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The medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328 was a German theologian, mystic and philosopher who said several profound things in his lifetime such as The eye with which I see God is the same eye with God sees me
This statement is one such quote that intrigues me. But it was only when I began to write about it that I saw some its mystical significance. It opened a new door for me in understanding what it means to know the inherent meaning of relationship. Everything has everything to do with relationships, beginning with the divine. When we know we are known by God, we can then know ourselves. This becomes the foundation to all other relationships.
To all my atheist and agonistic friends, who believe we are alone and separate, I say, reconsider. Listen to your heart... it knows. But the mind doesn't, because without the heart, it is alwlay confused... so don't listen to just it. (I can already hear the howls.)
I adamantly hold to the position that we are not a fluk of time and chance. We matter. We are loved. It's a benevolent universe, even when at time it seems hostile. In fact, we exist in and with the universe in eternal relationship in ways we can never comprehend. When we realize we are in 'The Embrace,' we become renewed within, and we see the world anew.
To help explain what I mean by this, I've included a short excerpt from ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: SURREAL ADVENTURES, the second, yet unpublished, novel in the series.
'Einstein once stated: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. But for those who shrugged at transcendence, he added: He to whom this emotion is a stranger; who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
'He understood that when the Flatlanders began to split everything into parts, they would no longer be able to grasp the mystery.’
‘That might be,’ I said, ‘but perhaps it was a bit of an overstatement to say they are as good as dead when they lose their awe of wonderment.’
‘But in a sense,’ he said, ‘that’s just what happened to the Flatlanders when they lost their vision of the Mountain. Have you looked into their vacant eyes? They see without vision. According to one your ancient proverbs, Where there is no vision, the people perish. It has everything to do with Mountain vision.
‘Mountain vision? What’s that, other than having a vision of the Mountain?’
‘To see the Mountain is to be seen by the Mountain. Or, as one your mystics put it: The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.’
‘What in bloody hell is that supposed to mean,’ I asked.
‘Evidently, there’s not much your education taught you about the mystics.’
‘I suppose not,’ I said. ‘But then, what would you think; it was the Flatlands?’
‘Here’s what I would think,’ he said. ‘You can’t see without being seen. When you see the eye that sees you, you know you are known. In this mysterium, your vision of God becomes One with God’s vision of you. Only then do you have the vision to Know Thyself, because only in relationship can you know by being known.’
I didn’t want to say it, but this was deep stuff. I thought of how much I had agonized over this question when Mo first put it to me after I arrived on the summit. ‘Who are you James?’ he asked, ‘do you have any idea?’
I wondered; would I be able to answer him any better now than back then? I thought of the stormy night on the beach when I receive that fearsome vision of my mother. But what if this wasn’t just about my vision of her, but rather her vision of me? What would that mean? I wasn’t sure. I only knew something in me had changed, as though I could see me in her vision of me.
This thought felt so profound, so revelatory, that I brooded on it for some time. Rhom must have sensed the gravity of what was going on in my mind, and so he said nothing as we continued along the boulevard.
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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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INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES
ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: READER REVIEWS
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 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 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)
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The Summit, is now available for purchase. With the exception of the last novel, the other three havebeen 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 available
QUANTUM JUMPS fall 2020
SURREAL ADVENTURES winter 2020
MYSTICAL ROMANCE summer 2021
HE ELIXIR fall 2021
THE RETURN sometime in 2022
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