What are Spiritual Partnerships?

Spiritual partnerships are the most fulfilling, substantive, and deep relationships possible. They are relationships between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth. Growing spiritually means creating a life of more joy and less pain, more meaning and less emptiness, and more love and less fear. As we become aware of ourselves as more than we once thought that we were—and this is happening to millions of people—we long for relationships that are the most meaningful and rewarding possible, that support us in becoming healthy, vibrant, creative, and loving. These are spiritual partnerships.

Spiritual partnerships are arenas for discovering and challenging your fears and exploring and cultivating your love with others. They are joint experiments, bold ventures into the eternally new territory of the eternal present moment.

—Gary Zukav

You can create spiritual partnerships within your family, with your friends, your coworkers, your neighbors, and with another individual as a couple. No matter who the spiritual partner or spiritual partners are, the spiritual partnership operates the same way. It is a vehicle that supports the partners in it to become more aware of their emotions, to become more aware of their intentions, and in making the most healthy choices that they can, choices that will create consequences for which they are willing to assume responsibility.

My spiritual partner Linda Francis and I have been together for 17 years. We are married, yet we see our relationship as a spiritual partnership, and we see ourselves as spiritual partners. I am committed to my spiritual growth, and Linda is committed to hers. I am responsible for my spiritual growth, and Linda is responsible for hers. Yet I support her in growing spiritually and she supports me. We began creating spiritual partnerships with our granddaughters when they were 6 and 8.

Who are the spiritual partners in your life?

Gary Zukav

3 comments on “What are Spiritual Partnerships?”

  1. Jessi0210 says:

    When I first heard you speak on Super Soul Sunday, and then watched the interaction between you and Linda, I fell in love with both of you! I knew instantly that the partnership I have with my husband had a name, it was a spiritual partnership! I ran out and grabbed “Seat of the Soul” and read the whole book in two days, then got the audio CD and listened to it in my car! My husband and I have committed our lives to our own personal spiritual development and to supporting each other in whatever that means. I have recently begun to teach my children, Jasmine – 13 and David – 15 about authentic power, emotional awareness, alignment of the soul with the personality, and they are so receptive it is incredible! I have decided to start a blog about this experience with them to hopefully give parents a way to create more meaningful and authentic relationships with their teenagers and also teach them about their emotional selves, their spiritual selves and their own authentic empowerment! If only I had known this as a teenager! What troubles I might have saved myself from! (but then how would I have learned??? ) Gary you are an angel sent to this earth to help us all to know who and what we really are. My soul sees yours and is so grateful. Love, Jessica.

  2. Gee Gee says:

    Thank you Gary for this wonderful thought-provoking concept.

  3. Wendy says:

    Gary, you are a spiritual partner in my life. I read Seat of the Soul for the first time 16 years ago and your wisdom and teachings have been a constant companion to me ever since. I re-read it yearly and each time I understand it in new ways depending on my own growth and development and life experience at that time. It is ever evolving in me. I read Heart of the Soul several years ago and didn’t get it at all. I just wasn’t ready for it yet. But this year, my mother–one of my dearest spiritual partners, gave it back to me to read based on what I was going through. The teachings in The Heart of the Soul make so much sense to me now and have cracked me open. For the first time I am allowing and inviting myself to experience the full range of my emotions and who I am. It is quite the inward journey and I am a better, more compassionate human being because of your teachings. I am so blessed to be on this journey and to have you as a teacher. Thank you to you and Linda for making such love and wisdom available to all of us. I could never express in words what you have meant to my life. When I count my blessings I’m eternally grateful to have received such grace and growth through you. I am so excited to delve into Spiritual Partnerships and continue on this exquisite path.

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