Book Review – “Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer
Book review on the “Untethered Soul” by Michael A Singer
I just read this book for a few various reasons. Major struggle in my life has always been my inner feelings and emotions, and how poorly I’ve gone through life avoiding my problems, allowing them to fester inside, and allowing my thoughts to extrapolate and compound my problems. This book offers a simple solution to train our inner thoughts and emotions to act differently, or think differently. My goals consist of changing everything about my old ways of life, and it all starts with my thinking. I’m open to reading any book that can help me, even if it’s just a little help.
Even though I was often a little confused, perhaps even sidetracked at times, having to double back and read over certain chapters again, I still learned a great deal. I learned that we don’t have to listen to our inner voice, and we can even do better at controlling the voice. The book says that awareness differentiates a conscious centered person from one who was not so conscious centered. It says that meditation is the highest state. It’s a return to the root of our being, the simple awareness of being aware. To simply contemplate the nature of self is to meditate. To simply ask yourself who am I is a very deep question. Just think about it. Consciousness is one of the great mysteries in life. Fighting interfering thoughts requires a great deal of energy and it can easily wear you out. This source of energy comes from deep inside. I’m personally familiar with this energy and how it’s escapes my body. The book says that we can’t just ignore the shifts in energy, we must investigate, find out where exactly this energy comes from, and to take action. This energy is always available to us, at any moment. We can draw upon. The only reason we don’t feel this energy all the time is because we block it from ourselves, by closing our heart, closing our mind, and by pulling ourselves into a restrictive space deep inside. When we clam up like this, we hide the darkness inside; there is no light or room for energy. This is what happens when we get depressed, and it makes so much sense to me. The book tells us to familiarize ourselves with this energy because it’s ours, and we should be able to call upon any time we want. It says that the health of our body is dependent on the flow of this energy and I firmly believe that this couldn’t be any truer.
If we want to grow, we must do the opposite, face our fears, don’t run and hide, close down, or withdraw. Real spiritual growth comes from within our souls.
Often, our inner thoughts tend to ramble and race, and often seems uncontrollable. The book says that we can let go of these racing thoughts through practice and meditation. Once we let go, will be free, and begin to live.
Spiritual growth is a constant transformation. In order to grow, we must give up the struggle, and learn to embrace change.
Every day we bear a burden that we shouldn’t have to bear. Quoting Buddha all life is suffering because many of us don’t understand what it’s like not to suffer. By untethering ourselves from the bondage of our psyche. We have the ability to take back the freedom of our soul.
The highest spiritual path is life itself. Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple.
The last chapter of the book is where I became conflicted with whether or not to agree with what I was reading chapter 19, the loving eyes of God is where I began to get a little close minded. The main reason is because of my strict Christian oriented upbringing. It’s hard for me to change a belief I’ve had all my life. The book doesn’t denounce God, but more or less the human written beliefs of God depicted in many religions. I’m not saying this is right or wrong. I would merely suggest to others to read it and formulate their own opinions.
There are many teachings in this book that I have already changed some of my views and approaches toward daily life. I have and will continue to utilize teachings in this book, and intertwine them with my goals for changing my life around and creating a better one for myself and family, in my lifetime effort to continue to grow and be a better man.