The Seat of the Soul

By Gary Zukav

p. 21 “Our deepest understanding tells us that a truly evolved being is one that values others more than it values itself, and that values love more than it values the physical world and what is in it.”

p. 22 “The need for physical dominance produces a type of competition that affects every aspect of our lives.”

p. 23 “All of our institutions—social, economic and political—reflect our understanding of power as external.” (The author sees external power as bad)

p. 24 “We have come to perceive power as in the possession of a few while the majority serve it as victims.”

p. 24 Anything we fear to lose is a symbol of external power. “What we fear is an increase in our vulnerability.”

p. 25 “Competition for external power lies at the heart of all violence.”

p. 26 When we align our thoughts, emotions, and actions with the highest part of ourselves, we experience authentic power.

p. 27 “We are evolving from a species that pursues external power into a species that pursues authentic power.”

p. 29 **“Your personality, like your body, is the vehicle of your evolution. The decisions that you make and the actions that you take upon the Earth are the means by which you evolve.”

p. 31 “When the personality comes fully to serve the energy of its soul, that is authentic empowerment. This is the goal of the evolutionary process in which we are involved and the reason for our being.”

p. 37 “The conflicts of a human’s life are directly proportional to the distance at which an energy of personality exists separately from the soul.”

p. 38 “For many of us, being held responsible is equal to getting caught.”

p. 40 **“You receive from the world what you give to the world.”

p. 44 “The road to your soul is through your heart.”

p. 45 “Non-judgmental justice is a perception that allows you to see everything in life, but does not engage your negative emotions.”

p. 49 “We justify our exploitation of Life upon what we perceive to be the design of Nature.”

p. 56 “There is currently no place for spirituality within science, politics, business or academia.”

p. 57 “It is not natural for us to live without reverence, because that separates us from the basic energy of the soul.”

p. 60 “As we have come to seek and wield external power consciously, we have come to view feelings as unnecessary appendages.”

p. 61 **“Emotions reflect intentions. Therefore, awareness of emotions leads to awareness of intentions.”

p. 61 “The path to reverence is through your heart, and only awareness of your feelings can open your heart.”

p. 71 **“Hatred of evil does not diminish evil, it increases it.”

p. 83 “Intellect is meant to expand perceptions.”

p. 86 “Intuition serves inspiration.”

p. 102 “Every decision that you make either moves you toward your personality, or toward your soul.”

p. 102 **“The ultimate first act of free will: How do you wish to learn.”

p. 106 “Every experience, and every change in your experience, reflects an intention. An intention is more than a desire.”

p. 120 “The human emotional spectrum can be broken down into two basic elements: love and fear.”

p. 123 “We believe that we are not responsible for the consequences of our actions. We act as though we are not affected when we take and take and take.”

p. 123 “The world in which we live has been created unconsciously by unconscious intentions.”

p. 123 “You create in each moment.”

p. 129 “What you intend is what you become.”

p. 131 “The challenge to each human is creation.”

p. 135 “The center of the evolutionary process is choice.”

p. 149 “Recognition of your own addictions requires that you look clearly at the places where you lose power in your life, where you are controlled by external circumstances.”

p. 155 **“What stands between you and a different life are matters of responsible choice.”

p. 159 “Everything in the Universe evolves. It is only a question of which way you will choose to learn as you evolve. This is always your choice, and there is always wisdom in each choice.”

p. 162 “The marriage archetype reflects the perception of power as external.”

p. 166 “The true human condition in its most perfect form has no secrets.”

p. 171 “Authentic empowerment is not gained by making choices that do not stretch you.”

p. 189 “It is the health of the soul that is the true purpose of the human experience.”

p. 215 What is failure? Simply the process of cause and effect in action.

p. 242 “There is nothing without value that exists upon the Earth.”

p. 248 **“Choose the most positive behavior in each moment.”