Spiritual Partnership Excerpts


Spiritual Partnership:
The Journey to Authentic Power

Spiritual Partnership book by Gary Zukav
Spiritual Partnership is a revolutionary new path for creating core relationships that nourish soul evolution. A Spiritual Partnership is based not on need but on the very essence, celebration, and practice of soul awakening. In Spiritual Partnership, Gary Zukav shares the simple keys to profoundly transforming your life and spiritually igniting your core relationships.

Begin the path to spiritual transformation today…

The Cave

Chapter 5
Experiencing the pain of powerlessness directly—the painful sensations in your body that lie beneath your destructive episodes of anger, vengefulness, righteousness, and callousness—goes directly to the source of these experiences. When you have the courage and skill to experience directly the core pain that you have been running from all your life, that has generated every destructive consequence that you have created for yourself, there is no more bogeyman left to frighten you. Then your life becomes a matter of the choices that you will make with your new awareness. If you were no longer controlled by the need to flee from the excruciating pain of self-disgust, self-loathing, and despair that has tormented you from birth, what would you choose? This is the question that you were born to ask and to answer. It is the ongoing holy inquiry that will fill your life as you begin to find your way out of the cave and into the sunlight.

Learning to Coach

Chapter 6
Imagine that you are the coach of a team in a game called “Life.” You have numerous players, but only one of them can play at a time. The player that is on the court at the moment is always the one that represents you. Whatever that player does, it is as though you did it. If that player is elegant and graceful, you appear elegant and graceful. If that player is crude and selfish, you appear crude and selfish. Each of your players is world-class. One is an expert at anger. Everything that happens angers her, and she is continually shouting, withdrawing, and blaming someone for something. She needs no warm-up. She is always ready to play at any moment, and whenever you call upon her, she brings her top-flight anger onto the court. Another is jealous, and another seeks revenge. Your team roster is large. Another player is patient, and nothing can distract him from his patience. No matter what, when you call him he brings limitless patience to the court. Another is grateful. Whatever occurs, she is grateful for it….

Your responsibility is to choose the player that you will put on the court at each moment. You can confer with others, but only you can make the final decision, and whatever you choose, you are responsible for the consequences. If you choose to play anger, you experience the consequences of anger; if you choose to play kindness, you experience the consequences of kindness; and so on. The consequences that your players create when they play are always significant, because each is the best at what she does. You are always fielding the best jealousy, kindness, disdain, patience, vengefulness, or gratitude that you have. The court is never empty. One player is always on it, playing full out. All of your players are eager to play.

The Spiritual Partnership Guidelines

Chapter 9
An individual who understands authentic power for the first time—what it is, how it is created, and why it is necessary—is like a gardener arriving for the first time at a perfect plot with the intention to grow the best garden possible. Without her intention the plot will not change and a garden will not appear. Your perfect plot is your life….

Spiritual partners are gardeners on adjoining plots. They share knowledge, experience, and skills. They share love, trust, and the commitment to create authentic power. Their lives are much more complex than gardens, but they share the fundamental feature of all gardens: Unless the gardener pulls the weeds they will continue to grow, and unless the gardener cultivates the flowers they will not bloom. The tools that are necessary to pull the weeds and cultivate the flowers in your garden are emotional awareness, responsible choice, intuition, and trust in the Universe. The more you use them, the more you create authentic power. When creating authentic power is your highest priority, you use them continually….

Without understanding the purpose of your life (garden) and developing the tools to cultivate it, you will exhaust and frustrate yourself, sometimes doing something well, sometimes not, and other times not knowing. These are experiences of an “unexamined life” (Plato’s term). A more modern term would be “unconscious life.” A still more accurate term would be “reactive life,” a life that is frequently controlled by frightened parts of your personality. The transformation of an unexamined, unconscious, reactive life into an aware, deliberate, and joyful life is the creation of authentic power.

No one can slay your dragons for you. You are the hero you have been waiting for.

Gary Zukav

Spiritual Partnership

Chapter 11
Spiritual partners journey into their deepest fears—their experiences of powerlessness—with the intention to heal them completely. They are the heroes of mythology finding and slaying the dragon, recovering the treasure, and restoring prosperity to the land.

Your dragons live within you, emerging from their lairs as they choose. For example, someone offends you and you become angry. A dragon is out and in the open. Or you withdraw emotionally and judge her silently. Another dragon is out. Or you cannot stop thinking judgmental thoughts or having violent or sexual fantasies, or cannot resist alcohol, food, sex, pornography, or shopping. The dragons are many, and some are quite powerful. All of them are terrifying enough to cause you to flee them at once (by becoming angry, finding fault, drinking alcohol, having sex, shopping, smoking, and so on). No one can slay your dragons for you. You are the hero you have been waiting for. Until you accept this role you will continue to wait, and the longer you wait, the more your dragons will rampage through your life, creating havoc and pain when they choose….

Five-sensory friends look for causes of their suffering outside of themselves—in their failed relationships, illnesses, betrayals, and bad luck. They change friends and circumstances but they do not change themselves, and so their interactions with new circumstances and friends produce the same painful experiences. This is the horizontal path. Their dragons remain. Spiritual partners take the vertical path. They change themselves. They slay their own dragons. They do not wait for the impossible, for others to slay their dragons for them.

Author Gary Zukav


Chapter 25
At some point in the creation of authentic power your endeavors become real to you. You realize that your emotional awareness and responsible choices are affecting the very substance of your life—your ability to live outside of the control of the frightened parts of your personality and to create a life of love. When you realize, and truly realize, that allowing the frightened parts of your personality to do as they choose is more painful than challenging them, the courage that challenging them requires begins to be replaced with the gratification of challenging them and choosing responsibly instead of reacting irresponsibly. You begin to create different consequences for yourself and others. You no longer change in order to please others, be accepted, or make yourself feel valuable or safe. You change because you want to change, because you are no longer willing to be controlled by the frightened parts of your personality. You change because you no longer want to experience the pain of the frightened parts of your personality and the pain of the consequences that they create.

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The Most Dangerous Virus

Many people are speaking now and frequently about fear – of the political situation, unstable markets and weather, and now, a virus. Concern about the virus is now surpassing the other fears that frightened parts of our personalities put on inner display daily for us, if we are willing to look at (experience) them instead of distracting ourselves with food, work, sex, obsessions, and addictions. As we take these inner displays seriously and begin to explore them, a surprising discovery becomes observable, then noticeable, then unavoidable – the most invasive virus that we can experience today is fear. It is contagious, spreads quickly, and dangerous. It puts our ability to give the gifts that we were born to give at risk, and a life without giving them is a life of emotional pain, psychological pain, physical pain, every kind of pain.

There is no vaccine against fear, but there is a way to be healthy again if you become infected: Create authentic power. Frightened parts of your personality generate pain (you are infected when this happens) and loving parts of your personality relieve you of it when you cultivate them repeatedly (you become healthy again when this happens).

Think on this. Take precautions that you would take in any potentially dangerous circumstance, for example, handling very sharp knives in the kitchen, driving on the freeway, or trying to prove your self-worth by impressing others (pursuing external power). In the case of the virus, wash your hands often for at least twenty seconds (sing the alphabet song twice). Use your elbows or knuckles to avoid touching things with your hands, and keep your hands away from your face (viruses enter through mucus membranes including around your eyes). Bump elbows to greet one another instead of hugging. Use alcohol wipes (on the plane use them to clean arm rests, head rests, and trays).

Most important, do what is necessary to insure that you do not become infected with the truly dangerous virus of fear. If you allow it to grow in you, you will experience the very painful phenomenon of imploding under the fear of the collective. The physical virus is given to you to show you what is necessary to be physically healthy. This is symbolic, as is every experience in the Earth school. The destructive virus of fear is given to you to awaken you to what is necessary to move beyond fear permanently. This is far superior to what any vaccine can produce.

You can begin this process by enjoying yourself. That is a well-known and time-tested antidote to fear. Said another way, love is the only effective (and it is always effective) remedy to a life of fear.


Love, Fear, and the Coronavirus

A new consciousness is being born, and an old consciousness is dying. The new consciousness shows us ourselves, the world, and the Universe in new ways. The old consciousness does not. Both coexist in us at this time.

For example, from the perspective of the old consciousness, the internet connects us. From the perspective of the new consciousness, the internet is a reflection in the physical world of our growing awareness of our connection. From the perspective of the old consciousness, the coronavirus is creating our fear. From the perspective of the new consciousness, our fear is creating the coronavirus! How can that happen? What does that mean?

Your consciousness contains fear when you experience anger, jealousy, overwhelm, or anxiety; when you feel superior and entitled or inferior and need to please; and when you are obsessed (winning, making a profit, or romantic love), compulsive (workaholism or perfectionism), or addicted (food, sex, drugs, alcohol). All these are experiences of fear. Your consciousness contains love when you feel gratitude, patience, contentment, or awe of the Universe. These are experiences of love.

In other words, from the perspective of the new consciousness the coronavirus is an enormous and dramatic reflection of the enormous fear in our collective consciousness. Where, then, is its counterpart – the equally enormous and dramatic reflection of the enormous love in our collective consciousness? You experience that counterpart – the enormous love in our collective consciousness – each time you reach toward another with love and open yourself to her or his love. Billions of us experience it in our loving, self-imposed isolations each time we find or devise new ways to connect with others – including others we do not know – with love instead of fear, to join them instead of separate ourselves from them, to explore our goodness, softness, and tenderness, and to experience the goodness, softness, and tenderness in them.

We all experience that enormous love each time we wash our hands with the intention to protect others from the virus as well as to protect ourselves from it. We all experience that love in a big way each time we care for the well-being of others as much as we care for our own. We all experience it every time we perform an action – any action – consciously with love instead of unconsciously with fear.

We do not need the coronavirus to show us this, but this what it is designed to show us.


The Compassion Virus

The Compassion Virus is concurrently infecting the human species along with the Coronavirus. The more you know about it, the better.


The incubation period of the Compassion Virus may be quite long. Infection can occur months or years prior to the appearance of symptoms and even predate the birth of the infected individual. In these cases, infection is deemed to have occurred in another personality of the soul of the infected individual. Five-sensory diagnosis is impossible because souls and other personalities of them are undetectable to five sensory clinicians.


Individuals in the early onset stage of the Compassion Virus appear asymptomatic. Physical symptomology is absent, however, internal nonphysical markers are self-identifiable by the infected individual. He or she begins to question why he or she performs certain actions apart from obvious benefits and detriments. Is it for the benefit of himself or herself or/and the benefit of others? At this stage the Compassion Virus becomes contagious.


Advanced symptoms of the Compassion Virus include behavioral changes such as interest in the well-being of random others. These aberrant behaviors hinder accumulation of influence, ability to manipulate and control, acquisition of redundant houses, automobiles, clothing, and luxuries, and accomplishment of conventional aspirations. Infected individuals eventually exhibit compassion for everyone, including individuals they previously disliked, for example, greedy, exploitative, insensitive, rude, brutal, masochistic, and sadistic individuals. This serious and significant symptom signals the final stage in the progression of the Compassion Virus and indicates that it has taken control of the infected individual. At this stage the Compassion Virus is highly contagious.


There is no recovery from the Compassion Virus.


Examine yourself carefully for signs of the Compassion Virus. If you find any, take the following actions immediately:

1. Look at it with your eyes wide open. This is a potentially life-changing condition.

2. Cultivate it.

3. Treasure it.


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