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Man is what he believes.
So which is it: I'll believe it when I see it.... or I'll see it when I believe it?
And yet, is not each perspective a legitimate choice?
The skeptic tends to believe what they see, whereas the believer often believes what they wish to see; what they wish to manifest. A believer might say that belief is more than just what they wish to see, but rather, they believe that they might see. In other words, to them, belief illuminates the possibility of what might be there, whereas skepticism tends to deny what''s not already there.
That's quite the difference. Mostly, I think I'm on the believer's side... except when I'm not. For example, I'm skeptical about much of what the world accepts as true, particularly fears regarding viruses, diseases and pharmaceutical 'cures'. But I'm all in for manifesting healing and dreams. For more on this topic go to Manifesting Abundance https://digitalbloggers.com/finance/manifesting-abundance
Either statement, I'll believe it when I see it, or I'll see it when I believe it, are beliefs held by both skeptics and believers. Being either skeptical or a believer is neither good nor bad onto itself, and yet what is believed can serve the ego's lies which inevitably bring pain and suffering, or it can affirm whatever thoughts that will lead to integrity, love and wisdom.
Within the polarity of light and darkness, love and fear, we align ourselves with whatever we believe to be true. In so doing, we express who we are and where we dwell on the spectrum. A negative person becomes negative because of the negative beliefs they have assimilated. A person who exists in the higher frequency of light is positive because of the truth they willingly adhere too.
So the choice is ours, are we going to go through life as victims, feeling disempowered by fear, or are we going to rise above into the sphere of love and light?
So where does God, the Source, fit into all this? Before we answer that, we should first ask what we believe about God.
If God is perceived to be a fearful tyrant extracting obedience, who would just as soon damn us as save us, as some religions infer, we will live in the shadow of fear. For much of human history, this has been the case. The much-quoted scripture verse, "The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10) has deceived many. The verse could have just as easily been translated as "the awe" of God. Such an understanding makes all the difference in the world.
However, if we perceive God as being the essence of Unconditional love, we see a benevolent universe existing in the Light of Love. This provides us with a basis for happy beliefs. Always ask if your worry comes from love or fear. The answer is obvious. So why not choose happiness?
Of course, if one chooses not to believe in God as the Source of all that is, then that's a choice with its own logical consequences, for better or worse with whatever you wish to make of it. For some believers it might be meaningful, for others, it might feel constricting and meaningless.
What does the mind say; what does the heart say? Which are we to believe? It seems to me that those who primarily listen to the mind are the skeptics, whereas 'believers' are more predisposed to listening to the heart. But why can't we be both? All we need to do is unite our heart with our mind to balance our skepticisms and beliefs?
Why not be full-spectrum with some healthy skepticism, while allowing the prompting of our heart's intuition? This is what I've written about in, Union of Heart and Mind. So, rather than go on about that here, please refer to my post at this link. https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/union-of-heart-and-mind
To read more on the topic os skepticism, go to my more in-depth article at: Are you a Skeptic?
To read more on belief, go to What Do You Believe?
In sum, it makes a big difference what you believe and, just as importantly, if you believe. Perhaps this is why Chekov states Man is what he believes. Might we therefore not also say: Belief is what makes the man.
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE
The ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series is a seven-book narration about 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.
Read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
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
"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 that 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…”
“The Elysium’s Passage series challenges and excites the reader while taking him into parallel quests for truth with the hero, James. It can be a fast fantasy read or a long deliberation about what is reality or illusion; veracity or platitude. Take the journey!”
“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
With the exception of the last novel, the other six are 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 ASCENT late 2021
THE SUMMIT late 2021
QUANTUM LEAPS early 2022
SURREAL ADVENTURES early 2022
MYSTICAL ROMANCE late 2022
HE ELIXIR late 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023