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Surrender Experiment, The

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In the Surrender Experiment, Singer leads readers through a life filled with a seemingly miraculous flow of events.

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From his years as a young spiritual seeker living alone in the woods, to his amazing success as a self-taught computer programmer and corporate CEO, to a massive raid by the FBI that led to unfounded accusations by the U.S. government, Singer leaves no part of his story untold.

Throughout, he demonstrates how a very successful external life is perfectly consistent with achieving profoundly deep states of inner peace and freedom—if one is willing to remain in the seat of witness consciousness and let go of their personal preferences. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

"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, Chicken Soup for the Soul

"An inspirational anachronism, The Surrender Experiment is such a sugary-sweet tale of '60's naiveté that one can't help wonder what this entrepreneurial genius really thinks in 2015. He does make it clear, however, that his one, overarching priority in life is to eradicate the false ego, that nagging inner voice that can't be trusted. '...this was my entire journey—liberation at any cost.' With abundant spiritual pride, the author claims great victory upon overcoming himself, perhaps at the expense of any poor souls that may cross his self-absorbed path. By being 'in the world but not of the world', he was going to trust life itself to whittle down what was left of Mickey Singer. And amazingly enough, climbing rung by rung, the self-styled 'ponytailed yogi in sandals' was immensely successful in using the fledgling micro-computer to write the seminal precursor to the Internet's most powerful altruistic application, WebMD.

Keeping his personal feelings at bay, Singer managed to retain his spiritual integrity while amassing huge amounts of royalty payments. But something in Mr. Singer's self-righteous personality created an opening for his own personal Judas Iscariot to enter—Bobby Davids, a CPA in charge of WebMD's entire dealer acquisition program, whose greed nearly destroyed the multi-billion dollar enterprise. And there is precious little history concerning his wife, Donna and their baby girl, not to mention his harem of starry-eyed female disciples who showed up when 'life' knew it was time to throw Mickey a bone.

At the end of The Surrender Experiment, one is left with a success story par excellence, at least in the eyes of Donald Trump and our modern secular society—a masterful agnostic who won the game of life by finishing with the most toys. Others may be tempted to quote a higher source and say, 'For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?' But Mickey Singer certainly didn't lose his soul by fulfilling the American dream, yet Yogananda himself would have to agree that he hasn't gained it either. If the least in the Kingdom of Heavens is greater than John the Baptist, we all have a ways to go down here. Even our buddy, Michael A. Singer."     ~Mandala Books

"I loved what I was doing. I had a vision burning inside of me that had driven me for twenty years. It started while I was first writing this amazing program, and it never subsided for a single moment. That vision inspired me day and night. I didn’t want to eat, and I didn’t want to sleep. I was driven to perfect the program, its distribution, and the support of the doctors who had entrusted their practices to us. I felt like life had given me this task, and I was honored to do it. I had not lost one drop of my early focus or yearning to explore the deeper inner states.

This surrendering to life was my path to self-realization, and there was no doubt that it was working. I was not living a life based on what I wanted or didn’t want. Those types of thoughts had ceased passing through my mind long ago. I was way too busy trying to do the work life had given me. This was Karma yoga at its highest. I had given my life to the Universal Flow, and it had not only taken it—it had devoured me in the process. I didn’t care at all what happened to me. I cared about the company, the employees, the doctors, and, above all, the vision of perfection that drove the very beat of my heart. As beautiful as that sounds, I found myself on a jet flying to a tiny airport somewhere in the middle of Texas to meet a total stranger and discuss arrangements to put the company under his control."

Author Singer, Michael A.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 272 pp.
Publisher Harmony Books 2015
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