- 出版社: Harmony (2015年6月2日)
- 平装: 272页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 080414110X
- 条形码: 9780804141109
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 472 g
- 品牌: Harmony
- ASIN: 080414110X
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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection (英语) 平装 – 2015年6月2日
"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
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. Visit him at www.untetheredsoul.com.
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If it's not completely clear, this book is much more of an autobiography of Singer's life. The meditation/zen/inner voice & dialogue stuff that was explored in-depth in the previous work is only mentioned incidentally in this book and in the context of how it affects Singer's life at those times. If you're expecting any more guidance or exploration of that subject matter, skip this book.
Second, I didn't really hate this book until I got to about the last 1/4th of it. For most of the book Singer tells his personal story about how he went from being "oblivious" as a college student to suddenly having a realization about his inner voice that leads him to trying a lifetime "experiment" of just going with the flow of life and ignoring his inner dialogue and it's inherent negativity and nagging. Good so far.
Half a book later, Singer has told you the story of much of his life (maybe) and how all these magical things just happened and worked out. Except the whole thing starts to get repetitive. Person X comes into his life and everything changes for the better and he didn't know he'd have a lifelong friendship. Thing Y happens even though his inner voice told him not to and it works out brilliantly. Copy and paste the previous 2 sentences and you've got the bulk of the book, as it happens over the years.
However, several things happen near the end, when Singer has found a huge amount of success that make me start to doubt Singer's sincerity and methods. First, aside from some casual mentions of his divorce from his first wife, there seems to be almost nothing negative in the narrative of his life. Everything is positive! Everything just works out! Second, several major events later when Singer has found financial and spiritual success with the building of his center totally threw me and made me doubt his motives and sincerity about just letting the universe and life happen.
At one point, after many land deals just magically fall into place allowing Singer to secure larger and larger land for his spiritual center, one neighbor decides to clear cut trees. At this point Singer becomes worried about his pristine "Elysian fields" from his youth (which he doesn't actually own) and he calls his neighbor up and asks him to tell him what price it would take to just lease the trees to look at. What happened to the surrending, Mickey? Guess the experiment is fine until those trees might kill your view. Then, another incident happens near his land which would have turned some of it into a landfill and make garbage trucks drive by everyday. Of course, in "surrendering" to the universe, Mickey and his wealthy spiritual enclave decide to respond by sending letters to every resident of his town threatening that if the Zen Buddhists might have to live next to a landfill, THEY MIGHT TOO! I don't really get how Singer justifies his laissez faire attitude of "surrender" to the universe with scaring the crap out of his neighbors to fill a city council meeting until they vote down the landfill that would have primarily affected him really works into his philosophy.
The cherry on the cake comes at the end of the book. One of Singer's former employees has embezzled money and manages to sell the Justice Department on the idea all the executives in Singer's computer software operations are in on the deal. Singer encounters a lot of negativity in the press and elsewhere and years and literally $180 million is spent defending the company. Singer continues during this section to talk glowingly about all the people around him. The problem is, when you realize that Singer has come under this scrutiny, you realize this book is really nothing more than a man pushing 70 realizing his legacy and attempting to shape it. Other issues, like Singer's natural ability for things like economics and computer coding being attributed to his spiritual beliefs of openness to the universe just don't jive with me either.
The saddest thing is that Singer's legacy would have been better shaped by not even writing this book. Instead of a riveting biography of a man who has seen and experienced much, it reads more like a man who is trying to fit the events of his life to a pre-determined narrative already constructed by his previous work, and completely omitting the rest. And because Singer can't be more honest and cherry-picks only the positive, the work as a whole comes across as insincere and self-serving, (and a little suspect to me, since I'm sure once his first work achieved success, his publisher certainly expected a follow-up.)
I'm sure the Mickey Singer story is a great one. Someday I'd like to hear it. But instead all we get is pre-distilled tome of drivel in which Singer can only share any events of his life through the lenses of his pigeon-holed spiritual teaching and need to heap gratitude on others and make sure people don't realize he's like the person they might have heard about once on the news. Overall, I just felt let down and turned off by the whole thing.