The Surrender Experiment

  • by Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by Michael A. Singer
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times number-one best seller The Untethered Soul comes the astonishing true-life story about what happens when you just let go.
A thriving spiritual community on over 600 acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida, a cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical-practice management industry, a billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution, a book that became a New York Times best seller and an Oprah favorite, and a massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the US government - how could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? But this man had made a radical decision - one that would unwittingly lead him to both the pinnacle of success and the brink of disaster.
Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life's perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.


What the Critics Say

"A lone voice in the modern wilderness calling for surrender instead of striving, Singer shows how surrendering to life does not mean giving up our dreams." (Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and NY Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage)
"Only the rarest of books has the power to clearly explain the difference between a human being and a human doing, and why that distinction is so important. The Surrender Experiment is such a book. Inspiring, authentic, and intensely compelling." (Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe)
"Michael Singer writes a beautiful, touching memoir on the amazing power of surrender in his life. With courage, spunk, and thoughtfulness, he has reached beyond the status quo to dare to trust life and surrender to its ultimate perfection." (Judith Orloff, MD, author, The Ecstasy of Surrender)


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Riveting! Superb!

If you could sum up The Surrender Experiment in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, transparent, intriguing, mind-blowing stories!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Surrender Experiment?

This made VERY aware of just how many thoughts of RESISTANCE crossed my mind. Michael's other book, Untethered Soul, made me aware of the constant chatter, but Surrender Experiment made me acutely aware of thoughts of RESISTANCE which was truly transformative. Through the stories of his own thoughts of resistance I became aware of my own... painfully aware of my own (in a good way).

What does Michael A. Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I actually had the paperback WHILE I was listening to the audio and loved that duo. Having the author himself read the book made it even more credible as he WAS the person in the book. His voice added even more enjoyment to the reading of the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

MANY!! Many times, Michael surrendered to a life situation that seemed utterly ridiculous to surrender to and the voice in my head said "You have GOT to be kidding me!!! Why would you just give in to that?!" Someone builds a house on YOUR land without asking you.... an irate customer demands you pull your workmen off one job and come do hers immediately. Just say yes to both??!! Huh??!! Are you kidding me right now??!!

Then the rest of the story unfolds and life not only fully supports him but over delivers leaving me shaking my head with a smile realizing the gem this book really is. I know it sounds ridiculous but ya gotta read the book to really get this folks... ya just gotta read the book. I can't even explain it here. Truly....

By chapter 34 my resistance to this level of surrender was overtaken by fascination with what may actually be possible that I have not yet tapped into. (yes it took me THIRTY-FOUR chapters to start feeling full acceptance to what he was saying). :) Suddenly I'm realizing that my own mental/internal resistance to change (and to what life put in front of me) probably had me turn down more opportunities in my life than I could ever count because the voice in my head resisted it in some way. My personal preferences won most of the time disallowing the natural flow of life. Oh man, I see this SO clearly now! Unreal.

Any additional comments?

First I should say I'm a lover of Michael's first book "The Untethered Soul" which radically transformed my life, so I pre-ordered this one and anxiously awaited. Before I got the book, I wasn't sure if I'd totally buy into the premise of "complete surrender" because I'm more in the arena of "you create your own reality" not to mention believing in parallel universes etc. etc.Michael's book is a totally different angle - life just happens, don't try to figure out why and how it's happening, you're not doing any of it, just follow life, and it'll be just fine.

So with great intrigue I was looking forward to reading it. Even though I knew his perspective on life was different than mine, I do believe in surrender - meaning it's fine to envision something but then completely let go and allow the Universe to do its thing. So even if I used Michael's viewpoint in that way, I was open to hearing what he had to share on the topic of surrendering.

I tend to take what resonates and discard what does not when it comes to *any* spiritual teacher. Love Michael Singer's work a whole lot, yet I believe we're each here to have our own unique life experiences on this earthly ride. I go within to see what life experiences my inner being wants to usher me into next. For me, unlike Michael who believes life just happens and we are NOT creating it, I'm a believer that we DO create our own reality. (much like the book Three Simple Steps by Trevor Blake and Parallel Realities of Self by Frederick Dodson).

So my own experiment will be a merger of expressing my desires to the Universe AND surrendering a whole lot more to whatever shows up. Different than Michael... and we'll see where that little experiment takes me. Hey, life is a playground and I'm gonna play it any way I like darnit! :)

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I'm guessing his other book is much better.

Would you try another book from Michael A. Singer and/or Michael A. Singer?

I might read his other book, if only to find out what others enjoy about his perspective.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael A. Singer again?

Maybe, he was easy to listen to. Fluid in his delivery.

What aspect of Michael A. Singer’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was fine. Easy to listen to

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed. I bought the book because I'm working becoming more in tune to what the universe is telling me; to become more present in my everyday interactions.
Unfortunately, I found the author to be borderline narcissistic, interested in only himself. In this book he mentions a wife and a child, but neither one seemed to had a starring role in his life. He mentions stocks, bonds, millions, billions, and private airplanes more than his family, or any epiphanies they brought to his life. In fact, he mentions his own, physical appearance, like someone trying to seek attention, more than anything else in this book.
It was kinda creepy.
However, the author was born into privilege, he was bright, and seemed to have an inquiring mind, and strong business savvy, so good for him.

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- wilsie herlihy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio