Author makes 35th appearance on Oprah
Gary Zukav has seen it all, Harvard on a scholarship, Vietnam as a Green Beret, quantum physics as a bestselling author. But now he says we can all evolve together.
BY: Rob Kerby
Is a spiritual partnership the same thing as a marriage?
“It could be, but usually it is not,” he writes in his personal blog. “A marriage is between two people who promise each other to stay together no matter what happens. This can be a very comforting thing, and it can also be a license for either of them to abuse, disregard or disrespect the other.
“Some marriages can continue a long time this way. Perhaps you have seen one.”
On the other hand, he writes, a spiritual partnership is between people who promise themselves to use all of their experiences to grow spiritually.
“They use their emotions to show them how to create constructive and healthy and joyful consequences instead of destructive and unhealthy and painful consequences.
“Can you imagine using a horrible, painful, can’t-get-any-worse experience to grow spiritually?” he asks in his blog. “Those are among the best kind. Spiritual partners don’t squander them by exploding in rage or dissolving into depression.”
Any number of people can form a spiritual partnership, he says.
It can be “two people in a live-together, have-children-together, monogamous relationship; six people in a family; or co-workers who want to use their relationships to do more than complain, compete, gossip and judge.”
“Of course,” he writes, “co-workers can appreciate one another, be grateful for one another and cooperate with one another, but when they set their intentions to do that all the time, they are already experimenting with a spiritual partnership.”
A Texas native, Zukav was the valedictorian of high school graduating class and an Eagle Scout. He attended Harvard University on a scholarship, but in his junior year left to motorcycle in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In 1964, he worked as a summer volunteer in Mississippi for the NAACP under the direction of Charles Evers, brother of the slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
In 1965 he graduated from Harvard and became a U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret in Vietnam and Laos. He returned to the U.S. in 1970 and moved to San Francisco, where he went through a period that he describes as an emotionally volatile time of sexual addiction, motorcycles, anger, and experimentation with drugs.
In 1975, he was introduced to quantum physics at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, which led to his first book, The Dancing Wu Li