Excerpt from THE SEAT OF THE SOUL, by Gary Zukav:
Our current understanding of evolution results from the fact that we have evolved until now by exploring our physical reality with our five senses. This has allowed us to see the basic principles of the Universe in concrete ways. We see through our five senses that every action is a cause that has an effect, and that every effect has a cause. We see the results of our intentions.
When the physical environment is seen only from the five-sensory point of view, physical survival appears to be the fundamental criterion of evolution, because no other kind of evolution is detectable. It is from this point of view that “survival of the fittest” appears to be synonymous with evolution, and physical dominance appears to characterise advanced evolution.
When perception of the physical world is limited to the five-sensory modality, the basis of life in the physical arena becomes fear.
Power to control the environment, and those within the environment, appears to be essential. The power to control the environment, and those within it, is the power over what can be felt, smelled, tasted, heard, or seen. This type of power is external power.
All our institutions – social, economic and political – reflect our understanding of power being external.
The multi-sensory individual understands that there is another kind of power, that has its roots in the deepest source of our being. This is authentic power. The evolution from the five-sensory human to the multi-sensory human is the evolution to see beyond the physical reality to the larger dynamical systems of which our physical reality is only a part.
The multi-sensory human is able to perceive, and to appreciate, the role that our physical reality plays in a larger picture of evolution, and the dynamics by which our physical reality is created and sustained. It is in this invisible realm that the origins of our deepest values are found. This is where our authentic power lies.
From the perspective of the five-sensory human, we are alone in a universe that is physical. From the perspective of the multi-sensory human, we are never alone, and the Universe is alive, conscious, intelligent, and compassionate.
From the perception of the five-sensory human, the physical world is an unaccountable given in which we unaccountably find ourselves and we strive to dominate it so that we can survive.
From the perception of the multi-sensory human, the physical world is a learning environment that is created jointly by the souls that share it, and everything that occurs within it serves their learning.
The decisions that you make and the actions that you take upon Earth are the means by which you evolve. At each moment you choose the intentions that will shape your experiences and those things upon which you will focus your attention.
These choices affect your evolutionary process. If you choose unconsciously, you will evolve unconsciously. If you choose consciously, you will evolve consciously.
The fearful violent emotions that have come to characterise human existence can be experienced only by personality. Only the personality can feel anger, fear, hatred, vengeance, sorrow, shame, cynicism, indifference, loneliness.
The personality can also be loving, compassionate, and wise in its relations with others, but love, compassion and wisdom do not come from the personality. They are experiences of the soul.
A personality that is limited to the perception of the five senses is not aware of the soul, and therefore cannot recognise the influences of the soul. As a personality becomes multi-sensory, its intuitions – its hunches and subtle feelings – become important to it.
When the personality comes to fully serve the energy of its soul, that is authentic empowerment. This is the goal of the evolutionary process in which we are involved, and the reason for our being.