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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  34,630 ratings  ·  3,068 reviews
What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.

Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this boo
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 3rd 2007 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 1st 2007)
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Unigami I suggest that you read the Tao Te Ching. A good version is the one by Wayne Dyer: "Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life". Each short chapter is…moreI suggest that you read the Tao Te Ching. A good version is the one by Wayne Dyer: "Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life". Each short chapter is devoted to one verse of the Tao and follows with Dyer's comments on what it means and how to incorporate it into your life. Read one of these a day and meditate on it. (less)
Richard Morin When you can turn off all of the external noise in your life, and just sit with an awareness of your breath, the ebb and flow, in and out and just…moreWhen you can turn off all of the external noise in your life, and just sit with an awareness of your breath, the ebb and flow, in and out and just allow yourself to be in the moment. Moment by moment. You will reach a place of peace and acceptance. Remember that everything happens outside of you, only you can allow anything to enter your mind or body. It may take more effort than you have applied to it before, but meditation can be a life changer. Namaste.(less)

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John Woltjer
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know that there are some people who go to religious texts on a regular basis to glean wisdom about their lives. I have never been that person, raised in a decidedly secular home that was deeply suspicious of organized religion. I consider myself lucky to have been raised in a way that left me unshackled from religious dogma or tethered to a religious institution. But an inquisitive mind also puts one on what, for better or worse we call a spiritual path. Avoiding religion does not make the ult ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own_it_kindle
Meh. The first couple of chapters were good. It's a super useful concept to see yourself as simply an observer of your thoughts rather than believing that they make you; not having to be jerked around by that nagging voice in your head sounds pretty good to me. The part about how people trap themselves by self-limiting thoughts and rigid views / perceptions of life, the world, people, success, etc. resonated. And the part where we build realities based upon those perceptions and struggle to pres ...more
Barbara Campanelli
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This may be the last and only book you need to read to truly understand who you really are and how to be truly free. The author makes it all very simple. That doesn't mean it's easy. The basic idea is that you are not your mind. Your mind has made up its own arbitrary list of likes and dislikes and preferences. The reason you suffer and are unhappy is because the outside world is not conforming to your idea of how you think it should be. The more time you (soul, spirit, observer you) can spend w ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book! It is clearly one that has resonated with so many people and changed lives, but sadly it fell completely flat with me. I kept hoping that at one point it would start to resonate, but it did not. I believe these are some of the reasons why -

1. I'm suspicious of authors who claim it is possible to live life free of worries, problems, and unhappiness. This author makes such claims throughout the book and many times indicates that freedom from suffering should be the goa
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Just finished reading this book. While much of what the book says is true, much of it is soft soap and pleasantries that offer no real insight. Skip the book and read the following sentence that says the exact same thing in roughly 1/282,293,389 th of the time "Let go of things that are past and look forward to the future in a positive light".

Seriously... That's all the book says. If offers very little in "how". If you like the Buddhist/Hindu style of thinking, skip this book and go read Lao Tz
Jason , etc.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Usually books whose cover shows a horse (or unicorn) galloping through the surf of a random shore are not my cup of tea. However, whenever I find myself in a bookstore coffee shop with a day to kill, I grab something from the self-help section for old-time's sake just to remind myself either 1) How I ever gained so much comfort from books like these or 2) Why I tend to no longer read them. Occasionally you find a diamond in the rough that strikes all the right chords despite the cover. This is o ...more
Emily Alp
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely incredible. I'm a Yoga teacher and have read a lot of philosophical texts and spiritual books and have been working on this self-help stuff for a while. When my friend left this book on my table a couple weeks ago, and she was raving about it, I couldn't figure out how such a small book could be so life-changing. Well, it is.

It's kind of the foundation upon which all other self-help and philosophy rests, actually--in my opinion. If I read this book twice a year, I'll hav
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I may have been a little stingy here with just two stars. I read this book because a friend wanted to use it in a book discussion group and asked if I'd give him my opinion of it.

I had not read it, so I took it on vacation. My bad. This is not a beach read and, fortunate or not, my soul untethers automatically when it nears salt water. (Actually everything I have sort of unravels around brine. I even have to use caution around big jars of dill pickles.)

When I read the table of contents and saw C
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book actually changed me for what I once thought was the better. Recently I have realized that it wasn't for the better at all. It made me believe that emotions were optional, and that we can actually be happy all the time. Not true. I thought it possible for awhile, until I eventually realized that I was just suppressing all of the "unhappy" feelings and was building up negative feelings inside me. I would not recommend this book to anyone who wants to be happily in touch with their emotio ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Wasn't doing it for me. I remain tethered.
Jennifer Campaniolo
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
On the back cover of this New York Times Bestseller is the question "who are you really?" Before I read this book, I would have answered, "I am my thoughts, opinions, actions, experiences, and memories" or "I am a 39-year old wife, daughter, aunt, and friend."

After reading The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself I realize that the answer is more philosophical and complex than all that. Basically who I am and who you are exists in the seat of our consciousness. We are the person who obs
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a much referred book, and it is not difficult to understand why. Michael Singer does extremely well in summarizing and dwelling on key aspects of our mind and human happiness. While he does not delve deep into religion, the book is still very spiritual with insights into the human mind. The book starts off especially well on how we need to watch our thoughts in a non-judgemental manner. The subsequent chapters move into living in the moment, letting go and being free of pain and sufferin ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gem of a book was transformational for me. It offers insights for developing an awareness of negative, limiting thoughts and energy, for realizing that we don’t have to absorb or cling to them. We can let them go; they are not who we are. This is the book I most often give to others.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I still milk on this book. I read this book and a second highlighted reading last year, shortly after its release. I didn't really need to highlight anything, because it is not full of cliches, or complexities. Actually, I would be more inclined to highlight every sentence. Singer succinctly states what all the other New Thought and Spiritual leaders/writers have written volumes on. He's very economical in his style, but he does a very straightforward job (for me) of progressing his thoughts in ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm going to start by saying that I agree with the philosophy of this book. He's all about living the theme song to Frozen, whereas I've always been more about the imagery of being made of chain link -- instead of letting the issues be a gust that topples me as I try to fight it, I let it blow through me. Same idea, different metaphors. So, of course I think the concept is good, but it's not new and it's not his. He didn't invent or discover it. He's only trying to explain it. And, that's where ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and will be added to my stack of all time favorites. Michael Singer reminds us that the voice inside that is always chattering away is not us. He encourages us to get to the place where we can be the "observer" and watch that voice.

It sounds easy, but it is not. It is very easy to as my friend Maryann Pomegranate said "to get caught up in our own movie". Singer says:

"When a problem is disturbing you, don't ask "What should I do about it?"
Kaylee Sakellar
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it is easily one of my favorite self-help books. It is so different than any book I've ever read, and even though I'm picky in expanding the types of books I read, I'm so glad I decided to go with something different and choose this book. I love reading it in the morning or afternoon because it actually gives me energy and puts me in a good mood. This is not a religious book, although it might look like it would be from the cover, it's not what so ever. It's not exactly a "how ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is psychological bootcamp. Its purpose is quite literally to eradicate you. If the principles of this piece are bought and practiced for a person's lifetime, then this book does have the power to change who you think you are and even where you are. To go into great detail on anything spiritual would be difficult for any review. Instead I'll bring up the parts of this work that I found relevant in hopes of you reading further into it beyond this review.

Singer's main premise is what our
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I read it at about the same time as I read The New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and I found to have very similar themes - so if you enjoyed The New Earth you will enjoy this one too. Very deeply spirtual book with very heavy Buddhist leanings but I think that they are principles that could be applied within any religion. I think it's one of those books you would want to keep on hand and it could have different meanings for you each time you read and depending on where you are in your l ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A whole lot of dumbed-down, Eastern-themed chatter that can be summarized thusly: 1) you are not your thoughts, and 2) cultivate a mindfulness practice.

Maybe I should renew my license and start charging people for terse, grumpy talk therapy. "Yep, that constant narration in your head is a real bummer. Why don't you concentrate on existing solely as a being constantly perceiving rather than narrating the present? Doesn't that make you feel better? Don't answer that; it's narrative."

Charla Brummel
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-reads
I couldn't put this book down. And it couldn't have come to me at a better time & I will often refer back to it for guidance. This books has helped me realize how much destruction I am creating for myself by the walls I have built around me and the resistance I have for obstacles in life. In addition to learning about the barriers I have created for myself, I feel so equipped to deal with all future road blocks. The author helps you work through pain, both past, present, & future. Ultima ...more
Esterina Ganija
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to find such a compelling and illuminating read when I first picked up this book. The whole mindfulness and awareness thing seems to have been flogged almost to death in recent years with everyone pontificating their views and their tales of enlightenment. So it was with a degree of trepidation and reserved cynicism that I began to read, needless to say my negativity was dissolved in the first chapter and this book has had a profound impact on my psyche.

Would you like to be free
Bev Siddons
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirtuality
Singer's Untethered Soul carries with it an insight into our spirituality and relationship with God. I found it a greatly inspirational read. While Singer does not spout Bible verses, he draws from the words of Christ as well as other great religious leaders from all cultures. The similarities of our world's religions have always intrigued me, and I believe Singer put his finger on the largest one: love. "You can't offend the Divine One; its very nature is light, love, compassion, protection, an ...more
Darius Murretti
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
NOTE TO SELF : I own this audio books and it is extremely well done and worth listening to again and again as I do farm work as an alternative to pulp fiction

1) talks about Going beyond thought to the unlimited freedom and bliss of freedom pure consciousness .

2) It tells us of the futility of seeking happiness in outside circumstances that we have no control over such as other peoples behavior and tells us that we can always be happy regardless of how other act towards us if we s
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The idea that I like the most from Eastern style thought is that resisting the way things are is crazy. There's a voice in my, and probably everyone else's, head that never shuts up. I'm fine with that and don't feel a huge need to silence it, but a lot of the time what it's saying (what I'm saying to myself?) is pretty dumb.

The voice constantly explains and reframes what I experience to make it feel safer or more comprehensible. It resists what it doesn't understand and tries to explain it awa
Stephanie Roth
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
After a friend told me Singer's book is based on a series of lectures, the overlapping nature of the chapters made sense.

Untethered Soul is a bit repetitive and the language is not very imaginative, but I appreciated its message: that we are not our thoughts or emotions, but rather who/what is observing them. That we can be happier (I don't know about the ecstasy Singer promises) if we stay conscious of our relationship to our thoughts/emotions, let them happen and pass through us, and move on t
Una Tiers
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had a strong start and then fell off. It discusses how the voices in your head can criticize you due to excess energy. All this time I thought my mother lived in my head posthumously to continue to criticize me.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The most enlightening book on spirituality I've EVER read in MY LIFE! It completely opened me up to a new way of looking at EVERYTHING... Including, myself. It gave me a new outlook on purpose and assisted me in beginning to understand this on-growing hunger I have to learn more about who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose and how will I achieve that life mission?

Michael A. Singer made this a incredibly simple read, on what seems to be a very complex and opinionated topic. He teaches us ho
Judith Symonds
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I had several of my biggest breakthroughs ever while I was studying this book. I found the true meaning of meditation and self and I learnt the significance of opening the heart and living life as a wonderful experience. If you seek true freedom and happiness, then this book is worth the read. I borrowed my copy, and I am putting this book on my list of purchases for my bookshelf.
A mostly-abstract presentation of Buddhist/Taoist philosophy, with few practical examples for how one may achieve a state of true freedom, mired in language that may turn off those of us who are of a more scientific/"western" disposition (i.e. "the energy of the soul").

I found many parts of The Untethered Soul quite insightful, others incredibly repetitive, while yet others seemed to veer off into senseless waving-around-of-hands wishy-washiness.

Also, I was a bit surprised, when, towards the en
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Michael A. Singer is the author of the highly successful The Untethered Soul, which has also been published in Turkey, Brazil (in Portuguese), Switzerland (in German), Spain, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Poland, and Italy.

Singer received a master's degree in economics from the University of Florida in 1971. During his doctoral work, he had a deep inner awakening and went into s
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