From Our Editors
How does our approach to life inform our understanding of evolution
as survival of the fittest? What causes conflict between lovers,
communities and nations? Approaching his subject with a scientist's
eye and a philosopher's heart, Gary Zukav argues
that we are evolving from a species that pursues power based on the
perceptions of the senses into one that seeks power based upon the
values of the spirit. The Seat of the
Soul shows that by infusing everyday life with
reverence, compassion and trust we can exchange externally derived
power for the authentic power of our higher selves.
Zukav won the 1979 American Book Award in Science
for The Dancing Wu Li Masters.
From the Publisher
With the same extraordinary skill that he used to demystify
scientific abstraction and the new physics, Gary Zukay, the
award-winning author of The Dancing Wu Li Masters,
takes us on a brilliant and penetrating exploration of the new
phase of evolution we have now entered.
With lucidity and elegance, Zukav explains that we are evolving
from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the
five senses -- external power -- into a species that
pursues authentic power -- power that is based upon the
perceptions and values of the spirit. He shows how the pursuit of
external power has produced our survival-of-the-fittest
understanding of evolution, generated conflict between lovers,
communities, and superpowers, and brought us to the edge of
Using his scientist''s eye and philosopher''s heart, Zukav
shows how infusing the activities of life with reverence,
compassion, and trust makes them come alive 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. The
Seat of the Soul describes the remarkable journey to the
spirit that each of us is on.
About the Author
Winner of the 1979 American Book Award in Science for The Dancing
Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukay, a graduate of Harvard
University, lives in Northern California.
I'm still not decided about this book. I don't like Zukav's dogmatic proclamation of theory as fact, and I can't buy his premise that humans are evolving from five-sensory to multi-sensory beings. However, while I sometimes felt we were out in la-la land, there are nuggets of great wisdom here, as well as suggestions for consciously choosing behaviours to better our lives, and the lives of others, which are well worth the time spent in reading this book. But I sometimes felt that finding them was like panning for gold -- lots to sift through.