Visionary Fiction: Its Relevance in Today’s World – Jodine Turner

Jodine Turner

Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul.It contains all the elements of modern storytelling yet there is a deeper layer, an archetypal level. This level invites a reader to personally undergo the mystical inner initiations that the book’s character experiences. Visionary Fiction not only entertains, it embeds esoteric wisdom and paranormal experiences in story. It is an ancient art of storytelling – but a fairly new genre in the publishing world.

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Often relegated to the genre of Fantasy, Paranormal, Metaphysical, or Spirituality, Visionary Fiction contains elements of all four. But the story line is more concerned with how the character’s internal experiences of paranormal events – such as visions, dreams, psychic phenomena, past life remembrances, or forays into uncharted planes of existence – are the unique catalysts for transformation. These types of non-linear occurrences run parallel to our everyday conditioned reality. Visionary Fiction allows the reader to glimpse a doorway into these alternate realities.

Our Current Reality

We live in a world that operates under an imbalanced masculine-principle way of thinking. I am referring to the unhealthy attitude that produces greed, war, violence, domination, authority outside ourselves, and rational/linear thought to the exclusion of intuition and feelings. In general, society demeans the feminine principle of nurturance, receptivity, cooperation, emotions, our ‘sixth sense’ and intuition. I am not talking about gender when I speak about the masculine and feminine principles, but, rather, about ways of being and behaving. Both principles can act healthy or unhealthy; helpful or hurtful. In other words, you could say there’s an excess of unhealthy Yang, and a suppressed/restricted Yin. You need only examine the degeneration of our cultural institutions – the banks, church, the politics – to see that societal structures are crumbling under the effects of this imbalance.

I find it interesting that many ancient spiritual systems, such as the Hopi, Mayan, and Hindu, foretold a golden age. They predicted our current era in history as the transition point into this evolution of consciousness. As with all change, there is chaos and destruction before there is regeneration. This is simply the way our world works. If these ancient spiritual predictions are true, this explains the depth of turbulence we see and feel around us.

Visionary Fiction in today’s world

Humankind longs for a new story. A regenerative and hope filled rebirth. A world that joins the best that both the masculine and feminine principles have to offer. In the union of heart and head, and with wisdom, guardianship, and power that are infused with love, that golden age the ancients predicted can arrive.

One time honored way to open up to this alchemical change and explore humanity’s potential is through the vital act of storytelling. Visionary Fiction can rouse humanity’s new story – through story. The mystical encounters, paranormal abilities, and spiritual awakenings woven into Visionary Fiction provide the raw material for the transformation of not only the novel’s characters, but for readers as well. The invitation is to apply the embedded wisdom of the book into our own lives.

 Yes, Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul. It offers a vision of humanity as we dream it could be. At a time where our world is going through so much tumultuous change, we need more Visionary Fiction .


Bio: Jodine Turner is a best-selling, award winning author of visionary fiction, fantasy, and magical realism, and a Founding Member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance. While living in Glastonbury, England, the ancient Isle of Avalon, Jodine began writing her Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series about priestesses who have lived in Glastonbury down through the ages to today. The Awakening: Rebirth of Atlantis, The Keys to Remember, Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call, and Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic are all stand alone reads. Jodine is also an Adorata practitioner in the spiritual path of embodying divine love and balancing the feminine and masculine within, as well as a therapist, consecrated priestess, and deacon in the Gnostic Church of Mary Magdalene.  www.jodineturner.com  Blog  Facebook  Twitter   Linkedin  Goodreads

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About Jodine Turner

Jodine Turner is an award-winning, best-selling Visionary Fiction and magical realism author, Adorata Practitioner, therapist, and consecrated priestess. She writes about how the most potent transformative power – Embodied Love – is the next step in the evolution of humankind. Through story, Jodine takes you on an initiatory journey into the Goddess, as well as the Sacred Union of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine within. Jodine authored “The Awakening: Rebirth of Atlantis” and “The Keys to Remember”, followed by "Carry on the Flame: Destiny's Call", and "Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic."
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12 Responses to Visionary Fiction: Its Relevance in Today’s World – Jodine Turner

  1. Thank you, Jodine, for such a clear and thorough definition of VF. I want to quote so many of your lines, I don't know where to begin. You offer a great summary of the genre. "Visionary Fiction not only entertains, it embeds esoteric wisdom and paranormal experiences in story." I also like how you show the relevance of VF in today's world. "It offers a vision of humanity as we dream it could be." And, "Visionary Fiction can rouse humanity’s new story – through story." You reinforce my passion for VF – as a writer and a reader.

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  2. admin says:

    Your lovely personality definitely shines through in this post. Many of the things you bring up here, particularly about how readers can transform along with the characters, is why I love this genre so much.

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  3. visionaryfictionauth says:

    Margaret and Eleni,

    Thank you both for your comments. You two are a perfect example of why I am passionate about the VFA and its purpose – I am in fantastic company of other excellent VF authors and we reinforce our love of this genre with each other!

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  4. vfalliance says:

    I really enjoyed reading this again, Jodine. My favourite sentence: (VF) offers a vision of humanity as we dream it could be. Quite rightly, it made it into our definition of VF at this site. 🙂

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  5. visionaryfictionauth says:

    Thank you, Saleena. I always value your input.

    ~Jodine

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  6. playsonideas says:

    I think this is the heart of it: "Humankind longs for a new story.… Visionary Fiction can rouse humanity’s new story – through story." Story puts us all, writer, characters, reader, into a transformational space. A quote jointly-written with my co-author/husband: "Storytelling, like all art, like life, is an act of learning—of finding out. We are mistaken to assume that stories of transformation are only about transformation, mere illustrations. Instead, they are transformation itself, acts of practical alchemy, with the power to alter the reality of every receptive person they touch." So keep writing!

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    • elenistoryteller says:

      Very well said, and one of the main reasons I write in this genre. Thanks for stopping by.

      Love and light,
      Eleni

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    • visionaryfictionauth says:

      I really love how you expressed that stories of transformation are not only about transformation, they indeed are the alchemy of influencing and inspiring our readers. Our definition of VF for the VFA also reflects this phenomena, but I love how you articulated it.

      warmly,
      Jodine

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  9. Wonderful article!

    One particular sentence stands out for me—"Visionary Fiction can rouse humanity’s new story – through story."

    To me, it's obvious humanity is struggling to find its new Story…

    I feel it will be one of Unity in Diversity.

    Folks scream for Peace and forget that to be at peace demands some shared Story that Unifies…

    Perhaps Visionary Fiction has this unifying force hidden in it diverse manifestations?

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  10. Alexander, I love the idea that "VF has this unifying force hidden in its diverse manifestations"…may it be so. I'm proud and happy to be writing and promoting this genre.

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