4 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightment by Richard L. Haight is a self-help book and a guide towards finding one’s own spiritual ways. This book is divided into four parts. The first part is Richard’s autobiography, the second part is about spiritual unfoldment, the third part is about how to resolve challenges that might come up with the unfoldment process and the fourth and last part, talks about the difference between soul and spirit, and the forces that stimulate suffering and the awakening process.
On the first part, Richard writes about his early life and the events that merely defined the book’s purpose. One of the most important events is a dream in which he met Jesus, and He told Richard to “find his bones for they are the core of his teachings”. The very essence of his teachings. That encounter was the genesis of his journey.
There is a handful of anecdotes that highlight the points the author makes in each chapter. Experiences that support what he writes about. In his journey, he traveled in the United States, Japan, and Ecuador (The Amazon). While in the U.S., he joined a group of travelers on a vision quest. Visiting the Amazon, he had a spiritual experience using a plan concoction with a local tribe. Back in Japan, where he lived for some time, he trained Martial Arts, Meditation and Healing practices. After some time, he moved back to the United States and became a meditation instructor.
In some of the highlights, Richard teaches about consciousness and awareness, about a meditation technique called Observation Meditation and the Dance of Self to restore the harmony in the environment. Also, he teaches Shinkaido, which is a training method that combines martial arts with healing and meditation. During the whole book, Richard shares instructional exercises with the readers. If taken as a guide, this book is a slow read since some of the teachings and techniques take time and practice to prove their effectiveness.
Spirituality, according to Richard, is taking the best out of every lesson and applying it to oneself. It’s not straight up Christian but the author mentions his belief in a God, Heaven and Hell and the Savior, Jesus Christ. Also, he makes comments about reincarnation. As a reader, it's not necessary to agree with all of the statements in order to take in the good lessons.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I couldn’t spot any major grammar mistakes. It is a well-structured book with a powerful and inspirational message. As much as I enjoyed reading it, I would recommend it to anyone that is into self-help literature, is in seek of spiritual guidance/growth or consciousness/awareness.
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