thoughts on singer’s the surrender experiment

A few years ago, I read Michael Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul. I loved it so much that when I saw his second book, I didn’t hesitate putting it on my reading list.

The first book offers up tools for breaking free of a mind that thinks it knows how life should play out. Without breaking free, we resist everything that doesn’t match up with our desires and try to control life instead of letting it happen.

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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey Into Life’s Perfection is an autobiography and case study, more or less, of how surrendering to life as it happens took him in directions he would never have anticipated, lining up seemingly random experiences to magical effect.

He recounts example after example of synchronicity that he attributes to letting go of resistance. There were so many examples, I admit I skimmed through the latter third of the book because, well, I got the gist.

The book was inspirational without being religious. Singer is a Yogi who experienced a deep awareness during the time period he worked on his PhD. He built a spiritual center, built a construction company, and build a multi-million dollar software company even though all he really wanted was to sit in the woods by himself meditating and practicing yoga.

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