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  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,604 ratings)

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By: Michael A. Singer
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
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Take a journey inward and imagine a life lived in the present moment. Unleash your full potential, freeing yourself from unwanted memories, flourishing in the fullness of life. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself shares methods of mindfulness and meditation to help you change your relationships with your emotions, your past and your future. 

Written by spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer and narrated in the soothing voice of Peter Berkot, this guide is the perfect companion for centering oneself and unlocking peace through self-evaluation. You’ll learn more about your inner journey while gaining valuable skills to apply throughout your daily life, achieving inner freedom and total spiritual liberation along the way.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2007 Shanti Publications, Inc. (P)2011 Tantor

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"Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity." (Deepak Chopra)

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I approached this book with an open heart and an open mind. I had read no reviews of it, had not heard of it, other than it being referred to by an acquaintance as a book that had made a positive difference in his life. I downloaded it from Audible and listened to it over two days.

As it commenced I felt connected to some of the examples being provided, including some which made me laugh out loud at how I winced or nodded thinking ‘oh damn, that’s me!’ - which set me up for feeling positive about the rest of the book.
As each chapter progressed I was reading it feeling a sense of anticipation. Anticipation of some practical insights; of some ways of connecting those insights about consciousness into my day-to-day realities.

What I found, however, was not a sense of progression but a sense of frustration.

Increasingly, each chapter would seem to be rather repetitious and not, (in any way obvious to me –and I acknowledge my potential lack of depth or existentially relevant skills) – provide any further insight than that already provided. Onward, I continued – convinced the lack of progression was mine not the author’s. Despite my developing misgivings, I continued reading, and in fact completed the book. Towards the end of the book I found I was ‘arguing’ with the author about inconsistencies.

The book for the most part presents as very respectful of all belief systems.
The broadness of approach, of language used, allows for the ‘idea’ of whatever the reader holds to be their version of ‘spiritual’ as able to be encompassed. In relation to this point, as an ‘open-minded atheist’ I appreciated this approach and was able to listen comfortably for most of the book.
Until Chapter 19 (final chapter). At this point the author seemed to fling to one side the inclusive language previously used. With the exception of one paragraph, all references exclusively and repeatedly use the term ‘god.’ Seven biblical quotations with relevant references were used while merely one sentence was used to encompass all other belief systems.

Another challenge presented in Chapter 19 was the concept of being judgemental.
Perhaps it is my naïveté. To say that someone is…(whatever the next word).. then one is being judgemental; whether, and irrelevantly, positive or negative.

“It is like the unconditional love of mother. A mother devotes every moment of her life to a child who is physically or mentally challenged. She thinks the child is beautiful. She doesn’t focus on the shortcomings. In fact, she doesn’t see them as shortcomings.”
What patronising judgements! To use the emotionally-charged elements including (but certainly not limited to): 1) a child; 2) a child with some sort/level of disability or challenge; 3) the expectations of the role of a mother; 4) the presumption that a mother will unquestioningly view her ‘challenged child’ as ‘beautiful’.

I can’t recall the section, however one part of the book left me particularly bemused. While we are exhorted to transcend judgement, we are provided examples of being judged. The author asks who do you think god would rather talk to: a whinger or someone seeing only the positive? It is answered for us, that god would obviously prefer the positive person. Is this not utterly judgemental? Particularly when the parable of the prodigal son was also proffered (a parable which provides me with a personal sense of how unfair, rather than non-judgemental, that people can be) is held aloft for us to be inspired by.

So, I would have to say that, in my opinion, this book is worth listening to as a beginning moment on a journey of consciousness. It does not, however, provide any real maps or practical methods about how to get anywhere. It is rather repetitive in its approach and does not develop the initial ideas presented to any useful extent. It does provide a starting point for challenging oneself about journey of self-actualisation.

The performance/presentation of the book is very good and I would be very happy to listen to other productions by this narrator.

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An absolute life changer

What an amazing book!
I highly recommended everyone and anyone to read this. It will completely change your view on life

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Change your life type book

This book has potential to change your life. Not enough to listen or read just once. I was a little disappointed that the author Micky did not narrate.

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Lisa Scaffidi

I liked the book but did find the narrator to have a strong US accent. Nevertheless content great and the type of book you need to listen to more than once.

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Came along just at the right time

A friend recommended I read The Untethered Soul after finding it extremely helpful.
I must say I found the content both engaging and challenging. I do feel that you need to be in the "right place" in your life to be able to absorb the content. If you are in denial about the pace of your life, your self-care routine or even need for self-care and if you are busy then you may feel this book is not for you. Believe me, this book is perfect for you!
I found it very easy to listen to and relatable.
There were parts on religion that I didn't relate to but all in all, I found it a useful book and one I have returned to and listened to specific chapters over again. Each time I find I learn more.

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Life changing book,

Incredible insight into the journey of spirituality for those seeking inner peace and mindfulness. Highly recommend

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Loved it

What made the experience of listening to The Untethered Soul the most enjoyable?

I found the use of stories in this book very interesting, and it made it easy for me understand what he was explaining

What did you like best about this story?

I think each reader could go as deep as they are ready for. The explanation of death really bought me back to being present.

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Please Read this Book

You know God's loving grace is with you when almost mysteriously you are led to read, listen to and learn from a book such as this.
Thank you Michael A Singer and Peter Berkrot for those many things you so beautifully wrote and narrated, and that done so patiently and lovingly. Your wisdom both revealed and clarified for me new truths and some I have long wondered upon. Michael I especially loved the last couple of chapters. Thank you.

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loved it very much.

Loved this well told book, it brought me a better understanding of my beloved God and how much he loves me. Very insightful and learned. great title. Thankyou Micheal Singer

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  • Jim
  • 12-09-2016

life changing!

it's a life changing book which makes you see everything so differently! I must read/listen to for everyone !!

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