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The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment by Richard L Haight
This book serves as the springboard to Richard L Haight’s further publications. He takes each topic and expands on it in a deeper study in further readings. In this book, The Unbound Soul, he teaches the Warrior’s Meditation however, it is only the beginning of the total embodiment meditation – an entire path to spiritual awakening. His book on that specific topic is entitled Inspirience: Meditation Unbound.
The Unbound Soul is written to clarify the differences between consciousness and mind. The mind being the source of suffering therefore turning to consciousness in everyday life is preferable for a higher and happier way of life. Although this book is spiritual, it is not spiritual in the religious sense but more in the esoteric and holistic sense.
Richard Haight has coined a number of words like “unfoldment” meaning radical simplification and “realization” meaning becoming aware of something that previously went unnoticed. He also used words like “Isness” to describe the infinity of God. These are used to describe something that is basically indescribable and therefore need special words to put his meaning across to the uninitiated.
The book is written in four parts:
The first part is the author’s personal story.
Part two lays down the foundation in the awakening process.
Part three teaches the ways to keep mind and body healthy and
Part four explores the soul or Isness and spirit and the suffering therein that will stimulate and drive the reader to the awakening process.
During Richard Haight’s formative years on the family farm, the subject of God came up and his father opened his eyes to the suffering man-made beliefs caused. This set the path to a lifetime of study to find the truths and the peace that God intends for all of us. He had a profound vision of Christ when still a boy and he made a solemn promise which further reinforced his quest for answers.
This was doubly difficult for a boy with a learning disability but with the help of a good friend, his karate teachers and others he met along the journey, he succeeded in achieving his goal albeit in ways that were different from the norm. As most teenagers tend to do, he fell in with the wrong crowd and this brought him to the brink of suicide. Once again, he was given a different path to choose and he changed his life from the negative to the positive. This new path opened his eyes to the greed and shallowness of the business world which determined his continuing quest for a better life for all.
Throughout the book, I enjoyed the fact that he gives practical ways to attain higher consciousness and not just the theory. I did find the book a bit tedious at times but had to remind myself that there are readers out there new to the subject.
It was very well edited and the writing has good readability. I give the Unbound Soul a rating of 4 out of 4 stars for a refreshing subject, the simplicity in the writing, thought-provoking and eye-opening ideas as well as the in-depth explanations on a very difficult subject.
The Unbound Soul would appeal to readers who are scholars in Philosophy, Spiritualism, Eastern practices and in fact anyone who is interested in improving one’s life to a state of total harmony. The more scientific-minded may not identify with this book but keeping an open mind, I am sure they will learn many ways to improve their own lives. It is an easy read and is eminently understandable no matter where one is on their walk to enlightenment.
The Unbound Soul
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