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Who wouldn’t be captivated by the promise of an “untethered soul”? I’ve spent my life looking for that freedom, and now help clients every day do the same in their lives.
I fell in love with this book when I first heard its title. I hoped that I would enjoy its contents.
I was not disappointed.
Why would a physician, scientist and performance coach be drawn to a book with this ethereal title?
My personal experience, and the emerging science suggests that there is a very thin line, if any, between body, mind and spirit. I find it impossible, either in my own life, or the lives of those I guide, to work with one without meaningfully addressing the others. There has to be a singular, integrated truth that underpins life … even if we have yet to discover the extent and details of its beautifully rich mosaic.
In his bestselling book The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer offers us spiritual guidance based on a lifetime of disciplined practice.
He starts his journey, and ours, with the voice (I would say voices) in his head. These are not the auditory hallucinations that are frequently misrepresented in Hollywood screenplays. They are the inner voice(s) that we all hear throughout the day. The voice(s) that tells us what we like, and what we don’t like; what we should do, and what we shouldn’t do.
We fall into the mistaken belief that this voice is me. While it is part of me, it’s just that—only part of me. The real me (one of my clients affectionately calls this the “me me”) is somewhere hidden, obscured by the noisy chattering.
Singer starts his life-building journey in a desperate attempt to flee the relentless badgering of his inner voice. The book shares the knowledge gained from 35 years of empiric self-study and spiritual practice.
Life is the teacher, and the pathway, and the reward.
For readers who may be worried about strictly imposed religious overtones, be reassured. He masterfully connects the world’s great religions in a Universal spiritual context.
The subtitle of the book is the journey beyond yourself. It hints at Singer’s belief that we become significant only when we embrace our insignificance (we are, after all, the tiniest collection of matter on a massive piece of earth, rotating in an infinite universe that appears unbound by time).
Singer built a world-renowned spiritual center in Florida, and an independent public corporation ultimately valued at several billion dollars. Through his journey he learns to trust Life, the great teacher. His faith grows exponentially as Life generously and iteratively rewards him with both personal growth and worldly success.
The book overflows with wisdom for the curious, open-minded reader.
Singer reminds us that happiness is a choice. Through his journey, he learns to quieten his inner voice, choosing instead to follow “the path of unconditional happiness”. He uses interesting stories from his colorful life as voluminous evidence in support of his proposed mindset. Every time that he is successful at escaping the “deep-seated set of (personal) preferences” imposed by his little voice, Life rewards him.
Once you choose to be happy, without conditions, and choose “to let go of the part of you that wants melodrama”, you too can find the path to happiness.
Michael Singer is a deeply intriguing man. The Untethered Soul is not his only bestseller. If you enjoy this book, like me you may rush to buy his most recent work, The Surrender Experiment.
I thoroughly commend both to you. The Surrender Experiment is autobiographical; a gripping spiritual (and real-world) thriller. It had me on the edge of my seat, excited to rush forward into each new chapter. It tells the fascinating story of Singer’s worldly journey, and the inner and outer experiences that spawned the encompassing spiritual guidance he offers in The Untethered Soul.
I read The Untethered Soul first and would probably recommend the same to you. It was deeply meaningful to then add the color of Singer’s Surrender Experiment to the instruction he lays out in the first book.
The truth about our spiritual nature is hard to define; and harder to prove. Meticulously detailed self-studies remain our best window for now. Using these insights, you and I must make far-reaching decisions about how we live our lives … or as Michael Singer would suggest … how we invite Life’s rich and rewarding leadership on our own meaningful journeys.