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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 up and further in, we continue to gain greater clarity and vision in seeing who we are while we remain on earth. Whatever path we may be on, we are all on a trek through life. James, the protagonist, shares a peculiar venture that took him further up and further in, far beyond what he could have imagined. He sensed there was more to life than could have seen from his limited perspective. It wasn’t until he received his inner vision of a mountain that he knew he was called to ascend towards a much higher field of vision.
At last, the vision became a call, and in his sleep, he heard:
“Listen to us; we speak to you from a high plane on a Summit where you have often unawares sought to join us. From our lofty ridge, we view your life in the lands far below. We may appear very far away, but we are very near; we dwell here even while we dwell within your mind to which we now speak, for we are all of one Mind.
“As we survey the magnificent vistas beyond us, we regret those who have no wish to leave the Lowlands below to discover the wonders of what lies beyond. Though you still remain unaware of who you are and where you're going, we can tell you the Lowlands is no longer your home; you belong here with us because you are of us. The people you dwell among have compromised you with their perspectives and opinions, believing their forlorn reality is the only reality.
“In your sleeping consciousness, you had oft heard our faint voice before and questioned whether it came to you from afar or if it was only of your mind. It matters not, the message is one, and there is no separation. You sometimes long to join us here on vistas to discover new mysterious realms on our side. We speak to you now because you are ready to be answered, just as all are answered who are willing to open their eyes to see what others cannot and will not see.
“As we stand high on this Mountain ridge with you in our sights, we ask that you put aside all thoughts of how you think this may be and try to understand what we have to say. When you come to discover the wondrous sights that lie far beyond the Lowlands’ foggy images, you will know. You may not understand, for you have never been told, but we are telling you now. Your perceptions were formed in the Lowlands, a chimera you chose to believe and live in.
“Ask yourself why you cannot see this Mountain on which we stand. Is it real? What if it is more real than all you consider to be real? Tell us if you are able, what is real? What makes it real, and how can you tell if it actually is? You need not answer us, but consider these questions as we invite you to join us for a season to enter into true knowledge and understanding, not as your world understands. No, we have something more significant in mind for you. But this will remain your choice: to join with us or forever remain in the Lowlands.
"There is a special place on high where you can join us for a spell to discover new vistas of existence before you return. Since we departed your plane below, we have only begun our journey into the infinite landscapes of wondrous splendors. It will always seem we are only beginning to move further up and further in.
“We now understand that there is no end to the ineffable splendour and indescribable dimensions of un-experienced experiences. You have long considering this quest, and so we call out to you now to join us where your soul longs to be... a domain you have long forgotten. Then one day, you too may reveal to your weary world something of the resplendence you have seen, heard, and touched.
“Often, you unwittingly gazed off into the distance towards the misty and mysterious peaks. There are others who dwell in the Lowland domains who sometimes share your vision, but few wish to give much attention to what lies beyond. But you did. As you gazed longingly in our direction towards heights unseen and unknown, you yearned to know what lies beyond the marshy planes of Lowlands.
“Then, ever more frequently, you began to dream shadowy dreams with strange images and strange voices calling to you. But to where? You didn't know, but it felt right because it came from beyond. Maybe, you thought, one day, you would be shown a way that would lead you far from the stifling Lowlands.
“As your unconscious dreams and visions continued to ebb and flow over the years, they seemed to drift and meander without any specific meaning. At first, the dreams were just subliminal impressions, but then they slowly congealed into something more; a curious knowingness, or inner gnosis, reminding you of something. Perhaps it was of you and what you were to become!
“Within the deepest recesses of your ancestral memories, something seemed to speak softly to you, saying you have not been abandoned, you belong to a reality much larger than the Lowlands. You hadn't heard this voice since you were a child. After your years of innocence, you forgot who you were and why you came to this world! But now you’ve recently become aware of something calling out to you. And so you wonder if you should leave the Lowlands to seek higher ground towards a Mountain you don’t recognize, yet longingly envision when your mind has quieted.
“At such times, you drifted towards deep mysteries more wonderful and more majestic than you had ever known. But they also confused you. Such hallowed stirrings are contrary to everything you had experienced, just as they are contrary to what the brooding muck-raking inhabitants of the Lowlands understood or wanted to understand! Whatever these inklings may or may not be, you thought it would be best to remain silent. Such frivolous speculation is not well tolerated in the Lowlands, and so you spoke nary a word.
“As time passed, the calling didn't go away, and you continued to nourish the hope engendered in your soul until it became an exciting presentiment of what could be. You began to muse that one day you would take the risk and leave the Lowlands, where all was safe and secure, and venture beyond. Whatever was calling you was something much greater than what could be known in the Lowlands.
"It became increasingly evident that there had to be more to life than this ennui you endured. At some point, you felt you could no longer ignore the call from beyond, yet you remained tentative and unsure where to go since you were unable to see anything past the Lowlands’ veil of mist. You had always been told that there was nothing beyond the mist that could be seen or known.
“And yet, as you learned to focus your eyes on what may lie beyond, you caught vague images and shifting shapes of a Mountain you were not yet certain of. But as you increasingly gave more attention to it, you wondered if there really was a higher domain that beckoned you, or was your imagination deceiving you into believing in something that didn’t exist? You didn't know for certain where to go, but a time came when you realized you must leave in search of it.
"You didn’t know what direction you should go, but you followed the mysterious images contained in your unconscious longings. You trusted the inward call would lead you to this higher land. This hope, though still vague and undefined, became irresistible. And so, late one evening, you stole away into the darkness.”
Excerpt from chapter 1, ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: THE ASCENT
January 21, 2022
PULCHRIDUDO SPLENDUS VERITUS: Beauty is the Resplendence of Truth
It is important to remember the essence of truth and meaning is not separate from beauty but is how beauty manifests itself. We experience beauty as the resonance of truth from within, rather than having it described to us from without. That’s why composition may be mathematically perfect but still needs the soul (or heart) to exude its beauty. And yes, for some, the inherent harmony of equations and numbers convey beauty to them.
Form is always necessary but is not whole without essence. Fine art does not just describe harmony, it demonstrates it. This goes for all art of quality, including painting, music, and writing.
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 he is not of this world and what he does is not supposed to be possible.
Dimash helps make my point that beauty, splendor and the truth of meaning and harmony, are united as one in great art. I will insert a few of my favorite Dimash videos before continuing...
If your heart is stirred and moved to tears while reading a certain poem, listening to Dimash, or seeing a special painting, it’s because you're resonating with what is bigger than what your mind can appreciate on its own.
Pascal, the French medieval philosopher and mathematician once said, “the heart has its reasons, which reason knows not.” Of course, the mind is necessary for giving the heart its rational substance. In fact, there needs to be no separation between mind and heart (soul), only the union of our full being.
The mind doesn’t understand why we are moved, but the heart knows. Unfortunately, we often don’t open our hearts by allowing beauty to speak to us. Often this is the case with those who become too fixated on their ‘left brain.’
If we allow, beauty has the magic to lift our spirits to the harmonics of transcendence. However, if we continually identify with negative, judgmental attitudes, then that becomes our set point, making it difficult for beauty to resonate within, even if it's staring us in the face.
Great art, for those who are able to appreciate it, always inspires the human soul more than just entertaining it. It has a way of staying within us, after the moment
Of course, there are different expressions of art, be it music, painting, poetry, dance, novels, etc. and many preferences within each unfolding. In a sense, we may see all art has its own beauty and splendor that resonates. I think most of us have an innate desire to express what only we can express in our own unique way, according to our aptitude, training, and dedication. As talented as Dimash is, still he’s been honing his magic since he was five years old. How many of us are prepared to do that?
As for me, I just started writing my ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE novel series six years ago. (www.elysiumspassage.com) I’ve learned a lot during this time and will continue to learn as long as I write. Even Dimash can get better… I don’t know how that’s possible, but I’m sure if you asked him, he would agree. I just found about him from a friend last week, and I must say, I find him very inspiring. When we are inspired by great art, it takes our own ‘vibe’ up so that we are able to produce more inspired works, even if it’s a craft. It also makes us better people, there is more light in us, and therefore we exude more light in our relationships and creations.
To read the full post on Dimash, go to DIMASH, ART, SPLENDOR, AND BEAUTY: https://digitalbloggers.com/preview/beauty-splendor-and-truth
January 15, 2020
This excerpt below is a discussion on the relative compatibility of religion and science. This is taken from my pending novel Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps, Chapter 12, Virtual Science"
By the time I returned, I had given a lot of thought to what my upcoming adventure might involve. Obviously, being in a spirit body can be a real game-changer, especially when you hang out with chaps like Mo and Eli. There was no precedent for any of this, at least that I knew of, which meant I had no way of knowing what I should expect with this virtual tour, which left me even more full of questions.
We settled down by the fireplace with a pot of Turkish tea for more serious discussion about this Magical Mystery Tour.
‘What are your thoughts on what we proposed?’ Mo asked. ‘If we are to reckon time in terms of the earth’s rotation and the apparent sinking of the sun below the horizon now, you were gone for quite a spell.’
‘Considering everything you and Eli were talking about this morning, I have only confused thoughts. I have plenty more questions I need you to clarify about this MMT even if you said it doesn’t matter that much if I do or don’t know everything before getting on board.
‘I cannot imagine a ship that penetrates some virtual wormhole in the aether to emerge somewhere in virtual reality, at least that’s how I imagine it from what you’ve said. So, if you would tell me what kind of science makes such a virtual tour possible?’
As Mo poured my cup of hot tea, he said, ‘First of all, let’s be clear about what earth assumes to be science. It is far too limiting to explain much of anything outside the earthly dimension. In fact, there are still many physicists in your world who still refuse to believe in higher dimensions of existence in spite of the evidence in the field of quantum mechanics.’
‘As I recall,’ I said, ‘this remains a rather controversial topic in my university’s physics department. I’m not sure who will win the debate.’
‘Well,’ he said, ‘as I keep repeating, if science wishes to understand anything at all about the nature of reality, it must first recognize it has been looking in the wrong direction for far too long. The foundation of reality is not matter, but energy, which is an emanation of Spirit from the Source. Unfortunately, your modern science not only neglects but becomes openly hostile towards Spirit, just as religion was once hostile to science not that long ago.’
‘It’s unfortunate,’ Eli said, ‘that too few recognize the necessity of having mutual regard for the other. It was Einstein who once said, Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.’
‘But for as long as science reacts against the existence of Spirit,’ Mo said, ‘rather than allow for what it can never know within its purview, it will continue to degenerate into unsavoury scientism that has lost its vision for truth and objectivity. As we’ve discussed, materialist remains deeply entrenched in the scientific intelligentsia of the earth plane. Long gone is the humility of Newton who understood the greater scope of reality. By limiting itself to materialist presuppositions, it can never be rooted in anything deeper or higher than itself.
‘That’s why science becomes so easily exploited by whatever research grant a political agenda will buy. Science can be used to claim to prove almost anything it wishes. Call it what you will,’ Mo said, ‘scientism or pseudo-science, but junk science has become more prevalent than ever. It supports itself with graphs designed by rigged computer models that are parameterized with fudged statistics that will provide whatever evidence is needed to prove its hypothesis.
‘Too often it’s about power, money, ideology and conquest that drives scientism since it has no higher master to inform it. What is considered truth is based on whatever beliefs are expedient in achieving certain self-serving ends, be it political, religious or personal. Unfortunately, that’s what scientism does whenever it can get away with it, while operating with impunity under the guise and credibility of empirical science.’
‘Whoa; wait a minute, Mo,’ I said. ‘Those are rather harsh words, even coming from you. Are you saying that science, though it has been highly regarded on earth has now deteriorated into a detriment to truth?’
‘No, not at all,’ he said. ‘To clarify my position, let me put it this way. Science is science. But over the last couple of centuries, many of the world’s scientists have willfully compromised science by separating it from its Source. In fact, most orthodox scientists say it is Spirit that compromises Science, and therefore no external point of reference outside of science is permitted. It is a closed system.’
That’s interesting,’ I said. ‘I remember Jean-Paul Sartre once said that no finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.’
‘It does seem ironic he would say that,’ Mo said, ‘considering he was an atheist. In fact, rather uncharacteristic. Too bad modern scientists haven’t twigged on to the implications of what he was saying. But then, perhaps Sartre didn’t either.’
‘Scientists are probably too busy examining their beakers to consider this,’ Eli said. ‘Unfortunately, their myopic attitudes have compromised what should be regarded as science. When they oppose anything that’s outside their purview, things become self-referential, and that’s not good science. As I’ve said, it’s scientism: a misguided approach to science that seeks to aggressively pursue its insular prejudices through disqualifying and dismissing those with contrary views, especially anything related to Spirit.’
‘If you are right about this,’ I said, ‘I suppose that’s why attempts to reconcile science and religion don’t end well... at least from what I’ve witnessed at university forums.’
‘And they never will,’ Mo said, ‘until the scientific community understands what the underlying problem is. It all relates back to the topic of consciousness and why it’s not possible for science to apply its lower-order reductionism to gain an understanding of consciousness. There is no credible way for science to subject it to the scientific method and so has no inkling of what consciousness is. At best, they can only study its neural effects but here is nothing objective about consciousness because it emanates, not from the brain, but ultimately the divine Spirit. Its very nature transcends the possibility of quantification, be it scientific, religious or anything else.
‘Furthermore, how can anyone be conscious of consciousness when consciousness, under their terms of reference, is supposed to be able to examine itself? It can’t be done. Max Planck understood this when he said, I regard consciousness as fundamental and matter derivative from consciousness. That’s someone else they needed to listen to, but if they haven’t by now they never will.’
‘It’s rather astounding he would make such a bold, unequivocal statement, I said.’
‘Yes, so bold,’ Eli said, ‘and also so obvious... at least from his informed perspective. Since it’s true, how can any reductionist say they know what the nature of consciousness is? Saying what it isn’t is hardly the same as saying what it is. This is just one example where scientism, in the name of science, ignores and dismisses even the most basic reality to protect its bastions of belief.
‘Perhaps, James, after you return you will notice how the topic of consciousness is hardly discussed in the Flatlands. In fairness, it probably has more to do with general ignorance than intentional evasion of the topic.‘
 Max Planck (1858-1947), Nobel Prize in Physics (1918), as quoted in The Observer (1931)
January 15, 2020
“The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.” – George Inness
“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall
Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt
“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper
“Before I start carving the idea must be almost complete. I say ‘almost’ because the really important thing seems to be the sculptor’s ability to let his intuition guide him over the gap between conception and realization without compromising the integrity of the original idea.”- Barbara Hepworth
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo
“If the artist has outer and inner eyes for nature, nature rewards him by giving him inspiration.” – Wassily Kandinsky
“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.” – Louise Bourgeois
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” – Joan Miró
“To my mind one does not put oneself in place of the past, one only adds a new link.” – Paul Cézanne
“I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin
“The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it.” – Paul Klee
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dalí
“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
“I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde
“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas
“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” – Helen Frankenthaler
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” — Pablo Picasso
“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” — Michelangelo
“The idea of divine inspiration and an aha moment is largely a fantasy. Anything of value comes from hard work and unwavering dedication. If you want to be a good artist you need to look at other artists, make a lot of crappy art, and just keep working.” — Sydney Pink
“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.” — Chuck Close
“Show up, show up, show up, and after awhile the muse shows up, too. If she doesn’t show up invited, eventually she just shows up.” — Isabel Allende
I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.” — Roy Lichtenstein
“Creativity takes courage.” — Henri Matisse
“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent van Gogh
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath
“There is no ‘right’ way to make art. The only wrong is in not trying, not doing. Don’t put barriers up that aren’t there — just get to work and make something.” — Lisa Golightly
“The troublesome parts of our work, the parts that are most baffling and frustrating, are in fact the growing edges. We see these opportunities the instant we drop our preconceptions and our self-importance.” — Stephen Nachmanovitch
“I think some of the biggest bursts of creativity and artistic growth I’ve had are usually preceded by a big creative block.” — Ashley Goldberg
“I think creative blocks come from people’s life journeys. If you don’t know who you are or what you’re about or what you believe in it’s really pretty impossible to be creative.” — Rainn Wilson
“I think it’s important to remember that making art is a process. It is never finished. The occupation itself is one of process, exploration, and experimentation. It is one of questioning and examining.” — Mel Robson
“When I have a creative block, I take walks. I like to see what shapes stick out – so many legs rushing by at once, it can seem abstract. I don’t need to see great art to get stirred up. Music does that for me more easily.” — Caio Fonseca
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou
“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.” — Julio Cortázar
“Routine kills creative thought.” — Scarlett Thomas
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light, and shadows.” — Jim Jarmusch
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. Pablo Picasso
Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen. Pablo Picasso
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.Albert Einstein
AWAITING CHANGE OR CHANGING WHAT YOU AWAIT
If this is true, then it follows that if we don’t like what we see, we must create the change we desire.
On the surface, this might seem rather hard to do, but if we become aware that we’re not automatons, but conscious beings that have the choice to create a new state of awareness.
The first step to becoming conscious is to become aware of who we are: Divine spirits possessing divine consciousness. Once we understand this, we no longer need to react as machines in a mechanical world. Rather, we're responsive beings residing in a spirit world, choosing to see things as we wish.
In other words, we are the filter that perceives life as we choose. And why not… we’re all created as co-creators of/with the Creator. And if what we chose doesn't feel good, we can always “choose again,” just as it states over and over again in A Course in Miracles.
So, we need to keep asking ourselves, is the glass half empty or half full today? That’s up to us. We don't need anyone to tell us how we see it, or gaslight us into how we must see it.
Yet many would far prefer to see the glass half empty, getting emptier by the moment as the water dissolves into the air. Soon it will all be gone… and we’ll all be dead. After all, it’s probably the last glass of water there is.
We don’t need to be victims though, even if it makes us feel we're entitled to receive whatever we feel we deserve... just for being victims.
Aquinas pronounced, “Whatever is receive is received according to the nature of the recipient.” (Summa Theologiae, First Part.) So, what is our nature… victim or victor? It’s our choice.
There are several other famous sayings along these lines such as found in the proverb, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
A slight variation on this is from Earl Nightingale (1921-1989) who said, "The strangest secret in the world is we become what we think about."
Perhaps Anais Nin stated it best:
DAILY (WEEKLY) MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE
In this post, I feature a new 'DAILY' MESSAGE each week. (Though it's not daily, it might be worth considering daily.) Some of these posts are philosophical in nature, while some might be more scientifically orientated. Others are intended to be spiritually inspiring. Regardless, my desire is to provide only profound quotes that most thinkers might appreciate.
Though certain posts are excerpts from the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES, most are from a variety of other sources. Over the years, I have read extensively and have highlighted countless phrases containing great wisdom, intellectual insights that include humour and wit. I will continue to draw from whatever quality material turns up in my ongoing research.
If you enjoy these posts, you might wish to pass some of them along to anyone you think may be interested.
Just tell them to go to www.elysiumspassage.com and proceed to the DAILY MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE post near the top.
As I'm sure is obvious, I've created these blog posts to help promote the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series. So any help you can give me by spreading the word would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
I have included below the standard material I have in most posts to help introduce new visitors to the series, including a short Video Presentation, Reader Reviews, Summary of the first book, projected publication dates, and social media information. Note my personal email address. Feel free to write to me anytime or, alternatively, comment at the end of this post.
To view previous DAILY PASSAGE postings, go to the ARCHIVED posts listed below. These are at the end of the list of posts but can be accessed directly here.
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 of 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 at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
(ATTEMPTED) INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES
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 the 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 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)
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
QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2020
SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2020
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2021
HE ELIXIR spring 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023
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AMAZON: Elysium's Passage: The Summit and is now available at www.amazon.com