Seth explains suffering and why certain beliefs hold people back from creating fulfilling realities.
Remember…Suffering is not good for the soul unless it teachers the soul not to suffer, that is its job. – Seth
Seth: I want to stress that within each life full free will operates once the conditions of that life are set. That is, if you have been born in poor or depressed circumstances, then free will will not alter the conditions of that birth. It can help you become wealthy in adult life through the choices that you make. It should be helpful and certainly somewhat comforting to realize that even unfortunate birth conditions were not forced upon you by some outside agency but chosen at inner levels of your own reality.
The same applies to almost any situation. Religion holds some ideas that are in complete opposition to each other in regard to the nature of suffering in general. Some believe that suffering is a punishment sent by God for past or present sins or even omissions, while other religious schools insist that suffering is sent by God as evidence of his particular love for the individual involved: “God must love you very much, because he sent you so much suffering.”
That remark and similar ones are often made to ill persons. The idea is supposed to be that suffering is good for the soul, is a way of atoning for one’s sins, and in some fashion the implication is made that such suffering in this life will be more than compensated for in heaven.
Such concepts encourage individuals to feel like victims, with no control at all over the conditions of their own lives.
Instead, it should be realized that as uncomfortable as suffering is, it does somehow have a meaning in the context of your entire existence. Again, that it was not thrust upon you by some unjust or uncaring exterior force or nature.
To some degree, that kind of understanding can help alleviate suffering itself to some extent. I am not advocating a fatalistic approach either, that says more or less: “I have chosen such and such an unfortunate condition at some level I do not understand. And therefore, the entire affair is outside of my own hands. There is nothing I can do about it.”
For one thing, again, almost all situations, including the most drastic, can be changed for the better to some extent. And the very attempt to do so can increase a person’s sense of control over his or her own circumstances. This does not mean that those adverse situations can be changed overnight in usual terms (though ideally that is also possible) but that the sense of control over one’s life encourages all of the mental and physical healing properties.
In terms of “starting over” at such a point, the main thing to remember is not to expect too much too fast, while recognizing that instantaneous cures are, indeed, probabilities.
Again, mind games, the insertion of humor and diversion, are extremely valuable, so that you are not trying too hard. Some people try too hard to be spontaneous, while others are frightened of spontaneity itself. The knowledge of reincarnational lives is spontaneously held. And, you can receive profound insights from that knowledge. This occurs when you are not looking for it but when you are familiar enough with the entire concept, so that you realize such knowledge is available.
The Way Toward Health, June 17, 1984.