Section One, Entry 12: The Safe Universe
By Lynda Madden Dahl
Seth: “The one-line official consciousness with which you are familiar, says ‘The world is not safe. I cannot trust it. Nor can I trust the conditions of experience, or the condition of my own existence, nor can I trust myself.... And therefore I must protect myself, and I must set up my defense in whatever way I can, to protect myself in a universe that I cannot trust, and to protect myself from a self that is evil and flawed.”
What constitutes an unsafe universe? If All That Is had perfected an unsafe universe as the model for its creations, what would it look like? One of the most obvious frameworks of such a universe would be an abundance of fear, since that’s the emotion engendered by a lack of safety. And that would be closely followed by the creation of seemingly endless protections against all that is feared. With fears and protections in place, the consciousness inhabiting such a model could go unhappily about the business of creating its reality.
But All That Is instead created a safe universe, one completely devoid of the need to fear, where protections were not only unnecessary, but quite contradictory to the safe-framework model, and one where consciousness could happily go about the business of creating its reality.
Seth tells us we live in a safe universe, and he tells us this is a psychic truth. He’s not saying, however, that our personal universe is always seen as safe, simply because we have the free will to play at not being safe, if it suits our needs (i.e., resonates with our thoughts, emotions and imaginings). But underneath our creations is a reality of complete safety, always inviolate.
So which do we choose, a safe universe or an unsafe one? As Seth asks us, “Which you? Which world?”
Seth says, “When people are convinced that the self is untrustworthy or that the universe is not safe, instead of luxuriating in the use of their abilities, exploring the physical and mental environments, they begin to pull in their realities – to contract their abilities, to over-control their environments. They become frightened people.”
So fear is definitely the issue that needs to be resolved, and not just a fear here and there, but a whole new mindset that scoffs at the idea of fear. Our personal safe universe is of our own making, but we can’t take it half way and expect to live a reality free of fear. Like Seth says, “You cannot equivocate. You cannot say, ‘I live in a safe universe but but but but’ anything. The threat will follow you and erupt in one way or another.”
Seth goes on to tell us, “You have an entire civilization and world set up about those beliefs I have just given you: that the universe is not safe; that you must defend yourselves from enemies that come from without, and worst of all, from enemies that are within. And so indeed do you feel uneasy, and set up your barriers, and run as fast as you can, in whatever way given you, from those enemies that are the result of a one-line official kind of consciousness.”
Believing in a safe universe is a first step for us, albeit a huge first step. It immediately eliminates the belief of outside forces harming us – whether those forces be people, events, strange powers or, not insignificantly, even the past. It puts the responsibility of “un-safety” squarely on our shoulders – which is exactly where it needs to be. How else can we change unpleasant circumstances unless we take responsibility for their creation? And how very fortunate are we to have such a get-out-of-jail-free card? We must truly believe we have the ability to change our circumstances. Why? Because we can.
According to Seth, “When you thoroughly understand what is meant by the entire safe universe concept, then the physical, cultural climate is understood as a medium through which the ideal can be expressed. The ideal is meaningless if it is not physically manifest to one degree or another. The ideal seeks expression.”
So, it’s up to us as to which world we choose to inhabit, the one that is basic to the safe nature of the universe, or the one that is unnaturally created in line with our fears. Whichever we choose, we are responsible for its expression in our reality, because the “ideal” is always expressed. Which us? Which expressed ideal? Which world?
Speaking of worlds to inhabit that reflect a safe universe, I find in Jane's wonderful little novel, Oversoul Seven and the Museum of Time, a model to aspire to. In it, Oversoul Seven and a rather motley group of his twentieth-century aspects come together in a very odd set of circumstances.
From Seven's broader perspective, he realizes that underlying the surface events that they are all involved in is the real drama, and it's about something called the Codicils. It becomes Seven's task to figure out what the Codicils are and why they're so important, and then to secure them in time and space for future generations.
Seven ends up fast-forwarding through time to the twenty-fifth century, where yet another of his aspects resides. This person, called Monarch, is the head of an archeological dig at which the Codicils were discovered some 200 years previously, and which altered civilization as it was then known.
In honor of the Codicils and their tremendous impact on humanity, Monarch built a replica of a house from the nineteenth century where the Codicils were first penned—and this replicated house became a world museum which held the Codicils, and it was called the Museum of Time.
It’s a wonderful story and full of learning for all of us. But most important to us today is how Monarch's twenty-fifth century world functions. Paranoia has not been felt for decades. Crime is unknown to the people. Indeed, at one point Monarch thinks to himself that no thievery has been committed in his lifetime. He goes on to remember that all social diseases have been eliminated for over a century.
Monarch says that the causes of such things have been done away with almost naturally, as humankind taught itself about the self and its own potentials and abilities.
And certainly we Seth readers are on that journey. We started it with our first Seth book, and we’ve come a long way. But Monarch’s world is one where the safe universe concept is a given, where it’s practiced, not just accepted in theory; where a complete trust in everything important is the mode of the day, like trust in All That Is, like trust in their inner selves, like trust in themselves, like trust in the nature of reality.
The people of Monarch’s world could not have created lives free of fear without that trust – which actually is what gives the safe universe concept life…and reality.
Yes, indeed, a world for us to aspire to.
To live a safe universe takes a profound belief in and trust of the self. And that’s why we’ll end Seth Talk next time, our last entry, with our redefinition of the self, the one we’ve been building here for the past year. Meanwhile, on to some Seth quotes that so very much help us understand far more deeply what a safe universe entails and what it takes to maintain it. – Go Seth!
Seth on The Safe Universe
- The one-line official consciousness with which you are familiar says, “The world is not safe. I cannot trust it. Nor can I trust the conditions of experience or the conditions of my own existence. Nor can I trust myself.”
- You have an entire civilization and world set up about those beliefs I have just given you: that the universe is not safe; that you must defend yourselves from enemies that come from without, and worst of all, from enemies that are within.
- And so indeed do you feel uneasy, and set up your barriers, and run as fast as you can, in whatever way given you, from those enemies that are the result of a one-line official kind of consciousness.
- The one-line stage of consciousness was necessary... But that stage contained within it its own impetus. It set up challenges that could not be solved at that stage of consciousness, and that would automatically lead you into other strands of awareness. Only then can you say – and listen, now – 'I live in a safe universe.’
- The belief in an unsafe universe sets up certain habits of resistance, and more practically, of self-protection. The resistance is protective. It shows itself in fears that seem perfectly realistic, and indeed highly practical.
- In an unsafe universe you run your personal life along certain lines. You do not trust good fortune; indeed, it seems practical not to trust it. It does not seem to belong in an unsafe universe.
- In an unsafe universe, you believe that something good will be fought over.
- You are so used to feeling unsafe that you consider alarm of one kind or another as a realistic approach to life.
- The idea of prevention is always based upon fear – for you do not want to prevent something that is joyful.
- You try to say, “The universe is safe,” and then you watch the news on television or read the newspaper and you say, “What lie is this? How can the universe be safe when I read about wholesale murder, war, trickery and greed?"
- You cannot say “I live in a safe universe, but I am threatened by the economic problems of my state,” move to Pennsylvania, or to Timbuktu. It will make no difference, because the threat will follow you and erupt in one way or another while you believe in that system.
- As long as you believe that you dwell in a universe that is a threat, you must defend yourself against it.
- As long as you believe that the self is flawed...you must also defend yourself against yourself, and how can you then trust the voice of the psyche?
- When people are convinced that the self is untrustworthy or that the universe is not safe, instead of luxuriating in the use of their abilities, exploring the physical and mental environments, they begin to pull in their realities – to contract their abilities, to over-control their environments. They become frightened people.
- When you begin to realize that you do indeed live in a safe universe, these patterns of reaction begin to break up.
- The safe universe becomes “practical,” where before it was not considered so. This means a great deal of energy is released.
- You cannot equivocate. You cannot say, “I live in a safe universe but but but but” anything. The threat will follow you and erupt in one way or another.
- You do live in a safe universe. You do. You need not believe that the world of the newspapers does not exist, but you must believe that the world cannot threaten you.
- By such a belief you so atttract probabilities that you actually miss the threats that appear at one level of reality. In so doing, you not only help yourself but others as well, for they perceive your safety, and look for the reasons.
- The panic reaction you sometimes imagine helps remind you of the panic in which many people spend whole portions of their lifetimes. The way to help them is to perfect your own craft – your beliefs – so that others can use them also.
- You live in a safe universe. This is not only a valid psychic truth, but is the basis for cellular integrity.
- You need not say, “The universe is safe,” for, at your present levels that will only enrage you! You say instead, “I live in a safe universe,” and so you shall.
- Ruburt said somewhere, "Sometimes you lean into the universe and feel it give." It is indeed yielding. It is not against you, nor is the world.
- You are each gradually leaving the official level of consciousness behind, in that its beliefs no longer serve as your criteria of reality.
- That reality exists, but it is not yours any longer.
- You are tuning into another channel, experiencing a reality that is not only quite as real, but presents a far truer picture.
- It is as if you were on a hilltop, surrounded by clear brilliant air. You could still look down at the foggy valley below, and see that it existed. You would also realize that you were not down there anymore.
- You cannot be hounded from one level of reality to another by a fear that you do not understand. You cannot be threatened in this life by so-called past existences.
- The universe is with you and not against you.
- Your fellow men are with you and not against you. When you realize that, then you reach those portions of your fellow men that are with you.
- The universe does not give up on any of its creatures.
- (Seth, humorously): I said it was a safe universe. I never said it was a perfect one.
- 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.
- The greatest possible development allows the greatest possible security, for such development shows itself physically and in all other manners.
- Abilities must be ultimately tied in with your greatest inner aspirations – not tied down by your fears.
- Within yourself you recognize the validity of your own being. It is inviolate. It cannot be invaded or superseded by others, unless you acquiesce to such circumstances.
- There is nothing in mental or physical reality that you ever need fear, for you are filled with the vitality of All That Is, and it protects you. You must simply allow it to do so.
- A state of grace is provided you in which you can take action without care, without the anticipation of impediments.
- When you thoroughly understand what is meant by the entire safe universe concept, then the physical, cultural climate is understood as a medium through which the ideal can be expressed. The ideal is meaningless if it is not physically manifest to one degree or another. The ideal seeks expression.
- The safe universe search itself would lead to a completely different set of values and a new belief system.