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July 27, 2021
ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE NOVEL SERIES
For readers who may not be aware of this pending seven-part novel series, I have included an excerpt below from the first few pages of the first book, ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE: THE ASCENT. Note below links to the first nine chapters of this first book which are available for reading on this blog site.
The series has been in progress for over seven years and will probably take another three years to complete all seven. The first six are still undergoing (endless) revisions, editing and proofing. Since I’m putting all my effort into polishing the first six novels, the last, THE RETURN is only (partially) written, mostly in my mind. I hope to have the first three books, THE ASCENT, THE SUMMIT AND QUANTUM LEAPS, available for online purchase by this September after the ISBN numbers are registered. hard copies will follow later.
The next three; SURREAL ADVENTURES, MYSTICAL ROMANCE and THE ELIXIR, will be published one at a time over next year or two.
The books have no single genre but, at once, contain elements of adventure, philosophy, fantasy, romance, spirituality and the afterlife. When the series is completed, it will be over 2,000 pages at which time I will be seeking a major publisher and possibly and ten-part Netflix series. Of course, this will all take time as does anything that’s worthwhile.
The first two novels lay the foundation for the rest of the novels, and so the pace continues to pick up as the narrative progresses.
Meanwhile, to create interest in the series, I’m gradually posting all the chapters in book one, THE ASCENT. I’m grateful to have received several thousands of ‘hits’ on the first few chapters over the last couple of years.
Again, for those interested in reading the Prologue and first nine chapters, note the following link on this blog site to access each.
1. Prologue to the Series
2. Elysium's Passage: The Ascent. Chapter One
3. Elysium's Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Two
4. Elysium's Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Three
5. Elysium's Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Four
6. Elysium's Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Five
7. Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Six
8. Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Seven
9. Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Eight
10. Elysium’s Passage: The Ascent. Chapter Nine
These first pages of the first chapter set the stage for the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE series before the protagonist/hero, James, enters an alternate reality where he remains over the next year as recorded in the first six books before his body regains consciousness in the seventh book.
The reader may continue reading this chapter and others by going to the links above.
BOOK ONE: ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE ASCENT
This narrative begins with a most unusual allegory that came to me in a dream one night which, as it turned out, would foreshadow the direction of my future life. The symbolic nature of the objects and environments I encountered reminded me of the symbolic meanings I read of in Pilgrim’s Progress. My dream experience had a similar quality to it: the most provocative interpretative expression of my life up to that point, including various deficiencies not so evident to me, though they were likely to others.
Also, you will note, I have included the quote above, come further up, come further in. These few words sum up the primary theme of this book and my new life. If you are familiar with the literary works C.S. Lewis, you may recognise this phrase from what was cried out by the characters as they ran further up and further into the New Narnia, as described in The Last Battle, the concluding book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Only after my adventure did I understand what meaning Lewis intended to convey with this short phrase.
As we each ascend our Mountain further up and further in, we continue to gain greater clarity and vision in seeing who we are while we remain on earth. Whatever path we may be on, we are all on a trek through life. I wish now to share a very peculiar venture that took me further up and further in, far beyond what I could have imagined.
A REALLY CRAZY DREAM
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t
keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. --Bilbo Baggins
It had been a stressful week at university as I lectured by day in several over-enrolled introductory philosophy classes while diligently marking stacks of midterm essay examinations by night. After barely making the Friday afternoon deadline submissions, I returned to my flat and collapsed on the bed, completely knackered.
However, there was still too much going on in my mind for my body to rest. Partly, I was concerned about how this evening might go with a woman I hardly knew. I don’t know; perhaps I felt intimidated by her. Finally, I got up and poured a half glass of rum, then I poured another, and another. Now, feeling much lighter and relaxed, I said a prayer to my favourite god on Mount Olympus.
Officially, I would have described myself as an agnostic or atheist, as would many of the philosophers in my department who pride themselves on their scepticism. The prayer, or whatever it might be called, was ingenious, or so I thought.
In jest, I said, ‘Zeus, if you’re still hiding up there on your throne, I need you to come down to give me a break. I’m afraid things aren’t working out too well here these days.’
It was true; I felt increasingly disenchanted with my life. I wanted to experience more fulfilment but wasn’t sure what that was or where I might find it. I even considered dropping out for a few years to search for whatever I was lacking. Perhaps if I went to Tibet or the Andes, these places had a lot of appeal to me ever since becoming an avid mountain climber while completing my Master’s programme in Canada several years ago. But as I considered doing this, the cynic in me would say if I couldn’t find myself in London, I wouldn’t find myself anywhere else either.
I was becoming increasingly troubled with my fledgeling career, which did little to allay my financial instability. Also, my inability to establish even one satisfying relationship with a woman was beginning to frustrate me. Outwardly, I had several things going for me, including my academic credentials, physical appearance and roguish charm.
Whenever it served my purposes, I assumed a debonair persona to attract various women into my life and bed over the years. Keeping them, however, was another matter.
This evening, however, I was hoping to put all my cares behind me after arranging this dinner date with the attractive brunette I recently met at a charity event at the university. I was rather impressed with her confident demeanour; not only was she well-read and articulate, but that she recently earned an MBA. Furthermore, she said she was already working as a senior investment analyst for a prominent investment firm located on one of the top floors of an office tower in Canary Wharf.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go too well for us that evening. Perhaps I should have imbibed something less toxic while impatiently waiting for my date to arrive. By the time she turned up at our table, over a half-hour late, I had already decided I was not pleased with her game.
It appeared that this was a power ploy to let me know who had the real job. Likely, this was her way of saying she had more pressing matters to attend to than marking term papers. At least, that’s how I interpreted it. But considering her pretty face and revealing cleavage, I thought I’d make the best of things by attempting to be as pleasant as I could to see where things might lead, hopefully, in the direction of my flat.
My problem, however, in attempting to have an interesting conversation with her, was that we lived in two very different worlds, which is why I found her incessant talk about international commerce so difficult to relate to, not to mention her stellar career. Perhaps I should have been impressed, but from my academic perspective, I had already decided she wasn’t authentic.
Her upwardly mobile pretences didn’t do anything for me except make me feel emasculated, which wasn’t exactly a turn-on. I would have been willing to tolerate these affectations if it was to impress me for some amorous intent, but it seemed she was more interested in impressing herself.
I tried to be civil and attentive, but I’m sure she could tell the bored look on my face, except on occasion, when my eyes may have inadvertently drifted down below her neckline. After a couple more glasses of wine following dinner, I was no longer on my best behaviour, suggesting we take a taxi back to my place to get to know each other a little better. Maybe the problem was how I said it.
Obviously, she wasn’t stupid as she curtly declined my less than subtle offering. I felt further chagrined when she insisted on paying her half of our dining tab as if to make it clear I had no pretence of a claim on her. Most ungracious, I thought; certainly not how I had planned the evening’s outcome.
As she walked out to catch a taxi to go home, I muttered something she probably didn’t hear. But if she did, I didn’t care. I can be as obnoxious as any pickled bloke under the influence. And by then, I most certainly was. I was distraught with how things turned out and how she had rebuffed me, cold and dismissive, as though passing on some marginal investment option at her office. But as I thought about it the next day, I could hardly blame her for how she responded to my uncouth advances.
Things might have turned out better that evening had I taken my lumps and gone home to bed. But oh no, I needed to recover some of my esteem by finding my way to a somewhat less dignified establishment to chat up some new acquaintance that might be prepared to ride home with me for the night.
No such luck, even though by now I was prepared to compromise my previous standards for the night. I suppose drunk isn’t considered very sexy unless the other is just as drunk. As the saying goes, a wink is as good as a nod, but I wasn’t getting either.
Worse than enduring the rude dismissals, rejections and rolled eyes was the little skirmish I had just after midnight with an oversized Godzilla bouncer standing at the door. I noticed he had been observing my deteriorating condition for some time, so I decided it was necessary to inform him of my professional credentials.
So, I walked over to him, although not so steadily, and told him who I was. Not surprisingly, he didn’t seem too interested in hearing about my career or the scholarly papers I planned to present at one of the finest academic institutions in Britain. I don’t know why I felt it was necessary to tell him all that, but I did anyway.
Rather than being impressed, he seemed to consider me a common drunk. Sure, I told him, maybe I was a bit blotto, but dammit, I wasn’t a drunk. As I staggered to the water closet, he suggested I find a cab to take me home. It likely didn’t help that I had a contrary opinion by venting some of the more creative expressions I had acquired during my short bout as a sailor.
Slurring to him to get stuffed, you fuggin ape, might have had something to do with my intimate encounter with the cement walkway outside after being unceremoniously escorted out the door. I suppose it didn’t help that I took an inept swing at him. And so, the only thing I came away with from my bender that night was a bloodied face and a severely damaged ego.
I suppose he was only doing his job, but in my stupor, it felt like the greatest humiliation of my life. On my way home, I pondered how I would explain my new face art to my classes, not to mention enquiring colleagues in the faculty lounge. Though truthful, I’m not sure how credible falling on the sidewalk would sound.
It also occurred to me how thin the veneer of our civil personas can be.....
 Likely the most famous example of an allegorical story in the English language is John Bunyan’s 1678 classic Pilgrim’s Progress.
 From The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
July 20, 2021
PERSPECTIVES FROM ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE
The topic of relationships is multidimensional, perhaps, because we, as humans, are multi-dimensional beings, whether we’re aware of it or not. In this post, I include a few excerpts from Books Two and Three from the Elysium's Passage series that discuss relationships on a deeper level than might be found in popular literature. This involves the spiritual dynamics of what lies below the surface of relationships, meaning, our entanglement with all that exists.
These quotes are only brief samples of what’s discussed in much greater depth throughout the books in Elysium’s Passage novel series.
This first section is an examination of loving relationships.
Chapter Four, The Summit
What you’re missing here,’ Mo said, ‘is that others can only love you in as much as you love yourself. Doesn’t this make sense? When you can’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? I think probably this was the case with your romantic relationships. It’s not because they didn’t want to love you, but how could they when you weren’t capable of loving yourself or accepting what they wished to give you?’
‘It sounds like you think you have me all figured out, Mo. But I’m not sure you do.’
‘Then why did you keep jilting all these women in your life. You rejected their love because you had rejected yourself, and then you blamed them for it.’
‘See how it’s all tied together?’ Eli asked. ‘Love is more than a relationship with different bodies; it’s about the union of souls, first within yourself and then with others. So, when you finally understand that giving and receiving are part of the same reciprocal process, you will recognise that’s the essence of relationships. That’s because giving and receiving are vibratory equivalents. Anyone who understands this universal principle will want to give at least as much as they receive.
‘And not just between men and women, but with everything, including things, places and events. It’s the dynamic that creates and maintains unity since everything that exists is entangled.’
‘I must confess, in the past, I haven’t given much thought to the long term. Maybe because I resigned myself to not being able to sustain a relationship for more than just a few months.’
‘That’s because failure in love has become an established pattern for you, and so you fear you won’t find lasting satisfaction with anyone. I suspect whatever you receive from them doesn’t satisfy you for any longer than it satisfies them.’
‘Depressing, isn’t it?’ I said.
‘So maybe now would be a good time to ask specifically why no one came away satisfied in these relationships,’ Mo said.
‘I don’t know; some said I was distant, but I couldn’t understand why they would say that. I was very friendly… at least in bed,’ I smiled.
‘If you knew yourself, you would understand why,’ he said. ‘It’s only through relationships you come to know who you are and who they are, and so your sense of inadequacy in relationships is a direct result of you not knowing yourself.
‘Nothing can exist alone, nothing! Not even you. Nothing exists outside of a relationship since they are the magic everyone experiences, but few understand.
This separation is how the ego wedges itself between you and your heart that it might keep you apart from the full unity of your being.
‘Only when your mind and heart unite can you become more of what you are through your Christ, your Atman, your Self, or whatever term you wish to use. And pardon me if I keep saying you. Don’t take it personally; what I mean is everyone.’
‘Allow me to add another facet to this understanding, perhaps in more inclusive terms,’ Eli said. ‘You, Mo and I are each becoming more of what we are by expanding our divine essence through each distinctive relationship that gives expression to our Infinite Source.
This next portion takes a more philosophical perspective of the implicit relationship of parts to the whole, showing how all is not just related, but entwined throughout all creation.
Chapter 4, Quantum Leaps
Recently, we’ve given a fair amount of consideration to the topic of relationships,’ Mo said, ‘which seems to have taken on more importance for you ever since our clandestine visit with Julianne the other night.
However, I’d now like to re-examine the concepts of the holon we discussed before. These might prove helpful in providing you with a better and more comprehensive understanding of the implicit dynamics of successful relationships with the other sex.
‘As we’ve said before, everything in the Infiniverse is an intertwined relationship of parts to the whole. The whole is never just a whole, but also a part of a greater whole, all the way to the infinite Source. Though there’s much we have said on this, I wish to go beyond what we’ve previously discussed. First, I’d like to focus on the spirit body’s relation to the material body of the earth. This understanding might help you appreciate the coherence that exists between these domains.
‘To illustrate this, think of the trillions of cells comprising your earthly body. How can cells know what it’s like to be an organ, even though an organ is a unique pattern of billions of cells? Rather than bothering to examine the intricate relationship of the micro-parts to the holon of each cell, we might ask how the cell can know its relation to the organ and the organ to the complete body comprised of several organs. Each of these parts functions uniquely according to its own purpose, yet they are never separate since each needs the other to exist. For example, the liver fulfils its specific task but can only do so with the heart.
‘To take this process one step further, it may be asked how the body knows its relationship with its spirit body from which it derives life. Though each cell, organ, and body abide as a holon onto itself, it remains contained in a more inclusive holon; the cell in the organ, the organ in the body, and the body in the spirit. In turn, the spirit domain is part of a larger dynamic of holons within the cosmic spheres of the Infiniverse.
‘Mysteriously, each part contains the imprint of the whole within it, as graphically illustrated when the whole holographic image appears in an isolated part of a hologram. In this way, each cell has the information of what remains enfolded, be it contained in the whole of the organ, body, or spirit. The communication continues to flow, such as what occurs in the mind’s thoughts, instantly sensed by each cell.
‘As an example of this interconnectivity,’ Mo continued, ‘we may examine the hologram of a human figurine and see the whole in any supposedly isolated part, even within a finger. We may also consider the whole multiverse as being holographic.
‘That’s why Omnipresence can never be apart from the divine energy extended to all creation through whatever forms manifest and re-manifest for all eternity in God’s thoughts. So, as we discussed yesterday, nothing can be isolated from the Source extended into all creation. Not even humanity when it mistakenly believes itself to be separate.
‘Some may object and say darkness is separate from light, but that would be wrong because, as we’ve said before, darkness is an absence of what is. Darkness is not separated from light since there’s nothing to be separated, only an absence of what is.’
‘That would seem to be the Buddhist’s perspective,’ I said, ‘which seems to lack a proper appreciation and acknowledgment of the individuated self. I’ve never liked that about the Hindu and Buddhist philosophies. It’s not realistic.’
‘You may be right about that,’ Mo said, ‘at least from the Western world’s perspective. Regardless of which dimension, everything in the multiverse is individuated, yet one with the same divine essence. That would have to be the case, or nothing could exist.’
‘You mean individuated units of the undifferentiated substrata?’ I asked. ‘Is that not a serious contradiction.’
‘It depends on how you look at it,’ Eli said. For example, each snowflake has its own individuated form even though its molecular essence comprises the same H2O atoms.
‘For sentient beings, this uniqueness is experienced as individuated consciousness within the universal field of consciousness that religions call God. This individuation is necessary for relationships to exist since it’s only within union that love finds expression in any meaningful form.
‘How else could the Source express love outside relationships, since love can only exist when authenticated in relationships, regardless of its form, be it art, music or lover?’
‘Lover, that’s you, James,’ Eli said. ‘Are you listening?’
‘Here we go again,’ I said, ‘back on the topic of relationships where we started.’
‘Which is not surprising,’ Mo said, ‘considering how all creation is an expression of relationship. Logically speaking, then, there can be no real separation within divine consciousness.
This next section is less philosophical, and more spiritually oriented on relationships
From Chapter 6 Quantum Leaps
'As long as your vision remains limited to that of the earth plane, you can’t help but distort higher realms of experience. But when you see it through the lens of Elysées, you will experience what can only be understood in silence. As Kierkegaard once stated this truth, Only the person who is essentially capable of remaining silent is capable of speaking essentially. Only in the holy awe of silence can there be authentic knowingness.’
‘I’ve always found Kierkegaard a bit too intense for my taste,’ I said. ‘But anyway, give me a clue how you would define Elysium’s higher-order.’
‘One word says it all,’ Mo said. ‘Love! There is no higher reality than love, for God is love and so there can be no other reality, all else is illusion.’
‘That’s it?’ I asked. ‘There’s got to be more to reality than that.’
‘When you understand love, nothing more need be said, it just is. It fills all attributes of truth flowing from the fountainhead of the Source that expresses itself in each relationship embraced.’
‘Yes, I remember you saying that before,’ I said, ‘in fact, several times. But to me, this still sounds too abstract.’
‘Let me put it this way to help you understand,’ he said. ‘For you to truly love is to experience the other in spiritual union. Love cannot subsist on its own but must authenticate itself in relationships; to love and be loved, as both the experiencer and the experienced. In the higher realms, there are unlimited manifestations of love, each expressing their uniqueness.
‘Understand that the essence of Elysium is relational; therefore, it cannot be defined in physical terms, whether they be streets of gold, harps, clouds, pearly gates or garish mansions. Instead, what is experienced is the projection of one’s inward affections.
‘Fear, being the opposite of love, is as darkness to light, projects the illusion of separation. Even though much of the world perceives fragmentation, still it remains ensconced in the whole of all that is. This means that everyone, whether they realise it or not, is entwined in a universe of relationships, even though lower realms of consciousness deny what they can’t see, that being love, the unifying ground of existence. The multiverse is composed of individuated states of self-awareness, and yet all conscious essence is of the infinite Source and is the infinite Source.
‘We say this so you may appreciate the true meaning of relationships. Separation objectifies rather than unifies. To help bring this home to you, ask yourself if you, in your many relations with women, have ever experienced a true union of souls, rather than just bodies? Understand that the essence of each relationship is a unique expression of union, forever changing the perceptions of what before seemed separate.’
(Later in this chapter, James, the protagonist, reflects on his past relationships)
In the past, my worldview had been more informed by my intellect rather than the intuition of my heart. After years of being immersed in the world of books and papers, I gave no thought to cultivating the pure affections of my heart. Whenever there was someone in my life, it always turned out to be just another temporal thrill with little lasting meaning. Even with my live-in lovers, there was little soulful intimacy.
Why would things be any different now, I thought? Considering my phobic attitude towards commitment, I wasn’t sure what might happen if I one day found myself in a relationship with Julianne. Would I be able to maintain the relationship? Possibly. But only if there was something such as I had with Máire... a true affair of the heart, and not just the body.
As I continued to write these thoughts late into the night, I considered how entrenched I was in my old patterns and how these held me back from discovering this crazy little thing called love. But it’s not a little thing, I thought, it’s a big thing, in fact, the biggest. I remember Mo, once saying, 'our earthly relationships, be they eros-sexual, philia-friendship, storge-familial, agape-divine, or some other category of love, are all divine expressions of God, the Source.
'Though it might seem incomprehensible,’ he said, ‘the Source is the divine Holon of all that is or could be, ever creating and evolving further into its likeness. It can never end since it implicitly exists in pure potentiality, forever expanding to further completeness. A paradox, yes, but then, infinity will always remain a paradox until we transcend the rational limitations of our humanity.
‘Perhaps one way to understand this is to imagine being part of a large loving family that keeps getting larger and larger. Though one may have a whole and complete family, what happens when another child is born? Suddenly, there’s a more perfect family that would no longer be as complete without the new child.
‘Does that make sense, James? If so, this is one way to understanding, in prosaic terms, how the inward conatus of love must always grow and expand, since its nature is to become more of what it is through unlimited creativity and expansion. For this reason, love can never remain static; it must always reach out to create more of itself. That’s the nature of Source – and so it must be our nature too.’
 An excellent discussion on this topic is found in The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot.
 As noted in Book One, Eli generally preferred to say Elysées, the French version of Elysium, having lived in Paris for a short time, where much of the culture had embraced the name.
 Fear and Trembling; published in 1843 by Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855)
 Perhaps I was thinking of a song with this title by Queen, a British Rock band, written by guitarist Freddie Mercury in 1979
In conclusion, the following quotes on relationships are from Chapter 6, Relationship, in A Course of Love. I consider these truly profound and summarize much of what's included in this post.
'No one thing exists without the another. Cause and effect are one.
Thus, one thing cannot cause another without their being one or joined in truth.'
'Every joining, every union that you enter into, your real world is increased.'
'God is known to you within relationships, as this is all that is real.'
July 11, 2021
Science, Scientists and Scientism
I think most of us wish to trust science and the scientists dedicated to researching and discovering the truth about what is. For the most part, we consider scientists to be impartial observers of truth, and so we accept whatever consensus emerges in the scientific community. After all, we can credit scientists for civilization’s technological advancement, from the light bulb and internal combustion motor of the last century to space travel and the (ubiquitous) Internet of our day, not to mention countless other innovations we often take for granted.
Yet, we should be aware that science can be conscripted for some rather nefarious causes that distort objective evidence for political ends. That’s because scientists are human, and there is no assurance that they can’t be lured into lucrative positions of authority, power and money. Or if not lured, perhaps threatened and bullied into accepting whatever positions that serve dubious interests related to monetary and political ends.
I could, but won’t, site several currently ‘settled’ causes and issues that are not only scientifically questionable, but with agendas having little to do with truth, and everything to do with contrived narratives. Science, when compromised for an ideology, money, social bias or political end, is no longer science but becomes what is referred to as scientism. As an ‘ism,’ it is no longer objective, but subjective, being subjugated to ulterior motives and prejudices.
In a word (or term) this is what has become known as ‘junk science,’ where truth is what you want it to be, simply by manipulating select data. Computer models, for example, can be easily be programmed to generate whatever conclusions are desired. Often, the more prestigious the scientific institution, the less likely the study’s conclusions will be questioned since they are often considered beyond reproach. And so, the ‘fix’ is in.
Perhaps no other means is as effective in perpetrating junk science as corporate and government grant money and peer review censorship to control scientific agendas. Then the word ‘science’ is invoked to silence opposition and further dialogue. (We often hear the phrase, ‘follow the science,’ meaning their science, their truth, their narrative.)
This is not to say most scientists aren’t dedicated to truth. Nevertheless, perhaps as never before, contrary evidence, is often buried, ignored and discredited if it challenges the prevailing narratives of those in power.
Rather than go into more detail on this topic, I have included an excerpt from the second book and the Elysium’s Passage novel series.
From Chapter 1, Elysium’s Passage: The Summit
‘But in truth,’ Mo said, ‘the world is only beginning to receive intimations of what more exists through the quantum wormhole. When the spheres of multi-dimensional cosmoses become known to the world, science will no longer be limited to the perceptions of hard-core, entrenched empiricism.
‘Though the various Superstring theorems might not have everything right, there’s still much to these equations that theoretical physicists have right, perhaps more than they realize. At least they understand something about dimensions, even though they are yet not sure how many exist or what that may mean for existence.
‘Until materialists are confronted with higher dimensions that expose their narrow prejudices, they will continue to martial public opinion against anything not outwardly verified by their linear measurements. Ultimately, their dualistic, subject-object understanding of the universe will no longer be adequate to take scientists from here to there, no matter how brilliant they are.
‘Only advanced physicists who move beyond the limitations of the brain’s intellect into intuitive realms of enlightenment with a broad understanding of the cosmos will be prepared to challenge the imposed strictures of materialist doctrine.’
‘Once again, Mo, you sound a bit extreme,’ I said. ‘You make it sound like most intellectuals are misguided fools. Though we might be a bit eccentric at times, I think overall, reason keeps us on course.’
‘Are you sure about that?’ Mo asked. ‘I think linear reasoning is what keeps everyone off course since reason alone is not sufficient for understanding anything beyond your world’s insular interpretations. Too many are afraid to think outside these narrow, mechanistic paradigms.
‘Most of your philosophers and scientists still assume reason alone is not only necessary but sufficient to understand what lies beyond reason’s purview. On a higher level of reality, reason is neither necessary nor sufficient for knowing anything.’
‘That’s quite the pronouncement, Mo. So, can you give me an example of this?’
‘Isn’t it obvious, we’ve just discussed subatomic physics? Though equations can sometimes be devised to help illustrate what happens with numbers, reason alone can’t explain what’s behind it. Or how about life? Not just components that sustain life, but life itself? Not to mention where it originates or what’s behind it?
‘We could discuss consciousness, not what it does, but what it is and what’s behind it. There are no rational answers to what lies behind anything… all remains outside the domain of reason. And so, there are no answers, necessary or sufficient, as to what lies at the very foundation of science.’
‘No one’s perfect,’ I said, ‘but it helps when there’s a panel of informed experts who can verify and endorse what’s posited, or, if necessary, dismissed as specious.’
‘But what if,’ Mo replied, ‘these esteemed panels did nothing more than serve as guardians of entrenched belief systems that ensure there will be no deviation from what’s socially, politically or corporately expedient? What happens when the interests of power and greed are involved? How objective will these peers remain when their reviews determine their career fortunes.
‘Furthermore, how long do you think any of these supposedly inveterate beliefs will hold up in another fifty years, or even ten? Perhaps you’ve heard of Eugenics, a socially acceptable science of eliminating the reproductive rights of anyone not considered fit for bringing life into this world. Remember, this was endorsed by those with academic authority.
‘As discredited as that science became eventually, you may soon be hearing more of this once again from certain social engineers on your esteemed peer panels, many of which advocate depopulation of the world.’
‘Oh please, Mo; you now sound even more cynical,’ I said, ‘if not paranoid.’
‘Why should I be paranoid? I no longer live on earth… thank God. So, it’s not my problem; it’s your problem. I’m just trying to make you aware of what often goes on in the peer-review process. It’s not limited to what collusion might go on in the dingy backrooms of academia but whose global interests might be served. But, yes, I am cynical, at least towards these nefarious huddles. How could I not be; I know too much.’
‘That’s your right, I said, but it seems rather unfair for you to generalize as you do.’
‘Please understand that my criticism is not towards peer review groups, per se, but directed to those who smugly censure, ridicule and scorn those with contrary positions and opinions. I agree scholarly panels have a legitimate role in discerning what’s factual and what’s bogus, providing they dare to examine evidence that’s contrary to their established beliefs and vested interests.
‘I only wish to make you aware that these panels are not necessarily the repositories of impartial wisdom they present themselves as being. Too often, they have their collective egos vested in belief systems, no less than certain religions. That’s why it would be wise not to put too much confidence in their pronouncements, especially when dissent is penalized and silenced.’
‘And now it’s even easier to punitively sanction anyone on earth through cyberbullying, or even by innuendo on Social Media platforms. Is it possible that money, politics, fear, and misguided social movements have something to do with manipulating the masses to conform to dubious ideological beliefs? So, where’s the truth in that?’
From Chapter Nine of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit
After I became aware of how naïve I was, I began to question authority at a time when much of academia had spiralled into its collective Groupthink. Not only did my friend, Dr Merta, encouraged me to deconstruct faddish assumptions, but to go further in debunking the debunkers who he distrusted. Many of these, he indicated, weren’t interested in truth but only to rip apart beliefs without giving due regard to what might not currently be in vogue.
‘I remember he once indicated how obvious it was that debunkers remained so selective in what they chose to debunk, always ensuring they would never be on the wrong side of what happens to be socially and intellectually fashionable. He would call them spineless trolls, along with a few other colourful imprecations.
‘I may not have always agreed with everything he said, but at least he caused me to become aware of what was going on, often pointing out how some of the most critical questions in the universe have never been asked. As with many secular religions, there are certain beliefs one isn’t supposed to question.
‘After I entered my doctorate studies, I began to question these various sacrosanct assumptions that undergird many beliefs, including the infallibility of the scientific method. I remember he would sometimes ask why the West pays such homage to a questionable methodology that shuts down any enquiry into whatever lies beyond its reach. It’s one thing to suggest something lies beyond the boundaries of science, and quite another to say it doesn’t exist because it doesn’t conform to the current purviews of science.
‘When I started to ask these questions, I found no one wished to talk to me about them. Likely, they considered it too unsettling to reconsider what was presumed to have been settled a long time ago.'
‘It’s also likely that many of your queries were considered too metaphysical to take on.’ Mo said, ‘especially in an era that demands all reality be reduced to empirical data. Few seem to know how to address ultimate questions that go beyond the confines of science. Perhaps that’s why most don’t bother since they have little understanding how to go about this.’
 Superstring M-theory advocates eleven dimensions, while bosonic string theory suggests space-time has twenty-six dimensions
 Eugenics was an early twentieth-century movement of social philosophy advocating the forcible sterilization of those perceived as having less than desirable traits while encouraging enhanced reproduction by those considered to have more desirable traits. Plato had also advocated this.
 Groupthink is a term derived from Geoge Orwell’s book Nineteen Eight-Four which warns of a dysfunctional psycho-socio phenomenon that can occur when conformist thinking becomes normative, often resulting from irrational fear-based indoctrination designed to serve the interests of the authorities.
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July 4, 2021
Is the Time
If everyone learned to live more in the present moment, I think we would all have a lot more fun. I mean, what’s fun about living in with the regrets of the past? At least ‘now’ is something we can control by deciding what we bring to our life. We can be happy, sad, angry, grateful, loving, fearful, etc. So, why not decide to be happy… now?
Even if we don’t dredge up the regrets we felt in the past, we’re very resourceful in creating what we didn’t feel then (but should have) by experiencing them now. In looking at the past, we can remember what happened from the perspective of our present ‘wise’ state. In doing this, we might feel much differently about our past behaviour than when we were living it.
Our overall emotional state back then was probably quite different from where we’re at now. Then, when we were young and carefree, and perhaps a bit foolish, we might not have dwelt on our foibles like we do now when we reflect on our past indiscretions.
Unfortunately, these dubious life lessons can cause us to feel guilt, shame, regret, sadness and anger around situations events and circumstances that at the time didn't have any negative emotions for us. When this happens, it is important that we don’t judge who we are now or who we have been. If we're going to look back at our past, we should do so from a place of compassion and unconditional love. We all make mistakes… so let’s move on. And smile.
There is nothing in these past experiences that we need to fix or make better in any way. This is one of the reasons we should remain in the present moment version of ourselves since it’s the only one that matters. Undoubtedly, there will be those in our life who will try to get us to go back in time with them to relive some aspect of the past. Today’s mass media has a way of inducing guilt, shame and fear, which reflects its abysmally low level of consciousness. Don’t allow yourself to get sucked into their vortex. Just say no and turn it off.
We can help our family, friends and neighbours to be more present by holding our consciousness in the present, not the past or the future. No matter how hard they try to get us to revisit the past with them, our life is ours to live, define and create. So, let’s not allow anything from our past to determine who we are in the moment and what we're creating.
The happy future we all wish to have requires us being present in the moment. Therefore, we must not allow our past to control any aspect of who we are now.
In previous blog posts, I have touched on the topic of time, but in this, I explore a more philosophically in-depth, non-linear understanding of the NOW.
The following dialogue in this excerpt from Elysium’s Passage: The Summit, sums up some of the concepts of time that are espoused in the Elysium’s Passage series.
From Chapter Nine, The Summit
I sat across from Mo by the fireplace and said, ‘you know, as I was outside just now, I found myself completely lost to time as I stood there, transfixed, if not transported, by the glacier’s resplendence in the sun’s light. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been here long enough, but I’m still having difficulty understanding the concept of time. In my current state of consciousness, these experiences seem quite different from back home.
‘Though the sun still rises and sets each day, there seems to be an uncanny elasticity to everything I experienced from sunrise to sunrise. Yes, other than the sun, I didn’t have any other external points of reference. I have no watch, nor do I fancy one, since, under the circumstances, it would likely only confuse me more.’
‘So, specifically, what is your question?’ Mo asked.
‘I have many, but let’s start with; am I in time or is time in me? It seems the more we talk about it, the more elusive the concept becomes. I’ve tried to read everything on the subject in the past, from Augustine to physicist Paul Davis, and many others. So, I think it’s about time I finally got some answers’
‘You don’t need answers,’ he said, ‘what you need is a watch that will tell you what the time is.’
‘A watch; didn’t I just tell you I don’t need a watch?’
Ignoring my comment, he got up and handed me an old watch out of his pocket that appeared to be at least a hundred years old. I opened its cover, but rather than having numbers, its face was engraved with the word NOW.
I laughed, then said, ‘now… what?’
‘Whatever you make of it,’ he said, ‘since time is inextricably linked with the experiences of space on the continuum, whereby motion is a phenomenon that arises from within the weave.
‘Recognize that experiences of space and time could not exist independently of consciousness, which is one with Source, or as some might say, one and the same as Source.
‘So, look at this watch when you want to know what time it is. It’s difficult to explain non-linear time within the limitations of external measurements, be it with a clock or the sun. They don’t tell us much since the perception of time is too elusive and slippery to be objective. That’s because awareness of time has more to do with the perceiver rather than what’s perceived.’
‘If this is true, Mo,’ I said, ‘then everything else about reality must be subjective, as the good Bishop Berkeley seemed to infer since all perception occurs within our minds, and not outwardly as it seems.’
‘That is why time is just as impossible to define as consciousness,’ he said. ‘How can we observe consciousness with consciousness? How can we observe time with time? We can’t, just as Heisenberg so correctly indicated with his Uncertainty Principle, motion and position remain indeterminate concepts.’
‘This is the same as asking how we are to observe God,’ Eli said, ‘when it is by God that we observe. To use an analogy, that’s like trying to observe the ocean while immersed in it as a fish. To examine consciousness, qua consciousness, it would first be necessary to step out of it. But since that’s not possible, we can’t observe it without first being conscious.’
‘With this being the case,’ Mo said, ‘it seems the best humans can do is become fully aware of being conscious, at least as much as possible.’
‘From what little I know of Eastern mysticism,’ I said, ‘that sounds like what some might experience as a satori experience on earth.’
‘That might be one such approach,’ he said. ‘To implicitly know is to participate from within rather than observe from without, which is why the most science can hope to achieve is to know about phenomena, rather than comprehend its essence from without. We must first experience time from a higher or, shall we say, more inclusive holon perspective that includes the earth plane’s sidereal experience within it.’
‘Yes, but what should we call this higher order of transcendent perception?’ I asked. ‘Having an appropriate word is necessary for philosophers, but I can’t think of any name that might be meaningful.’
‘The problem is,’ Eli said, ‘you’re still searching for a universal template within the dimensional constructs of the earth plane, but there isn’t any specific word in English or any other language that can accurately describe the conscious substratum upon which time rests.’
‘Substratum?’ I asked. ‘What’s that?’
‘The essence of time’s underlying substratum,’ Mo said, ‘may be understood as an amalgam of receptivity, conductivity and frequency. Understanding this from a linear perspective might be confusing, so I’ll hold off explaining the intricate dynamics until you’re more accustomed to living in this dimension. Although, I don’t have a name for this.’
‘Then maybe we should make one up.’
‘Use whatever word you wish,’ he said, ‘but what’s wrong with NOW, at least until you advance towards a more enlightened zone of perception.’
‘Now might be fine for mystics,’ I said, ‘but why can’t you suggest something that’s from, as you say, a more enlightened zone of perception?’
‘I have an idea.’ Eli said. ‘For now (notice my wordplay, if you will), try using the word orthos. It might give you something to hang your hat as you move past the old 3D matrix that has you confused.’
‘I’m not confused,’ I said, ‘just a bit disoriented at times.’
‘Disoriented or not,’ Mo said, ‘that’s understandable since all experiences of space and time are from what’s beyond the limitations of linear sequences. That’s why intuition is always your best bet rather than trying to intellectually grasp space and time as separate and independent phenomena within the conscious octave they are perceived.
‘Though you are now experiencing time, space and motion in a more rarified field of reality, you still understand these experiences much as you did before your arrival here. Just relax and continue to appreciate this more pliable state of awareness as you let it flow. Wouldn’t you say, even on the earth plane, your experiences become most meaningfully when they have less to do with the quantitative measurement of years than the qualitative content of each day?’
‘That much I understand; quality always trumps quantity with whatever you are experiencing,’ I said. ‘Especially with sex, but that’s always best when experienced with a goodly measure of quantity too.’
‘Well, I’m sure you would know,’ Eli said as he threw a few more logs on the fire.
Ignoring our diversion, Mo continued, saying, ‘this is why time, though it may be quantitatively measured, can no longer be qualitatively intuited other than as an experience in relation to something or someone else. It’s the reason why time can never be experienced as something existing without reference to something else. Though time might be represented by an abstract equation written on a classroom board, still, it’s not time.
‘Mathematical formulations on earth are not based on subjective impressions, yet time’s relationship with space often remains understood within the limited parameters of three dimensions. As we’ve said, this relativity becomes more obvious when the classical understanding of E=MC2 is recontextualized by new quantum experiments. Obviously, things move a lot faster than the speed of light when you’re outside the material third dimension frequency, and there is no moving, just repositioning.’
 Confessions, by St. Augustine and About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution, by Physicist Paul Davis
 Satori is said to be unexplainable, indescribable, and unintelligible by reason and logic.
 At times they used the word orthos to express how time, space and motion are experienced in higher dimensions. This term came from a truly profound book Mo gave me to read called The Unobstructed Universe. It was written in 1940 by Steward Edward White, who was, ironically, a professional naturalist. The content was based on messages the author received from his wife, Betty, who was able to transmit these to him shortly after her departure. To describe the concept of time as she experienced it, she would often use the Latin word orthos, from the antecedent Greek word orthosis, meaning straight, straighten or true.’
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE NOVEL SERIES
Elysium's Passage is a series of seven 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 of 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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"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 our 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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