Review by CinWin -- The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight

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Review by CinWin -- The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight

Post by CinWin » 04 Aug 2018, 22:04

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Unbound Soul" by Richard L. Haight.]
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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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Post by JudasFm » 23 Aug 2018, 19:37

It sounds like an interesting book. Self-help/spirituality isn't my thing, though, so I'll give it a pass. Thanks for such a well-written review!

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Post by LV2R » 23 Aug 2018, 19:42

It sounds like this book takes us on a spiritual journey through Richard Haight's experiences and conclusions. The advanced topics and new-age concepts may be a bit too heavy to read, but for people wanting to delve into such things, they may like exploring this viewpoint in the book. I do like that he believes in unconditional love, which is true love.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 23 Aug 2018, 21:28

Thank you for making this read as resourceful as you can in your review. I always wanted to read about this book. Thank you once again!
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Post by Yolimari » 24 Aug 2018, 01:09

Mr. Haight has had an interesting spiritual journey. I read and reviewed his book Inspirience in which he talks more about Isness. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Espie » 24 Aug 2018, 09:30

I haven't had much exposure to "Isness." In fact, I still couldn't say I got enough knowledge of its meaning at all so web search is going to be my ally later. However, thank you for your well-written review, which really gave the book ample depth and justice.
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Post by stacie k » 25 Aug 2018, 21:51

Congratulations to the author for a well-edited book! I’m not sure a book of this nature is of interest to me right now, but I’m sure there is an audience for it. Thank you for the information!
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Post by Dolor » 26 Aug 2018, 10:10

Muslims also believe in heaven and in hell. It's a plus that there are no typographical and grammatical errors in this book. As of now, I couldn't decide whether to read this book or not. Thanks for the review.

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Post by trajoe1206 » 26 Aug 2018, 18:20

Thanks for the detailed review. Spirituality is not my cup of tea

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Post by holsam_87 » 26 Aug 2018, 20:25

Your review points out a lot of strong elements that would be in a book like this. I will definitely keep The Unbound Soul in mind for a lengthy read.
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Post by MsTri » 29 Aug 2018, 10:16

Even though I do generally like books that follow people's journeys through different religions, this one just isn't calling to me. Thanks for the thorough review just the same!

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Post by Vickie Noel » 01 Sep 2018, 12:56

I find it ironical that the author believes in "not having a belief system." His believing that is already a belief system if you ask me. Thanks for the review, but this book sure isn't my box of chocolate.
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Post by Varshini29 » 24 Jan 2019, 15:14

It's as though I am exported to some other world with all the spirituality and stuffs... although I feel bad when he breaks the promises and start drinking and stuff... quite thrilling it seems...

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Post by edcba » 24 Jan 2019, 22:39

there is always something to learn and pick for tomorrow. helpful thanks!

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Post by AvidBibliophile » 21 Oct 2019, 20:29

Just finished reading this title myself and I think this sentence of yours truly sums up how I felt at the end:

"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."

Thank you for eloquently describing the vibe I couldn't quite put my finger on! Great review :)

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