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September 25, 2019
Max Planck, 1858-1947, was one of the world’s greatest physicists, (Nobel Prize in Physics 1918). Not only that, but he was also a philosopher, as evidence by what he said. The quote above is consistent with many of the other revolutionary statements he put forth in various ways. He was far ahead of his time.
Only now is the scientific world beginning to reconcile spirit with science... albeit tentatively. Many ardent materialists, however, still fiercely resist what was obvious to him, and not only to him but to other 20th century Nobel Prize-winning luminaries in physics such as Eddington, Heisenberg, Jeans, Bohr, Einstein, Schrodinger, etc. For some of their statements on this topic, go to the post:
In the next (pending) novel ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES, I refer to this state of spiritual resistance as an allegorical land called The Flatlands. I've included below some of these quotes which are occasionally discussed within the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series.
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind.
I regard consciousness as fundamental and matter derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness.
Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.
New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however, organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.
As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.
Science…means unresting endeavour and continually progressing development toward an aim which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but the intellect can never fully grasp.
Both Religion and science require a belief in God. For believers, God is in the beginning and for physicists, He is at the end of all considerations… To the former, He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view.
Under these conditions, it is no wonder, that the movement of atheists, which declares religion to be just a deliberate illusion, invented by power-seeking priests, and which has for the pious belief in a higher Power nothing but words of mockery, eagerly makes use of progressive scientific knowledge and in a presumed unity with it, expands in an ever faster pace its disintegrating action on all nations of the earth and on all social levels. I do not need to explain in any more detail that after its victory not only all the most precious treasures of our culture would vanish, but — which is even worse — also any prospects of a better future.
Whence come I and whither go I? That is the great unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it. It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.
There can never be any real opposition between religion and science, for the one is the complement of the other.
September 20, 2019
I'm sure at times we all feel that there must be more to life than what we are experiencing. Even if we should acquire great wealth and power, there often remains a sense that there must be something more to our existence than what this world is able to deliver.
C.S. Lewis suggests that this desire shows us that, indeed, there must exist another higher order world. Otherwise, we wouldn't have these feelings of something more that we long to have fulffilled within us. We may call this heaven or some alternate dimension of reality, but whatever it is called, this is the ulitmate state of existence for which we were created.
This yearning is also one of the themes contained in the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series. To find out more, check out the posts on this blog site.
September 15, 2019
Quoted from Book Two ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES
Einstein once stated: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. But for those who shrugged at transcendence he added: He to whom this emotion is a stranger; who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. He understood that when the Flatlanders began to split everything into parts, they would no longer be able to grasp the mystery.’
‘That might be,’ I said, ‘but perhaps it was a bit of an overstatement to say they as good as dead when they lose their awe of wonderment.’
‘But in a sense,’ he said, ‘that’s just what happened to the Flatlanders when they lost their vision of the Mountain. Have you looked into their vacant eyes? They see without vision. According to one your ancient proverbs, Where there is no vision, the people perish. It has everything to do with Mountain vision.
‘Mountain vision? What’s that, other than having a vision of the Mountain?’
‘To see the Mountain is to be seen by the Mountain. Or, as one your mystics put it: The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.’
‘What in bloody hell is that supposed to mean,’ I asked.
‘Evidently, there’s not much your education taught you about the mystics.’
‘I suppose not,’ I said. But then, what would you think, it was the Flatlands?’
‘Here’s what I would think,’ he said. ‘You can’t see without being seen. When you see the eye that sees you, you know you are known. In this mysterium, your vision of God becomes One with God’s vision of you. Only then do you have the vision to Know Thyself because only in relationship can you know by being known.’
I didn’t want to admit it, but this was deep stuff. I thought of how much I had agonized over this question when Mo first put it to me after I arrived on the summit. ‘Who are you James?’ he asked, ‘do you have any idea?
I wondered; would I be able to answer him any better now than back then? I thought of the stormy night on the beach when I receive that fearsome vision of my mother. But what if wasn’t just about my vision of her, but rather her vision of me? What would that mean? I wasn’t sure. I only knew something in me had changed, as though I could now see me in her vision of my Self.
To me, this thought was so profound, so revelatory, that I brooded on this for some time. Rhom must have sensed the gravity of what was going on in my mind, and so he said nothing as we continued along the boulevard.
 Psalms 28:19 (KJV)
 Mister Eckhart, 1260-1328, German theologian, mystic and philosophe
September 10, 2019
Lao Tzu was the founder of the Tao, (Taoism), an ancient philosophical religion that influenced the development of other Eastern religions, such as Buddhism.
It's interesting to consider what he might have meant when he made this enigmatic statement about silencing the universe with the mind. This was stated by him about 8,000 years ago, so it's fair to say it has stood the test of time. It may be worth taking seriously, if for no other reason other than there's not much else out there that has found its way to us from so far back.
There are likely esoteric scholars that could write a book on this topic, but I won't do that since I'm not an esoteric scholar or, for that matter, a Taoist. But since I have a mystical bent, what he says intrigues me. Perhaps there is something to this that is so subtle that it remains hidden behind the words. Or, what if he just wanted to mess with our minds, as with a Zen koan?
In any case, I mainly have questions about this, not answers. For example, what is it about silence that gives it such power that the universe surrenders to it? In what way are we to understand the universe surrender? Does it only surrender within my personal universe? The Irish Bishop and empirical philosopher, George Berkeley (1685 - 1753), wrote that to be is to be perceived.
Does it then follow that to perceive is to make what I percieve to become real as with a tree following in the forest... i.e. hearing it fall is to make the sound waves collapse into sensory perception, and thereby making the sound real.
If so, does that mean if, I perceive I have power over my universe, simply because, in my silence, it has no power over me. I perceive this as being so... and so it is. That may upset some Western philosophical sensibilities, but it certainly expands the materialist's mind to another paradigm.
Something to think about!
What are you thoughts on this? Let me know in the comment section below.
September 5, 2019
I like what Alice was thinking about here. For one thing, it reminds I need to raise my expectations if I hope to attract better things into my life. When life becomes "quite dull and stupid." I especially need to get out of my comfort zone. It's the only way I can move forward to experience new experiences, while expanding the parameters of my personal universe. But how can that happen when everything in life seems to remain so predictable... so predetermined?
But if my life seems confined and canned, it's probably because that’s who I chose to live it. So what if I woke up, inspired, expecting something different? Something new and exciting! The question is, how badly do I want different, and what changes am I prepared to make. What chances am I prepared to take? Or do I prefer my mediocre existence since it's easy and convenient.
I think it all starts with EXPECTATION. As Alice continued to expect “out-of-the way” things to happen, that's exactly what she got. Weird... but wonderful. So, what am I expecting; more of the same, or something better... maybe even a bit crazy?
What would happen if I expected to manifest what I envisioned. Would it more likely to happen than if I didn't. If I come into vibratory alignment with it (whatever that means), will it happen sooner. Maybe that's when I unconsciously begin to move towards it, just as it begins to move towards me. Perhaps after that, it’s just a matter of time.
The skeptic might say, that's unrealistic. Maybe so, but then, I wouldn't even expect something to happen that's unrealistic, such as, for example, becoming an astronaut. In fact, I don't even want to be an astronaut.
At the very least, it’s not unreasonable to believe our expectations become the precursor of all that follows... even if they are a bit "out-of-the way.”
Ps. As a caveat to the above, I should also mention how important it is for us to be aware of the inverse. Consciously or unconsciously, we often expect things to happen that we would prefer not happen to us, then wonder why they happened. We say, “I just knew it,” after setting up the pre-condtions... and so it is. So why not make self-fulfilling prophecies work for us rather than against us?
What do you think? Let me know in the comment section below.
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
This is 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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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 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 havebeen 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
SURREAL ADVENTURES fall 2019
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2020
HE ELIXIR fall 2020
THE RETURN sometime in 2021/22
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