I'm old enough to have witnessed the deaths of several dear friends, family members, and acquaintances. Good people all, with very diverse characteristics. Yet, years ago I was struck by what I recognized as a similar thread woven through many of their psyches, a thread I hadn't noticed previously because I took it for granted as a condition of life.
The thread reflected an underlying sadness that life hadn't worked out the way they'd hoped, that there was so much they had to offer that never found the right time or circumstances, that life wore them down more than boosted them up. Then I noticed that that thread, in various colors and weights, wove its way through many of my very-much-alive family and friends -- and through me, as well.
I didn't notice any of this until I read a book called Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts. The ideas in this book so challenged my beliefs about life and reality that I felt compelled to read more, think more, learn more.
Life Isn't Meant to be Challenging and Heartbreaking
So I went on to read dozens of books by Seth and by other authors. And the overriding reason I hung in there, with tenacity, in the face of what seemed to be preposterous ideas, was because most of these books contained one main theme: We create our reality through our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs.
In other words, what seems to happen to us is caused by us -- if we change what we think and feel, we can change our life. I eventually came to realize that life isn't meant to be constantly challenging and heartbreaking, that it can be happy, joyful, even magical, if we but allow it.
My actor daughter Cathleen Kaelyn, my creative and research partner in the development of Fallacies, was a teenager when I picked up my first metaphysical book. She and I had always been close, our thinking running parallel much of the time, so it was no surprise when she started reading books similar to those I was exploring. Eventually we began swapping ideas, debating concepts, and looking for practical ways of using the information. And practical applications reveal themselves to Cathleen regularly.
In my previous books I talk about how she relied on her understanding of the nature of reality to pull her through some difficult experiences -- most notably after she was raped and in the creation of her Screen Actors Guild card.
Significantly Changed for the Better
In my case, there is not one area of my life that has not been significantly changed for the better because of my introduction to metaphysical ideas. Finances, relationships, health, you name it. And because it notes my entry point into metaphysics, I mention in all of my books that I consciously created a million dollars a few years after I started practically applying the information. I also left a long executive career in the computer industry and stepped smack into a life of author, president of a nonprofit organization, co-founder of a publishing company, and eventually, radio host.
Except for the author role, my life was shared by my dearly loved Stan Ulkowski, until March 22, 1999, the day he chose to leave this reality for different venues of expression. His death initiated perhaps the most difficult time of my life, and I can't imagine having faced it without this new knowledge.
I came to know firsthand that when the mind's understanding about the nature of reality is truly changed, not only do "good" things happen with more regularity, but when "bad" things occur we're prepared to handle them in ways previously foreign to us. Life becomes less painful, more solid, more centered, its potential more promising, more accessible.
Development of a New Worldview; a Major Shift in Thinking
The really big news that emerges from metaphysics is that we all have far greater control over what we experience than we've ever thought possible. In fact, if truth be told and understood, on one level of our psyche we have absolute control over what we experience. Not only do we have the ability to steer our lives along paths of our own choosing, we have the directive to do so.
Quite a jump in thinking from that of the man or woman on the street. But, of course, Cat and I aren't alone in our new views; millions of people across the globe are in the same learning mode. And it all points to something of import taking place in this time and space -- the development of a new worldview heralded by a major shift in thinking. When such a shift begins to occur in a civilization, the status quo falls under scrutiny.
As the shift broadens, the scrutiny becomes intensified, eventually knocking the status quo off its complacent backside into the roiling waters of hard questions and new insights. Over time a new status quo emerges, accepted as fact by a large slice of the world's populace -- and civilization never looks back.
Perhaps you're no stranger to metaphysical ideas. Like Cat and me, you may have quested to find new answers. And you probably already know that creating the razzle-dazzle, one-time event isn't what it's all about, although that can clearly happen. What we're all really looking for is a day-to-day flow of life that suits our own characteristics and personalities as a whole, is supportive in all ways, and provides an ongoing, ever-unfolding sense of fulfillment. No small accomplishment, to be sure, but one made possible by new knowledge -- and application of that knowledge.
God knows the journey is worth it.
The Status Quo vs. Alternative Ways of Viewing the World
Worldviews don't turn on a dime. They don't turn at all unless contrary ideas bloom in the current garden of thought. And, boy, if there's one thing most of us dislike it's contrarians, whether in the form of people or ideas. Contrarians say that there are alternative ways of viewing the world -- but who needs it? The status quo is just fine, thank you very much. Or is it?
If your personal status quo is one in which you experience a life of toil, broken relationships, constant illnesses, or financial difficulty, and if it brings you a glow of satisfaction, then put this book down and simply enjoy the heck out of your life, because it clearly suits you. But, if you have questions or concerns about the status of your ongoing existence, then it's time to dip into the pot of contrarian ideas and find those that possibly make more sense the more they're contemplated. Not that new ideas should be bought carte blanche, but perhaps they can be explored with less hesitation knowing that the tried and true are there to fall back on if the new becomes too wacky.
Don't forget, we're panning for magic. We're looking for the elusive something that makes sense of life, that promises a better way, that by nature leads to a lighter heart, a spring in our step, a smile more often than tears. We're looking for the calm underlying our thoughts, a generous peace of mind, a knowing that all is well, all is manageable, all is meaningful, and all is possible. And, yes, we're looking for material well-being, as well.
We're panning for magic, the kind honed of intelligent ideas and touched with veracity. We're not looking for fluff -- sweetness and light won't work for very long. What we seek is sustainable through time, something our children and our children's children can count on to help them create intensely fulfilling lives.
We're looking for concrete information that we can work with, that ignites our thoughts and fires our imaginations, and can lead to whatever we desire. So we must pan for magic in some out-of-the-ordinary places. After all, if it were where we've looked before, we would have found it by now.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher,
Moment Point Press. ©2001.
The Book of Fallacies: A Little Primer of New Thought
by Lynda Dahl and Cathleen Kaelyn.
With the help of daughter Cathleen Kaelyn, Lynda Dahl looks at tired old "fallacies" we assume to be the facts of our existence and offers in their place stunning new thoughts that redefine reality. The result is a beautiful and life-altering little primer.
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About the Authors
After working for companies such as Apple Computer, Lynda Dahl ended her corporate career as a vice president in the computer industry. She now writes and lectures extensively on consciousness and has appeared on countless radio and television programs. She is also the president and co-founder of Seth Network International.
Cathleen Kaelyn, Lynda Dahl's daughter is an audiotape voice talent and stage and screen actor. She has been nominated three times for the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Award.
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Lynda Madden Dahl is the award-winning author of eight Seth-based books, including her popular Living a Safe Universe series. Her whole focus since reading her first Seth/Jane Roberts book in 1984 has been to understand the nature of reality and integrate that knowledge into a working order in her thoughts and, by extension, life.
Seth tells us, “You live in a safe universe.” He also reminds us we create our own realities through our mental acts. Which means while we live IN a safe universe, we don’t always LIVE a safe universe, because we don’t always safely create within it.
What does it take to live a safe universe? There is only one answer—Trust. After years of focused effort, Lynda found a path within the material—not obvious at first, but there nonetheless—that resolves all trust issues, if one is but willing to try.
BOOK REVIEWS BY SETH READERS:
“Lynda takes the reader deep into the heart of Seth's teachings, and one emerges with a new vision and understanding of concepts that will transform one's personal world, and thus the world in general. Highly recommended for all Seth readers who wish to take Seth’s material to a whole new level.”
— Rich Kendall, author of The Road to Elmira, member of Jane Roberts’ ESP Class
“I love this book. Living a Safe Universe brings us to a new understanding of the Seth material, and how to apply this understanding to trust. Lynda drives home the point that we are primarily consciousness which exists in the spacious present, as opposed to being an ego in time, and then explains why that fact changes the playing field entirely.”
— Lawrence Davidson, member of Jane Roberts’ ESP class, founder of California Seth Conference
“I can only recommend this book to every Seth reader around the world. Living a Safe Universe inspires us to examine substantial ideas in the Seth material that lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves in a larger context. A new kind of fascinating journey through the material.”
— Masa Nishio, founder of Seth Network Japan
"I have no doubt that somewhere, some-when, in a cozy country den, Seth is lighting a cigar and raising a glass of brandy in celebration of Living a Safe Universe. This outstanding book is more than a ‘must read’ for anyone truly dedicated to understanding and living the Seth material – this book is essential!"
— Lucy Gillis, author of Dream Secrets: Unlocking the Mystery of Your Dreams, and co-editor of the online magazine Lucid Dreaming Experience
“Lynda Dahl has studied the Jane/Rob/Seth material extensively and once again shares her understanding and insights. Practical methods are included to assist others in their journey into the self. Lynda’s dedication to comprehending and applying the ideas is an inspiration to all of us.”
— Mary Dillman, ad hoc pro bono researcher and organizer of the Seth/Jane Roberts/Robert Butts material
"As a 30+ year student of the Seth material, I looked forward to reading Lynda Dahl’s new book. Not more five pages into it, all I found myself saying was...Wow! Lynda is able to draw on the Seth teachings and guide us through the ‘why and how’ it all works. And there is excitement and energy in the text. I highly recommend this book to all Seth readers.”
— Jeff Kiefer, Clinical Case Manager and publisher of the website Seth Forums
“Coming at the Seth material from a new angle, Lynda Dahl takes us on a journey from a macro-view of the universe to how we can learn to trust ourselves in our lives and our creativity. Each chapter contains nuggets that explode on the printed page, that can be read and reread to gain more insight. Highly recommended.”
— Richard Wolinsky, member of Jane Roberts’ ESP class and syndicated talk show host
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Lynda Madden Dahl, author of eight Seth/Jane Roberts-based books: “In Living a Safe Universe (vol. 1 of 4), predecessor to this book, I told of how I had come to finally trust my self, which translates into living safely in my reality. This book stresses a focused application of that knowledge as it applies to the spacious present’s simultaneous time and moment point. Its purpose is to deepen our trust in all aspects of personal reality creation by learning to consciously direct and use the moment point to our great advantage."
BOOK REVIEWS BY SETH READERS:
“Lynda invites us to journey with her in learning to use our power in the moment in practical and magical ways. She proceeds with great enthusiasm, confidence, and optimism – and encourages us to do the same. As usual, Lynda picks out the most important concepts in the Seth material, summarizes them crisply, expresses them clearly, and challenges us to use them – not just daily, but in the moment. Her goal is as simple as it is profound: living in the moment point engenders self-trust and living in a safe universe. We become, in her phrase, ‘Home Free At Last!’”
— Don Middendorf, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Consciousness Studies at The Evergreen State College
“In Living a Safe Universe, Vol. 2, Lynda once again shares her unique insights on Seth’s message and teachings. Her perspectives provide an exceptional illustration of how we can take command of the moment point, enhance our framework of trust, and truly live a safe universe. Building on the foundation of volume 1, it is highly recommended for Seth readers seeking to expand their understanding about how to live confidently with self-trust.”
— Michael Steffen, Co-Founder of the current Seth Network International, Board Member of the original SNI
“Lynda Dahl should be celebrated! She dazzles the mind with her ability to explain Seth's complex concepts using her personal experiences and understanding. It is here, in volume 2, that the journey continues with Lynda revealing ‘the full-on answer to living a safe universe.’ An essential book for serious Seth readers! Highly recommended.”
— Dawn McKay, Colorado Seth Conference Committee Member
"Lynda Dahl’s commitment to the Seth material is deep and enduring. In the second volume of Living a Safe Universe she makes complex subject matter accessible to both familiar and novice readers: simultaneous time, action, trust, and the moment point. It is clear she knows her stuff! Completing the author's ‘tasks’ can literally turn a life around. What is most impressive, however, is her personal development. Lynda has gone much deeper in this second volume, and she shares her journey with us. Ultimately, we all benefit from her ability to show us how it's done!"
— Helen L. Stewart, Ph.D., Futurist and Business Intuitive, Author of Seven Seconds or Less: Gut Feeling to Bottom Line
“In Living a Safe Universe, Vol. 2, Lynda takes us further into a journey of the self that began in vol. 1. As Lynda guides us outside the linear cause and effect assumptions most of us live our lives by, she offers instead a far more expansive view of who and what we are, and in doing so opens possibilities for value fulfillment that otherwise would not be available. This book is an exploration into the nature of reality that will be of great value to Seth readers. I highly recommend it to all who would dare to embrace their true power to create lives of fulfillment and joy and to ‘live a safe universe,’ as consciousness was always intended to do.”
— Rich Kendall, Author of The Road to Elmira and Stories I Never Told Grandma; Member of Jane Roberts’ ESP Class
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Lynda is co-founder of Seth Network International, the global meeting place for Seth readers. She published a quarterly magazine, Reality Change: The Global Seth Journal, for seven years; has produced numerous Seth conferences and been a speaker at many others. Her eight Seth/Jane Roberts-based books stress the practical applications of the Sethian ideas, including the Living a Safe Universe series. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.
SOME WHO HAVE ENDORSED BOOKS by Lynda Madden Dahl:
Robert F. Butts, Co-Creator of the Seth/Jane Roberts Books
Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life and Empowering Women
Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., author of Mind into Matter and The Spiritual Universe
Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., former Stanford University scientist and author of The Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution, and The Wisdom of Your Cells
Norman Friedman, author of Bridging Science and Spirit and The Hidden Domain
Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles
Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love is Letting Go of Fear
Anne Meara, actor, playwright, and partner of Stiller and Meara comedy team
Willis Harman, Ph.D., past President, Institute of Noetic Sciences; author of Global Mind Change
Walter Eckhart, Ph.D, Professor, The Salk Institute
Richard Schneider, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Global Education; co-founder, Radio for Peace Intl.