Jane Roberts & Seth - Pioneers in Dream Work
I just re-read one of the first books by Jane Roberts, The Coming of Seth that was originally titled How to Develop Your ESP Powers. Published in 1966, the book takes the reader through the personal experiences of Jane Roberts and her husband Robert Butts as they conduct in depth research and experimentation into the dream world, telepathy, automatic writing, trance channeling and reincarnation among other topics related to psychic phenomenon. Largely because the literature published by Jane Roberts was classified as "Occult Literature" at the time, it was not getting the recognition that other researchers were enjoying. This classification lasted for more than 20 years. Academics who had been or were still involved in the same experimental work were getting some recognition in the public eye. J.B. Rhine and his wife Louisa Rhine, who were conducting similar research and experimenting at the Duke University, Psychology Department ESP Laboratory were publishing the findings of their work with the same conclusions as Jane Roberts. The work of the Rhines and their colleagues was touted as "mathematically irrefutable sound scientific groundwork" for a new concept of the mind and its potential. The work of Jane Roberts was still classified as "occult".
I agree with the opinion about the Rhine work and I later came to understand as I studied more of the work of Jane Roberts, that Jane Roberts was at the top of the list compared to any other researchers in the field - in my opinion. There have been many great researchers and writers and I have probably studied all of them over the past 30 years intensely. Most all of the other dream researchers I mention on my "About Us" web page have also read some of the work of Jane Roberts as noted in foot notes or referenced in their books.
When I started my personal experiential journey into such topics in the mid eighties, I was looking over my shoulder as I browsed the "Occult" section in every book store I visited to see if a neighbor or friend might be in the same store looking for more "accepted" literature. I knew of no one else with interest in the subjects at that time that were published by Jane Roberts, to the degree that mine was. There was resonance with me given the world view that I was moving toward - away from the "official" line of consciousness. Jane Roberts published for more than 20 years until her passing in 1984. For those of you who have not heard of Jane Roberts, she ended up sharing information channeled from an "energy essence personality" or "personalities" that went by the name "Seth". The books that have been published to date, over 30 volumes, contain a truly remarkable body of knowledge and wisdom regardless of the source. The material published by the other researchers reinforces the "Seth Philosophy" as related to dreams in nearly all categories. In every volume there is material concerning the value of dreams and information to help with our understanding of the full potential we have in dream awareness as well as our greater potential as humans in physical reality through an understanding of the attributes of our consciousness.
If you are not familiar with the writings, I highly recommend that you do your own research if you have any interest in dreams, understanding your consciousness, understanding how you create your physical reality events and to get a glimpse of your full potential. I personally discuss the "Seth Philosophy' in most every dream work class I conduct. I also continue to study the more current dream researchers along with a continuing study and practice of the material published by Jane Roberts & Robert Butts and the New Awareness Network that is keeping the material alive and in publication thanks to Rick Stack and others. Check out www.sethinstitute.org and www.sethcenter.com .
John W. Robinson, Facilitator.