256 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.7 in
January 15, 1990
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 067169507X
ISBN - 13: 9780671695071
Read from the Book
Chapter OneDuring 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 respec
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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, here 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 destruction.
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.
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.
Library Journal A readable, thought-provoking [work] on how our perceptions must change dramatically if we are to survive.
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.