The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. Audiobook Summary
The Untethered Soul
Written By: Michael A. Singer
Read By: Peter Berkro
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Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. In this book, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.
Divided into five parts, the book offers a frank and friendly discussion of consciousness and how we can develop it. In part one, he examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue that all of us live with. Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show readers how to open their hearts to the energy of experience that permeates their lives. Ways to overcome tendencies to close down to the rest of the world are the subject of part three. Enlightenment and the embrace of universal consciousness are the subject of part four. And finally, in part five, Singer returns to daily life and the pursuit of “unconditional happiness.” Throughout, the book maintains a light and engaging tone, free from heavy dogma and prescriptive religious references. The easy exercises that figure in each chapter help readers experience the ideas that Singer presents.
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Michael A. Singer is the author of New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul, also, is an inner peace researcher an funder del Temple of The Universe a yoga and meditation center.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself Is a book that could be considered self-help, but is different from what we have been accustomed to read. Is a book that can change your perception about yourself and the world around you for good. What we can tell you, is that it will surely stop the torrent of thoughts that no longer let you see clearly who you are, it will make you rethink everything and open your appetite to learn about yourself.
It is about rediscovering yourself, of finding your true self, of analyzing the quality of thoughts you are having, of deep-rooted beliefs, of desires, of drives, viewing them from the outside as a mere, that is, in the more objective and neutral way.
It is about the Inner voice, and the way it’s possible to listen to it and be aware of it, but without giving it so much importance, without letting it sabotage you, criticize you, dishearten you or paralyze you; it helps you to be at peace with her.
The author also encourages you to get to the place where we can be the “observer” and watch that voice.
In the same way it addresses the issue of energy, it tells us that we have a phenomenal amount of energy inside us, one that does not come from food, from rest or exercise, but from our interior, is there always inexhaustible for when we want to have access to it. Why then, we can’t feel it sometimes? Well, it may be because you are not allowing yourself.
On the other hand, the book, has some basis in the ideology of Buddhism, however they are principles that could be applied within any religion, Mentions the importance of being in communion with God, whoever it is for you, and having a relationship with him. One of the main premises of the book, is the ability to let go things, refers in specific to the past. We cannot change it, so we have to accept it and let it go. Also to the future, we cannot control it but we can look forward to the future in a positive light. One of the effects of let go things is that you also become free from all the anxiety that you could have been accumulating, free of fear about the future; you just learn to live now.
Another postulate talks about the barriers that we put ourselves for various reasons, in simple terms limit us. Probably after reading the book, you can feel ready to deal with all future road blocks. Singer talks about the pain, both past, present, and future and the best way to deal with it and extract the best of any experience that has come our way. Emphasize the importance of not closing our hearts, however painful our past experiences may have been. For a closed heart, maybe the bad will not enter, but neither the good, and that’s not the present of life.
Ultimately this book is a guide in finding and living with peace and happiness in your life.
The book is short and very easy to understand, it is written in a conversational style and free of pretensions, however, it is deep and requires reflection, and not be taken lightly to fulfill its purpose. Paradoxically it is an introspective book that proposes to leave you to discover yourself.