With summer time coming, I’m always looking for something awesome to read. This means it’s time for more “blog book reviews”!
My teacher Siobhan McAuley recommended I read this book, to help me tell the difference between when to let go (surrender), and when to go with the flow (action). As a “doer”, I tend to lean in one direction, and forget there’s another way of approaching things.
The author of the Surrender Experiment, Michael Singer, also wrote the “Untethered Soul”, which I loved. I was looking forward to this read. And I was not disappointed.
This book chronicles Michael’s experiment with Surrendering to the “Will of the Universe”. He decides to let go of his likes and dislikes, and to show up for whatever the universe puts in front of him. What courage this man has, and what an adventure it takes him on.
A re-occurring theme is the perfection of the universal plan… How he could not have chosen better (or planned better, or imagined better) if the choice had been his. Given I’ve had my own mini-version of this, it was amazing to read a lifetime worth of it, and how beautiful it turned out to be.
I also appreciate his honesty in sharing how the voice inside his head (ego) wants to fight back so much of the time. About how surrendering his will reads as an active practice. It’s definitely not “tapping out” or “being weak” – he is cultivating a process of ever deepening awareness of himself and what the universe presents to him.
If you are interested in reading a modern account of a sincere spiritual aspirant, this is a great choice. Many times in this book I was inspired, moved to tears, and awed by the perfection of the tapestry of life. As a result of reading this book I am working to increase my awareness of how much I control, and where I can surrender. I notice that I continue to struggle a lot, however it will come for me too. I’m surrendering more than I did before, we strengthen what we practice.
Thank you for the suggestion Siobhan. It was perfect. I loved it.
Namaste and love,