Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life by Russell Anthony Gibbs combines scientific, philosophical and religious ideas and understandings to present a theory of the meaning and purpose of life. The author sets out six universal truths - Oneness, Manifestation, Multiple Realities, Timelessness, Neutrality and Openness – and argues how these are truths and how we can apply them to our approach and understanding of life and ourselves. Drawing on discoveries and theories from both scientific/quantum physics and spiritual interpretations, Gibbs' book offers a positive, thought-provoking and empowering understanding, and so a way of living.
Concise and well-written, The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life is a well-researched and concise overview. Drawing on the works and words of Einstein, Buddha, Christ, Rumi, Dalai Lama, Thich Naht Hanh and many others, Russell Anthony Gibbs presents us with a sensible and unique way to explore and begin to understand ourselves (with our beliefs, emotions and thoughts), our lives, and our place and part in the entire universe. The author’s writing style is both intelligent and thoroughly readable, making this a very accessible book for all who question and seek the meaning of life.
Each of the six principles is carefully presented, and then expanded and explained, and supported by the findings and wisdom of philosophers and scientists. I particularly liked the emphasis on our ability to change and become through our own thoughts and beliefs, i.e. what we focus on manifests, and the exploration of time as an illusion. There is a useful index of quoted authors at the end of the book for those wishing to research or read further. A wise, encouraging, and potentially life changing book that will fascinate and inform all those seeking spiritual truths and enlightenment.