WELCOME TO ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage . Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens                                                                     Carl Jung                                                                ...
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DAILY MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Computers and Technology, Relationships, Finance, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Food and Drink, Writing and Speaking
For more postings, go to https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage  It's Valentine's Day .... in case you didn't notice as you were shopping. This 'special day of love' might work for many 'lovers', 🥰 and obviously many merchants, but if we are honest, how many of us dread this wonderful day that's supposed to celebrate love?😍 What obligations, guilt and fear come with these 'expectations' of giving and receiving. Then comes the disappointment of being neglected. Or, perhaps memories of a lost one. So, as a guy, ...
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DIMASH... ART, SPLENDOR AND BEAUTY

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement
For more ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE posts, go to https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage   DIMASH KUDAIBERGEN________________________ PULCHRIDUDO SPLENDUS VERITUSBeauty is the Resplendence of Truth . In this post, I'd like to introduce Dimash Kudaibergen from Kazakhstan. He is very popular in Russia and China, but the West is slow in discovering him. So if you haven't heard of him before, or more importantly, heard him yet, click on the following links. The vocal teachers and critics I've listened to on YouTube have no criticism to offer, other than to say ...
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A HIGHER VISION

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
For more ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE blog posts, click www.elysiumspassage.com   A HIGHER VISION One of the major themes in Elysium’s Passage novel series is, "Come further up, Come further in." If you are familiar with C.S. Lewis' works, you may recognize this phrase from what was cried out by the characters as they ran further up and further into the New Narnia, as described in The Last Battle, the concluding book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. As we each ascend our Mountain further up ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES JANUARY 2020

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For other posts on this blog go to www.elysiumspassage.com  January 25, 2020 One of the major themes in Elysium’s Passage novel series is, “come further up, come further in.” If you are familiar with C.S. Lewis' works, you might recognize this phrase from what was cried out by the children as they ran further up and further into the New Narnia, as described in The Last Battle, the concluding book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. As we each ascend our Mountain further ...
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READER REVIEWS

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage The following excerpts are among the first reviews of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. Some are Amazon Five Stars reviews along with excerpts from two professional reviews (Blue Ink and Clarion). Also, note the full reviews after these excerpts.  "A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional ...
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WHAT IS ART... PICTURE THIS

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews
The above excerpt is taken from Chapter 17 (What do I know?) in Elysium's Passage: The Summit, the first novel in the novel series.  To provide a fuller discussion of creative expression within the dynamic of essence and form, I have included more of his dialogue below: 'I could go a bit further with this analogue and say...’ ‘That’s okay Eli,’ I said smiling, ‘I get the picture… with or without the frame.’ ‘Maybe you do,’ he said, ‘but allow me to stretch the ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES DECEMBER 2019

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog posts go to: www.elysiumspassage.com  December 1, 2019 This post is on friendship, and since I've been blessed to have many close friends, there's much I could say on this topic. A number of these go back from when I was just 20 years old, which is very long time ago. Interestingly, a number of former friends have recently come back into my life as a result of a high school class reunion a couple of years ago. In most cases, ...
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IS FREE WILL FREE?

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage  Not too surprisingly, there has been much debate over the last hundred years on whether our actions are predetermined or if we actually have free will. Determinism comes in many forms, including physical determinism, logical determinism, theological determinism, etc. Likewise, opponents of determinism often agree that free will is not all that free when it comes to lower orders of consciousness. We consider the idea of reacting to be more mechanistic that our concept of responding, ...
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A VOICE IN THE NIGHT

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
ALL AND NOTHINGNESS: A VOICE IN THE NIGHT "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."                                                             Genesis 1-2 (KJV) Even since a ...
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WHAT IS HAPPINESS?

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more posts on this blog go to www.elysiumspassage.com  What if we as adults, could recapture this same innocence of pure joy, just as these children in the picture express... and, hopefully, as many of us did in our earliest years? If we think we can’t return to this happy state, then why not? It appears Albert was having a good time.   A recent survey in North America revealed that the average adult lives with negative emotions 70% of the time. I ...
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ARE YOU A SKEPTIC?

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
Are you a skeptic? Me too... except when I'm not. But what does it mean to be a skeptic? I suppose it depends... skepticism can mean different things to different people. Perhaps a fixed state of mind, or just seeing an occasional red flag. James, the philosopher in Elysium's Passage: The Summit, prides himself in being a skeptic, if not a bit of a cynic at times. However, while on the Summit, he is challenged to examine what his underlying motives are ...
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A HIGHER CALLING

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
To acces other blog posts go to: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage       Maybe its because my father, above, was fighting with the RCAF during WW2, but I really like this story. I hope you will too. NGM An American pilot glanced outside his cockpit and froze. He blinked hard and looked again, hoping it was just a mirage. But his co-pilot stared at the same horrible vision. "My God, this is a nightmare," the co-pilot said. "He's going to destroy us," the pilot agreed. The ...
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FORGIVE QUICKLY

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
For more blog posts, go to www.elysiumspassage.com  What I love about James Dean is his simple, matter-of-fact practicality. He had it all, good looks, a movie star, money and women such as Marilyn Monroe, and yet he wasn't shallow. Though he died in an automobile accident at just the age of 24, he possessed wisdom far beyond his years. These words are probably not what you would hear from Aristotle or any other great philosopher, yet to me they seem remarkably life-affirming. ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES NOVEMBER 2019

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
For more blogs posts go to www.elysiumspassage.com   November 24, 2019 Tolstoy and Einstein are among the most enduring voices in history that still reach out to us to share their deep wisdom. In this case, they both seem to be saying the same thing, only in their own way.  Another way of stating this same idea of how to make the world a better place is, "be the change you want to see in the world." This is often attributed to Gandhi, ...
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HOW TO BE AN ENLIGHTENED MYSTIC

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
 To access other posts on this blog, go to www.elysiumspasage.com  In the above quote, Allan Watts’ captures an aspect of enlightenment that recognizes "what already is." And what is, presumably is to be present to The All That Is. Allan Watts was a philosopher and theologian who I believe understood this concept of enlightenment better than most contemporary philosophers. As an astute British/American thinker and writer, his whose influence was greatly felt during the 'beat' era of the 50s and 60s. Today, 45 ...
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MYSTICAL BEAUTY

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage  PULCHRITUDO SPLENDOR VERITATIS: BEAUTY IS THE SPLENDOR OF TRUTH I'm a big fan of C.S. Lewis, especially his Chronicles of Narnia which I read to my sons at bedtime when they were young boys. In fact, I later read it again for myself since it was so pleasurable and meaningful to read. I have also read several of Lewis' other books which I highly recommend, such as Pilgrim's Regress, Till We Have Faces, Out of the ...
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THE ALL-SEEING EYE

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Food and Drink, Writing and Speaking
For more posts on this blog go to www.elysiumspassage.com The medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328 was a German theologian, mystic and philosopher who said several profound things in his lifetime such as The eye with which I see God is the same eye with God sees me   This statement is one such quote that intriques me. But it was only when I began to write about it that I saw some its mystical significance. It opened a new door for me in ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES OCTOBER 2019

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
To view other posts on this blog go to www.elysiumspassage.com October 25, 2019 These two quotes by notable writers from the 19th Century made very important points about what is behind the causes that affect humankind’s destiny. What they both say is that not only can words bring peace, but they can bring wars and devastation to the nations. The thoughts that behind the words written or spoken can have affect on whole civilizations for hundred and even thousands of years. All we ...
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WHO ARE YOU?

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
See more blog posts at: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassageThis above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.                            William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2                         The problem, however, is how can you be true to yourself when you don’t even know who you are ...
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