- Religion and Philosophy
Do You Know Seth?
No, not Seth Godin
Seth is an entity living in a non-physical dimension that Jane Roberts and her husband Robert F. Butts came into contact with in late 1963 while experimenting with a Ouija board.
Holding Trance Sessions
Seth began communicating through Jane while she was in trance and the result was a series of "Seth" books describing other dimensions, ways of viewing the universe and discussion of topics such as reincarnation and the truth about who we are and why we are here in physical bodies.
Roberts and Butts began holding trance sessions in their small apartment in Elmira, N.Y. Jane would go into trance and Robert would transcribe the conversations while visitors asked questions. Seth would often do personal sessions for Jane and Robert that were never recorded for public viewing.
Find Jane's Personal Records
Janes personal records, writings and recordings-both video and audio-were donated to the Yale University after her death in 1984. The Yale University Library holds those documents in its manuscripts and archives department. The library's archives can be contacted here.
Edgar Cayce vs Seth vs An Amateur Physicist
Seth differs from Edgar Cayce is his actual manner and sentence structure when speaking through a medium.
Seth comes across as a well-spoken modern speaker, probably due to Jane's broad vocabulary and training as a writer. Cayce, on the other hand, spoke in antiquated language and in a rather convoluted way that requires some thought to unravel.
The impact of the Seth material on New Age thought is monumental and it helps to read the Seth material when putting the New Age movement into context.
About the reality Seth describes, amateur physicist Michael Talbot (1953-1992) said in his 1988 book titled Beyond the Quantum, "To my great surprise--and slight annoyance--I found that Seth eloquently and lucidly articulated a view of reality that I had arrived at only after great effort and an extensive study of both paranormal phenomena and quantum physics."
Seth Books by Jane Roberts
Jane's husband Robert kept precise and informative notes that help readers track previous information or clarify what Seth is saying.
You could probably buy any Seth book as a starting point into the information and be okay as long as you use Robert's references.
However, "The Seth Material" is a good place to start and will provide you with all the basics you need to understand who the process of receiving the information began for Jane and Rob and how it changed their lives forever.
It's a fascinating story that uncovers startling information about our lives and where we go after our bodies die.
If you don't want to invest in something you aren't sure about yet, check your local library for this and other Jane Roberts books.
About Jane Roberts and Her Husband Robert - Real People
Jane's husband describes each of their childhoods in this video. Robert F. Butts, Jane's husband, was a talented artist. The portraits you see of Jane and Seth in this video were done by Robert Butts.
Jane died in 1984 and Robert passed in 2008. Robert was Jane's and Seth's transcriber and credit for bringing forth the Seth material is as much his as Jane's.
Jane Roberts was a prolific writer and not all of her writing had to do directly with Seth, although she was highly influenced by her psychic experiences. Here are some book titles to pique your interest in Jane and her life.
How To Develop Your ESP Power
Adventures in Consciousness: An Introduction to Aspect Psychology
Psychic Politics: An Aspect Psychology Book
The God of Jane: A Psychic Manifesto
Jane also wrote these books:
The World View of Paul Cézanne: A Psychic Interpretation and The Afterdeath Journal of An American Philosopher: The World View of William James.
Jane was also a poet and published poetry, short stories, and novellas in magazines and publications.
Learning About the Oversoul
This was the first Seth book I ever read.
The ideas in these books opened my eyes to a new way of seeing the world which is exactly what they are meant to do.
These ideas also helped me to see that the world as we see it is much, much larger and far more interesting than anyone would have you believe.