Story versus Message by Randy Davila

Shortly after the launch of the Visionary Fiction Alliance in 2012, Randy Davila, president of Hierophant Publishing and Hampton Roads Publishing Company, wrote a post for visionary fiction writers that remains relevant today. Therefore, I’m resubmitting it as our first post for 2017.

Randy Davila The Gnostic MysteryFirst purpose of fiction

Visionary fiction authors have one of the hardest jobs as writers—to both entertain their readers and to introduce them to new metaphysical topics, which the readers may have never been exposed to before. The most successful authors, of any type of fiction, understand that the first purpose of their book must always be to entertain.

Unfortunately, many times we see visionary fiction authors who feel so powerfully about their message that they let it become the central focus of the story, and drown the reader in metaphors, exercises, theories and unnatural dialogue all in the name of conveying their message. They have forgotten that their readers came to the fiction section of the bookstore to be entertained first and foremost. This is where the fiction author can run into the most difficulty in trying to reconcile their love of the story for the love of the message.

We, as fiction authors, have been told time and time again to “show, don’t tell”—and your metaphysical or spiritual message is no exception to this rule. To keep the reader engaged, you must show them how your character’s negative thinking is drawing negative circumstances into his life; or leave room for the reader to intuit how the character’s dreams about the Divine Feminine correlate to her real-life experiences. Showing the reader how these theories work instead of simply telling them that will help … Continue reading

Using Creative Trance To Write Visionary Fiction – Guest Post by Mary Mackey

A creative trance that allows me to delve into my unconscious whenever I want to, get the material I need for my poems and novels, bring that material up to my waking reality, remember it, and write it down.

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Due to Technical Difficulties, You may have Missed an Important Post

In the past couple weeks, the Visionary Fiction Alliance site experienced a technical difficulty that caused the site to either respond very slowly or not at all. Our tech team went after the problem as quickly as possible, but it took some time to isolate the source and rouse the appropriate vendors to take corrective action. We apologize for the inconvenience–very aggravating to have to wait for a link to respond–and assure you that the site is now up and running.

In the meantime, we went ahead and published a wonderful interview that Margaret Duarte did with Karan Bajaj, #1 bestselling novelist in India, who has just released his new Visionary Fiction novel, THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT, through Penguin Random House worldwide in May. We believe that all VFA members and readers will benefit from Karan’s expertise and experience. We do not want to have that wealth lost in a technical glitch.

So, this special post is a reminder. Do click on this link to Margaret Duarte’s Interview with Karan, read and enjoy, give it a like and post a comment if you care to. Let’s give our newest VF star a warm VFA welcome.

Also affected by our technical difficulties was author Brandon Bosse. He offered a captivating 2-part guest post titled The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids. See the second part here.

Thanks much.

The VFA Steering Committee

 

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The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids, Part 2

The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids
by Brandon Bosse

The Dreams of Phillip AislingPart 2

First, I want to wholeheartedly thank the VFA for the opportunity to share my story and ideas. I am grateful to be able to share my passion. Thank you to my fellow VFA members for the kind words in response to Part 1 of this blog post. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, I recommend starting there.

Visionary Fiction for Kids

Kids are naturally curious about the world. With the Internet at their fingertips, they are even more informed about the way the world works than any generation before. I think that teens crave new ideas and a deeper understanding of the world around us. That is why I think that young readers are up to the challenge of understanding such complex concepts presented in The Dreams of Phillip Aisling and the Numinous Nagwaagan. I hope that I’ve been successful at taking these concepts and presenting them in an entertaining way.

The VFA is transforming human consciousness, one book at a time, and this transformation is most effective if it starts earlier in life. I think it is important to introduce younger audiences to the ideas in visionary fiction before they become stubborn old adults, set in their ways. This book was a middle-grade/young-adult novel from the onset. Even though it is written for younger readers, it is not over simplified. I think kids are smarter than they are often given credit for. The book presents the metaphysics of dreaming not directly to the … Continue reading

The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids, Part 1

The Metaphysics of Lucid Dreaming – Visionary Fiction for Kids
by Brandon Bosse

The Dreams of Phillip AislingPart 1

There are plenty of books written about lucid dreaming, but most of them are written for the adult reader a]nd aren’t intended for children or young adults. Many younger readers aren’t interested in reading dry, philosophical, non-fiction books and easily get bored. Yet, young readers are nonetheless (often indirectly) exposed to the underlying morality and metaphysical aspects of the fictional stories they read. Taking inspiration from stories like Harry Potter, Matilda, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz, I began writing The Dreams of Phillip Aisling in 2007. It is a story designed to introduce younger readers to safe and confident exploration of the rich and exciting world of lucid dreaming. It is told from the perspective of a 13 year old boy who is struggling to understand what his dreams mean. I wanted to present lucid dreaming in an entertaining way that kids would enjoy. Readers of all ages are invited to join Phillip in learning to take control of their dreams. The book also explains, from a kid’s point of view, possible theories about the metaphysics of dreams and how they can be interpreted as glimpses into alternate realities within Hugh Everett’s multiverse.

Lucid dreamingWhat is “Lucid Dreaming” Again?

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Crowdsourcing a Novel of The Resurrection

Resurrection

Here’s your chance to help out a  fellow Visionary Fiction Alliance member with his MA thesis and have a little fun in the process. Robert Springer invites you to, “Add your voice. Explore your new life,” by journaling about your resurrection.

In Resurrectorium 1920, the dead are being given back their lives, but they must find their own happiness.

Robert’s instructions for participation are as follows:

This is my MA thesis, a “crowd-sourced” novel where other writers can write portions of the story. If you participate, you write as if you are keeping a journal upon awakening in a hospital-like Resurrectorium. “You have been resurrected from the dead.” These words welcome you to a different world. It’s a beautiful world. People are friendly. There is work, but not drudgery. Money, but not riches. Eternal life for some, perfect health for all. There are two kinds of resurrected life: Zoë life, the eternal life of God, and Bios life, the life you have now but with perfect health and 1,000 years to reach Zoë life. You can write as a Zoë teacher who has stood in the presence of God in heaven, or you can write as a Bios who, other than perfect health, is exactly as we all are now. But not everyone is happy.

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Literature and the Flow of Consciousness – Part 2

seven states of consciousness

This is part 2 in a series about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Author, MR Neer addresses some questions that are related to the Yogi’s theory about the connection between literature and the evolution of consciousness.  Please read the previous post where MR Neer offers some insight about literature, how we experience it, and how it develops human consciousness. 

How does literature affect the writer, reader, and society?

Now from this foundation, I have identified 10 of Maharishi’s key ideas about literature.

consciousness

For the Writer:
1) Silence. The creative process depends on the inner silence of the writer. The aspects of a piece of writing “all come together in a very beautiful, connected manner if there is silence deep within.” By silence, he means thought arising from the state near or at the level of pure consciousness – the quietest level of the mind where all activity has settled down. He insists that the power of literature lies in “the purity of the writer, in the purity of the consciousness of the writer who is able to bring in an ocean in a drop, … [who] naturally comprehends the totality on any surface value of a thing.” He explains that when a writer maintains that simple, silent awareness, it has all possibilities in it.

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Literature and the Flow of Consciousness – Part 1

Maharishi and States of Consciousness

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, often considered the leading scientist of consciousness in our time, brought out the TM technique from the ancient Vedic tradition. That tradition of teachers for millennia has maintained the knowledge of frequencies of sound and how to use them for the evolution of life. The sounds were originally cognized by rishis in their own pure consciousness as the vibratory structure of creation. Maharishi was able to systematize the teaching to make it available to people around the world, and he encouraged scientific research so that meditation and its experiences were not shrouded in mysticism.

seven states

What has emerged over the last 50 years are seven stages of growth of consciousness based on specific measurable changes in the human nervous system. Pure consciousness has turned out to be a natural 4th state of consciousness (beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping) that we all have within us. It is our own internal antidote to stress as well as the key to creativity and health. Maharishi called the 5th state Cosmic Consciousness (where inner silence and outer activity coexist 24 hours a day), the 6th state Refined Cosmic Consciousness (where perception refines and the heart expands), and the 7th state Unity Consciousness (where inner and outer merge in one united awareness).

It’s rare to have an enlightened sage comment on specifics of literature, but part of Maharishi’s mission was to bring his attention to every aspect of modern life to identify the most fundamental or ideal state of that discipline. I have organized my summary of … Continue reading