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This article will begin a five-part series on the human life cycle.  We will look at the consciousness of a human in the womb, at birth, in infancy, then at childhood and youth, then in adulthood and later, after we discuss sex, sleep, and dreams, in old age.

Remember, in Cosmic Core we are viewing life from the esoteric stream of knowledge.  This perspective accepts reincarnation and idealism (consciousness forming reality) as facts.

One may take what one wants from this information, as from all information presented in Cosmic Core.



In the Womb – Spirit Attaching to the Body of the Fetus

“The atoms that compose the fetus have their own kind of consciousness.

The volatile awareness-consciousness that exist independently of matter, form matter according to their ability and degree.

The fetus, therefore, has its own consciousness – the simple component consciousness made up of the atoms that compose it.

This exists before any reincarnating personality enters it.

The reincarnating personality enters the new fetus according to its own inclinations, desires and characteristics, with some built-in safeguards.

However there is no rule, then saying that the reincarnating personality must take over the new form prepared for it either at the point of conception, in the very earliest months of the fetus’s growth, or even at the point of birth.

The process is gradual, individual and determined by experience in other lives.

It is particularly dependent upon emotional characteristics – not necessarily of the last incarnated self, but the emotional tensions present as a result of a group of past existences.

Various methods of entry are adopted.

Even here, however, large portions of self-awareness continue to operate in the between-life dimension.

The fetus dreams.

As its physical growth takes place in the womb, so the shaping of its consciousness is also extended by genetic dreams.

These particular fetus-orientated dreams are most difficult to describe, for they are actually involved with forming the contours of the individual consciousness.

Such dreams provide the subjective understanding from which thoughts are developed, and in those terms complete thoughts are possible before the brain itself is fully formed.

It is the process of thinking that helps bring the brain into activity and not the other way around.

In the beginning, the womb state under these conditions is a dreamlike one, with the personality still focused mainly in the between-life existence.

Gradually the situation reverses, until it becomes more difficult to retain clear concentration in the between-life situation.”1



Attaching at Conception

“If there is a strong relationship between the parents and the child-to-be, then the personality may enter at the point of conception if the child is extremely anxious to rejoin them.

In these circumstances, when the personality attaches itself at conception, there is almost without exception strong past-life connections between parents and child, or there is an unceasing and almost obsessional desire to return to the earthly situation – either for a specific purpose, or because the reincarnating personality is presently obsessed with earthly existence.

This is not necessarily detrimental.

The personality can simply realize that it takes to physical experience well, is presently earth-oriented, and finds earthly atmosphere a rich dimension for the growth of its own abilities.

Those who enter at the point of conception are usually highly anxious for physical existence.

They will, therefore, be more fully developed and show their individual characteristics very early.

They seize upon the new body and already mold it.

The control over matter is vigorous, and they usually stay within the body, dying either in accidents where death is immediate or in sleep or with a disease that strikes quickly.

They are manipulators of matter as a rule.

They are emotional.

They work out their problems in immediate, sometimes impatient, tangible ways.

They work well with earth materials, and translate their ideas with great force into physical terms.

They make cities, monuments.  They are architects.

They are concerned with forming matter and molding it to their desire.

Some personalities are drawn to enter at conception as a result of seemingly less worthy motives – greed, for example, or an obsessional desire that is partially composed of unresolved problems.”2



Attaching at Birth

“Other personalities who never completely take to earthly existence may hold off full entry for some time and even then always remain at a certain distance from the body.

In all cases the decisions have been made ahead of time.

The reincarnating personality is aware, therefore, when the conception for which it has been waiting takes place.

And while it may or may not choose to enter at that point, it is drawn irresistibly to that time and point in space and flesh.

As a rule, those who do not enter your plane of existence until the point of birth are less able manipulators in those particular terms.

They are the mean, if such a term can be used, the mean or average.”3



Resisting the New Existence

“Now there are some who resist the new existence, even though they chose it, as long as possible.

To some extent they must be present at birth, but they can still escape any full identification with the born infant.

They hover within and about the form, but half reluctantly.

There are many reasons for such behavior.

Some personalities simply prefer in-between-life existence and are much more concerned with the theoretical solving of problems than the practical application necessarily involved.

Others have discovered that physical existence does not meet their needs as well as they thought it would, and they will progress much better in other fields of reality and existence.

Because of their own characteristics, however, some prefer to set up a certain distance between themselves and their physical existences.

They are much more concerned with symbols.

They look upon earthly life as highly experimental.

They approach it almost with a jaundiced eye, so to speak.

They are not interested so much in manipulating matter as they are curious as to the ways in which ideas appear within matter.

Again generally speaking, they are always more at home with ideas, philosophies, and non-tangible realities.

They are thinkers always a bit apart, their body types showing a lack of muscular development.

Poets and artists, while somewhat of this nature, as a rule are more deeply appreciative of the physical values of earthly existence, although they have many of the same characteristics.”4



Before Birth and Birth

“In a most generalized way: The entity, before incarnation, dwells in the appropriate place in time/space.

The true color type of this location will be dependent upon the entity’s needs. Those entities, for instance which, being Wanderers, have the green, blue, or indigo true-color core of mind/body/spirit complex will have rested therein.

Entrance into incarnation requires the investment or activation of the indigo-ray or etheric body for this is the form maker.

The young or small physical mind/body/spirit complex has the seven energy centers potentiated before the birthing process.

There are also analogs in time/space of these energy centers corresponding to the seven energy centers in each of the seven true-color densities.

Thus in the microcosm exists all the experience that is prepared.

It is as though the infant contains the universe.”5



The great poet William Wordsworth wrote in Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood:

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:

The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,

Hath had elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar.”

“Birth is much more of a shock than death.

Sometimes when you die you do not realize it, but birth almost always implies a sharp and sudden recognition.

The shock of birth has several consequences that usually draw the personality to full blast, so to speak, into physical reality.

Before this, the conditions are fairly uniform.

The body consciousness is nurtured almost automatically, reacting strongly but under highly controlled conditions.

At birth, all of this is suddenly over, and (new) stimuli (are) introduced with a rapidity that the body consciousness has never to that point experienced.

Until the new personality enters, the fetus regards itself as a part of the organism of the mother.  This support is suddenly denied at birth.

If the new personality has not entered earlier to any full extent, it usually does so at birth, in order to stabilize the new organism.  It comforts the new organism, in other words.

The new personality, therefore, will experience birth to varying degrees according to when it has entered this dimension.

When it enters at the point of birth, it is fairly independent, not yet identified with the form it has entered, and acting in supportive role.

If the personality entered at conception or sometime before birth, then it has to some extent identified with the body consciousness, with the fetus.

It has already begun to direct perception – though perception has begun whether or not it is so directed – and it will experience the shock of birth in immediate, direct terms.

There will be no distance between the personality and the experience of birth, then.

The newly entered personality, as a consciousness, flickers, in that there is a while before stabilization takes place.”7



The New Consciousness at Birth

“The child is not born a sponge, empty but ready to soak up knowledge.

It is already soaked in knowledge.

Some will come to the surface, so to speak, and be used consciously.  Some will not.

Man’s first encounter with physical reality in life is his experience with the state of his own consciousness.

When you are born, you understand that you have a new consciousness.

You explore its ramifications.

It is your primary evidence that you exist in flesh.

Basically, each person must confront the experience of reality through a direct encounter with it.

This encounter takes place through the use of the physical senses, of course, as they are used to perceive and interpret physical data.

The very utilization of those senses, however, is dependent upon the nature of your consciousness itself, and that consciousness is aware of its power and action through the exercise of its own properties.

Those “properties” are the faculties of the imagination, creativity, telepathy, clairvoyance, and dreaming, as well as the functions of logic and reason.”8




“In the early days of infancy, there is not a steady focus of the personality in the body.

When the young child is sleeping the personality often simply vacates the body.

Gradually the identification with the between-life situation dwindles until nearly full focus resides in the physical body.

The hold of the personality is tenuous in the early years, and grows stronger.

The infant immediately begins to learn to accept certain neurological pulses which bring results, and not others, and so neurological patterns are early learned.

This can be a frightening process, though it is accompanied by reassurances.

The infant sees, out of context, both present and future without discrimination, and I am speaking of images physically perceived.”9



Infants & Dreams

“In genetically inspired dreams, infants practice language.

Before such infants hear their parents speak, they are in telepathic communication, and even in the fetus’s genetic dreams involve the coding and interpretation of language.

Those dreams themselves inspire the physical formations necessary to bring about their own actualizations.

Infants think long before they can speak.  Thought must come before language.  Language is thought’s handmaiden.

Infants dream of their past lives, remembering, for example, how to walk and talk.

They are born with the knowledge of how to think, with the propensity for language.

They are guided by memories that they later forget.

There are even key dreams in infancy that serve to trigger necessary hormonal functioning.

The child crawls and walks in dreams before those acts are physically executed – the dreams serving as impetus for muscular coordination and development.

Language is practiced by infants in the dream state, and it is indeed that mental practice that results in children speaking sentences far more quickly than otherwise would seem possible.

The dream world, then, develops faster than physical experience.

For some time the child is more secure there.

Without dreaming there would be no learning, nor would there be memory.”10



The Infant & Memory

“When you arrive, or emerge, into physical life, not only is your mind not a blank slate, waiting for the scrolls that experience will write upon it, but you are already equipped with a memory bank far surpassing that of any computer.

You face your first day upon the planet with skills and abilities already built in, though they may or may not be used; and they are not merely the result of heredity as you think of it.

You may think of your soul or entity – though only briefly and for the sake of this analogy – as some conscious and living, divinely inspired computer who programs its own existences and lifetimes.

But this computer is so highly endowed with creativity that each of the various personalities it programs spring into consciousness and song, and in turn create realities that may have been undreamed of by the computer itself.

Each such personality, however, comes with a built-in idea of the reality in which it will operate, and its mental equipment is highly tailored to meet very specialized environments.

It has full freedom, but it must operate within the context of existence to which it has been programmed.

Within the personality, however, in the most secret recesses, is the condensed knowledge that resides in the computer as a whole.

I must emphasize that I am not saying that the soul or entity is a computer, but only asking you to look at the matter in this light in order to make several points clear.”11



Is there an age below which an entity is not responsible for his actions, or is he responsible from the time of birth?

“An entity incarnating upon the Earth plane becomes conscious of self at a varying point in its time/space progress through the continuum.

This may have a median, shall we say, of approximately fifteen of your months.

Some entities become conscious of self at a period closer to incarnation, some at a period farther from this event.

In all cases responsibility becomes retroactive from that point backward in the continuum so that distortions are to be understood by the entity and dissolved as the entity learns.

Thus, an entity four years old would be totally responsible for any actions that were against or inharmonious with the Law of One.

It may be noted that it has been arranged by your social complex structures that the newer entities to incarnation are to be provided with guides of a physical mind/body/spirit complex, thus being able to learn quickly what is consonant with the Law of One.

These guides are parents, teachers, and friends.”11


  1. Roberts, Jane, Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1986
  2. Roberts, Jane, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1972
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. Elkins, Rueckert, McCarty, The Law of One, Session 48.7,
  6. Roberts, Jane, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1972
  7. Roberts, Jane, Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1986
  8. Roberts, Jane, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1972
  9. Roberts, Jane, The Nature of the Psyche: Its Human Expression, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1979
  10. Roberts, Jane, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1972
  11. Elkins, Rueckert, McCarty, The Law of One, Session 18.7,

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