Listening to Gary Zukav calmly explaining his views on spirituality, you would never guess that he was once a Green Beret serving in Vietnam and, by his own confession, a former sex addict (listen to his very honest Miboso interview at his website, www.zukav.com). And yet here is a man who realized that facing enemies out in the jungles of Vietnam and sleeping around with women were actually ways to avoid facing his inner enemies of fear and insecurity. Here is a man who changed from an angry soldier trained to kill into a quiet, gentle human being trained to love. Anyone who has seen him on Oprah (where he was introduced to most of us) has witnessed his gentleness and humility.
Gary's personal journey is an example of what he believes humanity is experiencing as a whole: we are beginning to realize that controlling other people and outer circumstances cannot bring us true happiness and fulfillment. We are also beginning to acknowledge that dimensions of reality beyond the five senses exist, and that we interact with those dimensions. To sum up, we are transforming from five-sensory humans into multi-sensory humans. "The Seat of the Soul" is a personal guide to that transformation.
A summary might go like this: your soul picks aspects of itself that desire growth and healing, and then incarnates into a physical form having those aspects. You then draw to yourself people and experiences that awaken the unhealed parts of you and provide opportunities to consciously change your choices. When you stop making choices from fear and instead choose to act in love and trust, you experience healing and growth on your spiritual path. Paying attention to your emotions and your intuitions is very important in this process, as well as honest analysis of your intentions in every situation. And you always have help available in the form of nonphysical guides and teachers.
The book is well-written, and I found Mr. Zukav's reading to be perfect: calm and clear.
I am not the type of person to trash something that people have worked hard on, especially regarding an acting performance since I was an actor for a few years myself. I can imagine that the amount of material alone must have been daunting, and kudos to these people for giving it a try.
That being said, this audio presentation of Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" is one of the most poorly performed I've ever heard. My point for saying this is not to insult the performers of this audiobook, but to caution readers from making any judgments about the series based on this audiobook.
What makes it so bad? The simplest way I can put it is that the performers (the male more so) seem to think that "fantasy" books have to sound EPIC and you have to O-VER PRO-NOUNCE everything. Listen to the sample and you'll know what I'm talking about. This is exactly the WRONG way to perform fantasy, which is in fact more effective when an actor doesn't "act" and instead tries to make it sound realistic and believable (this is what made the performances in the film version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS work so well).
I could go much more into detail, but then it would be a critique the actors of this audio version would find more useful than you, the reader. For you, my recommendation is to read the actual book and hope someday they try to remake this. This is too many hours of bad acting to waste your time with.
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