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The Untethered Soul

untethered-soul.jpgIn the children's book, Alice in Wonderland, the caterpillar asks Alice, "Who are you?" Alice replies, "I - I hardly know, sir, just at present - at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

I think that most of us have asked the question, "Who am I?" from time to time. However, we mostly define ourselves by what we do or what we believe. For instance, I tell people, "I'm an herbalist." But, if I changed professions would I be a different person? The same holds true for my belief systems. If I change religions or political parties, do I stop being me? Of course not. The "I" is something beyond my beliefs or how I express myself in the world.

Most of us strongly identify with the dialog going on in our brains, the mind chatter or "monkey chatter," as some teachers have called it. But Michael Singer asks an interesting question, "Who is listening to what is going on in your mind?" Who is the listener?

He then proceeds to walk you through an understanding that not your thoughts or even your feelings. You are the one who is listening to the thoughts and experiencing the feelings. You are the awareness that is having this life experience. He proceeds to help you learn how to step back from being caught up in the drama of your own thoughts and emotions and take a step back and reconnect with who you really are.

My favorite part of the book, however, was the final chapter, "The Loving Eyes of God." Using the metaphor Jesus used in the Sermon on the Mount, he stresses the unconditional nature of God's love. He says that God's love is like the sun. You can shut your eyes or go into a cave to hide from it, but doesn't stop shinning down because you chose to ignore it or close yourself off from it. Once you decide to come out of hiding and open your eyes, it's still there.

Having experienced this unconditional love before, it was a good reminder to me, because it's so easy to get caught up in the world of judgment, fear, guilt and shame. I know better, but sometimes I forget and shut my heart and stumble in the dark. But as soon as I open my heart and turn my thoughts back to that ever-loving Creator Jesus called Father, it is there, welcoming me back like the prodigal son.

I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand themselves and build a relationship with the living God of love.

This book is available at The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself


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