“Consider your present self as an actor in a play… The scene is set in the twentieth century. You create the props, the settings, the themes; in fact you write, produce, and act in the entire production—you and every other individual who takes part.
“You are so focused in your roles, however; so intrigued by the reality you have created, so entranced by the problems, challenges, hopes, and sorrows of your particular roles that you have forgotten they are of your own creation.
“The words that you speak, the acts that you perform, appear to take place IN time, as a chair or table appears to take up space. These appearances however are a part of the complicated props that you have set up beforehand,’ and within the play you must accept these as real.
“Each of you are now involved in a much larger production, in which you all agree on certain basic assumptions that serve as a framework within which the play can occur.
“The assumptions are that time is a series of moments one after another; that an objective world exists quite independently of your own creation and perception of it; that you are bound within the physical bodies that you have donned; and that you are limited by time and space.
“In your play, different problems are set up. Progress does not exist in the terms that you consider it to, any more than time does. Progress can be measured in terms of the particular ways in which those problems were solved or not solved. …
“Progress has nothing to do with time, you see, but with psychic and spiritual focus. …
“This does not mean that the play is NOT real, or that it should not be taken seriously. It does mean playing a role—an important one.
“Each actor must of himself realize, however, the nature of the production and his part in it. He must actualize himself out of the three-dimensional confines of the play’s setting…
“In learning to use these potentials, in learning to rediscover its relationship with the entity, the three-dimensional self raises still further the level of achievement, comprehension, and creativity.
“The three-dimensional self becomes more than it knows.”
Seth Speaks, Sessions 521/22