Based on the #1" New York Times" bestseller--a fascinating exploration of humanity's new phase of evolution Travel on an exciting, thought-provoking journey of discovery with the bestselling author of "The Dancing Wu Li Masters." With a scientist's eye and philosopher's heart, Gary Zukav illustrates our evolution from a species that pursues ...
Based on the #1" New York Times" bestseller--a fascinating exploration of humanity's new phase of evolution Travel on an exciting, thought-provoking journey of discovery with the bestselling author of "The Dancing Wu Li Masters." With a scientist's eye and philosopher's heart, Gary Zukav illustrates our evolution from a species that pursues external power--power based upon the perceptions of the five senses--into a species that pursues authentic power--power based upon the perceptions of values of the spirit. In his simple, elegant, poetic style, Mr. Zukav explains how the pursuit of external power has produced our survival-of-the-fittest mentality and generated conflict between individuals, races, and nations. He shows how we create our own reality through our intentions and choices. Through a revealing study of reincarnation and karma, he describes how our previous lives affect our everyday acts of creation. He also shows how infusing the activities of life with reverence, compassion, and trust can make them come alive with new meaning and purpose. This carefully abridged edition of T"he Seat of the Soul" describes a remarkable journey of transformation - a journey to new dimensions of spiritual discovery.
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"Seat of the Soul" is not as reader-friendly as you might think from a former bestseller. But it is a good positive message. It's challenging in the realm of personal growth--to apply what you're reading, you have to get out of your comfort zone and go against old behaviors and attitudes. Ultimately, though, the ideas are universal. In my own case I found that it dovetails in many ways with the 12 Steps and with some Christian reading I've done, and with a few ideas I've picked up in a general way from the world of physics and astronomy (and the author does bring science in on a regular a basis). But at any rate, I seem to have picked it up when I was ready and open to it; I'm guessing if it's not the right book for you at the right time (and there's no judgment in that, I don't mean that in a snooty "more evolved than thou" sort of way), it might seem like New Age babbling. Karma and reincarnation are tough concepts to wrap one's head around, and the idea of something like parallel universes of conscious entities all affecting one another, us included, is also a difficult one. But, I just seem to have hit this book when I was kind of calmly open to such ideas. I don't swallow it all without any skepticism and I'm not going to throw everything over and make it my guiding "religion", but it has been simply more good input on the journey. My suggestion: take what you need and leave the rest.
Jul 14, 2011
not a keeper
Brings nothing new to the table and kind of wanders around not getting to any kind of point(s).
Extremely hard to stay interested to even finish
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