Guest Post by Alissa Lukara
The Transformational Writers website, like the Visional Fiction Alliance, arose out of my calling to provide a place of support and exploration for writers who aim to explore the evolution of consciousness, alternative realities and write stories that make a positive difference.
I wanted to create a haven for visionary writers who were taking the deep dive into the waters of transformation by offering them one on one mentoring, a blog on transformational writing, online and local classes, and individual and group retreats.
Why? On a selfish level, I want to read more books like that.
I also believe that we as a reading public need stories that show us how people transform – stories that can literally shift a reader’s consciousness as they accompany the main character on a heart and soul-opening journey to embrace authentic power and dive into new and alternative realities and expanded states of awareness. Visionary Fiction and Memoir lets readers know that we can traverse a passage through the fire of change into a new way of being and a deepened understanding of the love and spirit at our core.
One key to the transformational experience inherent in Visionary Fiction is that while the stories seem to be about extraordinary events, what happens in these books is possible, even probable. While the fantasy genre might take us to imaginary worlds, the consciousness presented in Visionary Fiction resonates for many of us as if it could occur today.
The books may not convey traditional three-dimensional “possible.” However, in the multi-dimensional world I believe we are all being called to acknowledge and embody, the spiritual and alternative realities Visionary Fiction writers convey in their stories are as real as any 3D reality. If we’re honest, for many visionary authors, it’s about “Welcome to our world. This could – or does – happen.”
As such, Visionary Fiction and Memoir has revolutionized my life and awareness. I’d go so far as to say that the authors of these books are today’s artist-pioneers.
In the past, the pioneers may have been the authors who broke through limitations and restrictions of form and structure, societal taboos, censorship of sexuality and subject matter.
To my mind, today’s pioneers include the Visionary Fiction and Memoir authors who have the courage to break through rigid forms of consciousness, reveal the evolution possible and create awareness of the spiritual and alternative realms of existence. Like their predecessors, these new writing pioneers support readers – and themselves – to transmute limited thinking and beliefs.
Visionary novels and memoir may emerge through the filter of the author’s perspective. However, they knock on the readers’ (and their own) reality boundaries and say, “Hello, open up and see that you are light and truth and spirit that can never be extinguished. The love at your core, the oneness with everyone and everything, is the answer and has consequences that not only transform you, but also ripple out and heal the universe.”
Visionary Fiction is written from the soul, through the soul, to touch the soul. These transformational books reveal that visionary authors’ eyes can see beyond the dark. They shine a light at the end of the tunnel. They radiate a light onto a new way of being.
Some of my favorite classic visionary books include The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, books like The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman and those of Carlos Castaneda. I also love exploring new novels in this genre by authors in the Visionary Fiction Alliance, notably Jodine Turner’s Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series.
Visionary Fiction (and Memoir) takes courage to write – because these books support the consciousness revolution happening on the planet today. For the authors, they often arise out of a soul need, a conscious or unconscious calling to express yourself in a way that addresses the spirit at the root of those changes. Spirit tapped you to tell to help humanity meet and transmute the challenges of those shifts.
I was called to write a visionary memoir that I’ve been told reads like Visionary Fiction. Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul was my journey to discover a miraculous healing for mind, body and spirit through the impetus of a life-altering chronic illness. That quest was initiated when traditional medicine said, “We have no answers,” and I turned to alternative medicine and energy healing and opened myself to a whole new world.
I came to recognize that dealing with a life transforming event was like taking the classic hero/heroine’s journey that Joseph Campbell describes and that many visionary fiction authors incorporate in their novel’s structure. My own spiritual odyssey, like those of the main characters of visionary fiction, ripped away my old life foundation and demanded that I change, grow and evolve.
Instead of seeing myself as a victim of circumstances, I emerged as an explorer of consciousness and soul awareness, an alchemist transmuting darkness into light.
Yes, there were trials along the way. But I knew in my heart of hearts and soul of souls that this direction was where I would open to myself, my soul purpose, and my true connection to Spirit.
In that potential, Visionary Fiction and Memoir alike convey grace and healing and an experience of spirit to readers. They are to me, at their core, written and offered as an act of love.
Alissa Lukara, the author of the poetic visionary memoir, Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul, is as passionate about guiding you to write your transformational stories as she is to write her own. An internationally-acclaimed writing mentor, she supports you to write, publish and market your transformational novel, memoir or nonfiction book through writing coaching, a writing blog, online and local writing classes, retreats and speaking. Find out about Transformational Writers and register for a complimentary eCourse – Write Your Book – Transform Your Life: 7 Key Steps on the Writer’s Journey at Transformational Writers, http://www.transformationalwriters.com