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   by The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom

ROBERTS, JANE (1929-1984) 

    Authoress of Seth Speaks. Roberts started the New Age channeling craze of the 1980's. Roberts, who once taught a creative writing class, had talents in poetry and knowledge of various religions and the occult which helped her carry off the Seth hoax. She published a few science fiction short stories before moving on to the big time.

    A self proclaimed medium and psychic, Roberts claimed she began recieving spirit messages from a being called "Seth". It had a big impace on the New Age crowd of the 70's. Roberts initially expressed skepticism as to Seth's origins, wondering if he was a part of her own personality...but Hell, there was money to be made, so you can't let something like a little schitzophrenia get in the way.  According to Roberts, Seth said he was as an "energy personality essence no longer focused in physical matter," and  independent of Roberts' subconscious.OK, even so, Seth never made any convincing predictions, such as the bombing of the World Trade Center, the Japanese earthquake of 2011, or startling revealtions, such as a cure for cancer. Like all supernatural claims, Roberts' Seth falls flat, and is just a bunch of feel good, New Agey hookum.

    In 1966 her book How To Develop Your ESP Power was published, but it was later retitled The Coming of Seth, to tie it in with the Seth Material, and not sound so gimicky. 

    To make sure no one else cahsed in on Seth, Roberts wrote in the introduction of the first Seth book, Seth Speaks, that  "communications will come exclusively through Ruburt (Seth's name for Jane Roberts) at all times, to protect the integrity of the material." But since Roberts' death, other people have claimed to channel Seth, just like with T. Lobsang Rampa, and Madame Blavatsky's Coot Hoomi. 

    Not everyone was pleased as punch to hear from Seth.  In the book Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic, science writer Karen Stollznow wrote that much of Roberts work was "criticized for being a rip-off of Christian and Eastern philosophy. It comes as no surprise that Seth influenced such authors as Deepak Chopra and Louise Hay." Various Christian church groups labled the Seth Material as the result of "demonic possesion" (not realizing it's just a load of horse crap).

    Channeling is just a re-hash of the scam used by 19th century mediums who claim ghosts speak through them, and as critics have pointed out, New Age isn’t new, it’s just old occult scams with new names. Roberts claimed Seth is a spirit who in past lives has been a caveman and a pope, among other things. There’s no proof to Robert’s claims, and people who buy her story simply take her word for it.

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