In 1990 Zukav shifted from science (1980 National Book Award for The Dancing Wu Li Masters) to the realm of the soul (The Seat of the Soul,etc.), ultimately scaling the New York Timesbestseller list four times. This new work claims to be written directly from his heart, and the personal, intimate tone fulfills that promise. The first half explores "soul subjects," or "observations of physical circumstances plus a recognition of what they mean." The second half answers philosophical ponderings labeled here as "soul questions." In very brief essays both sections address key subjects: love, fear, choice, responsibility, letting go, trusting life's processes. In Zukav's understanding, we are all attending Earth School, where in repeated incarnations we are given opportunities to fulfill our soul's mission. He cogently asserts that as more of us gain multi-sensory perception-the ability to intuit meaning beyond data gathered by our five senses-we are coming to understand how our choices impact our every moment and therefore our soul's work. Zukav's Green Beret background seems to inform his writing style: blunt, terse, effective, commanding. Rich in insight and compassion, Zukav's advanced efforts will likely zoom to the top again. His probing choice-revenge or compassion-regarding September 11th is alone more than worth the cost of the book. (Oct. 23)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Soul to Soul: Communications from the Heartby Gary Zukav
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In Soul to Soul, Gary Zukav, author of the monumental bestseller The Seat of the Soul, addresses some of the most significant questions about the human experience -- from "Why is life so difficult?" to "How can I learn to trust?" -- with profound answers that are of truly universal value.
With the publication of his revolutionary work The Seat of the Soul, Zukav emerged as an important leader in the world of spiritual development, and it became one of the all-time successful books of its kind. Each of Zukav's subsequent books, all of them bestsellers in their own right, has explored different aspects of that seminal work, offering detailed explanations and practical applications of his original vision.
Soul to Soul represents a giant step forward in the expression of his work, providing penetrating insights that illuminate our lives. It is divided into two sections. Part One, "Soul Subjects," consists of fifty brief, perceptive, and compelling chapters that encourage us to examine our own experiences in new and perhaps life-changing ways. Part Two, "Soul Questions," is different from anything Zukav has written before. Combining profound spiritual and psychological insights, Zukav answers nearly one hundred important questions about life. Each chapter ends with a challenge to readers to experiment with the insight that has been given and make it their own. "Soul Questions," which spans the full range of Zukav's vision, asks:
- Do we have a destiny?
- Can you prove that life exists after death?
- What is the meaning of dreams?
- How can I love without fear?
- What is the role of soul in my life?
- How does a person know what he was put on Earth to do?
- How can I forgive someone who betrays me again and again?
- How can I really change?
- Does the Universe care about us?
Soul to Soul is profoundly simple, wise, and poetic, a book to treasure and return to again and again for guidance and inspiration.
"This is one of those books that make you feel the author had you specifically in mind when he wrote it, because he speaks directly to the very issues you are struggling with in your life. It is simple, clear, wise, and profound. A must-read for everyone dedicated to the growth of soul in their lives." Ellen Burstyn, Academy Award-winning actress and author of Lessons in Becoming Myself
"Soul to Soul is full of wisdom from someone who lives 'a deeply felt life,' and presents it with eloquence and transparency. You will want to read and reread it, savoring every page of its transformative power." T. Byram Karasu, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
"Soul to Soul has the potential to transform your experience. You will find yourself returning to it again and again." Colin Slade, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Tektronix, Inc.
"A heartfelt book of wisdom about life and our empowering capacity to change." Alexander Astin, Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, UCLA
"Soul to Soul is wonderfully clear and insightful. It provides so many meaningful answers to some of the most fundamental questions anyone could ask." Herb Alpert, legendary jazz musician and sculptor
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From the introduction to Part One:
Exploring Soul Subjects
A Soul Subject is not a mental creation. It is an observation. It is a perception that resonates with a deeper part of yourself than the intellect can reach. Not every perception is a Soul Subject. To the five senses taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing a perception is data about the physical world. A Soul Subject is a multisensory perception. It is an observation of physical circumstances plus a recognition of what they mean.
Last week a group of friends met. One of us found a thorn from a thistle growing along a nearby stream in the carpet in front of him. I noticed him pondering it as we met. At the end of the meeting he said, "This thorn is the defensive part of a plant. It has been helping me to realize that I am open to people now in ways that I have never been before. I don't need the defenses that I used to have."
That was a Soul Subject. It was more than the perception of a wayward thorn. It was the recognition of a new freedom that had been calling him. How many Soul Subjects have you noticed in your life today? If you are looking, you will see them unfolding before you each moment, like my friend did when he pondered finding a thorn in the carpet a thorn that no longer defended the plant that grew it.
We live in a world of meaning. That world is the Earth school, the physical arena of our personal and collective experiences. We are the students. Our experiences are the curriculum.
They are our Soul Subjects. Let's explore them now
Copyright © 2007 by Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
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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