A Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

 “What would you be doing if you weren’t being
influenced by the reactions of ‘like’ or ‘dislike?’”
~Michael A. Singer

The Surrender Experiment is a true story of what life can be when we surrender our personal opinions about the right or wrong of our experiences and simply allow what life puts in front of us to lead the way.

Best-selling author, Michael A. Singer’s life has played out while living the majority of his adulthood in solitude in a remote, wooded area in the heart of Florida while simultaneously building a thriving meditation center, and a billion-dollar software company. Not without challenges, his remarkable life began to reveal itself after experiencing a spiritual awakening that changed the course of his life completely.

The glue that held his life together through the unexpected circumstances playing out in front of him was his steadfast commitment to a meditation/yoga practice, that evolved as time passed, just like everything else.

His story is about creating a space that allowed a dichotomy to exist; to establish a relationship between his inner world and outer world where both could co-exist peacefully while surrendering to the flow of life. A daily practice to quiet the mind allowed him to step out of control and into freedom.

It is no simple task to turn down the volume on the internal dialogue that guides our thoughts, decisions and actions. They become our reality – whether we’ve chosen them or not. Michael Singer shares with us in simple, every-day dialogue, what can happen when we let go of ourselves, our resistance, our judgments, our control and our need to approve or disapprove.

In his words, “Challenging situations create the force needed to bring about change. The problem is that we generally use all the stirred-up energy intended to bring about change, to resist change. I was learning to sit quietly in the midst of the howling winds and wait to see what constructive action was being asked of me. It left me breathless to see all this unfold the way it did.”

The nuggets of wisdom are on every page of this easy-to-read replay of Michael Singer’s life. It is both inspiring and life-changing.

The Surrender Experiment has challenged me to put this concept into action in my own life as I acknowledge resistance at every turn. From navigating traffic to decision-making to noticing my thoughts, the results of surrendering to the flow of life are noticeable.

Surrendering doesn’t equate to sitting back and doing nothing. No, surrender means saying yes to the flow of life – which always involves our active participation. It’s a subtle, yet powerful distinction that will always, always, always serve our greater good, and require us to let go of personality in order to become our greatest self.

Prepare to be inspired and transformed.

 

2 Responses to A Book Review: The Surrender Experiment

  1. Anne Taylor says:

    I had read the Untethered Soul a year or so ago, and while I found it useful and thought provoking, it did not have the same impact on me as The Surrender Experiment did. Like many things in life, timing is everything; a friend recommended The Surrender Experiment to me at a time when I was ripe for change, the next layer of my own individuation process ready to unfold.

    I could not put the Surrender Experiment down, and it fueled my own Kundalini yoga and meditation practice to a new level of daily commitment and deeper experience. We are taught in our society to develop a “5 year plan,” set goals, and work hard to achieve success. There’s not a problem with that, unless your goals are not aligned with your soul’s calling and purpose. Many of us don’t have a clue what the soul yearns for or that it has our highest interests at heart, the lucky ones do. That’s what Michael Singer learned to do, and teaches us how to do it through examples.

    I highly recommend The Surrender Experiment, and I will reread the Untethered Soul with new eyes.

    • Rita Graving says:

      Thanks for your comments Anne. I had a hard time putting the book down too and find it supporting me frequently when I am challenged with what life is presenting me. I’ll be starting The Untethered Soul soon too!

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