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I had a dream, which was not at all a dream
There was a time several years ago I would pay attention to my dreams. And funny thing; I found whenever I did this they seemed to pay attention to me, or at least they seemed to be there for me. All that was required of me was to intend to remember and record them when I awoke.
And so, first thing in the morning after getting out of bed, I would journal what I could remember while I was still able before slipping away. As I did this, they would unfold more and more. The trick was not to put too much effort into the recall but just to relax, be open and let it come. Once an image or event appeared, and I 'caught' the thread of what was happening, it would just keep unravelling until I had whatever was there for me to see. I'm sure we all have these experiences from time to time.
Then I would speculate on what meaning if any, the impressions might have for me. No matter how bizarre, there generally was something that seemed to be a message or observation I was to make. Admittedly, some dreams were just too over the top ridiculous to speculate on any meaning.
But I found that in paying attention to them, there was much they gave me to think about. Occasionally they would lift me into a very happy state. Unfortunately, I got lazy and stopped paying attention during my morning meditations. I don’t even know why because it was interesting and often very entertaining. After that, it seemed I seldom dreamed anymore, but of course, this wasn't true.
I will never forget my favourite dream. How or why it came to me, I don’t know, but the experience evoked something very extraordinary within me, elevating me to feelings that were so joyful and transcending for me that the memories still remain a place of joy, peace and tranquillity, even after all these years. I often think about what happened in that dream. I'm not sure if it would have come to me had I not been open to this personal epiphany.
As I was completing the first draft of the fourth book of the series, Elysium’s Passage: The Elixir, this dream occurs to me as a fitting end to the book when the hero, James, was about to depart his surreal realm of consciousness and re-enter his physical earth body. It was the perfect end to the novel and that stage of the series.
There are times I wonder if I had recalled something more than just a dream; perhaps an event that actually happened at one time in another zone of reality. What if there is something to parallel universes? In any case, this felt like a taste of heaven, not that I consciously remember what heaven was like prior to emerging on this plain/plane of existence.
Though the dream came to me at least 15 years prior to writing the series, it was still as fresh as when I first experienced it in my sleep. And yet I struggled to find the words to communicate the depths of emotions I felt. Thought I did the best I could, it still falls far short. If I were a poet, maybe I'd be more successful. I hope though, some of it magic and charm will come through to the reader by the time I complete the last round of revisions on the scene.
If you wish to know what this very special dream was about, James, our hero describes it this way:
I can’t tell you now if it actually was a dream that I had or if it was something far more real that could only be known by dreaming it. But if it was just a dream, I don’t remember ever waking up from it. And if that is the case, am I still dreaming the dream? I wonder about that sometimes. From the last chapter of Book Four of the Elysium's Passage series.
However, it will still be a couple of years before that book is ready to be released. But it will be worth the wait. Besides, you will have to read the first three books for it to make sense.
Ever drifting down the stream
Lingering in the golden gleam
Life, what is it but a dream?
Through the Looking Glass
Quotes on Dreams and Consciousness
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung
You have to dream before your dreams can come true. Abdul Kalam
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream. Khalil Gibran
In you is all of heaven. Every leaf that falls is given life in you. Each bird that ever sang will sing again in you. And every flower that ever bloomed has saved its perfume and its loveliness for you. A Course in Miracles
For heaven is within us, and people who have heaven within them come into heaven. The heaven within us is our acknowledgement of the Divine and our being led by the Divine. The inner self is as distinct from the outer self as heaven is from earth. Emanuel Swedenborg
Possibly the most interesting first impression of my life came from the world of dreams.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger; who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. A person starts to live when he can live outside himself. Albert Einstein
A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake. G.I. Gurdjieff
Because men believe they already possess consciousness they give themselves very little trouble to acquire it. Fredrick Nietzsche
When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake. P.D Ouspensky
The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief that one is already conscious. P.D Ouspensky
Of course, this post on dreams wouldn't be complete with hearing
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME from Mama Cass
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE
The Summit is the first in a series of five Elysium’s Passage 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.
This blog is devoted to the Elysium's Passage novel series and various ideas that relate to the content of the series. For more information see this blog's first introductory post: WELCOME TO ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE.
PENDING PUBLICATIONS OF THE SERIES
The Summit is now available on Amazon in hardcover, softcover and eBook.
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 now available
SURREAL ADVENTURES mid 2020
MYSTICAL ROMANCE late 2021
THE ELIXIR spring 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023
The following comments are among the first Amazon reviews of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. All are Five Stars! Others reader reviews are included below, along with excerpts from two professional reviews. To read full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com
"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…"
"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.”
“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."
“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)
CONTACT INFORMATION & SOCIAL MEDIA
FACEBOOK: Elysium's Passage Novel Series, Elysium's Passage Public Group page, Elysium's Passage Author's Page, or to my personal page Neil Meyers
LINKEDIN: Neil Meyers
BLOG POSTINGS: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage or the Elysium's Passage website
AMAZON: Purchase details of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit, are available online from the web and blog site