Bridget Oliver, August 8, 2013 (view all comments by Bridget Oliver)
Full disclosure: I chose The Untethered Soul because of the cover. I looked at it and said to myself, "Self, a horse running wild and free on a beach? That is so damn cheesy, they might just be on to something."
And, oh, they were.
I could count the number of "self-help"/"personal growth" books I've read in my life on one hand, but I've always side-eyed them with interest. As I am in a MAJOR turning point in my life right now where I can't tell if it's all a shambles or it's just being re-built, I was looking for some guidance.
There was nothing in The Untethered Soul that I haven't heard before, nothing that I hadn't already thought of myself. But it's the way that Singer says things, and repeats them (he repeats himself a lot, which I've read criticism about, but I think it's being used as a gentle way to drive really important points home) that really made all these things make sense to me. I am still not quite sure if I totally believe that my whole sense of being and my whole life is completely in my own control - I love science, so I understand chaos - but I am teaching myself to control some of it.
I am not the kind of person that would all of a sudden turn my back on everything in my past and live by the rules of one author, and one book alone. However, reading this book has been a really important experience for me and has given me some basic tools to take control of the ways that my life changes in the next few months/years, instead of feeling totally out of it.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
New Trade Paper
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New Harbinger Publications -
Who are you? In this remarkable book, author and spiritual guide Michael Singer explores this fundamental question, seeking the very root of consciousness in order to help readers learn how to dwell in the present moment. Written in an engaging and uncomplicated voice, this book will open readers up to the radical and powerful experience of simply being themselves.
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