Midweek Mysticism: What is an Energy Personality Essence?
It may surprise you to know that I’ve been communing with the thoughts of one for more than a decade. But then, as a friend once said, “Nothing you do will ever surprise me.”
A little harsh, I think, as I’m in very good company. Deepak Chopra, M.D. a respected doctor, and author of many compelling books, shares my strange compulsion: “[He] presents an alternate map of reality with a new diagram of the psyche, useful to all explorers of consciousness.”
Before I let you into the secret, here are some of the words of the Energy Personality Essence himself:
Each individual has access to intuitional knowledge and can gain glimpses of inner reality. The universe speaks to each of us. Consciousness creates form, not the other way around. All personalities are not physical. It is only because you are so busily concerned with daily matters that you do not realise that there is a portion of you who knows that its own powers are far superior to those shown by the ordinary self.
Prentice-Hall has been publishing the books of this astonishing being since 1972, the last in 1997. The author’s name is Seth, although his words were delivered by a remarkable woman called Jane Roberts and taken down in shorthand by her husband Robert Butts, an artist.
And, yes, the process is “channeling,” that ghastly word much used in the Blair era, thanks to his busy wife Cherie. It’s gone downhill all the way since then, but don’t let that put you off, it has always had a respected role in genuine mysticism.
The books are fairly chunky tomes written with huge intelligence and understanding, and are never less than dazzlingly insightful. They are not the fare of glossy women’s magazines or tabloid newspapers — the Daily Mail excepted, perhaps. They are also very addictive. I have quite a collection of Seth books.
The name Seth is interesting. The biblical Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve, depicted in their creation myths as a divine incarnation. The children of Seth were thought by some to make up a superior strand of humanity. Some of the Gnostic writings are often described by scholars as “Sethian”.
Let’s finish with some words of wisdom from the great Essence himself:
Do not think of the mind as a purely mental entity, and of the body as a purely physical one. Instead think of both mind and body as continuing, interweaving processes that are mental and physical at once. Your thoughts are quite as physical as your body is, and your body is quite as non-physical as it seems to you your thoughts are. You are actually a vital force, existing as part of your environment, and yet apart from it simultaneously.
The latter point is borne out by mystical experiences and is deeply unsettling to scientists. Those with ears to hear, and eyes to see, will know exactly what Seth is saying.
If you want to try one, I recommend Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul.
Coming soon: Mystology: A different way of looking at the world. Also a website, mystology.com.
Author of The Eternal Quest for Immortality: Is it staring you in the face? Available from Amazon and all good booksellers.