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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Printing edition (4 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743205677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743205672
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.6 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,845,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are all students in the "Earth school," according to authors Gary Zukav and Linda Francis in The Heart of the Soul. And the time has come to create a whole new lesson plan. For thousands of years we were outwardly focused as we mastered the tasks of cultivating food and building shelter. Unfortunately, we are still stuck in an outward fixation, obsessively accumulating more wealth, material objects and power. "What enabled our species to survive so long is now bad medicine. In fact, it is poison" according to Zukav and Francis. What we need now is an inward focus, in which we cultivate the heart and live in alignment with our souls.

As it turns out, The Heart of the Soul is a timely guidebook, being published shortly after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. "The pursuit of external power produces physical violence and destruction between nations. You can see this in every newscast," the authors note.

Billions of people live in poverty, are hungry, and suffer oppression, and brutality. Changing these circumstances requires our hearts. It requires the ability to feel the pain and joy of others, and to take their needs as seriously as we take our own.

And here is where the heart lessons come in. "As long as there are parts of yourself that reach outward to make you feel safe, valuable, and loved, you need to identify them and heal them." The authors include numerous exercises and suggested activities to help readers feel and understand their emotions in order to "empower the soul" and live a more rewarding and joyful existence. The words and intentions are indeed poignant and worthwhile. The numerous boxes, diagrams and passages in bold print create a self-help structure that some will find simplistic and others will find inviting. --Gail Hudson, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Gary Zukav is the author of the award winning The Danicing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, and The Seat of the Soul, a major New York Times number one bestseller. He is a Member of the Club of Budapest and a Fellow of the World Business Academy. He served on the Editorial Board of the former East-West Review: Business News for the Perestroika Era, the Literary Advisory Board, Earth Day 1990 and as a chair of the Government and Politics Strategy Group, Campaign for the Earth. He is a recipient of the World Business Academy Pathfinder Award and a degree from Harvard in International Relations. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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OUR ADOPTED SIOUX UNCLE ONCE TOLD ME, "Nephew, the longest journey that you will make in your life is from your head to your heart," gently touching his forehead and then his chest. Read the first page
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Gary Zukav's previous book set out his basic concept explaining how expansion of human perception beyond the 5 senses leads to a new understanding of power as the alignment of personality with the soul,in other words, "authentic power".
In this book, he and his spiritual partner show us the importance of emotional awareness in our own daily lives.
Developing emotional awareness is challenging and difficult because it requires becoming aware of our buried emotional pain. This book shows us how to free ourselves from our compulsions, fixations, obsessions and addictions. These include anger, workaholism, perfectionism, obsessive eating, alcohol and drug abuse and sexual addiction.
Emotional awareness - becoming aware of everything we are feeling at every moment - is one of the most challenging tasks we can undertake. As Zukav says in the book: "The longest journey that you will make in your life is from your head to your heart." That, of course, is the journey towards spiritual growth - wholeness, wisdom, compassion and healing.
The chapters on Processing Energy I found to be very helpful. Everyone's energy system has 7 centres or chakras which I had heard of before. As energy flows through each centre it creates different emotional experiences. Energy enters our system through the crown chakra and moves downwards towards the base of the torso. Then it reverses, moves upwards and leaves the energy system where it entered. It also leaves the energy system through the other 6 centres at the same time.
But, there are only 2 ways that energy can leave the system: 1)in fear and doubt or 2) in love and trust. No matter where or how energy leaves your system, it produces an emotion. Fear and doubt produce painful emotions and love and trust produce positive emotions.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2002
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This inspiring book invites us to live life authentically with love and compassion and with joy rather than see life through pain ,fear and anxiety. With powerful and simple techniques the authors show us how to feel our emotions in different parts of our bodies, they ask us to take the time to really pay attention to those feelings in order to life a full life. There are also incredibly interesting and enlightening chapters on different ways in which we all deny or cover up our feelings to avoid pain , everyone who reads this book will recognise themselves in these chapters and will find useful tools to help live a more joyfull life .
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2002
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I was always searching for tools to help understand myself and other people, also why I react the way I do to certain situations. This book has helped me see things with incredible clarity. The beginning is slow as the author needs to establish the fundamentals but then once that has been read the rest is easy and quick to read although there is a lot of homework!
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This book brilliantly explains the need to pay attention to our emotions, including the negative emotions we would rather avoid. Most of us, most of the time either hide from our feelings or use them to get a response from others. If we don't give the emotions the attention they need, they control our lives without us realising it. There are two other especially good books on this subject: 'Alchemy of the Heart' by Michael Brown and 'Letting Go' by David R Hawkins. Gary's approach complements these by emphasising the need to pay attention to emotions in the body - he argues that bodily sensations are generally linked to emotions and also explains the link to the chakra system. The style of the book is quite repetitive but is necessarily so in order to reveal the many means we use to we avoid facing what we really feel in the moment. The book contains many exercises to guide the reader into "emotional awareness". A great read with a vital message.
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Incredible reading. Patience required while reading the first 4 or 5 chapter, many terminologies are constantly repeated, which can drown the reader. I Recommend you just keep going, and much becomes very clear later in the book. I would encourage everyone who has spiritual leanings, to pick up this book and read it. A truly amazing and enlightening feast, written with divine help. This comes through time and time again as you read on.
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So relevant for today's challenges and working with the soul is certainly a place we should now be at. Wish I had discovered this book years ago. So impressed have purchased Gary's other books relating to the soul as well.
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By Mrs. L. Phillips on 1 Jan. 2014
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My GP suggested that I buy this book and it was interesting but not sure if I could do all the things that they suggested in the book.
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By Minnette on 27 Aug. 2013
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i have not read that yet but knowing the author this will be another inspiring book. I will circulate it among firends and family.
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