Section One, Entry 8: Probabilities
By Lynda Madden Dahl
If anything has become clear through these ongoing Seth Talk discussions, it has got to be the fact that nothing is created in physical reality, that all creation happens in the spacious present and then becomes camouflage in a camouflage-defined reality. But no creation happens here – not motion, not aging, not growth, because they all depend on time and space being the bedrock requirements of physical creation. But time and space are simply camouflages made possible by the creative abilities of consciousness. They are secondary constructs brought to life because they serve a desired purpose.
And that is precisely why we’ve not led the Seth Talk discussions from a linear time perspective, attempting to understand how to initiate change from within camouflage itself. The dynamics of change simply cannot be understood, let alone deciphered, when viewed as one self moving through one world on a birth-to-death journey that is basically outside of the self’s obvious control.
Do you see how our wheels just keep spinning when we bind ourselves to a belief in linear time/cause and effect? How we’re then forced to search for answers through psychology and self-help and science and religions – all solidly based on that one belief and therefore missing the point entirely? (And much of New Age thinking isn’t off the hook, either, in spite of talking a larger picture.)
We simply cannot get from here to there (i.e., living a safe universe) without bringing a heavy dose of reality to our thinking. And today’s dose – probabilities – will nudge us even closer to understanding how our true self, honestly and without equivocation, brings about change.
Seth tells us, “Physical events imply the collection of basically nonphysical forces into an organization that exists initially outside of the time-space context.” And part of the nonphysical forces he’s talking about is probabilities.
He says, “Probabilities are an ever-present portion of your invisible psychological environment. You exist in the middle of a probable system of reality. It is not something apart from you. To some extent it is like a sea in which you have your present being. You are in it, and it is in you. From this field of probabilities you choose patterns of thought which you will weave into the physical matter of your (reality).”
So, let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing comments Seth has made regarding the nature of the field of probabilities, and then we’ll look at what it means to us in our creation efforts.
"This probable field…is composed of thought images…(that are) vivid storehouses of energy."
Thought has an amazingly intense energy behind it and an unparalleled role in creation. Even the field of probabilities is composed of thought. Thought is action, and action is what moves consciousness through experiences.
"You use probabilities like blocks to build events."
An event is not composed of simply one probability. As an example, let’s say Seth wants to create a new library, and he sets it as a goal. That goal is not simply one probability snug and complete, an end product in the field of probabilities. It’s a flowing together of many probabilities that, once fully materialized, looks like an only-one-path-could-have-led-to-it event. But any event is actually the result of numerous probabilities linked by significances in the spacious present and based on our thinking in the moment point – and the changes in our thinking in the moment point – until a certain overall scenario can be said to have been experienced. But there was no one probability that encompassed the totality of Seth’s new library, or any given event, for that matter.
"The nature of any given probable action does not lead to any particular inevitable act."
When Seth set his goal for a new library, he had to have the flexibility of making choices along the way, changing his mind, adding new elements, etc. So he started the action with a charged thought, here called a goal, and that one action started the unfolding of other actions that took certain directions as Seth made his choices. But the end result was never an absolute given. For instance, if Seth had given up on his goal for whatever reason, those new thoughts (i.e. suggestions) would have changed the outcome of the library.
"Each event you form from any set of probabilities automatically gives rise to new probabilities."
In fact, what Seth chose to eventually experience as his “final” library was itself an arbitrary event, because action doesn’t stop still and freeze an event in place. Consciousness can put arbitrary boundaries around an event through focused suggestion, but the event continues to grow and change and expand. And if consciousness chooses to, it can expand its event’s arbitrary boundaries into a larger creative playing field by expanding its suggestions.
“Before you make your decision, each of these probable actions are equally valid."
Seth could have chosen a blue chair with a matching ottoman for his library. He equally could have chosen to have no chair, but instead a pair of matching couches. The choices were his – and each was equally valid, equally available to him, because of the nature of creation, the nature of action.
"The majority of events do not 'solidify' until the last moment in your terms."
The field of probabilities assures consciousness that it can change its mind at any time, and alter the potential outcome of an event. Events can't be decided so far in advance that we don't have time to rethink our position. And the reason that’s true is because of, again, action, or the way All That Is creates.
"At no time are events predestined. …Every action changes every other action.”
Events are headed in a certain direction by suggestion, but there can be no predestination, solely because of action. We change our suggestions in the spacious present and our arbitrary boundaries change, because suggestion drives action.
"There are in your terms unlimited probable future events for which you are now setting groundworks. The nature of the thoughts and feelings you originate sets a pattern."
There's no getting around it—the thoughts and feelings of identities are actions which create other actions. Our potential possibilities are the direct result of what we think. Like Seth says, “You must become consciously aware of what you tell yourself is true every moment of the day, for that is the reality that you project outward.”
Seth tells us, “You are learning how to transform an imaginative realm of probabilities into a physically experienced world.” And he gave Jane and Rob a very thought-provoking example of how changing their suggestions allowed new probabilities to enter what seemed to be their very concrete, finished world. I’ve condensed it below from Early Sessions, Book 2, pg 297-8.
“There are times when expectation suddenly shifts. It has been in the process of changing, but it suddenly shows the change as it suddenly becomes obvious through physical construction. When it finally manages to change constructions, bringing them into line with present alterations, the individual realizes that something has happened.
“An example, dear friends, is your house. You would have moved into it on the 13th.... The letter had little to do with your joint decision not to buy. Both of you decided no before the letter arrived, and you caused the letter. Your energy focused on the property, constructed the property into the state where the road disintegrated into a trail.”
(Rob: “The letter referred to above was one received from the regional office of the Veterans Administration, in N.Y.C. The letter characterized the dirt road leading up to the property as a "trail," and stated the request for a loan was denied unless the veteran, meaning myself, could he assured that the road would be maintained by either city or county at no additional expense to the veteran. This could not be done, since at this time the road is classed as private, and must he maintained by whoever lives on the property.)
“You found that you wanted more when it came down to it than the property seemed to offer. You did not expect that you could get what you found you wanted at the price. You constructed the property, then, in terms of what you expected you could get for the price, and then did not consider this sufficient.
“Now I tried, ineffectively I might add, in the sessions to raise your expectations of the property for the same price, by justifiably showing you, I thought, how value fulfillment psychically could definitely add to the construction.
“Had I succeeded, the transaction would have been an excellent one. Your expectations did rise. In this I did succeed. But practically, you could not leap the boundary, you could not expect to get so much (the added expectations) for so little. You therefore ripped down the construction to meet the price, and then refused it.”
Even though we see ourselves supposedly in hard-core linear time, our thinking has to transcend linear time. We have to accept ourselves as in the spacious present, surrounded by all possible probabilities. And we have to use suggestion to choose our significances from the field of probabilities, and by so doing set our boundaries of choice, by choice. And then our physical reality will adapt to our changed thinking. We will quite literally convert a road to a trail, or vice versa, because the road and trail are simply changeable camouflage constructions created in the spacious present by our action through our expectations.
Seth says, “If you understand the nature of probabilities, you will not need to pretend to ignore your present situation. You will recognize it instead as a probable reality that you have physically materialized. Taking that for granted, you will then begin the process necessary to bring a different probability into physical experience.”
And on that note we’ll move on to this entry’s marvelous Seth quotes on probabilities. And when we return next month our Seth Talk subject will be on the creative force of mental acts: thought, emotion and imagination. So much more will become clear with that entry, folks, especially about the power of our newly defined self. So stay tuned!
Seth on Probabilities
- You are learning how to transform an imaginative realm of probabilities into a physically experienced world.
- Physical events imply the collection of basically nonphysical forces into an organization that exists initially outside of the time-space context.
- Probabilities are an ever-present portion of your invisible psychological environment.
- You exist in the middle of a probable system of reality. It is not something apart from you.
- To some extent it is like a sea in which you have your present being. You are in it, and it is in you.
- This system of probabilities is quite as real as the physical system.
- From this field of probabilities you choose patterns of thought which you will weave into the physical matter of your universe.
- This is a psychological organization, consisting of a selection of chosen probable events. They wait in the wings, so to speak, for physical actualization.
- Here is the material from which all pasts, presents and futures are made.
- This probable field is composed of thought images, not physically materialized in your terms, but vivid storehouses of energy.
- You choose certain acts, unconsciously transform these into physical events or objects, and then perceive them.
- Any physical event is something like the impact of a rocket ship entering your world from “somewhere else.”
- The nature of probabilities must be understood, for the time has come in the world as you experience it where the greatest wisdom and discrimination are needed.
- In your terms, the moment point, the present, is the point of interaction between all existences and reality. All probabilities flow through it.
- You use probabilities like blocks to build events.
- Each event you form from any set of probabilities automatically gives rise to new probabilities.
- The nature of any given action does not lead to any particular inevitable act.
- Because a course is begun, this does not mean that it cannot be changed at any point.
- The majority of events do not “solidify” until the last moment in your terms.
- The path of experience is nowhere settled. There is no one road that does not have avenues to another.
- There are deep veins of probable actions ever available to you at any given time.
- No event is predestined.
- Any given event can be changed not only before and during, but after its occurrence. I am not speaking symbolically.
- At any point where a decision was made, the other probable alternative actions were also taken.
- There are points…where probabilities meet; intersections with space and time that occur in your mind while you change directions, where new probabilities that once lay latent suddenly emerge.
- You must realize that you are indeed a probable you.
- Alter the beliefs and any probable self can, within certain limitations, be actualized.
- In quite real personal and racial terms, the past is still happening. You create it from your present according to your beliefs.
- The past is as real as the future, no more and no less.
- The individual is hardly at the mercy of past events, for he changes them constantly.
- He is hardly at the mercy of future events, for he changes these not only before but after their happening.
- An individual’s future actions are not dependent upon a concrete, finished past, for such a past never existed.
- The present as you think of it, and in practical working terms, is that point at which you select your physical experience from all those events that could be materialized.
- If you believe in cause and effect, then you will be bound by those laws.
- It is basically far more rational to enjoy the summer night present to your senses than to react instead to unpleasant events separated from you in probabilities.
- …In your dreams you work with probabilities and decide which ones will become your physical “true facts.” (Your inner self) computes probabilities with blinding speed…all with a loving intent that has your best purposes in mind.
- If you understand the nature of probabilities, you will not need to pretend to ignore your present situation. You will recognize it instead as a probable reality that you have physically materialized. Taking that for granted, you will then begin the process necessary to bring a different probability into physical experience.