I’m reading a book at the moment called THE SEAT OF THE SOUL, by Gary Zukav.
It was recommended to me by my good friend Andrea Keir, who was the lady who helped Rhonda Byrne roll out THE SECRET’s global franchise.
THE SEAT OF THE SOUL has been around for a long time – in fact its 25th anniversary edition has just been published – and along with Zukav’s other notable book, THE DANCING WU LI MASTERS, is regarded as a classic of spiritual literature.
Zukav is a highly esteemed psychologist, a Harvard graduate, and so he’s no mug. He’s regarded as one of the founders of the New Age movement in psychology.
He comes to the spiritual domain with the eye of a scientist, the mind of an academic and the ethos of a mystic.
In his foreword to this 25th anniversary edition, he talks about how humanity is moving towards the next phase of its evolutionary journey – which he calls an “emerging force” that transitions us from being five-sensory individuals to multi-sensory individuals.
He says our five-sensory experience is starting to wind down, and our multi-sensory experience is beginning to emerge. He says the multi-sensory phase is not better than the five-sensory phase, it’s just more advanced, and offers greater opportunities for growth and development, and for us to avoid unnecessary difficulties in our lives.
Here is an excerpt:
Our current understanding of evolution results from the fact that we have evolved until now by exploring our physical reality with our five senses. This has allowed us to see the basic principles of the Universe in concrete ways. We see through our five senses that every action is a cause that has an effect, and that every effect has a cause. We see the results of our intentions.
When the physical environment is seen only from the five-sensory point of view, physical survival appears to be the fundamental criterion of evolution, because no other kind of evolution is detectable. It is from this point of view that “survival of the fittest” appears to be synonymous with evolution, and physical dominance appears to characterise advanced evolution.
When perception of the physical world is limited to the five-sensory modality, the basis of life in the physical arena becomes fear. (my underlining… 🙂 )
Power to control the environment, and those within the environment, appears to be essential. The power to control the environment, and those within it, is the power over what can be felt, smelled, tasted, heard, or seen. This type of power is external power.
All our institutions – social, economic and political – reflect our understanding of power being external.
The multi-sensory individual understands that there is another kind of power, that has its roots in the deepest source of our being. This is authentic power. The evolution from the five-sensory human to the multi-sensory human is the evolution to see beyond the physical reality to the larger dynamical systems of which our physical reality is only a part.
The multi-sensory human is able to perceive, and to appreciate, the role that our physical reality plays in a larger picture of evolution, and the dynamics by which our physical reality is created and sustained. It is in this invisible realm that the origins of our deepest values are found. This is where our authentic power lies.
From the perspective of the five-sensory human, we are alone in a universe that is physical. From the perspective of the multi-sensory human, we are never alone, and the Universe is alive, conscious, intelligent, and compassionate.
From the perception of the five-sensory human, the physical world is an unaccountable given in which we unaccountably find ourselves and we strive to dominate it so that we can survive.
From the perception of the multi-sensory human, the physical world is a learning environment that is created jointly by the souls that share it, and everything that occurs within it serves their learning.
The decisions that you make and the actions that you take upon Earth are the means by which you evolve. At each moment you choose the intentions that will shape your experiences and those things upon which you will focus your attention.
These choices affect your evolutionary process. If you choose unconsciously, you will evolve unconsciously. If you choose consciously, you will evolve consciously.
The fearful violent emotions that have come to characterise human existence can be experienced only by personality. Only the personality can feel anger, fear, hatred, vengeance, sorrow, shame, cynicism, indifference, loneliness.
The personality can also be loving, compassionate, and wise in its relations with others, but love, compassion and wisdom do not come from the personality. They are experiences of the soul.
A personality that is limited to the perception of the five senses is not aware of the soul, and therefore cannot recognise the influences of the soul. As a personality becomes multi-sensory, its intuitions – its hunches and subtle feelings – become important to it.
When the personality comes to fully 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.
I don’t know about you, but I find this absolutely fascinating.
And beautifully articulated.
I’ll post more in the coming days. There’s a whole chapter on intuition that’s fabulous. Thank you Andrea for hooking into my guidance system, and leading me to this wonderful book…