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The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition | [Gary Zukav]

The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1989 Gary Zukav (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Vik Jersey City, NJ, USA 02-22-06
    Vik Jersey City, NJ, USA 02-22-06
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    "A True Spiritual Classic"

    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.

    60 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    J. Summer 11-28-12
    J. Summer 11-28-12

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    "Self-help in a 6 hour lecture"
    What made the experience of listening to The Seat of the Soul the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    His tone and peacefull, not forceful method of teaching.


    Have you listened to any of Gary Zukav’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT, United States 12-05-11
    Amazon Customer Sandy, UT, United States 12-05-11
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    "Gary give timely, logical, loving advice"
    Would you listen to The Seat of the Soul again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seat of the Soul?

    So much of was important.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Zukav – was your favorite?

    There were no characters but I found his way of reading the book quite comfortable to listen to for long periods of time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a profound reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Gabrielly Poughquag, NY, United States 02-11-13
    Rick Gabrielly Poughquag, NY, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "suggested by my health coach!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seat of the Soul?

    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.


    What about Gary Zukav’s performance did you like?

    He speaks with firm, clear intentions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As I said above, the section that guides us into positive thoughts.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Criscione Sequim, WA USA 01-30-13
    D. Criscione Sequim, WA USA 01-30-13
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    "Love it!"
    Would you listen to The Seat of the Soul again? Why?

    I listen to it over and over.


    What other book might you compare The Seat of the Soul to and why?

    Can only compare it to his other books, that are very good also.


    What about Gary Zukav’s performance did you like?

    Very clear and concise.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope I can become the person that this book explains.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tana 12-14-12
    Tana 12-14-12
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    "excellent , incredibly well explained."
    If you could sum up The Seat of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    precise insight


    What did you like best about this story?

    truth


    What does Gary Zukav bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    multiple examples


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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 !


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 12-07-12
    Lisa 12-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So much to learn"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Seat of the Soul to be better than the print version?

    I am listening again to catch more valuable information. Well written so it is much easier to understand.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Nyle Columbus, OH USA 10-22-14
    Morgan Nyle Columbus, OH USA 10-22-14

    MJ

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    "This book will bring about a paradigm shift in you"

    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.

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    Ceenut 07-15-14
    Ceenut 07-15-14
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    "Great Message, Hard to Listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The spiritual teachings in this book are phenomenal, but the listen is a bit flat and hard to follow for long periods of time. I prefer Eckhart Tolle's "New Earth."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LONG BEACH, CA, United States 03-31-14
    Jessica LONG BEACH, CA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a MSW Student at USC. I look forward to learning more about human behavior and contributing to the field of social work.

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    "Touching"
    If you could sum up The Seat of the Soul in three words, what would they be?

    In so many words this novel has reached me, in a way my own voice has not been able to. It has given me an image for what I have always been aware of, yet never was able to communicate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intention and Personality. The introduction that the idea that a soul is guiding my personality.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    If you could give The Seat of the Soul a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Wake up your soul


    Any additional comments?

    Sleeping souls that have been isolated and buried will grow and flourish and reach out as intended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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