4 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight is a self-help book aimed at those looking for spiritual awakening. It is split into 4 main parts. Part one is an autobiography. Haight explains his life and how he developed his spiritual ideas. Part two explains what following his path entails. This section largely focuses on the intentional tuning into one's consciousness. Part three gives ideas about daily unfoldment. Here he discusses the importance of student/teacher relationships, letting go of blame, and how one's perception can change their life. Lastly, part four delves into the soul and spirit. He starts by defining both and how the function in the world around us. Next, he talks about the wheel of life and unconditional love.
There were many moments while reading this book where the information presented really made me stop and think about my own life and where it's going. It is rich in information from many different religions and spiritual paths. This helps readers from all walks of life relate to the paths presented. I enjoy how Haight describes the universe, consciousness, and his methods. They are easy to visualize and understand. Partially because he uses easy to understand language. Also, he is quick to provide definitions for words he thinks might need further explaining. This added to my enjoyment of the book greatly.
Haight suggests that each time a reader approaches this book they do their best to clear their mind of any preconceived thoughts or expectations. This is similar to many spiritual books I have read in the past. This will keep your own expectations from muddling the messages Haight is trying to teach. He encourages one to have a "vibrant aliveness" in each moment; to simply enjoy being. I really enjoyed this sentiment and how it could be related to my life.
I am rating this book 4 out of 4 stars because the ideas presented are well thought out and presented in an easy to understand way. I found all four parts of The Unbound Soul to be engaging throughout. I was also impressed by the editing. I found very few mistakes and none that subtracted from my enjoyment of the book. This book would be great for anyone that enjoys self-help books or autobiographies. It would also be great for anyone wishing to explore spirituality in a new way. Potentially not good for those with strict religious views as he does borrow from more than one religion or way of thinking.
Lastly, there is a small glossary in the back of the book that I found to be a useful addition. Many words that deal with spirituality and emotions can mean vastly different things to each person. I liked that Haight defined his meanings for these type of words for the reader. I found it helpful in understanding Haight's ideology. Overall, this book is an amazing read and I find myself wanting to go back and reread sections that hit home for me.
The Unbound Soul
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