Book Review – The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Can you picture a vast ocean before you? The water and its tumultuous waves keep crashing in perfect synchrony. The sun, with its beaming rays of energy spans out to recharge every object in its path. You are walking towards the sea unbothered by the events taking place around you. It’s like a path has been illuminated for you to walk on and your surroundings become a quiet blur. Tune your awareness to how you’re feeling. Are you grounded? Is there a sense of unease in the unknown direction of this path? A wave is approaching you, ready to engulf you in its embrace. Are you willing to surrender to reach the other side of the path, or will you resist and turn around?

This is the journey of the untethered soul… the one who knows that the true essence of life is to walk fearlessly towards the light.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer is a book enriched with complex wisdom on the topic of spirituality. Before reading this book, on a spectrum ranging from religious to spiritual, I found myself planking on the center of that scale. Growing up as a Hindu I followed the teachings that my grandparents and parents raised me with. My beliefs were rooted from an innate situation rather than a self-exploration of world views. Now as an adult, I choose to seek answers to my questions in the domain of spirituality.

Who am I? What is my purpose in life?

Divided into 5 parts: Awakening Consciousness, Experiencing Energy, Freeing Yourself, Going Beyond and Living Life, the untethered soul is a book that I would recommend to anyone who is in search of a deeper meaning of life. Regardless of your individual beliefs, if you’re willing to approach this book and its teachings with an open mind, you shall receive.

“I am the one who sees. From back in here somewhere, I look out, and I am aware of the events, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me… you are behind everything, just watching… that center is the seat of Self… that is the seat of the Buddhist Self, the Hindu Atman, and the Judeo-Christian Soul.” 

Singer eloquently helps us realize our true nature, one of awareness. He helps us picture ourselves sitting on the highest throne in our minds. This seat exists in our consciousness and is who we really are. Still confused? Lets break it down… if a stranger comes up to you and asks, “who are you?” what’s your typical response? I usually go along the lines of saying my name, my background, and what I do for a living. However, if you really understand the depth of this question, you’ll know that it isn’t the easiest to answer, without getting a few raised eyebrows from people.

A tough concept to grasp in mere words, so like any wise individual before me, I decided to tune into my awareness throughout the day. To be more straightforward, I was practicing mindfulness. When I was elated by something, I observed. When my center was disturbed and my mind vacillated with extreme thoughts, I observed. Just noticing that my thoughts are not who I am. I am not the positive or the negative. I am just aware of both. The untethered soul taught me to be proactive and present in the moment as opposed to reactive and stuck in past or future events.

“Your opportunities for growth are endless. It’s always there in front of you. Just commit to not letting the energy draw you in. When you feel the pull, like somebody pulling on your heart, you just let it go. You fall behind it. You simply relax and release.”

Closing off to healing opportunities is something far to familiar to me. Don’t we all have that nagging voice inside our heads? The voice that keeps badgering us about staying within the limits of our comfort zone? From what I’ve learned, when life presents an obstacle in our path we have two options: have the courage to overcome it or be submissive and accept defeat. Which one sounds more appealing to you?

After reading this book, and applying the knowledge I gained from each chapter into real -life situations I’m learning to smile in the face of hurdles and failures. Everyday is an opportunity to shed old behaviors, belief systems and mindsets that have been conditioned into my consciousness. I celebrate daily victories, no matter how big or small they may be. Recently I started a powerlifting program at the gym and have been progressing really well with all the lifts except for one- power cleans. I dread the day I’m scheduled to practice those and keep trying to find excuses to get out of doing them. This lift has been the hardest for me to conceptualize and execute. Somehow, I get inside my own head and that incessant voice keeps telling me I won’t be able to do it.

So, to be true to the wisdom I acquired from reading this book, I went back and sat in my seat of awareness. I welcomed that annoying chatter, I acknowledged its presence and realized that this was my “learning moment.” I was being tested.

Friends, if you want to dive deeper into the meaning of your existence I highly recommend giving this book a read. Set your predispositions, judgements, beliefs and fixed mindsets aside and flip through the pages with an open mind.

Release your resistance and let the wisdom flow through you. Break the boundaries and push past them. You deserve unconditional happiness. Are you ready? Open your heart and let this positive, warming energy pour into you.

“Life itself is your career, and your interaction with life is your most meaningful relationship. Everything else you’re doing is just focusing on a tiny subset of life in attempt to give life some meaning. What actually gives life meaning is the willingness to live it. It isn’t any particular event; it’s the willingness to experience life’s events. 

With light & love,

Ashna

XOXO