Jane Roberts (Seth)

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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Dorothy Jane Roberts
Spiritual Teacher
Main Countries of Activity: 
Date of Birth: 
May 8, 1929
Place of Birth: 
Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
September 5, 1984
Other Related Gurus: 
Robert Fabian Butts (Bob Butts) - her husband and partner


Jane Roberts was an American author, poet, psychic and spirit medium, who trance channeled an entity called "Seth" for more than 20 years. Seth referred to himself as “an energy personality essence, no longer focused in physical reality.”

Her publication of the Seth texts, known as the "Seth Material", established her as one of the preeminent figures in the world of paranormal phenomena. The books had an enormous influence on many in the emerging “New Age” community during the seventies and eighties, including Richard Bach, Louise Hay, Shakti Gawain, Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer and even scientists like physicist Fred Alan Wolf. Seth's effect upon New Age thinkers has been profound. His empowering messages are considered as those which launched the New Age movement.

Jane Roberts first began hearing messages from Seth in 1963, when she and her husband Robert Butts were living in Elmira, New York. They had begun experimenting with a Ouija board, a popular occult instrument where a weighted object moves around a board to indicate different letters.

After some time, they began to receive messages, first from a fellow named Frank Watts, and then, to their astonishment, from a “non-physical entity” who called himself Seth. Eventually the Ouija board was dispensed with when Jane discovered that she could “hear” Seth’s words before they were communicated through the board. Soon, Jane stepped aside and Seth began to speak “through” her consciousness as Rob listened and faithfully recorded every detail of the experiences.

From December 8th, 1963, up to the end of Jane’s life, in 1984, even as she lay on a hospital bed, the “Seth sessions” continued.

Seth dictated to Jane and Rob the thirteen volumes of the Seth material, beginning with Seth Speaks and ending with The Way to Health.

Roberts and Butts produced a series of books, including The Seth Material, Seth Speaks, The Nature of Personal Reality and many others.

The Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives maintains a collection entitled Jane Roberts Papers (MS 1090), which documents the career and personal life of Jane Roberts, including journals, poetry, correspondence, audio and video recordings and other materials donated after her death by Roberts' husband and other individuals and organizations.


Ebook versions of some Seth books are attached, for reference, at the bottom of this Guru Profile

Seth's teacjing is an extremely wide and profound metaphysical system that has much in common with many traditional mystical teachings.

Seth taught that the universe is made of consciousness and that our thoughts and beliefs determine our reality and the outcome of our lives.

Another aspect of the Seth teaching is reincarnation. Since, in Seth’s view, time as we know it does not really exist, everything is actually happening at once. Therefore, reincarnation does not occur in a linear fashion, but in a simultaneous way. We all have many parallel lives happening at once, each affecting the others. One implication of this is that what we think of as the past can be changed just as much as the future.



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Books & Media

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Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul

by Jane Roberts


One of the most powerful of the Seth Books, this essential guide to conscious living clearly and powerfully articulates the furthest reaches of human potential, and the concept that we all create our own reality according to our individual beliefs. Having withstood the test of time, it is still considered one of the most dynamic and brilliant maps of inner reality available today.

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The Early Sessions: Book 1 of The Seth Material

by Jane Roberts

(Kindle Edition)


“Seth was one of my first metaphysical teachers. He remains a constant source of knowledge and inspiration in my life.”
– Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A RETURN TO LOVE

“The Seth books present an alternate map of reality with a new diagram of the psyche….useful to all explorers of consciousness.”
- Deepak Chopra, MD, author of SUPER BRAIN

“I would like to see the Seth books as required reading for anyone on their spiritual pathway. The amazing in-depth information in the Seth books is as relevant today as it was in the early 70s when Jane Roberts first channeled this material.”
-Louise Hay, internationally bestselling author of YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE

Presented in 9 books, THE EARLY SESSIONS is a collection of the material channeled by Seth through Jane Roberts, during the first six years of his relationship with Jane and her husband, Rob Butts. The material consists of over 500 sessions, and contains new content and insights from Seth on a vast array of topics.

THE EARLY SESSIONS also illuminates the evolution of the Seth material, the very first questions asked by Jane and Rob, and the detailed exposition by Seth of his philosophy and vision.

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The "Unknown" Reality, Vol. 1: A Seth Book

by Jane Roberts


In this mind-stretching journey into the frontiers of consciousness, Seth reveals the multidimensional nature of the human soul. In Seth Speaks, Seth introduced the concept of “probable realities,” in which our idle daydreams and unfulfilled impulses do take place, in which all possible choices are fully experienced by other portions of the self. Now, in this first volume of The “Unknown” Reality, Seth explains the dazzling labyrinths of unseen probabilities involved in any decision, and how our awareness of these can enrich the waking life we know. In a fascinating exploration of the cosmic web of our existence, Seth reveals: * The purpose of dreams, and how they are often fulfilled unconsciously; * Misconceptions about death and the afterlife; * How different probable realities intersect and influence one another; * The relationship between physical health and inner reality; * A series of exercises to help you discover the unknown portions of your greater identity. In Volume One of The “Unknown” Reality, Seth initiates a journey in which it seems that the familiar is left behind. Where do the events of our lives begin or end? Where do we fit into them, individually and as members of the species? These questions, with Seth’s explanations, are the heart of Volume One.

Jane Roberts - Seth - An Anthology.pdf3.08 MB
Jane Roberts - Seth - Quotes and Excercises.pdf1.9 MB
Jane Roberts - Seth Speaks.pdf843.52 KB