The Seat of the Soul – And the answer is?

When it comes to writing about books, I try to juggle the topics and authors. One day, it’s a best-seller. The next, an important work that just hasn’t found its footing. I choose spiritual warriors and secular ones, often in the same week. And sometimes, a book is just beautiful and I want to share it with you.

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav is a bestseller and important work that you may have expected me to write about long ago. It is, after all, another one of my classics.

I have other books by Zukav but this one, I think, is his pivotal work.

I chose to write about this today because I saw a YouTube video this morning. It’s short and lovely… please take a moment to watch it. I’ll wait.

If you watched, you know why once again, I am reminded of my affinity with the compass – and what it means to follow my own “mother ship.” <<< Don’t let this fool you. It’s not about aliens, it’s about sailing ships. I won’t say more because I don’t want to give it away. Go, watch, if you haven’t already.

When I first got this book, many years ago, it was on the recommendation of a friend. I admit that as I stood in the bookstore thumbing through it, it looked kinda… difficult. In fact, it was.

I started and stopped this book three different times before I finally finished it.

It felt heavy in its intensity and a little over-my-head scientifically. I know it *says* it’s “beautifully simple” but … but… okay, honestly? I got bored. I know, I can’t believe I’m saying it, either. But it’s the truth.

While I was deeply moved by the subject matter (The Soul) and wanted to know the answer to the implied question, “What is the seat of the soul?”… I was annoyed that it took 248 pages – and to be clear, 248 is the last page of the book – to get to the answer. More on that in a moment.

Zukav is a graduate of Harvard University and a former US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer with Vietnam service. Again, like so many others in my bookshelf, he’s a smarty-pants and highly respected by many, including me. He is one of those scientist / philosopher people who talk about alchemy and transformation… and so much more that it makes my head spin.

Which is why the book was a little difficult for me, as I’ve already said. You may not find it that way at all.

I like Zukav a lot. To listen to him speak is comforting and gentle. And don’t get me wrong, the book is excellent. I know this… it’s just one of those times I couldn’t “get into” a book easily. You know how that sometimes happens. Right?

So, would you like to know the answer to the question: What is the Seat of the Soul?

If so, here it is: The Seat of the Soul is “the hourglass point between energy and matter.”

I love timepieces almost as much as compasses. An hourglass is a timepiece with fluid, beautiful lines… feminine and round. Just love ’em!

And I love his answer, as I picture energy and matter meeting in the middle. But I can’t help wondering if they’re fighting in there… pushing and shoving. Nah, it’s probably just me and my totally non-scientific mind. Nevermind.


  1. Great book.Ironically both his book and my First The Department of Zenitation sit right next to each other in The Renaissance Book shop here in Portland  Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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