WELCOME TO ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage . Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens                                                                     Carl Jung                                                                ...
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DAILY MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Computers and Technology, Relationships, Finance, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Food and Drink, Writing and Speaking
For more postings, go to https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage                          April 1 2020 I'm going to be controversial and try to give some context to the fear that has gripped so much of the world. First, let me say that caution is a good thing. It can save our life. Fear, however, is good for nothing and doesn't solve anything but put us in paralysis, as the Franklins states here. Make no mistake, fear is suffering. When we ...
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BLUE SKIES... FROM NOW ON

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
                     To access more posts go to www.elysiumspassage.com  BLUE SKIES Nothing but blue skies from now on? But where do you find "nothing but blue skies?" There seems to always be some clouds drifting in or popping up out of nowhere. Just like life. Speaking of which, how many clouds do we attract into our lives just by thinking of cloudy thoughts. You know, the grey clouds of fear and worry; the thunder clouds of ...
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DIMASH... ART, SPLENDOR AND BEAUTY

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement
For more ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE posts, go to https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage   DIMASH KUDAIBERGEN________________________ PULCHRIDUDO SPLENDUS VERITUSBeauty is the Resplendence of Truth . In this post, I'd like to introduce Dimash Kudaibergen from Kazakhstan. He is very popular in Russia and China, but the West is slow in discovering him. So if you haven't heard of him before, or more importantly, heard him yet, click on the following links. The vocal teachers and critics I've listened to on YouTube have no criticism to offer, other than to say ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES MARCH 2020

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement
Note: There is only one post for March since the host site was down for upgrades  March 1, 2020 G. I. Gurdjieff lived his early years in the Transcaucasia region which had a rich ethnic mix comprised of Georgians, Armenians, Kurds, Greeks, Turks and Russians. At the age of fifteen, he set out to wander the world, gleaning whatever ancient wisdom he could in scattered Sufi ashrams, Christian churches, Buddhist temples and assorted mystery schools across central Asia, Egypt, Rome, Iran, Russia and ...
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A HIGHER VISION

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
For more ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE blog posts, click www.elysiumspassage.com   A HIGHER VISION One of the major themes in Elysium’s Passage novel series is, "Come further up, Come further in." If you are familiar with C.S. Lewis' works, you may recognize this phrase from what was cried out by the characters as they ran further up and further into the New Narnia, as described in The Last Battle, the concluding book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. As we each ascend our Mountain further up ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES FEBRUARY 2020

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Reference and Education, Writing and Speaking
 For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage       February 1, 2020 February 1, 2020 This is the proposed cover for Elysium's Passage: Quantum Leaps, the third book of ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE Novel Series which will soon be published. Below is a short introduction to the latest of the ongoing story.       I've inserted a couple of excerpts from the book to give readers a flavour for the content of the book. However, there are also many exciting action scenes throughout the book which build-up to the ...
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READER REVIEWS

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage The following excerpts are among the first reviews of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. Some are Amazon Five Stars reviews along with excerpts from two professional reviews (Blue Ink and Clarion). Also, note the full reviews after these excerpts.  "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 ...
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WHAT IS ART... PICTURE THIS

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews
The above excerpt is taken from Chapter 17 (What do I know?) in Elysium's Passage: The Summit, the first novel in the novel series.  To provide a fuller discussion of creative expression within the dynamic of essence and form, I have included more of his dialogue below: 'I could go a bit further with this analogue and say...’ ‘That’s okay Eli,’ I said smiling, ‘I get the picture… with or without the frame.’ ‘Maybe you do,’ he said, ‘but allow me to stretch the ...
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IS FREE WILL FREE?

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage  Not too surprisingly, there has been much debate over the last hundred years on whether our actions are predetermined or if we actually have free will. Determinism comes in many forms, including physical determinism, logical determinism, theological determinism, etc. Likewise, opponents of determinism often agree that free will is not all that free when it comes to lower orders of consciousness. We consider the idea of reacting to be more mechanistic that our concept of responding, ...
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A VOICE IN THE NIGHT

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
ALL AND NOTHINGNESS: A VOICE IN THE NIGHT "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."                                                             Genesis 1-2 (KJV) Even since a ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES JANUARY 2020

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For other posts on this blog go to www.elysiumspassage.com  January 25, 2020 One of the major themes in Elysium’s Passage novel series is, “come further up, come further in.” If you are familiar with C.S. Lewis' works, you might recognize this phrase from what was cried out by the children as they ran further up and further into the New Narnia, as described in The Last Battle, the concluding book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. As we each ascend our Mountain further ...
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WHAT IS HAPPINESS?

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more posts on this blog go to www.elysiumspassage.com  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 ...
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ARE YOU A SKEPTIC?

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
Are you a skeptic? Me too... except when I'm not. But what does it mean to be a skeptic? I suppose it depends... skepticism can mean different things to different people. Perhaps a fixed state of mind, or just seeing an occasional red flag. James, the philosopher in Elysium's Passage: The Summit, prides himself in being a skeptic, if not a bit of a cynic at times. However, while on the Summit, he is challenged to examine what his underlying motives are ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES DECEMBER 2019

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog posts go to: www.elysiumspassage.com  December 1, 2019 This post is on friendship, and since I've been blessed to have many close friends, there's much I could say on this topic. A number of these go back from when I was just 20 years old, which is very long time ago. Interestingly, a number of former friends have recently come back into my life as a result of a high school class reunion a couple of years ago. In most cases, ...
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A HIGHER CALLING

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
To acces other blog posts go to: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage       Maybe its because my father, above, was fighting with the RCAF during WW2, but I really like this story. I hope you will too. NGM An American pilot glanced outside his cockpit and froze. He blinked hard and looked again, hoping it was just a mirage. But his co-pilot stared at the same horrible vision. "My God, this is a nightmare," the co-pilot said. "He's going to destroy us," the pilot agreed. The ...
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FORGIVE QUICKLY

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
For more blog posts, go to www.elysiumspassage.com  What I love about James Dean is his simple, matter-of-fact practicality. He had it all, good looks, a movie star, money and women such as Marilyn Monroe, and yet he wasn't shallow. Though he died in an automobile accident at just the age of 24, he possessed wisdom far beyond his years. These words are probably not what you would hear from Aristotle or any other great philosopher, yet to me they seem remarkably life-affirming. ...
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DAILY MESSAGE ARCHIVES NOVEMBER 2019

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Writing and Speaking
For more blogs posts go to www.elysiumspassage.com   November 24, 2019 Tolstoy and Einstein are among the most enduring voices in history that still reach out to us to share their deep wisdom. In this case, they both seem to be saying the same thing, only in their own way.  Another way of stating this same idea of how to make the world a better place is, "be the change you want to see in the world." This is often attributed to Gandhi, ...
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HOW TO BE AN ENLIGHTENED MYSTIC

by Neil Meyers Arts and Entertainment, Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
 To access other posts on this blog, go to www.elysiumspasage.com  In the above quote, Allan Watts’ captures an aspect of enlightenment that recognizes "what already is." And what is, presumably is to be present to The All That Is. Allan Watts was a philosopher and theologian who I believe understood this concept of enlightenment better than most contemporary philosophers. As an astute British/American thinker and writer, his whose influence was greatly felt during the 'beat' era of the 50s and 60s. Today, 45 ...
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MYSTICAL BEAUTY

by Neil Meyers Relationships, Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Writing and Speaking
For more blog postings click: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage  PULCHRITUDO SPLENDOR VERITATIS: BEAUTY IS THE SPLENDOR OF TRUTH I'm a big fan of C.S. Lewis, especially his Chronicles of Narnia which I read to my sons at bedtime when they were young boys. In fact, I later read it again for myself since it was so pleasurable and meaningful to read. I have also read several of Lewis' other books which I highly recommend, such as Pilgrim's Regress, Till We Have Faces, Out of the ...
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