My first real spiritual teacher was Seth, as channeled by Jane Roberts. Most of my work with Spirit has its roots in Seth’s teachings.

I thought we might explore a few of those teachings in several of our next blog posts, starting with this one.

As those of you who’ve been with us a while know, I’ve never been a fan of psychotherapy, or of the belief our “subconscious” is forever sabotaging us. The underlying assumption there is we are victims of ourselves. But are we?

Spirit and I have spoken about this publicly and privately many times.

Here are two excerpts from an old newsletter, first me and then Spirit:


“(This) reminds me of something author Barry Neil Kaufman said in his book, Outsmarting Your Karma and Other Preordained Conditions: ‘Psychoanalysis is skin-diving into a bathtub of old bones . . . .’ I think psychoanalysis can be useful for certain people under certain conditions. But I also think it’s vastly overrated and overused in our society today.”


“…you must remember you are the creator of your reality, of all your experiences, whether you consider them good or bad. If you are seeing someone or something in your past as the cause of whatever you’re experiencing now, you’re giving your power away. You are making yourself a victim….It’s not really the past that’s controlling, or even influencing, you now. It’s your attention to the past in this present moment.

Finally, here’s something Jane Roberts said in an introduction to one of her Seth books many years ago:

“We are not at the mercy of the subconscious, or helpless before forces that we cannot understand. The conscious mind directs unconscious activity and has at its command all the powers of the inner self. These are activated according to our ideas about reality. ‘We are gods couched in creaturehood,’ Seth says, given the ability to form our experience as our thoughts and feelings become actualized.”

What are your thoughts about being a victim of yourself? Please comment below.

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