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Hi, my name is James. I’m a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at one of the universities in London, England. Don’t let that concern you though, I don’t wish to overwhelm you with a lot of philosophical terms, concepts and jargon in order to show you how clever I am. In fact, my girlfriend says I may not be as smart as I sometimes think. Although I know she’s just trying to keep me humble, I think she’s probably right. I mean, if we are to be honest, what do any of us understand about ultimate reality; we hardly see anything past our entrenched beliefs and narrow prejudices.

In The Summit, my first narrative of the Elysium’s Passage series, you will witness me receiving my comeuppance as a slightly cocky know-it-all instructor. Yes, I was beaten, whipped, broken and laid bare: stripped of all my intellectual pretenses. Well, at least it felt that way to my bruised ego.  But I now understand how necessary it was for me to learn these important lessons in humility before I could acquire true wisdom.

The challenges and events I encountered did much to rid me of the rubbish that had accumulated in my mind over the years. I didn’t realize it then, but I had acquired many limiting beliefs that impaired my ability and desire to comprehend an infinitely larger reality, far beyond what could be discerned through the foggy lens of this world. Not long after arriving in the Andes for a mountain climbing expedition, I was confronted with a totally different ascent than what I had anticipated.

As you follow along, you may come to agree that what I experienced was the ultimate life adventure! Having survived this crash course, I came to understand all the clever stuff I thought I knew before wasn’t so clever after all. In fact, much of it was just plain wrong. 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, which reason cannot know.

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. It was some time after returning home from this prolonged adventure that I decided to compose a narrative of what happened to me, although it was almost a year before I became aware of the extraordinary events that had transpired in my conscious life. More correctly, I didn’t decide to write about my adventure so much as I was compelled to put it out there by some very persistent and militant muses. I trust you will find it just as compelling to read as it was for me to write it. Much of what I first discovered came from a long series of discussions I had with acouple of companions I met on this mountain summit far more advanced than me and what they communicated was often contrary to what I thought I knew. 

And so, not only did I have to become a student all over again, I also had to unlearn many of my old assumptions. I didn’t realize it then, but I had been thoroughly inculcated with many unsubstantiated beliefs through years of institutional teaching and conditioning. I recognize, therefore, what I say may not be appreciated or judged favourably by colleagues holding to their fixed views on the meaning of reality.

I also wish to relate what one of my wise friends on the Mountain asked me to communicate to humanity. He said we should discover how to live as spirit when we’re not a spirit. By this, I think he meant we should try to become more aware of how we are immortal spirits inhabiting a mortal body on earth for a very brief period of time. If we understand this, we will live not for only the outward world of form, but primarily in accord with the spiritual essence of what we are, now and forever.

I didn’t understand this before, but since returning, I have no doubt he was right: we are spirits utilizing our outward material form to give purpose and dignity to our lives. No matter how many bodily distractions draw us away from this realization, I believe if we take the time to look deeply within it becomes obvious how infinitely expansive the Source of our spirit is.

You may wonder why the name Elysium is found throughout this series of books. The word possesses a rich variety of meanings associated with the idea of paradise and the afterlife in classical prose and poetry found first in Homer, then in other works by such poets as Virgil, Plutarch, Shakespeare, Dante and Schiller.

It will be shown in the first book how and why this name was chosen. These five narratives are not intended to only discuss interesting ideas and concepts, but to take you on a sensational and often enchanting spiritual journey: my journey.

I invite you now to join me on my trek into Elysium’s Passage as we explore a universe that allows for infinite adventures and inward expansion. I experienced a surreal free fall into a new consciousness that led me to discover who I am and am continuing to become. Through these tales, it is my desire that you will be inspired to plunge into a deeper realm of conscious awareness as you find your own surreal portal that leads towards Elysium.




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.




The Summit, will be available for purchase in March or April 2018. 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 early 2018



THE ELIXIR fall 2019

THE RETURN sometime in 2020   


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