Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Scientist of the Soul, Part I

Scientist of the Soul, Part I
by Gary Zukav for Beyond 50

A scientist is a seeker of truth. For millennia, the truth of human experience lay outside, in the world around us, and that is what scientists discovered.

Now an enormous and unprecedented transformation in the human experience is underway. Our perception is expanding beyond the limitations of the five senses. We are becoming aware of ourselves as more than bodies and minds, molecules and enzymes. We are becoming aware of our lives as purposeful and our experiences as meaningful. Our focus is shifting from exploration of the outside world to the exploration of interior experiences and their relationships with the outside world. This is the new frontier of human inquiry, and all seekers of truth are being drawn to it.

The new frontier is the nonphysical reality of love and compassion, wisdom, and authentic power - the alignment of the personality with the soul. It is understanding the dynamics - now made visible by our expanded perception - that underlie physical appearances, sustain them, and make it possible to change them permanently (such as the war, starvation, and brutality that pervade our collective experience and the anger, fear, jealousy, and power struggles that pervade our individual experiences.


The new frontier challenges us to leave behind the comfortable and familiar self-image as victims of our lives - always praying for the best, hoping to avoid bad luck and hoping to be blessed by good luck - and replace it with a new and more accurate self-image of creators of our experiences. Exploration of the new frontier is an inquiry into self-mastery - the use of emotions to discover the sources of our painful experiences and destructive behaviors and the conscious use of intention to change them. It is also the use of emotions to discover the sources of our blissful experiences and constructive behaviors and the conscious use of intention to cultivate them.

Scientists of the soul are seekers of truth in this domain, courageous, intelligent, open, and always willing to experiment.

Years after I wrote "The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics," I discovered that the concepts of quantum physics can be used, and wonderfully used, to explain authentic power and how to create it. My spiritual partner, Linda Francis, and I began experimenting with a workshop called "Scientist of the Soul." After giving several them, with great success, we shifted our attention to other ways of presenting authentic power in a workshop format, however, the attraction of using the concepts of quantum physics to explain authentic power has returned to me even more strongly.

*Gary Zukav is the internationally bestselling author of "The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics", "The Seat of Soul" and more books. For more about his teachings, visit www.zukav.com.


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