Reader Reviews for
The Six Principles of
and Meaning of Life
“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.”
“Russell has produced something almost impossible to imagine in such a brief number of pages, an accessible wide-ranging exploration of the very meaning of life. It helps for me that his conclusions very much match my own views, though I cannot imagine being able to express them as lucidly and in such an interesting way as he does. Russell sees the entirety of existence as one and he includes in that oneness a universal underlying intelligence. His vision is more rewarding than that which you find in basic pantheism and reading his book allows you to look out upon the world with the wonder of a new arrival in this most amazing place. One point on which I have difficulty is the suggestion (which later appears to be tempered and more or less satisfactorily resolved) namely the idea that since all us are one there is really no difference between (a) that which we usually consider as good or (b) that which we consider to be evil. In other words the idea that morality is a subjective invention of man. The consequences of this uncomfortable notion are balanced by his answer to the question “Then why should anyone choose to lead a virtuous life?” “Harmony and happiness is the result of a virtuous, enlightened life while discord and suffering is the result of a selfish and ignorant life. The Universe is just expressing itself in every possible variation, to experience itself and you get to choose which one you prefer. If you wish to live in a reality of peace, harmony and love, you will choose an enlightened path. If you wish to live in a reality of pain, suffering and hatred, you will choose to ignore the wisdom that would free you from this unpleasant reality” This book is full of food for thoughtful reflection and I am pleased that Russell has allowed me the opportunity to review it.”Tony Brady
“It is not my inclination to read books that promise to be inspirational. I made an exception for Mr. Gibbs’ book and was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered. The material he covers is complex and far-reaching. His discussion begins with science, both mainstream hard science and theoretical physics. Mr. Gibbs blends what scientists know and what they believe may be true about the universe, with the speculative ideas of great philosophers across cultures and epochs. Though one may disagree with Mr. Gibbs’ analysis, there is much to be learned from what he has to say.
This is a brief book, free of jargon and condescension. It left a lasting impression on me. Since finishing The Six Principles of Enlightenment and the Meaning of Life, I’ve read about how bacteria sense each other. Called quorum sensing, this ability to communicate and react as individuals in a group brought to mind Mr. Gibbs’ ideas about the interrelatedness of the universe.
If you like to think about life’s big questions, you’ll enjoy Mr. Gibbs’ discussion. And if you don’t care about those big ideas, then read the book for the science. String theory, time continuum, dark matter and many other notions are explained in simple terms. Even if you’re not inspired by Mr. Gibbs’ discussion, you’ll likely gain insight into the physical reality in which you move every day. I know I did.A.G. Moore
“While at first glance this book appears to be short, one must truly read and ponder it to begin to grasp the much deeper meaning. This book gives simple yet very thought provoking answers to the Law of attraction or enlightenment. While many may feel the law of attraction was brought forth in this century, in reality it has been around for thousands of years and is expressed through multiple religions and philosophers. I love the quotes at the end of each principle that are used to show example of this. Thousands of years ago this knowledge was shared only with the philosophers and those who were enlightened. Today it is available to anyone who is willing to take the time to truly understand and practice this deep wisdom. This is a book that needs to be read many times over and each time you can walk away with a completely new level of understanding.”Denise B.
“This well written and articulate work helps you understand the Universe/God and our relationship to it. It is concise but covers the complex principles quite well. The author’s voice is extremely clear and he supports his arguments with a wealth of meaningful quotes from both scientists and spiritual authorities. This book is a significant summary of the most profound spiritual, scientific, and philosophical principles covering the span of human history. I would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever thought about the meaning of life, the pursuit of happiness, or is a spiritual seeker themselves.”Constance Messmer
“Mr. Gibbs writes in a way that simplifies it all for the reader. He has taken facts and proven theories from a variety of esteemed spiritualist, scientist, professors, religious leaders, and teachers, and compiled it in a way that makes it so comprehensible. This book should remain on your bedside to pick up on a daily basis to remind us what we already know or where our journey here on earth is taking us. Very thought provoking.”Mary Jane Peace
“Russell Gibbs’s ability to pull together the spiritual and scientific concepts in The Six Principles of Enlightenment and Meaning of Life is concise clear and life changing. As outlined in his book, by putting all of your efforts and focus into positive things around you, you control your destiny and how you live a full happy life. As a newer reader of spiritual material this book also gives you a great overview of the big principles while also comparing and contrasting the quotes and comments from some of the most respected philosophers and leaders in history. I highly recommend this book.”Sheila Serafin
“Finally a book that sums everything up in a concise way. I was very impressed by this book. It is a good introduction to enlightenment. I look forward to the other books. I recommend this for anyone seeking an all encompassing way of approaching this important topic.”J. Steinberg
“Opening your heart and mind to the six principles identified in this book will certainly improve your life. I was particularly drawn to the principle of Manifestation. When my action produced tangible results I went back and read the other 5 principles more carefully. Loved the quotes used to support each principle.”Dorthy Crile
“A concise book that brought together all of my wandering through spiritualism. This book has truly focused my energy to enable a confident life journey without self recrimination, doubt and fear.”Anita S.