Michael Singer does in his book that so many others fails to do in 3 or 4 books. His message comes across loud and clear.
There is no character
That our ego and the inner self are not one
A must read
I have recommended this book to friends for whom the simple principals shared in this book were just what they needed in their spiritual quest. I had the good fortune to visit him in person in FL and his question and answers periods at his retreat were the most illuminating. Highly recommended. PS. my husband - the sixth generation atheist - loved the book!
The narrator did a good job, but having heard Mickey speak in person at the retreat, I think he could have done a better job. Perhaps its just me, but when one is speaking of experiences that very few of us truly understand - it should be read by he who truly knows of what he speaks!
The last three chapters are in some ways different treatments/perspectives on the same theme - one of which is bound to speak to even the most resistant of us.
This is a book that has the word "soul" in the title and might seem to have an underlying religious theme. It's not really a book just for religious people, and I say that even though the final chapter discusses god. Actually the book is more of a discussion on the nature of consciousness, and how if you understand a little bit about how consciousness works (even though none of us really know what it is), you can allow yourself the freedom to live mindfully and step back from the things in life that trouble you. The book contains very good advice, and the instructions are explained simply so that they are relatively easy to follow. Nevertheless, being mindful is a difficult thing to do and requires practice. This is one of those books in which you get more value from it being short and direct; you can listen to it again and again, and at the very least maintain the goal of working towards living mindfully.
Here and now
I liked the book, but since I've read so many of these I felt like it fell in the self help category rather than spiritual awaking. It was lacking the true essence of awakening. Books like "the power of now" or "the new earth" teach it different. They teach it through mindlessness. I would give this book to someone who didn't believe they had voices in their head. This book is really good at teaching you to realize that, but I felt at the end it was lacking or maybe that's the best thing about it, makes people want to know more.
His tone and his whole involvement in the material. I thought the author was reading it. His voice was soothing and entertaining at the same time. I'd like to listen to other books he narrated.
I love love this book. Amazing. I've read a lot of self-help books, but this one was delivered in such an easy way to understand. It MAKES SENSE. I've already ask myself "Who am I? Who is the one who is bothered?" It helps you to take a step back and be more aware of your incessant thoughts.
I stuck it out as long as I could because I really am interested in the topic of Consciousness.
However, with only one more hour of this audiobook to listen to, I just don't want to continue.
I suppose this book does have an audience - anybody who wants a better understanding of how they think, how to improve their self-thoughts, and thus improve their life will benefit from this book. Especially those who want the information just generalized and not too specific.
However, because I've already absorbed other sources of information on Consciousness, some of which go a layer or few deeper, it's been slim pickings in this book for something new.
This is an excellent book for someone new to Consciousness, or maybe someone who is feeling down in the dumps. It is encouraging and cheers you on, gives some tools too.
However, it is delivered exactly the way a sermon is delivered, and the constant use of directly addressing the listener "You want . . ." You think . . . " You should not . . . " etc is not what I want.
There are other books about Consciousness that are more specific to the topic, even to the point of discussing studies, findings, cases, and referencing sources. I prefer authors that discuss the topic and don't tell me what I think, do, or feel.
This sermon or lecture style delivery is far too general for me, and somewhat repetitive too. The salient points could have been delivered in far less time. A good editor could have got this down to two hours. Maybe even one hour.
I think the book may be good, but I can't be sure because I may have missed so much. I bought this audio version to listen to while driving and because of the reader's singsong, high/low voice, much of the book was unintelligible. If you had it loud enough to hear the low parts, the loud parts were painfully loud. I would not recommend this version if you want to use it in the car.
A lot of the content sounded excellent, but the reading just got in the way.
This book has liberated me from my incessant thoughts that troubled my mind. I am more conscious of my thoughts and feelings.
I have listened to this twice and bought 2 hard copies for friends. It introduces concepts in ways that are relevant and comprehensive. Some things I already new are now seen in new ways along with concepts I hadn't thought of before. It's eloquently written and I think this book should be a staple in everyone's home.