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American self-help author

To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead
of being lost in them. No solution can possibly exist while you're lost in the energy of a
problem. Everyone knows you can't deal well with a situation if you're getting anxious,
scared, or angry about it. The first problem you have to deal with is your own reaction.
Michael A. Singer

If you want to be free, you must first accept that there is pain in your heart. You have
stored it there. And you've done everything you can think of to keep it there, deep inside, so
that you never have to feel it. There is also tremdendous joy, beauty, love, and peace within
you. But they are on the other side of the pain. On the other side of the pain is ecstasy. On
the other side is freedom.
Michael A. Singer

The mind runs because you are giving it the power of your attention. Withdraw your
attention, and the thinking mind falls away.
Michael A. Singer

If you sit within the Self, you will experience the strength of your inner being even when your
heart feels weak. This is the essence of the path. This is the essence of a spiritual life.
Michael A. Singer

There are two distinct aspects of your inner being. The first is you, the awareness, the
witness, the center of your willful intentions; and the other is that which you watch. The
problem is, the part that you watch never shuts up. If you could get rid of that part, even
for a moment, the peace and serenity would be the nicest vacation you've ever had.
Michael A. Singer

So you decide to use life to free yourself. You become willing to pay any price for the
freedom of your soul. You will realize that the only prize you will have to pay is letting go of
yourself. Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody
else can. It doesn't matter what others do, unless you decide that it matters to you. Begin
with small things. We tend to let ourselves get bothered by the little, meaningless things that
happen every day.
Michael A. Singer

You will someday come to see that there is no use for that incessant internal chatter, and
there is no reason to constantly attempt to figure everything out. Eventually you will see
that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It's the commotion the mind makes about life
that really causes problems.
Michael A. Singer

Energy can heal, and that's why love can heal.
Michael A. Singer

Your inner growth is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find 
peace and contentment is to stop thinking about yourself. You're ready to grow when you
finally realize that the "I" who is always talking inside will never be content.
Michael A. Singer

There are two ways you can live: you can devote your life to staying in your comfort zone,
or you can work on your freedom.
Michael A. Singer

The way out is through awareness. Stop defining the disturbed mind as a negative
experience; just see if you can relax behind it. When your mind is disturbed, don't ask, "What
do I do about this?" Instead ask, "Who am I that notices this?"
Michael A. Singer

You have to realize that you really only have one choice in this life, and it's not about your
career, whom you want to marry, or whether you want to seek God. People tend to burden
themselves with so many choices. But, in the end, you can throw it all away and just make
one basic, underlying decision: Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy?
It's really that simple. Once you make that choice, your path through life becomes totally
Michael A. Singer

One should view their spiritual work as learning to live life without stress, problems, fear, or
melodrama. This path of using life to evolve spiritually is truly the highest path. There really is
no reason for tensions or problems. Stress only happens when you resist life's events.
Michael A. Singer

In case you haven't noticed, you have a mental dialogue going on inside your head that
never stops. It just keeps going and going. Have you ever wondered why it talks in there?
How does it decide what to say and when to say it? How much of what it says turns out to
be true? How much of what it says is even important? And if right now you are hearing, "I
don't know what you're talking about. I don't have any voice inside my head!" - that's the
voice we're talking about.
Michael A. Singer

Ninety-nine percent of your thoughts are a complete waste of time. They do nothing but
freak you out.
Michael A. Singer

In order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are.
Michael A. Singer

Stop and think about what you are capable of achieving. Up to now, your capacities have
been constrained by constant inner struggles. Imagine what would happen if your awareness
was free to focus only on the events actually taking place. You would have no noise going on
inside. If you lived like this, you could do anything.
Michael A. Singer

Come from a space of peace and you'll find that you can deal with anything.
Michael A. Singer

You only think about your body when there is a problem. In contrast, you think about your
psychological well-being all the time. People are constantly thinking things like, "What if I get
put on the spot? What should I say? I get so nervous if I'm not prepared." That is suffering.
Michael A. Singer

When you become truly spiritual, you are totally different fom anbody else. That which
everybody else wants, you don't want. That which everybody else resists, you totally
Michael A. Singer

If something happens that we don't like, we resist it. But since what we're resisting has
already taken place, what good is it to resist?
Michael A. Singer

You have a wellspring of beautiful energy inside you. When you are open you feel it; when you
are closed you don't. This flow of energy comes from the depth of your being. It's been called
by many names. In ancient Chinese medicine, it is called Chi. In yoga, it is called Shakti. In the
West, it is called Spirit. Call it anything you want. All the great spiritual traditions talk about
your spiritual energy; they just give it different names. That spiritual energy is what you're
experiencing when love rushes up into your heart. That is what you're experiencing when
you're enthused by something and all this high energy comes up inside of you. You should
know about this energy because it's yours. It's your birthright, and it's unlimited.
Michael A. Singer

In order to grow, you must give up the struggle to remain the same, and learn to embrace
change at all times.
Michael A. Singer

Real spiritual growth happens when there is only one of you inside. There's not a part that's
scared and another part that's protecting the part that's scared. All parts are unified.
Because there's no part of you that you're not willing to see, the mind is no longer divided
into the conscious and subconscious.
Michael A. Singer

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