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The following quotes are archived from the DAILY MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE that are beng posted during the month of January, 2019. Also note the archieved posts for December 2018
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January 30, 2019
Rather than try to summarize these provocative quotes on reason from Hume, Pascal and Peron (A Course of Love), I have inserted below two short excerpts from ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
From the PROLOGUE
Too often in the past, my thoughts were like shape-shifting clouds drifting in whatever direction the winds of professional acceptability blew. What I came to understand during my time on the mountain summit, is that we all have an inherent capacity to access a higher wisdom that informs and transcends the limitations of our reasoning mind. By discovering who we are, we come to understand that truth is accessed from within the centre of our being, metaphorically referred to as the heart.
Sure, the cold calculating intellect may be the processor of information, but its analysis is of limited temporal value if it doesn’t join with the heart's wisdom. Pascal said in his Pensées, the heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing. What I came to discover was how to discipline my confused mind to hear what my heart had to say first. With my academic orientation, it wasn’t an easy lesson to learn.
From Chapter 4
'I’m sorry,’ I said, ‘I don’t understand what you’re getting at. To the contrary, it’s impossible to answer a question other than through rational enquiry.’
‘Yes,’ he said, ‘but the terms of enquiry may be more expansive than you think, What I mean, is that reason can’t answer questions beyond the scope of its understanding. Reason is of the mind but when it comes to certain understandings, the mind can only see shadows and distortions. Whether you realize it or not, you are more than the mental processes of your brain. Until you realize that, you're going to knock yourself out trying to understand the world. Your old terms of reference are inadequate because they are crafted in the Lowlands.’
‘Balderdash,’ I said, ‘reason is either rational or irrational; there's nothing between.’
‘True, there's nothing between,’ he said, ‘but there is something over and above what’s often considered rational.’
‘Such as what?’ I said.
 Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French philosopher and scientist.
--- You may read more of this discussion in CHAPTER ONE, which is posted on this blog site.
January 27, 2019
Anton Chekov is still considered one of the world's foremost playwrights. His plays are often very poignant and even biting as we see in this quote.
It seems that in this statement he is criticizing humanity for its lack of appreciation of transcendence in its cultural expressions. Tell me what you think about his quote at the end of this post.
The second book of ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series, SURREAL ADVENTURES also critiques contemporary education in a series of adventures that occur a virtual world called the Flatlands world of unquestioned reductionist assumptions implicit in Western academia.
This theme of transcendence runs throughout this series of novels.
SURREAL ADVENTURES should be ready for release by this spring.
Some of Chekov's other notable quotes are:
"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.:
"Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something."
“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.”
"Man is what he believes.”
"Man will become better when you show him what he is like.”
"Only one who loves can remember so well.”
"Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts."
January 22, 2019
Marilyn Monroe was not just a sex symbol, but a very clever woman who had many astute things to say. Even this quote about us being stars is profound if you believe our essence has its basis in something more significant than just the materialist plane. Of course, that is my whole premises in the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series.
And so... yes, of course, that's why we deserve to twinkle or whatever you else you wish to call it... thrive, flourish, blossom or glow with/from our Source.
I love some of her more ingenious quotes:
"If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything." (Note to self)
“I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.”
“Most men judge your importance in their lives by how much you can hurt them.”
"I don't want to make money, I just want to be wonderful."
"It's all make-believe, isn't it?"
"I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made."
January 18, 2019
Soren Kierkegaard was a prominent Danish philosopher and theologian and is often regarded as the first existentialist. On the surface, the above statement regarding silence may not seem that profound, and yet it is, especially when witnessing a person of such discipline in both silence and speaking.
Such a person, I think, we generally regard as being wise since their thoughts are well-considered and 'essential.'
January 14. 2019
Anais Nin 1903 1977 was born in France to Cuban parents. She became a well know French essayist and short story writer, at times dealing with erotica. Her quotes are often to the point with very precise meanings, such as this quote above. Indeed, our perception is largely determined by what we have become within... who we are.
January 11, 2019
Today's DAILY MESSAGE post contain a rather interestng phrase that is discussed near the end of the Book Two, SURREAL ADVENTURES (still unpublished). Rather than getting into a discussion on it, I've included a couple of excerpts from the book:
As I approached the wall, I was astonishment to find a large, roughly hewn oak door inset into the cavern’s stone wall. Like sunshine breaking through the clouds, I could see rays of light streaming under the door. What could possibly be on the other side of that door? Was this some trap to ensnare me? With watchfulness, I moved towards the door but then noticed etched in the stone, more Latin letters. This time I could see the inscription clearly:
PULCHRITUDO SPLENDOR VERITATIS
Ah yes, indeed BEAUTY IS THE SPLENDOR OF TRUTH. That’s most interesting, but what in bloody hell does beauty, splendour and truth have to do with anything in the lifeless bowls of this dark earth? Or was there some deep arcana I wasn’t aware of that connected the meanings of these Latin inscriptions… if so, what?
Prior to this, in an earlier section of the book, there was a short discussion among the characters on the topic of beauty:
‘You know,’ Mo said, ‘we all have within us the ability to create whatever splendours we wish to manifest, far more stupendous than the views up here. This joy continues without end, as we expand our capacity to appreciate the essence of love, beauty and truth. But if you are surrounded by magnificence, yet have no appreciation for what you see, then what value does it have?
There was a time that mountains were never seen for their beauty, but only as obstacles to where you wished to go. And so, what if, after arriving in Elysium, you couldn’t appreciate any of it… would you even want to be there? It probably wouldn’t be for long before you headed off in the other direction.’
‘And so that’s the kicker,’ said Mo, ‘nothing’s wonderful unless you are first in relationship with it in some way, be it direct or indirect. Even in Elysium, that’s the case. You can only feel at one with what your heart consociates with.’
"We do not see things as they are... we see things as we are." Anaïs Nin
January 9, 2019
Einstein was not only one of the greatest scientists the world has ever known, but he often made pronouncements that went beyond what many esteemed modern philosophers seemed capable of uttering.
This particular statement tells me that we must escape the delusions of our isolated prisons so that we may embrace the wholeness of all that we are. We are not separate but united as One. If that sounds too Eastern, then so be it. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
January 7, 2019
St Augustine once wrote, "we are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone” So if not by reason, then what?
G.I Gurdjieff, I believe was one of the few philosophers of the last century who understood that and was prepared to go beyond normal philosophical discourse. His student P.I. Ouspensky called this the "TERTIUM ORGANUM," meaning a higher order of understanding transcending the limits of reason. I think this statement of Gurdjieff's is indicative of that understanding. Einstein too, makes similar remarks about mystery and wonderment.
January 5, 2019
I think what Aristotle might be saying in this quote is that the light is always there within us; it's only our confused and beclouded minds that look towards the darkness of despair. That's when we need to refocus and find the light of the Spirit. At least that's my interpretation. What do you think? You may, if you wish, respond in the comment section at the end.
January 2, 2019
This is a great message for Soren Kierkegaard for us to start the New Year: live life forwards but draw from the lessons of the past to understanding where we're going.
Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher who has had a profound influence on countless thinkers over the last couple of centuries.
OVERVIEW OF THE ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES
The series involves 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 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.
To read a sample press review, go to: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
VIDEO INTRODUCTION OF SERIES
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ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
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
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture and humour; Mr. Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures 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 that 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 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…”
“The Elysium’s Passage series challenges and excites the reader while taking him into parallel quests for truth with the hero, James. It can be a fast fantasy read or a longer deliberation about what is reality or illusion; veracity or platitude. Take the journey!”
“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)
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION
BLOG POSTINGS: https://digitalbloggers.com/articles/elysiumspassage or by way of Elysium's Passage website
PRESS REVIEW: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
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 is now available
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2019
MYSTICAL ROMANCE fall 2019
HE ELIXIR spring 2020
THE RETURN sometime in 2021