Section One, Entry 11: Trust
By Lynda Madden Dahl
Seth says, “To understand that you create your own reality requires an ‘awakening’ from the normal awake state. Realization itself does change the ‘rules of the game.’ This recognition does indeed involve a new performance on the part of your own consciousness, a mental and imaginative leap that gives you control and direction over achievements that you have always performed, though without your conscious awareness.”
We’ve come a long way over the months from Seth Talk’s entry #1 to this one, and the focus has been on broadening the definition of our self so that we can live a safe universe. That’s our goal and, good for us, we’ve learned or reminded ourselves of many of Seth’s concepts that dovetail with our need for that expanded learning. But as we all know quite well, knowledge itself will not set us free. If that were the case, we’d all be healthy, wealthy and wise after reading our first Seth book.
What does it take, then, to make the leap from pure knowledge-based concepts that we fully accept as valid, to actually translating that knowledge into living a safe universe? This is no big secret, we all know the answer: a blending of knowledge and trust. Trust takes us beyond accepted knowledge and into an awakening that constitutes a mental and imaginative leap that brings control and direction to our creations. Without trust, we cannot take the necessary and fulfilling step of living the results of our learning.
So what is it we have to trust? How about our literal oneness with All That Is and our inner self? The subjective nature of time and lack of cause and effect? That what we see is actually camouflage in the spacious present made to look like it resides in time and space? That action - the driving force of creation - is given direction through suggestion composed of thought, emotion and imagination? Okay, the list goes on and on and on, no doubt about it. So much to learn to trust, it seems.
But is that true? Is there really so much to trust? In one regard, yes, because each of those components of knowledge, and many others, are actually facts that we must accept as true, if we’re to throw off the yoke of the one-line stage of consciousness Seth discusses in entry #1, and stop creating haphazard and unenlightened constructions. So they can’t be downplayed. But they can be gathered under the banner of a whole trust, one trust that by nature encompasses – nay, transcends – the sum of its parts. And that one trust is of our self.
Seth tells us, “In each person, the ultimate and unassailable and unquenchable power of All That Is is individualized, and dwells in time.” And he says, “A portion of All That Is resides within and is a part of every consciousness. Every consciousness is therefore cherished and protected individually.” This, then, is the ultimate basis for our trust, the platform upon which we stand and which never wavers or changes. It simply is.
But at times, maybe most times at first, we can’t see it, so we attempt to answer the questions of the mind in order to allow ourselves to trust. That’s what drew us to the Seth material in the first place, perhaps even when we weren’t aware that that was our cause or path. So answering the questions is important, because the soul’s desire is to trust, and the mind, in order to trust, normally needs understanding and assurances. And what does a composite picture of what we learn from Seth bring us? A new, broader definition of the self.
Seth says, “There are no real rules to be followed that will bring you into...an encounter with the present moment of reality – only a trust in the nature of your being.” As we develop our understanding of the Seth material and experience it in our daily lives, change starts showing itself here and there because we start to trust here and there. But what we need ultimately is full, unilateral trust. And Seth tells us, “...That trust is within you whether or not you recognize it, for it gives you your present experience; and no matter how your mind questions, it resides securely in the great creativity of the soul.”
So what is it we need to trust, in more concrete terms? According to Seth, “...Trust the natural order of being; that conditions are largely conducive to it; that your needs will be met within the circumstances of that natural order; and that you are couched and supported.” And, “...You must trust your own nature, for it has a purpose.” And, “What is needed is a basic trust in the nature of vitality, and faith that all elements of experience are used for a greater good.” He says more than that, of course, but those quotes seem to cover the basic elements.
And do we have any wiggle room with a full commitment to trust, perhaps, like we said above, just trusting here and there? Yeah, sure. :-) Our friend and advisor says, “If you cannot trust that which keeps you alive, what can you trust?” And, “You cannot equivocate. You either trust the self or you do not.” And one of my favorites, because it so sounds like Seth and makes me smile each time I read it: “You must begin to trust the self some time. I suggest you do it now.”
So, yes, it is the self that must come to be trusted, not in selected instances but always. When we create an event, uneasy or not, we must trust that there is purpose and meaning behind it. When we ask for understanding and clarity, we must trust that it will always be forthcoming. When we feel an impulse, we must trust that there is good intent driving it. When we need healing, psychic or physical, we must trust that we are fully capable of creating a path that fits our needs. When we seek new direction, we must trust probabilities to open that guide us. - So much to trust, and this is only a small portion of it.
But overall, we must see that it is our self that makes these intimacies of interaction happen because of who and what our self is. That is the bottom line. Who and what is the self, and what rightful power does it hold because of it? We must accept a new, broader definition of the self...and trust it.
And our friend takes the final word today, suggesting the great implications to our individually learning to trust our self and what it means to our reality: “Society would be restructured if the self were trusted.”
As usual, following are the gathered Seth quotes on today’s subject, and they only hint at everything Seth has to say about it. Also included are some lines that use the word “faith,” because Seth made a comment that the words faith and trust are interchangeable.
Hope to see you in May for the next to the last Seth Talk entry, and in some ways it’s an extension of this one because it’s on living a safe universe. And how the heck can we possibly do that without trust? More good Seth quotes and clarifications coming your way soon, folks!
Seth on Trust
- In each person, the ultimate and unassailable and unquenchable power of All That Is is individualized, and dwells in time.
- A portion of All That Is resides within and is a part of every consciousness. Every consciousness is therefore cherished and protected individually.
- There are no real rules to be followed that will bring you into…an encounter with the present moment of reality – only a trust in the nature of your being.
- And that trust is within you whether or not you recognize it, for it gives you your present experience; and no matter how your mind questions, it resides securely in the great creativity of the soul.
- If you cannot trust that which keeps you alive, what can you trust?
- …You must trust your own nature, for it has a purpose.
- …Trust the natural order of being; that conditions are largely conducive to it; that your needs will be met within the circumstances of that natural order; and that you are couched and supported.
- You cannot trust yourself and not trust yourself at the same time, without coming into some difficulty.
- You cannot equivocate. You either trust the self or you do not.
- What is needed is a basic trust in the nature of vitality, and faith that all elements of experience are used for a greater good.
- Some people always feel safe and protected even when the events of their lives do not seem favorable.
- Regardless of their own doubts and worries, such people feel themselves supported, and feel that in the end everything will work out to their advantage.
- They take it for granted that their needs will be met, and that the universe is well-disposed toward them.
- Every event serves a purpose. Every event is offered for a reason. What is good? What is bad?
- The soul constantly creates the body, and each individual on the face of the earth at any given time places his or her trust in that reality.
- One of the greatest detriments to mental and physical well-being is the unfortunate belief that any unfavorable situation is bound to get worse instead of better.
- The body is equipped, ideally, to rid itself of any diseases, and to maintain its stability into advanced old age, with only gradual overall change.
- In these ideal terms, death would involve a closing down of your physical house; it would not be crumbling about you.
- It is far better to trust, for you open up Framework 2 so that benefits become available that might otherwise not be.
- …He (Ruburt) did not have the courage of his convictions, and really made no attempt to act upon them. Had he left the gallery when his novel was published, he would by now have one and a half times his present income from writing. …
- He would have been acting out of expectancy, in league with subconscious as well as conscious need, and the impetus of wanting money would have given it to him, if he closed off the other means. He did not.
- 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.
- When you learn to trust your feelings and your impulses, something very strange happens. They turn quite trustworthy.
- …In your larger picture there are no errors, for each action, pleasant or not, will be redeemed.
- And if it seems that a trust is betrayed in an individual case, the overall picture will prove to be far different.
- You must begin to trust yourself sometime. I suggest you do it now.
- Society would be restructured if the self were trusted.
- Your exterior improvements are the result of inner workings, and they represent the growth of inner confidence.
- Natural optimism is a power in the individual and in the world. It believes in triumph, in pleasant, unpredictable surprises, in unexpected solutions, joyful occurrences.
- You begin to glimpse a promised land – a land of psyche and reality that represents unimpeded nature.
- Miracles are nature unimpeded.
- 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.
- I am saying that you and every individual is in control of their own destiny. You are in control, you are not moved by other forces.
- Spiritual knowledge and psychic wisdom are the natural result of a sense of self-unity.
- Until you have faith in yourself, you can have no real faith in the universe or in All That Is.
- …Faith is the agent in which growth can happen.
- …A state of grace is provided you in which you can take action without care, without the anticipation of impediments.
- Faith in a creative, fulfilling, desired end – sustained faith – literally draws from the universe all of the necessary ingredients, all of the elements however staggering in number, all of the details, and then inserts into physical life the impulses, dreams, chance meetings, motivations, or whatever is necessary so that the desired end then falls into place as a completed pattern.