Of Ten Parts in the eBook HOW IT CAME
What has happened in my life during the last five years has been truly extraordinary. Perhaps that's why it's with some trepidation I put myself out there, since this is a very personal story and not just a little bizarre. However, it may help future readers of the Elysium's Passage series to understand why the books are so different from 'normal' fiction.
In fact, I'm not sure which will be regarded as stranger, the non-fictional account of the eBook, HOW IT HAPPENED or the Elysium's Passage book series. If you are skeptical about what I write in this post, likely you will be even more so in the eBook. But then, so would I if it hadn't happened to me.
In this post, as well as in the subsequent parts in the eBook, I make reference to my late friend, Dr Jan Merta. It would take several volumes to properly represent his life’s achievements but this profile listed in a Who’s Who Publication may give you an idea: JAN MERTA de VELEHRAD.pdf. What I've written about in another post and what you will find in the eBook is that he is very much part of the Elysium's Passage series by somehow managing to help inspire the series into existence from where he now dwells. If you had know him as I did, this might not surprise you.
In late 2012, I had a series of extraordinary encounters that led me to write the series I hadn’t planned or even thought of before. In fact, I had never considered writing a novel... ever!
And yet, within six months I found a novel was somehow being scribed through me. It didn’t stop there; in just over a year from when the story began to write itself, I had drafted four novels sequels that seemed to flow onto the computer screen without me having any idea what might happen next. Often I would not be able to go to bed, even after writing fourteen hours, since I couldn’t wait to find out what might happen next.
By the second year with more revising and editing, the four novels bulked up to several hundred pages, each with hundreds of footnotes of quotes and references. But my commitment to this undertaking didn’t come without a price. I became a bit of social recluse; not entirely, but I seemly preferred the company of my characters to those of many of my acquaintances. (But don't tell them that).
Some Hard Times
After a while, I could no longer focus on my work in commercial real estate, which meant I hardly had any income to live on. To make it worse, my retirement investments in real estate were wiped out due to circumstances beyond my control. With this stress, my health began to deteriorate, resulting in surgery (twice) along with a prolonged attack of shingles that caused inflammation to my posterior area, whereby I could no longer sit or void my bladder without a catheter.
I don't wish to overstate my troubles. It’s called life and it happens to all of us at various times. My point is that even though these and several other unfortunate circumstances occurred, I couldn’t stop writing. Perhaps writing was my escape into another dimension of exciting characters and adventure.
After completing that glorious first draft of the series, where everything flowed naturally and effortlessly, things got tough, just as in my real life circumstances. After I broke the story into four books, the first narrative, doubled in size to 600 pages after undergoing twelve complete, often agonizing redrafts over the last two years.
Nietzsche once said, of all that is written, I love only what a man has written with his own blood. Perhaps that’s hyperbole, but considering the intensity of the book, I suspect it probably couldn't have been written any other way.
I trust there will be many readers who, with me, agree that Elysium's Passage is replete with meaning and significance. In fact, it seems to me, that after having worked all my life in the world of business, the content has gone well beyond my natural literary abilities. Prior to this I hadn't written anything of significance since my university term papers (in which I never did all that well).
Though I regard the series to be entertaining, the writing is much more than just entertainment. For that reason, I realize the series may have a less than overwhelming appeal among readers who prefer more action and less intellectual dialogue (such as by one of my professional reviewers suggested). I suspect, however, there still remains a significant audience that prefers to read literature which speaks to the depths of the human spirit.
In this eBook, How it Happened, I've endeavoured to relate the events by which the narratives came into existence, even as I continue to be led towards more literary adventures. The first book in the Elysium's Passage series, The Summit, will be published early in 2018. Over the next few years, it will be followed with Surreal Adventures, Mystical Romance, The Elixir and lastly, The Return.
The entire series is an ongoing narrative of a young philosopher from London, Dr James Phillips, who has a near fatal fall while climbing towards the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes. Though his body remains in a coma in a hospital, his spirit awakens in an altered state of consciousness, where he encounters two mysterious beings on the summit.
As it turns out, they have very different perspectives on the nature of reality than what he has while challenging his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose. Before he returns to his body in London at the end of the forth book, he becomes engaged in various adventures, including a mystical romance that leads him into several other surprises.
The name Elysium, which I chose, was used by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and many other poets to mean the paradisiacal afterlife reserved for heroes. But Elysium’s Passage is not just about a hero or a mountain expedition, but a fall into a spiritual dimension that may be described in Latin as the Mysterium Tremendum.
And now I will begin my tale of the peculiar events that gradually led to a story that, unbeknownst me; would soon take form and be released.
The Back Story
It all began on a beautiful spring morning over five years ago while I was enquiring about storage space in the basement of an older commercial building in central Calgary. I was considering bringing a private book collection back to Canada from the Czech Republic which had belonged to my good friend Dr Jan Merta. Unfortunately, he had passed away in his homeland a couple of years previously in 2010, leaving behind one of the world’s finest private collections of esoteric books; in fact, over six thousand copies, many rare and very valuable. I had seen the collection years ago and was interested in purchasing it.
I knew, however, the library would be expensive, especially after shipping it from Eastern Europe to Calgary. Besides that, I didn’t have sufficient space in my residence for the books. If displayed on shelves, they would have filled the basement of an average house. As interesting as they may be to have, I also recognized it would be difficult to read even a small portion of these books. In spite of all that, I still wanted to bring the books back to Calgary since I knew they were such a literary prize.
After looking at the space, the studio/shop owner, Angel Rogers, and I agreed that for various reasons it probably wasn’t a good place to keep the books. Angel, who is an accomplished lifelong psychic intuitive, was curious to know more about the library. As I was telling her who it had belonged to and the circumstances, she announced to me that Jan was now present with us, wanting to know why I was interested in purchasing the library.
Somehow I wasn’t too surprised that he would make contact with me since, while he was on earth, he was just as interested in understanding the spirit dimension as I was. But suddenly, here he was, now coming to me from that direction.
What made this encounter so interesting was not just that he was a very close friend, but that he had such great ability while on earth; in fact, he was often described as the world’s most accomplished man. I realized that in having this connection with him again, I might be able to gain access to his unique perspectives about the experiences in his new sphere of existence. I couldn’t think of a better contact to have, considering how we already had several discussions over the years on subjects related to our ultimate existence.
While on earth, not only did he have unique abilities to demonstrate astonishing psychic/telekinetic feats, he was also a scientist with several registered patents related to deep sea diving. Undoubtedly, these have saved many lives over the years.
Before he retired back to his home country in 2008, I would often meet him for lunch a couple of times each month in downtown Calgary near where he worked as Chief Diver for the National Energy Board of the Government of Canada. Since my academic background and ongoing interest was, and still remains, philosophy, I was fascinated by the depths of his knowledge and the profound writings he introduced me to over the years. Although I consider myself exceptionally well read in many areas of literature and philosophy, having been educated in these areas, his knowledge went far beyond my conventional knowledge and understanding. During these occasions, I spent a lot of time listening, since there was little for me to say or add, except ask more questions that would open new fields and perspectives.
I remained close to Jan over a period of about fifteen years from the time I met him in the mid 1990s to when he finally retired in the Czech Republic. Over that time, I arranged for him to speak at a series of lectures on a variety of topics I video recorded. (There were twelve of these public presentations).
And so now, as I stood in there, I couldn’t think of a specific reason to give in answering him why I wanted to acquire his library. I just told him that I thought the books were so exceptional the public should have access to them. But with him seeming to be so detached from what he once took such pride in, I wondered if I should spend all that money. His daughter, who lived near Prague, knew the value and so wasn’t about to give the books away, even though she didn’t understand English or have any use for them.
In any case, that was the beginning of my renewed acquaintance with my old friend. I was intrigued with this short conversation and being able to carry on as we had for so many years before. And so I was naturally eager to schedule an appointment to chat with him once again.
As you may imagine, there was far too much to discuss over the one hour session to even begin enquiring into his state of existence. It was him, alright; there was no mistaking his unique wit, humour and demeanor. Later I followed up with another visit about a month later while recording the dialogues on my mobile.
Though I lost my phone along with these conversations I recorded, I had already typed a transcript of the session which is contained in part two of the eBook. It may seem a bit confusing in places, but I think most of it is sufficiently coherent to see how Elysium’s Passage was about to germinate.
I didn't know it at the time, this was to be the beginning of Elysium's Passage.
 These lectures included: Nature and the Soul, Freedom, Mysteries, Energies, Soul and the Workplace, UFOs, Mind Body Spirit, Life After Death, Nature of the Soul, Right Choices, The Nature of Reality, etc. He never prepared for the lectures yet held the audience spellbound for two hours without a break. I plan to post these taped lectures on YouTube sometime in the future.
 A few years later, however, I was able to arrange for the sale of the books to a bookstore in Calgary.
If you wish to read more about this intriguing Back Story, I invite you to email me at email@example.com and request the free eBook: HOW IT CAME and I will immediately send it to your email address.
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.
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PENDING PUBLICATIONS ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE 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 now available
SURREAL ADVENTURES late 2018
MYSTICAL ROMANCE summer 2019
THE ELIXIR late 2019
THE RETURN sometime in 2020