4 out of 4 stars
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Richard L. Haight’s The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment is a meditative course and self-help guide that is, as it says, both enlightening and transformative.
The book is divided into four sections. The first two parts of the book are about Haight opening up to the reader about his life, making them feel like they are right there with him in his journey of discovery. He helps the reader to understand where he’s coming from, where he is today, and how he came upon what he calls the Isness, a way of feeling total harmony in your life.
Haight’s dedication to this Isness led him to help himself and others figure out just how to get in tune with it so one can lead the peaceful life that accompanies it. He takes everything he’s learned from spending time in different countries and studying martial arts, this Isness, and combines them into his own form of spiritual practice.
Parts three and four covers living with the Isness, how to unfold yourself so you can nourish yourself spiritually and physically, and how to fit that in with all aspects of your life. He greatly stresses the importance of physical health on top of mental health, as the two are actually intertwined. He gives a lot of great advice about living healthily and how-tos on exercising and how to use the Isness to devoid yourself of unhealthy eating habits and staying focused on healthy ones.
This book is for those searching to connect with something spiritually and to find ways to help yourself. Even if you’re not completely interested in the Isness side of this, his many techniques are helpful for those who may be struggling with anxiety, stress, and anything else disruptive in your life. Dancing of the Self, for example, is helpful in getting rid of any excess anger and anxiety and to keep your consciousness quiet and calm.
At some points in the books when discussing personal experiences, the stories can come off as a bit outlandish, such as his use of the Isness being able to stop attackers by nonphysical force. But whether you believe his stories or not, there is a great deal of wisdom around them. He also embraces skepticism by including questions people might have about the techniques he offers and answers them all with logical, thoughtful insights.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book is an insightful look at the human spirit and Haight is both knowledgable, empathetic, and strong in his belief system. His belief system itself, while it may seem strange to the closed-minded person, will be helpful to those who are more open-minded and participate in or are willing to participate in meditative practices. Not only is the content thoughtful and engaging, but it is also well-written and well-edited. Only one or two minor spelling errors were found.
The Unbound Soul
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