4 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight makes some intense reading that is bound to affect the way you think. It might even change the way you look at and conduct your life vis-à-vis your relationship with the universe around you.
The author says that the book‘s primary purpose is to clarify the differences between mind and consciousness. The reader will be led to an ‘unfoldment’ as he or she chooses consciousness over mind and come to a realization of a higher entity or ‘Isness’ or oneness which can be attained only through ‘inspirience’, a word Haight coined to explain a deeper form of experience. The author himself attained this Isness inspirience when he was 22 years old.
The book seeks to direct the reader on a real spiritual journey, one that is in consonance with the universe - with Isness. Throughout its four parts, the book is deep philosophy though its language of exposition is easy and non-intimidating.
The first part tells the story of the author’s own journey from childhood to where he has now reached. He details the experiences of his childhood, his dyslexia and how he finally overcame it; and his dreams or visions. We see snippets of his personal life, the ups and downs he faced, much like any normal person's. He passed through such lows in life such as dabbling in drugs and having suicidal tendencies. This would resonate with many people.
After living in Japan for many years, training and becoming an instructor in martial arts he felt called to make a special ten-day tour to the ‘Achuar’ tribe country of the Amazon. There he claims to have received his defining vision after drinking a bitter concoction called ‘natem’ which the shaman of the tribe gave him, a vision that enlightened him about the role he was to play in life.
Part 2 unfolds the path of his ‘spiritual unfoldment’, the primary and most important process of resolving inner disharmony to reach the ‘Isness’ state by intentionally tuning in to consciousness.
Haight explains that because humans live by the mind they are not in tune with the frequencies of the multiverse and so miss out on its encompassing, unconditional love, peace and harmony. They, therefore, need to get back on frequency through living by consciousness and liberate themselves from the mind’s selfish grip. This they can achieve through meditation, prayer, chanting and the ‘Dance of the Self’ which are extremely effective methods to prevent negative feelings from polluting daily life. These techniques will clean up the inner and outer atmospheres of dark regions, dispel the demons of negativity to eventually resolve into positivity.
Part 3 is the ‘Daily Unfoldment’, the training to turn you into what you really are by sloughing away every accumulated negative perception. This way you release, layer by layer, the negativities that envelop your consciousness to finally reveal the core, glowing and truest you – Isness. The process involves taking care of both body and mind along with the entire ecosystems to which everything – consciousness, body, mind and the elements are connected to. You then rise above the pettiness of the mind to reach the higher frequencies of consciousness.
In Part 4, Haight delves into the differences and relationships between the self, the spirit and the Soul, by sharing what he has received through visions during his unfoldment process.
To read Haight’s Unbound Soul you must first assume not only an open mind but an open consciousness. Then perhaps you will discover the path to becoming a better human being, whichever religion (or non-religion) you follow. You might learn to unshackle yourself from disharmony and the mind’s fetters and gain that experience – or inspirience – to view everything from the higher, unbound perspective of consciousness. Alternately, if you are not careful, you might be thrown into confusion and see the belief systems you are associated with crumbling to dust. Haight’s book can be a disturbing read for some.
What I like about Unbound Soul is its clarity and the step-by-step guidance that seems to have sprung out from the author’s honest conviction that he has a message of unconditional love, peace and harmony for this traumatized world. He walks with you through the meditation and other processes so you feel him by your side.
Though the message is similar to that taught by every religion, his teaching about meditation, the Dance of the Self, might prove to be excellent and practical techniques to eradicate negativity and disharmony and help create a new awareness or consciousness of the oneness of the universe and everything that constitutes it. because of its love-based and non-violent approach the book gets four out of four stars from me.
I find there is nothing not to like about the book. Even then, some of the author’s narratives sound preposterous to me, such as his childhood dreams, and his visions after drinking the psychedelic potion prepared by the shaman of the Achuar tribe, but those are his unique personal experiences.
The book appears to be professionally edited. I could find no typos or grammatical errors in it. I would recommend Unbound Soul to anyone who would want to deepen one’s spiritual perspectives but with a warning: read with a discerning mind and don’t be led to believe blindly.
The Unbound Soul
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