- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Random House; Latest Edition edition (11 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780804141109
- ISBN-13: 978-0804141109
- ASIN: 080414110X
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Customer Reviews: 1,295 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Surrender Experiment (Lead Title)
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"A lone voice in the modern wilderness calling for surrender instead of striving, Singer shows how surrendering to life does not mean giving up our dreams." —Shawn Achor, happiness researcher and NYTimes bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage
“Only the rarest of books has the power to clearly explain the difference between a human being and a human doing, and why that distinction is so important. The Surrender Experiment is such a book. Inspiring, authentic, and intensely compelling.” –Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe
“Michael Singer writes a beautiful, touching memoir on the amazing power of surrender in his life. With courage, spunk, and thoughtfulness, he has reached beyond the status quo to dare to trust life and surrender to its ultimate perfection.” —Judith Orloff MD, author, The Ecstasy of Surrender
“With his hallmark precision and clarity Michael Singer reveals in his latest masterpiece, The Surrender Experiment, how everyday life, doing business in the world and spiritual practice can be synchronized to carry us into the heart of life's unimaginable perfection. This is exactly the kind of practical mastery needed for a world in chaos.” —Jack Canfield, Coauthor of The Success Principles and the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series
About the Author
Michael A. Singer still lives in the woods where his great experiment began and where it continues. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Untethered Soul.
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Ever since I have begun on this journey which I now understand came at precisely the time it needed for me, I have struggled with the concept of 'just make a list of your wishes, visualise, be specific, set a time line, etc etc etc'. I sat in so-called law of attraction type seminars with the main theme being 'what is it you really want', listen to accounts of people who had their plans clearly mapped out, who seemed to visualise like mad and seemed so convinced that 'this is what they wanted'; while I sat there thinking 'what the hell is wrong with me that I sort of know what I want but that I am actually not quite sure'....
Well, fast forward to now, I know now that this is a journey that I was meant to be on. This book is for anyone who has arrived at reading Eckhart Tolle's 'A New Earth', felt a huge wave of peace and relief, felt an even bigger relief and peace when reading Marianne Williamson's 'A Return to Love', began to study and read the Course in Miracles and finally understands the concept of 'asking life what it wants from me'.
I always thought that unless I make it happen for me, nothing ever gets done; I always thought that in a certain way life was a bit of a struggle, that I need to go out there and take the bull by the horn. That unless you have a clear plan mapped out towards your goal, you won't get there. That people will take advantage of you if you don't watch out for yourself, that you need to compete in this world etc etc - all the things that years of working in the financial industry in both New York and London effectively teach you....
Reading this book will bring such a huge relief to anyone who finally wants to understand what can happen when you just let go (anyone who knows me will know that for me to 'let go' is the antithesis of how I used to operate in my daily life...), when you just surrender yourself to the stream of life, when you detach yourself from your thoughts, your likes and dislikes, and just go with what life presents you. Reading this book and listening now to The Untethered Soul as an audiobook also makes A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle more comprehensible (to me Eckhart Tolle is my spiritual teacher bar none but his language is tougher to understand sometimes).
I hope this review will help those like me who have come full circle and finally understand what life is all about. What the next years will bring, I don't know - but I am excited to find out what my own 'surrender experiment' will bring!
Great book and thank you so very much to Michael Singer for writing this!
Hoping Michael will write a follow up. He barely mentions his wife and daughter and I longed to hear more about this side of his life but perhaps he deliberately kept that private.
An extraordinary book which I will recommend to everyone.
Great book! Will read it again.
Loved it and didn't want to put it down!
It was very clear at a key point in the book that the survival of the company that Michael Singer built was under threat, and that it was time surrender. However, it seems that he was too attached to the company and its success to let it go. In the end, what that led to was a 7-year legal investigation into his company by the FBI that culminated in his resignation.
Any kind of legal action is incredibly stressful to deal with and especially a law suit of the magnitude that Michael Singer's company became embroiled in. Yet, it seems like the human impact of that lawsuit was completely glossed over. The situation ended up costing $190 million dollars to resolve, plus Micheal Singer had to walk away from the company he founded. That doesn't sound like being in flow with life and things working out perfectly.
The book seemed to come from a very self-centred perspective where other people were relegated to bit-players in Michael Singer's life, and they are described mostly in terms of how their presence benefited him personally. It seems there is more self-love than love for others in this book. Michael Singer actually married and had a child, yet only vaguely mentions this, as in: he wrote a brief sentence about them a couple of times and then moved on.
The second half book ended up being more business-oriented and focusing on the developments of the legal action brought by the FBI, and then suddenly jumps from that to Michael Singer going back to the woods to write and ends there. That's it.
I was left wondering what happened to the company and all those people he worked with that he described in such glowing terms. But everything was ok because things all worked out fine for him in the end.
I'm not sure how you can go from founding and running a company that was turning over $300 million per year at one point to suddenly having to return to living in the woods because of an expensive and life-changing lawsuit. He must have needed to work through feelings of despair, resentment, grief or anger, for example, and come to terms with it, like any human would. But there was nothing. In that respect, the book seems more than insincere and it seems highly unlikely that a someone could have no real issues in their life until the age of 50+ (when the lawsuit arrived).
It seems that there is a lot of unacknowledged ego in the book. If anything, these seem to be the writings of someone who is at odds with life rather than at peace with it. The book appears to be an attempt to impose a narrative on life that everything was perfectly ok all of the time when it clearly wasn't. I also suspect that the book focuses so much on business in the second half to correct the public record about what happened at Medical Manager Corporation. That is not accepting what life put in your way.
Michael Singer also emphasises his hippy credentials throughout the book, but doesn't mention until some way in that his father was actually a very successful stockbroker. So the world wealth, and especially astronomical wealth, was not as alien to him as he tries to make out.
If you want a book about applying spiritual practices to modern life, this isn't it. And if you are thinking this book might teach you how to manifest wealth, think again. There are better reads out there on both subject.
Overall, a disappointing read that was massively dishonest.
However, the reason this review is 4 stars and not 5 is that the book then also details how the author, through no big plan of his own, then sets up a few different businesses, and eventually becomes CEO a billion dollar plus business. The ins and outs of how one product and one business line became another into the 1980s and 1990s are a bit repetitive, while the main spiritual message underneath it all remain the same - the author, throughout this time, did not give up his spiritual way of life, and carried on surrendering to 'life' and what it asked of him. But this part of the book loses some of the spiritual aspect, due to the fact that so much emphasis is placed on how the business developed. I would have liked to have read more about how the author related his growing financial success to the practice of spiritual principles, and of how he kept up his spiritual practices of yoga and meditation even when he was running a major business with thousands of employees. Having said this, this book is a refreshing and honest tale of one person's voyage down the road of giving up self-centredness and developing into a surrendered human being.
He fails to see that he belongs to the generation that took everything and gave nothing back. All boomers did well without trying, it was all handed to them on a plate! With every page this smug, self satisfied boomer boasts about his life. It's sickening. Now he's a typical semi retired boomer and he wants to enthral you with how great his life is.
Look, I know boomers who did precisely nothing yet ended up with huge houses, nice cars, yachts etc. It was a different time back then. You didn't need a college education, there were opportunities for easy cash around every corner. You could sell paperclips and end up pretty well off. We are now living in a different world. Western countries are on a slide backwards, you're doing well if you land a job at Starbucks for slightly over minimum wage, your college degree gets you nothing, the likelihood of a real opportunity coming your way are a billion to one.
If you heard the advice of this boomer and "just go with it man"! You'll end up homeless and your teeth kicked down the back of your throat, or stabbed etc.
Starting out as a disaffected young man’s journey into self- realisation through yoga and meditation it ends up being a passionate tribute to the blessings that a life based on trust, surrender and a willingness to be present in every moment can bring - blessings that include astonishing business success along with building a thriving community, loving relationships and inspirational connections spanning a continent, and now,through his books, the world.
Truly inspiring on so many levels - I loved reading it and intend to go back to his first book with a deeper understanding and perspective.