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The Seat of the Soul Paperback – January 15, 1990
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Zukav questions the Western model of the soul, alleging that the human species is in the midst of a great transformation, evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses--"external power"--to one that pursues power based upon perceptions of the soul--"authentic power." He believes that humans are immortal souls first, physical beings second, and that once we become conscious of this transformation--once we align our personalities with our soul--we will stimulate our spiritual growth and become better people in the process. This insightful, lucid synthesis of modern psychology and new-age principles has been described as the "physics of the soul." Who better to explain such heady concepts than Gary Zukav?
Huston Smith, Ph.D. former professor of philosophy, MIT, and author of The Religions of Man How remarkable -- to find that one of our finest interpreters of frontier science is equally conversant with the human spirit. This augurs well for our times.
Brian Weiss, M.D. Chairman of Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami, and author of Many Lives, Many Masters Filled with wisdom, and written in a beautifully simple, almost poetic style, The Seat of the Soul is a book to be savored.
Library Journal A readable, thought-provoking [work] on how our perceptions must change dramatically if we are to survive.
- Publisher : Fireside / Simon & Schuster (January 15, 1990)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 067169507X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671695071
- Item Weight : 11.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #596,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is relayed as fact. Wow. I am open minded, but am particularly troubled when I come across writers who, rather than state things as "as i see it", or "in my view", or "what I believe is...", instead tell us *exactly* how things are. This certainty is disturbing, particularly when claiming to know what dolphins think, or the various planes of angel existence, etc.
I wanted to like this because Oprah supports this guy so highly. But at the end of the day, for me, this is troubling material. I consider myself to be "on the path", and gained very little from this writer. There are lots of other writers out there who relay their own sense of spirituality from a more nuanced and less controlling perspective. I especially like Lama Surya Das, Thicht Nhat Hanh, Marianne Williamson (although another person who knows exactly how it is... still, the message is a very positive one), Michael Singer, Tosha Silver, Peace Pilgrim, Eckhart Tolle.
I find that the most important thing to ask oneself if whether a writer is asking you to take what they say and judge it on its merits, and then to incorporate it, or not, into your view of spirituality. If they are insistent and say "this is the way it is", then most likely they are simply asking you to buy into their version of reality, which is unlikely to be reality at all.
Respect those who seek the Truth, doubt those who find it.
Life goes on raising family and working, but tried to incorporate the things I learned in this book in tack.
Life goes south, divorce at 50, change of lifestyle immediately, and lost searching for a path back. Read this book again to gain balance and accept the circumstances I was dealt.
Life goes on some more. Met a couple people who were interested in the book so I bought them each this book. It seems when you get older you have time to delve into your soul issues. Then the worst time of my life hit me at 67---my son died in a car accident. Was completely devastated for three months, looking for any reason to stick around. I wanted to go with him. One day I looked through the bookshelf, pulled out this book for the 3rd time, and it helped save my life, even though I still grieve.
Now the people I had bought this book for 20 some years ago have read it and told me they wished they had read it years ago.
So do yourself a good service and buy this book.---it could save your life and help you understand why "stuff" happens in our lives we can't seem to grasp.
I am now ordering more of this book for gifts again.
I have now bought all of Zukav's books and all are wonderful and insightful. Read this one first.
The book is broken into the following chapters: Evolution, Karma, Reverence, Heart, Intuition, Light, Intention, Choice, Addiction, Relationships, Souls, Psychology, Illusion, Power and Trust.
The most enduring lesson I received from this book is that my intention creates my reality and that I can manifest anything in my life through conscious intention. I always knew that my thoughts were powerful, but everything seemed to click inside me when I read Gary Zukav's explanation on how intention creates karmic energy that ultimately comes back.
"Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect. If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us not to participate in the effect. In the most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought and feeling, which is to say, for our every intention."
I related to the concept that every energy I release ultimately comes back to me and have witnessed this play out hundreds of times in my life. Sometimes I have found myself not wanting to accept the fact that I have indeed created a particular outcome but when I examined my motives and my intentions I always found my part and thus the truth of a particular situation.
After reading this book, I questioned my motivation and intention of everything I did and looked at my behavior in a new way. I tried to minimize complaining and started asking myself inquisitive questions such as: What is my intention with sharing this? Am I looking for a particular response? What do I hope to get out of this?
After reading the book, I tried to make more responsible choices and take into account the consequences of my choices by asking: do I really want what this choice will produce? Am I ready to accept all of the consequences of this choice?
Here's a few of my favorite lessons from the book:
"Forgiveness means that you do not hold others responsible for your experiences."
"An intention is not only a desire. It is the use of your will."
"Only by feeling compassion for yourself can you feel compassion for others."
"The Universe backs the part of you that is of clearest intention."
"Temptation is a dress rehearsal for a karmic experience of negativity."
I wasn't able to relate to everything Gary Zukav talks about in this book. The concept that my soul is part of a huge mother ship was a bit too much for me to grasp or understand, so the parts I didn't like I ignored. Instead, I chose to focus on the lessons that spoke to me and I dismissed the rest which is my philosophy for any non-fiction book. There are so many amazing concepts I would highly recommend reading this book.
My advice would be to read it with an open mind, take what you want and leave the rest.
Oprah lives and dies by this book. She mentions it in all her interviews. It changed her life and it's changing my way of thinking about a lot of things in life. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in going deeper.
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At the moment I am just confused. If you are ready for it go for it