2 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment by Richard L. Haight can best be described as a self-help book, although it takes quite a while to get to the helpful part. Its primary focus is on the difference between our minds and our consciousness. It can also serve as a guide for those who have not already discovered a preferred method of meditation.
Richard Haight breaks this book up into three parts; My Story, The Path, and Daily Unfoldment. In the first part, My Story, he describes his spiritual journey beginning at the age of eight. Each chapter focuses on a different example of his spiritual awakening. In the second part, The Path, he begins discussing different meditation techniques. In the third part, Daily Unfoldment, he discusses challenges the reader may face, and some ways to get through them.
The author legitimately seems to care about other people and their spiritual well-being. In some self-help books, there is constant talk about different learning materials or courses you can pay for if you want to learn even more. These sales pitches are often scattered throughout the book and can be very annoying. I didn’t see any of that in this book. The only mention of other works came all the way at the end in a separate section.
While I do believe the author was trying to be helpful, I struggled through the first part of the book. Personally, I feel it was longer than it needed to be. His stories are interesting, but they don’t aid the reader in reaching the desired goal of transformation and enlightenment. Also, some of his stories seemed like they were probably exaggerated. I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt about his dreams and visions, but there are certain physical experiences he describes that are extremely hard to believe.
One of the things I did not like about the second part of this book was the section on the use of psychotropics. The author warns against the use of such substances, and states that they are never recommended, but then goes on to outline when using them might be acceptable. Not only is this contradictory, it is also outright dangerous.
The Daily Unfoldment section of the book had some good information in it, but the author spent a lot of time writing about his personal journey again, which made it feel like reading part one of the book all over again.
It is hard to tell if this book was professionally edited prior to self-publication. I did find several errors related to comma usage, but it’s not what I would consider excessive. The main reason I question the editing is the repetitiveness in the writing. I believe a professional editor would have noticed this and taken steps to correct it.
Overall, I rate The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment 2 out of 4 stars. It may be right for some readers who are already interested in the topic, but the repetitiveness of the writing, the questioning of some of the authors personal experiences, and the dangerous advice makes it difficult to read and take seriously.
The Unbound Soul
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