Monday, November 28, 2011

Visionary Fiction: What is this fiction genre anyway? Part 4

This is Part 4, the final part in my Visionary Fiction series, describing this increasingly popular fiction genre. You can read Part 1 here, and Parts 3 & 4 in the posts immediately below.

Visionary Fiction speaks the language of the soul.

My own visionary fiction series is told through the eyes of the Goddess of the Stars and the Sea, and the priestesses of Her lineage. This ancient Goddess helps humanity during their cycles of spiritual evolution, those collective leaps in consciousness that occur throughout critical junctures in human history. Her priestesses confront personal and spiritual trials before they can don the mantle of their destiny and assist humankind through these cycles.

In the first novel of the trilogy, “The Awakening: Rebirth of Atlantis,” the priestess Geodran is entrusted to protect Atlantis' spiritual traditions from the degeneration of the once illuminated society, and go on to seed the world with Atlantean wisdom after the continent’s cataclysmic demise. In order to save her culture, as well as her life, Geodran must claim her own inner spiritual authority. Geodran's journey calls us to answer the question - are we inspired by our own inner truth to bring about change for the world, or do we align with the status quo and those who aspire to control and dominate?

In the award winning “The Keys to Remember,” the priestess Rhianna must preserve the lineage of the sacred feminine for posterity during a time when the feminine was savagely suppressed. She must learn that only by feeling your deepest pain can you truly open to love.

In the latest novel, a USA 2011 Best Books award winning finalist “Carry on the Flame:Destiny's Call,” the modern-day priestess Sharay must persevere through deceitful accusations that she’s criminally insane. She must face not only formidable outside forces, but her own grief, loss, and dark side in order to fulfill her destiny and make the spiritual leap that has been prophesied – the brilliant luminosity of embodied Divine Love. In Book Two of Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic, Sharay must meet the challenges of her calling to discover that the power of love, both human and divine, lies within her very cells - and is the ultimate magic to heal and transform not only herself, but the chaos of our present times.

In all three novels of the trilogy, the heroines face obstacles in the mundane world, where the full potential of metaphysical human abilities are not often acknowledged and certainly not commonplace. The characters must also journey through the portal where the mundane world ends and the enchanted Otherworld begins. There they must address the unique challenges this unseen world presents. The metaphysical tools and methods the characters use to meet these challenges are imbued in the story, woven into the fictional thread. The invitation for readers is to apply them in their own lives.

Visionary Fiction author, Monty Joynes, who wrote, among other books, “Conversations with God: the Making of the Movie,” says Visionary Fiction is a medium for metaphysical experience. I would add that it is a direct link to Spirit, a sort of Mystery School initiation for the reader. Whereas fiction uses story to touch the soul, 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.

As with any good writing, Visionary Fiction requires you to be a word smith. You paint a verbal picture that offers a glimpse of the spaces in between the words. The spaces in between the plot, in between the drama. It is between the words that the metaphysical gem sits, and where inspiration dances. The spaces act as the passageway and portal to the visionary mystical experience for the reader. Therein they are admitted into a Universal Mystery School. The characters are merely the limina, Latin for threshold, into new views of reality. The Imram, the story, is the passport there.

What are your thoughts about visionary fiction? I invite you to send me a comment!

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