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The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness Paperback – August 6, 2002
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As it turns out, The Heart of the Soul is a timely guidebook, with a release date exactly three months after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. "The pursuit of external power produces physical violence and destruction between nations. You can see this in every newscast," the authors write:
Billions of people live in poverty, are hungry, and suffer oppression, and brutality. Changing these circumstances requires our hearts. It requires the ability to feel the pain and joy of others, and to take their needs as seriously as we take our own.And here is where the heart lessons come in. "As long as there are parts of yourself that reach outward to make you feel safe, valuable, and loved, you need to identify them and heal them." The authors include numerous exercises and activities to help readers feel and understand their emotions in order to "empower the soul" and live a more rewarding and joyful life. The words and intentions are indeed poignant and worthwhile. The numerous boxes, diagrams, and passages in bold print create a self-help structure that some will find simplistic and others will find inviting. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Is the world changing? Have we suddenly discovered a lack of fulfillment in our materialistic endeavors or have we always felt this way but have only recently decided to talk about it?
I have recently met more Multisensory individuals who believe we have a soul and who are striving for spiritual fulfillment. They see more than a world where we experience pleasure from our five senses. They also seem very aware that there is more to life than the American Dream. I myself have found out about the American Nightmare.
We are looking for a deeper life, a life where people care about one another, where we all feel valuable, safe and loved. Compassionate and wise individuals are heaven to meet and can be teachers who present stunning insight and convincing arguments to lead us to believe in our own ability to find authentic power.
To me, the American Nightmare is reaching the American Dream and realizing it is not everything you hoped for and your life becoming a whirlwind of things to do which just don't satisfy the cravings of your soul. Just because you have the big house, the car, the huge kitchen doesn't mean you will be happy. In fact, having too much can detract from your spiritual goals. Materialism can be a heavy burden for the soul who desires a world of freedom, love and joy.
After downsizing my life so I could spend more time washing my soul with encouraging words, I decided it was time to go back to where I first started on this journey and read another book by Gary Zukav.
I like his idea about viewing life as a school and that has become tightly woven into my own earth experience.Read more ›
Wealth and power seem like a blessing to some, but unchained and left to run amok, those same desires can also lead to physical violence and the ultimate destruction of nations. When wealth and power control who and what we are, they are no longer blessings but a driven caustic obsession that eats and destroys the core of our being - the human soul.
Of all Gary's books, in my opinion this one is the most poignant, meaningful and impressive, especially when one recalls the tragic events of September 11th. It has come at a critical and appropriate time in our lives. Gary ofers suggestions on healing the soul, recognizing what is truly important in life, and finding peace and happiness within. That is a life lesson not everyone in the world has learned...and, unfortunately, some never will. We all know there is none so blind as those who will not see. This book is highly recommended and there are not enough stars in the rating for this one.
This book is an excellent companion to Gary's revolutionary book, "Seat of the Soul".
This work is very interesting, and for the most part, entertaining. The theme is that we, not other people, are the cause for our positive and negative emotions. How we deal with those emotions contributes to our state of being. The authors then describe how to become more emotionally aware by isolating our feelings into different "schools." The analogy is that life is the ultimate teacher, and that we have to master one school (emotion) before graduating to the next.
The authors appear to have a sincere desire to help others become more emotionally aware; however, the subject matter becomes somewhat repetitive. They discuss a variety of emotions and life events, but how many times does the reader need to be reminded that your emotions are your own responsibility? Or that you need to be aware of them 24 hours a day? Most readers will not need the gentle yet continual cues. That tone took upon an adult-child quality; however, perhaps that is the author's teaching style.
One of his quotes was especially enlightening. And I paraphrase, "Pain is the flower, but the illness is in the plant." Mr. Zukav and Ms. Francis have provided the reader with a thought-provoking work. How one interprets the contents is another matter.
Thank you for the opportunity to review this book.
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Just reading the book brought a strong sense of calm during a transitional time in my life. I know that this is the book that I will pass on to my child as she weathers the teen... Read morePublished 14 days ago by BGM
I gave this book 2 stars since it had maybe 2 ideas in it worth reading. The rest of it is poorly written and repetitive to the point of utter annoyance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica Van Ooyen
Excellent book to help you understand why you do the things you do, how to step up your game in learning more about you. I would recommend this book for all without a doubt. Read morePublished 5 months ago by All Are One
One of the most important books I have ever read. So many things came into place for me and I felt I have grown over night from such an indepth study of my Soul's vocabulary. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marie-Claude de la Villesbret
This was a gift for a friend's husband. He is loving it so far.Published 8 months ago by Jennifer E. Kooper