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November 20, 2021


The topic of enlightenment is multi-varied so can be approached from a number of angles. I’ve included a few articles on the topic on this blog site but, in this supposed ‘age of awakening’ (I hope), there might be sufficient interest in the topic for blog readers to pursue further.

As I was editing my third ELYSIUM’S PASSAGE novel, QUANTUM LEAPS, I noticed there was a lengthy discussion on enlightenment. Having written this over seven years ago, I forgot much of what was in the book until I recently began my final editing. Writing seven novels at the same time can mean long delays since the stories are woven as one. Hopefully, I’ll have most of the series completed in a couple of years to mark the tenth anniversary of when I began.

For anyone interested in reading the first chapters of Book One, The Ascent, this link will take you to the first chapter where you’ll also find the other chapter URLs.

Elysium's Passage: The Ascent. Chapter One


As a backdrop to the following excerpt, this short summary might help give some context to the conversation that occurs in an alternative dimension. 

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.

The excerpt is from the eleventh chapter where he is having a discussion on enlightenment

‘You know, it’s rare to find anyone on earth who has your tenacity and determination to leave the security and comfort of the Lowlands so that you might struggle up this Summit. Because you have joined us here, we are able to take you higher and higher since that remains your hidden wish.’

‘Interesting perspectives. What you just said, Eli, made me think of an old pop song by an Afro-American soul-rock group; Sly and the Family Stone. They were around long before I was born; I think sometime back in the 60s. When you said that about taking me higher, I remembered the line they sang over and over: I want to take you higher.[1] Anyway, that came to me out of nowhere… probably not that relevant to our discussion.’

‘Actually it is,’ he said, ‘since that’s what we wish to do; to take you higher and higher, far beyond where you’ve ever been before… much higher than this Summit. You ascended this far; still, it’s only a base camp for your journey higher up and further in. Your MMT will provide you invaluable training to enable you to climb to ascend even higher while you remain here. We promise you, when you ascend to your final vista, the view will be so spectacular that you will only be able to see it with your inward vision, not your eyes.’ 

‘That’s interesting,’ I said. ‘So you both must assume that I’m ready to proceed, as you say, higher up and further in.’

‘Not really,’ Mo said, ‘however, we trust you will be by the end of your paradise island retreat. That will be the time for you to prepare yourself for whatever lies ahead; wherever you are, here, there, or on the earth plane.’

‘Yes, of course,’ I said. ‘Okay, so, tell me more of what this tropical island retreat is supposed to be about? From what your saying, it doesn’t sound much like nirvana, not that I know much of what it means, specifically.’

‘Perhaps nirvana is something you might wish to pursue in Tibet at another time,’ Eli said. ‘That’s not what this is about; instead, this is to clear you of inward clutter so the light can dawn upon you when you’re ready to receive it.

‘Remember, you can’t make enlightenment happen just by contriving it whenever it suits you. Instead, enlightenment is more of an ongoing process of conscious intent, than an actual event. As Mo indicted earlier, the best you can do is ready yourself, so that when the time is right, the light will come to you. So, that’s what you will be doing on the island; getting ready to be ready.’

‘How long is this going to take?’ I asked. ‘I don’t think it took Buddha that much time… all he had to do was sit there under his Bodhi tree for a while.’

‘Siddhartha’s experience was his, not yours,’ Mo said. ‘Besides, his enlightenment had begun long before he sat under his tree; otherwise, he wouldn’t have bothered sitting there.

‘The voice of I Am will come to you as an inward understanding or knowingness when you are called. That’s why, as we’ve said before, it’s not about apprehending; rather, it’s about being apprehended – not seizing, but being seized. It speaks not about things, only Self, the hardest thing there is to know. That’s because you’re not a thing, but a god that’s forgotten who he is, a vessel containing God’s essence.

‘When you finally come to recognise the voice, it will always be there for you because it never left you. It’s just that you didn’t recognise it because you didn’t recognise your Self. When you do, you will hear it and know all you need to know.

‘This might not be a burning bush, I AM type of experience,’ he said, ‘yet what you sense will be unmistakable because it will have come from you, for you, and only you. Not for Eli, not for me, and certainly not for anyone else. Furthermore, you may never know how or where this epiphany comes, but when it does, it will be commensurate with how open you remain to its Presence.

‘That, James, is what you have to prepare for. There’s still too much dissonance within your intellect that gets in the way of clear reception.’

‘So, are you saying I’m too smart for my own good? I said smiling.’

‘If you were smart, you would get out of your own way,’ Eli said. ‘Essentially, your mind, in-as-much as you allow, has been responsible for what you’ve become. So, try to subordinate it to the voice of the heart… it knows.’

‘I’m not sure I like that word subordinate,’ I said, ‘sounds too hierarchal.’

‘Fair enough,’ Mo said. ‘Obviously, you’ve been listening to those in the Flatlands who so ferociously oppose any such notion. So, if you don’t care for the term, perhaps we could say aligned. Many practices have been developed by highly evolved mystic schools and esoteric traditions that require a great deal of silence to hear what the inward voice has to say when aligned with the heart.

‘You don’t have to be in an ashram since mystical encounters can occur almost anywhere; under a tree, though not necessarily of the Bodhi phyla, in a church choir singing the Halleluiah chorus or swimming with the dolphins. As long as love and peace are present and fear and judgement are absent, anyone may receive divine light.

‘More often than not, enlightenment occurs in silence when no one is present except the Presence. Then it’s gone again, at least until the next time. Still, the peace lingers.’

‘That’s jolly,’ I said. ‘The problem with enlightenment, however, is that it always seems to come at such a great price. Most of the famous mystics I’ve heard about had few possessions and even less money, so they paid dearly for these epiphanies.’ 

‘The price you pay for enlightenment is not determined by what is given,’ Eli said, ‘but by what is not given – the less willing, the higher the price. Much time and effort are often required to release what one doesn’t wish to release, such as misguided beliefs. These distractions often have to do with outward fixations related to money, relationships and achievements. Although, it might be more subtle than that, such as misguided beliefs that result in pride, fear and vengeance.

‘For this reason, it doesn’t matter how much one has, but what one is.  Out of that essence proceeds the desire to dwell within the divine light. The light cannot dwell within until one is first willing to dwell in the light. So, it is with enlightenment… it can only come to you when you are willing.

‘This may require the circumstances of one’s life to be significantly altered – ­­­­I guess you know all about that. Such disturbances are often necessary to get the noisy, distracted mind to settle down long enough to see and hear with inward eyes and inward ears.’

‘Are you calling my fall a mere disturbance?’ I asked. ‘The fall was so traumatic that the fall guy still hasn’t gotten over it, even after all the loving care he’s received. I’m sure he would consider it far more than that.

‘I’m sure he would, ’ Mo said, ‘But this isn’t about the fall guy. You’re the one, not him, who requires time alone to deal with whatever has been obstructing your vision. As it is often said, it’s difficult to see what’s below the surface until the mud settles. That’s why the ego-mind is always stirring things up to prevent you from getting to the bottom of what you really are… that being your Christ Self.

‘However, when the heart quiets the confused mind, it is surprising how quickly things become clear. This is what it means to be enlightened, if only for a moment.’

‘So then, how does one quiet the confused mind?’ I asked.

‘That’s for everyone to discover for themselves,’ Mo said. ‘For you, it may be a tropical island retreat. For the Buddha, the precursor to his enlightenment was to sit under a tree for a very long time. He didn’t read a how-to book… he waited. That’s the hardest part; letting the mind run its course so the heart’s wisdom may surface and dominate the confused mind.

‘If it was just a matter of reading books, your whole university would be enlightened. But it’s not. Though most of your colleagues might seem intelligent enough, is there anyone in your department you might consider, not just knowledgeable, but enlightened too? Being bright and being enlightened really aren’t the same thing, are they?’

‘I’m not sure they would agree with that,' I said. ‘However, I can’t think of any I would consider as being Buddha.

‘That’s because most intellects fail to understand that enlightenment is not learning about the light, since the light is always present. Instead, it’s discovering the light within by removing the fetters of darkness. That’s the only way we can see things as they are. Light never comes from the mind alone, but from the heart. The mind can only give form to the light when it is in union with the heart since it is not the light. Remember the voice you heard in the mountain meadows?’

‘Of course: nothingness, nothingness, nothingness!’

‘That’s right; nothing of the mind is required, not books, not lectures… you need only to allow what’s already within. Wasn’t that the message?’

‘Somehow, that’s not how I understood it.’

‘But that’s the paradox,’ Eli said. ‘You must first be willing to let go of what’s in the way. For example, you wished to learn about the meaning of life and so that’s why you studied philosophy.

‘Yet, you found that studying philosophy wasn’t enough since enlightenment requires surrendering one’s cherished beliefs in order to hear what the Spirit has to reveal. This often requires deep reflection and focus, since there’s nothing more undisciplined than the separated ego-mind.’

‘You see,’ Mo said, ‘this is the price of admission for enlightenment… releasing of your ego’s beliefs. However, it’s not that much of a sacrifice once you realise what you give up was never what you actually wanted; all those things that held you back from being free and happy. There is nothing about the ego that is desirable since it’s what keeps you in bondage on the earth plane. For you, this is mainly about letting go of what you thought you knew.

‘As you continue to learn and desire only what is true by throwing off the beliefs of the ego and its fearful distractions, you will come to know what you need when you return to the earth plane. Once you know, the how will take care of itself as each step will naturally present itself to you as you move forward.

‘Realise the journey is never over, there will always be new Summits. We never stop ascending; and why would we? That’s the nature of the Infiniverse, and since we are its sons and daughters, that’s our nature too.’

‘Most inspiring esoterica, Mo. So, what about my island get-away on the beach. Is there anything I need to do to prepare, such as building a hurricane-proof hut?’

[1] I Want to Take you Higher; a 1969 Motown hit song by Sly and the Family Stone.



Other posts on this blog site that relate to enlightenment may be found here.









In this post, I feature a new 'DAILY' MESSAGE each week. (Though it's not daily, it might be worth considering daily.) Some of these posts are philosophical in nature, while some might be more scientifically orientated. Others are intended to be spiritually inspiring. Regardless, my desire is to provide only profound quotes that most thinkers might appreciate. 

Though certain posts are excerpts from the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE SERIES, most are from a variety of other sources. Over the years, I have read extensively and have highlighted countless phrases containing great wisdom, intellectual insights that include humour and wit. I will continue to draw from whatever quality material turns up in my ongoing research.      

If you enjoy these posts, you might wish to pass some of them along to anyone you think may be interested.                       

Just tell them to go to www.elysiumspassage.com and proceed to the DAILY MESSAGE FROM THE PASSAGE post near the top. 

As I'm sure is obvious, I've created these blog posts to help promote the ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE novel series. So any help you can give me by spreading the word would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

I have included below the standard material I have in most posts to help introduce new visitors to the series, including a short Video Presentation, Reader Reviews, a Summary of the first book, projected publication dates, and social media information. Note my personal email address. Feel free to write to me anytime or, alternatively, comment at the end of this post.

To view previous DAILY PASSAGE postings, go to the ARCHIVED 2021 posts listed below. These are at the end of the list of posts but can be accessed directly here.

Oct/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/preview/daily-message-archives-october-2021 

Sept/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archives-september-2021 

Aug/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-august 

July/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archives-july-2021 

June/21 http://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archives-june-2021 

April/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/daily-message-archives-april-2021 

Mar/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/preview/daily-message-archives-march-2021 

Feb/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archives-february-2021 

Jan/21 https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/daily-message-archives-january-2021 

For links to prior Daily Messages dating prior to 2021, going back to 2018, go to Section 'E' at Blog Post Links https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/ep-blog-posts 





This is a series of seven Elysium Passager novels 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 sometimes 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 adventures.

To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm 






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 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 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)





The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows: 

THE ASCENT fall 2021

THE SUMMIT fall 2021

QUANTUM LEAPS spring 2022



HE ELIXIR fall 2022

THE RETURN sometime in 2023/24





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