Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Seth on Epidemics

Seth, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Session 814

For now I would like to mention some other issues, involving the individual's connection either with natural disasters or with epidemics of one kind or another, that by definition concern large groups of people.

You form your own reality. If you are tired of having me stress that point, I can only say that I hope the repetition will serve to make you understand that the statement applies to the most minute and the most important of the events that you experience. Some people believe that they must be punished, and so they seek [out] unfortunate circumstances...

...People's thoughts and emotions always give clear clues whenever illness is involved, yet most people ignore such information. They censor their own thoughts.

Many therefore "fall prey" to epidemics of one kind or another because they want to, though they might deny this quite vigorously.

I am speaking particularly of epidemics that are less than deadly, though danger is involved. In your times, hospitals, you must realize, are important parts of the community. They provide a social as well as a medical service. Many people are simply lonely, or overworked. Some are rebelling against commonly held ideas of competition.

Flu epidemics become social excuses for much needed rest, therefore, and serve as face-saving devices so that the individuals can hide from themselves their inner difficulties. In a way, such epidemics provide their own kind of fellowship — giving common meeting grounds for those of disparate circumstances.

The [epidemics] serve as accepted states of illness, in which people are given an excuse for the rest or quiet self-examination they desperately need but do not feel entitled to otherwise.

Seth, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Session 814

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