With the same extraordinary skill that he used to demystify scientific abstraction and the new physics, Gary Zukav, the award-winning author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, here takes us on a brilliant and penetrating exploration of the new phase of evolution we have now entered.
With lucidity and elegance, Zukav explains that we are evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses, external power, into a species that pursues authentic power, power that is based upon the perceptions and values of the spirit. He shows how the pursuit of external power has produced our survival-of-the-fittest understanding of evolution, generated conflict between lovers, communities, and superpowers, and brought us to the edge of destruction.
Using his scientist's eye and philosopher's heart, Zukav shows how infusing the activities of life with reverence, compassion, and trust makes them come alive with meaning and purpose. He illustrates how the emerging values of the spirit are changing marriages into spiritual partnerships, psychology into spiritual psychology, and transforming our everyday lives. The Seat of the Soul describes the remarkable journey to the spirit that each of us is on.
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"[Zukav's] high-minded synthesis is something more than old wine in a new bottle." (Publishers Weekly)
"A remarkable treatment of thought, evolution, and reincarnation." (Library Journal)
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 enjoyed that the author performed this reading. He placed stress and understanding where it needed to be in the reading. I enjoyed the lessons to be learned about myself.
His tone and peacefull, not forceful method of teaching.
I broke this reading into 6 one hour nights (one week) to absorb and process while not overloading at one setting and losing the points that were made.
intense reaction, so happy to listen to it , have listened 3 x and still there's more to get.. incredible insight to the soul.. this is a keeper to listen to time and time again..timeless journey !
I have listened to this book twice now and have gotten a lot out of it both times. I heard and understood things the second time that I did not the first. It is my guess this will be true for the next time I listen.
So much of was important.
There were no characters but I found his way of reading the book quite comfortable to listen to for long periods of time.
I had a profound reaction.
This the type of book will fall into your hands when you are ready for it. I read it a couple of years ago and find that this time
I’ve read over a 100 books regarding spirituality including several versions of the bible and the ‘Dead Sea Scroll’. Here is a summary of all these books into one place. This book can seem very heavy for those who haven’t read any other books or are willing to look at themselves. I recently left my job and when asked why I simply said that spirit was guiding me. I then spent three months going through a lot of trials. In the end I ended up with a new job where I was truly happy and the lessons have served me beyond words. I learned to see the path I was meant to be on including have compassion to others while understanding that we can’t know the real reason of others suffering!
I do disagree with the author on the statement that scientist have proven that while is all colors and black is the absence of all colors. My Native American teacher told me to take all the colors of the rainbow and mix them together and I got black. No matter how you try this test with colors you always end up with black. You can ask any 1st grader this as they’ve learned it.
With this in mind I will still recommend this book to people to read as I learned new information here I can apply.
I am listening again to catch more valuable information. Well written so it is much easier to understand.
This book was amazing. I have yet to do the study guide although I've listened to it and plan to print the study guide out. The book itself though is DEEP!! You really have to hit pause and think about the things that are being said. This book is one of those that can change your life and leave a lasting impression on all the people who know you.
Yes. It was suggested by my health coach that I read this book so I may overcome some forgiveness issues and cleanse my own soul. It has been an eye opening account of how our souls operate and what we can do to enjoy the ride during this life.
I was touched most by the segment that explains the effects of negative thoughts toward others and their impact on the whole of our existence. It is a constant reminder that each thought has so much power and we must be diligent to be the positive energy we want to experience from others.
He speaks with firm, clear intentions.
As I said above, the section that guides us into positive thoughts.
I listen to it over and over.
Can only compare it to his other books, that are very good also.
Very clear and concise.
Hope I can become the person that this book explains.
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