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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 Asks:

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.)

Seth Answers:

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.

Book Preview:

Chapter One of ‘Seth Speaks’, by Jane Roberts

You have heard of ghost hunters. I can quite literally be called a ghost writer, though 
I do not approve of the term “ghost.” It is true that I am usually not seen in physical 
terms. I do not like the word “spirit,” either; and yet if your definition of that word 
implies the idea of a personality without a physical body, then I would have to agree 
that the description fits me.
I address an unseen audience. However, I know that my readers exist, and therefore 
I shall ask each of them, now, to grant me the same Privilege.
I write this book through the auspices of a woman of whom I have become quite 
fond. To others it seems strange that I address her as “Ruburt,” and “him,” but the fact 
is that I have known her in other times and places, by other names. She has been both 
a man and a woman, and the entire identity who has lived these separate lives can be 
designated by the name of Ruburt. 
Names are not important, however. My name is Seth. Names are simply 
designations, symbols; and yet since you must use them, I shall also. I write this book 
with the cooperation of Ruburt, who speaks the words for me. In this life Ruburt is 
called Jane, and her husband, Robert Butts, takes down the words that Jane speaks. I 
call him Joseph. 
My readers may suppose that they are physical creatures, bound within physical 
bodies, imprisoned within bone, flesh, and skin. If you believe that your existence is 
dependent upon this corporeal image, then you feel in danger of extinction, for no 
physical form lasts, and no body, however beautiful in youth, retains the same vigor 
and enchantment in old age. If you identify with your own youth, or beauty, or intel-
lect, or accomplishments, then there is the constant gnawing knowledge that these 
attributes can and will vanish. 
I am writing this book to assure you that this is not the case. Basically you are no 
more of a physical being than I am, and I have donned and discarded more bodies than 
I care to tell. Personalities who do not exist do not write books. I am quite independent 
of a physical image, and so are you. Consciousness creates form. It is not the other way around.” 

Sound interesting? 


Stay ‘STRANGE’, my friends..


More info about Jane Roberts  Books: HERE

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