WHAT IS HAPPINESS?

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What if we as adults, could recapture this same innocence of pure joy, just as these children in the picture express... and, hopefully, as many of us did in our earliest years? If we think we can’t return to this happy state, then why not? It appears Albert was having a good time.  

A recent survey in North America revealed that the average adult lives with negative emotions 70% of the time. I hope that’s not true, but it’s probably not far off. So, why do we think we need to live in a negative funk most of the time. What happened to the magic and celebration... along with all the gratitude, joy, love, peace and everything that made us feel happy? And how do we get it back? Perhaps we need to understand who and what we are before we speculate on was happiness is.

First of all, it's important to recognize that we are spiritual beings living our lives as material beings under the dubious guidance of a reactive ego-self. But we are far more than this false ego-self that presumes to be us. If we believe that's all we are, we deny our birthright to happiness. Ideally, joy should be our true default state of existence, but unfortunately, it seldom is. Some religions call this our fall from grace.

If that's the case or something perhaps like it, we need to find a way to move our frequency up the spectrum from unhappiness to happiness, unconsciousness to consciousness, from egoic illusions to the divine light we are created to be.

One way we can tap into the magical wonderment of who and what we are is to be present. As Lao Tzu stated, if we hear and see as children, we will be wise because we are in the zone to receive grace and happiness. Alberta Einstein knew that which is why he was often playful, enjoying his bike rides (as shown in this picture) when not watching soap bubbles pop while bathing. (He once said this is when he had his greatest scientific epiphanies).

For most of us, living in this world full of gratitude, happiness and play might not seem so simple while being distracted with our adult responsibilities and worries. Often it seems difficult for us to relax long enough to open our hearts and mind to the inner peace that allows us to experience true happiness. That's why, if we are to rediscover our childhood joy, we must learn to live in the flow of the moment as we did then, rather than become ensnared by the egoic worries of the future and regrets of the past.   

A time of meditation is essential to remove all the noise and fear looping through the mind by laying it aside for a few minutes to relax and sink into the sweet Presence of 'Beingness'. This is the divine You. Some call this the Kingdom of God. But it's also your Kingdom. Can you access it? Of course, you can, however, it might at first seem a bit of a steep slope to get up the Summit when you’re out of practice. Meditation takes practice, discipline and time to master. That’s because the ego will do all it can to run interference as you ascend.

But once you make the divine connection with your Self, you will emerge aware, giving mindful attention to your whole life as well as others and all of nature. If you give loads of love to yourself, you will have lots to give everyone and everything in the world... the world you once feared. As it's stated, "Perfect love casts out fear."

There's also something else to this. Recognize that you don't need to take anything from anyone once you understand you are only able to receive when you give. That’s the law of love. So, why would you even want to take rather than receive? There's a big difference... taking doesn't bring happiness, but receiving does, just as giving does. In this spirit, giving and receiving become a seamless cycle of reciprocity.

That's how the magic is restored. No fear, no lack, no judgment, no taking... only sharing and receiving in love.

Be aware, however, you have an enemy. We all do, wherever we find ourselves on the spectrum of consciousness. Until we regain control, it will attempt to take back its unhappy territory. What is it?

As Pogo said: “I have seen the enemy, and the enemy is us.” And yet, it's not actually us, the enemy is the imposture within us. Again, it's the ego programme we keep defaulting to when we're not aware of what's going on within us. It fears, worries, envies, judges and hateful, full of hubris, bringing nastiness into our lives. It has a selfish drive to be unfaithful, unappreciative. Rather than caring for wholeness, it separates, refusing to recognize we are all bound and united in One divine love. 

The good news is that the ego is not real. It's only we that make it real to us by identifying with it. In truth, it exists only as a programme in our mind... a necessary part of the adolescence/adulthood experience that challenges us to grow by contrasting our happiness. Through it, we find what we don't want so we might one day come to freely choose what we do want. After (and sometimes during) childhood, the ego has a way of kicking in permanently unless we learn how to become disassociate with it. For example, if we suffer enough we might finally twig on to how we're making unhappy choices.

That’s not to say we don’t need an ego at times. Obviously, it can come in handy as a survival mechanism. But that's when we use the ego, rather than it using us... which it will every time it has the chance, even if we consider ourselves ‘enlightened.’ 

So, how to do we dislodge this insane programme from corrupting the happiness of our inner self? Again, we must dial things down by finding ourselves in the ‘present.’ It's in meditation that we find our divine Self. As it is stated, "Be silent, and know that I am God." That’s the gate where we become reacquainted with our true Self, our genuine state of our being when we entered this world.

Once we silently enter into this inner sanctum of peace, we naturally access the divine essence of our heart. It’s the portal to our happiness and all we are designed to be. The mind must surrender because, on its own, it's always confused, easily co-opted by the insane delusions of the ego which attempts to be happy by pursuing unhappiness. (Like I said, it's pretty insane).

However, when we subordinate our unhinged mind to the guidance of our divine heart, we are on our way to sustained happiness. Yet we must remain vigilant to remain in this state by discerning the voice in the head (ego) from the divine voice of the heart.

For more on the ego, see the post on this blog called, Two Faces: The Ego Mask and You. https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/two-faces    

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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT

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The Summit 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 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 at: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm   

 

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ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: READER REVIEWS
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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 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)

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AUTHOR'S (ATTEMPTED) INTRODUCTION TO SERIES



 

             

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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES

 
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

SURREAL ADVENTURES fall 2019 

MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2020

HE ELIXIR fall 2020

THE RETURN sometime in 2021/22

 

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