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The Surrender Experiment : My Journey Into Life’s Perfection / Michael A. Singer
Being a bit of a control freak and wanting to overcome that tendency, this title piqued my interest. I was expecting it to be a how-to book, but it turned out to be so much more. I wasn’t aware of the author’s local connection until I started listening to the audiobook. That drew me in even more.
Basically, it is a chronicle of Singer’s spiritual journey from the time he was a graduate student at the University of Florida (with aspirations of becoming an economics professor) until now. He details the unexpected twists and turns of his life, including his founding of the Temple of the Universe, his business opportunities, and his legal issues, with his life journey coming full-circle.
Early in his spiritual journey he figured out that in order to truly surrender, he needed to commit to “following the flow of life”, by keeping an open mind and heart. Doing that would involve overcoming the mental and emotional blocks which would otherwise keep him from embracing the unexpected and wonderful opportunities that Life would present to him. As a result, he found his life blessed beyond anything that he could’ve ever imagined. Even when times got tough, he held on to his attitude of surrender, knowing that no matter what happened, everything would work out for the best.
This book has impacted me on a very personal level and has really gotten me to think outside the box in terms of the opportunities that will come my way. Like the opportunities that Singer has encountered in his life, many of my opportunities will involve a good deal of risk. I can play it safe, protecting myself from any risk of failing, but miss out on something amazing and life-changing. Then again, I can take the risk, knowing that I could fail, but understand that everything will work out as it should, no matter what happens.
No matter what your view on spirituality is, you will get something out of this book. I highly recommend it to everybody.