Metaphysical Fantasy / Visionary Fiction

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known: we have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. And where we had thought to travel outward we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” – Joseph Campbell

Tom Hoffman

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Maighread MacKay

Maighread MacKay

13 February at 17:57

Thanks, Tom. This is a great theme. I didn't know where to put my novel. Unfortunately, it was categorized as paranormal or fantasy, neither of which told the story. The book asks the question "What if you planned your life before you were born? What could that life look like?". I had read books regarding pre birth planning and had been part of past life regression sessions. Rather than publish another self help book, I wanted to present a story to readers of how pre birth planning might play out in a life.

"The writing is beautifully put together, and Mackay's descriptive passages of the cottage itself are beautiful and easy to visualize."

"How the challenges resolve concerns information from this life as well as lives that have gone before and takes us on a gentle journey of the truth of all our lives."

"Stone Cottage is a beautiful story, beautifully told."

Tom Hoffman

Tom Hoffman

13 February at 08:35

A note from Tom Hoffman:

I’m a 10 year old boy cleverly disguised as a 64 year old grandpa. Although sometimes I feel 10,000 years old. Since I was a child I have been trying to understand who we are and what this place is. I remember asking my mother when I was small, not “what time is it?”, but “what is time?” Needless to say she didn’t have a suitable answer. I wound up getting a degree in psychology from Georgetown University, then eight years later went to art school. I’ve lived in Alaska since 1973 and have been a graphic designer and artist since 1980, working for ad agencies and freelancing. I’ve done extensive dream analysis, lucid dreaming, meditation, etc and have experienced many and varied paranormal events, including OBEs, poltergeists, precognitive and retrocognitive events, etc. The actual event was never of great interest to me, but what did interest me was the underlying systems which allowed the events to occur. The events are fleeting, the system beneath them is not. I never treated the events like a trip to Disneyland. I never fell into the trap of thinking I was special or would gain any earthly power from them. Psychic abilities are a byproduct of connecting to your inner self. It is a room you pass through on the way to somewhere else. Some people get trapped in that room. I also saw it as a learning process and not entertainment. All I needed was one OBE to know consciousness can exist outside the body. Or one lucid dream to know there can be other worlds based in thought that feel more real than this one. In all the years I was doing this I only got scared twice. But those are two stories for another day.

At some point I wrote and illustrated a picture book called The Secret Voice of Bartholomew Rabbit, about a rabbit who goes in search of a missing something and winds up finding his inner voice. Once it was completed I thought, that would make a great novel. Then I thought, that would make a great trilogy. The complete Bartholomew the Adventurer Trilogy is now available on Amazon. The trilogy follows the very adventurous evolution of Bartholomew Rabbit from a silly self-absorbed rabbit to a fully awakened and enlightened being. One of the key points of the story is that there’s really no magic. It’s all physics, whether it’s time travel, parallel dimensions, manifesting physical objects with thoughts, reincarnation, etc. As you have probably heard before, magic is simply science we don't understand yet. Many of the events in the Bartholomew the Adventurer trilogy are "loosely based" on events I have experienced. The book is of course far more dramatic and entertaining, but it's an enjoyable way to introduce people to some very complex concepts. The book is written very simply but on many levels. There's nothing wrong with planting a few seeds along the way.

Well, that’s my story, and as Bartholomew Rabbit once said, “Every atom, every molecule, and every bouncing marble is exactly where it should be at every moment in time.”

Thanks for reading, and I do hope you will add your Metaphysical Fantasy and Visionary Fiction books to this theme – the more the merrier!

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