I’m a longtime follower of the teachings of the entity called Seth, channeled through writer Jane Roberts, his words transcribed by her husband Rob Butts. I continue to embrace Seth’s core teachings that consciousness creates matter; that each individual creates his or her own reality through their thoughts, beliefs and expectations; and that the “point of power” through which individuals can affect change is in the present moment.

Nowhere else have I encountered New Year’s Resolutions that resonate with me the way Seth’s do. Maybe that’s because his resolutions are more about paying attention to one’s feelings and attitudes than trying to complete a list of things to do.

Seth reminds me to approve of myself, rejoice in my accomplishments, remember that life is infinitely creative, and know that the future is only a probability planted by my feelings and thoughts in the present moment.

I hope that you, like me, benefit from Seth’s teachings. That you plant accomplishments and successes by remembering that nothing can exist in the future you don’t want to be there.

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Seth’s Resolutions and How They Helped Me

My three siblings and I competed for our busy parents’ approval and attention. Who’d get the best grades, swim the fastest, draw the best? Whenever one of us beat out the rest, the non-winners felt like losers. To escape the pain, I fantasized about being the winner, not knowing that, according to Seth, I already was just by virtue of being alive. Who knew? Seth urges us to be patient, make the effort to love ourselves and appreciate all the hard work we’re doing. Maybe that’s why Seth’s first resolution became so important to me: “One. I will approve of myself, my characteristics, my abilities, my likes and dislikes, my inclinations and disinclinations, realizing that these form my unique individuality. They are given me for a reason.”

From the time we were in kindergarten, my sister’s drawing skills far surpassed mine. The A’s I earned in my creative writing classes weren’t enough to protect my heart from being wounded by jibes comparing my sister’s drawing chops to my lack of them. It wasn’t until the magazine articles I wrote started getting published that my sis and I realized I had a flair for writing. I wish I’d known about Seth’s second resolution while I still desperately longed for other people’s approval rather than my own: “Two: I will approve of and rejoice in my accomplishments and I will be as vigorous in listing these – as rigorous in remembering them – as I have ever been in remembering and enumerating my failures or lacks of accomplishment.”

During meditation, in rare moments when my monkey mind stops chattering, I sometimes experience what I call higher consciousness, and Seth calls Framework 2. He writes that sustained desire will get you where you want to go. His words bring me peace: “Three: I will remember the creative framework of existence in which I have my being. Therefore the possibilities, potentials, seeming miracles, and joyful spontaneity of Framework 2 will be in my mind, so that the doors to creative living are open.”

Perhaps the most hopeful resolution for me is the fourth one, because remembering it reminds me to reclaim my personal power. Seth’s focus on the present moment as the point of power, and his writings on probabilities and alternate worlds delight me. He taught me that fear of any kind, including fear of fear, is destructive, and that a negative thought gains in power to the extent that you fear it. A better attitude when encountering a negative thought is to get rid of it by mentally plucking it like a weed and throwing it away:  “Four: I will realize that the future is a probability. In terms of ordinary experience, nothing exists there yet. It is virgin territory, planted by my feelings and thoughts in the present. Therefore I will plant accomplishments and successes, and I will do this by remembering that nothing can exist in the future that I do not want to be there.”

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