The following quotes are archived from the DAILY MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE for this last month.
For the latest Daily Message go to: https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-from-elysium
MAY'S DAILY MESSAGES FROM THE PASSAGE
May 22, 2009
As author of the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novels, I would like to think that perhaps one day this series might stand the test of time and be considered among the 'good books,' as Hemingway puts it. (Should that happen, it may be long after I'm gone, but perhaps I'll still be watching.) One of Hemingway's criteria, is whether the narrative be considered truer that if the story really happened? If so, what would make the series truer that non- fiction?
Any good book that endures after millions of other books are long gone and forgotten, must have something that keeps attracting new generations of readers. If we consider only fiction, rather than classics like Plato's Republic or the Bible, what makes them truer and bigger than 'real life?' Would it be the quality and intrigue of its plot, the fascinating characters, or popular subject matter such as romance, horror, western, detective murder mystery and so on?
I think of the books that still remain popular after a hundred years or more, such as Tolstoy's War and Peace, Anna Karinina, or Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, etc., will continue to be read as long as souls yearn to understand the transcendent nature of life. These include the dynamics of angst and ecstasy in the human drama that points to something that's beyond life's outward circumstances.
Themes of purpose, meaning, destiny, when displayed against the dark backdrop of fear, depression, destitution are qualities that grab and grip us in countless ways. That's because they are all part of the drama that we are part of and relate to. Giving expression to that, is what makes a 'good book'. It speaks about the depths of who and what we are, often in ways that may not be so obvious in our everyday lives.
It’s often difficult, if not impossible for us to observe ourselves objectively. But in the story’s plot, themes and characters, we can see ourselves reflected in the words, and possibly find new insights and meaning in our lives. A ‘good book’ should do that.
I hope that if you ever read the Elysium's Passage novels, you will find that hidden universals of life become more obvious, delightfully satisfying and even fascinating.
May 17, 2009
What Chekhov states here seems a warning. That's because what we believe and think makes a difference, just as is stated in the Book of Proverbs, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he".
Obviously, Chekhov, the 19th Century Russian playwright had no time for those who harboured foolish thoughts. "I don't want to understand you."He believed we have the power to create a reality on earth that could easily become something much less than heaven. We need but remember the hell of war, starvation and oppression last century. This would not have happened had the collective thinking of the world been different.
We can only hope humanity has learned its important lessons from the past. Civilization, it seems, remains as frail and vulnerable as our thoughts. Fears are easily exploited by ideologues and powerful leaders and tyrants who continue to manipulate the thinking of the masses. However, if we remain vigilant by focusing on unity, peace and human dignity, we will have a better chance than with envy and vengeance. Perhaps this sound simplistic, and probably it is, but at least it’s a place to start in bringing heaven to earth, as Chekhov says.
When Chekhov made this statement, the Russian revolution was still only a thought it the minds of Marx, Lenin and Trotsky. It was only a matter of time. Unfortunately better hearts and mind weren't able to preclude the pending destruction of 100-150 million lives in the decades to come.
Indeed, it matters a great deal what we think, be it our mind or the world's collective consciousness
May 11, 2019
These statements about ascending and descending a mountain summit by French writer Rene Daumal (1908-1944), are similar to what I wrote about in detail in ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
May 07, 2019
Auguste Rodin was a French Sculpturer who sculpted THE THINKER in1880. So I guess it's not too surprising he would say make this statement, beginning with the words "Art is contemplation."
What then did he mean by "Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated?"
There's definitely much for a 'thinker' to contemplate. Let me know what you 'think' in the comment section below
May 4, 2010
Of course what is said here is an important theme in the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series. However, in checking the authenticity of this quote, there is some controversy whether Einstein actually said this since the quote only surfaced in the early 90s.
Certainly it is something Bohr or Planck might have said but for many years Einstein resisted various implications of quantum physics, calling it "spooky action at a distance." And yet his E=MC2 demonstrated the interchangeability of matter and energy.
With that proviso, I'll post this quote since it's what many quantum physicists have been saying for decades. To read other intriguing quotes by Einstein and other physicists, go to: https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/quotes
By the way, Planck understood this well when he said in The Observer (1931): "I regard consciousness as fundamental and matter derivative from consciousness."
One last comment I have to this quote is that I think it is misleading to say there is only light and sound. All there is manifest from the Source including light, sound and everything that is or could be, manifests. Interestingly, it is written that God is the Light.
May 1 , 2019
Is it not true that sensuality, in whatever way it may be manifested, quickens our spirits to make us feel more joyfully alive. If this is so, then why should we not be encouraged to be more sensual in our life experiences, especially if it makes our life more exciting? Perhaps we need to lighten up, and allow our instincts to carry us towards heightened states of sensuality. This notion, I believe, is supported by what William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet, wrote: “the world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
It seems that by becoming more sensual, our senses will grow sharper? How else? And yet culture and religion almost always distrust sensuality, even if it's a natural expression of what it means to be human. I suppose it may be the fear that society will not remain stable, staid and predictable if things get out of hand. But does sensuality necessarily lead to moral anarchy? Perhaps, but is that necessarily so?
Obviously, the big concern with unbridled sensual expression is that it will compromise the fabric of society with licentious promiscuity and infidelity. If so, then what can be done to control, yet allow the human spirit’s yearnings for all the ‘magical things’ that await us, as Yeats suggests?
But is sensuality not about more than just sexuality? Maybe its wanton sexuality that gives sensuality a bad rap. Yet what about something as common as indulging in delectable foods and exquisite wines and spirits? Are these experience not also sensual.
To take this to a more absract level, we might consider our quest to learn something new to be our sensual desire to experience the exhilarating 'eureka' moment of discovery and understanding.
More esoterically; what about the sublimated sexual ecstasy of what the Buddhist monk claims to experience while enraptured in 'nirvana'? If we regard these as sensual experiences, then I'm sure there are several other examples we could add to the list. It seems to me that sensuality means whatever leads to a heightened state of awareness of what we are sensing and wish to express.
To explore these questions on sensuality in greater depth, go to my blog post at: https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/sensuality
I have a few ideas on how we may reconcile sensuality with some of the concerns I've raised. I trust you will find the article interesting.
To view previous DAILY PASSAGE postings, go to the ARCHIEVED posts listed below.
OVERVIEW OF THE ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES
The ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series involves five novel 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
VIDEO INTRODUCTION OF SERIES
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)
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION
BLOG POSTINGS: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage or by way of Elysium's Passage website
PRESS REVIEW: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
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 summer 2019
MYSTICAL ROMANCE winter 2019
HE ELIXIR spring 2020
THE RETURN sometime in 2021/22