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The Seat of the Soul (25th Anniversary Edition with a Study Guide)

The Seat of the Soul (25th Anniversary Edition with a Study Guide)

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by Gary Zukav

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A foreword by Oprah Winfrey and a preface by Maya Angelou update the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling classic of the New Age category, along with a new introduction by the author, a discussion group guide, and website links for deeper study.

With the same masterful skill he used to demystify scientific abstraction and


A foreword by Oprah Winfrey and a preface by Maya Angelou update the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling classic of the New Age category, along with a new introduction by the author, a discussion group guide, and website links for deeper study.

With the same masterful skill he used to demystify scientific abstraction and quantum physics in his award-winning Dancing with the Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav takes us on a penetrating exploration of the new phase of evolution humanity has entered.

With lucidity and elegance, Zukav explains that we are evolving from a species that understands power as the ability to manipulate and control—external power—into a species that understands power as the alignment of the personality with the soul—authentic power. Our evolution now requires each of us to make the values of the soul our own: harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. Using his scientist’s eye and philosopher’s heart, Zukav shows how infusing our activities with compassion and trust enlivens them 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.

A new species is being born inside of us. Seat of the Soul is about this birth, what it means, and how we can participate in it joyfully.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
'A laser is like a whole personality,' writes Zukav. In a sequel to The Dancing Wu Li Masters, this exponent of the spiritual side of the 'new physics' goes beyond intriguing parallels. In gracefully written sermonettes with titles like 'Evolution,' 'Light,' 'Power' and 'Addiction,' he makes a bold attempt to fuse so-called New Age wisdom with modern psychology, science and sociopolitical reality. Zukav posits two types of people: the 'five-sensory human' who puts mind over heart, lacks trust, plays power games and can't tap intuition is contrasted with the 'multisensory' individual who seeks alignment of the soul with the personality. One section relates personal and national karma to the theory of Gaia, which holds that Earth is a single living entity with a soul. Though Zukav explores themes long familiar to astrologers and occultists, his high-minded synthesis is something more than old wine in a new bottle.
Library Journal
Zukav describes a new form of evolution in which humans learn to value authentic power--power based on the perceptions and values of the spirit. Authentic power differs from external power in that external power is based on perceptions of the five senses and is thus missing a dimension. Zukav (The Dancing Wu Li Masters) recommends that in order to achieve wholeness, we need to recognize a realm outside and beyond ourselves. He insists that we not become caught up in definitions of this higher power or names. The important thing is that we recognize that we need this sixth sense in order to discover the true meaning of life. The Seat of the Soul depicts the transformation from an ordinary, externally powered world to an authentic, new-dimensional life. Although the author seems to come to few conclusions about the benefits of the authentic self or how to achieve this state, this work, narrated by William Griffith, may be of interest to libraries establishing large alternative religion collections.--Ravonne A. Green, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ., Blacksburg Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Library Journal

A remarkable treatment of thought, evolution, and reincarnation.

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.

author of The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
"The Seat of the Soul was a very important book for me."

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Anniversary Edition
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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

What People are Saying About This

Brian Weiss, M.D.
Filled with wisdom. . .The Seat of the Soul is a book to be savored. -- Author of Many Lives, Many Masters
Huston Smith, Ph.D.
Remarkable. . .one of our finest interpreters of frontier science is equally conversant with the human spirit. -- Author of Religions of Man
Oprah Winfrey
Gary Zukav believes that your intentions determine your actions and their consequences. Now I don't do anything without being clear about my intentions.

Meet 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book, and all I can say is 'awesome.' Kind of a trendy word for a 41-year-old to use, but it's all I can think of to appropriately describe it. Mr. Zuvak puts everything into such powerful perspective, cuts through all the greed, anger, and jealousy that this world is thriving on now, and gets to the common root that we ALL have, a soul and spirit. Sure, we all love our SUVs and summer vacations and trips to the mall, but it's not what this life is all about. It's the life the five sense personality has created for itself, and as a result, we're all walking around like a bunch of empty shells wearing designer labels! I think Congress should cancel the upcoming inaguration balls (they've spent enough time on this election already!) and use the money that is wasted on yet more greed and misuse of power, and instead mail a copy of this wonderful and insightive book to every person in this country. It would be money much well spent. What's more important, discovering our true selves and ridding the country of some anger and hatred, or tuning in to see what color gown Laura Bush is wearing??!!
AnneNY More than 1 year ago
This book is a "must read" for all those individuals who are trying to make sense of how our life's lessons are developed and used for our spiritual awakening and journey. All those who enjoy psycho-analyzing themselves, want to understand why situations occur, and wonder why they have been placed in situations need to read this book. Furthermore, the best thing about this book is that it is the first that I have seen on how our personality is reflected through the soul's journey. It is an important piece to a puzzle of evolution of a person's soul on Earth. Gary Zukav makes it clear and helps to distinguish why some of us see things through our senses, and others see things through more developed senses and intuition. If anyone wonders why they are different from their mates, etc. and how in the world they connected and wonder why others don't see things the way they see things, this book is useful to unraveling the mystery. Gary maps out why we have come to Earth and how we connect to the universe in an understandable and simple way. I loved this book-- but I believe nothing happens by chance. I was told about this book by a well known astrologer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my training as a therapist I have studied many theories of personality. Like the Transpersonal Psychologists Gary Zurkov, in his book ¿Seat of the Soul,¿ challenges psychology to include the language of the spirit. Psychology and spirituality are integrated in Transpersonal Psychology but the American Psychological Association, APA, does not recognize Transpersonal Psychology because the ¿soul¿ cannot be verified scientifically. However, many of Gary¿s descriptions of the human psyche ring true for me. That we are evolving from a five-sensory to multi-sensory beings; that we have non-physical teachers; that our purpose in life is to align the personality with the soul; that mental illness is a shattered spirit; that we are reincarnated; that our choices result in positive or negative karma; that evil is an absence of light and that the universe is alive, intelligent and compassionate. It¿s sad when a physicist presents a more comprehensive theory of personality than a psychologist. But I¿m also glad that ¿Seat of the Soul¿ had touched and helped so many people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, could not put it down. I am reading it a second time and finding new things that I missed. Would read over and over just to make sure I don't forget the teachings in it. You do need to have a very open mind to be able to really learn and expand your insight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hold on to your seat as you read through this book. It will open your mind in ways you may not have thought of before. For me, it was reassuring to the way i feel and think. Glad we are coming together! Unconditional peace and love world wide! Thank you Gary!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gary Zukav clarifies our movement from sensory knowledge to intuitive understanding. The topics presented show our evolution moving from outer changes to inner unfolding of consciousness expressed as both personal and social transformation. I gained many insights from 'Seat of the Soul' and highly recommend it as a guide to transformation work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brought to the surface basic understandings that needed to be recognized. I felt a sense of inner strength forming as I read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Seat of the Soul is with out a doubt the most inspiring book I have ever read, I have searched for many years for some spiritual guidance and direction, and until I read this book had not found any. My life has changed dramatically, in that I take full responsibility for my thoughts and actions, and realize I am not alone in the Universe. I recommend to anyone searching for truth and clarity to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enriching and enlightening.
RoiGirl82 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. A must read for enligthening the soul. :)
JCarrollSS More than 1 year ago
A Masterpiece of Spirituality.A book for the ages.Sheer metaphysical genius, done simplistically, concise, and with reverence, it is a book I treasure and keep at my bedside. J. Carroll Author of Silver Threads.to Gold
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although he is not the best in articulating his vision in a convincing way, I have to say that this book is evidence that Zukav is on his way to something wonderful. Though his commercial success may serve as a impediment in his own path, I think that he has made a positive and significant contribution to public consciousness through this book. All I can hope for is that he continues developing his understanding and uses his fame in a responsible and positive way. If you are looking for this type of vision that is explained in a much more articulate manner, read 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. If you read Sato's book, you will see how it all comes together and also feel incredibly inspired!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Seat Of the Soul wrote by Gary Zukav has very directly affected my life in a way that is hard to decribe. For a five-sentory thinking world at times, I often wondered who it is that I am? Because; I just don't fit in to that way of thinking. I can forgive the crimnial, the crime, and look beyond the face, and now see his spirit. There we can find the reason for his deed!! This could chance the world as we know it!! Gary Zukav has said it. He had the courage to bring it to light. That forgiveness and love, compasstion and understanding our fellow Earth school pupils just might be the right thing to do. More inpotantly; it might be the REAL thing to do!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know how Gary Zukav does it, but this book speaks to me like very few books ever have. I just read this book for the third time and I am reminded why so many people love this author so much. Every time I read it I find new meanings, new inspiration and new ways of looking at myself and my circumstances that help me grow as a person and be happier.
Bcoolreader More than 1 year ago
Great book to read, it took me 3 weeks to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great read, highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful journey to introspection. At the beginning, it seemed like a rehash of some other books I've read, but in the second part of the book Zukav surprised me by introducing ways to look at myself and others. Although some may not believe in karma and some of the other beliefs Zukav speaks about, it is still an excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zukav's deep and intense thoughts are arranged and described in impressive fashion. Some of what's here is a bit subjective and imaginative -- I think this is part of the book's mystique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book truly inspires me. I have picked it up several times now, and every time I¿ve read different things that influence my life in a profound way. One of the things that opened my eyes that Mr. Zukav writes is: 'When perception of the physical world is limited to the five-sensory modality, the basis of life in the physical arena becomes fear. Power to control the environment, and those within it appears to be essential.' Control has been one of my `issues¿ for a long time. And indeed, now I¿ve become more in tune with my intuition and other `sensors¿, my life has become some much richer. I embrace the concept of multi-sensory perception. I¿ve discovered that I know so much more than logically I should be able to know. I¿ve recently met this wonderful guy; we¿ve `known¿ each other for only 2 weeks now. But I know him and about him for what seems forever. We¿ve even started to communicate `telepathically¿. It¿s so wonderful. And this has all happened since I¿ve become aware of the possibilities of multi-sensory perception. Mr. Zukav has helped a lot in that area. Other people who have helped me trust my intuition are Shya & Ariel Kane. They have written a book about their technique Instantaneous Transformation¿. The book is called 'Working on yourself doesn¿t work' and I can very much recommend this book to anyone interested in the topics mentioned above. I¿ve also bought the tapes (Magical Relationships is one of them) and it has truly redefined my life. Everything has become so much easier and so much fun. If you¿re looking for easy & simple enlightenment you must read this book.
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The purpose and intent of this book is worthy, but it is 90% conjecture about irrelevant peripheral issues and concepts. The author spends an inordinate amount of time discussing the attributes and functions of karma, teachers, guides, etc. Moral issues are dissected in excruciating detail with the seeming implication that the author has access to some sort of moral authority. If you are seeking spiritual guidance I would suggest Eckhart Tolle who books "The Power of Now" and "The New Earth" deliver th
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a quick read nor a once read book. Author will have you thinking outside the box in such a joyful way. Very up building
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