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FEAR OF DEATH
I agree with Maya that for many the fear of living results from the fear of dying. This is no way to go through life. To do so is to become through life timid and, as she says, spineless.
But underlying the fear of dying, which seems to have recently gripped the world, is the fear of being annihilated. This is a result of believing that we are our body and nothing more, and therefore, our life is limited to the existence of our body. This seems to be the view of most scientists. The plot and dialogues in Elysium's Passage novel series argue just the opposite in making its case for our continual immortality.
But if we are immortal spirits inhabiting a mortal body, then there is no such thing as death when we are constituted divine Source essence. Of course, all my atheist, agonistic and humanist friends vehemently disagree with me on this since they believe we consist of nothing more than a mortal body. And so, when the body’s gig is up, so is ours.
Such was the opinion of James, the philosopher and protagonist in the Elysium’s Passage series, who had a fall while mountain climbing in the Andes. He then went into a state of deep, unconscious soul sleep for a couple of weeks before awakening. He didn’t realize he was in a spirit body rather than the biological body which had been airlifted out and was now lying in a coma in a hospital back in London. A very intriguing beginning for the series!
I have included a short excerpt of an argument he was having with a couple of men he met on the mountain where he (his spirit body) remained after the fall. Though he knew Mo and Eli before they departed earth, he has no idea who they are now, nor do they tell him; at least not until the fifth novel. The argument was on life after death. Because of losing his parents at an early age, James still fears death even though he is not yet aware of how much it affected him.
From Chapter Five: The Fall
ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE ASCENT
‘But it’s not only your physical body in London that’s been having a rest,’ he said. ‘You were in a state of deep soul sleep for some time. That often happens after a trauma such as this. Where you awoke in the ravine, was close to where you parted company with your physical body. Your clothes, backpack and its contents manifested according to your belief expectations. That's how things work on this side. And just in case you were wondering, your accident happened over two weeks ago.’
‘Oh really,’ I said, 'amazing how time and the body fly when taking a snooze. In a Learjet, you say? That's superb; I've always wanted to do that. Next time I’ll try to stay awake for the trip so I can tell everyone all about it. But really now, gents, do you expect me to believe your stories? It just keeps getting richer all the time. Is there someone hiding behind a bush videotaping this for some comedy channel? For once, can we get serious? You know, it's not funny to joke about something that could have resulted in death. In this case, mine!’
‘You’re right James,’ Eli said, ‘it's not, and we're not. We agree this was serious and believe us; we're not joking about what could have resulted in your body’s death. But realize we view things from a much different perspective. Let us assure you there is nothing remotely dead about you or your body. It remains very much alive in its earthly plane of existence, albeit in a diminished condition. You'll find it in Room 3017 of your hospital's Critical Care Unit.’
‘The last we heard,’ Mo said, 'though marred and twisted, it remains in a stable condition connected to a life support system. Note, we’ve deliberately said it, not you. Though its lights were knocked out, it's most fortunate to still be alive since you’ll likely need it again. But believe me, as things stand now, you're much better off to be here with us... much less constricting, wouldn't you say?
‘Your brain’s hardware was badly shaken and will need much time to heal before it can fire up its synapses to activate the neural axons and dendrites. Your neurologist says until your neck’s cranial and vagus nervous systems mend, there's not much they can do for you except keep the body alive on their support system.
‘In fact, it could still be a long time before you awaken in it, provided that it survives. If at some point the doctors suspect it’s not going to make it, it will likely be discharged from the system. However, from what our informed sources have told us, your body will most likely recover, although it could still take much longer for you to regain your consciousness in it. In other words, for your soul to re-enter the body you think is you.’
‘You two just won’t let up, will you? Did you just say re-enter the body I think I am? Do you know how weird that sounds? Furthermore, what do you mean “our informed sources”? We're way off-grid and a long, long way from any transmitter service, so you can't possibly be receiving information from any sources unless you have a satellite phone, you're not telling me about.’
‘When you are the grid, you don’t need a phone,’ Eli said chuckling.
‘When you are the grid; what in bloody hell is that supposed to mean?’
‘What I mean is that there is nowhere that Source is not. And since we’re all part of Source…’
‘Save the metaphysics for later, Eli,’ I said, ‘I just want to know what’s real and certain.’
‘There's nothing certain about your fragile mortal body,’ Mo said, ‘and so it's still possible it may not make it. And then how real will it be? Nothing temporal is real, but you're not temporal, only your body is while on the earthside. You haven't learned that yet, but you will.’
'It's obvious there is only one side. Either you're dead or alive, not both. For now, I prefer to be alive, and if you please, in this body.’
‘And so you are.’ he said. ‘It’s true; your mortal body must either be dead or alive. For now, it's alive, but when it’s not, you'll remain alive wherever you are in this body I'm speaking to.’
‘To the contrary, I think the evidence is apparent that once your body is dead, so is your brain, and with it, your conscious awareness since it obviously it comes from the brain.’
‘To whom is that obvious?’ Mo asked.
This is just the beginning of an ongoing discussion on the topic of life, death and immortality as it reoccurs throughout the series, sometimes profound and sometimes humorous.
QUOTES ON DEATH
"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.' Marcus Aurelius
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." Mark Twain
"If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I'm not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got." Kurt Cobain
"Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny past and present." Sidney Hook
"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." - Emily Dickinson
"Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." - Rossiter Worthington Raymond
"As a day well spent brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death." - Leonardo da Vinci
"Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it." - Haruki Murakami
"Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal." - Benjamin Franklin
"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." - Khalil Gibran
"Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion." - Dylan Thomas
"It's better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear." - Michael Crichton
"I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another." - John Lennon
"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." - J.K. Rowling
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. I Corinthians 15: 55, 56
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.
Read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
VIDEO INTRODUCTION (ATTEMPT) TO SERIES
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 to 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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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE ASCENT fall 2020
THE SUMMIT fall 2020
QUANTUM LEAPS fall 2020
SURREAL ADVENTURES winter 2021
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2021
HE ELIXIR spring 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023