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?!