Sunday, August 5, 2012

Book Review: The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul

the journey beyond yourself

by Michael A. Singer

What a delightful little book.  I was taken in right away in Part 1 by Singer's narrative describing our relationship with that chattering, monkey mind that never ceases to go on and on about anything it can find to go on and on about.  I found myself chuckling as he described this chattering mind part of ourselves as if it were an annoying acquaintance that we put up with and tolerate.  The point he makes is that we can, and do, become hooked and lost in this inner dialogue, making it our identity, when in fact we are more truly the inner witness in a way that has the effect of loosening the attachment we unconsciously make between this witness self and the problem solving, busy mind ("our roommate").

Singer discusses the incredible energy within that is always at our disposal;  he talks about the heart, transcending the tendency to close our heart, about taking down the walls, and the path of unconditional happiness.  Don't close your heart, he says, no matter what is going on in your life.  "Allow each moment of each day to pass through you, and then you can be as fresh every moment as you would be on a stress free vacation."  Sounds good to me, and Singer is very convincing and helpful throughout this beautifully written piece of work.  There is more about the "Middle Way", and the "Loving Eyes of God."  I hope you have a chance to enjoy this delightful book.  I am grateful and happy to add this one to my library.

Review written by Sanna Rose.

The Untethered Soul is the recommended reading for August at Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa.  It is available now at Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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