The Untethered Soul ~ The Lucid Self

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“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.” ~Rumi

Most of us have had the experience of a lucid dream; knowing we are immersed in a dream while dreaming. This is the analogy Singer uses in chapter four to describe the true nature of our consciousness; the awakened state.

Honestly, most of us don’t live in an awakened state on any regular basis. I know I don’t. I would like to think that after years on the spiritual path I could maintain a state of conscious awareness, but I don’t. However, the fact that I’m aware of this is a huge shift for me. And, I know I can bring myself to a state of conscious awareness if I can quiet my mind and focus on the present moment.

We learn in this chapter that we have the power to focus our consciousness, to sit in the seat of awareness and not be consumed by the events around us. We focus our awareness all the time. Some of us get lost in our art, or a football game on tv.  But then we fall down the rabbit hole, first, with the immersive sights, sounds, smell and feel of our human senses and then the voices in our head take hold. We are no longer aware that we are separate from our thoughts or the events around us.

“What differentiates a conscious, centered being from a person who is not so conscious is simply the focus of their awareness. It’s not a difference in the consciousness itself. All consciousness is the same. Just as all light from the sun is the same, all awareness is the same. Consciousness is neither pure nor impure; it has no qualities. It’s just there, aware that it’s aware.”  ~ Michael Singer

Okay, I know what you’re thinking – this is deep stuff, a head scratcher, but stay with me. There’s another way to gain an understanding of what Singer is trying to explain and that’s through the process of meditation. Singer explains that the ability to focus your consciousness back on its self is a form of meditation.

“The more you are willing to just let the world be something you’re aware of, the more it will let you be who you are – the awareness, the Self, the Atman, the Soul.” ~ Singer

Meditation is a practice; be patient with yourself. I’ve experienced what some call the ‘gap’ – the space between my thoughts while meditating. It’s a very personal experience that has allowed me to view my human experience from another perspective.

This week, consider starting a meditation practice if you’re inclined. Meditate and focus your awareness inward. There are many wonderful guided meditations available on YouTube. Find one that works for you and travel the inward path toward awareness. See if you can experience the gap, the space between your thoughts.

~Namaste

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The Untethered Soul ~ Infinite Energy

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Have you ever felt an inner vibration of boundless energy  and wondered where it was coming from? In his book, The Untethered Soul, Singer discusses our inner energy centers and explains that an infinite amount of inner energy is available to us as long as we don’t block it.

“The flow of energy comes from the depth of your being. It’s been called by many names. In ancient Chinese medicine, it is called Chi. In yoga, it is called Shakti. In the West, it is called Spirit….the yogis call energy centers chakras.” ~ Michael Singer.

Singer goes on to explain that, in essence, our inner energy is our Spirit. However, when we close our hearts, close our minds and give into our fears we block our inner energy and lock our Spirit inside.

“The only reason you don’t feel this energy all the time is because you block it. You block it by closing your heart, closing your mind, and by pulling yourself into a restrictive space inside. This closes you off from all the energy. When you close your heart or close your mind, you hide in the darkness within you. There is no light. There is no energy. There is a very simple method for staying open. You never close. It’s really that simple. ” ~ Michael Singer

Technically he’s right – it is that simple, but in practice, it takes extraordinary awareness and a willingness to do the work. But he pleads with us not to let anything that happens in our lives be so important that we’re willing to close our hearts over it. Instead, he asks us to relax into it, deal with it, but do so with an open heart.

And so I would ask you to take an inventory this week of what you’ve closed your heart and/or mind to. As we move through the next few chapters, Singer will guide us through the process of how to remove those blockages and stay open, allowing our inner energy to flow.

~ Namaste

The Untethered Soul ~ Who Are You?

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“Ramana Maharshi, a great teacher in the yogic tradition, used to say that to attain inner freedom one must continuously and sincerely ask the question ‘Who am I?’ He taught that this was more important than reading books, learning mantras, or going to holy places. Just ask, “Who am I? Who sees when I see? Who hears when I hear? Who knows that I am aware? Who am I?” ~ Michael Singer

It’s the age-old question, isn’t it? Who am I? If you’ve been following along with the last few posts, you know you’re not the voices in your head. I will admit this is where it gets deep in Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul, but as we move into chapter three, it’s important to grasp the concept of our deeper consciousness; this is critical in establishing your spiritual foundation. Honestly, I can’t begin to explain it in a short blog post and even if you read Singer’s book on your own, be patient with yourself. It took me years before I could answer the question: Who am I? So, what I will attempt to do in this short summary of chapter three is plant a few seeds.

Okay, so we know we’re not the voices in our head. We also acknowledge that in our human experience we are many things and wear many labels:  male, female, mother, father, wife, husband, lawyer, doctor, artist, writer, gourmet cook, sports afficienado….you get the drift. But we’re going deeper here, beyond this human experience. In Chapter Three of The Untethered Soul, Singer provides his answer to the question “Who are you?”

“I am the one who sees, from back in here somewhere, I look out and I am aware of the events, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me.”

You may be asking why it’s important to answer this question in the first place and that’s valid. Let me answer from my own experience. I wanted to find peace of mind and to understand why I’m here. Those answers only came after years of seeking and several “ah-ha” moments along the path. So let me share my answers to the big three questions; your answers may be different and that’s fine. Trust your own path.

Who am I? I am spirit immersed in this human experience.

Why am I here? I am here to grow, to learn, to create.

Who are all of you? You are my teachers and my students. We are spirits, traveling through this earthly realm…learning, growing and creating together.

Again, these are my answers.  You may already have your own answers, but if not, be patient; when the student is ready the teacher arrives. Walk your path and if you’re so inclined, continue to follow me on a  journey through The Untethered Soul.

Next week: Chapter Four ~ The Lucid Self

~Namaste