It Became About Humanity

Mahayana I. Dugast Author Interview

Ekstasis, the Return of the Sovereign Heart, follows two people who connect on a metaphysical level and work to save humans’ free will. This original idea is intriguing. How did you come up with this idea and develop it into a story?

The idea of regaining access to freedom and self-empowerment, and changing our world from the inside-out, out was what interested me. With that, I wanted to explore the idea of sacred union, meaning the inclusion of our true nature (spirit) in a loving relationship, and transcribing this as a novel is what got me writing many drafts over several years.   

I originally thought that it would be just one novel, but as I was ready to put the book through edits, the nemesis of sacred union, human freedom and self-empowerment stepped in to be integrated, taking the shape of the dark side of sexuality, all the way to human trafficking.

Then my one novel idea became a trilogy. Then it became about Humanity and not just one couple.

So overall, I had to find ways of building a structure (thank you to my structural editor!) to make sure that it could take not only the contemporary aspect of the here and now where the tale is anchored, but also the cosmic and spiritual dimensions.

What was the inspiration for the relationship that develops between the characters?

Besides entertainment, storytelling can be a powerful vehicle for self-realization, healing, upliftment, etc. So the characters in Ekstasis go through significant experiences, moving through their ordeals, into healing, self-realization, and/or spiritual awakening, giving us an insight into what is possible.  

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Self-awakening, self-forgiveness, human sovereignty [meaning autonomy and freedom from mental programming], inner guidance, inspiration, reclaiming one’s own empowerment through the healing of past trauma, resilience, self-love, and enjoying true, sacred loving for a new outlook on sex and love.  

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Book II of the Ekstasis Trilogy, aiming for the end of 2024.

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Together, they are the keys to humankind’s original blueprint. Apart, will they find each other through the pages of time?

Mona Devek is driven by an innate knowing. As a walk-in from birth, her life’s unfolding twists and turns serve to awaken her to her potential and identity and to reconnect her with an ancient star tribe. But when she publishes a work of fiction detailing her spiritual quest, something inspires her to fill in the blanks left by her as-yet-unseen interdimensional lover.

David Wilkins is a firm atheist and has long given up on happiness. Devastated by the tragic loss of his wife and child, the former award-winning film director shelved an unread book his sister shared on account of its uncanny similarities to his own life. Then on one transatlantic flight home, he finally flips it open . . . and by the time he reaches the last page, he is no longer the same person.

As Mona uncovers more about her true origin and her reason for incarnating, she discovers that the entire free will of human beings is at stake. And as David’s creativity resurfaces and he plans a return to directing by making a movie of Mona’s best-selling novel, he is shocked when he learns that the author he has grown to love is in a coma.

Can their spirits rejoin in the physical realm and save humanity from oblivion?

Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart is the inspiring first book in the Ekstasis magical realism romance series. If you like a visionary and metaphysical adventure, with relatable paths of healing, where trauma and loss are transmuted into love, then you’ll adore M. I. Dugast’s journey into the soul.

Buy Ekstasis – The Return of the Sovereign Heart to pierce the veil today!

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