= A Guidebook for Traveling Through our
Emotional Landscape June 20, 2003
“You are a soul that is
temporarily utilizing your body.” ~Gary Zukav
Is the world changing? Have we suddenly discovered a lack of
fulfillment in our materialistic endeavors or have we always
felt this way but have only recently decided to talk about it?
I have recently met more Multisensory individuals who believe
we have a soul and who are striving for spiritual fulfillment.
They see more than a world where we experience pleasure from our
five senses. They also seem very aware that there is more to
life than the American Dream. I myself have found out about the
We are looking for a deeper life, a life where people care
about one another, where we all feel valuable, safe and loved.
Compassionate and wise individuals are heaven to meet and can be
teachers who present stunning insight and convincing arguments
to lead us to believe in our own ability to find authentic
To me, the American Nightmare is reaching the American Dream
and realizing it is not everything you hoped for and your life
becoming a whirlwind of things to do which just don’t satisfy
the cravings of your soul. Just because you have the big house,
the car, the huge kitchen doesn’t mean you will be happy. In
fact, having too much can detract from your spiritual goals.
Materialism can be a heavy burden for the soul who desires a
world of freedom, love and joy.
After downsizing my life so I could spend more time washing
my soul with encouraging words, I decided it was time to go back
to where I first started on this journey and read another book
by Gary Zukav back in 2000.
I like his idea about viewing life as a school and that has
become tightly woven into my own earth experience. If Earth is a
School and teachers appear when we need them most, then Gary has
been one of my teachers when I most needed the information he
has to present to this student of life.
I see Gary Zukav evolving himself as I read each new book.
“The Heart of the Soul” is his most organized work I’ve
read yet. Theory and heart are balanced fully. Linda and Gary
balance one another fully and together they have created a
While “Seat of the Soul” and “Soul Stories” explained
the basic principles, this is specifically a guidebook to the
emotional world we experience on a daily basis but might have
This is really a book for everyone who wants to figure out
where our emotions come from and where they can take us on our
spiritual journey. To grow spiritually and act from a place of
authentic power, we often have to step back and observe those
emotions that are evolving from fear. This can feel like an
ocean is pulling you under and you are fighting to swim to the
Gary almost suggests that we should allow ourselves to enter
this ocean of emotions and observe the way the waves are moving
until we can control the ocean with our own minds instead of
letting the ocean control our bodies and minds.
You start to realize how powerful your mind really is.
Instead of running off into life and only seeking your own
pleasure, you start to think more about how your actions would
cause other people to feel.
You become more aware of your intentions. You wait for your
emotions to subside before making rash decisions that could
change people’s lives. Who has not made a poor decision when
in a state of extreme anxiety, fear or anger? Waiting out the
tidal waves of pain can leave you resting on a peaceful beach,
observing the destruction yet knowing you survived.
Gary focuses on some real-life issues which can make your
life hell. These include perfectionism, addiction to drugs and
alcohol, overeating, obsessive compulsive behaviors, idol
worship, power struggles, searching for salvation, judging
others, anger, workaholism and even sexual addiction.
Either you can learn how to avoid the hell through your own
personal experience, or you can be made aware of how to avoid
painful situations in your life through a deeper awareness of
what causes that pain. This book also contains illustrations,
diagrams, empowering thoughts and authentic power practices to
encourage emotional awareness.
I do not think one person has all the answers, but Gary’s
thoughts are definitely pieces of the puzzle I need to make my
life more complete. This book would not mean as much to me if I
was not already on a spiritual path and had a belief in a God
who sent Jesus Christ to take the burden of my sins, provide me
genuine salvation for my soul and who can take my actions from
stray emotions and toss them into a sea of absolute forgiveness.
I am freed from my guilt and can rest in the knowledge of a
loving God who put me on this earth to learn how to love.
Failing only means I have to try again. God is always willing to
forgive. Learning from our past mistakes is just part of life.
Not making new mistakes might be very connected to becoming more
To be interested in spirituality can at times only heighten
the tests, create immense spiritual struggles and cause you to
analyze your entire life so that you can then start to figure
out was is eternally important rather than what is momentarily
You don’t always have to act on all your desires or be
swayed by all your emotions. This book will teach you how to
create a better life for yourself by listening to your emotions
who become teachers in themselves or at least are classes you
can either pass or take repeatedly through life.
The Mind of the Soul
” by Gary Zukav should be equally intriguing.
Other books to enjoy:
Bridge by Brent N. Hunter
for Self Healing by J. Donald Walters
~The Rebecca Review
Soul to Soul
A Comforting Message with Beautiful Insights
I remember the first time I heard of Gary Zukav. He was on
Oprah. For me this was a life changing experience because it
started me reviewing. Since then I have read most of Gary
Zukav's books, so I was delighted when I found this one. His
books have a comforting and compassionate message that is
relevant to our daily lives. In this book he deals with issues
like forgiveness and how we shouldn't judge other people
(discernment is preferable). These are the same lessons Jesus
tried to teach the world thousands of years ago. We are still
trying to incorporate these lessons into our lives today in
order to be more spiritual creatures.
When Jesus taught us to love our enemies did he mean that we
can't protect ourselves when we are attacked? In the bible there
are many stories of how Israel went to war with various enemies.
Gary Zukav sees retaliation as the wrong response so you may or
may not agree with his ideas about 9/11. In an ideal world where
everyone was spiritually advanced there would never be war and
everyone would share their resources. This hasn't happened yet
so the ideas in this book are a little ahead of their time.
In "Soul to Soul" Gary Zukav deals with many questions
that need to be answered. His main belief still seems to be that
we are all at "earth school" in order to learn lessons
for soul growth. Some of the questions he answers include:
What is the difference between a personality and a soul?
What is the difference between habit and addiction?
Can visualization and affirmation change Karma?
How does a person know what he was put on earth to do?
What is the difference between a healthy boundary and emotional
Can I remain a Christian and create authentic power?
I liked his ideas about how we can't always become fearless but
we can decide how to respond to fear. Most of the thoughts in
this book will make you think about life on a deeper level. One
of the things he talks about a lot is nonphysical teachers which
sound like angels to me. When he discusses the Universe this
could also be taken as God or a Divine Presence.
While I agreed with most of the book, two sentences caused me
some concern. One was about how it is not possible to do the
wrong thing while on earth. Everyone makes mistakes so it is
very possible to do the wrong thing. I also don't believe that
when you fight evil you join it. Are you not fighting on the
opposite side of good? I also wondered if Gary had ever read
about near-death experiences because he doesn't mention them
when discussing life after death and how humans return to a
nonphysical reality. Apparently we will still have bodies after
death, at least this is what I've read in regards to near-death
experiences. When you go to heaven your relatives are there to
greet you so how could they have been reincarnated? Gary also
believes in reincarnation so I'm not sure how you go to a
nonphysical reality and are also reincarnated at the same time.
Perhaps he believes you go to one and then the other. This was a
For the most part, I think Gary Zukav is striving for an ideal
world in which we all have control over our emotions and
everyone is loving and forgiving. "Soul to Soul"
presents many pathways for those who want to be spiritually
mature. If you are struggling with negative emotions or
addictions then this book has much to offer. The main message is
that we are souls having a human experience in which we change
ourselves (fight negativity and regain control of our emotions)
in order to become more spiritual.
~The Rebecca Review
Wind Chimes Solo Piano
Calming Retreat, January 18, 2007
Melodious comfort drifts through opaque words of crystalline
perfection. That is to say, the clarity of the piano on
"Wind Chimes" is especially beautiful and elegant.
This is an energetic, yet calming. Sanctuary Melody makes me
feel especially healed and nurtured emotionally.
As the album progresses, all your stress lifts off your
shoulders and you start to feel spiritually cleansed and
"Spring Breeze" is stunning and like every album, the
music on this one retunes the soul. "Haunting Beauty"
is especially profound.
I have rarely heard a piano played with such a deeply intuitive
quality all while the music retains an element of fresh natural
beauty. Greg Maroney's playing takes your heart to new levels
and is a peaceful retreat. I have fallen asleep on many nights
with his music wandering in my dreams.
~The Rebecca Review