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It is difficult for the matter of fact physicist to accept the view that the substratum
for everything is of mental character. But no one can deny that mind is the first
and most direct thing
in our experience and all else is remote inference.

                                            
                                               Sir Arthur Eddington, Physicist
 

The universe cannot admit of material representation, and the reason,
I think,
is that it has become a mere mental concept. 
                                             
                                          Sir James Jeans, Physicist

 

I assert the nature of all reality is spiritual, not material or a dualism of matter and spirit.
                                                                 
                              Werner Heisenberg, Nobel Prize in Physics

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There was a discussion between James, the protagonist in Elysium's Passage and Mo, one of his mountain companions, that I didn’t include in Elysium’s Passage because there already was too much to record.

This dialogue occurred shortly after James arrived on the Summit in this spirit body. He argues with his new companions that all their talk of him being a spirit is ridiculous, since matter is all there is to reality.’

Finally, Mo said, ‘but what you say James, doesn’t matter.’

‘What doesn’t matter?’

‘Matter doesn’t.’

‘Doesn’t what?’

‘Matter!’

‘Get real!’

‘I am real, Mo said, but matter isn’t… at least not in the way you think of it.’

‘And I suppose this chair I’m sitting in isn’t real either… you know, the one holding me up.’

‘Oh, the chair is real, at least in appearance, but the matter you think it is... isn’t.’

‘Really now,’ James said, ‘so what’s the matter with the way I think of matter? Like most everyone in the Western world seem to think the atoms have a nuclous of solid little billiard balls with electrons fly around. We refer to these units of electro phenomena as particles that often come with very creative and exotic names.’

‘Yes, of course, James said, ‘but particle physicists should know what they’re talking about.’

‘Just because one may identify something registering on a screen with an electronic pointer readings doesn’t make these atomic charges solid particles,’ Mo said. ‘Especially, I might add, when the evidence of this light spectacle on the screen can exist in two places at the same time.’ 

‘Well then; how is it they are be made to smash these particles into each together at our multi-billion dollar Super Colliders. I mean, if there isn’t something solid that collides, how is they can be splintered into ever smaller fragments as they are? 

‘But the question is; smaller fragments of what?’ Mo said. ‘So let’s talk about what makes solid seemly solid. What is it that makes us as spirits appear materially substantial, and why does the chair hold you up if it’s not solid? 

‘That’s what I’m saying. It’s because we are solid material bodies as is the chair,’ James said, ‘no question about it.’

‘You’re right; there is no question about it, except the question itself.'

Before we go off into a debate about semantics, James said, 'think of the solid iceberg that took down the Titanic. That ice had to be blood solid to do that!

But my question to you is; what was it that made the iceberg solid? Potentially that iceberg, under different conditions, could be vapour in the dry desert air that no one sees. But that’s just an analogy, what I want you to consider what makes solid, solid.

'You know James,' Mo continued, 'there’s nothing in subatomic physics that has ever been observed other than charges of energy, be it electromagnetic fields or whatever names on earth are associated with various forces of energy. The fact that different charges can be given different names doesn’t imbue them with some eternal solidity, even if that's the impression that's conveyed. A hologram seems solid too, until you put your hand through it.'

'But you know, I think if my ship was going down, James said, ‘I’d call whatever we collided into to be very solid.’

‘And I’m sure I would too, Mo said, ’but I would mean something different when referring to it as being solid. Let me remind you that energy and matter are interchangeable manifestations of the same Source energy field. Matter, or material, is just a crystalized form of energy at various levels of manifestation. You know, collapse of the quantum wave into a particle upon observation. And what is considered weight is this form’s inter-dynamics with a mysterious force field we call gravity.’

‘But then,’ James said, ‘I still don’t understand how energy can crystalize if there isn’t something that crystalize into form?’

‘Energy needs nothing more than what it already is.’ Mo said. ‘Form is a pattern of energy that doesn’t need little billiard balls of matter to appear solid. Energy forms and constantly reforms into various molecular patterns that hold a force field for only a time, be it ice cream, humans, mountains or stars. Everything is temporal except energy keeps morphing into new thought patterns of nature’s divine design, including that of human co-creativity.’

‘You know, I’m finding this a little too esoteric to be credible. It’s rather difficult to wrap my head around something as nebulous as energy without matter.’

‘But since matter is energy, why should that be a problem?’ Mo said. 'You already know that: E=MC2. When the chair holds you up, its one electromagnetic pattern holding up another electromagnetic pattern, that being you. You and the chair are charges that technically speaking, never touch.’

‘It only that was true for the Titanic,’ James said.

‘It was the force fields that collided, because as it turns out, that’s all there ever was. Just as when your body hit the bottom of the canyon floor. The impact was real as your body was altered with some serious injuries by the impact of the fall. And likewise, your consciousness is now being altered by the impact of your spirit body. 

‘Whether it’s in this domain of spirit or in the realm of the earth plane, it’s still all the same; just a ‘matter’ of which vibratory octave your conscious awareness exists. Your spirit body exists in a higher domain than your earthly body back home.’ 

‘That's most splendid,' James said with a grin, 'just like when I was in a higher domain while doing some good stuff during my undergraduate years.’

‘You might be more accurate about that than you realize,' Mo said. 'In any case it turns out that the world of subatomic physics had turned our world upside-down, or I should say, right side up, after thousands of years of believing that matter is something that self-subsists. But the ancient sages knew better.’

'What did they know better that us? James asked. No one knew much about physics before Newton.’

‘Let me make reference,’ Mo said, ‘to an ancient Greek poem that was incorporated into the Christian scriptures. It was originally made by Epimenides, a famous Greek poet from the 7th Century B.C. Today it is most commonly recognized from being quoted in the Biblical passage that states: For in him we live, and move, and have our being, as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring.’[1]

'That's very nice, but hardly a statement of empirical reality.' 

'Maybe not empirical, Mo said, but that hardly the point. And yet this has to do with something even more basic: the ontology of matter. And it's not just about how sentient beings are derived, everything has is derived in the divine essence of Source. In fact, the established position of the early Church has been to affirm the omniscience (all-knowledge), omnipotence (all-power) and omnipresence (all presence) of God. So if God is all-presence, then there can be nowhere the Source isn’t.’

‘That jolly, but what about the question of evil, how do you deal with that? If God is there too, why does he put up with it if he’s so overwhelming powerful and wonderful?'

‘Yes, that’s a good question James, but a little off topic. Let me just say that if I close my eyes, it appears nothing is there. But that just a perception of a deluded mind that chooses not to see. But God's divine emanation is in every subatomic particle of energy. That's why everything, in essence, is sacred... it is all of God. And that's how all nature in the universe self-organizes into infinite designs of intricate life forms. 

But if I shut my cognitive eyes to the light of the divine Presence, only darkness remains in my awareness. And so only the world of illusory darkness seems to exist whenever my eyes are closed to the light. “Life” spelled backwards spells “evil,” which is why the world of darkness may seem evil when one is closed to the light that’s always present.’

‘I’m not at all satisfied with your answer,' James said, 'but let’s leave it at that for now.’

'A time will come,' Mo said, 'when you will see with the inward eyes of true understanding.'

 

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The following excerpt is from the second, yet unpublished novel, Elysium’s Passage: Surreal Adventures. As with all the novels in the series it is narrated in first person by James, the central character. As before, the discussion relates to the topic of matter and what is real.   

‘We just want to make sure you understand what you need to know when you return to the earth plane so you might one day recall our teachings,’ Eli said. When you do, this higher state of consciousness may seem like you were in the Twilight Zone. But that's how it alway seems when returning from another dimenion. Takes a little getting used to. 

Remember, you’re still enrolled at Summit U and we are your mentors, Mo said, with the authority of a Headmaster. So listen carefully; there will be a test. You know that don’t you?’ he said with a straight face.

‘Test?’ I asked.

‘Yes, when you descend into the Lowlands,' he said. 'Life is always a test when you dwell among the resistances of the earth plane, the true Twilight Zone. That’s why we want to make sure you will still understand that behind earth’s appearance of outward rigidity there is a hidden inward agility that physicists are only now beginning to understand. Or at least they are trying to understand in as much as they remain open-minded to whatever intimations they receive from the unknown mysterium just as Einstein attempted to do.[2]

‘In fact, many of your world’s scientists are still grappling to understand the spooky nature of the quantum field that has done so much to undermine the old school scientific orthodoxies.[3] Many of the old guard still don’t like to talk about this, especially in their fields of applied physics and engineering.

‘And yet the underlying reality of subatomic physics cannot be understood in the terms of classical science which often tries to detach subject and object, consciousness and matter for no other reason than that’s how things appear on the surface.  

‘The double slit experiment was discovered on earth over two centuries ago, although the metaphysical implications were not yet understood. Upon the emergence of quantum physics, the link between subject and object, being the conscious observations and what’s observed, became increasingly evident to those physicists who didn’t resist what was evident in the experiments.

‘As you may recall, it became apparent that the quantum wave had collapsed into an apparent particle upon being observed before going through the slit. This implied matter only exists in a cloud of potentiality until the wave event actually crystallizes into an experience we refer to as a material phenomenon that has been apprehended and registered with the consciousness our sense.[4] Spooky indeed! Seemingly not very scientific, even it was – just not with the normal way of the empirical approach.

But of course, you shouldn’t need to be convinced since it has become rather apparent how these scientific revelations have undermined the classical assumption of science’s mechanistic interpretation of reality. This should have made Berkeley look like the genius, having postulating hundreds of years ago, ‘esse is percipi’ meaning ‘to be is to be perceived’. I remember thinking about this again while at Julianne’s little house party when I wasn’t being perceived and what implications that may have for my ontology.’

‘Weren’t there more interesting things for you to observe than your ontological existence?’ Eli asked, with a laugh. ‘Besides, as you should well know, Berkeley said God would still be there to perceive you even if none of girls did… so there was no need to feel insecure.

‘Yes, much of what I observed was most jolly; in fact, entertaining and amusing at times, especially Julianne’s skills in martial arts… ah, poetry in motion! As I said, she impressed me with the ease of how gracefully she was able to drop that unfortunate lout to writhe on the floor.

This last excerpt I've included on matter is taken from Chapter Four of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit.

‘Even your physical eyes, Mo said, as incredible as they may be, can only provide a crude read-out of the electro-magnetic configurations contained in the third dimension. When you get right down to it, the atom’s supposed physicality doesn’t exist when it’s ultimately seen to be nothing more than a schedule of probability pointer readings on a chart.[5]

‘You may say all that is physical, including your temporal body, is an illusion because it is temporal. Only what lasts is real. And so we may say that things aren't what they appear, just as Einstein and other physicists have affirmed. Everything we think we see, even the smallest microtubule in the body, is in a state of shifting energy patterns without any underlying solidity. Only the divine Source is constant, though never static, extending divine essence through creation’s eternal expansion.’[6]

‘What you seem to be saying, I must concede, sounds an awful like Alford North Whitehead’s Process Philosophy. Although I don't understand much of his abstruse esoterica, and I'm not sure many do, I remember once attending a lecture series on this topic by an eminent Whitehead scholar.[7] The concepts are very difficult to understand, even for professional philosophers.’

‘Indeed they are,’ Mo said, ‘but I'll see what I can do to scrounge up one of his books should you wish to brush up on his unique cosmological blend of theology and philosophy. In simple terms, what Whitehead attempts to express is how God’s thoughts are continually in the process of evolving into an infinite manifestation of forms through co-creation. That would include all the individuated consciousness that manifest in the Infiniverse, or as we said earlier: the Multiverse. That’s why there can be no other reality or substance other than divine essence, even with what we may call inert matter, which may, at best, be described as crystallized energy.’

‘What I learned at the Whitehead lectures,’ I said, ‘is that there was much support for such concepts from certain physicists such as David Bohm.[8] He considered matter to be the manifestation of the explicate reality; a virtual kaleidoscope of variegated energy forms enfolded in what he described as the implicate order.’ 

‘I believe, Bohm was on to something,’ Eli said, ‘in suggesting there’s an inward implicate universe that’s reflected in the explicate universe we experience. Again, as we keep saying, ad infinitum, as within, so without: it’s really the same thing.  Though that may be a good place to start; physics can only go so far in comprehending the true nature of the universe.’

‘But do we really want to reduce our understanding of infinite Source to just the concept of energy,’ Mo said. ‘The kind of thing you generate from wind turbines or pump out of the ground as fossil fuel? Or as many like to say: The Universe. To me, that sounds like a massive accumulation of objects and giving it a name other than an anthropomorphic God. One seems as material as the other. Depending on what you mean by that term, it may lead to a regrettable pantheistic ad absurdum; as if God is a composite of parts He created and thereby came to be. A tad tautological, I would say. And besides, where’s the love in that?’

‘I agree,’ I said, ‘even from my agnostic perspective, the term universe seems rather facile. Although, many who loath the word “God” seem to prefer it when speaking of whatever they consider ultimate.' 

‘This is where,’ Mo said, ‘the concept of the Ray of Creation can help shed light on the subject. Provided, however, it’s understood that the Ray is a metaphor of how the effluence of divinity proceeds outward from the Source. Of course, there are no words that can begin to adequately describe the indescribable. But at least Whitehead gave it an admirable shot. 

‘When we come into the world we are all swathed in progressively refined sheathes of energy that exist adjacent to, yet intermingled with, the base frequency of the earth's denser physical body. Since the soul isn’t inextricably tied to the biological body, it’s free to leave at any time, which it often does during periods of deep sleep. Or in your case, a very deep sleep! That’s how you, as a soul, managed to be released and yet remain connected as long as your body remains alive on earth.[9] Think of these sheathes as higher octaves of divine thought-forms emanating from the Ray of Creation.’ 

‘Divine thought-forms, eh? Such as what?’

‘Such as Eli, such as me and of course… such as you.’

‘Oh really, and how about this divine Scotch I'm holding?’

‘That Scotch,’ he said, ‘didn't actually come from Scotland, only the thought did. But a most divine thought it is, wouldn’t you say?’

 ENDNOTES 


[1] Book of Acts 17:28 (KJV)
[2] Einstein once said: the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. The full quote is later stated in another dialogue in this narrative.
[3] In reference to Einstein’s famous quote about discrediting the theorem of quantum entanglement as advocating spooky action at a distance. It’s ironic he would have said that considering his comment (referred to previously) about the mysterious being the source of all true science.
[4] The first double slit experiment was first conducted by Thomas Young in 1803. However much of what was observed was not fully understood until the advancement of quantum theory in the next century.
[5] Physicist Sir Arthur Eddington (1882–1944) once stated it this way, Science has nothing to say as to the intrinsic nature of the atom. The physical atom is, like everything else in physics, a schedule of pointer readings.
[6] In traditional religion, it would more likely be said, the Father extends His divine essence...  However, neither Mo nor Eli used overtly religious terms very often. Perhaps out of deference to me, or possibly they weren’t comfortable with certain words and expression they considered archaic or misleading.
[7] While attending university many years ago, I once attended a lecture by preeminent Whitehead scholar, John B Cobb who is a philosopher/theologian and founder of the Centre for Process Studies in California. After the lecture, I thought that someday I may delve into Whitehead’s barely comprehensible Process and Reality.  But to this point, I never had.
[8] British Physicist 1917 – 1992, Fellow of the Royal Society.  
[9] What I understood is that consciousness, being non-local, remains infused in the biological body for as long as it lives, ensuring each cell remains animated with life. Likely this is what the ancient reference of silver cord is alluding to: Remember Him before the silver cord is severed. Ecclesiastes 12:6 (NIV)

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Quotes about Matter by Famous Physicists

Sir James Jeans 1877-1946

The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine. Mind no longer appears as an accident intruder into the realm of matter, we are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.

If the universe is a universe of thought, then its creation must have been an act of thought. So little do we understand time that perhaps we ought to compare the whole of time to the act of creation, that materialisation of the thought.

The old dualism of mind and matter, which is mainly responsible for the supposed hostility, seems likely to disappear — through substantial matter resolving itself into a creation and manifestation of mind.

Sir Arthur Eddington 1882–1944

Science has nothing to say as to the intrinsic nature of the atom. The physical atom is, like everything else in physics, a schedule of pointer readings. Space, time and matter - and at the bottom we reach symbols. Its substance has melted into shadow.

Something unknown is doing we don’t know what.

We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown.

Albert Einstein 1879-1955  
Nobel Prize in Physics (1921)

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Niels Bohr 1885 – 1962 
Nobel Prize in Physics (1922)

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.

If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.

If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.

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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT

 

This the first in a series of 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.

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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE ELYSIUM 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 fall 2018 

MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2019

HE ELIXIR fall 2019

THE RETURN sometime in 2020/21

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READER REVIEWS

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 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 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…”

“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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