Review by mayaellenson -- The Unbound Soul

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Review by mayaellenson -- The Unbound Soul

Post by mayaellenson » 13 Jul 2018, 14:02

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Unbound Soul" by Richard L. Haight.]
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Richard L. Haight’s book, The Unbound Soul: A Spiritual Memoir for Personal Transformation and Enlightenment transports us to the vastness of Isness, or Soul, showing a reader the alchemy for truly unfolding to it. Isness is All That Is. It happens now, in the present moment, and is always boundless. Being in the now is crucial for entering Isness. It’s always unconditioned and, therefore, cannot be perceived intellectually. The human mind, by its very nature, is incapable of tuning into the formless, for the latter pertains to the plane of consciousness. Consciousness frequencies are higher than those of the mind. Haight’s guide extends for us a bridge for learning how to synchronize the two.

As Haight reveals, most people exist in a low vibrational reality, full of disharmony, illusions, anger, and pain. Lacking awareness, they are trapped in the mind’s prison with its rigid belief systems. Self-identifications, generated by the mind, curb our visions and the innate abilities for our spiritual evolution. When our mind projects all this inner negativity outwardly, the world becomes a really dangerous place to live. While the mind thrives on conditioning and excluding everything that doesn’t agree with its self-identification patterns, consciousness liberates and expands, connecting us with our totality. As we immerse in Oneness, entering a state of Unconditioned Love becomes not only possible, but natural.

The Unbound Soul reveals the author’s inner visions, insights, and revelations. Inspired by Lao-Tzu’s timeless text, Tao Te Ching, Haight creates his inspierence of Isness, very similar in essence to the indefinable Tao. As Haight explains, unlike one’s experience, inspierence is unconditioned and, therefore, cannot be understood conceptually. The book consists of four parts and 22 chapters. I really enjoyed Haight’s transparent writing style, mind-opening clarity, and a beautiful flow. Being an instructor of meditation, holding masters in four samurai arts and a traditional Japanese healing modality, Sotai-Ho, Richard L. Haight paves his own path to Oneness. As universal as Oneness appears to be, everyone needs to activate his or her inner spiritual blueprints for attaining it.

Part one, My Story, takes us right to the author’s Personal Apocalypse, describing how he embarked on his spiritual quest as a young boy. Part two, The Path, shares with the readers very valuable meditation techniques for connecting with Isness, explaining the difference between the frequencies of mind and consciousness. Part three, Daily Unfoldment, teaches how to care consciously of the physical body to achieve optimal health for attuning into our totality. Part four, Soul and Spirit, shifts us right to the realm of Unconditioned Love. In this final part, the author also explicates why the ageless teachings of Unconditioned Love don’t actually transform the real world, full of violence, destructive energies, and injustice. Filtered by the conditioned mind with its low vibrational derivatives as thoughts, emotions, ideas, religious concepts and dogmas, Unconditioned Love simply does not have a chance to become actualized. Ideas have nothing to do with actuality. I found the glossary in the end of the book very beneficial for recapping what I learned from reading it.

The Unbound Soul does actually radiate the immensity of Unconditioned Love, ascending from the author’s inspierence and revelations. It grabbed me by the heart from the very first page. I find every chapter to be a gateway to Oneness. Exploring this guide feels like entering into the ocean, little by little, as we immerse into its boundless depth, rhythm, and space. One may be already aware of the notions of Presence and the Formless from Eckhart Tolle’s acclaimed The Power of Now, A New Earth, and many other modern, or ancient texts. Even so, amidst the immense library of similar literature, Haight’s book shines as a jewel of all jewels in terms of its energetic vibrations, unique signature, inner Apocalypse, and insightfulness. I would recommend The Unbound Soul to everyone, without exception, who is curious enough to lift the veil and discover what’s really happening in the Universe beyond the mind’s stifling walls and the self-imposed personas.

With all that been said, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by abbiejoice » 01 Mar 2019, 09:42

We are all looking for unconditional love. At times though, there are parts of the book that seem to suggest varied conditions necessary in order to achieve one's spiritual goal. It is not very clear how this unconditioned love is defined in the book. Is enlightenment mere awareness of that love? Is this the one condition necessary? Or is it also possible to reject such a love after knowing it is there?

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