This is part 2 in a the blog series about the Waking Dream Philosophy. Today we are going to discuss my concept of Immortality and the difference between a Celestial Immortal and Planet Bound Immortals.
Before I get into the particulars specific to Immortality in the Waking Dream, I wanted to talk about the various forms and thoughts surrounding the concept of Immortality. Many cultures throughout history have tried, and continue to try, to wrestle with their own mortality. Death is the ultimate fear, and all fear ties back to death in some form or fashion. But the pursuit of immortality is of the physical variety. And were people able to be Immortal in physical form, we would soon over-populate the planet, unsustainable growth. The planet has a capacity, and until we find means to move to other solar systems and galaxies, we cannot afford an immortal populace. With my fiction aside, my personal belief is that we are immortal spiritually. Our consciousnesses, once formed, are permanently imprinted on the universe. We become a never-ending story in the library of the universe. Now on to Immortality in the Waking Dream.
The Story of Immortality
There are two types of Immortals in the Waking Dream Universe — The Celestial Immortals and the Planet bound Immortals.
There are several Celestial Immortals of note in the Waking Dream Universe. Celestial Immortals are unique to every universe and they are different from all the other Immortals because they were “born” Immortal. As mentioned in the Story of Creation, these Immortals are, with addition to a few mysterious entities, are:
- The Magician
- The High Priestess
- The Charnel One
- The Dexter
- The Sinister
- The Angel
- The Beast
Each of these Immortals is responsible for a certain aspect of the Waking Dream, similar to other polytheistic religions, however they are by no means Gods. They have existed since One had the first cogent thought in the vast nothing of the Spaces Between and awoke to the truth that the universe is a Waking Dream. Celestial Immortals are free to roam the universe, within a physical construct. They are also able to travel unhindered in the realm of the Weird, The Spaces Between (to be discussed in-depth in a later post).
It is seldom that Dreamers and Planet-Bound Immortals encounter these mysterious entities, and their true goals are completely unknown, though much speculation has been made. These eight Celestials are an immutable number, and there will always be eight in every single universe in the multiverse. They command the Weird with flawless accuracy and are not to be trifled with.
In addition to the eight Celestials, there is a mysterious ninth Celestial who is rumored to be the offspring of the Magician and the High Priestess. Little is known about this Immortal, and it is believed he/she is a hybrid between the Celestials and the Planet-Bound Immortals. He is simply known as the Hidden One, and is also rumored to possess the knowledge to wield the artifact, The Black Heart, to its full potential.
There are two levels, so to speak, of Planet-Bound Immortals. There are the Prime Immortals and the Lesser Immortals. How the five Prime Immortals came to hold this stature over the other Immortals is not known, however, they are:
- Gabryal of Sumeria
- Shemhazai of Egypt
- Grigor Falken of Crete
- Olivia Morgan of The Celts
- Deakin Droon of Scandinavia
These Planet-Bound Immortal, as their name suggests, are unable to incarnate themselves anywhere than on our planet. Little is understood why they are unable to leave the planet. Once any Dreamer attains Immortality on their respective planet, they are unable to leave until that planet has run its course. The only known way for a Planet-Bound Immortal to leave Earth is through destruction by super-nova. Once this has happened, they are free to choose another planet, whereby they will be bounded to their new home.
Deakin Droon was the last of the Prime Immortals to attain Immortality. After his ascension, it was a thousand years before the Lesser Immortals began to emerge. It is unknown what happened during the thousand years of spiritual darkness, however, any Dreamer attaining immortality since his ascension is considered Lesser.
Lesser Immortals tend to be between five hundred and a thousand years old. They do not possess the same level of understanding of the Weird, and they tend to align themselves, either consciously or sub-consciously with one of the Prime Immortals. It is unknown at the time of this writing how many Dreamers have attained this status.
More information about the Waking Dream universe is available at The Way of the Weird website.
Next blog post will be about the Dreamers and the Sleepers.