Michael Alan Singer

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Michael Alan Singer (or Michael A. Singer; born 6 May 1947) is an American author, journalist, motivational speaker, and former software developer.[1][2] Two of his books, The Untethered Soul (2007) and The Surrender Experiment (2015), were New York Times bestsellers.[3][4] Singer graduated from the University of Florida in 1971 with a master's degree in economics, and while attending university, Singer had a spiritual awakening and went into seclusion to focus on meditation and yoga.[5] This experience inspired him to establish the Temple of the Universe in 1975, a meditation center open to men and women of all beliefs and religions who seek inner peace.[6][7]

Singer is also involved in the medical software industry.[8][9] He helped form the Medical Manager Corporation, which marketed software that helped medical practitioners to digitize their medical records.[10] In 2000, Medical Manager was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for its achievements in information technology.[2][11] Later that year, Medical Manager became a subsidiary of WebMD, in an acquisition valued at roughly $5 billion.[12] Singer continued his work in physician software strategies at WebMD, where he remained as executive VP, physician software strategies, and head of research and development and chief software architect of WebMD Practice Services.[13] He resigned from WebMD in 2005 and focused on writing.[14][15]


Singer has written four books, and all of them belong to the genre of religion/spirituality.

The Search for Truth (1974)[edit]

The Search for Truth (1974) is Singer's first book, which was written long before he became famous as a writer.[16] According to Singer's account, this book was written as a request from his mentor in his university, as the latter insisted the former to “turn in something for him to read” after the young Singer refused to do a doctoral dissertation.[17]

Three Essays on Universal Law (1975)[edit]

Three Essays on Universal Law (1975) is Singer's second book which continues along the theme of his previous book.[18]

The Untethered Soul (2007)[edit]

The Untethered Soul (2007) is Singer's first New York Times bestseller.[3] It is a collection of lectures which cover topics on yoga, philosophy, the concept of self, the meaning of life, and the theory of mind.[19][20] The book caught the attention of talk show host Oprah Winfrey, with whom Singer later gave his first televised interview.[21]

The Surrender Experiment (2015)[edit]

The Surrender Experiment (2015) is Singer's second bestselling book.[4] In the autobiography, Singer describes his journey of how he became interested in meditation, how he started the Temple of the Universe and the Medical Manager Corporation, among other things.[22][23] Singer mixes his life story with teachings of his philosophy, and the central theme of the book is his attempts at "surrendering yourself to life itself", and not letting his personal ego intervene with the flow of life.[24][25] He identifies The Three Pillars of Zen (1965) by Philip Kapleau and Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) by Paramahansa Yogananda as his influences, naming them responsible for starting his lifelong exploration of Zen and spirituality.[26]

Securities fraud scandal[edit]

During his time at WebMD, Singer was prosecuted by the Department of Justice along with other members of Medical Manager's top management staff for securities fraud.[9][27] Six executives of Medical Manager pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme.[28] The charges against Singer were eventually dropped.[8] On January 11, 2010, Singer entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and forfeited $2.5 million in settlements.[10][28] Singer claims he was being framed by another top executive, who invented the fraud story in order to "work a deal" with the FBI to reduce his own punishment, though these claims are unverified.[29]


  1. ^ "Michael Singer: Living from a Place of Surrender, by Tami Simon". www.dailygood.org. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  2. ^ a b "Michael A. Singer - New York Times Bestselling Author". Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  3. ^ a b "Religion, Spirituality and Faith Books - Best Sellers - July 12, 2015". New York Times. 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  4. ^ a b Richards, Carl (2016-09-19). "Stubborn Grudges Yield Little. Time to Change Your Investing". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  5. ^ "Michael Singer | HuffPost". www.huffpost.com. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  6. ^ Temple1. "Our Mission". Temple of the Universe. Retrieved 2021-06-27.
  7. ^ Winfrey, Oprah. "Michael Singer on How to Free Yourself of Negative Thoughts". Oprah.com. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  8. ^ a b Clark, Anthony (2010-01-13). "Charges being dropped against ex-Medical Manager CEO Singer". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  9. ^ a b Department of Justice (2010-03-01). "Two Former Executives of Medical Manager Found Guilty in Securities Fraud Scheme". Department of Justice. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  10. ^ a b "Government to Drop Charges Against Former Medical Manager CEO Michael A. Singer | News". Baker Botts LLP. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  11. ^ Ferradaz, Irene (2000-04-05). "Medical Manager to join Smithsonian". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  12. ^ "Healtheon/WebMD buys Medical Manager". CNET. 2002-01-02. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  13. ^ Shepherd, Gary (1997-04-28). "Medical software firm registers $45M in stock". Tampa Bay Business Journal. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  14. ^ Clark, Anthony. "Mickey Singer is back in the spotlight with autobiographical book". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  15. ^ "Singer resigns from WebMD". Tampa Bay Business Journal. 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  16. ^ Singer, Michael Alan (1974). The Search for Truth. Alachua, FL: Shanti Publications. ISBN 978-0914374039.
  17. ^ Singer, Michael Alan (2015). The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection. New York, NY: Harmony Books. ISBN 978-1629535401.
  18. ^ Singer, Michael Alan (1975). Three Essays on Universal Law: The Laws of Karma, Will, and Love. Alachua, FL: Shanti Publications. ISBN 978-0914374077.
  19. ^ "Book Review: 'The Untethered Soul'". Wanderlust. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  20. ^ Allam, Alexandra (2015-05-22). "The Ways the Untethered Soul Is Changing My Life". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  21. ^ "Michael Singer Archives". SuperSoul.tv. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  22. ^ Vieten, Cassandra (2015-06-05). "Experimenting With Surrender". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  23. ^ "Book Review: The Surrender Experiment". The Global Yogi. 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  24. ^ Krzys, Amber (2015-07-02). "Miraculous Results of My Surrender Experiment". Fierce Loving. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  25. ^ Dehn, Elizabeth (2016-01-18). "The Surrender Experiment". Beauty Bets. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  26. ^ "Thursday, August 22, 2013: Dedicated Issue: New Harbinger Publications". www.shelf-awareness.com. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  27. ^ "U.S. v. SINGER | Criminal No. 9:05-cr-00928. | 20091223a40 | Leagle.com". Leagle. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  28. ^ a b "Myrtle Beach man guilty in securities fraud scheme". WMBF News. 3 Mar 2010. Retrieved 27 Jun 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ Chun, Diane; Adelson, Jeff. "The ups, downs of Mickey Singer". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2018-12-05.