Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.
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"Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity." (Deepak Chopra)
Well I feel like I listened to two different books in a way. First half I really enjoyed learned from embraced the notion of the one observing the mind etc but the second half , maybe last third is more fair, all of a sudden bible verse and chapter Jesus on the cross God God God , God is love and I am thinking what happened? Where did we go here? I will re listen to the book and see if I feel the same , I try to be fair when I start out enjoying and then have to force myself through to the end I will reevaluate but I am not happy with the last part of book.
Genius take on the perspective of one's journey within. Useful book to have on hand with some clever techniques to manage mental chatter through not managing it at all but rather watching from the seated soul. Great book lots of gems, loved it!
This book is life changing!! I read the book and got so much from it that I just had to have it on audible so I could listen to it in the car and reinforce what I learned. But the narrator has such a condescending tone that it detracts from the subject matter. His voice is pleasant and I think I would enjoy hearing him reading other things but his tone does not match this book.
I'm a big fan of Chödron, Kornfield, and Ayashanti and this book is a very clear guide to understanding the practices of meditation and unattachment in a modern setting.
Sometimes the examples are a little wearying, all of them being based on relationships with a SO, but the guidance offered is applicable to entry area of life.
I listened to The Surrender Experiment first. Feel in love with Mickey Singers reading voice and style. And though I love the material in this book, I don't care for the reader.
I am at a place in life where I'm searching. This book was found at the right time in my life. Singer speaks about awareness like so many authors and speakers are but he brings a unique eye opening view of it. I cried a lot while listening and felt a sense of opening. Narrator could be better. I didn't find his voice appealing.
"Getting rid of that voice!"
I have listened twice and keep going back for reinforcement.
It really helped me to shut up that constant chatter, as an over thinker? I now understand that it wasn't over thinkimg but the voice/chatter in my mind overtaking.
Easy to listen to and follow - good sense of humour helped
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be able to shut up that chatter and really think!
The concept of ones self.
No but I will
I feel I understand myself much more and I have a new out look in life. This book is truly life changing. I have shared this book with my friends and family and everyone loves it and cant wait to share it as well.
"Just The Tonic"
This is my second listen and l felt moved to listen to it. l found more this time than the first.
This book is awesome in content, spirit and truth. The narrator is clear, dramatic and engaging.
Just the Tonic for the journey.
"One of the best I've purchased."
I've listened to more than 50 audio books on spirituality, Buddhism, enlightenment, awakening etc., and this is the first time I've felt compelled to write a review.
The author offers many great metaphors and stories to help the listener really understand the concepts discussed. I can already see how easy it 'could be' to change my behaviour, my perception and my experience of the life that flows through and around me - concepts I'm looking forward to playing with from this moment on.
In summary then, this audiobook offers many of the concepts and ideas that others do, but in a way that helps the listener to think about how he / she can apply them in a practical way to day-to-day life situations, and in turn step that much closer towards awakening.
love this so much it takes you all the way from a busy self obsessed mind to going beyond into disattachment and freedom. think I'll listen twice
This is the first book I have read that made a distinction between the voices in your head (internal dialogue) versus the impartial observer.
Through many examples the book explains how to separate your thought processes from yourself. The challenge is to see and separate while understanding your transient role in this universe.
I chuckled quite a bit in some parts and scratched my head in other parts.
Definitely a book to listen to over and over again. Like its guidance to seek happiness in everything I shall be returning to this book to try to gain more of the knowledge it seeks to impart.
Highly recommended, this book from start to finish had me wanting to hear more... will be listening again.
"Live as though you were dying"
...because you are. As grim as it sounds this is one of the very useful nuggets I took away from this book. It is a useful book to help cut through mind chatter to find that peaceful place we all have inside. I'd have given 5 stars but there was a little too much God talk towards the end which slightly detracted from the essence of the rest of the book for me personally. I get the search for the bliss states but referring to God as He/His/Him watching/noticing etc was a step too far into woo woo. Still, definitely recommend a listen for those attempting to stay conscious for more of each day.
"Terrible ending to an interesting read"
As with all spiritual books, you can never get enough of them. Each one brings something slightly different to the table and as you grow, your understanding of the messages and metaphors used changes with you.
There are some good metaphors used, interesting stories but..... the book is ruined by referencing bible quotes which start half way through the read. These seem so out of place with the rest of the teachings. To me it shows a lack of understanding on this topic from the author.
We all read these books differently but in my opinion they should never cross into religion which puts spirituality in a box and gives it a label.
A shame, but I will not be going anywhere near this author again.
"Rinse and repeat"
The most repetitive book imaginable. Without being facetious the contents could be clearly explained in five minutes. The author repeats the exact same premise over and over and over and over for the duration of the audiobook. I'm not joking, he must restate the exact same thing five hundred times.
What's more the premise is largely absurd. Summarised it can be stated as 'don't worry about stuff'. Let everything wash over you, don't identify, don't grasp, just go with the flow and be happy. All very well until you realise that the entirety of human achievement has been accomplished by people with the exact opposite mindset. Scientific advancement, social reform, human rights - none of these came about through people sitting around and 'just letting go'.
Maybe this book is a revelation for a lucky subset of the privileged middle classes, who may benefit from not dwelling on the horrors of life such as the dog groomerer failing to address Lulu's matted butt hair or when Tarqin's dance class has been cancelled for the second time this week. For the rest of us it's fuzzy idealism which not only cannot be followed in modern society, it should not be followed. I have a lot of time for Buddhists but the worldview of someone who spends their day up a mountain drinking tea and turning a prayer wheel does not translate well to those who live in modern, Western society.
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