Book: The Untethered Soul
Author: Michael A. Singer
Who should read this book: Everyone
Happy Valentine’s Day blog land!
It’s fitting that I am able to post this review on a day that’s supposed to be all about love, because The Untethered Soul is all about loving yourself. This is one of those books that you can’t read until you’re ready. If you try to read it before you are able to be objective, it will probably make you defensive and you might not finish it. There are a few books I’ve read like that. The Power of Now is another example. You have to have an open mind to be able to process the teachings of these books. But if you can read it, process it, and really feel it, books like this can change your life.
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer is broken into 5 parts, but my brain has broken it into 2 parts. Open heart and Open mind. I’m going to break my review about this book into 2 parts as well because otherwise it would be too long.
A book like this is hard to summarize because it will touch each person differently. There will be chapters that mean more to me than to you. But everyone can benefit from reading this book. You just have to have the courage to try. This is a very self-reflective book and sometimes it will cause you to suffer. It will cause you to feel things that you have repressed or pushed away. That is always really hard and you should take a break if you need to. I took one. But finishing this book will make you feel better about life and it will give you a renewed sense of purpose, at least it did for me.
Part 1 – Open Heart
Singer speaks eloquently about the heart. Although sometimes his writing is a little rambling, there was never anything he said that was unimportant. He reminds us that we hold onto memories in our heart of things that have hurt us in the past. And every time something reminds us of that memory, we suffer. For example, say an ex-boyfriend cheated on you when you were younger. And even though you are happily married now, anytime anything happens that reminds you of the behaviour or actions associated with that ex-boyfriend cheating, you will feel pain in your heart. And maybe you will deal with that pain by being angry or jealous. And then your reaction to the pain in your heart causes someone else to suffer.
“Consciousness is always drawn to the most distracting object: the bumped toe, the loud noise, the hurting heart.” (Untethered Soul page 76)
We are all carrying things like that, memories like that, around in our heart. Singer says we have to let these hurts flow through our heart, instead of letting them block it up. We have to let them go or they will hurt us forever. Letting go of these past hurts can and will be painful, but it can be done and you will be happier if you let them go.
You will always have struggle and problems in your life, but if you see these problems as something else, something to learn from, your life will be a lot easier.
” Real transformation begins when you embrace your problems as agents for growth.” (Untethered Soul page 81)
You can’t spend your whole life guarding your heart, you have to let these past hurts leave and then they can’t hurt you anymore. And now in the future, if something happens, you must not hold onto it. Let it flow through your heart.
Although sometimes it was hard to read, and I took a weekend break from this book at one point, I would highly recommend it. This is a book that will help you on your path to spiritual awakening. If you can learn to unblock your heart, nothing can hurt you. You can let go of the past and continue on down the path to enlightenment.
More in Part 2.