- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications/ Noetic Books; 1 edition (October 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572245379
- ISBN-13: 978-1572245372
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,360 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself 1st Edition
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About the Author
Michael A. Singer is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul, which has also been published in Turkey, Brazil (in Portuguese), Switzerland (in German), Spain, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Poland, and Italy.
Singer received a master's degree in economics from the University of Florida in 1971. During his doctoral work, he had a deep inner awakening and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a now long-established yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace. Through the years, Singer has made major contributions in the areas of business, the arts, education, healthcare, and environmental protection. He previously authored two books on the integration of Eastern and Western philosophy: The Search for Truth and Three Essays on Universal Law: Karma, Will and Love. Visit www.untetheredsoul.com for more information.
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1. I'm suspicious of authors who claim it is possible to live life free of worries, problems, and unhappiness. This author makes such claims throughout the book and many times indicates that freedom from suffering should be the goal of the spiritual journey. I see life and the spiritual journey differently, and though I do believe we all should strive for a happier life and a more peaceful spirit, I don't believe it is desirable to live without some unhappiness, some worries, some fears. We need to experience and honor both the dark and the light in order to live in balance. That is my view at any rate, and this book did not make a strong enough case for me to change it.
2. Contradictions. The author contradicts himself many times, but more importantly doesn't indicate any awareness that he has contradicted himself. In one chapter he is claiming that God only likes to be around happy people, but in a later chapter he points out that God does not judge, that the sun shines equally on us all, etc. Confusing, right? Thus, while the author makes many statements throughout that I agree with, he also constantly is making other statements that contradict previous ones, giving me the impression that he is just writing a stream of consciousness of statements cherry-picked to resonate with a broad range of spiritual-enlightenment-seekers, without much regard to whether those statements gel together to form a cohesive whole. Which brings me to. . .
3. Structure. To me the book reads like a long-winded, disorganized, repetitive lecture on how the reader should be living his life. While there may be many helpful suggestions and kernels of wisdom sprinkled throughout, the lack of structure, evidence, and strategies for how to go about actually doing what the author is suggesting really rubbed me the wrong way. For me, these types of commands - "just open" or "just do it" or "let go of fear" - are never helpful. These types of life-suggestions happen on every single page, as if it just takes reading the words enough times to know how to actually go about doing things that take enormous amounts of courage and practice. I need help with the how, and I found this book was like a list of ingredients with no recipe, assuming that the reader was already an experienced chef.
Perhaps the book is simply not written in a way that speaks to me. As I said at the beginning, it has clearly resonated with many, and so I feel badly giving it such a poor review. If the book has helped you to find happiness and live a more peaceful life, then wonderful! I would not want to take that away from anyone, but sadly, it is not the book for me.
I lived in Gainesville Florida for 25 years before moving to Hawaii in 2004. I've enjoyed the service that Mickey provides through his Temple of the Universe near Hague. I've been to plenty of Sunday services and events at the Temple. Mickey has created a beautiful space.
Toward the end of my time in Gainesville, I went to the Temple once every three or four months mainly to listen to Mickey's talks to see if he had grown beyond the limited spiritual awareness he espouses. He never did.
I read his book hoping he has opened spiritually and he hasn't. What he teaches, like Eckhart Tolle and many spiritual teachers old and new, while ephemerally comforting is simply not true and will not provide lasting results.
How Do I Know This?
The only way anyone can: Through my experience. Thought, unlike Mickey's portrayal of it, is not just a voice in your head. Thought can be images or music, many different forms. As a friend once wrote:
You can know what you think but you can't think what you know.
To know is to experience. Thought occurs as a symbolic way of expressing our experiences after the fact to ourselves and others. Thoughts reflect the gamut of human experience.
The "Not This" paradigm is antithetical to my experience. When you deny your human experience for the sake of some "divine" experience you are denying yourself because:
You Are, at Once: The One, the Many, and One of the Many.
Most people don't realize this. Ignorance of one's divinity does not make anyone less divine. Not you, not me, not Mickey.
If you'd like to get an inking of what I'm talking about read The Black Butterfly by Richard Moss. To sense what we are all capable of, read any of Dannion Brinkley's books. For both read Diana Baskin's book Divine Memories about her experiences with Sathya Sai Baba (whose photo was on display at the Temple of the Universe last I was there)
Sat Chit Ananda
These three words come from the Vedantic Lore. They mean: Existence Consciousness Bliss. What Mickey doesn't get is the Ananda part, and without that the other two are virtually empty. The closest translation of Ananda I've found in the west is Unconditional Love. But Ananda is more than that; it also includes: Unconditional Compassion, and Unconditional Passion.
Jesus showed us this when he said: Love God with all your everything and Love thy neighbor as thyself. In Genesis 1:26-27... Let US create Man in OUR image. Then: So God created Man, male and female, in his image.
Notice the Plural then the Singular: At Once I AM the One, the Many, and One of the Many.
If you want to get an idea of Unconditional Passion read Deepak Chopra's book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. In there he talks about manifesting your desires which involves realizing what you want, then letting go of all attachment before an aspect of your consciousness journeys through the "gap of full potentiality". I do this every day with: Passionate Detachment. I don't care if my desires manifest or not. Sometimes yes, sometimes no, each time an adventure in Unconditional Love.
If you would like to stop beating yourself, and others, up without denying yourself as Mickey and others suggest. Then look beyond the surface of Judgement to the flow of Love which lays underneath. Judgement, for good or bad, always shows how Love flows through the one who is Judging. For as Neale Donald Walsch talks about the five basic emotions resolving to just two: fear and love, and fear always resolves to love. Always fear is an expression which arises when we feel something we love is threatened.
I love Judgement and have no fear of judging others or being judged because: In judgement, first and foremost I experience the flow of Love.
Not Just This
Don't be deluded by the words I've written or my one star rating. I love Mickey and I don't hate his book. I remember the joy I experienced singing with him and the group, at the Temple, one of my favorite songs, which starts something like this:
Mother you're Darkness and Mother you're Light
You're Shiva and Shakti, in and beyond our sight...
I remember his sublime beatific smile and aura of bliss while he played the keyboard and led us in song.
But for your sake, and the rest of humanity's, don't stop in the "Not This" loop Mickey and so many other seem caught in. Instead continue on to "Not just this". Then you might move further to experience, to know, that you too are an Avatar: A Divine Incarnation in Human form; and Humanity and Divinity are mutually beautiful and not exclusive.
Then you might be able to share with others from the depth of your experience what I share with you now:
At Once We are: The One, the Many, and Ones of the Many
I just find some of the statements in here ironic and the lack of evidence or examples is bothersome. I realize the point is to grasp the simplicity of it, which is why it may be so hard to digest, but as a beginner, I was hoping for a sense of connection through examples to help relate to the points being made .