The journey beyond life- Michael Singer

Living in this materialistic world sometimes you lose your track. At times you feel lost and start searching for the meaning of life. Your soul feels empty and nothing comes to your taste and even among your own people you feel that you have been deserted by all and you feel like becoming a complete void. Familiar with these kind of feelings, one way to come out of this is read the book “The Untethered Soul’.

You feel like your tethered Soul should be liberated. The book contains following words of wisdom for helping this liberation.

  • Freud (1927), the father of psychology, divided the psyche into three parts: the id, the ego, and the superego. He saw the id as our primal, animal nature; the superego as the judgment system that society has instilled within us; and the ego as our representative to the outside world that struggles to maintain a balance between the other two powerful forces.
  • You will someday come to see that there is no use for that incessant internal chatter, and there is no reason to constantly attempt to figure everything out. Eventually you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes problems.
  • René Descartes, a great philosopher, once said, “I think, therefore I am.”
  • So now if I ask you, “Who are you?” you answer, “I am the one who sees. From back in here somewhere, I look out, and I am aware of the events, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me.” If you go very deep, that is where you live.
  • You’re always contemplating something, but this time you’re contemplating the source of consciousness. This is true meditation. True meditation is beyond the act of simple, one-pointed concentration.
  • For the deepest meditation, you must not only have the ability to focus your consciousness completely on one object, you must also have the ability to make awareness itself be that object. In the highest state, the focus of consciousness is turned back to the Self.
  • Consciousness is one of the great mysteries in life. Inner energy is another.
  • True spiritual teachings are about this energy and how to open to it.
  • What you’ll see is that your mind is always telling you that you have to change something outside in order to solve your inner problems. But if you are wise, you won’t play this game. You’ll realize that the advice your mind is giving you is psychologically damaged advice.
  • The root problem is that you don’t feel whole and complete within yourself.
  • You gain nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the world; you just suffer. There’s always going to be something that can bother you, if you let it. This choice to enjoy life will lead you through your spiritual journey. In truth, it is itself a spiritual teacher.
  • Committing yourself to unconditional happiness will teach you every single thing there is to learn about yourself, about others, and about the nature of life. You will learn all about your mind, your heart, and your will.
  • Instead of complaining, you’re just having fun with the different situations that unfold. Unconditional happiness is a very high path and a very high technique because it solves everything.
  • One should view their spiritual work as learning to live life without stress, problems, fear, or melodrama.
  • Stress only happens when you resist life’s events. If you’re neither pushing life away, nor pulling it toward you, then you are not creating any resistance. You are simply present.
  • If you want to be content and enjoy your work, you have to let go of yourself and let events flow through you. Your real work is what is left to do after all else passes through.
  • It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death.
  • There is no reason to be afraid of life. And the fear will fade once you understand that the only thing there is to get from life is the growth that comes from experiencing it. Life itself is your career, and your interaction with life is your most meaningful relationship.
  • What actually gives life meaning is the willingness to live it.
  • It isn’t any particular event; it’s the willingness to experience life’s events.
  • You have to understand that it is your attempt to get special experiences from life that makes you miss the actual experience of life.
  • Life is not something you get; it’s something you experience. Life exists with or without you.
  • You can’t offend the Divine One; its very nature is light, love, compassion, protection, and giving. You can’t make it stop loving you. It’s just like the sun. You can’t make the sun stop shining on you; you can only choose not to look at it. The moment you look, you’ll see it’s there.

The gist of the book is:

The highest spiritual path is life itself. If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience