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WHAT IS ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE ABOUT?
I’m often asked what the Elysium’s Passage series is supposed to be about. Apart from giving away the intriguing plot, I sometimes find it difficult to provide a simple answer to this question. I supposed there are a variety of possible answers to what the central theme and supporting themes might be.
Throughout the five novel sequels, we find a range of implicit and explicit themes that are interwoven in the plot and subplots expressed in the various events and discussions. In this post, I've outlined what I consider to be the most obvious themes.
As I think about it, it seems that the overarching theme of the series would be immortality, or more specifically... the afterlife. In other words, presuming our life continues, what might it mean to exist as an immortal spirit after surviving the mortal death of the material body.
Out of this consideration, several important topics emerge related to our spiritual essence such as, most obviously, the nature of love. In spite of countless books written on love, words fail to define the inward meaning of love. Perhaps we can only understand that which we experience while being engaged in its magic, just as we learn suffering from its absence, that being the contrast of fear.
Numerous expressions of love and fear occur throughout the series since these experiences are central to the condition of human existence. Within the narratives, the four major categories of love are considered, as described in ancient Greek philosophy, including Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. These expressions are referred to as Philia, Eros, Storge and Agape, broadly define as brotherly love, sexual love, parental love and divine love. Through the twists and turns of the various plots and subplots, each of these loves become graphically illustrated in the experiences of James, the narrator.
Since love is the essential expression of meaningful human existence, the narratives engage in various discussions of life’s meaning and purpose. Of course, this must of necessity lead to a thorough examination of the topic of relationships which, of course, is the only way love can exist since that is how it is manifested. James, the narrator, is not the most adept at relationships for reasons that are later unfolded in the storyline. His many frustrations with the women in his affairs are the most obvious illustration of his ongoing problems. Though in some ways he may be a genius, he is dysfunction in his relations.
It’s inevitable, therefore, that the ego is explored throughout the series where James finds his ego is constantly preventing him from participating in the kind of loving relationship that would give him meaning to his life. In particular, we find James’ inflated ego-mind has given him nothing but grief and insecurity in life, causing him to feel alienated and unfulfilled. As a result, the storyline also deals with these themes of loneliness and separation.
As the plot continues to unfold, we discover his troubles are a consequence of subordinating his heart almost exclusively to his mind’s dominance. Naturally, this leads to the major theme of inward spiritual transformation through discovering inward unity and wholeness. James is challenged to examine himself as admonished in the ancient Hermetic injunction to ‘KNOW THYSELF.’ This is the highest pursuit of humanity since it leads inward to larger questions of what constitutes reality and what that might mean for one’s existence.
Though he struggles with this, the answer remains elusive until he begins to discover the inward nature of spiritual love. Though he was a philosopher, he finds that throughout his life his detached intellect had disconnected him the greater wisdom of his heart, preventing him from understanding the wholeness of his being, the meaning of life and his relationships with others.
In spite of this, his ascent towards his summit of enlightenment continues to progress through a seamless weave of ongoing twists and turns. With regard to this theme of spiritual ascension, much of the first part of the series is based on the allegory of the Lowlands, the Flatlands and The Summit.
Underlying the series are questions about the nature of God’s existence and spiritual reality since James is experiencing the spiritual dimension. The discussions, however, do not involve an examined of religious dogma so much as what may be extrapolated from theorems found in modern physics. Some of these might be interpreted as evidence for spirit-energy, not matter, being the prime substratum of reality.
Of course, and perhaps most importantly, there is the implicit theme of Elysium, or heaven, woven throughout the fabric of the series. Within each of these are several subthemes, just as there as several subplots throughout the series.
In sum, the major themes contained within the series would include:
· Nature of Relationships
· Life’s Meaning and Purpose
· Know Thyself
Wholeness and Unity
· The Divine Self and the Ego
· Union of Mind and Heart
· The Nature of Divine Reality
· The Nature of Elysium (Afterlife)
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE
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.
To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers including a number of Amazon reviews. All are Five Stars! To read the full reviews on this blog, go directly to READER REVIEWS 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.”
“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!"
"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…"
“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)
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INTRODUCTORY VIDEO PRESENTATION (ATTEMPT)
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The following titles in the ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE series are projected to be released as follows:
THE SUMMIT is now available
THE ASCENT fall 2020
QUANTUM LEAPS fall 2020
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2021
MYSTICAL ROMANCE summer 2021
HE ELIXIR fall 2021
THE RETURN sometime in 2022/23
ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT, is now available for purchase on www.Amazon.com and www.Amazon.ca
With the exception of the last novel in the series, the last three have been written but still require more editing before publication.