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After many dreams as a young child, of seeing Jesus sagging on the floor calling for help, the child finally asked, “How can I help you?” Jesus replied, “Find my bones, for they are the core of my teaching. … Find the essence of my teachings and give it back to the world. That is how you can help. Will you do this?” That young child was Richard L. Haight and thus began his spiritual journey. It’s a journey where Haight found himself in various places in the United States, as well as in Japan and in the jungles of the Amazon. In addition to Jesus, Haight explores the teachings and sayings of Buddha and Tao Te Ching. He finds a common insight among the three religious teachers.
The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment by Richard L. Haight is a spiritual guide that is divided into four sections. In the first section, Haight tells of his personal experience, which sets the mood for the following three sections. The second section goes over the guidelines which help lead the reader on their own spiritual journey. The third section covers the importance of maintaining a healthy body, and finally, the fourth section “explores the soul and spirit.”
What attracted me to this book was the story of Jesus appearing to Haight. It seems that people to whom Jesus has appeared have one thing in common, Jesus resonates a pure, powerful love that is highly compelling. I wanted to know if this was the same for Haight and was not disappointed. The phrase, “I felt that church was not the place for me,” resonated. Why wouldn’t church be a place to explore? Ironically, the one place it seemed that Haight could find the core teachings of Jesus, turned out to be a huge disappointment. He felt that church was not the place to begin his search and he explained why.
Reading The Unbound Soul has provided me with a deeper understanding of my own knowledge base. Throughout the book, many ideas or concepts, that I have read from other sources or personally experienced and pondered over, were made clear. For example, a somewhat well-known psychic explains that each individual is learning for God and that the earth is a “school of hard knocks.” Haight explains that “earth is a school and a teacher,” the training ground to help each of us to tune into our personal consciousness. Haight’s explanation made this particular concept clearer. In the New Testament of The Bible, a variation of the phrase, “be in this world, but not of it,” has always been puzzling. Haight’s explanation of the difference between mind and consciousness cleared the above phrase from The Bible.
The book is well-written and professionally edited. I thought Haight did an excellent job defining words he thought would be confusing, providing examples to simplify a complex concept, and engaging the reader to start their own spiritual journey. I found two errors, but they were corrected before I finished reading this book. The Unbound Soul is a simple, yet complex book. I would recommend it for anyone who might feel like life is unbalanced or that something is missing in his/her life. If you feel strong in your respective religious faith, I wouldn’t recommend it. Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
The Unbound Soul
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