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Heart of the Soul
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2004
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. According to Zukav, you may think that your anger comes from an interaction with a rude person but it does not. It comes from leaving your energy system in fear and doubt. Similarly with the emotion of sorrow from the death of a friend.
The 6th centre or chakra is in your forehead between the eyes. This centre allows you to see more than the 5 senses can show you. According to Zukav this centre is becoming active within the person who is reading the book (or perhaps, I think, even you reading this).
Zukav goes through each energy centre and describes sensations and emotions associated with each.
He also goes through the many ways in which we run away through: perfectionism, vacating, boredom, idol worship, overeating etc, etc.
This book makes me think a little more deeply about my actions and, more importantly, why I act in certain ways. As a 7 year meditator I feel that I am on the right track spiritually and I now believe that certain books and teachers come to me when I need them. Sometimes if things are explained in a different way suddenly the penny drops and I feel that this has happened with this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2002
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
on 5 March 2002
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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on 31 October 2014
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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on 2 March 2014
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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on 27 October 2013
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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on 1 January 2014
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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on 27 August 2013
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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on 3 June 2015
Such a great read, discovers the triggers to anger and how to deal with emotions better. I found this very insightful and useful.
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on 8 May 2014
I heard a lot of great things about Gary Zukav and know it would make a great read and lessons.
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