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The Unbound Soul by Richard Haight is a memoir of a young boy who dedicates his life to spiritual awakening. He travels far and wide gathering and mastering different forms of enlightenment. However, this book is much more than that. It will show you tools that you can use to gain self-awareness. It can, if you allow it to, transform your life. Written with a Tao Te Ching background, it has many Lao Tzu quotations. Richard Haight begins by stating, "My deepest prayer is that this story be of assistance to others, helping them to understand how spiritual unfoldment and vision flow through their lives."
His search begins with the Bible. He had a vision of Jesus telling him to teach the "real" Bible, which was difficult since he had no spiritual mentors. Richard had a learning disorder and was in special education in elementary school. Finally, he learned how to read in high school. Later he became suicidal and started drinking and drugging, all the time knowing that he had made a promise to Jesus. Then he had another vision. Mr. Haight moved to Japan and became a Sotai-Ho practitioner, which is a body healing therapy. He went in for therapy, it worked, he studied it and opened his own business. Later in life, he went on a vision quest for four days on the east coast of the U.S.A. and learned that nothing was 'that' important. Finally, he knew he had to go to the jungle and spend time with his tribe, so four years later he did a ten-day tour in the Andes Amazon Basin.
With the many rankings and titles he has received in his lifetime, Richard leads us through the belief system he has created. When all is said and done, he believes in not having a belief system, in loving unconditionally and living everything in Isness - the Soul.
I believe that all metaphysical and spiritual books are written in degrees of experience and knowledge. A person must really begin with the basics before they can understand the advanced books. This book is definitely advanced, with similar authors being David R. Hawkins and any of the Tao translations. I would recommend this memoir for anyone who is in the advanced stages of their spirituality, as it can get a bit confusing with those not familiar with certain spiritual new-age concepts.
I rate The Unbound Soul by Richard Haight 4 out of 4 stars. it is extremely thought-provoking and not the type of book to 'speed-read' through. Each page delivers wonderful nuggets to ponder upon and to practice. There were no typographical or grammatical errors, so it flowed very well.
The only part of the book that I took at face value was Mr. Haight's belief in heaven, hell and where we go after death. I personally believe that it is not that simplistic. However, everyone has their own opinion and I enjoyed reading his.
I thought Unbound Soul was an exceptional book written for the spiritual seeker, giving excellent advice on meditation, Isness, unconditional love and caring for the mind and body.
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