Each month, with each book, I reach out to the author and ask if they would be willing to swing by the book circle to say hello, or to give us an interview.
Most of the time I get no response, get a response that says that they are too busy, or get a response asking for thousands of dollars.
This month was different. Michael Singer, the author of The Untethered Soul, let us know that he does not do online events, but that he would answer a couple of our questions.
Here are our questions and his responses:
The Circle: When it comes to resolving Samsaras, what personal approach do you take?
MS: There are many techniques for releasing Samskaras. I am a naturopath in most things, so that is the path I follow with Samskaras. My experience is that they will come up by themselves when they are ripe to be released. The question is are you willing to let them go when they come up. Since they were generally stored with pain, they will come back up with pain. You have to be willing to handle the disturbance they create without pushing them back down. If you keep your inner “hands” off of them, in time they will release the energy they need to release and then fade away. When they are permitted to pass through, they are free to continue their journey through you. The only reason they got stuck in you is because you resisted their passing through. Once you can let them go, they have no reason to stay inside of you. Over time, you will realize that less Samskaras means more inner energy flow—more love, more passion for life, more inspiration, and a closer walk with Spirit. Eventually, you will learn to enjoy the disturbance Samskaras create when they pass through because it is “the pain the ends all pain.”
How does one withstand the disturbance of an activated Samskara—relax and release. Just relax through the tendency to resist. Just like in a yoga asana—relax and release. Just like during a deep massage—relax and release. The only difference is that with a Samskara, the entire dance is inside. The moment you feel the energy get weird inside, let go, relax, and lean away from where you see the disturbed energy. At first you may need to use positive thinking in order to keep your distance from the disturbed energy. That helps you not get sucked into it. Just replace the negative thoughts with positive ones: If the mind says, “I can’t handle this, and I don’t deserve it.” Immediately say inwardly, “I can handle this. I want to let go of this stuff I’ve stored inside. I will use this situation to free myself from myself.” You can also train your mind to say mantra. If you repeat the name of God, or anything else that is uplifting to you (like, “I can handle this”), over and over during idle moments of your life (taking a shower, driving by yourself, etc.), your mind will get in the habit of saying that. Now, when a disturbance begins to express itself in your mind, you have a choice—hang out with the disturbed mind, or hang out with the mantra. One brings you down; the other lifts you up. But ultimately, once you are centered enough to remain conscious in the face of disturbance, just relax and release. Notice who sees the disturbance, and lean back into that source of consciousness. Lean away from the disturbance, and you will be leaning into the Self.
The Circle: What inspired you to write this book? Did you write it during a particularly challenging time in your life?
MS: I always knew I had to write a book about the voice in your head, your relationship to it, and how to free yourself from that false part of yourself. I have been working on freeing myself since I was in my early twenties (1970). All of life delivered me to the writing of The Untethered Soul. As it turns out, it was written during a time of my life that was particularly challenging my commitment to let go—no matter what. If you want a first-hand account of the miraculous way that life managed to unfold all of this, read my book The Surrender Experiment — My Journey into Life’s Perfection. And if you really want to progress on this path of freeing yourself from the inner mess, I also recommend you take the online video course I did with Sounds True last year. It is called Living from a Place of Surrender -- The Untethered Soul In Action . It goes very deep into how to free yourself of your Samskaras.
I feel blessed that he gave us this to continue our learning and growth.
Founder of the Emerge Book Circle
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