The Untethered Soul is a New York Times Bestseller, co-published with the Institute of Noetic Science, is a roadmap for freeing oneself from the thoughts and emotions that prevent one from what they desire. Author and spiritual teacher Michael A Singer uses meditation and mindfulness exercises to change the way his readers experience themselves and the world around them so they can let go of limiting beliefs that keep them feeling stuck.
My key Takeaways from “The Untethered Soul" by Michael A. Singer
Takeaway #1 Your Thoughts Don't Define You
You know that inner voice you have inside of you that rarely shuts up? Listen to it, witness what thoughts are coming up, but don't identify with them. If you can listen to this outpouring of consciousness without getting trapped in it, you'll find yourself on the first step to achieving enlightenment. Our inner voice affects our emotions, it can make us happy or it can make us sad but we forget that our thoughts are just objects of our consciousness. This is where the difference of self and personal self come into play. Self is pure consciousness. Personal self is the way you perceive yourself and those around you. Accept that your thoughts don't define you, that jealousy isn't who you are, that sadness isn't a part of you, and enlightenment will follow.
Takeaway #2 Letting Your Energy Flow
Consciousness and energy are flowing inside of us but most of us have blocked that flow subconsciously leading us to live reactory lives. Tap into your powerful internal energy and you'll feel on top of the world, the extremes of life and the act of reacting and then recovering no longer holding you down. In Chinese medicine, this internal energy is called Chi and it's accessed by opening the mind. Unreleased energy can lead to depression and fear because negative thoughts and negative energy build up inside of you instead of being released. Letting go of your limiting thoughts and your fears is great, but an even better way is to train your consciousness, your self, to turn away from negative thoughts and emotions therefor releases your personal self from the self-made cage so that it can expand.
Takeaway #3 Finding Balance
You have to find the right balance between what you want and what you can realistically accomplish. This is why so many New Year resolutions fail, because we believe we can 'magically' achieve X if we put our mind to it. We might go at it gung-ho for the first week but after that, the want becomes too much when tackling daily life. But there is a way to succeed, you just need to find the Tao, the balance. You can't be too extreme about anything because it won't be able to stand the test of time whether that be a relationship, a fitness regime, or a job.
Takeaway #4 Reflecting on Death
It's really not something that we like to dwell on whether considering our own death or that of someone close to us but considering death can give our lives more meaning. We understand what's truly important and can then prioritize so that life is spent doing what we love and with the people who mean the most to us. So take a moment to really think, if you were to die next week what would you do differently in your remaining days? Why aren't you doing that now?!
The Untethered Soul Chapters
Chapter One - The Voice Inside Your Head
Chapter Two - Your Inner Roommate
Chapter Three - Who Are You?
Chapter Four - The Lucid Self
Chapter Five - Infinite Energy
Chapter Six - The Secrets of the Spiritual Heart
Chapter Seven - Transcending the Tendency to Close
Chapter Eight - Let Go Now or Fall
Chapter Nine - Removing Your Inner Thorn
Chapter Ten - Stealing Freedom for Your Soul
Chapter Eleven - Pain, the Price of Freedom
Chapter Twelve - Taking Down the Walls
Chapter Thirteen - Fat, Far Beyond
Chapter Fourteen - Letting Go of False Solidity
Chapter Fifteen - The Path of Unconditional Happiness
Chapter Sixteen - The Spiritual Path of Nonresistance
Chapter Seventeen - Contemplating Death
Chapter Eighteen - The Secret of the Middle Way
Chapter Nineteen - The Loving Eyes of God
Best Quotes from The Untethered Soul
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it.”
“If you truly love someone, your love sees past their humanness”
“Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can.”
“If you want to be happy, you have to let go of the part of you that wants to create melodrama. This is the part that thinks there’s a reason not to be happy. You have to transcend the personal, and as you do, you will naturally awaken to the higher aspects of your being. In the end, enjoying life’s experiences is the only rational thing to do. You’re sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Go ahead, take a look at reality. You’re floating in empty space in a universe that goes on forever. If you have to be here, at least be happy and enjoy the experience. You’re going to die anyway. Things are going to happen anyway. Why shouldn’t you be happy? You gain nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the world; you just suffer. There’s always going to be something that can bother you, if you let it.”
“When a problem is disturbing you, don't ask, "What should I do about it?" Ask, "What part of me is being disturbed by this?”
“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
“Eventually you will see that the real cause of problem is not life itself. It's the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes the problems.”
“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don't do them and see what happens.”
“The truth is that most of life will unfold in accordance with forces far outside your control, regardless of what your mind says about it”
“Instead of being encouraged to feel completely protected, loved, honored, and respected by the Divine Force, you've been taught that you're being judged. Because you've been taught that, you feel guilt and fear. But guilt and fear do not open you connection to the Divine; they only serve to close your heart. The reality is that God's way is love, and you can see this for yourself.”
“Your relationship with God is the same as your relationship with the sun. If you hid from the sun for years and then chose to come out of your darkness, the sun would still be shining as if you had never left. You don’t need to apologize. You just pick your head up and look at the sun. It’s the same way when you decide to turn toward God—you just do it.”
“Imagine if you used relationships to get to know other people, rather than to satisfy what is blocked inside of you. If you’re not trying to make people fit into your preconceived notions of what you like and dislike, you will find that relationships are not really that difficult. If you’re not so busy judging and resisting people based upon what is blocked inside of you, you will find that they are much easier to get along with—and so are you. Letting go of yourself is the simplest way to get closer to others.”
―Michael A. Singer - The Untethered Soul
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