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About the Author

Gary Zukav is the author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, winner of The American Book Award for Science; The Seat of the Soul, the celebrated #1 New York Times bestseller; Soul Stories, also a New York Times bestseller; and many others. His books have sold millions of copies and are published in twenty-four languages. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a former US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer with Vietnam service. He lives in Oregon with his spiritual partner, Linda Francis.

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Chapter One
During the years that I was writing The Dancing Wu Li Masters and after, I was drawn again and again to the writings of William James, Carl Jung, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. I returned to them repeatedly. I found in them something special, although it was not until later that I was able to understand that specialness: these fellow humans reached for something greater than they were able to express directly through their work. They saw more than they could express in the language of psychology or linguistics or physics, and they sought to share what they saw. It--is what they sought to share through the medium of their work that drew me to them.
They were mystics. That is my word. They would not use such language, but they knew it. They feared that their careers might become contaminated by association with those who did not work within the scientific model, but in the depths of their own thoughts they each saw much too much to be limited by the five senses, and they were not. Their works contribute not only to the evolution of psychology, linguistics and physics, but also to the evolution of those who read them. They have the capability to change those who touch them in ways that also cannot be expressed directly in the terms of psychology, or linguistics, or physics.
As I came to understand, in retrospect, the magnetic quality that these works held for me, I came to understand that what motivated these men was not Earthly prizes or the respect of colleagues, but that they put their souls and minds on something and reached the extraordinary place where the mind could no longer produce data of the type that they wanted, and they were in the territory of inspiration where their intuitions accelerated and they knew that there was something more than the realm of time and space and matter, something more than physical life. They knew it. They could not necessarily articulate this clearly because they were not equipped to talk about such things, but they felt it and their writings reflected it.
In other words, I came to understand that what motivated these men, and many others, was in fact something of great vision that comes from beyond the personality. Each of us is now being drawn, in one way or another, to that same great vision. It is more than a vision. It is an emerging force. It is the next step in our evolutionary journey. Humanity, the human species, is longing now to touch that force, to shed that which interferes with clear contact. Much of the difficulty in doing this lies in the fact that the vocabulary with which to address this new force, which is indeed the--eternal force, is not yet born.
In this moment and in this hour of human evolution this proper vocabulary and means of addressing that which longs to transcend religiosity and spirituality and assume the position of authentic power is longing to be born. We need to give that which we as a species are now touching consciously for the first-time a vocabulary that is not clouded so that it can be identified clearly in the acts and judgments of the human race, so that it can be seen -- clearly, and not through veils of mystery or mysticism, but simply as the authentic power that moves the force fields of this Earth of ours. I hope that this book will assist.
As a way of talking about what we are and what we are becoming, I have used the terms five-sensory and multisensory. Multisensory is not better than five-sensory. It is simply more appropriate now. As one system of human experience winds down and another, more advanced system emerges the older system may appear by comparison to be lacking, but from the perspective of the Universe, the language of comparison is not the language of lesser and better, but of limitation and opportunity.
The experiences of the multisensory human are less limited than the experiences of the five-sensory human. They provide more opportunities for growth and development and more opportunities to avoid unnecessary difficulties. I have contrasted the experiences of the five-sensory human with the experiences of the multisensory human in each instance to make their differences as clear as possible, but this does not mean that the five-sensory phase of our evolution, the phase from which we are emerging, is negative in comparison to the phase of our evolution that we are entering, the multisensory phase. It is simply that it is now no longer appropriate just as there came a time when the use of candles became inappropriate because of electricity, but the advent of electricity did not make candle power negative.
Who among us is an expert on the human experience? We have only the gift of sharing perceptions that hopefully can help those on their journey. There is no such thing as an expert on the human experience. The human experience is an experience in movement and thought and form, and, in some cases, an experiment in movement and thought and form. The most that we can do is comment on the movement, the thought and the form, but those comments are of great value if they can help people to learn to move gracefully, to think clearly, to form -- like artists -- the matter of their lives.
We are in a time of deep change. We will move through this change more easily if we are able to see the road upon which we are traveling, our destination, and what it is that is in motion. I offer what is in this book as a window through which I have come to see life. I offer this window to you, but I do not say that it is necessary that you accept it. There are so many ways to wisdom and to the heart. This is our greatest richness, and the one that gives me the most joy.
We have much to do together.
Let us do it in wisdom and love and joy.
Let us make this the human experience.

Gary Zukav

Copyright © 1989 by Gary Zukav
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Anniversary Edition edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476740844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476740843
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By ichanter on December 18, 2014
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Over the course of thousands of years, humanity has evolved tremendously. In that time, we have gained a brand new understanding of the world operates and how we fit inside of it. Although Gary Zukav’s book is over 25 years old, it still maintains some of the best wisdom that humanity has ever compiled. This is an exploration of the soul and the consciousness and how we understand our physical and spiritual forms in tandem. It is beautifully written and still poignant to this day. The forewords by the great Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou are also worth the price of admission. Zukav has essentially mapped out a trek toward enlightenment and it all starts by understanding the connection of the soul and body within yourself. It is no longer about the external power so commonly displayed by humans heretofore.

This spiritual awakening, of course, will inevitably lead to a much brighter and more successful life for yourself. I’ve used 27 Quick Life Transformation Tips: Simple & Effective Methods For Making This Your Best Year Ever to help me on my journey to self-discovery and inner and outer success. It is a book that can literally help you transform your life in short order with 27 tips that have actionable and easy to understand paths. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this book as much as I’ve enjoyed my time with Zukav’s. Both of these books have opened my eyes to the possibilities that this new age of evolved humanity can bring. It has also opened me up to success in my personal, physical, and professional lives. I am eternally grateful for the knowledge I’ve accrued reading both of these books.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By leah on March 15, 2014
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Thank you Gary. I am enjoying your book very much. This book is a practical guide for people who are serious about traversing the path of awakening to Spirit and need tips and ideas about ways to feel centered in your Soul's best perspective on all things. It's tricky business, and the author is very helpful in distilling down complex issues into simple terms. The reason for only 4 stars is that I'm getting a bit of ego in there. These are some of the best ways to stay on the path, but not the be all end all. We are all individuals and may find our own best ways to do the same thing, which are all valid. But reading this has helped me. There are quite a few great books out there that are finally and happily ending the choke hold that mainstream religion has had on our thoughts about the path to Spirit. Mainstream religion, as we know it, has only been a barrier due to it's exclusivity. Thank you Gary for your contribution toward advancing us.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jean M Anhalt on November 22, 2012
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This is a good guide if you are already on the spiritual path. It explains what soul is in a way I'd not read before, and says some very helpful things about how to work through negative emotions. I would have been turned off by this book a couple of years ago, because I was about 80% skeptical about spirituality - but if one already has some commitment, it is a terrific resource. It bears more than one reading.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Frywalk on July 6, 2014
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This is an incredible book, but you must be open to it. I find that I need to read a paragraph or chapter more than once and then put it down and let what I've read sink in. There is much wisdom here. It's a book that I would recommend everyone read. If you are not ready for it, it will come back to you when you are.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Nguyen on January 10, 2015
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We all know that Zukav has been around for a while, but the Seat of the Soul really continues to be his seminal work. I think discovering who you are and who you’re meant to be is the most important discovery that humans can make, and this is the book that will help you do it. I already had an older copy of the book, but I picked this one up for the new forewords and study guides. I have to say that the guides have proven to be eminently helpful and I find myself performing the exercises on an almost daily basis. The teachings within the book are undoubtedly profound and filled with advice that we can all use in our day-to-day lives. If you haven’t read The Seat of the Soul or any Gary Zukav writings, then now is the time.

You may also want to check out a book called Manifestation Magic by Alvin Huang and Chris D’Cruz. The book is an exploration of the Law of Attraction, and it discusses how to empower your own life. It offers valuable information what the Law of Attraction is and how to use it in your best interest. Asking the universe for wealth or good health might seem a little ridiculous to many people, but it has undoubtedly helped me. I have been able to achieve goals I never thought possible just by using the power of my own mind. If you want to attract positivity and the fruition of your dreams and goals, then it’s important to understand how the Law of Attraction works. This book will certainly clue you in.

While Zukav’s text might talk about the Law of Attraction in depth, the principles are still very much the same. The idea of getting in touch with your soul is in tune with the concepts espoused in the Law of Attraction. Understanding yourself as an integral part of the universe is, without question, one of the most important lessons you will ever learn.
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