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Dear Spiritual Partner,


Why is the heart so important to spiritual development?  Why do all teachings of spiritual significance lead to the heart, and why does all spiritual growth eventually take us back to the heart?  Nothing else can now give us the things we most long for - harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life - or a pathway to them.  The heart is the doorway to love.  With or without the doorway, love exists, but if the door is closed, we remain small.  When it opens, there is no limit to our capacity to communicate, connect, and co-create.

Creating authentic power is the path of the heart.  It transforms every experience into a journey to the heart, which is a journey to love.  Even the most hardened criminal or soldier cannot resist the power of the heart.  The heart works softly, intimately, tenderly - and there is no defense against it.  The power of the heart lives in you.  Whether or not you share it, or are moved by it, is your choice, but both your interior and external experiences will change when your deeds come from your heart.  Special Operations of the Heart shows how this can happen.  

When I was in the U.S. Army, the door was closed.  My Green Beret, Infantry Combat Badge, and Jump Wings were more important to me than people.  Now nothing is more important to me than people, and I love sharing the things that are most significant to me - how to create authentic power and spiritual partnerships.  Two old friends reminded me of how powerful the heart is and the seemingly impossible things it can accomplish when they visited Linda and me this year.  I have assembled their story from my notes, called it Special Operations of the Heart, and pasted it below for you to read.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  It shows how much can be achieved when commitment and courage are put into the service of the heart, and some of the miracles that creates.

The Seat of the Soul Institute will always support you in creating a life of the heart.  That is our joy.






SPECIAL OPERATIONS OF THE HEART In the mid-eighties a young couple told a private conference of scientists, academics, sociologists, and writers that they would be working with the U.S. Army on a program involving exceptional human capabilities and were asking for advice from their colleagues.  Their subjects would be two Special Forces A Detachments, or Green Berets.  This couple was gentle, sensitive, perceptive, and counter-culture in energy and appearance.  I was in the conference.  As a former Green Beret officer in Vietnam, I was concerned about the experiences they might encounter.  I was doubtful that they understood the disconnection from people, shared environment of brutality, and disregard for liberal perspectives and the people who held them they were about to encounter.  I introduced myself and offered to share what I knew about the Special Forces and some thoughts that might be helpful.

Twenty-seven years later we reconnected, and they were eager to report their experiences.  The project, they told me, had been a success.  They also told me that my comments had been "sobering and illuminating."  Apparently, as I thought, they had no experience with the type of thoughts and lives that I described.  

I knew the insecurity of the men they would be working with for six months, because I shared it, and even today I am challenging some of the energy in me that brought me into the Army (I volunteered) and then into the Green Berets (I volunteered).  I told them that their only chance of surviving this assignment - emotionally - much less learning from it was to rigorously maintain their integrity.  If they did not, I felt certain that these young men would "eat them for lunch" - disdain them, dismiss them, resist them, and ridicule them.  Their only hope of success, I told them, was to know who they were, share directly and honestly, and detach from the outcome.  Any attempt to manipulate these men by trying to please or impress them would lead only to disaster.

They were often amazed, positively, by the results that following my suggestions created.  The project opened doors for them that are still opening.  Beyond that, they were touched most by the men themselves.  The courage and compassion that this couple brought to their interactions with these men created bonds that they still treasure.  I told them to be honest and direct, even if they were frightened.  Here are some stories they told me of doing that.

The wife recalled that early in the project while she was putting neuro-feedback brainwave sensors on a young captain from West Point, he asked if she had been "one of those anti-Vietnam war demonstrators."  She paused, remembered my advice, took a deep breath, and replied, "You bet."  He was silent a moment, then relaxed again and said, "I find that one of the most fascinating periods of history."  That was all.  No disdain.  No superiority.  It was one of many times that she established a beautiful connection that could not have been created without her integrity and courage.  Her husband told me another story.  After a neuro-feedback training session an enlisted man lingered in the lab, asking questions.  At last, the husband needed to leave, but when he began to leave, the man finally asked him, "What do you think of us?"  It was another moment of truth.  The husband remembered our talk, as had his wife before answering the captain, and said, "To tell you the truth, I am surprised at how much I like you guys."  The young man replied, "I am surprised at how much I like you, too."

Moments like these were the ones they remembered more than a quarter of a century after our talk at the conference.  They told me of being deeply touched by tears of compassion flowing down the face of an Army Ranger, falling onto his "Death From Above" T-shirt, as his heart opened during a meditation.  They told me of soul-to-soul connections created where personality-to-personality connections would have been difficult.  These are the connections I am sharing with you.  These are the Special Operations that are altering military history and that will eventually change the nations that create military organizations.  I am grateful to be alive in this exciting time with you.


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July 15-19, at Mount Hood, near Portland, OR USA  
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Linda Francis
Time and time again in my life since I was quite young I have been given the gift of being able to see from my heart's perspective the love that is always present. Then I would forget again for long periods of time. I didn't know how to get back to the love or how to see from my heart's perspective, and I thought it was just something that would happen at random times in my life.


However, before I met Gary, his books - first the The Dancing Wu Li Masters in 1979 and then the The Seat of the Soul in 1989 - awakened a deep recognition in me about the nature of the Universe (Divine intelligence), it's support of me at all times, and our connectedness with it and one another. I realized it wasn't a question of religious belief, but instead our spiritual nature and my ability to choose love that would allow me to know this moment by moment.


Before I read The Seat of the Soul, I had never heard the words "authentic power," but I knew then that was the kind of power I wanted to live from. I knew continually choosing to create it would lead me to the love that I had experienced seemly randomly earlier in my life. I saw that choosing to create authentic power is the same as choosing to change the parts of me that are based in fear and cultivate the parts that are based in love. It sounded so good and was very simple for me to understand, but the actual practice of it moment by moment has been both the most painful and also most joyful parts of my life. To know that I can use my will to choose to connect with the love that is always present has been the most important key to why I am here. I am so grateful to be alive and aware and in love.  





 "Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything,
and love is all there is."

-- Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul   


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