Posted by Literary Titan
Consciousness and Perception provides readers with a thought-provoking story that explores reality in a unique way. What was the inspiration for the idea behind this story?
Thank you. When reading books that use fictional characters to discuss spiritual themes, I found that most – undoubtedly because of the prescribed rules for authors writing in the genre – had stories that, while important, didn’t really speak to people who might be on the ‘outside’ of this way of knowing and seeing reality. Books from the genre and the stories they tell tend to be too far removed from the harsh realities of everyday life and peoples real life experiences. I think that being conscious of this made me want to write a story that could ‘crossover’ and at the same time in no way be categorised as ‘airy-fairy’ if that makes sense. I wanted the book to be realistic and with characters that spoke using language that could similarly be described as being realistic, i.e., given the seriousness of the real life issues and situations they are involved in.
The characters in your book are intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind their character development?
At its core, the central driving ideal was to show the reader through the lives and experiences of the characters that irrespective of ‘differences’ – or the environment experienced – essentially, while we have our own uniqueness, at the fundamental level we are all the same. We are made up of the same materials and live our lives within and from the same Source. Yet despite this, we live predominately in a false state of consciousness, which is egoic. Showing the characters’ life experiences is an exercise designed to engage the reader and show them how our state or level of consciousness at any given time affects not only our perception of reality, but also how we might act within our own particular ‘understanding’ of it. To this end, the characters life experiences act as a way for the reader to reflect and come to the recognition of the importance of an experience of true-self awareness in their own lives, for the benefit of themselves and our world.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The themes in the book that are explored and discussed include spirituality, mysticism, esoteric knowledge, metaphysics, science, culture, religion, philosophy, psychology, societal issues, and of course how these are perceived and experienced in relation to given states of consciousness.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The book I am working on now takes in spiritual practices that can assist us in our journey to a life lived in true-self awareness and in harmony with Natural Law.