Gary Zukav makes the case for a more meaningful life, arising from an alignment of personal values in one’s actions, words and intentions. Living this way shifts consciousness so that all actions are more intentional. He teaches how to better understand internal motivations, how to better align life with the higher purpose of the soul-harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for life to create a paradigm shift that causes a ripple effect throughout an individuals life, ultimately throughout all of mankind.
My key Takeaways from “The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition" by Gary Zukav
Takeaway #1 Two Types of Power and Two Types of Human
External power is a false power, it's manipulative and controlling, powered by our senses to make us vulnerable. Anything we fear losing whether that be a person, a job, a house, even a deep belief is an external power.
Internal power is our authentic soul power, that place we come from when we act with kindness, love, forgiveness, and clarity, it gives us a zest for life and cannot be taken away.
Five sensory humans are those who let external power control them whilst multisensory humans are those who have come of age spiritually speaking and harness their internal power.
Takeaway #2 Leaving External Power Behind
When operating from a place where external power controls us, we often believe we are powerless. The more we think we are powerless, the more powerless we become sinking into a negative spiral that is difficult to break free from as feelings of resentment, jealousy, and anger become our norm.
But it is possible to switch from a place of external power to operating from soul power, you just have to take back control by practicing the art of non-attachment and by paying careful attention to your intentions.
Explore your innermost thoughts and your most recent actions, do they come from your soul or from a place of external power? Do you operate from love or hate? From anger or understanding? Greed or kindness? Have the courage to explore your thoughts and feelings and recognize where your intentions have not been made consciously. Recognize when you made a choice that was driven by fear, doubt, and insecurity, then recognize when you made a choice that was driven by love and trust – Notice the difference.
Your choices from now on should create authentic power within you so that you don't need to look to or rely upon other people or external factors.
Takeaway #3 Giving Life Meaning & Purpose
Zukav believes everyone was put on this earth to heal their soul no matter their religious beliefs, thoughts, or feelings.
The answer to healing the soul and answering the 'meaning of life' question according to Zukay is to infuse all of our activities with reverence, compassion, and trust so that our lives become joyful and fulfilled and have purpose and meaning. There are no endings, only new beginnings.