As part of my monthly #SelfHelpBookReview series for October, I have read ‘The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself’ by Micheal A. Singer
I had read great things about this book and I was curious to see if it was as good as I had heard. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed and it has definitely added to my understanding of spirituality.
“Who are you really?
What would it be like to be free from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to find this kind of inner peace and freedom? The Untethered Soul offers a simple, profoundly intuitive answer to those questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you.
The Untethered Soul begins by walking through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with the perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.”
This book did not disappoint and it was definitely an eye-opener. The first chapter blew my mind and was an ‘aha’ moment, talking about the incessant chatter in your head ‘your inner roommate’. It allowed me to start listening to my own inner voice and being aware of it.
The chapters were well explained and easy to understand. The book is based on the principles of Buddhism – eliminating negative thoughts and being compassionate towards others. The book is split into 5 parts.
Part 1 – Awakening consciousness
Part 2 – Experiencing Energy
Part 3 – Freeing Yourself
Part 4 – Going Beyond
Part 5 – Living Life
After reading this book some useful concepts emerged:
- Seeing yourself as simply as an observer of your thoughts rather than believing that they make you.
- The idea of not being troubled by the incessant, chattering voice in your head and how to tame it. This takes some practice.
- How people trap themselves by self-limiting thoughts and rigid views/ perceptions of the world.
- The idea that we build reality based on the perception and struggle to preserve them.
The author takes you on a journey of discovery, being the interpreter and guide. You don’t need to have concrete spiritual beliefs to read this book. It will awaken your soul. It will awaken your soul. The author starts by making you aware that the only thing ‘we’ are is the witness to whatever is going on in our minds, emotions, dramas etc. We can notice and simply detach.
The book for me has really helped me address some aspects of myself and really propel me to try the techniques suggested. The answer to struggling with life is in this book. It teaches you a technique which is so simple but can be hard to do when life events happen. This is to ‘relax’ into the fear, stress and anger and to let go. This takes practice but worthwhile for an easier and happier life. Consistency is the key and learning to incorporate meditation into everyday life.
One negative of this book that I can see which doesn’t particularly bother me is the last 2 chapters are a bit religious and mention ‘god’ quite a bit. I am open-minded and I enjoyed this aspect of the book but some people reading this may not like this section. The chapter on ‘Contemplating Death’ has really got me contemplating deeply on death being a teacher.
This is a fantastic gem and contains concepts that I can apply in everyday life. I really love the way it is written in a way that brings out my knowledge that I already knew but had not accessed for years. It definitely got me thinking on a deeper level. This book reminded me of why we are really here it helps me to get back on the path of life, a truer more meaningful brighter life.
I recommend this book to anybody who is willing to let go of their past beliefs and attachments to future expectations so that they can fully live in the now. I feel blessed to have read this book and it has opened my mind, They say the reader comes out at the right time when the person is ready to hear. I believe this has happened to me.
A bit about the Author
Micheal A. Singer in 1971 attained a masters degree in economics from the University of Florida. While completing his doctoral work, Singer had a deep inner awakening and entered a mode of seclusion to concentrate on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a well-established yoga and meditation centre where followers of different religions and set beliefs come together to find inner peace.
Over the years of his life, the author has actively contributed to areas of business, education, environmental protection, healthcare and arts. Prior to ‘The Untethered Soul’ Singer authored two books on the combination of the Eastern and Western philosophy – ‘The Search for the Truth’ and ‘Three Essays on Universal Law: Karma, Will and Love’.