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.
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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.
Read an Excerpt
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
Table of Contents
PART ONE: SOUL SUBJECTS
Exploring Soul Subjects
Experiencing the Seasons
The Summer Solstice
The Winter Solstice
The Currency of the Heart
In His Wallet
Challenging Your Fears
The Other Side of the Coin
Like an Arrow
The Fork in the Road
Moment of Choice
Compassion or Revenge
Wearing the Sword
The Art of Letting Go
Standing in the Center
Fight or Flow
An Open Heart
The Tenth Number
The Honor of All
The Year After
Your Best Friend
I Knew You'd Come
Father and Daughter
The Streets of Los Angeles
Hearing and Listening
The Urgent and the Important
Small Brown Sedan
A Way Out of Hell
Compassion and Courage
Compassion and Karma
Finding the Path
The Common Destination
The Misery Is Optional
Loving the Truth
PART TWO: SOUL QUESTIONS
Exploring Soul Questions
How do you know?
What is the source of your information?
Do I need a teacher?
What is evil?
What exactly is reincarnation?
Can you prove that life exists after death?
What do you mean by "Universe"?
Does the universe care about us?
Do we have a destiny?
Why are thoughts powerful?
What is new about multisensory perception?
What is the basis for the Earth school concept?
Becoming a Spiritual Person
What do you mean by "spiritual"?
What do you mean by "inner work"?
What are the first steps of spiritual growth?
What is the role of sacred practices in spiritual development?
What does the scientific method have to do with spirituality?
Why strive for spiritual growth if the world is coming to an end?
Relating to Others
Do you believe in soul mates?
How can I let go of my expectations of others?
How can I forgive someone who betrays me again and again?
Why can't I fall in love?
How can I love without fear?
What is the difference between judging and discerning?
How can I protect myself without becoming judgmental?
How can I tell a friend about a flaw?
Do people who irritate me reflect a part of me?
How can I avoid being drawn into the chaos of others?
Why do children and parents have conflicts?
How can I teach my children to be nonjudgmental?
How do I move my children toward authentic power?
How can I set an example for others?
Physical and Spiritual Heath
What is a healthy diet?
What is the role of fitness and physical health?
What is the relation of diet and spirituality?
Are antidepressants useful?
Messages from Your Soul
What is the meaning of dreams?
What is the role of my soul in my life?
Why are souls created imperfect?
Is it possible to experience my soul?
Why do souls leave when they still have work to do?
What is the difference between a personality and a soul?
How do I keep from feeling at constant odds with my personality?
Can souls communicate with us after their personalities die?
Do we need to grow into "great souls"?
What is intuition?
How does intuition differ from paranoia?
Addiction and Healing
What is the difference between habit and addiction?
How can I overcome my addiction?
What is the reason for struggles and addictions?
Can involuntary behavior be changed?
How long will it take to find all of the unhealed parts of myself?
What is my responsibility to friends and family members who are addicted and in emotional pain?
Why do I get such bad Karma?
Can visualization and affirmation change Karma?
Should I interfere with someone's Karma?
Will I create negative Karma by taking a job in a company that supports people's addictions?
Challenge and Change
How do I "challenge" my anger or fear?
Why does my anger increase when I challenge it?
What is the difference between challenging my fears and repressing them?
How can I really change?
How can I change my unconscious intentions?
Why is the unexpected so painful?
Why do nonphysical Teachers allow violence?
Overcoming Life's Problems
Why is my life so difficult?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
How can I heal bad memories?
How can I handle my negativity?
How can I heal my competitive nature?
How can I let go of the pain of ending a relationship?
How can I forgive myself if I don't feel worthy of forgiveness?
How can I learn to trust?
Finding Meaning and Purpose
How can I become the person I want to be?
How does a person know what he was put on earth to do?
How do I find my purpose?
What is the single best thing I can do for myself?
The Learning Process
How can everyone in a community be equal?
How can I tell the difference between wants and needs?
How do I know when I am running away or moving to my next lesson in life?
Can awareness overcome temptation?
Do intention and motivation mean the same?
What is the difference between a healthy boundary and emotional withdrawal?
Does doubt have a purpose?
How can I feel authentically empowered every day?
How can I remember my spirit?
Do my surroundings prevent me from creating authentic power?
Can I remain a Christian (or Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist) and create authentic power?
Do you have a meditation practice?
An Invitation to the Seat of the Soul Institute
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are parts of this book that touch me so much that I'm moved to tears. Though I dont agree or see everything the way that the author does, I find a lot of value in his writing and how he makes you look differently at everyday life.
This is the first book of Gary Zukav's that I have read. It was great. I felt very renewed . Throughout the book Gary mentions that we all have choices. LIfe and living are choices. The book was divided into 2 parts. Part one was about soul subjects and part two was soul questions. For example: Do you believe in Soul Mates? Gary then gives an answer. I plan on rereading this again in the future as well as reading his other books. "Your external experiences reflect your internal experiences".