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Section One, Entry 10: The Inner Self & the Entity or Soul

By Lynda Madden Dahl

Those of us who have been around the Seth material for any length of time know the complexity of interrelationships between entities (also called souls by Seth) and inner selves and probable selves and dream selves and past, present and future selves, etc., etc. And we know we really cannot separate our “known” self from those other aspects of our overall identity. But if we want to understand today’s physical self in a much broader framework, we do need to focus down to one relationship that has an immediate, irrevocable, unquestionable impact on us. And that relationship is, of course, to our inner self.

Seth says, “It is only through the recognition of the inner self that the race of man will ever use its potential.” That’s a very strong statement, and as such should prompt us to seek both knowledge of and experience with our inner self if we at all care about our own potential. So let’s take a look at some of the things Seth has to say about that part of us that might be termed our inner self.

But first, in order to understand the inner self, we need a quick refresher on the entity for it all to make sense.

Seth says, “There is a portion of you, the deeper identity who forms both the inner ego (inner self) and the outer ego, who decided that you would be a physical being in this place and time. This is the core of your identity, the psychic seed from which you sprang, the multidimensional personality of which you are a part.” This, then, is the entity.

Seth expounds on the definition of entity or soul (he uses the terms interchangeably) with this: “(The soul) is a field of concentrated action...a powerhouse of probabilities or probable actions, seeking to be expressed; a grouping of nonphysical consciousness that nevertheless knows itself as an identity.” And: “The soul could be considered as a prime identity that is in itself a gestalt of many other individual consciousnesses.” (As an aside, remember from Seth Talk entry #1 about identities being formed during the first creative dilemma? Well, this is it.)

To clarify further, Seth says an entity or soul is actually a composite of many souls – like he says above, a gestalt of many individual consciousnesses. And what basically does a soul do? It perceives and creates. And since any act of perception (an action) changes reality (creative dilemma #1), a soul is changed because it perceives.

And that is why the entity or soul is not static, it grows and develops, as Seth says, “...through the experiences of those personalities that compose it.” So the soul is not a closed system, it is vibrant and alive, constantly seeking growth through its perceptions, and through the perceptions of its personalities.

So our personal mental perceptions (which are the only kind, for all consciousness) mean a lot to the entity, because its growth is dependent on our growth. And that brings us to the intimacy of assistance we get from our entity in hopes that we will perceive clearly, and one might assume without creating haphazard and unenlightened constructions. And that assistance reaches us through the auspices of our inner selves.

To start, Seth says our inner self is the portion of the entity or soul that is in each of us. He says an inner self “acts as a messenger between the soul and the present personality.” But it’s not just a one-way street, our inner self simply sending us messages. Seth says, “You do have access to the inner self. You are hardly cut off from your own soul or entity.”

So the entity makes the decision to send part of itself into physical reality as a personality (that’s us) and then it sends part of itself (our inner self) to...what? Keep in touch? Partially that’s true, but the job of the inner self far exceeds that limited marching order. In fact, Seth tells us it’s “embarked upon an exciting endeavor, in which it learns how to translate its reality into physical terms.” And we’re Step One for it. That is, while the entity decides part of itself will become physical, it also needs part of itself to oversee the process. And that’s our inner self’s responsibility.

And that overseeing includes the actual creation of physical reality. Seth tells us, “It is the inner self, out of massive knowledge and the unlimited scope of its consciousness, that forms the physical world.”  And, “It is the inner self that organizes, initiates, projects and controls...transforming energy into objects, into matter.” And those “objects” include the camouflage body we inhabit, because after all, it is part of the physical world.

So when Seth says we create our own reality, we do, in that the personality portion of us, the known self, uses its mind (which is not physical)  to think and feel its way to creating suggestions, which as we know drive action. But it is the other portion of us, our inner self, which actually translates our mental landscape into the camouflage of physical reality. And part of the reason for this is really interesting. Seth says a human being thinks so many thoughts that they can’t all be turned into camouflage – it would overwhelm the personality. So a screening process needs to take place, with the most significant thoughts to us taking precedence, and it can’t happen unless it’s outside of a time context – which is the working arena of our inner self.

But keep in mind that while the camouflage is prepared by our inner selves in the spacious present, it’s not actually brought into physical existence without us using our perceptive mechanisms – sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell, as described in Seth Talk entry # 3 – to make it happen. As you’ll recall, if we cannot perceive it with one of our senses, it will not materialize. So it actually takes both our inner self and us to physically manifest our realities.

Okay, before we go on with our discussion of the inner self, we need to be really clear that we’re still talking about the whole, that the inner self and personality are simply the entity doing its thing. The creative abilities of the inner self and personality are the creative abilities of the entity (which are the creative abilities of All That Is as expressed in the three dilemmas). The point being that our inner selves are our entities, and we are our entities. And basically that tells us that the overall goals (or intent) of our entity are the goals of our inner selves, and they are our goals, too. Because we really are one, simply with the same purpose and intent being uniquely expressed at different flash points of reality. Like Seth says, “You are your soul.”

So, what is our relationship with our inner self once we choose physical life? It’s rather obvious that we’re never separated from it. How could we be? It’s what we’re made of, which makes separation impossible. It is us, and we are it, which is why Seth says: “When you say ‘I will do this myself,’ you are speaking with a limited idea of identity. Nothing is ever done alone...”

That is not to say our inner self takes over our decisions for us, just because we are so tightly connected. Our inner self has its own way of approaching its purpose, and is given great leeway by the entity to do so. And we are afforded the same opportunity. However, if we stray too far from the purpose of our inner self, which, remember, is really our purpose, too, then all hell breaks loose.

Perhaps “hell” can be defined as the haphazard and unenlightened constructions Seth talks about. Certainly it’s a wake up call. Seth says, “The ego that ignores too many of the possibilities of the inner self is soon in dire difficulty, and is forced to realize that it has been considering survival in a very limited light.”

The overall goal here, between entity, inner self and present personality, seems to be expansion of consciousness, also called growth or value fulfillment by Seth. And he clarifies it with this: “In true expansion of consciousness, the ego becomes more aware... It recognizes its identity as part of the inner self... Portions of the inner self have joined the strictly egotistical functions. The ego has accepted the goals of the inner self.”

Given that the inner self has such high stakes riding on us, does it step in and control our thoughts and emotions to its advantage then, since thoughts and emotions signal the direction of creation? Unfortunately for us, no. :-) As Seth says, “The personality is on its own, with the power of self-determination and free will.” And, “No commands are built-in, no prohibitions given. It is the personality who makes the choices. There is no puppet, no hand that moves the strings. If there were, you see, you would indeed have a much more perfect world.”

Okay, we get that our inner self is us, that we share purposes and goals/intents, that it’s the creator of our physical reality (with our mental and sensory participation). And we get that it doesn’t meddle in our affairs. Right? Well, not precisely. Thankfully for us, our inner selves have our backs. While they normally won’t step in and force a decision change, they will do their best to point us in a more constructive direction, both before and after a decision has been made. It’s their thing, their responsibility, part of their raison d’être.

Seth says help is always available from our inner self. For instance he tells us, “When the inner self is alerted (to a problem), it will immediately try to remedy the situation by an influx of self-corrective measures.” And going even further with its assistance, Seth says that occasionally “...when a problematic situation gets out of hand, the inner self will bypass those restrictive areas of the conscious mind, and solve the problem by shooting forth energy in other layers of activity.”

One comment of Seth’s that seems to draw the attention of his readers, almost with a sigh of relief, is this: “Often the inner self will sift from the barrage of conflicting beliefs the particular set that is the most life-giving, and send these in what then appears as a burst of revelation. Such revelations result in new patterns that can change behavior.” And another is this: “It is of great value that each person remembers this universal affiliation. Such a reminder can often allow the inner self to send needed messages of strength and love, appearing as inspiration, dreams or simply bursts of feeling.”

But do remember that while we share purpose and intent with our entity and inner self, it does not mean our specific physical goals are determined in advance. In fact, Seth says, “There are no ends that must be accomplished by any given personality, no ends that must be gained by a personality for the entity.” But there’s one caveat: “The only detriment to so-called free will is the built-in necessity for value fulfillment.”

And that is where the merging of intent by the entity, inner self and personality takes place. We share the same path toward value fulfillment. And that value fulfillment and its overall scope is determined by what the entity wants out of its existence. In other words, we, the personality, are on the identical page as our soul and inner self. Because we are one, we’re headed in the same direction. As Seth says, “The personality itself is a gestalt of action, and as such it is necessary that the flow of action within it follow the overall directives of the entity and inner self.”

And when we, the personality, get too far off track? Like we said before, all hell breaks loose.

The whole point of Seth Talk is to expand our understanding of the self so we can use more of its creative abilities consciously. And there is zero way the self can be understood without taking into consideration the inner self and, more generally, the entity. Seth makes this abundantly clear in this comment, if strength is equated to living fulfilling realities: “True strength is the result of excellent communications between the outer self that faces the world and the inner self that looks inward.”

So how do we align our known self with our inner self? There’s really only one way – and it’s through trust. Which just happens to be the next discussion of Seth Talk. So hope to see you then, folks. And meanwhile enjoy the heck out of the following Seth quotes, first on the entity or soul, and then on the inner self. They are real clarifiers, in my opinion.

Seth on  the Entity or Soul

    • There is a portion of you, the deeper identity who forms both the inner ego (inner self) and the outer ego, who decided that you would be a physical being in this place and time. This is the core of your identity, the psychic seed from which you sprang, the multidimensional personality of which you are a part.
    • (The soul or entity) is a field of concentrated action...a powerhouse of probabilities or probable actions, seeking to be expressed; a grouping of nonphysical consciousness that nevertheless knows itself as an identity.
    • The soul could be considered as a prime identity that is in itself a gestalt of many other individual consciousnesses...
    • The soul or entity is itself the most highly motivated, most highly energized, and most potent consciousness-unit known in any universe.
    • While I use terms like soul or entity, inner self, and present personality, I do so only for the sake of convenience, for one is a part of the other; there is no point where one begins and another ends.
    • You have immediate, instant personal connection with that which is.
    • You are hardly cut off from your own soul or entity.
    • ...The inner self being the portion of the soul that is within you.
    • You are a part of your soul. It belongs to you and you to it.
    • While you have a limited concept of the soul, then to some extent you cut yourself off from the source of your own being and creativity.
    • The soul is the creator of all experience, and of all destinations in your terms.
    • You are a soul.
    • For the soul, above all, perceives and creates. Remember again that you are a soul now. The soul within you, therefore, is now perceiving.
    • Its methods of perception are the same now as they were before your physical birth, and as they will be after your physical death. So basically the inner portion of you, the soul stuff, will not suddenly change its methods of perception nor its characteristics after physical death.
    • Now any act of perception changes the perceiver, and so the soul, considered as a perceiver, must also change.
    • This characteristic of materializing thoughts and emotions into physical realities is an attribute of the soul.
    • So your soul, that which you are, constructs your physical daily reality for you from the nature of your thoughts and expectations.
    • Now the soul itself is not static. It grows and develops even through the experience of those personalities that compose it, and it is, to put it as simply as possible, more than the sum of its parts.
    • The soul is not a closed system. No psychological system is closed, no consciousness is closed.
    • There are no ends that must be accomplished by any given personality, no ends that must be gained by a personality for the entity.
    • The personality is on its own, with the power of self-determination and free will.
    • No commands are built-in, no prohibitions given. It is the personality who makes the choices.
    • The only detriment to so-called free will is the built-in necessity for value fulfillment.
    • The entity may not either aid or prevent any choice that the personality may make.
    • The entity may not like any particular choice made by the personality, but the entity cannot change the course the personality chooses to take.
    • The entity is utterly incapable of changing that choice. With its superior knowledge, the entity must leave hands off.
    • There is here no puppet, no hand that moves the strings. If there were, you see, you would indeed have a much more perfect world.
    • Now, each event of which you are aware is already a translation of an inner event, a psychic or mental event that is perceived by the soul directly, but translated by the physically oriented portions of the self into physical sense terms.
    • When you are aware of the existence of the entity or of the soul, you can consciously draw upon that greater energy, understanding and strength.
    • The fact is that while you hold limited concepts of your own reality, then you cannot practically take advantage of many abilities that are your own.
    • When you do not understand the nature of the soul, and do not realize that your thoughts and feelings form physical reality, then you feel powerless to change it.
    • The point is that you are only limited to the self you know if you think that you are.
    • Your recognition of the soul and entity can help you direct energies from these other dimensions into your daily life.
    • There are far more wonders to perceive through this inward exploration than you can possibly believe until you begin such a journey for yourself.
    • The personality itself is a gestalt of action, and as such it is necessary that the flow of action within it follow the overall directives of the entity and inner self.
    • You forget that consciousness is the only true vehicle.
    • You, dear reader, are in the process of becoming a conscious participator with the soul, in certain terms of becoming what your soul is.
    • Jointly, each generation has its own purpose. It is this – to perfect inner knowledge, and to manifest it as faithfully as possible outward into the world.
    • Spiritual knowledge and psychic wisdom are the natural result of a sense of self-unity.
    • To understand the multidimensional self is to use it.
    • Society would be restructured if the self were trusted.

Seth on  the Inner Self

    • First, for definition and clarity’s sake, the Entity or Soul: There is a portion of you, the deeper identity who forms both the inner ego (inner self) and the outer ego, who decided that you would be a physical being in this place and time. This is the core of your identity, the psychic seed from which you sprang, the multidimensional personality of which you are a part.
    • While I use terms like soul or entity, inner self, and present personality, I do so only for the sake of convenience, for one is a part of the other; there is no point where one begins and another ends.
    • Now, the Inner Self:
    • ...The inner self being the portion of the soul that is within you.
    • You are far more than the conscious mind, and the self which you do not admit is the portion that not only insures your own physical survival in the physical universe which it has made, but which is also the connective between yourself and inner real­ity…
    • The inner ego (inner self) always identifies with the source-identity as a beloved, individualized portion of the universe. It is aware of the universal love that is its heritage.
    • The inner self is embarked upon an exciting endeavor, in which it learns how to translate its reality into physical terms.
    • It is the inner self, out of massive knowledge and the unlimited scope of its consciousness, that forms the physical world.
    • It is the inner self that organizes, initiates, projects and controls…transforming energy into objects, into matter.
    • It is of great value, then, that each person remembers this universal affiliation.
    • Such a reminder can often allow the inner self to send needed messages of strength and love, appearing as inspiration, dreams or simply bursts of feeling.
    • It is only through the recognition of the inner self that the race of man will ever use its potential.
    • You do have access to the inner self. You are hardly cut off from your own soul or entity.
    • You have immediate, instant personal connection with that which is.
    • The inner self is not remote – not divorced from your most intimate desires and affairs, but instead communicates through your own smallest gesture, through your smallest ideal.
    • Many of you keep searching for some seemingly remote spiritual inner self that you can trust and look to for help and support, but all the while you distrust the familiar self with which you have such intimate contact. You set up divisions between portions of the self that are unnecessary.
    • This sense of division within the self forces you to think that there is a remote, spiritual, wise, intuitive inner self, and a bewildered, put-upon, spiritually ignorant, inferior physical self, which happens to be the one you identify with.
    • Quite literally, the inner self forms the body by magically transforming thoughts and emotions into physical counterparts. You grow the body. Its condition perfectly mirrors your subjective state at any given time.
    • The point is that you are only limited to the self you know if you think that you are.
    • You are meant to understand the nature of your inner self and to manifest it outward. As this is done, your exterior circumstances will change for the better as the inner self becomes more aware of its own nature and capabilities.
    • While the most basic work must be done by the individual, help is always available from a variety of sources, both within and without.
    • When the inner self is alerted (to a problem), it will immediately try to remedy the situation by an influx of self-corrective measures.
    • On occasion, when a problematic situation gets out of hand, the inner self will bypass those restrictive areas of the conscious mind, and solve the problem by shooting forth energy in other layers of activity.
    • The inner self will manage to work around the blind spots in the reasoning mind.
    • Often the inner self will sift from the barrage of conflicting beliefs the particular set that is the most life-giving, and send these in what then appears as a burst of revelation. Such revelations result in new patterns that can change behavior.
    • Impulses are inherently good, both spiritually and biologically. They emerge from Framework 2, from the inner self.
    • When you begin trusting yourselves, you start by taking it for granted that to some extent at least you have not trusted yourself or your impulses in the past.
    • The ego that ignores too many of the possibilities of the inner self is soon in dire difficulty, and is forced to realize that it has been considering survival in a very limited light.
    • Without a sense of joy and inner accomplishment and development of potential, the personality will not only fail to flourish, but the inner self will refuse to maintain the physical structure adequately. This is extremely important. Superficial measures will not fool the inner self.
    • You cannot be disconnected from your inner self, because it is what you are made of.
    • When you say ‘I will do this myself,’ you are speaking with a limited idea of identity.
    • Nothing is ever really done alone, and nothing is ever done unless it is done alone.
    • It is convenient not to be consciously aware of each breath you take, but it is sheer stupidity to ignore the inner self which does the breathing and is aware of the mechanics involved.
    • When you doubt the inner self then you have need of doctors and nurses, and it is good to have them if there is no other place to turn.
    • The fact is that while you hold limited concepts of your own reality, then you cannot practically take advantage of many abilities that are your own.
    • In true expansion of consciousness, the ego becomes more and more aware… It recognizes its identity as a part of the inner self…Portions of the inner self have joined the strictly egotistical functions.
    • The ego has accepted the goals of the inner self.
    • There are no ends that must be accomplished by any given personality, no ends that must be gained by a personality for the entity.
    • The personality is on its own, with the power of self-determination and free will.
    • The only detriment to so-called free will is the built-in necessity for value fulfillment.
    • No commands are built-in, no prohibitions given. It is the personality who makes the choices.
    • There is here no puppet, no hand that moves the strings. If there were, you see, you would indeed have a much more perfect world.
    • The personality itself is a gestalt of action, and as such it is necessary that the flow of action within it follow the overall directives of the entity and inner self.
    • True strength is the result of excellent communications between the outer self that faces the world and the inner self that looks inward.
    • To understand the multidimensional self is to use it.
    • Society would be restructured if the self were trusted.

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