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IS GOD A MYSTIC OR JUST MYSTICAL?
Who is God and how can we come to know what we call God? This is a question humanity has asked as long as we have been roaming this earth.
What is He/She like? Does God get angry at me for my misdeeds? Why do we refer to God as He or She or He/She? Is what we call God going to judge me for my deeds and beliefs? If so, should I be afraid? If you are, then what can we do to get on God’s good side… because we certainly don’t want to be on the wrong side of Omnipotence? Need I sacrifice my firstborn, maybe with a little self-flagellation to make sure I’ll be safe.
Some of these questions now seem rather foolish, but for much of humanity’s history, these were legitimate concerns, and the religious establishment did a rather outstanding job in exploiting the fear of the masses for their own gain and control. In some countries, they still do. Kind of reminds you of the fear-based scam going on in the world these days. But back to the question; who and what is God or god, as you prefer?
Rupert Spiro, an Oxford-based, world-renown scholar is one of the most eloquent mystics today, who effortlessly presents a crystal clear answer. He is not the first; the enlightened have been offering a non-dualistic representation of God throughout the ages as we see with some of the earliest literature known on earth, such as with the Upanishads and Vedantic literature. These traditions that seem to predate history are so profound with meaning that few in our ‘enlightened’ scientific (left brain) culture seem to be capable of understanding. (So much for 'cavemen.')
This short video addressed some of these questions about the nature of God. There are several other videos you may wish to watch if you enjoy this one since he approaches many other profound subjects such as the nature of consciousness. Since reality is a non-dualistic in nature, he might say, all these matters are all related, as facets of the One of all that is; the I Am; that I Am.
If you listen closely, I’m not sure you could remain an atheist or even a religious fundamentalist for long, since both come from a dualistic understanding of reality and a dualistic, anthropomorphic understanding of God created in man’s image. The atheist camp rightfully ridicules this caricature, and the other wrongfully fears and adores their religious projections. He would likely say both are wrong because God is the essence of all that is; not ‘out there, but ‘in here.’
In any case, rather than me telling you what he thinks, listen for yourself. I trust these presentations will prove to be both provocative and stimulating.
Our Being is God's Being https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrFHhcTH_eg
The Nature of Consciousness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-IIzAblVlg&t=573s
'I Am That I AM' is the Highest Experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r3YvgImnBA
I Am That Which Knows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thl6kNVBiio
I have also included a short excerpt on this topic from my second novel, Elysium's Passage: The Summit, Chapter Two.
'When you understand that the universe is a created expression of Mind, Mo said, 'you realize there can be no limits to infinite expansion because the Source is infinite. Put another way; thought cannot be limited when there is nowhere it cannot be. You can’t keep it in a box, though many might try. With Mind being infinite, there’s no requirement for time, space, or matter. God thinks Thoughts, and so it is.’
‘Is that not anthropomorphizing God?’ I said. ‘I don’t even have to ask; most obviously it is.’
‘You’re right James; these words may easily be misunderstood as being anthropomorphic… creating God in man’s image. Unfortunately, it’s often the best we can do when attempting to communicate with words. Higher levels of communication can only function with nonverbal thought-forms. You haven’t discovered how to do this yet, though it could happen when you least expect it. Your inward Christ-consciousness requires no words, only knowingness because that’s what it is.’
‘And how would I manage that?’
‘Maybe the question isn’t how,’ Eli said, ‘but what.’
Before I could ask Eli what he meant by that, Mo carried on explaining the validity of using anthropomorphisms to help interpret what can’t be fully interpreted. ‘This is why,’ he said, ‘when we attempt to explain reality in finite terms, we must use the kind of metaphors and symbols we are familiar with as tools since there are no terms to describe ultimate reality.
‘Various descriptions and illustrations may be employed as signposts to create deeper understanding; however, they invariably distort what we wish to communicate when taken literally. Only when words can be put aside by going within, are we able to discover what has been called the numinous.
‘And that’s what I was getting at,’ Eli said. ‘Rather than just asking how, it must be understood there can’t be a how without first enquiring into the what of being.’
‘Yes, that’s most jolly,’ I said, ‘but what is being? That’s the fundamental ontological question philosophers have been asking forever.’
‘What being is unto itself,’ Mo said, ‘is not knowable to the mind, rather, it must be apprehended by an inner knowingness, or what is referred to as gnosis. It comes when you are ready to receive it according to your capacity. Only the numinous can be apprehended when you don’t have the specific words to describe what you inwardly sense.’
‘Huh?’ I said. ‘I’m a philosopher, and even I don’t get what you’re saying.’
‘Let me put it this way then,’ Mo said. ‘The numinous can only be intuited since there are no words to describe what the heart inwardly discerns. That’s why mystics often remain silent.
‘Although finite man can never know the infinite Source,’ Mo said, ‘nevertheless he can intuit this Presence through the portals of his heart, from which being-essence is derived. What comparison can the finite have with the infinite? There is none, yet union remains since the finite dwells in the Infinite Source from which it exists.
‘If this much was understood, humanity would no longer seek to know about God, but rather seek to know God by being in union with their being, by which I mean their essence Source. As I often say, there’s a big difference between knowing and knowing about. When that’s understood, there’s no need for idols, icons, or anthropomorphic projections of some big guy in the sky. Although I must say, I do appreciate Michelangelo’s superb caricature of God in the Sistine Chapel.’
 The word ‘numinous’ originates from Latin, later developed in the twentieth century, particularly with theologian Rudolf Otto, in his work The Idea of the Holy (1917) where he describes it as the Mysterium Tremendum.’ Aldous Huxley, in The Doors of Perception (1954) also discusses this term at length. The idea relates to an ineffable encounter with the Divine, but there are also other variant meanings.
 As a philosopher, I was most intrigued with this subject, and so it was with great interest I came across a book called The Supreme Identity, (1950) by Allan Watts. For anyone interested, it contains a very profound chapter about the infinite and the finite, which draws from various sources such as the ancient Upanishads.
To pursue this topic from a more left-brain academic perspective, few are better to discuss this than Dr Donald Hoffman, Cognitive Psychologist, Professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.
His premise, like that of Spira's, is that consciousness is primal, foundational and fundamental to all that is, meaning, there is nothing without consciousness, not even the brain since matter cannot produce what is necessarily prior. Of course, many philosophers such as Locke, Kant and Berkeley have been saying much the same thing all along in centuries past.
If this video interests you, the following interviews may also be of interest.
In some instances, his conclusions are rather similar to what Spira says, only from a more scientific approach that is supported by mathematical modelling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYp5XuGYqqY (TED talk)
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES
Elysium's Passage is a series of seven novels 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.
Read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
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 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)
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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
ELYSIUIM'S PASSAGE: 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 ASCENT summer 2021
THE SUMMIT summer 2021
QUANTUM LEAPS fall 2021
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2022
MYSTICAL ROMANCE summer 2022
THE ELIXIR fall 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023/24