Untethered Soul – Michael Singer

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice in your mind – you are the one that hears it. Most all of what it says is meaningless. 

The real cause of problems is not life itself. The commotion that the mind makes about life is what causes problems. 

The goal of the inner voice is to give you comfort as it relates to the world around you. It wants to make the world seem to revolve around you. It wants to make you feel more in control and empowered. 

To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them. No solution can possibly exist while you’re lost in the energy of a problem. 

The inner voice / chatter = psyche 

You are not your thoughts, you are simply aware of your thoughts. 

We usually become preoccupied with controlling the world of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.

The lost soul is the consciousness that has dropped into the place where one human’s thoughts, emotions, and sensory perceptions of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell are all syncronized. The consciousness gets sucked in, and it no longer knows itself from itself. 

Self-concept is just a collection of thoughts you have about yourself. 

Every movement of your body, every emotion you have, and every thought that passes through your mind is an expenditure of energy. Different energy than what you get from food, rest, etc. An internal source. 

Internal energy is infinite. But often times we choose to block it off. Closed off energy causes disturbance or lethargy. 

You can train yourself to stay open. It is a skill that can be improved upon. The first step is to realize that it’s happening. Your past experiences are usually the cause of your default processes, so in this case the reason why you close, but this can be over-written. 

Senses – electronic sensing devices. Convert information. Transmit the data through electrical nerve impulses, with the impressions rendered in your mind. 

Blocked energy patterns that cannot make it through you are pushed to the forefront of the mind and held until you are ready to release them. They can be held for a very long time, even your whole life if you aren’t able to face or deal with them. 

You are either trying to push energies away because they bother you, or cling to them because they make you feel good and you want to hold onto them forever. Neither is good because they create blockages. 

For humans, survival instinct is our base program. But since we really don’t have danger like we did in the past, this instinct now is translated into protecting our self-concepts, ie ego.

In this era, people have developed hyper-sensitive psyches. Notice the tendency we have to protect and defend ourselves. The reward for not protecting your psyche is liberation – you have eliminated fear. 

Don’t fight changes in energy flow. Step back, experience, observe, but don’t get sucked in and try to alter them. Avoid the draw of the lower self. 

Fear – if you have a lot of it, you will not want change. You will try to create a world around you that is predictable, controllable, and definable. Because you resist change, if you are fearful you will always feel like you are struggling against life. 

Consciousness is always drawn to the most distracting subject. 

Negative cycle – when you have something inside you, usually deep seated from the past, and you allow it to consume you to the point where you release it to the external world and negatively affect those around you. 

Real transformation begins when you embrace your problems as agents for growth. Protecting yourself from problems does not solve them. In fact it does the opposite and engraves them into all of your thoughts and actions. You need to try to face and solve them. 

Inner-sensitivities expose you to suffering. You either try to control the environment to avoid suffering or worry about the suffering and your future with it. Most people try to fix their internal problems by getting better at the external games they have always played. 

Don’t allow your mind to go off and try to fix your own personal problems. This is what it believes its job is by default. Don’t let the analytical mind run itself into the ground trying to protect you from the natural unfolding of life. Disengage when you feel your mind kicking in to solve problems. 

You are not your thinking mind. You are the one who is aware of it. 

Your mind will create melodrama – do not get sucked into it. You will quickly see that your mind is constantly driving you crazy over nothing. 

Fear of pain, and desire to avoid pain, is the foundation of the psyche. Your personality traits and behavior patterns are all about avoiding pain. Your desire to avoid pain creates layer upon layer of sensitivities that are all linked to the hidden pain. 

You must become accustomed to being ok with internal disturbance / pain. Otherwise you will spend your entire life trying to shape external events around your pain to avoid triggering it. View pain as energy that passes through you. 

The moment you are not afraid of pain is the moment you’ll be able to face all of life’s situations without fear.  

The walls of your psyche are made with your thoughts and emotions, and many times these walls prevent you from soaking in all the beauty around you. 

Your self-concept is made from past experiences, but you really have to ask yourself if those past experiences are really relevant today, and if you want them to define you as you stand today. 

Going beyond your comfort zone – letting go of the effort to keep things within your defined limits. Fear is what keeps people in their zone. And your mind is put to work in keeping you there as a defense mechanism as opposed to pushing you out. 

The more thoughts you cling onto, the more you are building a concept of self for consciousness to latch onto. You are trying to give yourself security, and some form of definition, but in doing so you lock yourself in. 

You define yourself by what you believe. You think you have to protect yourself, which is why grab onto things and use them to hide behind. You will get a bg benefit if you can let go and face the fear that’s driving you. 

You have to become comfortable with fear to break free. Your psyche is just the emotional and mental models you have built over time to protect yourself, to hide from your fears. It does protect you, but it boxes you in. 

When your mind is disturbed, don’t ask “what can I do about this?”. Instead ask “who am i that notices this?”.

If you want to be happy, you can. It’s under your control, and not linked to anything external. Remind yourself about this constantly. 

Stress only happens when you resist life’s events. Stress and inner resistance does nothing to change an external event, it just causes you more suffering. 

Events aren’t problems. Your reaction to events are the real problems. Fear and desires, as they relate to external events, is what makes things complicated and creates stress / internal turmoil. 

Start using every day to let go of that scared part of you that won’t let you live your life fully. 

What actually gives life meaning is the willingness to live it. It isn’t any particular event; its the willingness to experience life’s events. 

You should be experiencing the life that’s happening to you, not the one you wish was happening. Don’t waste a moment of life trying to make other things happen; appreciate the moments that you are given. 

Tao = The way. All laws, inside of you, and in nature are the same. The same principles drive everything in this world. 

The Tao is based on being in the middle, moderate. You stay where there is no momentum pushing in either direction. Where the pendulum is balanced. 

You waste a huge amount of energy trying to stay at the extremes. When you spend your energy trying to maintain extremes, nothing moves forward. You are in a rut. 

If you have no preference, if the only thing you want is to remained centered, then life unfolds while you simply feel for the center. 

To see, to experience, and to honor is to participate in life instead of standing back and judging it. 

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