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I had a dream, which was not at all a dream

                                                                                           Lord Byron


There was a time several years ago I would pay attention to my dreams. And funny thing, I found when I did this, they seemed to pay attention to me, or at least they seemed to be there for me. All that was required of me was to intend to remember them when I awoke.

And so, first thing in the morning after getting out of bed, I would journal what I could remember while I was still able before slipping away. As I did this, they would unfold more and more. The trick was not to put too much effort into the recall but just to relax, be open and let it come. Once an image or event appeared, and I 'caught' the thread of what was happening, it would just keep unraveling until I had whatever was there for me to see. I'm sure we all have these experiences from time to time. 

Then I would speculate on what meaning, if any, the impressions might have for me. No matter how bizarre, there generally was something that seemed to be a message or observation I was to make. Admittedly, some dreams were just too over the the top ridiculous to speculate on any meaning.  

But I found that in paying attention to them, there was much they gave me to think about. Occasionally they would lift me into a very happy state. Unfortunately, I got lazy and stopped paying attention during my morning meditations. I don’t even know why because it was interesting and often very entertaining. After that, it seemed I seldom dreamed anymore, but of course this wasn't true.  

I will never forget my favourite dream. How or why it came to me, I don’t know, but the experience evoked something very extraordinary within me, elevating me to feelings that were so joyful and transcending for me that the memories still remain a place of joy, peace and tranquility, even after all these years. I often think about what happened in that dream. I'm not sure if it would have come to me had I not been open to this personal epiphany.

As I was completing the first draft of the fourth book of the series, Elysium’s Passage: The Elixir, this dream occured to me as a fitting end to the book when the hero, James, was about to depart his surreal realm of consciousness and re-enter his physical earth body. It was the perfect end. 

There are times I wonder if I had recalled something more than just a dream; perhaps an event that actually happened at one time in another zone of reality. What if there is something to parallel universes? In any case, this felt like a taste of heaven, not that I consciously remember what heaven was like prior to emerging on this plain of existence.   

Though the dream came to me at least 15 years prior to writing the series, it was still as fresh as when I first experienced it in my sleep. And yet I struggled to find the words to communicate the depths of emotions I felt. Thought I did the best I could, it still falls far short. If I were a poet, maybe I'd be more successful. I hope though, some of it magic and charm will come through to the reader by the time I complete the last round of revisions on the scene.

If you wish to know what this very special dream was about, James, our hero describes it this way:

I can’t tell you now if it actually was a dream that I had or if it was something far more real that could only be known by dreaming it. But if it was just a dream, I don’t remember ever waking up from it. And if that is the case, am I still dreaming the dream? I wonder about that sometimes. From the last chapter of Book Four of the Elysium's Passage series.

However, it will still be a couple of years before that book is ready to be released. But it will be worth the wait. Besides, you will have to read the first three books for it to make sense.


Ever drifting down the stream
Lingering in the golden gleam
Life, what is it but a dream?

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


Quotes on Dreams and Consciousness

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung

You have to dream before your dreams can come true. Abdul Kalam

Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream. Khalil Gibran

In you is all of heaven. Every leaf that falls is given life in you. Each bird that ever sang will sing again in you. And every flower that ever bloomed has saved its perfume and its loveliness for you. A Course in Miracles

For heaven is within us, and people who have heaven within them come into heaven. The heaven within us is our acknowledgment of the Divine and our being led by the Divine. The inner self is as distinct from the outer self as heaven is from earth. Emanuel Swedenborg

Possibly the most interesting first impression of my life came from the world of dreams. P.D Ouspenky

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger; who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. A person starts to live when he can live outside himself. Albert Einstein

A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake. G.I. Gurdjieff

Because men believe they already possess consciousness they give themselves very little trouble to acquire it. Fredrick Nietzsche

When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake. P.D Ouspensky

The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief that one is already conscious. P.D Ouspenky



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This blog is devoted to the Elysium's Passage book series and various ideas that relate to the content of the series. For more information see this blog's first introductory post: WECOME TO ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE. 

The Summit is the first in a series of five Elysium’s Passage narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding about life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed, or could believe. 

An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality and our ultimate destiny.

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.


Pending Publication of the Elysium's Passage Series

The Summit, is now available on Amazon in hardcover, softcover and eBook. 


With the exception of the last novel, the other three have been written but still require more editing before publication.

The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows: 

THE SUMMIT now available



THE ELIXIR spring 2020

THE RETURN sometime in 2021