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The Autodidact in the Attic

DevlinHello All!  I’ve just finished my first Author Interview with Victoria Craven on her highly intellectual Victoria/Gothic blog called The Autodidact in the Attic.  I highly recommend you read her site because she will challenge you to think.  The questions she asked about the Waking Dream made me think more intently about what I was trying to achieve, and she challenged me, gently, to defend my stances on life, religion and existence.  I thoroughly enjoyed the interview.

My interview is scheduled to be posted this coming Monday.  If you were wondering about the series, the books, the Waking Dream and my views, this is your best opportunity to understand the machinations drive the universe.

I urge you to explore the rest of her blog, despite her interview with me.

I will send the interview link first thing Monday when Ms. Craven provides it.

 

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Life Philosophy Religion Science

Intelligent Design, Evolution and Creation

I have been researching world religions for most of my life.  A great deal of it is to understand myself, but also understand the rest of the world.  We have so much discord over religion, it requires a lifetime to understand from where it sprang to where it will go.

There is only one answer — and each religion has pieces to the larger spiritual puzzle.

So today I felt that I would discuss why Intelligent Design and Evolution can exist — which is the basis for the Waking Dream Mythos — the Way of the Weird.

First, we must remember that we have free will, so we shouldn’t be concerned about fate and “god’s path”.  We should be concerned with the path we create for ourselves, each and every day.  I liken the idea of being “fated” or “destined” to be someone disheartening.  I don’t want my life to have been scripted by someone I can’t see or understand.  I want to be the captain of my own ship and sail where I please.  If I am not in control, then what is the point?

Second, why don’t we entertain the idea that the Creator or Intelligent Designer, simply wrote the rules for the universe to be structured.  Say for a moment that the Creator was a game designer and he simply created the framework for us to play in.  I think Richard Back said it best when he said, “We are the otters of the universe.”  The Creator doesn’t need to be a chess player.  He can simply be interested in creating a world and seeing how it unfolds according to his design — his equation.

I have played far too many MMORPGs and if you spend time in them enough, you can see how they ultimately model our world, and how they evolve without the intervention of the players.  Players form guilds, create an economy, form relationships and ultimately mold the game to their will.  This is also evident that when subsequent versions of the game come out, they always incorporate the wishes of the gamers, and not necessarily the wishes of the programmer.

Evolution does not need to be mutually exclusive with Creationism — this is the simple untruth we’ve been fed.  They can exist in harmony, in the same way that science and religion can co-exist.  The purpose of science is to discover the rules of the game (and in gamer terms the “easter eggs”). Religion teaches us how to play the game together in harmony and peace — because if we cannot attain peace and harmony, we will always be a scourge on this planet.

I personally believe that there is a Creator, though I am unable by design to understand its will — I believe this is because we don’t need to know its will.  And all of our religions have professed to understand the will of the Creator, yet none of them can come to common ground.  It is saddening to see people killing in the name of the Creator, when just about every religion expressly forbids this.  What does it gain us?

The true evil in the world is the notion that we must attain things, and if someone has more than someone else, this is somehow unfair.  And that may be rightly so.  But instead of getting angry that someone has more than you from a materialistic perspective, why not look at what you do have — and not as an exercise in trying to best someone else.  I am not rich, but I don’t hate rich people.  I don’t live in a mansion, but I don’t begrudge someone who does.  If I can’t buy something the moment I want it, due to financial restriction or other, I analyze if I really need it, and if I want it, I simply wait until I can have it.  Patience is not a virtue, it is a necessary aspect of life, because time only moves as fast as it moves and we cannot quicken time, no matter how we try.

The human race has become obsessed with shiny things — just as Ravens are — which means we are an ever growing Unkindness of Ravens, fluttering from store to store and hoarding these meaningless shiny objects.  What we have forgotten is that its not the things, but the people in our lives that make life wonderful.  Its the journey, not the destination.  Each moment has its wonders, if we shed our fears and just look around.  Some days, I take a moment and look up at the sky, because it is wonderful.  And I am able to shed all those stupid thoughts that we all have, and just be for a moment.

I mean, no matter how rich or poor you are, you can find that one thing that makes you happy each  and every day.  A cup of coffee.  A hug from your child.  A kiss from your spouse.  That first sip of wine in the evening with a wonderful meal.  Some of these things you simply cannot buy, no matter how much money you have.

So did the Creator design this wonderful universe so that we can sit around playing with shiny objects?  Or did was it created so that we could mold it and enjoy it — together as one people, one world, one galaxy and one universe?  I think we all know the answers, but fear is what stops us from being a truly wonderful world-wide civilization.

 

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Life Novel Philosophy

The Scholarly Update I

I have been working feverishly on research and writing for my newest novel, The Ageless Scholar.  It has been a personal adventure that I must say has been surprisingly exciting. I have found some very interesting books that have made the journey all the more exciting.

My story begins in 1867 and goes through the present day.  It is amazing to me how much has happened in just a blip in the history of human history, and the last hundred years have been both wonderful and terrible.  We are a very interesting group of creatures we are.  We are capable of such amazing things, but we have also done some terrible things.

I am originally a Yankee who meandered his way to the south over the course of my life, and having lived in Virginia for almost 20 years, I think I have finally fused my life in the north and my life in the south to simply become an American.  And though this book is by no means an autobiographical work, I find that the things I want to impart in this literary work, are the things I wish we could openly say to one another.  We each live in a politicized, victimized, materialized, falsified state, where we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of one another.  And the most profound thing I have learned, not only through my writing, but also through my own perpetual scholarly pursuits, is that we could have avoided much of the strife that now plagues our world.  And I chose the word plague, because it will either be cured, or it will destroy us all.

Each of us wants to be heard, so the most apt description of our existence can be summed up in the existence of social media.  We are all chirping birds, looking for others like us, but our calls are drowned out by those who squawk the most — or we are silenced because what we have said is not what people want to hear.  We have forgotten how to be honest with one another.  We make excuses for ourselves and for others.  But how can we move forward as one world, one voice?  Its becoming less and less possible, because there are more and more voices, creating one big cacophony of “Me, Me, Me”.

I do not expect to change the world with my writing, but I am trying to be heard.  I may be wrong in the things I say, or the way I perceive the world, as we all perceive the world very differently.  This is the nature of free will.  It has always been my hope that we as a people — all races, creeds, religions and countries — could come to understand that there is more to life than the pursuit of material things.  In the end, we all will die.  And no matter how badly we try to extend our lives, we must accept that death is a part of life.  However, I am a firm believer in reincarnation.  Because we see cycles everywhere we look.  And the only think you truly own — the only things you will take with you when you leave your current body — are the thoughts and experiences that molded you as a person.  And it is not enough to simply hold on to these memories, we must use them to become better human being and a better world.  We cannot evolve unless we recognize that the lines we draw around our countries, states and cities are imaginary — and it is these lines that keeps us from being one world unified and glorious.

This is the perspective of my novel, and the Ageless Scholar spends his existence trying to tell us all the things we’ve done poorly, over the decades he’s existed and hopes — like I do — that we will realize all these things before it is too late.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

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Philosophy Religion Science

The Weirdness Experiment

My Weirdness ExperimentRe-blogged from Way of the Weird

For those of you who are new to understanding and finding your weirdness, I have a little experiment for you to consider.

There are so many things that we do not understand in our universe, and when you awaken to the fact that the world is just a waking dream, it may be hard to suspend your disbelief. That is the key to it all, you must believe what you previously were not to believe. We as humans tend to block out the unexplainable, such as ghosts, psychic ability, prescience, witchcraft, Wicca and other aspects of the occult. The word occult, comes from the Latin word occultus, which means hidden, secret or clandestine. It has been hidden because not everyone should possess ability to practice the occult, especially sleepers. The journey for the Dreamer is to find what has been hidden. This is not to say that it will be easy — finding your own particular weirdness is part of the journey.

Now to the experiment. Here are a few easy steps to just begin:

1) Suspend your disbelief and think on what occult ability you may have. Can you read auras? Can you commune with Spirits? Feel drawn to learning the Tarot? Want to try your hand at Voodoo? You can choose a few if you like, but, it is always better to be excellent at one thing, rather than marginal in a few things.

2) Pick up a journal that you keep to yourself. This experiment can be done solitary or with another known Dreamer you trust, but you should always keep your thoughts hidden from others on your progress. Disbelief by others can affect the outcome of your own learning. Sleepers and unawakened Dreamers will roll their eyes at you, or fear you. This will only hinder your learning.

3) Once you’ve chosen your particular experiment, first you should get a guidebook on the area you’ve chosen. Idiot guides are by far the best and cheapest way to find out if a particular area of interest is up your alley, and whether you have the patience and focus to pursue it. Like any skill, Weirdness must be honed and it take time. If you are easily frustrated, you may never master your weirdness. It will not happen overnight, or it may, it really depends on how strongly you believe.

4) After you’ve read about the flavor of Weirdness that appeals to you most, gather your materials and start small. Again, even if you are interested, you may find that something is not quite for you, so it is smart to start small then grow your craft as you become more adept at using your Weirdness. Some simple areas you can start with that are cheap and readily available are: Aura Reading, Alchemy, Tarot Reading and Communing with Spirits.

5) Once you’ve begun to practice, you should keep careful notes on how you achieved certain effects. I suggest writing daily. Write down everything that seems to be out of the ordinary and trust your intuition. Suspend your disbelief on a daily basis. The Weird acts as subtly as a ripple in a pond, so you may more may not notice it immediately, depend on the size of the pebble tossed into the still waters of your Weirdness. Pay attention.

There are many places in the world where you can go to learn from others, but above all, the best place to visit to explore all of the possible Weirdnesses in the world is New Orleans. A city of Dreamers hidden in plain sight, and the most powerful center of concentrated Weirdness on the planet. I highly suggest that you visit it at least one time in your life. It was the place I awakened, simply because the experience was so overwhelming.

I will speak again soon
The Crier

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Philosophy

Way of the Weird

Way of the Weird

Way of the Weird is an attempt to distill all religions, philosophical disciplines and quantum physics into an easy to understand way of viewing the elegance of our universe. It is clear that the time for religion has come to an end, as it has done nothing but cause polarization in our world. As aptly stated by the Dalai Lama:

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”

Way of the Weird is the basis for a series of novels I am writing where people can realize — becoming awakened or enlightened — that the world we have is a product of our imaginations, and a product of the things we allow to happen.

Give the Libellus Somnium a read, and see spread the word if you believe the world can be a dream and not the nightmare it has become.

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Philosophy Religion Science

These Things Happen :: Reblogged From Way of the Weird

One thing I have realized is that it is exceedingly hard to Awaken — let alone becoming Immortal. I’ve added all the information from the Libellus Somnium to this site as a reference, and as I get more information from Laertes and other Immortals, I will post it for you to read — time is of the essence.

You really need to pay attention to how you use your Weirdness, once you’ve discovered it. Boy, did I find that out the hard way. I tried to exert my will over a Sleeper the other day, and didn’t realize that he was carrying a concealed weapon. Long story short, I’m okay and it was only a flesh wound — stitches itch like crazy though. I did find out that I can run like the wind when necessary.

You really should take some time to read the Libellus, because if you have stumbled upon this site, you are indeed a dreamer. The act of reading the Libellus may actually awaken you, and you’ll realize that you have a role in this just as much as the rest of the Dreamers. Or, you can simply ignore the things I am saying and move on with your life, blissfully unaware that the end is coming and just ride out the storm. But I wouldn’t advise it. A transformation is never fun. Remember the Black Death? Well that decimated the world population by as much as 30%. Do you think that was an accident? It was the first biological warfare attack on the world populace by none other than you know who, the Shadow Lord. He did a pretty good job with it too, just didn’t count on immunities and such.

We don’t know who is behind the current transformation, because it’s not happening on its own, it’s happening because someone wants to decimate the world population for reasons I don’t really understand — though Laertes and Arthur are trying to bring me up to speed. When the Beast left me, he took some of my memories with him. But we have two candidates, Gabryal and Deakin. Deakin Droon is out of his f-ing mind, and Gabryal is just as ass. You’d think that after living for like 3 or 4 thousand years, he’d get over it already. Nope, just made him more angry.

And now that he’s found away around his Banishment — what happens when you irritate the rest of the Immortals — and has returned prematurely, so he either has help, or he’s been planning his craziness for a very long time. So you really should be wary at this point.

I’ll leave you to ponder all that now. I’ll talk to you soon.

The Crier

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Philosophy Religion Science

The Way of the Weird

I have been asked by many people to explain the philosophy of the Waking Dream.  As a result, I’ve set up an entirely new blog at http://wayoftheweird.com

This blog is written from the perspective of the new Crier at Twilight who, having recently been freed from the control of the Beast, has taken it upon himself to spread the word of the Waking Dream and to assist Dreamers in awakening to the realization of the Waking Dream.

You can use your existing WordPress Account to subscribe to the blog, and get access to hidden content.

I hope you join us!

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Book of One Immortal Memories Philosophy Stories

The Book of Awakening

[by Laertes of Crete]

I.

If you are reading this Libellus, you are a Dreamer, whether you have recognized this or not. Being a Dreamer carries responsibility, one most people are not willing to accept. Responsibility implies that one cannot blame another person for their actions, effectively avoiding causality. However, this is futile and childish to consider. If you are a Dreamer, you are creating the Waking Dream around you. If you’re life is good, it is because you have made it so and if it is bad, it is because you have made it so. No one else is responsible for your life other than you.

II.

Before you can begin to manipulate the Waking Dream, using your inherent Weirdness, you must Awaken. The body in which you live in was previously an empty Sleeper. This is because you have chosen to inhabit this body by observing their existence, much as one chooses a character in a role-playing game. When you are not participating in the Waking Dream, you roam the vast domain of the Weird known as The Spaces Between — which is mistakenly labeled as the Afterlife, it is the InBetweenLife. You have the ability to see into the Dream, and remember all of your past lives — unless you have only recently coalesced into a conscious soul, therefore you have chosen your first body, and you will have countless others.

III.

When the body dies, you will return to the Spaces Between and be allowed to choose another body. You assume the life of the Sleeper that you choose, and in this process, you forget all of your past lives except through residual memories that slowly seep into your sub-conscious through your tether to the Spaces Between known as the Somnambula — known in other cultures as the silver cord. This is the way of the Waking Dream, and you will not understand this amnesia until you attain Immortality.

IV.

The mere act of reading this book, the Libellus Somnium, will allow you to Awaken — given that you can overcome the disbelief imbedded in the soul of all Sleepers and realize that you are now in control of your future through the use of your Weirdness. You have only found this book, because you are a Dreamer, and if you can believe and understand everything within, you will then begin the journey of understanding your own variety of Weirdness — or magick — and then you may start the long journey of attaining Immortality.

V.

The Creator has initiated the Waking Dream, and in that created One — the first Immortal. It is he who has asked that we other Immortals expand on his first book, The Book of One, to assist the Dreamers in Awakening. A time of great transformation is upon us, and Dreamers and Immortals must unite and ensure that the Sleeper population is not eliminated. This would be disastrous as it will take centuries for new Sleepers to be created to allow the reincarnation cycle to continue, allowing interaction with the Dream once more.

VI.

To begin, you must understand — and you must realize that you will never understand the nature of the Waking Dream, because you, I and the others are not meant to understand it. This is the Will of the Creator, The Will of the Weird. This Dream is a gift, an adventure, an experience. Your soul coalesced from the Weird over eons, just as the gases coalesce into stars. And the moment you began to glisten in the darkness of the Spaces Between, you inhabited your first Sleeper. And you will continue to do so until all Dreamers in the universe have attained immortality and then the Dream will reset. This is the solution to the equation that governs the universe.

VII.

I urge you now to look deep within, and understand your role in the Waking Dream. You may simply decide to ignore this as a work of fiction and continue blissfully ignorant to the things that are going on that threaten the Dream. But I assure you, the struggle for the control of reality has already begun. Awaken your Weirdness and Change the World.

VIII

References:

Immortal Memories: Volume I are stories about the Immortals.
Waking Dream: Devlin chronicles the beginning of the transformation of the Dream.

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Book of One Gaming Novel Philosophy

Waking Dream Online

Waking Dream Online (www.wakingdreamonline.com) is the official site for my books, stories and expanded content surrounding the Waking Dream Universe.  I am attempting to build a mythos around which other writers can contribute and grow the ideas — Much like the idea behind the Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft [Though I am not at all professing to be anywhere near as talented as he]

The website will have additional content that is not available in the published books.

Currently there are two short stories available for reading in the blog

  • The Charnel House — The story of three gamers turned ghost hunter who stumble on a mysterious house that appears one autumn night in rural Pennsylvania.
  • The Place of the Sisters — This story is a side story set in the 1800’s about three albino girls who find a mysterious place of power in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

There is also the Libellus Somnium — The Little Book of Dreams, which is essentially the philosophy/religion of the Waking Dream Universe.

In addition, you can find out more information about my books, Immortal Memories and Waking Dream: Devlin Book I of the Transformation Series.  There are 9 books planned in the series, with many other side books, especially short story anthologies and histories for each of the Immortals.

All of my writing, music and illustrations revolve around expanding the Waking Dream.  I want to inspire people to embrace their own Weirdness so that we can improve the world.  Because, I truly believe that the universe is nothing more than a waking dream — all we have to do is embrace our individual Weirdness and change the world.

You can subscribe to my blog via this link, or you can login in using your WordPress, Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my work.

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Novel

Waking Dream: Devlin Plot

Now that Waking Dream: Devlin has been released, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the plot. Many of you have downloaded the Immortal Memories book, which was a collection of short stories about the Immortals. All of the Immortals in Immortal Memories make their appearance in the new novel, which is just the first in a series of 9 novels.

The town of Devlin is a town hidden by a force called The Weirdness. And the focus of the novel is the inhabitants trying to understand the visions of the elder of the town, Jonathan Weir. His powerful visions, a manifestation of his Weirdness or magick, have made him aware that an apocalypse is on the horizon, threatening all the world.

The novel takes the reader on a phantasmagorical journey between fantasy and reality, sanity and insanity, culminating with the realization that they have been unwitting pawns in an insidious plot that has been architected over a millennium.

I feel that once you read the first book, you will be hooked, and want to read. I have many stories to tell. And I can assure you, I will continue to build the Waking Dream until it is indistinguishable from the real world. Because, it only takes a leap of faith to embrace your weirdness, and change the world.

Available now on Nook and Kindle for $6.99 — 355 pages and 70,000 words of weirdness.

Immortal Memories: Volume II will be available in spring, and Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II will be available on Halloween 2013. The struggle for the control of reality has begun.