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OUR IMAGINATION'S DARKSIDE
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of our imagination and how it can be used to inspire us. You may view this post here, https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/just-imagine
As wonderful as our imagination might be, it’s important we remain aware of how easy it can be used to serve the downside of our reality. Imagination can be very powerful in creating the life we experience. What we project onto the canvas of our world will bring us exquisite visions or cause us to dread, defeat and despair. Either way, we end up with the world it creates.
When the imagination is in service to fear, it makes life unpleasant since fright is not a happy emotion. When faced with danger, it's easy for our imaginations to embellish whatever we dwell upon until we become paralysed by fear, often rendering us powerless. As Franklin Roosevelt stated: Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear… is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Let’s look at the root of imagination: Image. So, what images are we projecting onto the screen of our lives that play out in our daily experiences? If it’s the filter of fear that we’re projecting, the images can be frightening indeed. Suffering, deprivation, pain and death; it’s all easy to experience if we allow ourselves to ‘image’ it. As Nietzsche suggested, if we gaze into the abyss long enough, it will gaze back and very likely frighten us.
That’s how disease has its way with us. Dis-ease. We are not at ease and so our bodies become weak, losing the ability to fight off what we normally overcome. Many chase cancer into remission while others give up and die. Often, it’s the imagination that makes the difference. If we see ourselves as doomed, we probably are. The imagination will make it happen even more quickly because it will debilitate the body’s natural defences.
The same applies to financial worries. If a few things go wrong at work, we might imagine being unemployed, or worse yet, losing our family and becoming homeless on the streets. If that’s what we choose to believe and therefore ‘image,’ our imagination can help make this our new reality The good news, is that the imagination can also work for us by reversing itself to inspire us to new horizons and achievements.
So, what’s the trick in getting our imagination to work for us rather than against us? First, we need to know that it projects out of our heart and soul, and therefore we need to protect our imagination from whatever the mind may do. The scriptures say, in effect, guard your heart more than any treasure for it is the source of all life. See the post on this topic: Guard Your Heart https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/guard-your-heart
This is how we can avoid falling into Nietzsche’s abyss. Once we realize this, we can accept that we are the masters of our destiny and that we live in a benevolent universe. Then, if we allow, our imagination can take us to a happy place.
However, if we imagine we live in a malevolent universe where everything is destined to go wrong, then our imagination will create an unhappy world to make sure we’re not wrong. Understanding this is what will help get us through these times of stress, coercion and deception.
Having faith in what’s highest and best will make it our reality, regardless of our life’s current circumstances. Then, our imagination will cause us to see the silver-lined clouds rather than the dark storm clouds billowing on the horizon. If this all sounds too good to be true, it's because we haven’t allowed our imagination to paint us a picture of what happens after the clouds pass and the sun becomes visible again. If we can imagine the sun breaking through even before it does, it will be easier to weather the storms of life. But if our imagination sees only perpetual darkness, then we will become discouraged and disempowered, robbing us of all hope and resilience.
If we imagine ourselves passing through the shadows and valleys of life, our consciousness will rise to what we have projected. If we don’t have faith but believe we’re at the mercy of the vicissitudes of nature and chance that work against us, then our imagination will likely find several ways to make us right.
What, then, can we do practically to make sure our imagination is working for us and our happiness rather than the contrary? To begin with, we need to avoid mainstream television news and programming which tends to tilt towards bad news narratives and opinions, seemingly to make us feel like we’re living out the drama of a horror movie… often of our creation. Cutting out much of social media's toxicity is also a good idea.
Our separate ego-mind, which never has our best interest in mind loves to wallow in the negativity of our dark side. That’s how it derives its existence and why we need to avoid its darkness like the plague… a plague that exists in our mind where we imagine everything ten times worse than it is with little hope for the future.
Also, we need to avoid toxic people who delight in perpetrating their ego’s perverse negativity. Let them attract their own; we deserve better. Hang out with people who wish to remain in a good vibe, and they will bring us into their happy space.
While we’re at it, we need to look out for whatever else that will feed our imagination with positive images. You might find some suggestions in this blog that I posted last year. https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe
For example, there are many uplifting novels and movies that lift our imagination out of its negative stupor by making our hearts soar in gratitude. Once we are inspired, our ego won’t be able to conscript our imagination to serve its nefarious ends. There’s no room for it. So, it's up to us whether we wish to feed our imagination with inspiration or with fear.
As an aside, if anyone wishes to listen to some extraordinary music of a high vibe that will inspire the imagination, I would recommend Dimash’s singing performances. If interested, see my posts on him and view some of the videos. https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/beauty-splendor-and-truth
However, if we prefer to entertain ourselves with low conscious energy that expresses hate and victimhood, there is plenty of music out there (if that’s what you call it) such as some rap or heavy metal anger ‘noise’ can bring you down. These also ignite the imagination, but with nothing that uplifts our spirit. Using discernment with what we subject ourselves to is an important exercise in self-awareness. If it makes us feel uplifted or if it causes us to feel diminished, then that’s all we need to know. Our imagination will take it from there.
In recent posts, I’ve touched on intuition and inspiration. Our imagination is the best means to inspire our visions and intuition. Fear, however, will use our imagination to douse these rarified qualities like a bucket of water cast on the flames. Fear ruins so much fun in life.
So, more than ever, in today’s psychosis of global fear, we should remain vigilant to counter the negativity with happy thoughts and smiles, although our smiles probably don’t do much good if we hide them behind a mask. Speaking of which, nowhere on earth has there been a peer review study that has shown masks to be a practical deterrent to viruses that can enter through the eyes, ears and skin. With the microbe so minuscule, masks are about as effective as a chain-linked fence keeping sand out in a sand storm. See the reports from OSHA. https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/just-say-no-to-masks
Therefore, rather than trampling each other in panic, let’s courage everyone to find ways to counter these imaginings with life-enhancing images and sounds. Much of what’s out there is toxic because it promotes fear in telling us why we should be fearful. These are beliefs, not truths, especially when they project images of doom. I have several blog posts that encouraging us not to fear. These scare tactics, I believe, are contrivances of governments, corporations and the media to promote mass ego flares of hysteria.
Another thing to watch for is feeling overwhelmed. This is often not the case, but what we imagine. Yes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when too much is going on. There are many challenges in life that put us in a tailspin, and yet after the fact, we often see how trivial most of these ‘crises’ were. At the time, however, our imagination made them bigger than life.
If, for example, we run out of gas on the highway or have a flat tire in a snowstorm, we can feel overwhelmed because our imagination tells us this is the end of the world… at least, our world. What will come of us? However, when we imagine a positive outcome, we’re often surprised how easily solutions come.
Speaking of running out of gas, I remember running out of gas in New Mexico one night at about midnight when no service stations along the way were open. Before we could imagine anything, the first vehicle that came along, not only stopped but just happened to have a barrel of gas loaded on his pick-up. He pumped our car with lots of gas, didn’t charge us, and we were happily on our way to find a motel.
Having said, that, I should mention this was back in my youthful days and it probably didn’t hurt that I happened to be standing on the road with a couple of young women who were travelling with me to Canada by way of California. Still, what are the odds the first vehicle that came by would have a barrel of gas with a young man eager to help? Maybe he was an angel… sure felt like it. (I could write several books of such vignettes that have occurred in my life).
Anyway, I don’t wish to minimize more serious concerns or saying there aren’t significant challenges we are sometimes confronted with health, finances and relationship, etc. issues. Yet, even in these situations, the intuition of our imagination might provide us with whatever inspiration we need to solve the problems rather than continuing to dwell in hopelessness and despair.
So, when feeling overwhelmed, I recommend taking 30 deep breaths; exhale and hold for a minute or longer. Then inhale one big breath for 5 seconds, exhale and meditate. That might help you reset the emotions. (This is called the Win Hoff Method as explained by Wim Hoff on YouTube).
I conclude with a short excerpt from Book Five of Elysium’s Passage novel series. This incident illustrates how defeated our imagination can cause us to feel when we fall into the grip of fear. Though there was light to show him the way forward, James, the protagonist, doesn’t open himself to the hope it offered. Rather, his imagination causes him to fall further into despair… all too human.
Fortunately, a time comes when he does ‘awaken.’ Hopefully, humanity will soon do the same in this current world of fear and despair.
Chapter 1, Mystical Romance
As I continued to shuffle ahead aimlessly in the dark, all at once something happened that changed everything. Suddenly, there was nothing under my feet and once again I felt myself plunging into an abyss, this time a long dark shaft.
In shock, my mind relapsed to tumbling down the Summit’s chasm. This plunge, however, felt different, as though I was suspended in time, floated into oblivion as I fended off, real or not, taunting demons, ghosts, dragons and monsters that I had encountered on the island.
At some point, I must have hit bottom, but by then there was nothing left to me… no dream, nothing at all, just as my spirit remained unconscious at the bottom of the Summit’s chasm.
Terror gripped me. I would die. Not just my body, but my soul… alone and abandoned, I would die trapped in this tomb of everlasting darkness. Words echoed in my mind from long ago: Das Nichts Nichte. Nothingness, nothingness, nothingness. My first fall stripped me of my earthly body, but now it seemed I had been stripped of what little spirit was left of me. I had been laid bare; an empty shell.
I tried to get up, but with these thoughts terrorizing me, I collapsed to the ground, gripped by a swirling paralysis of fear. Was this a dream I fell into or was I in a dream falling? It didn’t matter; I had lost my soul in the darkness. Death was upon me; I would soon be no more.
There’s no way of telling how long it might have been; was it three days? I don’t know, but somehow it felt it might have been. As I awakened, I noticed a faint glow of light shining from somewhere beyond my sepulchre.
Then, out of nowhere, I heard footsteps approaching me, and with that, a soft glow of light faintly shined through a wedge in my tomb. I felt its presence within a silhouette of light.
A man entered, and stood before me in silence. With a gentle smile, he greeted me as though I had met him before; still, I had no idea from where he came. He didn’t say a word but spoke to me with his thoughts.
‘Fear not, James,’ he said, ‘you are not alone. This has never been revealed to you before, but I’m telling you now that you are never alone. In confronting your final fears of death, you have laid them aside and they are no more. You came here to conquer, and so have you conquered your final fear, the death of death. Had you not, you wouldn’t have awoken. You may now arise… a new man to walk the earth.
He offered his hand, just as Eli had offered his while rescuing me off the ledge where I was trapped. I grabbed his outstretched hand and rose to my feet, as though risen from the dead.
‘Whether you ascend to the heavens or descend into the hells, he said, my spirit is always with you. There’s nothing to fear. If you believe what I say, you will follow me. If you don’t, you will remain here as you are until you are ready. It is your choice. It’s always your choice.’
He then turned and walked back through the tunnel. As he disappeared, my dazed and blurry mind tried to convince me this was just an apparition of my addled imagination. I was mistaken; it wasn’t real. None of this was happening; I was delusional… I was insane. Worse, I was alone. More alone than ever.
 Translated from German as The Nothing nothings, a phrase imputed with profound meaning by Martin Heidegger, a seminal philosopher of the Continental tradition.
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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE NOVEL SERIES
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 of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.
An engaging and sometimes 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 adventures.
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)
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE ASCENT fall 2021
THE SUMMIT fall 2021
QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2022
SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2022
MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2022
HE ELIXIR fall 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023/24
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