DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES/FEB 2019

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The following quotes are archived from the DAILY MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE that are beng posted during the month of February, 2019. Also note the archieved posts for January 2019 and December 2018 

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February 14, 2019

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Rather than comment on this quote from D.L. Salinger, I thought I would included these lines from Book Two of the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series: SURREAL ADVENTURES.

‘Contrast that to Catcher in the Rye,’ I said. ‘This novel still remains a bestseller for generations of youth.[1] Certainly it was a favourite of mine,’ I said, ‘at least in my adolescence when I could identify with the counter-hero. Somehow, it resonates with youth in their most mutinous years.’

‘But did you know,’ Mo said, ‘that after bestowing the world with this seminal literary masterpiece of defiance and despair, D.L. Salinger withdrew himself into an emersion of Vedantic teachings? Perhaps it was to find solace for this troubled soul, as he began to practice Zen and study Sufi mysticism.[2] It has been reported that he regretting writing the book for the very reasons we’re discussing.’

‘Considering how much money he must have made on this bestseller,’ I said, ‘it’s hard to imagine him being troubled by anything.

‘I don’t know,’ Eli said, ‘but maybe he felt the weight of the book’s moral nihilism had infected an overly impressionable generation. With his talent he could have attempted to write a novel of hope to counter the Weltschmerz of the first. But he was probably savvy enough to know it would have little appeal and so he’d be wasting his time. Likely he understood that enlightenment is not a very interesting topic as long as humanity prefers to identify with the world’s collective neurosis.’

‘It’s most evident that neither of you are big fans of the book,’ I said, ‘but in my opinion it has many redeeming qualities. One quote I’ve always remembered was: "the mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." 

[1] The Catcher in the Rye remains still remains immensely popular, particularly among adolescent readers as it has been since first being published in 1951.
[2] But unfortunately Salinger’s life (1919-2010) was anything but peaceful. Even though he followed (often erratically), various Eastern and New Age movements (including Scientology), he couldn’t seem to come to any firm resolution on what to believe. Much of his adult life was filled with personal, domestic and legal discord.

NGM

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February 10, 2019

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Interestingly, I posted this same quote by Rumi on Twitter a couple of days ago, and within a day I had almost 3,000 views... by far the most I've ever had. With few exceptions, I can expect to receive no more than 30 to 40 'impressions' the first day. Never have I had more that 1,500, even when posted for a month. Frankly, I wasn't expecting anything special; certainly no more than a few dozen by the next day. 

So what's going on with people that this quote by Rumi would have such huge appeal. All I can think of is that it must have somehow resonated as a big collective ah-ha moment. "You mean I've erected inpenetrable barriers to love? Who knew?"

---- well, maybe everyone but you! 

This theme of love barriers is found in the first couple of book of ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE. However, I won't say more than that at this time. I hope you will read all about it in THE SUMMIT, the first book of the series, already published, and the second, SURREAL ADVENTURES, when it's released this summer. The ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novels have many themes, but love remains an important one throughout the series.  

NGM

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February 5, 2019

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George Bernard Shaw's astute observation is perhaps more relevant today than at any time before, considering the amount of disinformation that's dumped on us every day through every possible means. This is often occures where there are conflicting interests and agendas at stake... which is most everywhere when money and power are involved.

As we all know, information technology makes it easy for propagandists to efficiently and effectively spread whatever lies they like. One way of telling if you are being brainwashed with falsehoods is if what they say makes you feel fearful and even guilty. Religion had done this effectively in the past, but today it is so much easier to whip up hysteria about most anything. And they do!

That's a good time to 'follow the money' to find who might be benefiting from spreading the 'false information'. What do those behind the propaganda have to gain? Money? Power? Likely both since each generally go together along with whatever recognition is conferred on those who control the thinking of the masses.

On this point, what George Orwell termed "Groupthink" is particularly dangerous where anyone opposing the popular 'correct' trends becomes subjected to endless ad hominin attacks and humiliation.

In ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES, the second book in the series, the hero enters ‘virtual worlds’ where these vices are made obvious such that everything in these domains is appears to be inside out, upside down and backwards – much like our world today.

Just an observation. Tell me what you think in the comment section at the end.

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Februrary 2, 2019

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Allan Watts was a very astute British/American thinker and writer who's influence was greatly felt during the 'beat' era of the 50s and 60s. Today he is still regarding as one of the foremost intellects who helped bridge Western traditions of philosophical and theological with that of the East. He was influenced by the teachings of Carl Jung, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Joseph Campbell and several other seminal thinkers of the 20th Century.

The quote I've featured above, I think was among his most profound. This is a theme that is explored throughout the passages of discussions in the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series. What does it mean?

In sum, I would say it intimates how our soul is One with the Universe as God/Source. As such it is an aperture or portal whereby God is constantly extending 'His' essence Being through 'our' experiences of reality and thereby infinitely expanding 'Himself' just as 'He' has through eternity.'Or, as GI Gurdjieff put it: the greatest untold story is the evolution of God.   

Some of Watts' other notable quotes:

The attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
 
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

 

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OVERVIEW OF THE ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES

 
The series involves 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.

To read a sample press review, go to: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm 

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VIDEO INTRODUCTION OF SERIES
 

To view my attempt at introducing the series, double click on my picture. What do I mean by attempt? Watch and you will soon see. If you know of anyone you think might be interested in viewing this, please pass along by sharing.   

           

                                     Double click picture

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READER REVIEWS
ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT


 
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

"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 that 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 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…”

“The Elysium’s Passage series challenges and excites the reader while taking him into parallel quests for truth with the hero, James. It can be a fast fantasy read or a longer deliberation about what is reality or illusion; veracity or platitude. Take the journey!”

“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)