The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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by Michael A. Singer, Peter Berkrot
     
 

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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 these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. In The Untethered Soul, spiritual teacher Michael A.

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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 these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. In The Untethered Soul, spiritual teacher Michael A. 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.The Untethered Soul offers a frank and friendly discussion of consciousness and how we can develop it. In part one, Singer examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue we all live with. Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show listeners 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, the embrace of universal consciousness, is 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 listeners experience the ideas that Singer presents.

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“In the book The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer takes you step-by-step through the process of Gyana, the yoga of the Intellect, to the Source. Moreover, he does it with elegant simplicity. Read this book carefully, and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity.”
Deepak Chopra, author of Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

“In lucid, unadorned prose, Michael A. Singer delivers the essence of the great spiritual teachings of the Ages. Each chapter of The Untethered Soul is an instructive meditation on the binds of the human condition and how each and every knot can be gracefully untied so that our souls may fly. The accuracy and simplicity of this work is a measure of its pure mastery.”
James O’Dea, past president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)

The Untethered Soul is indeed one of the finest treatments of the nature and practice of the conscious use of consciousness that I have ever read…. It is the clearest statement I know of who we are and what we face in our emerging humanity.”
Jean Houston, philosopher, psychologist, and author of A Mythic Life and Passion for the Possible

“Deep spirituality is within your reach in this book. In it you will find the mirror to see your unconditional, holy self. If you look for practical spirituality not encumbered by credo and ritual, read this book.”
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, coauthor of Jewish with Feeling and From Age-ing to Sage-ing

“Michael A. Singer has opened my mind to an entirely new dimension of thought. Through The Untethered Soul, I have been challenged both psychologically and intellectually in a new and exciting way. It may take more than one reading and many hours of introspection, but The Untethered Soul is a must-read for anyone in search of greater understanding of themselves and of the truth.”
Louis Chiavacci, senior vice-president of Merrill Lynch, ranked in Barron’s top fifteen US Investment Advisors

“Psalm 42:8 says, ‘Deep calls unto deep.’ Within each human soul there is a longing for more, and the thirst can be quenched only by God. In The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer helps the modern person who is seeking this experience to come to a better understanding of the action in their soul. I highly recommend this reflection of one soul to another on the journey.”
Fr. Paul Wierichs, CP, director of the Passionist Monastery and Spiritual Center of Our Lady of Florida

The Untethered Soul is a brilliant treatment of the path of spiritual consciousness. It is clearly and powerfully written. Michael A. Singer provides a firm step for those on a spiritual journey.”
Abdul Aziz Said, professor of peace studies and chair of Islamic Peace at American University

“This publication has released boundless joy for the hungry souls of the world.”
Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati, founder of Yogashakti International Mission and recipient of Hinduism Today’s Hindu of the Year 2000 award

“East is East and West is West, but Michael A. Singer bridges these two great traditions in a radiant treatise on how to succeed in life from our spiritual quest to our everyday tribulations. Freud said that life was composed of love and work. With great eloquence, wit, and compelling logic, Singer’s brilliant book completes this thought by showing them to be two poles of the same selfless devotion.”
Ray Kurzweil, National Medal of Technology recipient and author of The Singularity Is Near

“This is a seminal book that quite frankly is in a class by itself. In a simple, yet paradoxically profound way, Michael A. Singer takes the reader on a journey that begins with consciousness tethered to the ego and ends having taken us beyond our myopic, contained self-image to a state of inner freedom and liberation. Michael A. Singer’s book is a priceless gift to all who have futilely searched and yearned for a richer, more meaningful, creative life.”
Yogi Amrit Desai, internationally recognized pioneer of modern yoga

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452605166
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
12/12/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
88,291
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Yogi Amrit Desai
This is a seminal book that quite frankly is in a class by itself. In a simple, yet paradoxically profound way, Michael Singer takes the reader on a journey that begins with consciousness tethered to the ego, and ends having taken us beyond our myopic, contained self-image to a state of inner freedom and liberation. Michael Singer's book is a priceless gift to all who have futilely searched and yearned for a richer, more meaningful, creative life. --Yogi Amrit Desai, internationally recognized pioneer of modern yoga
Deepak Chopra
In the book, The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer takes you step-by-step through the process of Gyana, the Yoga of the Intellect, to the Source. Moreover, he does it with elegant simplicity. Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity. --Deepak Chopra, Author, Life After Death: The Burden of Proof
Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati
This publication has released boundless joy for the hungry souls of the world. --Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati, founder of Yogashakti International Mission, recipient of Hinduism Today 'Hindu of the Year 2000' award
Abdul Aziz Said
The Untethered Soul is a brilliant treatment of the path of spiritual consciousness. It is clearly and powerfully written. Michael Singer provides a firm step for those on a spiritual journey. --Abdul Aziz Said, Professor of Peace Studies, Chair of Islamic Peace, American University
Louis Chiavacci
Michael Singer has opened my mind to an entirely new dimension of thought. Through The Untethered Soul I have been challenged both psychologically and intellectually in a new and exciting way. It may take more than one reading and many hours of introspection but The Untethered Soul is a must read for anyone in search of greater understanding of themselves and of the truth. --Louis Chiavacci, Senior Vice-President, Merrill Lynch, ranked in Barron's top 15 U.S. Investment Managers
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Deep spirituality is within your reach in this book. In it you will find the mirror to see your unconditional, holy Self. If you look for practical spirituality not encumbered by credo and ritual, read this book. --Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: coauthor of Jewish With Feeling and From Age-ing To Sage-ing
Bikram Choudhury
The Untethered Soul, in a clear practical manner, shows the reader how to achieve the real goal of human life—self-realization. --Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga and worldwide Yoga College of India
From the Publisher
"Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity." —-Deepak Chopra
Ray Kurzweil
East is East and West is West, but Michael Singer bridges these two great traditions in a radiant treatise on how to succeed in life from our spiritual quest to our everyday tribulations. Freud said that life was composed of love and work. With great eloquence, wit, and compelling logic, Singer's brilliant book completes this thought by showing them to be two poles of the same selfless devotion. --Ray Kurzweil, inventor, National Medal of Technology recipient and author of The Age of Spiritual Machines, The Singularity is Near, and other books
James O'Dea
In lucid, unadorned prose, Michael Singer delivers the essence of the great spiritual teachings of the Ages. Each chapter of The Untethered Soul is an instructive meditation on the binds of the human condition and how each and every knot can be gracefully untied so that our souls may fly. The accuracy and simplicity of this work is a measure of its pure mastery. --James O'Dea, President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Singer is the founder of Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center, and the author of The Search for Truth and Three Essays on Universal Law: Karma, Will and Love.

A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot's career spans four decades, and his voice can be heard on television, radio, video games, and documentaries. He has been nominated for an Audie Award and has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and starred reviews.

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CynthiaSueLarson More than 1 year ago
THE UNTETHERED SOUL is truly exceptional for its ability to simultaneously explain the nature of enlightenment while also providing simple, practical tools for attaining that exalted state. It lives up to its subtitle: "The Journey Beyond Yourself" by demonstrating how we are able to transcend worldly troubles by changing the way we view our lives. Just as we might notice that problems cannot be solved at the same level where they were created, there is great advantage in rising above the inner chatter and emotional storms to a peaceful, blissful state of mind we've all experienced... that can become our new core identity. The big idea here is that by identifying ourselves as being observers who watch thoughts and feelings flowing through, we can keep our hearts open to love even (and especially) during times of crisis. This simple sounding concept of separating the part of us who thinks and feels and acts from the part of ourself who sees ourselves thinking and feeling and acting becomes extraordinarily liberating. The proof of the efficacy of this concept is immediately verifiable by readers willing to roll up their sleeves and start feeling the burn of releasing energies from the past, by taking this book as a workbook, and not merely an intellectual sourcebook. At its core, THE UNTETHERED SOUL is a book about the energies of emotion. Readers are encouraged to recognize and appreciate the expansive experience of feeling love and joy, as well as the restrictive sensations we feel when guarding ourselves from potential pain or suffering. Just as a good athletic coach might guide us to start noting the difference between "good pain" and "bad pain" in order to achieve best athletic results, Singer teaches the value of recognizing the "good pain" that accompanies emotional release and the greatest resulting state of true spiritual happiness, joy and well-being. Here is a book that has the power to completely transform your life to be free of stress, fear, and melodrama. This book is highly recommended for spiritual seekers everywhere, as well as those seeking emotional clarity in order to transcend the common human condition of pain of suffering. This is a book you will read and find yourself thinking about for years to come, hoping everyone else in your life will read it, too!
Ms_MJ More than 1 year ago
Instead of reading this book.. you might find the book is reading you. It helps you realize that "mind chatter" is not as serious as one might have thought. This book will help bring you out of your head and into the wonderful experience of the beauty of life and all that it has to offer. Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. I have read it many times and will continue to throughout my life. I never thought my eyes and my heart could be so open. I have gone from a stressful, fearful, confused life to one that now is calm and loving and patient. I never thought I could ever be so free. I have learned so much about myself while reading this book. I suggest everyone read this book. It is truly amazing.
Leslie-at-Ideal-Self More than 1 year ago
The Untethered Soul not only embraces the concepts of letting go and living guilt free, but gives simple steps on how to achieve these concepts and others. This book has set me on a higher plain of existence. Thank you Michael A. Singer!!!
Michelle-Wolff_11 More than 1 year ago
On my 3rd reading of this life changing book. It pulls together all that I've studied before in a truly magical way. So far my life has been rocketing forward since I implemented this method a few weeks ago. So grateful to Oprah for letting everyone know about this book and incredibly grateful to Michael Singer for changing the world with these writings!
featherfoot55 More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful for those of us who have "roommates" in our heads. You'll keep saying "OMG, that's me, I do that!" Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Untethered Soul is the most unique and helpful book I have ever read on the experience of being human. Michael Singer writes with wisdom, humor, and deep but relaxed insight into what it takes to be truly free internally. I have been reading books for that purpose for many years, and am particularly drawn to this one. Singer describes consciousness with tremendous clarity and simplicity in a way that I have not seen before. He also shares very down-to-earth practices that truly do feel as though they nurture my soul. This book is a huge gift in my life. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it was a simple and clear way of cleaning up the path to seening ourself for the first time. I am buying a copy for each of my friends. The untethered Soul is now in the list of favorite books.
csonder More than 1 year ago
We have heard that phrase "peace of mind" our entire lives, yet this book shows us how to truly have that peace. I found this book to be inspiring, insightful and give me a calm i don't think i had ever noticed before in myself. i highly recommend this book for everyone.
8512 More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone that wants to learn how to stop the mind chatter and finally tune into your own "being-ness". Easy read with many new ways of looking at life and self.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Singer has such a wonderful gift for explaining a complex subject(s) in an easy to understand way. If you are on a quest for a more peaceful, yet purposeful life, this is the book you must read. I love it so much I have it in both paper and ebook format so I'm never without it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped to become a better person and change the negative thoughts in your mind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books lately on this subject but when read this one - it all became clear. I thought I was reading about me! At the end when the author says that you can choose to be happy I made a chose for the first time and it has been so easy to keep. It seemed like simple advice but so true. This book should be read by everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a lovely and inspiring read. The first time I picked it up I was unable to get into it, but have now realized I simply was not ready for the wisdom about to be shared. The second time I picked it up, I barely put it down. When you find yourself lost on a spiritual journey to happiness and fulfillment, there are many books that may seem interesting, but become a jumbled mess when you begin reading. This book breaks it down in simple terms that allow you to fully comprehend each lesson that is illustrated. I have found so many of the stories and illustrations have stuck with me and I am able to share and explain with others. Definitely recommend. It will change the dream you are currently living in and allow you to feel the beauty constantly surrounding you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book! It is a beautifully simple way to understand and apply very complex but necessary changes in our own self awareness. It is incredibly empowering!
BauerH More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me this book during a very trying time in my life. It changed me forever. I hope to repay my friend by spreading the word to others about this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost everything I wanted to learn in one book! Thank you Michael Singer your work has been a blessing. DKS
Amy21WI More than 1 year ago
Life changing! And if you ever get a chance watch the Michael Singer Interview with Oparh on Super Soul Sunday. It is the reason I picked up this audio book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. I enjoyed the book very much. Yes, there is some repetitiveness, but not everyone reads and learns the same. I would recommend this book for anyone going through trying times. I am losing my job; book helped me readjust my focus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and loved the book. Bought the CD to hear in the car but don't love the voice of the actor reading. The book, to me, was serene and thought provoking. The reading actor over acts and gives a strident feel that puts me off. Also, the voice volume is inaudible at certain points, too loud at others. I would like it better if the author had read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are some very thoughtful “gems” in here; however, you have to plough through a great deal of redundancy to get to them. It’s easy to miss the author’s most powerful points. I almost feel like the author is racing through his body of work and concepts. I am quickly bored with his examples. Having said that though, those who are new to the ideas he is putting forth will be challenged to make very positive changes in the way they interact with their own consciousness. For those already working with these concepts, the book has good reminders and reinforcements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. I recently purchased several copies to give to friends. This has changed my life ... Read it and re- read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The foundational aspects and wisdoms behind the book are great. However, it often runs on and on, repeating many of the same thoughts and ideas. I found myself getting bored and skipping pages to find the point. I wouldnt buy this book again,i recommend going to the library or loaning from a friend.
Cakes89 More than 1 year ago
This is a readable book that moves towards transformation. Recommended for any seeker, or just those who feel a little stuck right now. Good read for couples to do together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that makes you think.