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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. In fact, if I thought I could get away with it, maybe I'd try to learn to "kiss slowly." That might, however, turn into "laughing uncontrollably"... at least by someone.
This post takes a brief look at the topic of forgiveness and how important it is that we understand and practice it, first towards ourselves and then to everyone else out there. In some cases, it may seem almost impossible to do, where someone has wronged us, such as when a loved one has been intentionally killed in cold-blooded murder. How is it possible to let that go?
I would say that if it was up to only our confused minds, it would be impossible. Fortunately, we are more than just our minds... infinitely more. Since we are divine in nature, albeit, not always so obviously so, we are able to access the Source of Unconditional Love. That may sound rather metaphysical 'out there,' very far from the reality of our painful feelings of resentment, sorrow, hate, rage and vengeance. But maybe it's just us that is 'out there', far away from where we could be if we lived in a heightened state of awareness.
But when we realize how much more pain these toxic feelings will cause us to suffer for as long as we dwell on them, we need to ask if it is worth it. Many, would say yes since they would rather ruin their lives by drowning in the poison of these low-frequency emotions. Meanwhile, the victimizer probably could care less how we feel towards them. However, we should care about how we feel if we want to be happy. The more we dwell on wrongs committed against us, (and we all have plenty of these grievances), the more unhappy we will be going through life. A good question we need to ask ourselves is whether we would rather be right or be happy? Perhaps this is what Jesus was getting at when he said we should "turn the other cheek" when we feel we are being wronged.
Of course, by the world's standards of violence, that sounds ridiculous. In fact, many books and movies appeal to base emotions that lust for vicarious vengeance. And yet, in the end, no one wins as the vicious cycle of revenge goes on between the ‘Hatfields and McCoys.’ We see this everywhere in our world between waring neighbours, tribes, religions and nations that cannot forgive the other for what they together continue to perpetrate upon each other. And so generation upon generation is born into this psychosis of hate.
Forgiveness, may or may not cause the aggressor to realize how small they are, but it does allow us to rise above being victimized again, this time by ourselves with all the pain we inflict upon ourselves.
Less obviously is how this emotional poison turns on us to become self-loathing. We project what's within and so we keep doing this to ourselves, even though we try to tell ourselves it's someone else's fault that we feel miserable as we do. This is why we must become aware of what we are doing to ourselves when we don't forgive. When we become aware, we can 'choose again,' just as it states in A Course in Miracles. If we are willing, we are free to escape our self-imposed inner torment. In fact, it's the only way!
As for the victimizer, the fact is, they have planted their own seeds of destruction, and they will eventually bear the consequences of their attitudes within their soul. See my post: Nero, One Helluva Story https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/one-helleva-story
Forgiveness has everything to do with us, and so, Dean's admonishment to ‘forgive quickly’ is very wise, because the sooner we do this, the happier we will be. Hate will not have an opportunity to take root in us and twist our lives into something far less that we are meant to be... divine beings of light and love.
To help illustrate these points, I've included a few short excerpts from the Elysium's Passage novel series which discuss the topic of forgiveness within the context of the plot.
From Chapter 2, Elysium's Passage: Surreal Adventures
As I strolled along the beach later in the day, I thought about how I had forgiven her last night during that eerie spectacle. And in doing this, found forgiveness towards myself and everyone else who I thought had wronged me in the past. Without doubt, this really was the most important lesson I learned on this island, and probably the most difficult. Forgiveness was my big issue… not something I often did willingly.
Should my old feelings of residual hate and resentment return to my psyche, I could never be free, and that’s why I could never allow myself to be trapped by resentment again. It would ruin my life without any possibility of having a lasting relationship with Julianne or anyone else.
I also thought about how Mo went on and on about how the world’s worst enemy was its collective ego; being responsible for its interminable wars and suffering. He said the ego-mind has no interest in forgiveness, caring only to aggrandize itself with hate and vengeance while wallowing in its cherished entitlement and victimhood. This gives it a seeming reality it would not otherwise have by authenticating itself in the very pain it causes.
When I first came to the island, I was told there was an important purpose for my being here, even though I wasn’t told specifically. But now, during these last days, I realized it was about learning how to forgive. Everything I fought against on the beach, was a hideous creature that I had conjured by refusing to forgive the world.
That was quite the revelation. I realized now my true identity was my divine Self and not that of the old ego-self. Not that I was a Buddha, but then, I wasn’t Gilligan either.
From Chapter 9, Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps
‘Even in different dimensions,’ Mo said, ‘the higher frequencies of love are able to integrate with the lower, provided the affections are not contrary to the other. Otherwise, we would never be able to experience God’s love. Love is love; it’s just a question of how much the separate ego-mind is allowed to compromise this reality.
‘That’s why we say it’s important to subordinate the mind to the higher order of the heart. When the mind joins with the heart, union with God is experienced, and out of that comes union with everyone else. In fact, it’s even possible to love your enemies when you realize their ego is not who they are within their divine essence. Let me give you an example.
‘Because of who and what he was, Yeshua could confidently say, love your enemies and then actually demonstrated what he said. Even if everyone thinks this is a preposterous notion, he knew it was possible for anyone that existed in the light of the divine Source. How else could he pray, even as he was being tormented, Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.'
‘Love knows only love and can do none other than love. That’s what Yeshua came to reveal to humanity, and he did so most poignantly that last day of his body’s mortal existence. By seeing what is truly within rather than just outward appearances, there is no judgment.’
‘In fact, this is what really makes Elysium… Elysium,’ Eli said. ‘Unconditional love prevails in all relationships. That’s why there is no need to forgive since there’s nothing to forgive.
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
The Summit is the first in a series of five Elysium 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.
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ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: READER REVIEWS
The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture and humour; Mr. Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”
"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"
“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"
“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”
“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting, yet calming, experience that is not to be missed."
"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.
“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION TO SERIES
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The Summit is now available for purchase. 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 available
SURREAL ADVENTURES fall 2019
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2020
HE ELIXIR fall 2020
THE RETURN sometime in 2021/22
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