4 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight is a self-help book that serves as a guide for readers who want a transformation and enlightenment. It's a spiritual memoir published in 2016 by the author. Richard used his spiritual teachings and personal experiences to pass his message to readers.
This book has four parts. In the first part of the book, My Story, Richard talked about his background and the experiences he had in childhood that made him seek a deeper understanding of the teaching of Jesus Christ. He grew up with many questions about the Christian faith, which led him through a lifetime journey to being spiritual. In his quest to seek knowledge, he traveled to the United States, Ecuador, and Japan.
In The Path, the second part of this book, the author gave readers detailed meditation techniques focusing on consciousness; he came up with them. He further explains the workability of the techniques. Here, he used “Isness” to suggest we all are a part of one entity. He also talked about the relationship between consciousness and mind frequencies. In the third part, Daily Unfoldment, the author talked about consciously taking care of the body to acquire the best state of health for self-coordination. Soul and Spirit, the last part of this amazing book, talked about unconditional love, and the totality of Richard's thoughts and practices. This part will have readers thinking about life critically.
This is a very enjoyable book. Richard's spiritual teachings and life stories are very commendable. His Tao Te Ching background and Lao Tzu quotes also made the book interesting. He used different writing styles to pass his message across; they were concise and descriptive. His narration was engaging and filled with humor. This book is moderately paced and easy to comprehend. I didn't dislike anything about this book.
In the twenty-two chapters of this book, Richard talked about the physical, spiritual, and metaphysical aspects of life. I believe this was possible due to his high level of experience and knowledge. However, it isn't surprising because the author was awarded a license of Masters in four Samurai arts and “Sotai-ho” meaning traditional healing modality. He accomplished all these in fifteen years. That's an extraordinary and commendable feat by him.
I was most intrigued by chapters thirteen, fourteen and seventeen. In chapter thirteen, Richard advised those who have practiced meditation, and currently practicing it to continue so they can prevent derailing from their spiritual path. In fact, this chapter will encourage those who don't practice, to start. In chapter seventeen, Richard talked extensively about the physical state of readers. This chapter will make you take conscious effort in caring for your body. In the fourteenth chapter, he talked about dance therapy: dancing to ease restlessness and anxiety, turning it to a state of exhilaration. The Unbound Soul touched various themes such as peace, health, love, fear and, wholeness.
This is a well-written book. It is thought-provoking with no grammatical errors. It deserves a 4 out of 4 stars rating. I recommend it to those who practice martial arts and readers who are conscious of their spirituality. Lovers of self-help books will also love this book. However, readers who don't believe in spiritual meditation may stay away from it.
The Unbound Soul
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