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"This is a must read for anyone searching to explore spirituality, purpose, and unbound freedom." - Greg Giesen, Award-winning author of Monday at 3 and Creating Authenticity #1 Bestseller in multiple spirituality/self-help categories, this spiritual awakening guide teaches a natural path of enlightenment while telling the heartfelt true story of a young boy's mystical visi "This is a must read for anyone searching to explore spirituality, purpose, and unbound freedom." - Greg Giesen, Award-winning author of Monday at 3 and Creating Authenticity #1 Bestseller in multiple spirituality/self-help categories, this spiritual awakening guide teaches a natural path of enlightenment while telling the heartfelt true story of a young boy's mystical vision and his subsequent search for truth. "I can't remember a more transformative book." Through this work, amongst other things, you will: - Receive new tools of awakening that blend seamlessly into your daily life. - "This book is worth getting just for this, but it's a whole lot more". - Learn how the senses, thought, emotion and memory have imprisoned you, and discover the key to unlocking that prison. - "...one of the most profound books I've read in the search for answers to Love, Life, and Living!" - Discover the nature of the mind, consciousness, the spirit and the soul, and how they interweave to limit or unleash the possibilities of your daily experience. - "You will look at the world a little bit differently after reading it." - Learn how to turn your daily life into a vibrant journey of awakening. - "No gimmicks. No special pictures or runes. JUST YOU." "Any reader who likes to contemplate and seek the ultimate truth will not turn away from this book once he or she picks it up!" "This book, in my humble opinion, is the best literary tool for all human souls seeking their inner path to "Spiritual Unfoldment". "If you feel any drawing to read this book, know that it has the potential to transform your life."


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"This is a must read for anyone searching to explore spirituality, purpose, and unbound freedom." - Greg Giesen, Award-winning author of Monday at 3 and Creating Authenticity #1 Bestseller in multiple spirituality/self-help categories, this spiritual awakening guide teaches a natural path of enlightenment while telling the heartfelt true story of a young boy's mystical visi "This is a must read for anyone searching to explore spirituality, purpose, and unbound freedom." - Greg Giesen, Award-winning author of Monday at 3 and Creating Authenticity #1 Bestseller in multiple spirituality/self-help categories, this spiritual awakening guide teaches a natural path of enlightenment while telling the heartfelt true story of a young boy's mystical vision and his subsequent search for truth. "I can't remember a more transformative book." Through this work, amongst other things, you will: - Receive new tools of awakening that blend seamlessly into your daily life. - "This book is worth getting just for this, but it's a whole lot more". - Learn how the senses, thought, emotion and memory have imprisoned you, and discover the key to unlocking that prison. - "...one of the most profound books I've read in the search for answers to Love, Life, and Living!" - Discover the nature of the mind, consciousness, the spirit and the soul, and how they interweave to limit or unleash the possibilities of your daily experience. - "You will look at the world a little bit differently after reading it." - Learn how to turn your daily life into a vibrant journey of awakening. - "No gimmicks. No special pictures or runes. JUST YOU." "Any reader who likes to contemplate and seek the ultimate truth will not turn away from this book once he or she picks it up!" "This book, in my humble opinion, is the best literary tool for all human souls seeking their inner path to "Spiritual Unfoldment". "If you feel any drawing to read this book, know that it has the potential to transform your life."

30 review for The Unbound Soul: A Spiritual Memoir for Personal Transformation and Enlightenment

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    a "cut above" book for which many of us have unknowingly been seeking . . . By Reverend Lori Revo (www.UCome.org) on December 11, 2016 This is the first time since reading A Course in Miracles that I have wanted or been drawn to read anything else.  It is also the first time I have read another book that adheres so closely to my own thoughts of "Beingness," and one that is concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with just theory and ideas, having brought with it even more a "cut above" book for which many of us have unknowingly been seeking . . . By Reverend Lori Revo (www.UCome.org) on December 11, 2016 This is the first time since reading A Course in Miracles that I have wanted or been drawn to read anything else.  It is also the first time I have read another book that adheres so closely to my own thoughts of "Beingness," and one that is concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with just theory and ideas, having brought with it even more insight and resolution of disharmony in my life.  I have kept this review simple and straightforward so it will be clear to all, as the more readers who access the content of this book, the higher will be the vibrations of the planet on which we all appear to reside for now.   Part 1 is a clearly written, deeply interesting, and often humorous narrative of the author’s personal story which spans the first part of the book, beginning with him growing up on a horse ranch in rural Southern California, and including his vivid inspirational visions and insights.  The story expands to a move to Georgia where our author had extraordinarily enlightening experiences (an excellent read), and his subsequent return to California where he experienced an “all-knowing, all-loving presence of incomprehensible yet utterly palpable power,” which the author called the “Isness inspirience” (as contrasted to experience).  The author describes his participation in two intense vision quests in the United States and the Amazon where he learned, among other simple profundity, that “proper attitude is the key to unfoldment,” and “we must be willing to give up falsehoods before any truth can be accepted fully (italics mine).” In Japan the author trained intensively and extensively in diverse forms of martial arts, which included training of an energizing physical therapy called “sotai-ho.”  He subsequently moved to Oregon and immediately began teaching martial arts and meditation through what he called “intensives.” And this is only a moderate description of Part I of this riveting book.   In Part 2, the author discusses frequencies of the mind and consciousness and then moves into teaching a dynamic form of meditation followed by powerful methods for resolving inner disharmony.  He talks about "memory," a subject of interest for many. For example, he alerts us that the memory of something is not the same as the actuality, which is a common mistake often made even without us realizing it.  He reminds us that memory is always of the past, not the present. We are to let memories be memories and not try to relive them, to toss out all expectation, and to be fully open to all possibilities at all times -- which is the way to have true "inspirience" in the moment.  Another highly effective method the author espouses is “Dance of the Self” on Page 1 of Chapter 14 entitled Resolving Disharmony.  Be sure to read this section in its entirety, including the all-important part about cleaning up the energy -- IT WORKS. You have been asking questions for years; it is time now for ANSWERS. And “Dance of the Self” will surely supply answers to some of the unexplained experiences you have had in the past, as it did for me.  The author talks about “dogged” persistence which is very apt as it reminded me of the effect of a dog shaking off water after being drenched.  “Dance of the Self” has a similar, yet deep inner effect of shaking off or diffusing disharmony and darkness.   In Part 3, the author states:  “Gradually, through this process (of spiritual unfoldment), impedimentary perspectives that we have held slough away . . . and with each layer released and resolved, a little more light is able to shine through, allowing further insight into our true natures. In this way, unfoldment is an undoing and unbinding process that reveals the very core, which is Beingness.”   In this section the author discusses the many aspects of this process including the health of the body and the balance of the mind and how to restore and maintain both, and how to clear false identification with the world and find your Self.  He also has a very astute understanding of the power of true prayers of Beingness.  Read this section to gain more insight.     In Part 4, the author rediscovers the true transformative power of unconditioned love, and its power to undo a sense of separation and restore oneness with Beingness.   No “review” can do this book justice.  It is powerful, full of extraordinary wisdom and insight, and vividly describes the heightened experiences and wisdom of the author in a simple, yet unparalleled way.  To do the book justice, one must actually read it and study it to appreciate it.  And unless one is already fully liberated, this book will be of significant help in bringing awareness to the reader of Beingness or Isness, as the author expresses it.  I am glad I was guided to it; I sincerely enjoyed it; and I appreciate the content of the book and the life process that produced it.  As the author himself says:  “No matter how much I realize, there is always more to be understood, more to perfect, to refine and purify.”  The magnificence of this book definitely stays with you after reading it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phil Calandra

    "The Unbound Soul Applied Spirituality" is an autobiography and instructional book into the author's "Observation Meditation" and "Dance of Self" Techniques. The author also discusses such topics, among others, as the mind, memory, psychic sense, physical body that relate to seeking the path of "Being" which seems very similar to Advaita Vedenta Philosophy. Most provocative and fascinating is the author's chronicling of his prodigious spiritual and psychic experiences that molded his philosophy "The Unbound Soul Applied Spirituality" is an autobiography and instructional book into the author's "Observation Meditation" and "Dance of Self" Techniques. The author also discusses such topics, among others, as the mind, memory, psychic sense, physical body that relate to seeking the path of "Being" which seems very similar to Advaita Vedenta Philosophy. Most provocative and fascinating is the author's chronicling of his prodigious spiritual and psychic experiences that molded his philosophy through the years. Very early in his life, the author had very profound dreams of Jesus who exhorted him to find the essence of his teachings. At one point, Jesus stated "find my bones for they are the core of my teachings" This probably marked the beginning of the author's long journey into his spiritual unfoldment. He later had visions of himself as a spiritual teacher. It is very interesting to note that in the author's youth, he suffered from a severe depression, had suicidal tendencies and was on the verge of committing suicide when a profound peace enveloped him and the author described a power that transformed him instantly. After this post depression period in his life and after fracturing his ankle practicing marshal arts, the author had a spiritual experience of encountering a great void and "just beyond" a presence and intelligence. When the author queried this intelligence as to what it was, the answer received was that there was no other and that the author and "Presence" were One. I believe this is the essence of the book that is so difficult to fathom that we share identity with this "Presence"("God","Absolute") but are simultaneously the "self" or "personality". It appears that the author's early vision of Jesus and the exhortation "to find my bones" led the author to a deeper spiritual enfoldment . Shortly afterwards, what the author describes as the "Isness inspirience", he went into a long depression for several years. No early visions, dreams, or spiritual experiences could compare with it and, I believe, the author was never able to understand or duplicate it completely. Perhaps describing it would be infinitely greater than explaining the difference between yellow and green to a person who never had the benefit of vision I believe the instructional exercises outlined in this book appear somewhat difficult to negotiate without the proper guidance and coaching. It should be noted, however, that the author does provide a number of videos and articles on his website free of charge. Another alternative would be the "Self Inquiry Method" outlined in various books by Ramana Maharashi and Paul Brunton In closing, achievement of "self realization", indeed, is no easy accomplishment. I'm reminded of the great mystic and psychic U.G. Krishnamurti who stated that there was no self realization, no prerequisite to it and that only one out of a billion people could ever achieve this state. U.G. described this state as a state of not knowing, which was not something that he ever hoped to achieve and, furthermore, the experience depended on the background of the individual. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this is a provocative, comprehensive and, most importantly, hopeful book which I would highly recommend

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    An eye opening experience of a read. Very well balanced information that supports a practical application of deeper meaning and living with convictions.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marina Osipova

    5 out of 5 It’s not easy to review books like The Unbound Soul. It’s like embarking on a personal transformation journey for the sake of your own soul and consciousness. The book consists of four parts, first telling the author’s personal story and, in the subsequent parts, he introduces his perception regarding awakening, ways to keep body and mind healthy, and the forces that drive to the awakening process, leading the reader to the truth within. I like the author’s word choice “Isness” for God, 5 out of 5 It’s not easy to review books like The Unbound Soul. It’s like embarking on a personal transformation journey for the sake of your own soul and consciousness. The book consists of four parts, first telling the author’s personal story and, in the subsequent parts, he introduces his perception regarding awakening, ways to keep body and mind healthy, and the forces that drive to the awakening process, leading the reader to the truth within. I like the author’s word choice “Isness” for God, which is at least for me associates not only with Positive but with Negative as well. It “Is”—exists, putting no obligation on us, without judging, only waiting for us to open up to “Is”. And it’s up to us—our choice. Richard Haight doesn’t promise miracles stating that “On this journey we are alone”. His book is an invitation to use our own experience in achieving the goals of our choice. The author’s journey to the Unnamable is truly touching. Luckily to him, his own parents happened to be the people with an open mind and did not hamper his progress in making his personal choices. They were the first to motivate him to question the unbending religion dogmas. His inquisitive mind sent him on the quest of explaining things he experienced, and his fateful meeting of his Sensei gave him invaluable praxis in finding The Tao or unnamable, or as he decided to call it, Isness. Guided by unearthly powers, he arrived at the point in his life when he could share his knowledge and experience with other people interested in the subject (“Find the essence of my (Christ) teachings and give it back to the world”). The author had found right words to bring to his readers the understanding of the undefinable further explaining differences between mind and consciousness, methods for resolving inner disharmony, introducing unconditioned forms of meditation, prayer, and chanting for tuning to consciousness. Through the easy mental technics, the author teaches unbiased perception and feelings and how to relax into innocence and enjoy just being. I highly respect the author’s truthfulness. In his words, “Truly, Isness cannot be taught, because it’s formless and free of all definition.” So, he motivates the reader by rather offering the ways to come to conclusions based on personal efforts and openness toward accepting never experienced spiritual happenings. Guiding us toward the path of unfoldment without pushing, the author doesn’t conceal that practicing according to his instructions requires sincere dedication (he personally had put in it over 10,000 hours of dedicated study). And I can’t help but agree with him: the narrative requires full attention and genuine commitment, including readiness not to judge, not to explain, but just feel. By its deep and detailed excursion in the process, the part dedicated to meditation impressed me the most. By sharing his experience—physical and spiritual—abundantly, the author answered many of my questions, some of them were quite an eye-opener, and while reading (I would rather say, ‘experiencing’) his work, I felt elated. The Unbound Soul is an invaluable source of information and technics for them who seek spiritual unfoldment. Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Madeley

    When I read non-fiction books I expect them to be informative and tell me something I don’t know. I don’t think this book went far enough. There is a lot of sensible advice, meditation, relaxation, letting go of the materialistic outlook, but it has all been said before. The anecdotal evidence is alright, but not really that inspiring. I’m a little underwhelmed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    That took longer than it should have to read. Click here to see my full review: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/vie... That took longer than it should have to read. Click here to see my full review: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/vie...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Esperanza

    Technically speaking, the manuscript is well-written, with only a few and very minor errors on the supplementary pages and not on the main book itself. With four main sections that began with Haight's account of his personal experiences that led him to his spiritual journey that made it more relatable, I couldn't help but marvel at the relevant, rich, eloquent, and somehow poetic language used worthy to grace anyone's collection of favourite quotes. This is also a well-regarded book by a bestsel Technically speaking, the manuscript is well-written, with only a few and very minor errors on the supplementary pages and not on the main book itself. With four main sections that began with Haight's account of his personal experiences that led him to his spiritual journey that made it more relatable, I couldn't help but marvel at the relevant, rich, eloquent, and somehow poetic language used worthy to grace anyone's collection of favourite quotes. This is also a well-regarded book by a bestselling author with heaps of great reviews to support its literary worth. However, I've got qualms about the plausibility of its contents. Nonetheless, I don't think I should be stuck with that perception given that I'm not satisfied that I've done enough to be able to do full justice to this piece at this point. Thus, I'm planning to re-read it in the future. Perhaps when I already have the right amount of time and mindset, I'd be able to have a more open-minded or receptive take. By that time, perhaps I could already find my way through its maze of new terminology and analyse better its somehow unique concepts anchored (and yet at times defying) well-established practices and belief systems. Maybe I could already give it a perfect rating by then (or maybe not). In the meantime, I recommend that you consider this review as an interim or non-final one. I'd keep you posted when the right time comes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, at first I thought this might just be another book by someone who wants to jump on the band wagon of enlightenment but by the 3rd chapter (they are very short chapters) of this book I was sucked in by Haight's journey. Through conversations, with parents and teachers, meditation, martial arts and vision quests Haight found himself with some very real yet primal understanding. I find his method of meditation very interesting and inspiring. Hai I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, at first I thought this might just be another book by someone who wants to jump on the band wagon of enlightenment but by the 3rd chapter (they are very short chapters) of this book I was sucked in by Haight's journey. Through conversations, with parents and teachers, meditation, martial arts and vision quests Haight found himself with some very real yet primal understanding. I find his method of meditation very interesting and inspiring. Haight's teachings are not to be applied only in a special setting but more as a way to live in the world. I found this book extremely inspiring and filled with a unique take on many spiritual paths. If you have any interest in expanding your mind and or have an interest in martial arts this would be a good book for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steven Howard

    This book is part autobiography and part road map to a spiritual journey. The author shares a wide range of illuminating stories of the spiritual visions and insights he has experienced across the years, from childhood into adulthood. He then shares details of his own thoughts on what he terms practical spirituality, as well as methodologies for attaining such, including various meditation practices and mental through processes. These are a little hard to follow at times, but the messages and conc This book is part autobiography and part road map to a spiritual journey. The author shares a wide range of illuminating stories of the spiritual visions and insights he has experienced across the years, from childhood into adulthood. He then shares details of his own thoughts on what he terms practical spirituality, as well as methodologies for attaining such, including various meditation practices and mental through processes. These are a little hard to follow at times, but the messages and concepts are worth the struggle. This is definitely not a book you want to race through and check off your reading list. It's one to savor at a moderate pace, while taking time to reflect and contemplate on the messages, practices and processes described. In the end, doing so will definitely be worth your time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    What if what you have been searching for has been right with you all along? This book was full of valuable insight for me and it isn't enough to read it one time. I have marked so many passages and bookmarked pages or chapters to return to. I want to go pack and put what he teaches into practice. I've found myself eager to tell others about it too. I read parts to my son and we sat one evening discussing it. That was a very satisfying discussion and I knew I wanted to be like the author's father What if what you have been searching for has been right with you all along? This book was full of valuable insight for me and it isn't enough to read it one time. I have marked so many passages and bookmarked pages or chapters to return to. I want to go pack and put what he teaches into practice. I've found myself eager to tell others about it too. I read parts to my son and we sat one evening discussing it. That was a very satisfying discussion and I knew I wanted to be like the author's father as described in the first story in the book. I want to encourage my son to think, question and not just blindly follow others. This book is full of stories of the authors experiences and kept my interest throughout.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Greg Giesen

    As a student of spiritual teachings, I highly recommend reading Richard L. Haight’s book, The Unbound Soul. Using his personal story as the foundation, Richard takes the reader through a journey that starts with a childhood vision and ends with a spiritual awakening that catapults him from student to teacher, leaving us with powerful lessons and insights for our own spiritual journeys. What’s more, Richard doesn’t talk at us but with us, as he shares his own trials and tribulations along the way As a student of spiritual teachings, I highly recommend reading Richard L. Haight’s book, The Unbound Soul. Using his personal story as the foundation, Richard takes the reader through a journey that starts with a childhood vision and ends with a spiritual awakening that catapults him from student to teacher, leaving us with powerful lessons and insights for our own spiritual journeys. What’s more, Richard doesn’t talk at us but with us, as he shares his own trials and tribulations along the way. This is a must read for anyone searching to explore spirituality, purpose, and unbound freedom. -Greg Giesen Award-winning author of Monday at 3 and Creating Authenticity

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Tomala

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Online Book Club. The Unbound Soul is the story of Richard L. Haight's spiritual quest throughout his life and the beliefs he formed along the way. While I did find this to be an interesting read, his belief system did not make sense to me. There were certain parts in his teaching section that contradicted themselves and just left questions to be answered. To see the full review please go to: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/vi I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Online Book Club. The Unbound Soul is the story of Richard L. Haight's spiritual quest throughout his life and the beliefs he formed along the way. While I did find this to be an interesting read, his belief system did not make sense to me. There were certain parts in his teaching section that contradicted themselves and just left questions to be answered. To see the full review please go to: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/vie...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peyton Gaudiosi

    There are a lot of ideas or thoughts in this book. Some you may readily accept and some that may push your boundaries. I think, when reading this book if something resonates within you then take that and learn from it. If something sounds off then skip it and maybe come back to it when you are ready. This is a book where you have to be ready on many levels to read it. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Missy Ivey

    I’m not so sure I’d call this a “memoir”. It seems to be more of a “how-to” to get to spiritual consciousness. You know you are living life in the mind when you have disharmony in the soul. This author renamed God when he encountered His bliss because the name God didn’t seem to fit. He named him “Isness” because He is in everything…your soul, your spirit, the trees, the plants, the sky, the universe, etc… I’m okay with that; Isness can be the God, Jehovah, the “I am”. God goes by many names. In I’m not so sure I’d call this a “memoir”. It seems to be more of a “how-to” to get to spiritual consciousness. You know you are living life in the mind when you have disharmony in the soul. This author renamed God when he encountered His bliss because the name God didn’t seem to fit. He named him “Isness” because He is in everything…your soul, your spirit, the trees, the plants, the sky, the universe, etc… I’m okay with that; Isness can be the God, Jehovah, the “I am”. God goes by many names. In his early start, the author lived in Japan for a while and was trained under a martial arts instructor, and received spiritual therapy. Here, he claims to have seen the unbelievable. His instructor took his arm and swung him flip-flop like a ragdoll with no exertion on the instructor’s part. The instructor then held out his index finger and told him to grab it. When he did, the instructor, apparently, flip-flopped him again like in a cartoon. Here’s where I’m having a hard time believing. I can’t believe this until I actually see it, sorry! The author also claimed to have seen in a martial arts class one time, a student try to kick the teacher, but there was a barrier, an invisible wall, preventing the kick and the student fell down. He claimed the teacher was in complete harmony, living in unconditioned love, and when anyone is in that state, they cannot be harmed by anyone. I don’t believe this! What about innocent little babies who have no biases and no hate in their hearts. Bad things do happen to babies! The point of this book was to learn to live in the present, not live with your mind, which has limitations and is living in the future (hopeful) or the past, but to live in unconditioned love and being one with the Isness, or God. He attempts to show you how to get there, but I just couldn’t understand what he was saying at all. It sounded like highfalutin gibberish. Of all the millions of people in this current world, and past, this author knows exactly what happens to the human soul after death as it gets ready for reincarnation to continue our journey? Even the Dalai Lama wrote that he was at least “hopeful” that what he was doing in this life would help him in his next life. When the author took a spiritual journey to the Amazons, he claimed he was told he would start a new kind of spiritual therapy, combining martial arts and therapy. So, he created the “Observation Meditation” where you focus on the 5 senses (visual, sound, feel, smell & taste) to get to a meditative state. And then created the “Dance of the Self” meditation where you reflect on your day anywhere in private for 10-15 minutes. If you notice any disharmony within yourself, or against any one else, find it in your body and discard it. Now, it seems to me that this author is really lust looking to start a whole new ‘following’?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane Runyan

    I was at first resistant to, then transfixed by, the spiritual development of author Richard L. Haight in his book The Unbound Soul: A Spiritual Memoir for Personal Transformation and Enlightenment. He started on the path toward spiritual enlightenment at a very young age. Throughout the book, Haight describes several visions he experienced in points in his life. In the first vision Haigt had as a young boy, Jesus told him to find the essence of Jesus’ teachings and give it back to the world: “F I was at first resistant to, then transfixed by, the spiritual development of author Richard L. Haight in his book The Unbound Soul: A Spiritual Memoir for Personal Transformation and Enlightenment. He started on the path toward spiritual enlightenment at a very young age. Throughout the book, Haight describes several visions he experienced in points in his life. In the first vision Haigt had as a young boy, Jesus told him to find the essence of Jesus’ teachings and give it back to the world: “Find my bones, for they are the core of my teaching.” Haight then began his quest. Some of the spiritual beliefs that he encountered on his spiritual journey were aikido, sotai-ho, Christianity, reincarnation, and studies of the aura. One of the primary purposes of this book is to encourage the reader to become aware of the differences between our consciousness and our minds. If we pay attention to our thought processes we will be free from our own suffering. This personal mental suffering is a result of our resistance to being one with God, or “Isness,” as Haight refers to it. The reason he uses this name is because he asked it, “What are you?” and its answer was “as best as I can put it into words was, ‘There is no other.’” Focusing on being one with "Isness" will free us from any pre-existing structure that keeps us separate from "Isness." Examples of these structures are the idea of the individual self, and various religions and belief systems. These things are of the mind, rather than the soul. Innocent curiosity is what begins the process of resolving the conflict within the self. This understanding is more of an "unfoldment," as the author terms it, an opening to or radical simplification of what "Isness" truly is. (Realization is awareness of something previously unnoticed.) I found myself questioning the validity of the author’s story at times. His explanations of time spent studying various religious/spiritual ways of investigating “Isness” seem vague. It seems he can acquire understandings of certain teachings and experiences much more quickly than an average person. I found it especially hard to believe that he was awarded Masters’ licenses in four samauri arts and a traditional healing art called Sotai-ho within 15 years. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was easy to read, and was obviously professionally edited. (I found no spelling or other errors.) I became caught up in the author’s story of his life and his visions. I felt that many of the statements he made based on his learning reflected my personal growth, so I could relate to what he was saying.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Sawyer

    Thanks to the publisher for a copy to read and give my opinion. The cover was approachable but it was the blurb that caught my eye. The concept of "Isness" is not a remotely new one, but it is an open love for anything and everything. Isness is not selfish, prideful, arrogant, small minded, or hypocritical. The author starts out with a learning ability that hampers his reading ability. Not many took the time to truly help him, net even the teachers at his school but rather a friend. This book Thanks to the publisher for a copy to read and give my opinion. The cover was approachable but it was the blurb that caught my eye. The concept of "Isness" is not a remotely new one, but it is an open love for anything and everything. Isness is not selfish, prideful, arrogant, small minded, or hypocritical. The author starts out with a learning ability that hampers his reading ability. Not many took the time to truly help him, net even the teachers at his school but rather a friend. This book takes the survival of the fittest to the nth power, and strides through mind over matter through martial arts experiences. Sotai ho was his first experience in the mind over matter guidance. He saw an instructor barely move his body but lift and throw another human being. Himself being one of the thrown to enlighten his guidance. The author stayed with the instructor until he himself becomes a master and heads back to the U.S. to try his hand at instructing others. Shin Kaido which means open heart when he himself opens up a dojo to instruct others. The author himself has had many journeys in which the imagination is opened, memory causes metal noise. Trips through the Amazon and spirits of enlightenment enhance his journey. The thoughtful motto that those who cannot do must teach. My biggest apprehension during this book was his dreams of Jesus without bones. I think this was the biggest gift given to the author because Jesus instructs him to "Find my bones, for they are the core of my teaching." Isness being what he wants us to learn and this is not a new approach. The Bible instructs us to love our neighbors, our mother, our father, and cast the first stone for those of us who have not sinned. Having had a core upbringing in karate, and self control...I can see where the author has went out on a limb to become fully enlightened. Karate's core teaching of mind over matter teach us to look beyond the pain into the soul for power so that we shed weakness. Compiled with yoga, meditation, and wilderness survival this amounts to strengthening our souls and character. The author touches briefly on apocalyptic themes that may or may not be heading our way. I'm not alarmed because when are we not threatened with end of the world predictions. If it happens it will be. I gave the author four stars for enlightenment. I believe martial arts to be a form of protection and enlightenment for our minds. It strengthens the core, and improves our mindset. Thanks for allowing me a copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Witil45

    Excellent! Richard's well written book inspires and instructs - very interesting and enlightening! After a most unusual vision experience at age eight anchors his heart and soul to a commitment he did not fully understand, the author moves rather haphazardly (like most people) through many experiences -- humorous, surprising, embarrassing, challenging. As he overcomes a youthful learning weakness, and becomes skilled at martial arts and meditation, he also acquires a gift of understanding and int Excellent! Richard's well written book inspires and instructs - very interesting and enlightening! After a most unusual vision experience at age eight anchors his heart and soul to a commitment he did not fully understand, the author moves rather haphazardly (like most people) through many experiences -- humorous, surprising, embarrassing, challenging. As he overcomes a youthful learning weakness, and becomes skilled at martial arts and meditation, he also acquires a gift of understanding and intuitive vision that reveals to him, with considerable help from divine sources, the lessons that open his consciousness to the dire straits the world is in with its culture of fear, violence, ego, greed, and disunity. He is shown the tragic destructions that we are bringing upon ourselves, but also is told and shown what we can do to prevent or to survive them. Richard spends no time going into graphic detail of coming troubles. Instead, he confirms the impending apocalypse is real, and then, with dogged determination and the help of God-sent people to assist his journey, he is able to accomplish his mission, which is to provide the world with several chapters of important insight and methods to reconnect with one anothe r consciously and increase our ability to live in unity with all. While he holds out hope for the best outcome, he knows that many will not choose to awaken. Nevertheless, the principles revealed will help those who use them to endure and to survive.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stargazer

    One to re-read as i have done four times now whilst reading other books of his, sane words and grounded advice, loved it. Sane words of wisdom. A handful of the many passages highlighted: The difference between people is merely their degree of realization of what lies at the core. The key to effective conscious unfoldment is tuning to consciousness in every possible moment of our lives. The mind will find a way to sap the magic out of everything if you feed it. People tend to think that the most esse One to re-read as i have done four times now whilst reading other books of his, sane words and grounded advice, loved it. Sane words of wisdom. A handful of the many passages highlighted: The difference between people is merely their degree of realization of what lies at the core. The key to effective conscious unfoldment is tuning to consciousness in every possible moment of our lives. The mind will find a way to sap the magic out of everything if you feed it. People tend to think that the most essential form of fear is physical death, but we have more fundamental ones — unbridled suffering, absolute meaninglessness, and eternal aloneness are just a few flavors of fear that we all wish to avoid. The body always mirrors the type of energy that is within the mind. If we observe the body, we can cultivate awareness of what was formerly unconscious. we intend to actualize unconditioned love in our lives, we must clearly realize the difference between consciousness and mind; otherwise we will habitually be tuning to mind and, therefore, suffering.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maritza

    Overall I thought this book was well written and that the author conveyed his thoughts adequately. The first part of the book was very enlightening. I like the fact that the author guides the reader and provides them with detailed instructions on the Observation Meditation method and the Dance with Self method of releasing and "cleaning up" the negative energy. I found the second half of the book a bit tougher to get through since this is not a particular genre that I would normally read. But I Overall I thought this book was well written and that the author conveyed his thoughts adequately. The first part of the book was very enlightening. I like the fact that the author guides the reader and provides them with detailed instructions on the Observation Meditation method and the Dance with Self method of releasing and "cleaning up" the negative energy. I found the second half of the book a bit tougher to get through since this is not a particular genre that I would normally read. But I believe the author describes his personal journey nicely and provides the reader with meaningful information. This is one of those self-help book that the outcome depends on the person reading it. I personally was able to connect and understand the authors point of view.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Duffy McMahon

    A wonderful read Richard has a way of allowing you to look into your own soul and get the answers you need. I have meditated for over 50 years and have learned more from this book than all my meditations over the years. I truly recommend this to anyone looming for transformation and enlightenment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ian Gant

    An extremely stimulating read which draws you in to the concept.of Isness as you move through the various sections of the book and develop a greater understanding of unconditional love and the means of putting it into practice throughout humankind

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    this was such a great help as you read it makes you feel you can achieve anything you set your mind to it. reading it will make you realise there is a way out of the dark hole you find yourself in I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Morey

    Awesome Enlightment It opened my eyes about life, the soul, death, heaven and hell, and religion. I see things a little bit more clearer. His teachings and what he has gone through, really taught me unconditional love.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Fraley

    quite a memoir of travel and experiences, spiritual growth, inner journeys and enlightenment. some guidance through meditation. practices. i found parts of the book to be inspirational, however there was a lingering sense of "I" did this "I" did that not that i was led or inspired. too much "self" for me. quite a memoir of travel and experiences, spiritual growth, inner journeys and enlightenment. some guidance through meditation. practices. i found parts of the book to be inspirational, however there was a lingering sense of "I" did this "I" did that not that i was led or inspired. too much "self" for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I was disappointed with this one. It was a combination of metaphysical and science fiction. Too “woo woo” for me... I just didn’t want to spend any more time with it... Though I really dislike giving a negative review..

  26. 4 out of 5

    Isabella Hale

    There were some AMAZING insights.. I highlighted a couple of them. I understand now why he wrote Genesis book: very interesting: and I am already using his guided Meditation Techniques (I have used Meditation as a Christian for years). Already reading his next book.. which I like even better.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Francis Shaw

    The author has led an interesting and varied life which was enjoyable to read about. For those beginning a spiritual journey you might find this a helpful read to provide some inspiration.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Harris

    The book provides a direct path to conscious awareness. I find the book has the potential to transform your thoughts and become more insightful.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Lent

    Inspiring This book was both enlightening and inspiring. It showed me how to think outside the proverbial box to help find my true self. One can learn much from this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shaunbek

    What a kook...

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