Searching for a Soul? Just Ask Jane (a.k.a. ‘Seth’)
“You sit within the miracle of yourselves, and ask for signs. It is your inner eyes I would open..” ~ Jane Roberts (as ‘Seth’)
Do you believe in a Soul? What about ghosts? Entities of energy? The paranormal in general?!
Are you at least searching for some of your questions to be answered?
Now I must say, I do enjoy reading the overtly offbeat, and usually the more esoteric in nature the better for me, but I don’t often gravitate towards the paranormal – certainly not involving ghosts, channeling, or entities of any nature. However, before the writing and books grabs you, it’s the lady, Jane Roberts that forces you to read on and continue learning about her frankly unbelievable life. And on top of that, it turns out that a lot of what Seth has to say makes an unsettling and eye-opening amount of sense!
Jane Roberts (May 8, 1929 – September 5, 1984) was an American author, poet, self-proclaimed psychic and spiritual medium, who claimed to channel an energy personality who called himself ‘Seth’. Her publication of the Seth texts, known as the ‘Seth Material’, established her as one of the preeminent figures in the world of paranormal phenomena. The Yale Library maintains a collection entitled Jane Roberts Papers (MS 1090), which documents her career and personal life including journals, poetry, correspondence, audio and video recordings and other materials donated by individuals and organizations after her death.
Roberts was born in the state of New York. Her parents divorced when she was two years old. With her only child, Jane’s young mother, Marie had begun experiencing the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. Marie was partially incapacitated, and the Welfare Department began to furnish mother and daughter with occasional (and often unreliable) domestic help. When Marie became a bedridden invalid, it was Jane’s responsibility to take care of her. This included cooking, cleaning, bringing her the bedpan, and getting up in the middle of the night to refuel the stove. Her embittered mother used to tell Jane that she was going to turn on the gas jets in the middle of the night and kill them both.
“My mother was a real bitch,” Jane said, “but she was an energetic bitch. When my mother attempted suicide for about the fifth time, she took a whole mess of sleeping pills and was in the hospital. I went to the welfare lady and said I could not take it anymore. I just had to leave.”
Over and over, Jane’s mother told her that she was no good, that the daughter’s birth had caused the mother’s illness, that she was disowned and considered no longer her daughter. The persistent psychological abuse and mistreatment by her mother resulted in the young girl’s deep fear of abandonment. Well before she was 10 years old Jane had developed persistent symptoms of colitis. By her early teens she had an overactive thyroid gland. Her vision was poor; she required very strong glasses (which she seldom wore). For most of 1940 and half of 1941 Jane was in a strictly-run Catholic orphanage in New York, while her mother was hospitalized in another city for treatment of her arthritis. Priests came to the house regularly and support was offered to the fatherless family. Jane’s initial bonding to the cultural beliefs of religion was very strong to make up for the lack of a loving, nurturing family.
(However, some of Jane’s very early poetry using ideas akin to reincarnation offended one priest, who burned her books on the Fall of Rome.)
When she was in her 30s, she and her husband, Robert, began to record what she said were messages from a personality named ‘Seth’, and she wrote several books about the experience. According to Roberts, she began to receive coherent messages from a male personality who eventually identified himself as Seth. Soon after, Roberts reported that she was hearing the messages in her head. She began to dictate the messages instead of using the Ouija board, and she eventually abandoned the board. Roberts described the process of writing the Seth books as entering a trance state. She said Seth would assume control of her body and speak through her, while her husband wrote down the words she spoke. They referred to such episodes as ‘readings’ or ‘sessions’.
According to Roberts, Seth described himself as an “energy personality essence no longer focused in physical matter”, and was independent of Roberts’ subconsious. Roberts initially expressed skepticism as to Seth’s origins, wondering if he was a part of her own personality. As Seth, Roberts at times appeared stern, jovial or professorial. ‘His voice was deeper and more masculine sounding than Jane’s and was possessed of a distinct, although not identifiable, accent. Unlike the psychic Edgar Cayce, whose syntax when speaking in trance was antiquated and convoluted, Roberts’ terminology and sentence structures were modern and clear when speaking as Seth.
Chapter One of ‘Seth Speaks’, by Jane Roberts
Stay ‘STRANGE’, my friends..
More info about Jane Roberts Books: HERE