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The Mind of the Soul

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The Mind of the Soul

Responsible Choice

Free Press,

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All your personal choices have consequences: here’s how to end up with the results — and the future — that you want.

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Gary Zukav and Linda Francis contend, perhaps reasonably, that a decision and an opportunity confront you every instant. You can choose to remain bogged down in a rut of habit and fear, or to break loose and create a boundless new future. This book - the newest in their "Seat of the Soul" series, which the authors seem to assume you have read - urges you to liberate yourself from the burden of the past, which they maintain really need be no burden. Fear not, hate not, resent not. Instead, chose harmonious cooperation, love, freedom, reverence and peace, choices that lead to true happiness. The authors maintain that you truly are free to choose, and exhort you to take responsibility for your choices. Abundant hypothetical examples, personal anecdotes and exercises provide the intellectual foundation, such as it is, for their New Age-flavored advice. chooses to believe that people who appreciate confident self-help counsel will find much here to savor. Skeptics, who may find that so many upbeat pronouncements give them the jitters, have made alternate choices and need not apply.


Making Responsible Choices

You must choose. You choose every instant of your life, whether you are aware of your choices or not. Given that, it is better to choose with awareness. Every choice you make helps determine your future. You may make big choices - a new job, a new home, a new relationship. You may make small choices - whether to get angry, whether to remain calm, whether to let someone squeeze in ahead of you in heavy traffic. Every choice helps mold your personality and your destiny. Every choice has consequences. That is why it is so important to choose responsibly, with full awareness of what you are choosing and all the attendant circumstances and consequences.

Choice Power

You are what you choose to be, or what you choose to perceive yourself to be. Do you think of yourself as beautiful or as ugly? As sympathetic or as antagonistic? As agreeable or as nasty? Take a few moments and write down your self-image. Be aware that when you choose to think of yourself as inept, you will do inept work. You will justify the choice you have made. When you work ineptly, you will reinforce that choice. Then on the basis of your inept work, you will choose again...

About the Authors

Gary Zukav is the author of three bestsellers: The Seat of the Soul, Soul Stories and The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, winner of the American Book Award for Science. His books are published in 24 languages. He is a graduate of Harvard and a former U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) officer who served in Vietnam. Zukav and co-author Linda Francis founded The Seat of the Soul Foundation and also co-authored The Heart of the Soul.

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