious mind is a vehicle for the expression of the soul or psyche in corporeal terms. This then leads to the inevitable questions:

·         Do animals have souls?
·         Do trees have souls?
·         Do rocks have souls?
·         Does the earth have a soul?

So, in line with the usual definition of “souls” given above, the smallest CU would be called “soul stuff”. This view point however is highly limited, for “above us”, using the usual scale of things, there are other more developed organizations of these units; and so from that “more exalted viewpoint”, we would seem to be junior souls indeed.

The complex nature of other animal consciousness escapes you completely. And when you compare your technologies, learning, logical thought and cultures and arts; with what you understand of animal experience, there seems no doubt that you are superior and “The Flower of Evolution” – that all other kinds of life are topped by your existence. But, you have been closed to the intricate, voluptuous, sensuous, social experience of the animals, or even the plants – not being able to perceive that different kind of biological emotion and belonging; that rich sensual identification with earth, and you have been cut off from a biologically oriented culture that is everywhere part and parcel of both plant and animal life. You are a part of that also, but the conscious mind, with its own specifications, cannot manipulate with that kind of knowledge.

 There is no such thing as nonliving matter. You interpret animal behavior according to your own beliefs.  Since it is the beliefs of the conscious mind that regulates the involuntary bodily motions and the entire physical system, then contradictory beliefs obviously set up adverse physical reactions and imbalances in the body.”
Now that we have reviewed some of the basic preliminary concepts, in what may seem to be a simplified manner, we can go a little deeper in understanding how consciousness functions.

The Universe is Always Being Created at Every Moment

“All matter is based upon these units of consciousness, with their unpredictability and their propensity for exploring all probabilities. If this is true, then obviously “you” are normally aware of only one small probable portion of your self – and this portion you protect as your identity. If you think of it as simply a focus taken by “your” greater identity, then you will be able to follow as we continue our discussion. The focus that each of us has is valid and indeed inviolate. You are conscious of this portion of your greater self that is your identity in physical reality. What you think of as daily life is then a focus upon certain probable events above others, a choosing of significances, and a selection of pattern.

In each now-moment or the present, you draw from the vast bank of unpredictable actions certain ones that are “significant” to you; and your private idea of significance will result in what seems to be predictable action. (Side note: the NSA is currently collecting meta-data on every individual in hopes of being able to model this selection process that leads to individual actions.)  Propensity then is a selection of significance, an inclination toward the formation of selected experience. This applies on all levels; atomic, psychological, biological stimulus as well as mental intent.

You have a greater reality outside of your context, yet a part of it is inside your context, as “you”.  Your “youness” is your significance, a focus of awareness, conscious of itself, that seeks out and views experience with its own unique propensities. Your greater reality obviously transcends both your births and your deaths. Your soul has eternal validity!  The Greek word psyche can be translated to the word soul.

There are then, probabilities quite present, and for that matter biologically practical, that would allow for a change in individual consciousness so great, as to literally propel the race into another level of experience entirely. But, always remember that in the life you know, your beliefs act to specify the particular probable events that will become “real” for you. 

You cannot separate your beliefs about reality from the reality that you experience. That is, your beliefs about reality form it. Your ideas about what is possible and what is not possible are reflected in all areas of your life. So, the harder you work to maintain a belief in the “officially accepted” ideas of the self and the world, in conventional limiting terms, the more you block out any kind of unpredictability – the more you block out growth, change and expansion of consciousness.

Consciousness Flowers Out In All Directions

Continuing, we have called the basic units of consciousness CU’s. From the CU’s, EE units are formed, and the first roots of physical matter were sent out into the world. EE units or electromagnetic energy units are described by Seth as:

·         Emanations basically arising from consciousness.
·         The invisible breath of consciousness.
·         Emanations that are emotional tones.
·         Units which are just beneath the range of physical matter.
·         Just one form that emotional energy takes.

There are many ranges and great varieties of such EE units, all existing beyond your perceptive reach. To lump them together in such a way, however, is misleading, for within all of this there is great order. These units, though moving faster than the speed of light, slow down, in our terms, as they approach physical structure. Electrons are slow dullards in comparisons with EE units for example.
It goes without saying that these units of consciousness (EE units) are “mental”. But, from their inner organization all physical forms emerge. 

Certain intensities are built up of unit organization even before the smallest physical particle, or even invisible “physical particle exists. These units form what you think of as the mind, around which the structure of the brain is formulated. These units permeate the brain. The great communication system within the body itself is dependent upon the constant inner flux and flow of these units.  On one level the body’s very survival is largely determined by the unit’s propensities for selectivity and significance.  Only because these units (EE) have their source outside of space and time is the present corporal reality a triumph of probabilities.

The mind, which is not physically represented in the material body, does exist electrically. The brain, which does exist physically, is a part of the mind in the electric structure. To study the human body from only the physical standpoint, or to consider it as exclusively a physical phenomenon, is to severely limit your perception of it, and of reality as a whole. To study psychology exclusively in terms of the brain’s effect upon the physical body is likewise hampering and limiting, for the brain is merely that portion of, that very small portion, of the mind which is apparent within matter. Within your physical field the brain is subject to the laws of your field. The mind, having its existence within the scope of the physical field but independentof it, is a much more fruitful subject for study.

These units of consciousness, being independent of space and time, form your cellular structure and that structure deals in a most basic manner with the nature of probabilities.Your cellular structure then has a cellular consciousness. The cells then have the ability to precognate, or to acquire future information that cannot be deduced from presently available and normally acquired sense-based information. Further, this implies that although the body appears permanent and in existence from one moment to the next, basically it constantly rises out of the bed of probabilities, hovering at your now-point of perception and experience. Its apparent stability is dependent upon the knowledge of “future” probabilities as well as past ones. 

Following this line of thought then, you also have a body consciousness. The cellular consciousness experiences itself as eternal, though to you the cells have a brief life. But those cells are aware of the body’s history, in your terms, and in a much more familiar fashion than you are aware of the earth’s history.
Your present then is the result of your own poised consciousness, choosing its perception and the nature of its life from a field that is sometimes predictable, only because of the greater area of organization available to it. Your present is a poised balance affected as much by the probable future as the probable past.”

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, 
than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

“You view the fantastic variety of physical life – its animal, insects, birds, fish, humans, and all the works of humans – with hardly a qualm; yet you must understand that the nature of consciousness itself is far more varied, and you must learn to think of an inner reality that is as infinite as the exterior one. These concepts alone do alter your present consciousness, and change it in some degree.

The present conventional idea of a soul, held by many, is a “primitive idea” that can scarcely begin to explain the creativity or reality from which the “human” being comes. You are multidimensional persons. Yet you exist in many times and places at once. Simultaneously you exist as one person. This does not deny the independence of the other persons, but your inner reality straddles their reality, while it also serves as a psychic world in which they can grow. Reincarnation simply represents probabilities in a time context.  All consciousness, in all its forms, exists at once. 

Your conventional idea of one soul, one self, forms a significance and a selectivity that blinds you to these other realities that are as much “here and now” as your present self.  The units of consciousness that compose your physical being alone are aware of those greater significances, to which your limited ideas and beliefs make you opaque.

The body’s innate knowledge then, will try to translate itself often into psychological activity that may result in hunches, premonitions and so forth. The physical senses may then be used to clarify the message.   According to your beliefs, you may interpret such data in any manner of ways. Because such experiences may not be accepted or recognized as “officially accepted” activity, because of your beliefs, they may appear frightening. You may assign them to “spirits” or disembodied personalities, but in such a way that they are thrown together in a confusing mass of dogma or superstition.  You may be “guilty” of using “prejudiced perception”. 

If you understood to begin with that you are a spirit, and therefore free of space and time yourself, then you could at least consider the possibility that some such messages were coming to you from other portions of your own reality.

 While inhabited by the usual human consciousness, the living body operates as an intense focus point. The conglomeration of consciousnesses within it on all levels focuses its own network of communication. This private network is connected to all others like it.  There are levels of attractions then simply between all bodies, electromagnetically and biologically.  The network is more far reaching than that even. Not only can all cells respond to each other, but their mass activity triggers even higher centers of consciousness to respond to a given set of world conditions, rather than to other quite-as-legitimate world conditions that do not fit the accepted pattern that has been chosen. Probabilities to some extent then are determined along cellular lines. When consciousness is being specified, it always sees itself at the center of its world. All specifications of consciousness and all phenomenal appearances occur when the basic units of consciousness, the CU’s, emerge into EE units (electromagnetic energy), and hence into the dimensions of actuality in your terms.

Your mainly accepted normal consciousness is within the matter of your body. Through your body, you view your world. There is nothing to prevent you from viewing your body from a standpoint outside of it, except that you have been taught to believe that consciousness is imprisoned within the flesh. The body is a sending and receiving organism; your home station, so to speak, and the focus of your activity. You can, however, quite consciously leap from it, step outside of it, or depart from it – and you do often, particularly in the dream state, where you view the world from another perspective. 
Your conscious mind as you normally think of it is the psychological structure that directs your overall actions, and its ideas and beliefs determine the kind of selectivity you use. So, what are the implications of knowing that your body, as your home station, is a sending and receiving organism? What are the various sources of communications that bring information to your conscious mind? The various psychological activities and realities we knowingly or unknowingly engage in, that provide communications to our conscious minds that have been expressed so far are: the physical senses, the dream state, hunches, intuitions, premonitions, cellular consciousness, body consciousness of self & others, the gestalt of other multidimensional selves that you are a part of, your greater identity or soul,  and by logical reasoning, the consciousness of animals plants and maybe even the earth itself.

Consciousness is merely the direction in which the self looks. Consciousness is the focus, the direction of focus. The ordinary state of consciousness is no different from the trance state. You have merely turned the focus of your attention into different realities.  Consciousness is merely a state of focus, and not a self. The conscious mind is a vehicle for the expression of the soul in corporeal terms.”
Now, It’s time to look further into these psychological structures – the mechanism or processes that emerge and are communicated to our conscious minds from an inner reality and results in greater creativity, imagination, inspiration, problem solving and healing abilities. It is time to learn to be a natural person; a person that takes a magical approach to life, blending the powers of the intuitional and emotional self with the powers of the intellect or rational, reasoning mind. 

The natural person is to be found beneath layers and layers of “official” beliefs. We deal with the archeology of beliefs as we dig to find the person who creates beliefs to begin with. Evidence of clairvoyance, telepathy, or whatever, are not eccentric, isolated instances occurring in human experience, but are representative of natural patterns of everyday behavior arising from portions of our subconscious, that become invisible in the world only because of the “official” pictures and world views of behavior and reality that have been rigidly held on to for so long. When we take the natural approach and become that natural person, we discover that we can indeed, Create and Live a Magical Life.


Greater detail about the ideas that have been discussed here can be found in many of the books of the Seth material by Jane Roberts including the ones most of the above was taken from.
The Unknown Reality Volumes One & Two - Sessions 681 – 685
The Nature of the Psyche - Session 796
Seth Speaks – Session 581
The Seth Material Session 504
The Early Sessions, Books 1 - 4

© John W. Robinson, Dream Awareness Network April 24, 2014 your post here.

Conversations With A Tree

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM Comments comments (52)
Reflections on My Conversation with a Tree
I had completed the tale of my conversation with a tree which is told below, and it had been edited, but I hesitated to post it, feeling like a key element was missing. It was this morning that new intuitions surfaced. I think what was missing was my realization of the connections between my past and my present awareness, and a deeper understanding of those connections. This story shows how all of our experiences in life are linked together, moving us in a general direction according to some as yet undiscovered blueprint for our life,  that is always a part of our psyche. I added this reflection as a prelude to my story about my conversation with a tree because I think it contains an example of how we all have fractal patterns of experiences, both psychological and physical as we go through life. We can learn more about ourselves if we can learn to recognize these patterns. This was also one of the topics covered in the Jean Houston class I reference below.
During my childhood and throughout my formative years, plants were significant in the lives of my father and grandmother who raised me until age 9. I remember the first house I lived in and one of the activities my father was engaged in the whole time we lived there – about 7 years.  My father probably always planted a vegetable garden in the backyard. The garden seemed large to me when it came time to pull out weeds, even though I know it must have been small, maybe only about 10 X 20 feet in size.
When the bounty was ready to harvest, I would be sent to the garden at times, to harvest the rewards Nature and hard work had provided. I had sometimes even helped plant the seeds or seedlings and before that, clear the area of unwanted grass or weeds in preparation of the planting. Watering the plants was also one of my chores as a small child. After the harvest was piled in the kitchen, I remember helping my grandmother clean the various varieties of vegetables and prepare them for canning. At times there were enough to last until the next season.
Through this experience I learned to grow beans of different varieties, tomatoes, cucumbers, collards, spinach, okra, corn, onions, potatoes, lettuce, squash, bell peppers, and probably some items I have forgotten. During the early summer months, I also remember car trips out of town to pick wild blackberries, raspberries, and plums that would be growing alongside the country roads.
It was only upon reflection of that experience later in life, that I realized that my father had taught me valuable lessons about Nature, survival and life that he had learned growing up on a farm in Alabama during the depression years. I never heard him complain about any of those experiences. He always seemed to have a can-do attitude, and only lost that attitude in his late fifties when faced with the challenge of a body diseased with cancer – the cancer overcame that attitude. Even today, May 2014, there is a small patch of yard about 2 ft. X 10 ft. with tomatoes, beans and 3 colors of bell peppers growing. It’s not that I have to plant and sow, like my father did, but more that it is an example of what I learned from my father. I think it is also the wonder and enjoyment of watching the magic; how a tiny seed goes through all the transformations as it produces a new harvest of seeds; the source of propagation and survival of that species.
Although my grandmother did the work of preparing, canning, cooking and serving the nutritious garden items, it was her love of flowers that made a different kind of impact on me. Depending on the season, I was her little helper when her plants needed watering or covered up in the wintertime when a frost or freeze warning was made known. I think she had an intuition for when they needed covering since we had no television and I don’t remember her listening to the radio that much, even though she must have, unknown to me. She must have taught me how to propagate plants by cuttings as well, because it is something I have always done for the plants that are conducive to this method. Grandmother loved to keep Easter lilies, poinsettias, hydrangeas, and begonias in clay pots or old metal cooking pots setting around on the front porch to admire when we would sit out there on the swing or in the rocking chair taking in the scene as life flowed by. Outside my office window in the butterfly garden and around the yard are now poinsettias, hydrangeas, and lilies of various types, along with butterfly attractors as the fragrant varieties are labeled.
It all makes sense to me now that this morning when I was “guided” to pick up a book, open it,  and began reading on page 253, that I had found what may have been the key element I felt was missing, that I needed to complete this blog. The book’s title is On Channeling Your Higher Self by Henry Reed. It is based on the teachings of Edgar Cayce, once called America’s greatest “sleeping prophet”. The passage I will share is in the chapter titled Being a Channel of Healing Forces, under the heading, The Secret of the Green Thumb. I have always been told by others that I “have a green thumb”, when they get to know a lot about me. So, I would like to share this passage with you and I think you will see the connection with my story below.
The Secret of the Green Thumb
“Luther Burbank, the famous American horticulturalist, knew the secret of the creative force active in the life of plants. In his Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, the influential Indian master called Burbank an American Saint. Yogananda visited with Burbank on his trips to America. He was delighted with Burbank’s spiritual orientation to his plants. The results he achieved through this orientation were evident in his experiments with plants. Burbank admitted to Yogananda that he talked with his plants. He developed thorn-less cacti, for example, by telling them that they had nothing to fear and thus no need for such protection. Although he knew that the will of the plant is much stronger than the will of a human being who might wish to bend the plant’s habits, Burbank learned the secret of blending new life patterns into the plants structure. “The secret of improved plant breeding” he told Yogananda, “apart from scientific knowledge, is love.” Burbank was a practiced meditator. It was by meditating with his plants, that he learned their secrets. He noted that sometimes during such communion, he felt close to what he called “the Infinite Power.” At such times, he admitted to Yogananda, he was able to heal the sick as well as the plants.”
Would it surprise you to know that after reading the passage above, I remembered reading the autobiographies of Luther Burbank and George Washington Carver at about age 11, to be used for elementary school book reports?  And later, as a senior in high school, my senior term paper was on Dreams. There are indeed fractal patterns of experience through our lives we can discover if we take time to explore the deeper connections between the events we experience.
There are more lessons in the above passage from Henry Reed’s book, than there is space in this blog to include. They will be topics of other postings and of the classes I teach at Enchanted Spirits Metaphysical Shop ( ) in Dunedin, FL.

 If you would take the time to meditate on the truths and messages in the passage above, especially if you know of someone who needs help in healing, you will be amazed at the results you can achieve. Now, to the story my conscious mind thought I would be telling, before my subconscious, prompted by my higher self or inner self as Seth calls that part of us, directed me to a broader and deeper story.
My Conversation with a Tree   (As revised May 2014)
Awakening to Your Life Purpose, taught by Jean Houston is the title of a class I took in Feb. 2012. My first exposure to Jean was about 1983 when I bought her book ThePossible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities, published in 1982. It was described as a comprehensive theory and program for conscious creativity. I immediately liked her writing and teaching style. I found the many exercises would deliver new insights as promised. It was my exposure to this book back then that led me to take her 7 week online class in early 2012. I was looking to validate in my mind the direction my life was taking, since I felt I had experienced a new awakening to my life purpose.
I enjoyed all of the learning exercises Jean led us through in that 7 week class; especially the ones about discovering our entelechy and having a conversation with a tree. Because I had become a student of the Seth material since 1982, both of these concepts and exercises were comfortable to me. I also had explored similar ideas via many other sources in the past. This blog is to finally share publicly what I shared with my group in Jean’s class. After telling the story of my conversation with a tree, I will share some of Seth’s comment on nature and consciousness. After all, in order to carry on a conversation with a tree, I would have to assume, at least temporally, that a tree has a consciousness. No, I am not crazy, nor have I ever been classified as such.
The assignment for one segment of Jean’s class was about communing with the Beautyand Majesty of Nature; to understand we are part of Nature with a capital ‘N”. We were to carry on a telepathic conversation with a tree by first asking a tree for some guidance. Communing with nature was certainly not new to me. Neither was the idea that trees and plants as well as animals might have a type of consciousness that was suitable to their environment. I had even superficially talked to the trees in the “The Green Cathedral” (Mill Creek Park) in Youngstown, OH while jogging in that beautiful environment. What was new was the concept that a tree might seemingly and telepathically respond to my inquiry. Even if it was my own subconscious that communicated the message, my goal at the time was fulfilled and I felt that I received a pertinent reply to my inquiry and had performed the task associated with the lesson.
So, one day I ventured outside my house to pick a tree to “talk to”. What follows is a report of that experience:
I looked around the house and at the bushes in the back that border the pool. There are several hibiscus bushes there. I would love to see them in full bloom, showing the beauty of their red and pink blossoms. I have not been happy with them lately; they are not blooming at all. I decided it would be best to find another tree or bush. I then had the message come back to me that maybe the problem was of my doing! I had not really been nurturing them for a few months and like ourselves or our loved ones, if we ignore them, there is a break in our connection. The message to me was to be conscious of taking action about extending my love more, instead of dwelling on things or people not living up to my expectations.  I assessed that I needed to go out among the hibiscus; to prune, fertilize, and wash them in a soapy solution to rid them of aphids; to cut away the higher limbs of surrounding plants so they get more sunlight. Without enough sunlight they cannot carry out photosynthesis in the way they are designed. Without the proper nutrients, their immune systems would not function as Nature intended. It is not much different than the way we have to nourish our mind, spirit, and heart bodies.
I went looking for a tree to fulfill the assignment, determined to do my part for the health of the hibiscus. My heart led me to the water, where I have always found my peace when it has been clouded by worry. I have often meditated with the sound of the waves lapping the shoreline.
As I am doing my usual walking meditation along the beach, I look around at the bushes and trees. What stood out to me were the tall palm trees that lined the shore of both sides of the causeway leading to the island where I sometimes walk the undeveloped beach. As I sat on a bench underneath these enduring palms, I telepathically began to speak to them.
 “Magnificent palm trees; I know that all things in the universe are connected. I know you are connected to all the rest of the many palms here; and even connected to me. I know this. Though I speak to one, I am speaking to all. I breathe in the oxygen you breathe out. You breathe in the carbon dioxide I breathe out. Our bodies exchange atoms and molecules. We are made of the same stuff. You don’t worry about being worthy of the rain, sun, nutrients and love you receive. You know you are loved. You are the subject of many photographs and paintings. People celebrate your being. They rest in your shade. You stand tall above all the other plants around. You have a higher perspective about things. You have weathered many storms and still you grow and spread your branches to shade those in need of shade. You stand tall and are grounded. You bend with the wind and are bathed by the rain. What feedback can you give magnificent tree?” Am I on the right track, the true course, the path to my higher purpose?” Am I on the “Yellow Brick Road"?
  I listened, but got distracted by the water, the wind and the birds and started a conversation with them.  After an hour, not receiving a clear cut answer from the trees, I decided to return the next day and try again.
Arriving at the beach the next day I walked along the shore until I came to an isolated spot and sat on a bench to meditate while listening to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore; something I have done hundreds of times before when I needed to talk to Nature. I sat quietly with my eyes closed and listened. What came first was some unexpected reflection on the story of my wounds and resulting grief I felt I had experienced in life; the next assignment to complete. Even though I thought I had worked completely through that past, I felt emotion, energy flowing through me, as I reflected on the experience. Tears gently flowed down my cheeks. It was a good thing I had my sunglasses on and there were hardly any people walking the beach that morning. The ones that did occasionally strolled by, walked with their heads down looking for shells, hardly concerned about me.
Our heart’s mind always displays greater wisdom that our rational minds. This period of meditation on the beach let me know I could again visit that story of grief from the past and share it with others. This would be the essence of the next exercise in the class.
It was after that experience, while sitting quietly in the sun, listening to the waves gently crash on the shore, I received a message from the trees.

Yes, we are grounded. We stand tall and we don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring. We have weathered many storms and we still rejoice every day in what creation has provided us and we are filled with gratitude. We continue to grow and we shed old branches to make way for the new ones, letting the winds blow the old branches away to become part of the earth again; earth that nourishes all humankind. We love the sun, the rain, the wind and the storms. We accept things as they are. What caused it is the past. We live in the spacious present! Take heed of our existence.”…The message continued: … “Let your limiting beliefs fall away as our old branches do. Make room for new ideas, beliefs and joy to come into your life. The opportunity for you to grow and be a co-creator will never cease.  Stand tall, grounded in your beliefs until you find personal evidence to change a belief that no longer serves you as you transition to a higher level of consciousness. Trust the true Nature of things, your impulses, and intuitions. What do you think moved civilization along and advanced consciousness, but your collective impulses and intuitions? They are the source of your inspirations, innovations and collective growth. Go in peace and be aware of the signs, synchronicities and choices you make. The power to choose from among possibilities is the greatest power you have to contribute to co-creation. The point of your power is always in the present moment. Stay on the path you are on for now. You will know when and if a change is needed. Be happy!  Don’t worry!”
So it went that day with the trees. The tree was right! I stayed on the path I was on and my opportunities began to expand; not only opportunities for the expansion of my consciousness, but also opportunities to help others in their journey and growth. I was on a journey of value fulfillment for myself and at the same time, contributing to the value fulfillment of others.
“Since dreams are a by-product of any consciousness involved with matter, this leads us to the correct conclusion – that trees have their dreams, that all physical matter, being formed about individual units of consciousness of varying degrees, also participates in the involuntary construction of the dream universe.” – Early Sessions Book 3 Session- 97 by Jane Roberts.

For more insights into this topic, look for a soon to be posted blog titled: CONSCIOUSNESS: What is it? How does it work? Where does it come from?

Inner Consciousness – The Road Less Traveled

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM Comments comments (45)
Inner Consciousness – 
The Road Less Traveled  

 Some people don’t associate consciousness with dreams, since many scientists and biologists just view dreams as random firings of synapses in our brains. But, if you have ever undertaken a serious study of your own dreams for a long period of time, you probably are aware of the experience of becoming lucid in a dream. Lucidity in a dream means you are mentally conscious of the fact that you are dreaming while you are experiencing the dream events. You may have found, as I have, that when you become lucid you can direct some of the events of the dream while it is taking place. It is an experience that will stay with you. It does not mean that you will be able to do it all the time or even most of the time, but the experience does give you a wider understanding of the scope of the attributes of consciousness.   

 A similar experience and revelation is true in a dream experience when you become fully aware that you are moving through your dream landscape in a “dream body” that is quite different from your physical body that remains on the bed. In this case, there is part of your consciousness with the dream body while the cellular consciousness of your physical body maintains normal body functions.   

 As I have experienced during creative visualization exercises, you can transition into a dream state that fits the theme of the visualization while you are awake. In this case, part of your consciousness moves into the creation of a “dream event” that takes over in the visualization that your ego consciousness started. You immediately become aware that a shift has taken place and your subconscious is bringing you information from deep within your psyche that gives you new insights and sometimes answers to questions you had about directions in your life, the same type of insights that night dreams can bring to your awareness. I will share an example from my experience.   

 One day, nearly 3 decades ago, I was sunning by a pool, relaxing my mind and body contemplating some decisions about the direction of my life. I was pondering two options that I could take related to occupation. Let’s say options A and B were the choices. I intentionally started a creative visualization in my mind where I was traveling along a road. It was a typical two lane road with trees and bushes alongside. There was no one else traveling on this road at the time. Ahead of me the road forked into two different paths representing options A and B. I wanted to see which path my mind would choose when I got to the fork in the road. I was consciously creating this visual up to this point.   

 Before I arrived at the point of decision, my intentional visualization suddenly changed into the venue of a dream. Right in front of me, a third road was coming toward me right out of the sky, right out of the clouds! I was astonished; this scenario was not part of my conscious intention when the visualization began. The road came toward my direction and stopped. The beginning of it was about 5 feet above the “real” road I had been traveling on.   

 My intuition “told” me this was the road I was to take. The road was too high off the “real” road to step onto. With full determination I ran toward this road. When I got to it, I jumped as high as I could and grabbed on to it with all my strength. I struggled a bit, to hold on, but finally felt like I could make onto the road. With a lot of effort, I pulled myself onto the road coming from the sky and started walking up it. The road was at a steep angle like going up a mountain drive. Soon I came to where it leveled off and started walking down the path. When I came to what appeared to be a vista, I stopped and looked at the beauty and relaxed, catching my breath. I wondered where this road was taking me.   

 The visualization and “dream” ended. I knew my life would be headed in a new unplanned direction. In the future I would be going down “the road less traveled”, with a higher purpose! 
 The portion of our consciousness that often gets a bad rap is our ego. From a natural perspective, our ego is that attribute of our consciousness that helps us maneuver   through physical reality. It is also our self image; sometimes over-inflated. Our ego is meant to protect us in physical reality. Our goal should not be to eliminate our ego or “kill it”, but to enlist its help in attaining the fullest spiritual development possible. The ego does not want to be shut out of such a fantastic experience. The ego can be a prime partner in consciousness evolution as we move toward our fullest potential for value fulfillment. It’s helpful to view your ego in partnership with your inner self or inner consciousness.   

 As you will see below, I agree with Seth that scientists must look within to fully understand what consciousness is. It will never be found as a “thing” no matter how big the instruments are that they use to search. As Seth says in The Nature of the Psyche, by Jane Roberts,  

“Consciousness is a particular quality of being. Each portion of “it”, contains the whole, so theoretically as far as you are concerned, you can leave your body and be it simultaneously. There is consciousness within each conceivable hypothetical point within the universe. There is therefore “an invisible universe: out of which the visible or objective universe springs”.  

  In 2012, scientists and quantum physicists are now focusing on this idea as they hypothesize about “dark energy”, “dark matter” and the “God partical”.   

 I recently read an article on consciousness via the web site Big Think;   ( )  – About how science can’t really define it or find the location of consciousness. Below is my reply that I posted to the site.  

 “Yes, I think we are foolish – or at least shortsighted and suffering from a lack of vision when our thinking restricts us to safe, yet incremental refinements of what we’re convinced we already know. How many times in the history of civilization and “Science” has the rigid and convincing belief about “what we already know” been overthrown by new exploration, vision and understanding? Dare we count the number of times science has been wrong? Sometimes the refinements about “what we already know” are just restatements of yet to be proven “false beliefs” about “what we already know”.   

 I will offer just a brief summary of an alternate view of this “thing” called consciousness that science is attempting to define, dissect and ultimately control. First, I ask the question “what is this thing we call a self”? I don’t think I would get disagreement from any Physicist today that we are an apparent physical body/organism that is a field of energy. I think the Biologist would agree that we are a synergistically organized system of other physical systems that are also fields of energy i.e. the organs that comprise our body - An organized gestalt of various energy systems.   

 As a field of energy, the heart can be kept “alive” without being inside the physical body just as the other organs can be kept alive similarly.  And, what about the cellular structures which synergistically combine to make up the organs? Cannot they be kept “living”? Even the molecules that make up the cells can exist by themselves just as the elemental atoms that make up the molecules. So what is it that sustains this marvelous system we call self? It is of course energy systems in various forms combining to support what we perceive as a “physical” being. Einstein’s basic equation states the equivalency of energy and matter (mass). Maybe we are a gestalt of “awareized” energy appearing as matter (as related by Seth when explaining units of consciousness – The Unknown Reality Vol. One by Jane Roberts, Session 682 p.39).   

 Could it be that the scientific community has been looking for consciousness as matter, a “thing”, when they need instead to have vision. Instead of holding onto rigid ideas and assumptions about “what they already know”, what would it mean to look for consciousness as an energy system? Maybe we are a gestalt of awareized energy – consciousness in chemical clothes.

 Some new ideas to ponder might be: 

  • First, your individual consciousness is not a thing, but an attribute or characteristic of your whole self. A highly efficient energy system, with self regulating feedback loops, that know how to “naturally” create and function as a physical body. 
  • Your consciousness is an attribute of another energy system we call the mind, not the same as the physical structure called the brain; our bio computer. 
  • One function of your conscious mind is to align all of your capabilities in accordance with your beliefs about the nature of reality. It is our beliefs that either impede or amplify progress in understanding the complete energy system we call self and the physical reality within which we exist. ·       
  •  Our understandings and our physical circumstances change automatically as our accepted beliefs do. ·        
  • Creativity is one of the most important attributes of consciousness. o        The Seth Material by Jane Roberts, p.328. - Bantam Books Ed. 1970 ·        
  • Using your consciousness creatively expands its capabilities. 
  • All of the above ideas are contained throughout the Seth Material.

Maybe our mental energy and that of the scientists would be better spent using our consciousness to look within this self that is an energy gestalt instead of looking through instruments to find a “thing” that can be dissected. Even some of the quantum physicists today are at the point of wondering if they will ever find the “God Particle” they are spending many billions of dollars looking for.  Maybe the ultimate building block of nature is not a particle at all. Maybe it is an “awareized” electromagnetic consciousness unit that will never be seen or totally understood. Can the scientist accept that “reality”? Can you?”   
By John W. Robinson