The Nature of Human Nature
- Wednesday, 05 October 2011
I was flipping through the Seth Book The Nature of Personal Reality, during Hurricane Irene. I mention this not because I was in the path of the storm, but to highlight a coincidence that felt more like a synchronicity. Jane Roberts, channelling Seth, experienced a delay in Seth’s dictation of her next book due to dealing with the flooding in upstate New York from Tropical Storm Agnes, in 1972. Like Irene, Agnes was slowed in her progress up from Florida and had lost her hurricane designation but the flooding was extremely severe. Seth used the experience of the floods to talk about the nature of these great encounters between humankind and nature and there are two statements that I want to share with you.
Seth said, “As nothing else can, a great encounter with the full energy of the elements puts man face to face with the incredible potency from which he springs…. Natural catastrophes will remind you that you cannot ignore your planet or your creaturehood.”
According to Seth, we should not forget that we are creatures in nature just as any living thing is, but for many, a great encounter with a huge event like earthquakes and hurricanes can reconnect us. It provides a rebalancing of energies that are forgotten or out of kilter. But because nothing happens to us that we have not created either subconsciously or on a soul level, then we are encouraged to move out of the “victim” mentality. We can realize that we chose to be a part of these mass events and we can choose our response as well.
Great events of nature—the recent tsunami in Japan being an example still fresh in our minds—bring about interesting results for each individual according to their own situations. For those who are materialistic, a natural disaster may strip them of their possessions, and depending on how they choose to react, can bring them back into balance knowing what is truly important for them. For those who are bigots or harbor a class system type of snobbery, a disaster can bring all to new levels of equality. The wind doesn’t ask what color you are or what club you belong to before it uproots your trees or sends you flying through the air! In a disaster, neighbors help neighbors and there is a coming together of purpose and community. In contrast to how we typically lead private lives, disconnected to neighbors and nature, the balancing function of disasters can be seen. Natural disasters are great equalizers for the imbalances of society, religion and culture.
The other thing Seth said was that the energy of the masses will help bring about these disasters. This is not offered in the sense of blame, but rather to teach us how it all works from his higher perspective as a disembodied soul. He said, “The overall emotional tone or feeling-level of masses of people, through their body connections with the environment, brings about the exterior physical conditions that initiate such an onslaught of natural energy.” He went on to describe the socio-political situation in upstate NY in 1972 and the conditions that made it ripe for a natural disaster, though the energy, he said, could have created a riot just as easily. Now, while all this may seem strange to many, it’s an interesting notion to think about. We not only create our reality but our internal energy creates external conditions in nature as well! Our “moods”, on a mass level, create the weather and the effects of great events in nature!
Think about the emotional climate in the areas where Irene struck. The whole of the United States has been in recession mentality for quite sometime. Unemployment, evictions and loss of homes, the budget crisis, and the situation in Iraq are but a few of the problems plaguing people at this time. As the energy of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 builds—particularly in NY and Washington where the great losses occurred—and problems without answers increase, there was a huge (and rare) earthquake with its epicenter in Virginia but being felt all along the eastern part of the United States and into Canada. It seemed to release an energy that was then channelled into the hurricane, with fear continuing to increase with media coverage, with all of this impacting the same areas and beyond. Coincidence? In philosophy there is the reasoning that holds that just because events happen at the same time, or in close proximity to one another, it does not mean that one necessarily causes the other. Yet, from the perspective of soul we might come to different conclusions. In the end, if each individual can commit to self-expression, to not keeping anger and rage stuffed in our bodies, then perhaps these mass events, together with our soul’s plan for us, can be somewhat diminished. In any case, it gives our ego something to think about!