Five-sensory & Multi-sensory humans ~

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…




13 thoughts on “Five-sensory & Multi-sensory humans ~

  1. Hi Bill, I’m back in Palm Springs after an amazing time in Cape Town! Seat of the Soul is a book that I got turned onto by Steve 16 years ago. It had been recommended to him after his second wife had been killed. I never read it then but instead bought both of us the audio book 3 years ago when our marriage was in trouble. I still haven’t read it but I heard its words from the author himself, who does the narration. It is quite powerful and was incredibly meaningful at the time. It really resonated with me as I had already begun my personal journey into the multi-sensory world that he describes. I feel that I have evolved in leaps and bounds since that time. Thank you for reminding me of his brilliance and as always love the way your mind works. Hope you and Jen are enjoying this wonderful year. Xoxo

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  2. Bill you have started a quest for a while now ,read powerful books, meet incredible people.And so did Jennifer.If you had one book to recommend the two if you , what would it be ?

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    • Mmmm – Jennifer recommends two books by Godfrey Ray King called THE UNVEILED MYSTERIES and THE MAGIC PRESENCE. I would recommend AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI by Yogananda and VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE by William James. So many wonderful books though Marie… perhaps the best for total recalibration is A COURSE IN MIRACLES…

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      • Thanks Bill and Jen.I started autobiography of a yogi.
        I definitely will order A course in miracles.
        Then I Will get the magic presence.Sounds good.
        So many things to learn and so little time.

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  3. Thanks for pulling out those gems and sharing them.Nice to be reminded of Gary Zukov!! I thought he was powerful, when I saw him interviewed on TV. I never made it all the way through Seat of the Soul though, there was so much to take in, I continually had to stop and reread things and take time to ponder his thoughts. Maybe if I pick it up again now, it will be easier to take in. I love that you share these ideas and sources with us Bill.
    I am in a spiritual book study group, we just finished a Wayne Dyer book, Wishes Fulfilled and now we are doing Echart Tolle’s, Power of Now. It is so fun to work through these writings with others and discuss them.
    Mike and I were discussing that many of the ideas and sources are similar from these many great minds we hear and read. It makes you truly feel that what Gary is saying is true. Humanity just might be waking up to this higher state of awareness. I kind of want to believe that more advanced will be better for our planet.
    XO Kathryn

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    • Hi Kathryn – I’m finding too that with the film, and with all the people I’m speaking too across all sorts of disciplines, be they religious, spiritual or scientific, that there is essentially a consensus in what they’re saying. It’s wonderful that you and Michael are doing this book club thingy. Apart from the knowledge and wisdom from the books, you would also have the interaction from the other folk too, which would be fascinating. Thanks also for your kind words, and say hello to Michael for me. Bill

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  4. Hi Mate. You may learn that you could be what Mr. Zukov refers to as an evolved soul ready for the next evolutionary plane.

    Interesting stuff, but he makes some assertions as absolute, I think, that I don’t believe any mortal can claim. I read it several times after Shelley’s death, seeking answers. I still run the tapes once a year or so. I found some solace there. I also read Many Minds and Many Masters. I was wondering where Shelley had gone. Of course, I still do not know. She was a highly evolved soul.


    • Hi Steve – a death, particularly one as sudden and as shocking as Shelley’s, would have you searching, I’m sure. Not that there are ever any definitive answers, but what this author, and others, do is provide a way of looking at our existence that for some of us makes a whole lot more sense than what we were taught at Sunday School. As for me possibly being an evolved soul – haha – that’s very kind of you to even think – but on the spiritual evolutionary scale I’m still pulling myself out of the primordial slime… 🙂


    • Hey Steve, I went onto Amazon and it seems the book is MANY LIVES, MANY MASTERS, by Brian Weiss MD – a psychiatrist who works in past life therapy. I’ve read another of his books already, but I’ve bought this one and will read it. I follow leads such as yours – part of the guidance. Thank you mate – Bill


      • Great. Obviously, I have forgotten the title over these 16 years, but the book was very interesting as my introduction to the world of reincarnation. Like I said, when someone is suddenly taken away from us and removed from the earth in the form we know, then we seek answers. Who knows what the truth is, but while I do not accept everything I read, these two books were of great help and comfort to me. I think the Gary Zukov book was recommended to me by a seat mate on an airplane when I was traveling from Santa Fe, NM to Houston immediately following Shelley’s death. One never knows where the next tip is coming from.

        By the way, started reading about the witches yesterday as I was traveling by airplane. Got me hooked now. Just trying to figure out where mama went.

        Not to repeat the obvious and something I have told you many times before, you are an amazing man and it is a privilege to call you my friend.


        • Steve – if the PGS film goes well, I then want to do one on reincarnation and past lives. I believe an audience will be ready to embrace these ideas in a couple of years time.

          Glad you’re enjoying WHITE WITCH BLACK WITCH. Let me know what you think when you finish. Better still, put a review up! (or do both…haha). Very sweet of you to say those kind things too. Thank you. Mate, I’m like you, I just get up each morning, look around, and wonder what to do… then get on with it. Hope I get to meet up with you again some time this year…


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