Untethered Soul (Michael A. Singer) - Book Summary

With a simple yet elegant interpretation, A. Singer takes you step-by-step to the path beyond your personal ego, to find the endless source of energy hidden within each person. Read the book carefully and you will see more than one idea of ​​eternal things.

Untethered Soul writes about yourself: your feelings, thoughts, and perceptions. By delving into the spiritual aspects, the book explains how you can direct your mind, relate to yourself, and master yourself to achieve complete understanding.

This book is for  anyone who needs to get rid of negative emotions or wants to discover more about spiritualism.

About the author

Michael A. Singer is a writer and founder of "Temple of the Universe", a yoga and meditation center. He is also known for other works such as  In Search of Truth  and  Three Essays on Cosmic Laws: Karma, Will, and Love .

Discover how to overcome negative emotions and connect with your inner self.

We've all been in a state of being surrounded by our own toxic thoughts, envious, sad, and even scared. These negative emotions make us feel more and more like the kind of person we really don't want to be.

The mind must be wonderful, can make us soar in creativity and power but can also engulf us in negativity.

The truth is that we just don't understand our own minds. Looking closer, we will find in our minds a mysterious and powerful conviction. It has the ability to block the emotions that hold us back and bring in positive energy.

This book will help you overcome the thoughts and emotions that hold you back, show you how to take control of your mind and start living a better life.

Listen to your thoughts but understand that they won't shape who you are.

We all have a little voice in our heads. It is our inner monologue, or cognitive flow.

But what exactly is it, and why does it never stop speaking?

If you stop for about a minute, you can hear it. Your inner thoughts never seem to stop!

The first step to enlightenment is to pay attention to your inner voice.

You also need to understand that your thoughts do not shape who you are. They are merely the result of perception. Your perception is the part of your brain that spends the day processing your thoughts and emotions, and the information your senses pick up.

As you begin to notice your inner voice, you will notice that it follows certain patterns. Sometimes it makes you nervous, sad, or surprised. It also affects your emotions.

Sometimes we get so absorbed in our own thoughts that we forget that they are really just works of perception. That is the difference between ego and personal ego.

Your ego is pure awareness, it goes the way it wants. Your personal ego is how you perceive yourself and your thought tendencies.

If you often feel sad, you may start to think of yourself as a sad person. If you are always jealous of others, you may think of yourself as a jealous person. To be more understanding, you need to accept that these thoughts and feelings do not shape you. Sadness is not you. Jealousy is not you. Your true self is only aware of the role these thoughts and feelings play.

“There is nothing more important as an adult than realizing that you are not the voice of your mind – you are the one listening to it.”

There is a source of energy deep within you. Don't stop it, learn to let it flow.

Perception is a wonderful and mysterious thing. It's like the energy we all have inside of us. If you learn to "adventure" with this powerful energy, you can do anything.

Like the energy source of the physical world, there is an energy source within you.

Imagine that your lover just said goodbye. From then on, you lie on your bed, wallowing in pain, and doze off. Then one day your ex calls you saying he should never leave you and wants to see you again.

You will be able to feel a sudden burst of energy – as if you could defy the world.

This energy source is called “chi” in Chinese medicine, and “shakti” in traditional yoga. If you want to feel it, you need to open your mind and let it flow.

The energy within may sound magical and invisible, but it's actually very real. It is an ever-existing source of energy, just waiting for you to take advantage of it. We don't feel it often because we often accidentally lock it. We disrupt its natural flow.

Imagine you are driving on the road. As you move, you'll feel buildings, traffic lights, people, and trees. Suddenly you think you see your ex walking down the street, hand in hand with someone else.

You will continue to drive, but your perception will be completely dominated by this image. You will rewind it over and over in your mind. It makes you nervous, jealous, and you won't be able to relax.

In situations like these, you need to let the negative thoughts pass. Otherwise, internal energy will be built up but blocked. Unreleased energy can lead to negative emotions, like depression.

You can never live without fear. The only way to overcome fear is to let it go.

Your perception has a bad habit of focusing on the negative, but there's a reason we evolved this way. Focusing on predators makes it easier for us to survive!

Unfortunately, this trait makes us very sensitive to fear and anxiety. So how can you put aside your fears and worries and enjoy a carefree life?

Letting go of fear is like removing a crumb. Accept that fear is just a separate thing you need to get rid of – it's not a part of you.

Fear is just a result of the inner energy being blocked. When the natural flow of energy is blocked, it cannot reach your heart. Your heart will become weaker and more susceptible to fear.

Enlightenment is not the complete eradication of fear – that is not possible. The goal is to get to the point where you can be aware of your fear, but don't let it control your life.

“Eventually you will realize that the real cause of the problem is not life. It is the shock of the mind before the events of life that cause the problem.”

When you expand your awareness, you will transcend the boundaries of your personal ego.

What if your awareness could transcend everything and become deeper?

Your perception is bound by your personal ego, that mental makeup that has been shaped over the years by your thoughts and feelings. Your personal ego functions like a prison from which your awareness cannot escape.

If you've ever visited a zoo, you probably feel sorry for the animals kept in small cages. You are also trapped in a kind of cage – you are trapped in your own ego.

We impose mental limits on our minds, to protect ourselves from anything we feel threatens our self-image.

When you allow thoughts to flow freely, your awareness can expand.

Have you ever been immersed in a movie that made you forget the world around you? Your perception works similarly. It is always so focused on your own thoughts that it pushes everything else out. Buddha called this "clinging". As long as you continue to be stalked, you are building your own prison.

When you let it go, you'll realize how much freedom you have when awareness won't cling to the thoughts, impressions, and emotions it flows through.

And once these thoughts are free to flow, your awareness will expand. Negative thoughts won't overwhelm you – they will simply pass. That's how you get over your personal ego.

"Don't make what happens in life so important that you're willing to close your heart for it"

Death helps us look at life with a clearer lens and prioritize what's important.

Humans are the only creatures that are aware they will die one day.

Humans have struggled with this view throughout history. Sure, death is scary, but it also gives life a meaning. What would you do if you knew today is your last day?

Looking at death can really make your relationships truly meaningful.

Perhaps you are a jealous person. You see your wife talking to another man at a party and it upsets you. But take a minute to think about what happens if you die? Do you really want to be the only person who ever cared about her?

When you think about death, you will realize that the most important thing is to make your wife happy. It's not worth ruining the evening or even arguing just because she's chatting with another man.

Thinking about death also helps you prioritize what's important. Consider all the activities you do during the day and all the time and energy they require. Now imagine that you know that you will die within a week. How would you change your life? How will you spend the last days of your life?

Now ask yourself: Why haven't you done the things that need to be done now? What is stopping you?

Don't waste time on unimportant things. If something is so important that you want to do it before you die, you should do it now.

Finding a balance between extremes is an important part of spiritual awakening.

Why do most people fail with New Year's plans? That's because they often don't find the right balance between what they want and what they can actually achieve.

The Tao Te Ching, one of the most profound spiritual lessons in the world, shows that there is a path – or “way” – between the extremes, and it leads to the best results.

Imagine you are in love, and you want to be with your partner every moment. You cling to them and want everything to be done together. How long will that relationship last?

Now imagine an opposite situation. You want to be free, live your life the way you want, and travel around. You haven't seen your lover for months, or even years. Are you still in love?

In either of these extreme cases, your relationship will likely fall apart. If you want a healthy and long-lasting relationship, you need to find the "way" between the two.

Everything in life is like that.

When we fall off the balance path, we also lose a lot of energy. For example, you want to get from point A to point B. If you wander aimlessly, even get lost, this will definitely take you longer to reach your destination and you will be exhausted by the time you complete it. into a trip.

Instead, you should be on the right track. You will save energy. As you find the right path in life and follow it, you will not only feel more energized, but your life will become more and more simple and clear.


The main message in the book:

You are not your thoughts; you are simply aware of them. Accept this and let them go! Don't let your awareness get too focused on any one thought, or you're putting yourself in a prison. When you master this and let your inner energy flow, you will become healthier, happier, and enlightened.

Practical advice:

Listen to yourself

You cannot achieve enlightenment without honestly accepting thoughts as separate – even negative thoughts, like envy or fear. Instead of suppressing these feelings, be aware of them and you can let them flow their way without affecting you.