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4.00255382331106 out of 54.00255382331106 out of 54.00255382331106 out of 54.00255382331106 out of 54.00255382331106 out of 5 4.00 (1,347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael A. Singer Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781452675169
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We all have dreams and wishes, goals and ambitions, but all too often we feel as though these desires are forever beyond our reach. But what if this was an illusion? In the audiobook narrated by Peter Berkot, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, renowned author Michael Singer makes just that argument: The barriers in life are not external, but internal and self-constructed. By making the inward journey and thoroughly examining our own consciousness, we can unchain our minds from the limitations we ourselves create and realize the serendipity of a free conscience.

Utilizing various Eastern philosophies and meditative traditions, Singer passionately explores the inherent energy that dwells within all of us, and how we can maximize our use of this energy by knowing and controlling its fluctuations. By exploring the depths of our own sub-conscious, Singer shows how the reader can identify and eliminate the negative perceptions that prevent us from reaching our goals. Seemingly anodyne thoughts and actions severely limit our consciousness, Singer writes, and only through eliminating these can we truly achieve mental freedom. A master in the realm of inner space, Singer provides the reader with helpful ways to effectively explore the self, a seemingly daunting task that can be incredibly rewarding if done with the instruction of a master.

A veritable renaissance man, Singer has made major contributions to the fields of business, healthcare, environmental protection, and many more throughout the years. Arguably his most well-known achievement is the creation of the now famous Temple of the Universe in 1975, a yoga and meditation center devoted to the search for inner peace among people of all religious backgrounds. In addition to this book, Singer has authored several philosophical works, including The Search for Truth and Three Essays on Universal Law: Karma, Will, and Love.

Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. In The Untethered Soul, spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves, and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.The Untethered Soul offers a frank and friendly discussion of consciousness and how we can develop it. In part one, Singer examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue we all live with. Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show listeners how to open their hearts to the energy of experience that permeates their lives. Ways to overcome tendencies to close down to the rest of the world are the subject of part three. Enlightenment, the embrace of universal consciousness, is the subject of part four. And finally, in part five, Singer returns to daily life and the pursuit of unconditional happiness. Throughout, the book maintains a light and engaging tone, free from heavy dogma and prescriptive religious references. The easy exercises that figure in each chapter help listeners experience the ideas that Singer presents. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity. Deepak Chopra
  • “In the book The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer takes you step-by-step through the process of Gyana, the yoga of the Intellect, to the Source. Moreover, he does it with elegant simplicity. Read this book carefully, and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity.”

    Deepak Chopra

  • “In lucid, unadorned prose, Michael A. Singer delivers the essence of the great spiritual teachings of the Ages. Each chapter of The Untethered Soul is an instructive meditation on the binds of the human condition and how each and every knot can be gracefully untied so that our souls may fly. The accuracy and simplicity of this work is a measure of its pure mastery.”

    James O’Dea, past president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences

  • The Untethered Soul is indeed one of the finest treatments of the nature and practice of the conscious use of consciousness that I have ever read…It is the clearest statement I know of who we are and what we face in our emerging humanity.”

    Jean Houston, author of A Mythic Life and Passion for the Possible

  • “Deep spirituality is within your reach in this book. In it you will find the mirror to see your unconditional, holy self. If you look for practical spirituality not encumbered by credo and ritual, read this book.”

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, coauthor of Jewish with Feeling and From Age-ing to Sage-ing

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Louden | 2/16/2014

    " one of my very favorite books on living~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diarlen | 2/12/2014

    " I truly love this book. I'm reading is slowly and enjoying every page as if it was a precious bible from my maker. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 2/12/2014

    " It's a hard book when you are resisting growth. However I live it. Still read it. My must have book at bedside. See his interview with Oprah on OWNTV Super Soul Sunday. Adds to the book. I only wish he had an audio with his reading the book. There are some other audio but not the book. Message to let it go. Let it flow. Love and forgiveness. Detachment. Objective vs. taking things on personally is priceless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 2/11/2014

    " Everyone should read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 2/9/2014

    " This was a nice book on your own thoughts and how you make yourself feel. I give it only three stars, because it has no self-help guide to the principles it describes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zara | 2/9/2014

    " Give this book to everyone you know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanya | 1/22/2014

    " what a load of ....well, you get my meaning... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl | 1/19/2014

    " A must-read book on consciousness and the spiritual journey. Also listen to the author's CD audio on the Untethered Soul. He's quite the jovial, uplifting fellow indeed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Lenoch | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent book, great knowledge and insight, now, can I use it?!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raelynn Milley | 1/4/2014

    " Definitely has to be read more than once and practice could take me several lifetimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/20/2013

    " It was really insightful, if you are looking for a book that will help you find your spirtuality this is a good one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Lorraine | 11/8/2013

    " Singer addresses an important topic. How do you experience your "Self". The self is the part of you who is aware of the self, the watcher. Meditation is a method to become aware of this "self" and it's connection to the Devine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Hitchcock | 10/18/2013

    " I will definitely keep this one and read it again, probably many times. So simply presented yet so profound! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Young | 9/29/2013

    " Great read! More than meets the eye with these words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 9/27/2013

    " Quite a wonderful book that gives you much to think about. I am intrigued by the author's idea that an Enlightened person is one who chooses to be happy no matter the circumstances. Happy even if sick, even if thwarted, even if your husband leaves you, even if the worst happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Kurtessis | 9/17/2013

    " Lots of interesting ideas to ponder but very poorly written and repetitious "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/14/2013

    " Perhaps the best, most honest and helpful book I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Dewar | 2/26/2013

    " Amazing book! One of the best books on pulling all the spiritual aspects together. And clear to understand. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shea | 12/6/2012

    " There are some good things in this book, for sure. However, in the end, I felt like I had been tricked into reading another testament of God. Not exactly what I was looking for over here in Thailand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Burns | 11/3/2012

    " very enlightening!! great self-help book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Werthmann | 10/25/2012

    " a little soul searching beyond yourself about your relationioshp with your thoughts and emotions "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Carlock | 7/29/2012

    " This is a book I will return to read again and again. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Transtrum | 6/26/2012

    " I am currently reading this book for the third time! Each time I read it, I gain a new understanding. This is an incredible book that I will use as my manual for happiness throughout the rest of my life. Thank you to the author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Edleman | 6/21/2012

    " I've read tons of books on this subject and this is the only one that successfully rolls them all together. I recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jann | 6/11/2012

    " The absolute best book I have ever read on how to end suffering (discontent, dissatisfaction, etc.). Reading it slowly is shifting my consciousness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenden Steltz | 1/4/2012

    " This book is worth reading and re-reading. I rarely read any non-fiction book from cover to cover but I felt like each page of this book was made of gold. It's a wonderful and thorough invitation to awareness and letting go. "

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About the Author

Michael A. 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 seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975 he founded Temple of the Universe, a now long-established yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.