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Michael Singer recounts vividly his path through life living it as it arrives. Acceptance and surrender trump personal plans and preferences. The author demonstrates, through his own journey that peace and happiness are achieved when we cooperate rather than compete with what it presents us.
Having read 'The Untethered Soul' and put its sacred truths into practice during the most challenging period of my life, I can say without hesitation that Mr Singer's life of surrender is truly liberating, the essence of real freedom and the secret to unsurpassed peace.
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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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