I like to use the nice stuff, the good stuff. I put my feet on the coffee table, I use my best dishes, and I squeeze every ounce of practicality out of my spiritual beliefs.
I like the good stuff. Visionary Fiction is the ultimate in good stuff. You can find a far more definitive explanation of it here, but here’s the very humble, boiled down, practical version I use for myself: Visionary Fiction promotes views of life that encourage us to live it in harmony.
Notice, I do not say “in lock step”, or “in preparation for the next.” I don’t say “in accordance with specific rules, or teachings, or dogma, or tenets.”
Live it in harmony. In harmony with one another. In harmony with our planet. In harmony with life itself. In harmony with a greater intelligence, love, power, and beingness that, try as we might, we can’t truly articulate, much less define. In harmony with the highest and best that lives within us all.
But, we’re human. The minute we start reaching for that harmony, we start making rules about how to achieve it. And we tell stories about how we came to make the rules. And we share them. And enshrine them.
Visionary Fiction is about breaking the rules. It’s about remembering that we write our own stories. The true function of our stories is enabling a harmony between our condition and the Divine. They should inspire us to live our best lives, provide signposts on the journey. They should help us burst through the self-imposed bubble of our human potential to possibilities we can only imagine when we’re mired in chaos, conflict, and survival.
Some VF authors take us on the journey to break through. Still others explore the possibilities beyond. I like to root around in religious texts and stories, old and new, and pick out the good stuff. I use VF to blur the lines of dogma. I like to illuminate the ‘Golden Threads’ –the commonalities that run through various belief systems. I also love to celebrate the diverse, astonishing, amazing, and just plain woo-hoo, ha-ha, fun possibilities suggested by their stories. And heroes. I really love heroes. The kind of heroes who use their beliefs and break out of that bubble.
I like to mix it up, put the pieces together like voices in a choir, and let my readers recognize the echo of their own distinct voice within the greater… harmony.
That’s how I use Visionary Fiction.
How does Visionary Fiction use me? I have no idea. No way of actually knowing. Not really.
But, I could tell you a story…