By Eleni Papanou
This week, the Visionary Fiction Alliance is focusing on author, Jacklyn A. Lo and her debut novel, Redemption. She was inspired to write the story because of the “magic of it.” To set the mood, we begin with Jacklyn’s path to writing the book. Read how she beautifully explains what drives her to create visionary fiction.
In her own words:
Raised in an atheistic environment, I was one of many who fell asleep at the first page of the Bible. I never had a hope to understand this Holy book until I experienced something in my life, which I have come to call my Spiritual Choice.
My Spiritual Choice…
Years ago I realized that the corporate luxury train, in which I was comfortably riding, was taking me in a direction that I did not want to go. Getting off of this train at my own risk and expense was very hard, but I jumped off. But nothing completely disappears, and in my case, the tangibles (prestige, security, wealth and social status) were replaced by an intangible: the ability to see a Spiritual Choice.
The realization first came to me from movies. The spiritual choices of Dracula, Scarface, and the story of Abraham and Jesus became transparent to me. This revelation led me to a fascinating conclusion: a spiritual choice is a shortcut to “upgrade” a human’s consciousness. My enlightening journey continued. I began to see things that I had never seen before. And I added a new word to my personal vocabulary—vision. I realized that vision is a direct product of Consciousness, and that Consciousness is a subject of both evolution and involution. However, the physical world was still calling for me. I was constantly looking for a new project in which to implement my skills and abilities; one that I had never done before.
One day, while walking in the forest, I suddenly had an awesome idea: I would make a feature movie. The idea was totally absurd; I had never had any interest in film production, but the idea stuck with me, and gave me the two things that I needed the most: hope, and a direction. But before I could make a movie I needed a complete story. This is why I decided to write the novel.
Can you further elaborate on spiritual choice and how it relates to your book?
My Spiritual Philosophy involves the concept of Spiritual Choice. I see Spiritual Choice as a powerful tool to upgrade our consciousness within a relatively short time period. During this transformation we absorb a different spectrum of vibrations than we do during merely theoretical spiritual exercises and practices.
In Redemption, the heroine experiences five Spiritual Choices in five different lives. Each time, she chooses a spiritual path towards LIGHT.
How was the main character created?
I knew I wanted my main character to be a woman, because I greatly admire strong heroines. And I wanted her to be a powerful person, who had been raised to be independent, ambitious, and motivated for professional growth.
I gave her a ubiquitous name—Ann. I wanted her to be as free as possible from personal entanglements, so she is not only unmarried, but has no attachment to any particular culture or nationality.
What character do you most identify with?
Mostly I identify myself with the heroine, Ann. The qualities we share are independence, managerial and leadership skills, and a passion for high-tech solutions, especially robots. Also, like Ann, supernatural experiences have been a part of my own life journey.
The spiral in Ann’s dream sounds a lot like kundalini. Was that your intention?
The spiral might be a kundalini, however, its came from my personal experience—unfortunately negative one, which I had years ago. The sensation started from above my head and went to infinity. I felt that the path of the spiral represents all my existence, which is far beyond of my current life and that my current life comparing with the spiral is like an ant vs a human being.
Do you believe robots will eventually become conscious?
Personally I believe, that Artificial Intelligence ( robots), built by human beings, will never get such a treasury such as consciousness. This is a key differentiation between a human being and a robot.
I also have a logical explanation of my belief. Consciousness is a reflection of the human being’s carrier – a soul. The soul could and should be activated only by perfect consciousness. The perfect consciousness for us is our Creator, whom we call God. A human being does not have enough “spiritualization skills ” to create an “artificial” consciousness.
The Mi backstory—that took place in the stone age—is done very well. I didn’t care at all that I didn’t know the exact period of time. This added a level of mystery and intrigue. As a writer, I have been told that a vague setting should be avoided. It’s a point that I always disagree with because I think readers are intelligent enough not to need everything spelled out for them. How did you create the mystique of Mi’s world?
Thank you Eleni for your encouraging comments about Mi’s character, I am very happy to hear that… Since a little girl I have always been inspired by the stone age lifestyle. There is definitely a lot of mystery in prehistoric times, with primitive people covered by hair, living in caves and hunting for mammoths. So, I thought it could be exciting for other readers to get one more story about that time.
I like the concept of the fourth dimension. Can you explain it a little further. What gave you the idea for this?
The fourth dimension was always intriguing me personally. And I was a very big fan of math and physics. The hypothesis that we live in three-dimensional world was pretty obvious for me, but was is beyond? Einstein delivered a revolutionary theory – for human beings the Fourth dimension is going to be time. And this perception has always been very fascinating for me.