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a much better world

awaits us as soon as

we realize it

Dan McAneny

Copyright 2016 by Daniel Thomas McAneny

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Table of Contents

As One Traveler—Lyrics

From the Author to the Reader

1. How Shall I say this?

2. Edgar Cayce, His “Miracles” and Origin

3. Bob Monroe and His Tour from KT-95

4. The Entity Seth – On Our Soul & HTSI

5. Seth on Our Experience Between Lives and God

6. Seth on Earlier Civilizations & Connections Between Realities

7. Seth on Evolution, Forming Matter, and Science

8. Seth on Alternate States of Consciousness

9. Our Existence Beyond the Reincarnational Reality

10. Why the “Tourist Notion” is Important & The Job to be Done

About the Author

As One Traveler

I was drivin’ on a highway I knew pretty well

When I came upon a roadside stand I hadn’t noticed before.

I stopped to take a look around

And meet the fella who ran the place.

I could see a kindly look in his eye

A peaceful look, sure, but somethin’ more.

I searched for the few things I wanted

And took ‘em off the shelf

I turned and then he spoke to me.

You could see he was sure of himself.

“I speak to you from the other side,” he said,

“And I speak, and live, and work with pride,

Though by your count I’m long since dead.

“Listen careful now to what I say

‘Cause it could change your life in a very big way.

You’re a traveler, it’s easy to see.

I’d like you to think that way of me.

In fact, as you look at any man, woman or child,

Try to think of them, though the idea seems wild,

As a part of God, a soul, if you like,

That has broken away and is on a long hike.

You’ll be surprised at the beauty you’ll find.

You can pay your respects most any way that suits you.

A smile, a word, a song, one comes to mind —

It begins — “Traveler, I salute you.”


As one traveler to another, I salute you.

We are all travelers, whatever our position,

So as one traveler to another, I salute you.

We were meant to keep on changin’

Seekin’ new and better ways

Different kinds of days

Than we know


As one traveler to another, I salute you.

Life and death are but two faces

Of our eternal, ever-changing existence.

You and I have lived before

And will again

And our new life is growing in the old

As behold,

The seed is already in the flower.

We are all travelers, whatever our position,

So as one traveler to another, I salute you.

From the Author to the Reader

It isn’t easy for most of us to think of ourselves as anything more than the person we seem to be – the person who goes out into the world each day and does whatever we have to do to survive, thrive, and if possible enjoy that day to the greatest extent possible. It is especially difficult to think of ourselves as something more in today’s world, where we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s known about the universe. We seem so small compared to this vast universe that seems to exist outside and apart from us.

But it’s necessary for us to start thinking of ourselves in new and different ways, and realize that we are much more than we think we are. Whether we’re successful or not is a question, and the stakes are high. On the one hand we might soon enjoy a kind of existence that is thrilling, totally enjoyable, and full of almost unimaginable happiness. On the other, if we can’t come to realize our own power to create, we could be in for some pretty difficult times over the next 50 years.

We can start on the road to the “good times” by understanding that we are all “tourists,” and that the life or lives we lead here are just one small part of who we are. The hope is that this book will help accelerate that awareness.

Chapter 1 - How Shall I Say this?

I don’t know how to break it to you, so I’ll just come right out and tell you. You are not who you think you are. You think you are Mary Davis or John Jones or whatever name you go by. You think you exist inside your body here in the 21st century, with a certain sex designation, of a certain height, weight and skin color, either brilliant or of average intelligence or less, with your particular personality that addresses the world we’re all inhabiting.

Sorry. That’s not you. That’s just a part of you. Just as your big toe is part of you, but you wouldn’t say, “I am my big toe.” You realize you are more than your big toe. Likewise, it’s time you started to realize that you are more than just a mind in a body. What you think of as you is really that part of you that is choosing to experience earth life. The real you is a spirit, one that takes on many forms in many different realities, or no form in a non-physical reality, as you go about the business of co-creating those realities and experiencing what it is like to live within them. You do that because it is your nature to continually create, explore, experience and learn as part of your growth in awareness and capabilities. As a spirit you have certain values, and any experience you create for yourself is intended to help you fulfill those values.

To experience the earth reality, you need to blank out your awareness of your total existence as a spirit active in many realities, and agree to the “rules of the game” that are the root assumptions of any reality. The rules when you go into the earth existence by entering a physical body include … there is time … there is space … I am separate from you … there is good and evil … and cause and effect is the operating mechanism, so that for example, if I push a lamp across a table, I am causing it to move.

To function within this reality, you need to take a portion of your total consciousness, not separate from you but a part of you with a special assignment, and have it adopt a very tight, up-close focus on the reality around you. If that portion were aware of all the different realities of which it is a part, it couldn’t function well in this reality, where objects look and feel very real to us, especially when we bump into them, and where we can’t walk through walls with our physical bodies. That portion of you with this special assignment is what we commonly refer to as our “ego consciousness,” and that is what many of us think we are, nothing more.

And that is just fine for purposes of navigating in this physical world where we experience time and space and the cause/effect relationship as real. The problem arises when we forget we are non-material spirits “temporarily” taking on material form, and start to believe that this portion of us is the sum total of who we are, locked in our bodies until we “die,” after which who knows what we become or whether we experience anything at all. That is a bit depressing to many of us.

If we had the bigger picture of our existence in proper perspective, we might logically call this part of ourselves “focus personalities,” that is, personalities that we take on when coming into earth experience so that we can “play the game” according to the rules. Those personalities have to focus in very tightly, as mentioned, so that we can perceive all the objects and events around us as real, solid and something we can interact with. They are an illusion, yes, but our earth life is an illusion with meaning and purpose, and is created by a greater underlying reality. It is a “real illusion” or “camouflage reality” that enables us to experience emotions – joy, anticipation, celebration, sadness, disappointment, betrayal, hope, desire, caring deeply for one or more other focus personalities, humor, depression and all the other emotions that we earth inhabitants experience, emotions never experienced by many other spirits who choose not to try out the earth experience.

So here we are, all of us on this planet right now, spirits in bodies, using the focus personality part of ourselves to function here, and as we look around, we see that it is not the greatest place anyone could imagine. Unfortunately a lot of us think this focus personality part of us is all there is to us. That leaves us groping for answers as to why we are here, what the purpose of our existence is, and wondering why God, if we believe in God, would create such a place. Ah, but if we knew we were much more than our focus personality, that we were spirits existing in many realities, here to experience the emotions mentioned earlier, but also to develop and fine tune our ability to create realities that best reflect our values, we’d be a lot closer to satisfying answers. If we also knew that the reality we experience is something we co-create with our thoughts and emotions, and that it’s really a grand illusion that we temporarily adopt as our reality so we can go through this learning and experiencing process, we’d feel even better about the answers. If we knew further that after we’re finished here, we go on to many other exciting realities that we co-create, in a never-ending tour of whatever universes we choose to participate in, then the long-range outlook starts to look pretty good. Continually creating, meeting new challenges that we set for ourselves, enjoying whatever experiences and emotions result – that sounds a lot more enjoyable than sitting around for 100 trillion years adoring our Creator.

As fantastic as our Creator might be, don’t you think you’d get bored after the first billion years of gathering around that Creator, telling one another how wonderful the Creator is? It might be nice the first few months, perhaps enjoyable for a year or two, but now think about doing that for 90 years, a lifetime for many of us. Wouldn’t you become edgy, looking for something else to do? Now think about doing that a thousand times, then a thousand times more, with no end in sight. Does the thought of that depress you as much as it does me?

That’s why it is so comforting to know that we are eternal, powerful spirits, who never sit around adoring some Creator for eons, but instead enjoy a never-ending tour of whatever universes we co-create, savoring the victories over whatever challenges we set for ourselves, the fulfillment of whatever values we hold dear, and the anticipation of enjoying many, many more universes ahead of us. And when we begin to realize the vast scope of what we can experience, it is really something to look forward to. We are not limited to any particular form, or the necessity to take on any form at all. We can experience ourselves as musical notes taking part in a great symphony, as electrical charges taking part in a gigantic light show, as degrees of feelings that combine with other feelings to create more intense experiences than any we could know in a physical body, as intensities of emotions that join with other emotions in limitless ways to experience all the possible combinations.

Or, closer to what we’re familiar with now, we could choose to experience probabilities. We could have physical bodies as we have here, but instead of experiencing a single line of events, one after the other, we experience just one event, but the infinite probabilities of that one event and how it works out in each probable version of itself. Or another close-in universe we might choose would be an associative universe, where we perceive and react to events not in a time sequence where cause and effect is the operating mechanism, but instead experience events as a result of associating one event with another. So we might think of an ocean calm and peaceful on a moonlit night, and we might associate that thought with a thought of the moon, and find ourselves there, and we might associate that with stars and find ourselves experiencing existence on a star, and we might associate that with wars between star systems, and find ourselves in the middle of a star war scenario. Of course by that time we’d know the star war is just an illusion of our own making, and we can focus away from it any time we like, just as we can focus away from the ocean, moon and star.

Wait a minute, you are no doubt thinking, this all sounds crazy, totally detached from reality, and so strange that I can’t begin to think about it seriously. That’s a natural enough reaction. But does it make any less sense, or is it any less logical, than the situation we find ourselves in here on earth right now? We’re aware of “history” encompassing seemingly endless wars, murder, cruelty, selfishness, jealousy, hatred, envy and any number of other big-time negatives. We don’t seem to have made all that much “progress” in ending these undesirable elements, and as we look ahead, we don’t see a lot of good solutions to get us out of this mess. No, the world we’re in does not seem like the logical result of a benign being creating it, and if we insist on believing in a benevolent creator, as I do, it all just doesn’t make sense.

Why do we cling to believing this one version of reality we’re in is the one and only one, and that we shouldn’t even give serious consideration to the possibility of other realities with totally different root assumptions? And does it make sense to exclude even the possibility of exploring to find out if perhaps we are more than the mind in a physical body that many of us insist is the extent of our being? Why not explore to find out if perhaps we are more than we think we are? If we find out we’re wrong, there is no downside. But if we find out we’re right, it opens up entire new worlds of enjoyable possibilities.

Still, you say, we can’t just start making things up and imagining different worlds, and then proclaim that this is the way things are. You have to have some evidence. You need a logical train of thought that makes sense to the average person. When meteorologists predict a tornado, they know that masses of hot air will meet masses of cold air at particular points, likely resulting in heavy winds and perhaps tornadoes. They have evidence based on facts, and they make logical conclusions. So we take them seriously.

Well, there is a lot of solid evidence that things are not what they seem to be, and that we are much more powerful beings than we realize. In fact, it has been gathering for at least the past 100+ years, but most of us alive today simply are not aware of it. Now just because we’re not aware of it, does not mean it is not valid. If you look at the evidence objectively, and are not wedded to a preconceived answer or denial, it’s pretty impressive. I wrote a fairly long book about it, published around the year 2000, titled You Are Bigger Than Death … and life too, recently revised with a new title, You Are Bigger Than All Your Deaths. In that book I lay out a trail of evidence from 1900 to 2000, that logically leads you to conclude that the world is not what it seems, and we are much more than we think we are.

I have summarized the most convincing evidence in my two most recent books, The 2075 Movement and Christ Was Not Crucified Thank God. But for purposes of showing that we are all “tourists,” on a never-ending quest to create and have new experiences, in this book I will rely primarily on just two “focus personalities” of the past century. I will then show how their experiences are consistent with the input of Seth, a personality who has lived all his lives and deaths, and is now part of a group of teachers who slip in and out of different realities to let the inhabitants there know of the larger reality that supports the particular “camouflage” reality they happen to be focused in. As Seth explains, it is not that our physical reality is false, but that it is simply one of an infinite number of ways of perceiving the various guises through which consciousness expresses itself. Using our inner senses, which most of us don’t use very much right now, we can according to Seth expand the scope of our awareness, become aware of other realities and “interpret experience in a far freer manner … create new forms and new channels through which you, or any consciousness, can know itself.”

Chapter 2 -- Edgar Cayce, His “Miracles” and Origin

Most people today are not aware of Edgar Cayce, and few of those who have heard of him are aware of his true significance. Before I tell you about him, let me explain that the reason he is being featured in this book is because of his own explanation of how he came to be on earth.

Cayce lived from 1877 to 1945, and dozens of books have been written about him. The two best known are Edgar Cayce - The Sleeping Prophet by Jess Stearn, and There Is A River, by Thomas Sugrue, which is my favorite, and which I relied on to get the information I am sharing with you. He knew Cayce when Cayce was living. While in trance Cayce prescribed cures for the illnesses of thousands of people. Yet he was unaware of what he had said when he woke up.

He’s a very good example of the fact that there are “too many things we can’t explain,” and since there are, it makes sense to conclude that the world can’t be what it seems. Cayce’s life was very interesting, and I’ve often thought a good movie could be made about it. It’s helpful to review briefly the early part of his life and how he discovered his abilities.

He was born on March 18, 1877, into an old conservative Kentucky family, on a farm near Hopkinsville, in Christian County, in the southwestern corner of the state. His father was a justice of the peace, and his grandfather reputedly had some psychic abilities, used for dowsing for water.

As a boy, he was interested in the Bible, and enjoyed going to the Christian Church. When he was only seven or eight, he had a clairvoyant experience. He had been reading the Bible in a secluded outdoor spot, when suddenly he was aware of a humming sound and a bright light. He looked up and saw a figure in white, very bright, then heard a voice telling him his prayers had been answered, and inquiring what he would ask for, so that it might be given to him. Startled, he replied that he would like to be able to help others, especially children who were ill. The figure then disappeared.

Edgar was not a scholar and the next day, thinking about his vision, he bungled his classwork. That night he seemed unable to concentrate on his lessons, and his father said he’d have to stay up until he knew his lesson. At 11 p.m., long past his usual bedtime, he became drowsy and heard a voice as if in a dream telling him to sleep and they would help him. He fell asleep for a few minutes and, astoundingly, when he awoke he knew every word in the spelling book by rote!

A short time later, hurt by a baseball, he told his parents while in a semi-stupor to prepare a special poultice and put it at the base of his brain. It worked. As time went on, he did similar things for his friends who were ill or hurt, and what he suggested always seemed to work.

After leaving school in the 6th grade, he worked on a farm, a shoe store, and a bookstore. He fell in love with a neighbor, Gertrude Evans, who felt he should use his abilities more to help others. Even before their marriage, she had noticed that when he concentrated on making money instead of helping others with his gift, he developed some physical ailment.

At one point he lost his voice, had to give up his job as a salesman and take a job working in the darkroom of a photographic studio. Professional hypnotists and medical doctors tried to help him, but nothing worked.

Then Al Layne, a local fellow who had wanted to be a doctor but had to settle for mail-order courses in osteopathy and hypnosis, put Cayce into trance. But instead of making suggestions to him, Layne directed that Cayce’s own unconscious mind should look into Cayce’s body, tell what was wrong with the throat, and suggest a cure.

Immediately Cayce came through in a clear voice, saying all that was needed was to increase circulation to the affected area. Layne instructed the unconscious mind to increase the circulation there, and immediately Cayce’s throat turned a deep crimson. Cayce’s subconscious then took over from Layne, instructing Layne to suggest that the circulation return to normal and the body awaken. After a few manipulations by Layne, as instructed by Cayce in trance, the condition was cured.

Layne observed that Cayce, when in trance, seemed like a physician peering down a patient’s throat, and suggested he could do the same with other people’s bodies, locating ailments and prescribing remedies. He pointed out it would be a wonderful opportunity to heal the sick, and asked Cayce to start with him. He’d been sick for years and doctors had not been able to help him.

Cayce agreed to help, and the next day he described Layne’s condition better than Layne could, then prescribed a special diet and selected medicines. While awake Cayce could not even pronounce the medical terms he had used in trance, much less know what they meant, and he avoided Layne for a while, but Layne improved noticeably within a week.

Layne wanted to work with Cayce on a regular basis, but Cayce was taken aback by all these strange occurrences, and did not want to continue with “the readings,” as they were called. His mother reminded him of his childhood vision, and Gertrude encouraged him to move ahead, but Cayce decided not to.

He was telling the disappointed Layne of his decision when his voice started to fade to a whisper again. That sign, plus reassurances from Layne that his readings were consistent with established medical practice, and Gertrude’s observation that if he were a physician he’d be limited as they were, unable to help a lot of people, finally pushed Cayce to make the decision to go ahead.

After weeks of successful readings, two per day, Cayce still doubted his abilities, even though people were improving. Then one day a man and woman rushed into Layne’s office, the man carrying their small daughter, who was having coughing spasms, could not catch her breath, and apparently was choking to death. Doctors had thought there was an obstruction, but x-rays showed no blockage in the windpipe. Cayce went into trance quickly, and when he awoke, the parents and their child were already gone. Within an hour, the father was back, thanking Cayce profusely. The little girl had swallowed a celluloid collar button, and Cayce had correctly pinpointed where it would be found.

It was another instance, however, in the summer of 1902, that hinted for the first time at the full extent of Cayce’s abilities. He was in Bowling Green when he received a phone call from C. H. Dietrich, the Hopkinsville School Superintendent, pleading with him to help his 5-year-old daughter. She was apparently retarded from a siege of illness three years before. At this time Cayce was still not aware that he could perform a physical reading at a distance, so he returned to Hopkinsville that weekend and went directly to the Dietrich home, where they and Al Layne were waiting for him.

Cayce soon fell asleep and in trance said that the trouble was in the girl’s spine. He explained that, a few days before she first acquired her illness years earlier, the girl slipped getting out of a carriage and hit the base of her spine on the bottom step. At the time, neither she nor her parents thought much of it, but that injury weakened the area, Cayce said, and led to the mental condition. Some spinal vertebrae were out of alignment, he went on, causing pressure on the nerves.

Layne made the adjustments as specified by the sleeping Cayce. Within five days she had improved noticeably, and within three months she was in school with other girls her age, the cure complete. This was an important event because it secured for Cayce the unyielding support of a prominent citizen, whose testimonial later persuaded a medical doctor to use Cayce as a psychic diagnostician, turning him to a career that would last his entire life.

But it is also important because it was a dramatic demonstration of a talent Cayce would use often throughout his life. It raised the question, how could he describe an event that occurred years earlier, which was the cause of the illness or disease he was diagnosing? He certainly wasn’t around when the young girl had hit the base of her spine on the bottom step of the carriage many years previously. Even the girl’s mother had forgotten about it, because it seemed of no consequence at the time. So how did he know?

Today, if someone were able to do that, we’d label it a miracle, wouldn’t we? Here was someone seemingly able to travel with his consciousness through time to perceive an event from the distant past that he had never witnessed when it occurred. Isn’t that a miracle?

Here’s another example, from a later time, after Cayce realized he could give readings for people even when they were at a great distance. A druggist in a distant city told one of the people Cayce had given a reading for, that he didn’t have the medicine Cayce specified. This was brought to Cayce’s attention in a subsequent trance session, where he instructed the person to tell the druggist, many miles away, that he should look up on a high shelf, behind some other bottles, where the correct bottle was located, apparently placed there years before. It was there. How did Cayce know?

Over time it became apparent that his consciousness could travel through time and space, and even visit a “place” where what he called the “Akashic Records” were stored, a record of every event that had taken place in the universe, including those in our future! Now if that is not some kind of “miracle,” I can’t imagine what is.

As a result of his abilities and the fact that over time many people learned of them, Cayce was to give over 14,000 documented, stenographically recorded readings for more than 6000 people over a period of 43 years, not only for health purposes, but also to help people realize how current difficulties were related to past events. It is instructive to listen to what Cayce said in trance when he was asked how he was able to do all this. That’s the next part of the story.

As you can well understand, most medical doctors of the day were highly skeptical of Cayce. Imagine a patient in Los Angeles walking into his doctor’s office and asking him to follow through with a strange, old-fashioned remedy prescribed by a psychic in trance in Kentucky who had no medical knowledge while he was awake. As you’d expect, many people found it impossible to get their doctors to cooperate, and because Cayce seldom accepted money for what he did, he could not afford to build a hospital and attract doctors who would dispense the proper treatments he recommended.

Then in 1923 a man named Arthur Lammers, a wealthy printer from Dayton, Ohio, visited Cayce and told him he’d help him finance a hospital and medical school if Cayce would agree to answer questions about religious philosophy.

Cayce agreed, and although the waking Cayce read the Bible continually, the answers he gave in trance supported the idea of reincarnation. When asked how he had developed his abilities, he explained that in one past life he had been a doctor in Persia. In another he’d been a soldier left to die on a battlefield, in extreme pain for three days. During that time his consciousness separated from his body many times.

From those two lifetimes he developed his two unusual abilities … medical knowledge, and the ability to go into trance easily. He was a medium for some “bigger” aspect of himself which included his doctor self, and that’s why he could prescribe cures for illnesses.

If Cayce’s readings are correct, and there is little reason to doubt they are, then we are indeed “much more than we think we are,” if we think that all we are is a single individual in one lifetime, separate and apart from everyone else, our minds isolated within our bodies.

As time went on, Cayce gave “life readings” for hundreds of people, in which he explained events in past lives and how they related to circumstances of the present life. Many of them had lived lives in Atlantis, the legendary lost continent described by Plato. In doing their readings, Cayce also described the breakup of Atlantis over three periods of destruction, the first about 15,600 B.C., when the mainland was divided into islands, and the last about 10,000 B.C., when the islands finally sank into the sea, apparently overnight as Plato had suggested. Gradually the waking Cayce came to believe in reincarnation.

Cayce also made several predictions which proved out. His predictions about the stock market, and about land values in Virginia Beach, where he eventually moved and set up his hospital, made a lot of money for others, though he was never able to use the gift to enrich himself. He is perhaps best known for his predictions about earth changes, involving the shifting of tectonic plates, long before such shifts were theorized by scientists.

His readings and the evidence which indicates they were consistently on target, are on file today in Virginia Beach VA, where the Association of Research and Enlightenment continues a variety of activities based on ideas contained in Cayce’s readings. They constitute one of the largest and most impressive records of psychic perception ever to emanate from a single individual. There is an entire library in which you can research his readings, relevant records, correspondence and reports, cross-indexed under thousands of subject headings, and placed at the disposal of psychologists, students, writers and investigators.

Now you can take the position that just because Cayce’s medical diagnoses and prescriptions proved effective, that doesn’t mean his explanations about our having many lives with connections among them, are correct. On the other hand, it seems logical to assume that, since the source of his medical knowledge was correct and helped a lot of people, that same source would probably speak intelligently about other things, and should therefore be listened to with respect.

This is a source, remember, that not only makes a diagnosis, but also directs a druggist many miles away to look behind some old bottles on a dusty shelf to find a medicine the druggist didn’t even know existed. Rather than dismiss the explanations of life which an intelligence like that has to offer, wouldn’t it be better to respect the intelligence that can perform “miracles,” and attach a lot of credibility to the information it imparts, unless and until proven otherwise? Seems logical to me.

But now to the reason why we’re talking about Edgar Cayce in this book. It is this. When questioned in trance by Lammers as to how he first entered the earth plane, Cayce explained that he was part of a group of spirits traveling through the universe, when they were attracted to earth and the idea of joining their consciousness with the physical animal body consciousness of humans on that planet. At first they were well aware of their true nature as spirits when they were in bodies, but gradually over time and incarnations they lost that awareness and thought they were only the human consciousness inside a body. That was a low point. Then gradually they became more aware of their true nature and, each at its own pace, started to realize to varying degrees that they were actually spirits, temporarily ensconced in a physical body each time they incarnated.

The key point there is that they were a group of spirits traveling through the universe when they decided to try out earth life!

They were travelers, tourists if you will, deciding to experience a version of this life that we know. Sugrue’s book does not go into it in depth, but presumably this would be one stop on their journey, and there would be many others. The reincarnational phase of going into and out of physical bodies, experiencing firsthand time, space, individualized consciousness and all the other root assumptions that prevail here, is something these spirits wanted to do, much as a tourist might want to visit museums, climb pyramids or experience wild river rapids in a rubber raft, but then move on after the experience is realized for whatever excitement and learning it brings.

Toward the end of There Is A River Sugrue summarizes in 15 pages Cayce’s comments on philosophy and the journey of souls. Everyone who channels has a “filter” affected by his or her own beliefs, and since Cayce was an intensely religious Christian, some of the material has a heavy traditional religious flavor, but much of it is simply stated as “the way things are” once you are not limited in awareness by being in a physical earth body. It gives some philosophical background as to why we are all “traveling tourists,” so I’ll briefly summarize parts of it here.

It talks about a “sea of spirit” content and aware of itself that desired to express itself and have companionship. All of creation is an expression of its thought. The separate “mind” it created did everything it imagined. The material terms this sea of spirit “God.” The souls, that which we are, fit into all this by experiencing all of creation, unlimited with free will and the knowledge that it was an individualized consciousness but also a part of God. So “God” would know itself through the experiences of these souls, which were powerful, eternal creators of whatever they wished.

For those souls attracted to experience within the earth bodies, at first they only lightly inhabited the bodies, remembering their true identity as souls, but gradually descended into “earthiness,” remembering their true selves only in dreams, stories and fables. As a result of their yearning for lost memories, parts of these souls gradually developed religion, philosophy and science in an attempt to explain what they felt, but no longer knew, to be true. In this explanation, our present era is described as one of great spiritual darkness, the kind of darkness that comes just before the dawn. It contends that science, philosophy and theology are approaching a point of merger.

In this explanation, Christ is positioned as a soul that had completed its experience of creation and had returned to God, becoming a companion and co-creator, interested in the plight of its brother souls trapped in earth. So it took form itself from time to time to act as teacher and leader to help lead man back to his true nature.

The entity had to be male in order to be active in the civilizations where it entered. As Enoch and Melchizedek it was not born and did not die, but instead just took on flesh. In later incarnations it set a pattern for man by being born of woman. He came in as Joseph, Joshua, Jeshua and Jesus.

That gives one overall perspective as to why we as souls travel through universes which we co-create. The part that agrees strongly with other input we’ll look at is that “God” knows itself through the experiences of Its creations, us souls, who are in ourselves, powerful, eternal spirits who continually create new realities and experiences through which God eternally continues to know Its ever-expanding, ever-creating Self.

We need to start thinking of ourselves this way. A lot of us are down at that low point just mentioned. We think we are nothing more than a consciousness trapped in a physical body, and we either have no idea what happens afterward, or if indeed anything at all happens. It is difficult to see a way out of our current earth predicaments when that is the way we see ourselves and our existence. But when we realize we are spirits who came into this reality for our own purposes, and that we actually co-create the reality, it becomes much easier to start viewing earth life as a means to grow and expand our experience, and to realize that by loving and helping one another, and creating positive feelings and relationships and objects of beauty that others can enjoy, we can enhance and accelerate that growth we desire.

Chapter 3 – Bob Monroe and His Tour From KT-95

Bob Monroe, in his second book, Far Journeys, gives us a detailed account of how he and a friend of his got attracted into experiencing the earth existence, something he came to call the Human Time Space Illusion, or HTSI for short. His input is impressive because he was such an experienced, successful, level-headed businessman when he began to have the unusual experiences you’ll learn about, and because he was such a keen observer and knew what questions to ask in order to learn as much as he could in his travels. Here is his story.

Bob Monroe died in March of 1995, but while he was living, he was probably the best known, and certainly the most credible, out-of-body traveler in the Western Hemisphere. He had built a long and successful career in broadcasting, had a background in engineering, and was a pilot, so he was your down-to-earth American businessman. While living in Charlottesville I knew him casually, but several of my friends knew him well, and all agree Bob Monroe would fit that description.

In 1971 he wrote an extraordinarily well-documented book, Journeys Out of the Body, which chronicles his experiences when, at first involuntarily, his consciousness began to leave his body. Once he got over his fear and “got the hang of it,” he was able to leave his body at will and travel with his consciousness to a number of interesting places.

Sometimes he’d merely take a trip down the street or around town and gather convincing evidence that he had, indeed, been where he said he’d been. But he also traveled to more exotic places. One of them was apparently another world where he could join his consciousness with another version of himself. In doing so, he got that version of himself into trouble once or twice, and it makes for interesting reading. So do his comments on “astral sex.”

About the time that his first book was published, Bob Monroe set up The Monroe Institute of Applied Sciences, later shortened to The Monroe Institute. By working extensively with sound frequencies and patterns, Monroe and his colleagues had found a way to more closely synchronize the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This often had the effect of allowing a person to go immediately to the “theta” state of brainwave patterns, one of deep concentration, previously achieved for the most part only after a long period of meditation.

In the theta state the brain easily follows whatever frequency is introduced (frequency following response), so the scientists at Monroe experimented with thousands of “sound recipes” associated with memory, concentration, creativity, etc. They were then able to produce tapes (now CDs and files) which, in addition to their patented “Hemi-Sync” technology that quickly brings a person to theta, also had specific sound patterns on them for different purposes.

At The Monroe Institute, about two dozen people a week can come and listen to these sounds in their isolated “CHEC Unit” and then share their experiences with others in the group. Over the years, many thousands of people have come to enhance the abilities of their consciousness and learn methods and techniques whereby they might get some practical results from using it.

Many of them have improved their lives in a number of conventional ways, such as sleeping more soundly, concentrating better, learning faster, improving sports skills, enhancing creativity, and developing greater intuitive abilities.

More significant for our purposes, many people have been able to use it to become conscious of other realities. In some of them, space and time are experienced differently, while in others people apparently became aware of, or experienced, other existences in which they were involved. Certain individuals learned to extend their consciousness into nonphysical realms of existence. Many of those who had out-of-body experiences no longer feared death.

In 1985, Bob Monroe’s second book, Far Journeys, was published. There he recounts just a small portion of his most significant experiences in the 15 years since the publishing of his first book, Journeys Out of the Body. He tells how he traveled through various realms of existence and communicated with intelligent beings through nonverbal communication. Of course, what he reports to us in words can only be a pale reflection of the experiences themselves, but as Monroe explains, he “does the best he can.”

Over the years he was able to make contact with a variety of intelligent personalities who were capable of assuming various forms to help teach him about illusions and other matters, or who would at times choose to assume no form at all.

Monroe was able to travel through “rings” of existence beyond Earth, in which different types of personalities predominated. They ranged from the spirits of some who had recently died but didn’t realize it, through entities at various levels of development and training, all the way to those who were preparing for their last sojourn on Earth. In this way, what Monroe experienced was strikingly similar to the after-death stages of development described by Frederic Myers, Betty White and others detailed in You’re Bigger Than All Your Deaths.

He was also able to visit one future probable version of Earth around the year 3000, and was informed by the intelligences which guided him there that this was indeed just one probability, one of many which could be brought into focus.

Essentially, in that probable future, there were no factories, roads, planes, cars, houses, phones or any other indicators of “modern existence.” Spirits who came to Earth at that time understood that they were basically spirits, and went in and out of different bodies as they pleased.

Physical bodies were easily constructed from earth materials, protected in special “energy cocoons,” and available for inhabiting when a spirit felt it could learn something from the experience. If they needed sustenance, they didn’t have to eat as we do. They just stretch their arms out and absorb life-sustaining energy from the universe.

Apparently many spirits who presently inhabit bodies as we do now, no longer bother coming back to Earth by that time. One of the main reasons for spirits to visit the planet in that probable future is to experience Earth life from the perspective of many different species. Bob got a sampling of that when, in quick succession, he followed his host in joining his consciousness with, among other things, an eagle, a fish, a leaf, a storm cloud and a panther.

The information Monroe received in his journeys contains a unique and fascinating perspective on why earth was created in the first place, and a detailed account of how and why a particular consciousness might become attracted to living through a series of earth lives in our “time-space illusion.” We will come back to that point after completing his story, because it relates to Bob’s status as a “tourist” when he first encountered earth.

In his third book, Ultimate Journey, he shares still more experiences and an overview of why, as spirits, we bother to experience the earth life. Essentially, our emotional experiences are “gifts” that we ultimately bring back to our creator. This understanding is consistent with what Edgar Cayce stated while in trance, as mentioned earlier.

Monroe experiences himself as part of a larger entity, and understands that many different personalities such as we are, join together as a large ball of light, so to speak, that cumulatively brings the richness of all those earth life experiences back to the Creator, which knows Itself partly through those experiences. Whether that entity is Itself part of a still larger entity, he does not speculate.

Apparently a “larger self ” of which each of us is a part, cannot return to the Creator until every single earth personality that is a part of it has experienced all it needs to experience, learned all its lessons, and freed itself from desires and connections associated with the earth form of life. Reliable sources close to Bob Monroe when he lived say that he understood, as we measure time on earth, it will be many centuries before the bigger entity of which Bob Monroe is a part will be ready to make the return trip … and Bob wasn’t all too happy about that.

The concept of the Big Self not being able to return until every single aspect has sufficiently developed and learned, though, is a very beautiful and hopeful idea to keep in mind.

It means that everyone eventually learns their lessons and returns, no matter how atrociously they may have behaved in a particular earth life. That’s a very practical way to think about forgiveness on the part of our Creator. Nobody gets left behind, or is assigned for eternity to some horrible fate.

Another beautiful concept Monroe actually experienced is this. Whatever energy we send out as a result of our emotional experiences is amplified many times and returned to us as loving energy that sustains us still more. We can think of ourselves as a kind of super-efficient power source that generates more loving energy than it takes in, spews it out wherever it’s needed, then has it amplified by a bigger entity of which we’re a part. It’s returned to us, then the amplification process starts all over again, and just keeps on going. This too is consistent with the concept of us souls as powerful, eternal beings who co-create the worlds we experience.

It also reminds me of a cartoon in Gerald Jampolsky’s wonderful little book, Love is Letting Go of Fear, which I used to buy in quantity and give to my clients. On one side of a two-page cartoon illustration it shows a fellow giving away money, and his big bag of money gradually gets very small. On the other side, he’s giving away love, symbolized by hearts, and the number of hearts keeps on growing, until they fill the last frame of the cartoon.

As a result of all his experiences, Bob Monroe came to a number of firm convictions about reality. Given what he directly experienced, he came to believe that you can live more than one life simultaneously, that probabilities exist, that the “space-time illusion” in which we exist is a camouflage reality, and that there are a great number of realities for us to explore and experience when we are “out of body,” either for a short period as he was frequently, or for a longer period, as we all are when we die.

What Monroe has to say is particularly significant because:

❏ He speaks from direct experience.

❏ Despite many opportunities, he never attempted to sensationalize or exploit his astounding experiences in order to gain high public visibility or reap huge financial returns.

❏ He has helped many individuals from all walks of life to achieve out-of-body experiences and make contact with other intelligences on their own.

❏ As a businessman, family man, and a likable human being, he is someone the average person could easily relate to. He was a living example of how we can combine everyday living with the development and use of abilities that many, if not all of us, possess.

❏ He was cooperative with established psychiatrists and psychologists, and developed close personal and professional relationships with many of them, as he sought to examine and evaluate the nature and significance of his experiences. He was driven in part by the hope that their participation and study would ultimately bring about a situation where the things he experienced and learned could bring about tangible benefits for a broad cross-section of society.

That is a condensed version of his story, which can only be appreciated if you read all three of his books. For our purposes, however, it is his second book, Far Journeys, that is most significant because in it he relates in detail what he learned about how he and a friend from “KT95” first got attracted to earth life. How did he learn this? He was “thrown a rote” by the intelligent species guiding him. Apparently in the spirit form communication is non-verbal. A rote is a non-material “thought ball” that contains a lot of information. A being such as Monroe can focus in on it and absorb the information in the thought ball.

When Monroe started to “run the rote,” or absorb the information, he experienced what might be likened to a TV program where someone peers into a crystal ball and witnesses a reality from another time or place. In this case Monroe was AA and his friend was BB. They were on a cruise through the universe, which left from their home base universe, KT95, and stopped at many different realities, where they could observe the environment and inhabitants, or if they felt more adventurous, actually enter into that reality and temporarily experience it as the local inhabitants do.

The tour guide was announcing their last entry into the Time-Space Illusion (TSI) that is earth, in which as a result of our activities, thoughts and emotions emit something termed “M-Band Noise.” As Monroe and his friend BB were observing the earth inhabitants and our environment, BB got excited about the prospect of joining in and actually experiencing it firsthand. He had never felt anything like its incredible power. His attraction was so strong that he ignored the warnings of the tour guide that the TSI experience could become addictive, and that an entity could get so enmeshed with the experience that he could forget entirely who he really was. This is similar, you might remember, to what Edgar Cayce explained in trance, as to how spirits, including himself, gradually lost the memory of who they really were until they hit a low point and slowly started to realize their true nature.

Continuing with BB’s tour, with his strong attraction to the M-Band Noise, he rushed up to the Entry Director who monitors and controls the entry of spirits into TSI, gets his directions mixed up, and gets lost in the dense, complex environment of TSI. Monroe then devotes 38 pages to a detailed account of how BB eventually gets involved in more physical lifetimes in TSI, how AA (Monroe) finds him, and how BB “tosses him a rote” about entities who created earth and why. Obviously Monroe himself eventually got attracted to earth life and is experiencing it now in his physical incarnations and between-life existences.

Those 38 pages read like the script of a radio program, complete with dialogue among the characters that gives you a good feeling for the frustrations BB felt after one of his first incarnations as a female. The pages are entertaining and informative about the rules you must follow when entering TSI, but the reason for citing this initiation into HTSI is not for the entertainment provided by BB’s story, but to explain that these two spirits who became human were not originally connected with earth. Rather they were spirits based in a different reality, KT 95, taking a tour of other parts of the universe on a cruise they had signed up for.

Chapter 4 – The Entity Seth … on Our Soul & HTSI

Edgar Cayce and Bob Monroe, while they were living in a human body, both had experiences and got information that indicates they were traveling through the universe, much as tourists might, came upon the earth Time-Space Illusion, and decided to try it out, resulting in a number of lifetimes as humans on earth. Now we will take a look at a spirit entity who explains that, just like Cayce and Monroe, we are all spirits and the earth experience is just one of many we have in a timeless universe.

My earlier book published 15 years ago, You’re Bigger Than Death … and life too, and its newer version, You Are Bigger Than All your Deaths, contain a lot of input from the Seth entity, especially from two books authored by Jane Roberts, who channeled Seth. The two books are Seth Speaks and The Nature of Personal Reality, the 2nd and 4th of the twenty or so books Jane and her husband Rob produced, all published originally in the 1970s and 1980s by Prentice-Hall, a highly respected publisher at the time.

I believe Seth gave us the most complete and accurate description of the true nature of the reality we perceive, and how it is created and supported by deeper underlying realities. He said he had completed all his lives on earth, and was now part of a group of spirits who slip in and out of different realities such as ours, to inform the inhabitants there of the true nature of the reality they are experiencing. Spirits at his level of development have three main choices, to be a teacher, creator or healer, and he is part of a teaching group.

In The 2075 Movement, I noted that in all of the 20 books, covering hundreds of sessions in which Jane Roberts channeled for Seth while Rob took notes, sometimes with guests and sometimes not, Seth made only one prediction! That’s due to probabilities, he explained, and for most events there are so many probable versions out there, that you might experience something totally different from one of your probable selves or the person next to you right now, depending on your focus and choices in time-space.

The one exception, he explained, could be predicted because the framework of probability had been drawn so strongly that the event would be experienced by all those alive at the time. The event is the reincarnation of Saul who became Paul. Seth explained that the spirit of the Christ entity was too strong to be contained in one focus personality, and so it entered three – John the Baptist, the historical Christ, and Saul who became Paul after his conversion. John the Baptist and the historical Jesus Christ did their part, but Paul was not so effective. His role was to set up the physical church on earth, to explain the true nature of Christ’s message, but as inevitably happens when you attempt to set up a large organization run by humans on earth, the message was grossly distorted and the organization lost its focus. Christ’s basic message was “be like me,” not “worship me.” The physical framework Paul set up “smothered the ideas,” according to Seth, and he knew it would, but he did the best he could given conditions and the prevailing level of human understanding at that time.

It is Paul’s job, therefore, to incarnate again and set things straight. Seth said Paul would do that, and a lot of what he had to do would be accomplished by 2075. By that time apparently, many of us will understand that we are essentially eternal, powerful spirits, whereas the physical universe we perceive is a temporary illusion. We will all know our consciousness is not restricted to our physical bodies. We’ll understand that, as human focus personalities, we are playing a role, one of many we play, and that others, no matter how low or exalted their position, are doing the same, so we won’t look down on others. We will understand that we have a much closer connection than we realize to the physical objects and environments we are co-creating. We’ll be able to “travel” in time. We’ll understand there is no “death” as we think of it, just an expansion of our consciousness when it is no longer restricted by being in the physical body. We’ll be aware of many of our “past” existences, and if we play the role of victim in one, for example, we might (or might not) at the same time choose to be playing the role of the killer in another. We’ll also be much more aware of what goes on “in between” lives.

In this book I will focus primarily on Seth’s statements that support the broader notion that we are all souls traveling through various universes, as Edgar Cayce and Bob Monroe implied, choosing to experience or not to experience existence within a particular reality with its particular set of root assumptions. Depending on what those root assumptions are, it seems, what we experience will vary dramatically. It is important to remember that, while the notion of a “tourist” implies traveling through time, outside of our Human Time-Space Illusion time as we know it does not apply, and all these existences are happening at once.

To convey the explanations of Seth as best I can, I chose to go through Seth Speaks to find specific points he made relating to us as travelers, and they are paraphrased or commented on here, so what you are seeing is my interpretation of Seth’s explanations. I will group them under various subjects, leading to one main subject -- our existence beyond the reincarnational reality, which is the primary focus of this book. From this point on, all the chapters on Seth’s explanations should be considered a kind of book report on Seth Speaks, where I attempt to summarize, analyze, comment on, paraphrase, etc., Seth’s input. None of this is original with me, and I strongly recommend that anyone interested in learning more read both books I have mentioned, Seth Speaks and The Nature of Personal Reality authored by Jane Roberts.

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