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It's interesting what Alice was thinking about as she was reflected on her time down the Rabbit Hole. For one thing, it reminds us how important it is to raise our expectations if we hope to attract more exciting things, people and events into our lives... maybe even a few White Rabbits.
When life becomes "dull and stupid," it might be necessary to get out of our comfort zone before we can expect anything to change. We may not have to go down a rabbit hole, but it may feel that way at times as we expand the parameters of our personal universe. The question is how can we experience what's new and exciting when our lives remain so predictable... so determined?
However, if our expectations remain confined, is it not because that’s how we chose to live? But what happens when we wake up with a vision that inspires us to do something different? Something new and exciting! That could be almost anything. The question is, how badly do we want what's different? What changes are we prepared to make and what chances are we willing to take? Or do we prefer a mediocre existence? After all, the same old is easy, convenient and predictable, even if it is "dull and stupid."
It all starts with EXPECTATION. Not other's expectations for us, but what's truly ours. As Alice expected “out-of-the-way” things to happen down the rabbit hole, that's precisely what she got. Weird... but wonderful. So, what are we expecting; more of the same, or something better, maybe even a bit crazy and juicy?
What would happen if we dared to expect what we envisioned? Just think about it. Is it more likely to happen than if we don't expect anything? As Einstein suggested, you can’t expect different results by doing things the same way... that's the definition of insanity.
Only when we wish to come into vibratory alignment with what we focus on is it more likely to manifest than not. That's when we begin to consciously, or unconsciously, manifest what moves towards us like a magnet. After we know what we want, it’s only a matter of time provided we're prepared to pay the price.
The skeptic might say: that's unrealistic. Okay, but we wouldn't expect something to happen that's unrealistic, such as becoming an astronaut. In fact, most of us probably don't even want to be an astronaut, much less do what's necessary to qualify.
At the very least, it’s not unreasonable to realize our expectations are the precursor of all that follows... even if they are a bit, as Alice says, out-of-the-way.
As a caveat to the above, it is also important for us to be aware of the inverse. Consciously or unconsciously, we sometimes expect things to happen to us that we would prefer not to happen, then wonder why they happened. We say, “I just knew it,” after setting up the pre-conditions... and so it is.
So why not make self-fulfilling prophecies work for us rather than against us? Something to think about!
I have included an excerpt from Chapter Three (of Book Three), Elysium’s Passage: Quantum Leaps. James, the protagonist and philosopher, has been jolted out of his physical body into an alternative dimension where he meets two characters who have great expectations for him.
This portion of dialogue deals with challenging old egoic beliefs that cause humanity to settle for safe, entrenched, beliefs that keep life common rather than expecting something exciting.
‘Most beliefs,' Mo said, 'are based on the ego’s obsession to be right about its delusions rather than discerning what’s true. You’ve often heard me say, the greater the ignorance, the greater the smugness.
‘The dark side of human nature will avoid, deny and even attack whatever opposes its cherished beliefs. It will even forgo what’s in its best interests since the ego has no abiding investment in love, union or happiness. Its illusory hell depends on sustaining fear and conflict in any way it can.’
‘Well, I don’t know about that,’ I said, ‘but I have to agree with you in part, having witnessed this arrogance all too often, even among esteemed philosophers and scientists since they can’t bear to admit they might be wrong.’
‘Unfortunately,’ Mo said, ‘creative statistical analysis and computer parameterizing make it easy to configure data to presuppositions. The more ideologically driven don’t even realize their systems are based, or I might say, rigged, on the beliefs they can’t seem to let go.
‘And so, any contrary evidence is readily discounted and dismissed. Such determinations are nothing more than prejudicial, elaborately packaged presuppositions designed to provide a ruse of intellectual respectability. In the end, it all comes back to prior beliefs.
'Do you think, maybe, that’s what David Hume was getting at when he wrote: Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions?'
‘I’m not familiar with that statement,’ I said. ‘But if Hume said this, it’s uncertain to me what he might have meant by that.’
‘This statement has astonished philosophers for centuries,’ Mo said, 'considering his sceptical, hardnose approach to philosophical discourse. And yet, he was just acknowledging the obvious. All too often reason advances the prejudices of prior beliefs, rather than the pursuit of objective truth.
‘That’s why science has become so easily politicized over the last century. Too few wish to acknowledge what evidence doesn’t conform to ideological preferences. Your highly acclaimed physicist Richard Feynman once said, Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts. He was right, and never has this been truer in your world than now. That’s why I continue to say your world is upside down, inside out and backwards.’
‘I see you and Eli haven’t changed your opinions on my philosophical world since we spoke on this last,’ I said chuckling. ‘I must say, it is interesting how you draw Hume into the fray. Most philosophers, I’m sure, would find his statement about passion to be curious, especially coming from such a revered philosopher.’
‘It is only curious because this isn’t the way the intellectual crowd understands life these days,’ Mo said, ‘but then, they never have been that interested in seeing what excitement lies beyond the flat plains. That’s why it will be interesting how you might view reality after you return. Will you still listen to your mind when your heart tells you it’s wrong?’
‘I guess we’ll have to wait to find out,’ I said.
‘Even when you come to realize you had an out-of-body experience,’ Eli said, ‘you might rationalize away any evidence for it. That’s what the separated ego-mind often does in defending itself from the heart’s state of inward knowingness.
‘At first, you might convince yourself that your brain was merely dreaming a dream that imagined you in another dimension, much like one of your prior drug-induced hallucinations. However, inasmuch as you think that you will be dreaming... along with much of the world. That’s why everyone sleeps so much in the Flatlands; it’s the normative state of consciousness in this, the lowest region of the Lowlands.’
‘I’m sure,’ I said, ‘most of these Flatlanders, as you call them, would be greatly insulted by what you say.’
‘No doubt they would,’ Mo said, ‘since they have convinced themselves that they, among the most educated, are more awake than anyone else. But it’s waking that understands sleep, not sleep that understands waking. That’s why Flatlanders dream most when they think they are awake, just as they are often the most irrational when being clever.’
‘As for you, James,’ Eli said, ‘it would be ironic if you were to fall into this slumber once again after awakening.’
‘Yes, of course, that would be most unfortunate should that happen,’ I said. ‘I hope I can somehow remain aware of every moment of my experiences here; they’re just too good not to remember and never common.’
Quotes on Expectations
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius
Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations. Les Brown
Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon. Denis Waitley
Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Ralph Marston
Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. Earl Nightingale
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal. Norman Vincent Peale
Your expectations open or close the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation. Orison Swett Marden
Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations. Richard M. DeVos
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE
The Elysium's Passage series begins with 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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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 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 are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
ELYSIUIM'S PASSAGE: 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 fall 2020
SURREAL ADVENTURES fall 2020
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2021
HE ELIXIR spring 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023