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Symptom and Significance
  Beverley Kane, MD
Copyright © 2004 Beverley Kane
SYMPTOM & SIGNIFICANCE
a Sethian Psychology of Healing
In August of 1990 I sequestered myself within the
magnificent stone walls of the Yale Library, repository for
the manuscripts of Jane Roberts and Rob Butts. My mission,
in the mere two days I could spend at Yale, was to resolve
the painful mystery of why Jane had suffered — had, on
some level, chosen to, allowed herself to,  suffer —  a most
agonizing and debilitating illness for the latter part of her
life. 
Previously I had studied everything Rob, Jane and
Seth had said publicly about Jane's condition. In the Yale
library, I pored over Rob's journal notes written during
Jane's last 504 days spent in St. Joseph's Hospital in
Elmira, NY. In the end I returned to San Francisco feeling bemused: I could adduce no shattering
revelations about the complexities, beliefs, machinations, and inner dialog of Jane's entity. I
conceded pro forma that she, and we, created her own reality. I had some insight into the dynamics
of Jane's Sinful Self and the struggle of artist-vs-channeler. Much later, the publication of Jane’s
The Way Toward Health resolved some questions but raised many more.
As Larry Dossey, MD, points out, Buddha died from food poisoning; Jesus from acute
trauma; Ramana Maharishi, the most beloved saint in India, died from cancer as did the great
spiritual teachers Krishnamurti and Suzuki. Bernadette, who saw the vision at Lourdes, died from
disseminated tuberculosis or cancer. Mother Teresa died of  heart failure; Pope Paul VI required
an appendectomy; the Dalai Lama wears glasses. If the holiest of holies are thus plagued, what can
I  offer my patients and other Seth readers and my self when I am under the weather?
Of course, no one has to become ill, not even in preparation for death. Cats and other
animals can be asymptomatic when they walk off to willfully die. Over the years, by rereading Seth,
by reading my patients, I have learned more about how and why people create illness. As a Seth-
oriented physician, my art is to intuit the personal reality of each patient and gently enable the
most positive beliefs in that reality. 
The essay that follows was originally developed for my patients —  mostly young, bright,
healthy engineers in California's Silicon Valley. The concepts were designed to introduce Sethian
ideas without explicitly invoking a channeled source. On the other hand, in discussing Seth's ideas
on health among the initiated, I have found that the psychological exercises bridge a gap in the
other direction: they ground a sometimes vague concept that we create our own reality in the
symbolic systems common to our earth psyches at this point of power. As I have found in my 15
years of working with the Seth material, humans behave, practically speaking, rather less
according to Seth's ideal of our larger Being and more according to the consensus camouflage
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