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---- it’s a matter of Life and Death
No, not just for me… well maybe.
But really, Elysium’s Passage is all about life and death – yours, mine and everyone else’s. Perhaps not quite yet, but what topic could be more important to consider while we remain connected with our “mortal coil” to this dense plane of human existence.
And so the Elysium Passage book series is about living life to its fullest from the perspective of someone who starts at the bottom and slowly ascents to his ‘Summit’ to transform his confused life into something more meaningful than what he was experiencing below in the 'Lowlands.'
So this book series really is about both life and death – death to the old way of living and his body body that experiences a close encounter with death. The narrative might even amuse you, although it’s a serious topic that gives much consideration to our ultimate destiny and what’s on the other side.
Many think that in the end nothing happens – it’s over, there's only annihilation. Our agnostic philosopher friend James...
the protagonist in Elysium’s Passage seems to think that's the case, at least until he falls off a mountain ledge while climbing high in the Andes. While still in a coma, he is challenged to consider what if we have an inner ‘spirit body’ that can never die? However, as you can tell in the short excerpt below, he is rather adamant that “once you die, you die.”
Eventually he comes around to a different point of view as it becomes obvious he is actually experiencing his life on the mountain summit in a spirit body. I’ll let you read it to find out how that happens… it’s just too good to give away here.
The Elysium’s Passage series examines the question of what happens to us after the biological death of our body. Many like James seem to think they are nothing more than a body. But his companions don't agree with him, claiming the body is nothing more than a learning device we wear for the short time we visit earth.
And if we reincarnate, we get a new suite each time we arrive, although molecularly speaking, it completely changes every few years. Even its electromagnetic pattern has a way of becoming tattered and weak after a while, inside and out... as I’m sure most of us realize all too well. However, Elysium’s Passage tells us why our souls don’t die, even when our outer body’s elements are once again released to the aether.
So what then? James other-worldly friends from Elysium who visit him on The Summit give us an indication of what’s next, in as much as that's possible.
And so I invite you to read Elysium’s Passage which examines the matter of life and death. And if you wish, tell me what you think. While organizing some of the content for this series, I’ve drawn upon a life time of various sources on the topic, such as the writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg and my own personal experiences. Many of these events are incorporated in the novel’s story line.
After you have read Elysium’s Passage, perhaps there will be something you wish to share. I’d love to hear from you – I’ve noticed these stories and experiences seem to be everywhere, including fascinating accounts of near death experiences (NDEs) and out of body experiences (OBEs).
All this can help add texture to the series as I continue to expand it for as long as I’m able. So far I have four books, some yet unedited, and one more to write. After these five are published, who knows if there is something more that demands to be written.
In any case, I hope you will follow the series in the years to come with this riveting story of our philosopher and his adventures in living and loving... in what for him becomes a matter of life and death.
My next blog will examine some of the other significant 'life' themes implicit in the series.
NGM Sept 6, 2018
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Here's the excerpt taken from Elysium's Passage: The Summit where James expessed his view on mortality.
‘That’s okay, you will soon understand this reality,’ Mo said. ‘As for your biological body; as we said, it was lifted out shortly after the fall. The helicopter couldn't land on the slope but the pilot was able to drop one of the crew to where he was able to bundle your body in a sling and then lift it into the fuselage. Immediately they rushed it to a hospital in Santiago, and then a few days later, it was dispatched to London by a Learjet Medivac.
‘But don’t worry; your university’s insurance plan covered the flight home where it is now being attended to by a competent medical team. It will require intensive care for some time yet, since your body’s neck is fractured and perhaps broken. Your brain is barely functioning, and so you remain in a deep coma.’
I looked at Mo, in disbelief, thinking the story just keeps getting better… or was it worse?
‘But it’s not only your physical body in London that’s been having a rest,’ he said, ‘you were in a state of deep soul sleep for some time. That often happens after a trauma such as this. Where you awoke in the ravine, was close to where you parted company with your physical body. Your clothes, backpack and its contents, manifested in accordance with your belief expectations. That's how things work on this side. And just in case you were wondering, your accident happened over two weeks ago.’
‘Oh really,’ I said, ‘amazing how time and body flies when taking a snooze. In a Learjet you say? That’s jolly; I’ve always wanted to do that. Next time I’ll try to stay awake for the trip so I can tell everyone all about it. But really, gents, do you actually expect me to believe your stories? It just keeps getting richer all the time. Is there someone hiding behind a bush videotaping this for some comedy channel? For once, can we get serious? You know, it's not funny to joke about something that could have resulted in death. In this case, mine!’
‘You’re right James,’ Eli said, ‘it's not, and we're not. We agree this was serious and believe us, we’re not joking about what could have resulted in your body’s death. But realize we view things from a much different perspective. Let us assure you there is nothing remotely dead about you or your body. It remains very much alive in its earthly plane of existence, albeit in a diminished condition. You'll find it in Room 3017 of your hospital's Critical Care Unit.’
‘The last we heard,’ Mo said, ‘though marred and twisted, it remains in stable condition connected to a life support system. Note, we’ve deliberately said it, not you. Though its lights have been knocked out, it's most fortunate to still be alive since you’ll likely need it again. But believe me, as things stand now; you're much better off to be here with us… much less constricting, wouldn’t you say?
‘Your brain’s hardware was badly shaken and will need much time to heal before it can fire up its synapses to activate the neural axons and dendrites. Your neurologist says until your neck’s cranial and vagus nervous systems mend, there's not much they can do for you except keep the body alive on their support system.
‘In fact, it could a very long time before you awaken in it, provided that it survives. If at some point the doctors suspect it’s not going to make it, it will likely be discharged from the system. However, from what we have told by our informed sources, your body will most likely recover, although it could still take much longer for you to regain your consciousness in it. In other words, for your soul to re-enter the body you think you are.’
‘You two just won’t let up, will you? Did you just say “re-enter the body I think I am?” Do you know how weird that sounds? Furthermore, what do you mean “our informed sources”? We're way off grid and a long, long way from any transmitter service so you can't possibly be receiving information from any sources… unless you have a satellite phone you're not telling me about.’
‘When you are the grid, you don’t need a phone,’ Eli said, smiling.
‘“When you are the grid,” what in the bloody hell is that supposed to mean?’
‘What I mean,’ he said, ‘there is nowhere that Source is not. And since we’re all part of Source…’
‘Save the metaphysics for later,’ I said, ‘I just want to know what’s real and certain.’
‘There's nothing certain about your fragile mortal body,’ Mo said, ‘and so it's still possible it may not make it. And then how real will it be? Nothing temporal is real, but you’re not temporal, only your body is on the earth side. You haven’t learned that yet, but you will.’
‘Oh, so now we're on about sides? It's obvious there is only one side. Either you're dead or alive, not both. For now, I prefer to be alive, and if you please, in this body.’
‘And so you are.’ he said. ‘It’s true; your mortal body must either be dead or alive. For now it's alive, but when it’s not, you'll still remain alive wherever you are in this body I’m speaking to.’
‘To the contrary, I think the evidence is apparent that once your body is dead so is your brain, and with it, your conscious awareness, since it obviously comes from the brain.’
‘It’s obvious to whom?’ asked Mo.
‘Neurologists and anyone else with a brain,’ I said wittingly. ‘Perhaps I need to give you a little lesson in philosophy. Ever heard of Descartes' famous pronouncement, “Cogito Ergo Sum: I think therefore I am?” Yes, I’m sure you have. So ask yourself, what is it that’s doing the thinking? It’s got to be something that causes it since the effect can’t be the effect. So what could it be? Let me think. Ah yes, of course; it's the brain! What else could have had this brilliant thought? Obviously something had to have it.'
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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
This 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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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
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 is now available
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2019
MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2019
HE ELIXIR spring 2020
THE RETURN sometime in 2021
The following comments are among the first Amazon reviews of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. All are Five Stars! Others reader reviews are included below, along with excerpts from two professional reviews. To read full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com
"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…"
"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.”
“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."
“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 humor 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)
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