It's from a writer who goes by the name of Tom Dark (not sure if this is a pseudonym) and it discusses Seth Cultists. Tom indicates that he was acquainted with Robert Butts and, particularly, Sue Watson. I thought the piece was fascinating because there's not a whole lot out there about from folks who actually knew the Buttses; indeed, not a whole lot out there about Seth in general. I'm a subscriber of an email list administered by a couple of students in Jane Roberts' class, but have never really felt compelled to enroll in the classes they are offering. Mr. Dark highlights a problem that I think is probably exaggerated--the danger that the Seth works will engender a cult. He cites an unpublished Seth session wherein Seth calls the New Agers "imbecilic personalities" and dismisses New Age gatherings as "psychic sideshows." If Seth indeed said this--which I really doubt; it's more in line with what Jane herself might say--he's probably right. It's fairly clear, however, that Jane Roberts intensely disliked the New Age movement in general, and her refusal to market herself when she was alive has probably guaranteed that Seth will never be the household name that Ramtha is (or was).
Add to this, the fact that the Seth books are so damn unwieldy, both intricately complex and willfully oblique, it's no surprise that robed teens aren't on corners chanting "Hare Sethna" and Seth's "followers" aren't booking the Deepak Chopra circuit.
What it does create, however, is a wide-open field for Seth scholarship, which some have attempted (and have done well at). I found an essay online by Paul M. Helfrich, who does a better job than I can ever hope to do at pulling together a series of Seth quotations that explain "The Origin of the Universe and of the Species--an Integral Conscious Creation Myth." Despite its ponderous title, the essay is a fascinating attempt to explain the creation of our physical universe from the non-physical perspective--and, surprisingly, Seth's, story largely mirrors the creation myths told by indigenous peoples.
So maybe I can throw a few feeble words onto the screen in the coming months and see if any stick. In order to do this, however, I realize that I will have to go back and re-read much of the Seth material from scratch. There's simply too much wealth of information to begin to parse; and I've been lucky in my twenty-five-plus years of study to scratch the surface of a few basic concepts. Mr. Dark notes, pointedly, that many associated with the Seth phenomenon seem to been largely uninfluenced by any of Seth's writings. He may be right--but I suspect that every reader who approaches this tome will, by necessity, be able to pick out only fractions of the material for personal application... and with so much to assimilate, individual approachers will derive vastly different applications from the same material.
What I'd like to do first, though, is see if I can find Whitley Strieber's hypnosis session where he revisits an apparent past life during the time of Christ, and see if his story bears any similarity to Seth's description in "Seth Speaks."
Basically, I'm approaching it from a scholastic angle. One of the few things that I think I do okay at is literary analysis. I think I can drill into the material and come up with some interesting stuff--particularly since, like Mr. Dark, I've actually tried to put the material to personal use. I promise that nothing I do will be any threat to any New Agers who want to found the next Seth International Congress.