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I was recently thinking about this quote by Marcel Proust since my mother just had her 97th birthday last week.
I know that at her current rate of decline, she won't be around that much longer, and so more than ever, I need to be mindful of this statement. Indeed, with her happy disposition, she was a charming gardener, helping to make my soul blossom, along with the souls of so many others.
By being grateful for such gardeners, we give recognition to the gifts they shared with us, and in doing so, we are inspired to share what happiness we have with others. In turn, this makes our own lives happier. In learning appreciation, we become aware of what we otherwise may take for granted. To not recognize these blessings, is to rob ourselves of our own happiness and perhaps theirs too.
My mother is in a senior's residence not far from where I live. They are well cared for there, but what I find sad, is how many of these seniors remain alone, staring at the walls, waiting for someone to visit them... perhaps their children, grandchildren or some other relative. But, from what I can see, many remain alone, unappreciated, waiting...
May we always be sensitive to those who are neglected and may we appreciate them for being the charming gardeners they still remain and have been throughout their lives while raising their families, making sacrifices and giving to others. They can still make our souls blossom if we give them the chance and we'll be a lot happier for it.
What I love about James Dean was his practical simplicity. He had it all, good looks, a movie star, money and women such as Marilyn Monroe, and yet he wasn't shallow. Though he died in an automobile accident at just the age of 24, he possessed wisdom far beyond his years.
These words are probably not what you would hear from Aristotle or any other great philosopher, yet to me, they seem remarkably life-affirming. In fact, if I thought I could get away with it, maybe I'd try to learn to "kiss slowly." That might, however, turn into "laughing uncontrollably"... at least by someone.
This is one of my favourite philosophical quotes from Einstein, and to me, his most profound statement about how we should live our lives... in awe
It’s interesting how such a knowledgeable scientist would say it's even more important than knowledge.
It is said he had often would take bubble baths. According to him, he had his greatest scientific epiphanies while watching the soap bubbles pop. Perhaps that was when he was most relaxed that allowed him to enter into his mysterious world of the imagination where he could transcend his knowledge into something more meaningful.
This is a quote from my book, Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. I think it speaks for itself. However, I’d like to raise a few questions that might arise from it. Here are a few that come to mind:
What kind of things do I look at and think about? Do they evoke within me, feelings of darkness or of light? How does this affect the way I feel… towards myself… to others… to the world? Where would I place these on a continuum between the polarities of the light/love and darkness/fear? Why am I drawn to these things? What does that say about me? In what ways do these seem to define who I am? Am I able to transcend my darkness with light or am I disempowered?
They may lead to a few rhetorical questions such as:
If darkness gives contrast to recognize the light for what it is, then can darkness serve a higher purpose? Can we experience love without hate, can we experience peace without fear, can we experience goodness without evil?
The last sentence in my quote says; “then shall we pass from form which reflects light to Light that shines from form.” What does this mean? You will find an explanation in the book. If you read this, let me know what you think.
What was Nietzsche suggesting when he said we need to have chaos within us if we are to birth our dancing star?
Perhaps he meant, among other things, that if we wish to birth our dancing star, we must not settle for a safe and static existence. But if we live our lives with too much chaos, we might risk much, including the loss of our lives.
However, it has also been stated in the Gospels that whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Was Jesus saying something similar to Nietzsche? If we really want to live, be it as a dancing star, or having a more abundant life, we must stop quivering in fear because of our mediocre existence.
In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe in the Chronicles of Narnia, it was asked if Aslan was a safe lion. It was replied that no, Aslan was not a safe lion, but he was a good lion.
There are times we need to be prepared for challenges that are not necessarily safe, but good. Even if it means being called to live on the edge with some chaos, it might be worth it since this often is the only way we can be tested, tried and refined. How else will we discover what we’re capable of becoming? – Perhaps a dancing star!
This is what James did, in my first novel, Elysium’s Passage: The Summit. It wasn’t safe, but what occurred in his mountain climbing adventure, caused him to transcend his old life into that of a new star.
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
This is 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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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 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 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 following titles in the ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE series are projected to be released as follows:
THE SUMMIT is now available
THE ASCENT fall 2020
QUANTUM LEAPS fall 2020
SURREAL ADVENTURES spring 2021
MYSTICAL ROMANCE summer 2021
HE ELIXIR fall 2021
THE RETURN sometime in 2022/23
ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT, is now available for purchase on www.Amazon.com and www.Amazon.ca
With the exception of the last novel in the series, the last three have been written but still require more editing before publication.
CONTACT INFORMATION & SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
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