Welcome to Seth Talks


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This is a publicly visible forum for fans of the Seth material as dictated by Jane Roberts and transcribed by Robert F. Butts, and for constructive discourse on the ideas presented therein.

History

In early 2008 I set about joining a Facebook group for the Seth material, to surprisingly discover none existed. A few were related, but too broad in scope or zealous in title, and with few members. So I created and named Fans of the Seth Material in an effort to capture our interest and enthusiasm without the implication of strict adherence or devotion, as those do not reflect the spirit of the material.

A few months later an unrelated collaboration began between two well known technical bloggers to improve the internet as a whole with the creation of the world’s best question and answer platform, Stack Exchange. From then unto the present day I became a student of community growth, diligently absorbing the lessons within their weekly podcasts and articles.

One lesson is clear, smaller focused communities grow out of larger (even unrelated) ones, and must reach a critical mass before they can survive on their own. Even though Facebook’s tools were never ideally suited for discussion, as the largest social network in the world it was the ideal setting for the formation of the most active online Seth discussion to date.

Years later, in the wake of the success of Stack Exchange, one of the aforementioned collaborators split and set on a quest to revolutionize discussion forum software as they did with Q&A, and Discourse was born.

Welcome to Seth Talks on Discourse.
We own our own content here, and there’s a lot more to explore.

Q & A

Q: Why not stick with Facebook?
A: Originally because Facebook’s tools for moderation and spam prevention were inadequate for growth. (Their tools have since improved.) Now for the reasons below.

Q: This is public?
A: Every post here is visible to Google and many visitors arrive directly from a web search. We are breaking new ground.

Q: Anonymous?
A: You are welcome to go by your first, full, or a nickname. Your forum profile will not link to your Facebook, Twitter, or similar, regardless of how you login.

Q: How does discussion compare to Facebook?
A: Centralized and deeper. Here it’s easy to find a topic, keep track of who is speaking to whom, quote multiple people (try selecting their text) and long posts are more readable.

Q: In content?
A: The prominence of search encourages long running conversations on a subject, unlike Facebook where the same topic is often repeated with no reference to its predecessors.

Q: In length?
A: Facebook is geared toward a long initial post followed by shorter comments that quickly become lost. Here it’s not uncommon for a reply to be longer than the initial post.

Q: In ownership?
A: Our content falls under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, share-alike license. Facebook owns all content posted to it.

Q: How about spam prevention?
A: This Discourse forum software allows a grass roots participation and consensus based moderation system, among other modern features.

Q: Will administrators be similarly hands-off?
A: Yes. Civility is a group effort here, and communities around this material tend to be quite civil, tolerant, and constructive already. This software is only our current platform, we are the community.

Q: What are the unique features of this forum?
A: Take a visual tour or read the full feature list.

Q: Where can we discuss this forum itself?
A: The topic category “meta” is for discussion of the forum itself.


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Thank you for creating this site.


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Goodmorning, I am Aad from Rotterdam the Netherlands. A small country between England and Germany. Since 1983 i read the Seth books. In 2001, an american friend, pointed me at Abraham/Hicks. And since then my life improoved very much. I know how to get what i want. I am looking forward to your writings and our interactions. I want to thank chris for this beautiful website, and it would be nice he provide a bankaccount so we can donate some money. With kindly regards Aad


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Welcome! Glad to have you here!

That’s very generous! But your interest and participation is enough. :slight_smile:


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Gads, Half my posts here get kicked back, must be doing something wrong…ron


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hoi Aad (& hi everyone)
for me, it was the Seth Books that improved my outlook on life. between reading my first SethBook (Seth Speaks) & all the others, lies about a quarter of a century; now, I find it difficult to put Seth’s words into practice as my face is always stuck in a SethBook … other than that, I’ve been reading about dreams, NDEs, “afterlives” etc.
I would very much like to better my knowledge of your language, Aad. helaas spreek ik niet goed nederlands (which bugs me a bit) so: could you, by any chance, recommend to me a book or two on the stated (or related) subjects, originally written op nederlands?
I happen to have incarnated & grown up in a country next to yours, & not read many books on our subjects written in my native toungue; there is just one that I can think of right now, it is written by a Swiss reader of Seth Books. in case you might want to read it:
"Träume Erinnern -
eine Anleitung zu bewussterem Träumen"
by Christoph Gassmann
I’ve done some reading here in ST but almost no writing, so I hope I’ll be contributing more as time unfolds. anyway, I’m glad to be here & to meet you all! such fun to see conscious creators from all around the globe.


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Hoi Thula I do have Seth speaks in dutch online. Because i am a criminial i can sent you the link in a private post. I do own 9 dutch Sethbooks in dutch which i am willing to put online too. I do own 1 Abraham/Hicks books in dutch. But beware they are not writers as Seth. They are literal, Speakers. I did study german for 2 years on the Mittelschule but it is hard for me to read in German (I always switch Ich liebe and Ich mochte )


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dankjewel, Aad, for your kind offer.

my point is:
I like to read in the language a book was first written in, as well as improve my language skills. so, no SethBooks in Dutch for me, thank you very much.
I’ve sent you an email anyway (:
hard for you to read German? hard for me to speak Dutch! I can read Dutch but need to read lots more to come up with anything at all when trying to actually speak Dutch; so … must pick up a book that’s worth reading (:
in case there are any more Dutch Sethies around:
today, I asked Lot on fb about Dutch books too; she mentioned a couple, & has written one herself! by the title:
‘Beelden in je hoofd. Een handleiding voor beelddenkers.’
(Uitgeverij AnkhHermes)
… I’ll definitely read it.


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I was thinking, Chris … this group appears to be quite isolated in cyberspace, since as far as I know, no one will find it except those who are members of Fans of Seth on Facebook - I tried a google search on the words: Seth Jane Roberts, and Seth group - and it doesn’t come up…

Is it listed somewhere else, like groups on Yahoo are?


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Indeed it’s not likely to come up in a search since all the Google bot sees is a short description and option to register. I do find that to be, well, a problem. I would like to open it up, nothing is forcing us to use our full names here after all – unlike Facebook. But it’s a community issue. I’m not sure everyone really understands that to be “found” also requires being “open” to some extent. :wink:

We’re on the same wavelength though, I just started approving folks to join Fans of the Seth Material again.


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Well - I have posted in open Yahoo groups for years, using my real name as well, so I didn’t think that was a ‘drawback’ … if this group is meant to be a ‘closed’ group, as such, then not being able to find it serves that purpose. Otherwise I would change the name to Seth Talks Group, since anyone on google looking for a group would put that word into the search engine.

:-)))


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I didn’t purchase sethtalks.com so nobody could find it. :wink: But I’m also going to urge the folks to open up gradually. :relaxed: One of the reasons folks wanted a place away from Facebook was because the Facebook group was public. But this is different since they at least have the freedom of hiding their real name and their friends not seeing all of their posts.


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ooh, yes – I forgot about that issue - :-))) (the public/friends seeing their posts thing)

Okay – its your group, Chris, you are in charge. I am open to either closed or open group. :sunny:


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Hi! I followed the link provided in the Facebook Seth group and thought this might be fun. I agree that Facebook conversation for large groups is very difficult.

I am Marsha. I’m 69 years old and I live in Southern California. I read most of the Seth books (through the two volumes of Unknown Reality) many years ago (in the 70’s and probably early 80’s). I found Seth Speaks in a small bookstore, close to my home and I almost didn’t purchase it, because of the picture of Jane, on the outside. I thought it looked kind of scary. But, when I picked it up and read the subject matter on the back, I had to have it…and I couldn’t stop reading, after that.

I did fall away from all of my seeking, when my family started to grow and I just got busy. But, I also became somewhat disillusioned, because at that young age, I guess I expected instant answers and change in my life. I went kind of “agnostic” on everything and left it for a long while. Actually, until just a few years ago. I started reading “The Nature of Personal Reality” again, and then looked for a group on Facebook and found this group. I’ve been mostly a lurker, but contributed in small ways here and there. Facebook is a difficult medium for this.

I’ve recently been studying Abraham, as well, and I am one that believes they are compatible and one in the same. I know, not all Sethians are in agreement over this.

Anyway, very nice to be in this group and I am excited to look around and see what is here. :smile:


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Hello Marsha and ditto to all you are telling here. It is much in the same way with me by the study of Seths’…And I have participated with Ricks online Intensive Courses twice as well as his online Conferences.
I am not participating on Facebook. Once signing up to it but soon to find out it was not meant for me… Back in the early 1990s to find a website with Intenational groups studying Edgar Cayce called “The American Sleeping Prophet”. Later on began to study ACIM ( a course in miracles ) where to find many similarities with The Seth Material.
The Seth Material and Seth Speaks are both translated into the Norwegian Language back in the 1990s. But to me, the translations will NOT (my opinion of course) be the same as to read the Seth Books in their original American/English language. I guess it`ll be the same with all translations of books ? Many a time it is dependent upon the Translator(s) as well as the readers "how to grasp it."
BTW: A Norwegian member of the latest Intensive Online Class by Ricks …the class is finished now in April/May 2017…gave me a link to this website Seth Talks ( ST ) and I really liked it ! I am now 71 years old, and resuming my life :smile: LOL, Inger Lise