4 out of 4 stars
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The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment is a book that will get you thinking about life. The author is Richard L. Haight.
This book takes me back to when I was in junior high especially when it mentions Isness. I remember my religious education teacher telling us how God is omnipresent (everywhere), omnipotent (all powerful) and omniscient (all knowing). The three titles mean that God is the supreme being and nothing passes His attention. Just as the book title reads, this books talks about transformation, where ones life changes and enlightenment, where one gets to understand that change. The author talks about his own spiritual growth which started when he was young. As a young boy, he had a vivid dream of Jesus visiting him. In this dream, Jesus had no bones and asked Haight to find His bones. As we all know, bones make up the body structure and gives form. Therefore, Haight had to find and explore Jesus' teachings.
This book is a convergence of the different religious beliefs which make up the philosophy. The author explores the various ways of finding oneself and understanding ones purpose. The attainment of inner peace is discussed which is achieved through ways which include meditation. As we are all familiar with, meditation is known to be of great help for mental and body health as it relaxes the body and brings coordination to every cell.
I have a personal interest in reincarnation and the author made me enjoy reading about it even more. It is amazing how a body can transform and assume a totally different form. In reincarnation, it is believed that a good person assumes a good spirit after death while a bad person assumes an evil spirit after death.
This book is divided into four parts, each covering a different topic. We have the author's autobiography, his journey to self-realization, relationships and the spirit part. The part that touched me the most is the relationship between teachers and students. In Sunday school Haight's teacher told him that he would burn in hell if he didn't read the Bible. I find this too strong and harsh for a child to swallow. Sunday school teachers should find other ways to get children interested in reading the Bible.
Martial arts is also a tool for transformation and enlightenment. It teaches self-discipline, integrity and defense.
The author's writing style is engaging and serves as a brainstormer. His experience is a tool for personal growth and therefore, this is an amazing self-help book. The book is also professionally edited. I therefore give it a 4 out of 4 stars especially because I connected with it. I recommend it to anyone who loves spiritual and growth books.
The Unbound Soul
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