Monday, October 16, 2017

'the game of life'

    "The mistaken and unhappy notion that a man is an enduring unity is known to you. It is also known to you that man consists of a multitude of souls, of numerous selves. The separation of the unity of the personality into these numerous pieces passes for madness. Science has invented the name schizomania for it. Science is in this so far right as no multiplicity may be dealt with unless there be a series, a certain order an grouping. It is wrong insofar as it holds that one only and binding and lifelong order is possible for the multiplicity of subordinate selves. This error of science has many unpleasant consequences, and the single advantage of simplifying the work of the state-appointed pastors and masters and saving them the labors of original thought.

"In consequence of this error, many persons pass for normal, and indeed for highly valuable members of society, who are incurably mad; and many, on the other hand, are looked upon as mad who are geniuses. Hence it is that we supplement the imperfect psychology of science by the conception that we call the art of building up the soul. We demonstrate anyone whose soul has fallen to pieces that he can rearrange these pieces of a previous self in what order he pleases, and so attain to an endless multiplicity of moves in the game of life. As the playwright shapes a drama from a handful of characters, so do we from the pieces of the disintegrated self build up ever new groups, with ever new interplay and suspense, and new situations that are eternally inexhaustible. Look!"

from Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

'a comfortable room'

"You have a picture of life within you, a faith, a challenge, and you were ready for deeds and sufferings an sacrifices, and then you became aware by degrees that the world asked no deeds and sacrifices of you whatever, and that life is no poem of heroism with heroic parts to play and so one, but a comfortable room.

"It is what I call eternity. The pious call it the kingdom of God. I say to myself: all we who ask too much and have a dimension too many could not contrive to live at all if there were not another air to breathe outside the air of this world, if there were not eternity at the back of time; and this is the kingdom of truth. The image of every true act, the strength of every true feeling, belongs to eternity just as much, even though no one knows of it or sees it or records it or hands it down to posterity. In eternity, there is no posterity."

from Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

Creative Change

   "You are constantly changing the form, the shape, the contour, and the meaning of your physical body and most intimate environment, although you o your best to ignore these constant alterations. On the other hand, we allow them full rein, knowing that we at motivated by an inner stability that can well afford spontaneity and creation, and realizing that spiritual and psychological identity are dependent upon creative change."

from Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts

Each Whole Self


"Each whole self, or multidimensional personality, has its own purposes, missions and creative endeavors that are initial and basic parts of itself and that determine those qualities that make it eternally valid and eternally seeking. We are finally free to utilize our energy in those directions. We face many challenges of quite momentous nature, and we realize that our purposes are not only important in themselves, but for the surprising offshoots that develop in our efforts to pursue them. In working for our purposes, we realize we are lazing trails that can also be used by others. ... the purposes themselves will have surprising results, as5tounding consequences that we have never realize -- and that they will merely lead to new avenues.

"You may think of your soul or entity -- though only briefly and for the sake of this analogy -- as some conscious and living, divinely inspired computer that programs its own existences and lifetimes. But this computer is so highly endowed with creativity that each of the various personalities it programs spring into consciousness and song, and in turn create realities that may have been undreamed of by the computer itself.

"Each such personality comes with a built-in idea of the reality in which it will operate and its mental equipment is highly tailored to  meet very specialized environments. It has full freedom, but it must operate within the context of existence to which it has been programmed. Within the personality, however, in the most secret recesses, is the condensed knowledge that resides in the computer as a whole.

"Each personality has within it the ability not only to gain a new type of existence in the environment -- in your case, in physical reality -- but to add creatively to the very quality of its own consciousness, and in so doing to work its way through the specialized system, breaking the barriers of reality as it knows it."

from Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts

Friday, September 29, 2017


    "Now often the go acts as a dam, to hold back other perceptions -- not because it was meant to, or because it is in the nature of an ego to behave in such a fashion, or even because it is a main function of an ego, but simply because you have been taught that the purpose of an ego is restrictive rather than expanding. You actually imagine that the ego is a very weak portion of the self that it must defend itself against other areas of the self that are far stronger and more persuasive and indeed more dangerous; and so you have trained it to wear blinders and quite against its natural inclinations.

"The ego does want to understand and interpret physical reality and to relate to it. It wants to help you survive within physical existence, but by putting blinders upon it, you hamper its perception and native flexibility. Then because it is inflexible you say that this is the natural function and characteristic of the ego.

"It cannot relate to a reality that you will not allow it to perceive. It can poorly help you to survive when you do not allow it to use its abilities to discover those true conditions in which it must manipulate. You put blinders upon it, and then say that it cannot see."

from Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts

Seth's Take on Good and Evil

    "... a belief in good without a belief I evil is actually highly realistic, since in physical life it will keep your body healthier, keep you psychologically free of many fears and mental difficulties and bring you a feeling of ease and spontaneity in which the development of your abilities can be better fulfilled. After death it will release you from the belief in demons and hell and enforced punishment.

"Believing in evils, you will of course perceive them. Your world has not tried the experiment as yet which would release you. Christianity was but a distortion of the main truth -- that is, organized Christianity as you know it.

"The experiment that would transform your world would operate upon the basic idea that you create your own reality according to the nature of your beliefs, and that all existence was blesse, and that evil did not exist in it. If these ideas were followed individually and collectively, then the evidence of your physic senses would find no contradiction. They would perceive the world and existence as good.

"Throughout your reincarnational existences, you expand your consciousness, your ideas, your perceptions, your values. You break away from self-adopted restrictions, and you grow spiritually as you learn to step aside from limiting conceptions and dogmas. Limited, dogmatic or rigid concepts of good and evil can hold you back. ... through perhaps a group of existences, you will find yourself battling against ideas of good and evil, running about in a circle of confusion, doubt and anxiety. If you form a guilt in your mind, then it is a reality for you, and you must work it out. But many of you form guilts for which there is no adequate cause, and you saddle yourselves with the guilts without reason. In your dimension of activity there appear to be a wild assortment of evils. let me tell you that he who hates an evil merely creates another one. If you vividly concern yourself with the injustices you feel have been done you, then you attract more such experience, and if this goes on, then it will be mirrored in your next existence.

"... as long as you believe in the concept of evil it is a reality in your system, and you will always find it manifested. Your belief in it will therefore seem highly justified. If you carry this concept through succeeding generations, through reincarnations, then you add to its reality.  What is needed is a basic trust in the nature of vitality and faith that all elements of experience area used for a greater good, whether or not you can perceive the way in which "evil" is transmuted into creativity.

"Each individual is not at the same level of achievement even at the end of the reincarnational cycle. Some possess certain qualities that do not find a counterpart within human experience. Physical existence itself has a different effect upon various individuals. Some find it an excellent medium of expression and development. They are suited to it. They have the knack for expressing themselves in physical ways and objectifying inner feeling faithfully. Others find this difficult, and yet these same individuals may do much better in other levels of reality."

from Seth Speaks by Jane Robers

Anima and Reincarnation

   "The anima is an important safeguard, preventing the male from over-identifying with whatever cultural male characteristics have been imposed upon him through present background, environment and education. The anima serves not only as a personal but as a mass-civilizing influence, mellowing strongly aggressive tendencies and serving also as a bridge both in communicating with women in a family relationship and in communication also as it is applied through the arts and verbalization."

from Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts

Thursday, September 28, 2017

'a picture of life within you, a faith, a challenge'

    "You have a picture of life within you, a faith, a challenge, and you were ready for deeds and sufferings and sacrifices, and then you became aware by degrees that the world asked no deeds and no sacrifices of you whatever, and that life is no poem of heroism with heroic parts to play and so on, but a comfortable room where people are quite content with eating and drinking.... And whoever wants more and has got it in him -- the heroic and the beautiful, and the reverence for the great poets or for the saints -- is a fool and a Don Quixote.

"... It is what I call eternity. The pious call it the kingdom of God. I say to myself: all we who ask too much and have a dimension too many could not contrive to live at all if there were not another air to breathe outside the air of this world, if there were no eternity at the back of time; and this is the kingdom of truth. The music of Mozart belongs there and the poetry of your great poets. The saints, too, belong there, who have worked wonders and suffered martyrdom and given a great example to men. But the image of every true act, the strength of every true feeling, belongs to eternity just as much, even though no one knows of it or sees it or records it or hands it down to posterity. In eternity there is no posterity."

from Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

The Color of Man

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dog Spelled Backwards

Nietzsche, Somewhat Bi-homo

19th-Century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
   “Nietzsche’s philosophy stood in stark contrast to the pitiable nature of his life, a philosophy that, from the very beginning, preached values that one seeks in vain to find in his life. He extolled the life-force that he called the ‘Will to Power’ and idolized the heroes and gods of Greek antiquity, captivated by their beauty and their cruelty. He was driven not by feelings of common humanity but by the will to overcome all things human, if necessary by force. A new ideal confronted him -- the ideal of the Ubermensch, the Superman, a throbbing creature of health and pulsating joie de vivre, a creature for whom he yearned as the lover yearns for his distant beloved. Nietzsche’s passion for this masculine idol became the core of his thought.”

He admitted that every philosophy was only the expression of the life that had brought it into being: “Concealed behind the intellectual contexts of an age are biological and biographical contexts. What might appear to be a logical sequence of thought processes turns out in reality to be a set of subconscious urges and instincts. It is not the mind that philosophizes but the body, above all its secret sexuality, especially if that sexuality is denied its natural outlet. Thus every philosophy expresses precisely what its author represses -- his unconscious motives, his secret desires and vices. In a word, his real self."

from Zarathustra’s Secret, The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche by German author Joachim Kohler, originally published, 1989.

Nietzsche's Demon of Sexuality

    "The Chapter of Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Idea in which the mask is lifted from
the face of Nietzsche's demon bears the title 'The Metaphysics of Sexual Love.' For Nietzsche,
at 21, these were two distinct worlds. The sublime and the erotic under the same roof? Precisely,
says Schopenhauer -- that is where the mystery lies, and the man who cannot grasp this fact is made to suffer for it, for that spirit of the sublime and the erotic appears before him as 'an evil demon that seeks to confuse and overthrow everything.' This cruel god tyrannizes his enemies by causing fear and anxiety. But he can also entice and seduce them like a magician who unites what has been separated and turns hostility into love.

'This menacing god, whom no one can resist, is the driving force behind sexuality, the function of which is the procreation of the generations to come. Whereas men and women imagine that their choice of partner is an entirely personal matter, in reality they are only fulfilling the Will to Live. It is the demon who is responsible for this self-deception. Those who submit to him he leaves to languish in mutual yearning; those who resist him are at the mercy of his torments 'in the most repulsive of disguises,' as Nietzsche once put it.

"But the demon does not act at random. He looks out through Jack's eyes in search of the right Jill, for he alone can see at a glance what use she can be to him. And so that the race can unfold in all its glory, the demon implants in the lovers a desire for health, strength and beauty, 'hence also for youth.' Weaknesses and shortcomings, on the other hand, together with all deviant features, he roots out. He hates what is ugly and strives towards his ultimate goal -- perfection.

"This sex demon -- calculating, selecting, unifying -- is the Genius of the Species: a spirit that intervenes in the lives of all who are capable of reproduction, on whom he casts his 'penetrating gaze.' But, driven towards his ideal of ever superior beings and thus of perfect pleasure, he has no heart. As his task is measured in terms of eternity, he cannot afford to take account of transient human values, and morality does not interest him. His aim is reproduction, breeding, and therefore he has to be cruel and wasteful in his dealings with human material and ignore the fate of individuals. This demon, warns Schopenhauer, is for ever prepared to sacrifice human beings without further ado.

"Nietzsche ... wanted to get rid of the profoundly disturbing aspects of this notion. In the past, he writes, there had been 'self-reproaches and desperate appeals for the salvation and reconstitution of the whole essence of humanity.' Demonic pan-sexualism, irreconcilable with his real life -- or at least attainable only in dreams -- drove him to acts of penance and self-castigation, then to the world of classical antiquity....

"And ultimately to the bed of a prostitute [legend has it either a woman or a man]. [In either case, nothing may have happened} ... for the morality of Schopenhauer's 'metaphysics of sexual love' is clear -- intercourse is out. For too long men and women have allowed themselves to be misused as tools of the reproductive process, which has brought them nothing nut suffering, and ultimately death. It is time, proclaims Schopenhauer, to break the vicious circle of perpetual propagation. Deny the Will to Live and tear the mask from the demon's face!

"Nietzsche tried to mortify his wretched flesh, but he had dedicated too many altars to the unknown deity to be able to extricate himself completely from its service. The familiar fetters still held him fast. ... For Nietzsche there was only one reason to 'go to women' -- to find out whether, in principle, he could serve Schopenhauer's 'genius of the species.' He was not on the look-out for his Jill, nor was he interested in founding a family. He may have been capable of impregnating a woman, but he had no wish to do so. He respected women and wooed them on occasion, but he had no desire for them. His demon drove him towards the ideal of Apolline beauty. His mind was set not on procreation but on emotion."

from Zarathustra's Secret: The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche by German author Joachim Kohler.