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Visionary Fiction embraces spiritual and esoteric wisdom, often from ancient sources, and makes it relevant for our modern life. Gems of this spiritual wisdom are brought forth in story form so that readers can experience the wisdom from within themselves.
A Two Part Entreaty by V. M. Franck Part Two – My Entrance into the Circle of the White Rose
Do high beings exist or is it wishful thinking? It’s comforting to think so, but I really don’t know. I can prove nothing. No one can, no matter how certain they are of their beliefs. However, I can tell you about the high being who visited me, how it unfolded and how that affected who I am…on the inside as well as with my writing.
My contact with other “realities” began when I was a preschooler. Plagued by a recurring nightmare my sense of safety vanished. Safety? Is there such a thing? There is only one way that I know of, and it is not as comforting as one might think, especially not to a child. It resides in the inner self, a self one has to uncover and develop for the first time or rediscover after the journey through birth. The awareness often emerges years later, if at all.
Recurring nightmares devastate feelings of safety for little kids. This one did me, beginning at the time I was around four and continuing until I was nine. I was born four years after the end of WWII. My parents were not political. Part of the lower socioeconomic class, Dad slaved in a lumber mill lifting the heavy boards by hand. Mom worked at home raising a garden, a few cows, rabbits and chickens as well as doing the numerous manual chores involved in running a household … Continue reading →
A Two Part Entreaty by V. M. Franck Part One – The White Rose Society
Is there such a thing as pure and perfect love, and if so, how do we find it? I’ve been told that within the heart of each of us glows a white flame. When the flame expands in pure and selfless ways, it symbolically emerges as a white rose, strong in the face of adversity, soft with kindness and motivated for the good. The heart activated in this way cultivates compassion, inclusiveness and the highest form of love. As this love and inner vision develop, the individual is not content to do nothing when a critical need arises.
Recognizing the critical nature of a need is key. When you, I and they do so, we can become motivated to serve the good. Flying on the wings of their inner vision some people risk their lives to restore that which is right. With the current rise of intolerance and bigotry worldwide, it is time to develop and activate our own inner vision and truly learn to see, like several groups, including the White Rose Society, did during WWII.
In the United States, as well as in other parts of the world, at present there are groups of people, who instead of working for the good, thrive on hatred, separatism, arrogance and ignorance. When they keep it to themselves it is their right to be as they are, but inflicting it on others is unacceptable. Allowed to flourish, it can have brutal consequences for millions, even billions. … Continue reading →
Some months back, John Van de Kamp, a relative of one of our founding members, Margaret Duarte, asked her if she had ever heard of theosophy, suggesting rather grandly, “I believe this concept may be the basis of visionary fiction.” A group of us discussed the idea and concluded that the topic might make for an interesting exploratory post.
As the one who relishes incorporating religious lore into my VF historical novels, I volunteered, recognizing the opportunity to develop a connection I’d previously found intriguing. Of course, like many major topics somewhat adjacent to VF, this banquet of information proved more overwhelming than it seemed at first glance. And so I find myself , even with two installments planned, barely able to list its ingredients here, leaving it to those whose interest the subject captivates, to get into the kitchen and cook up the full dinner.
Theosophy is not Theology
I was familiar enough with theosophy as a word and some its varied uses. The root of the first part, theo-, which means God or the divine, suggests theology; they are cousins as we shall see. The second root, -sophy, means wisdom as in philosophy. Divine wisdom—heady territory for a discussion about fiction. See what I mean about the water being deep?
While theosophy and theology, per their roots, both deal with God or the divine, they are not merely synonyms as sometimes assumed. Theology with its ending -ology, points to the academic, through the mind. The study presumes the existence of God or gods arrived at previously and is usually a detailed description of a divinity associated … Continue reading →
While pondering a visionary approach to story structure, I realized that what helped me the most as a writer was becoming aware of the archetypal pattern of storytelling. I call it the Circled Cross.
This system is based on the ever-changing cycles in nature where story is no exception. Finding this beneficial, I felt inspired to share this with my colleagues who are also curious about visionary storytelling tools.
Circled Cross as Skeleton of Story
The circled cross is one of the oldest symbols. In most cultures, it represents natural cycles from the light and dark parts of the day to the yearly seasonal changes. In regards to writing, the cross could be compared to the basic skeleton of the story. It’s the four solid pillars or the four acts that intersect at the central point/central character around which the action revolves and spreads out to the whole of the circle/journey, which again reflects back to the center.
Circled Cross of Story Plot and Character Change
In the cross pattern, the stages of the protagonist’s journey could be compared to the four seasons or four stages of the day:
As the sun rises or a new season begins and nature is awaking so does the protagonist awake to a new journey triggered by a conflict, which was caused by the inner need for change.
I saw a clip from a TED talk the other day that enumerated the top ten factors that enabled people to live to a hundred years old. Yes, there was a focus group of long-living folks and tons of data about them. The topmost factor? Connecting with other people on a daily basis, whether it be a partner, a colleague, the mail carrier, or a random stranger in an elevator. Besides being a beautiful truth – that we keep each other alive – it provides me a bottom line for encouraging all of you to attend a writer’s conference.
I went to my first conference last November, after almost fifteen years of writing and networking on my own, or online, with very little face-to-face time. I had a writer’s conference on my To-Do list for years, but I needed a little shove. Although I have been in the performing arts for decades, your basic collaborative fool out for a good time playing well with others, as a writer I followed the shy, reclusive model happily. So what brought me out of the cave to seek the light of my fellow authors? My story will vary from yours, but hopefully it will help draw you out of the Writer Cave.
Two summers ago, I became curious about a training program in Akashic Records readings. Since my fantasy series, 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles, touches on this concept of a cosmic database of our soul histories, I thought it would be interesting research. What transpired is another story for another article, but my curiosity led me to become an Akashic Records reader, start working with clients, and work on myself with the teacher, Andrrea Hess.In one session where I asked Andrrea about finding an audience … Continue reading →
This is the second and final part of this two-part article. For the first part, click here.
In May 2017, my cousin—a now-retired former chief editor for Reader’s Digest—coached me toward a wonderful self-publishing service offered by Amazon.com called CreateSpace. By the end of the year all three novels of the Osiris Plan trilogy were up and available on Amazon.
The story that I chose to tell is based on several premises that are accepted fact in my personal reality, such as: the existence of a Spiritual world and; Creation as a realization or acting out of the Universal Consciousness. We are all a part of that Universal consciousness and, therefore, an active and viable part and contributor to Creation (whether we “know it” or not). We are inspired or, more correctly, inspirited by individuated perspectives of consciousness that some choose to call “souls” or “spiritual beings” or “monads” or “light beings” or whatever. What people ”forget” is that these spiritual beings are also part of an illusory or made-up version of reality (“Creation”) analogous to the writers, directors, funders, and builders of a play, while the players or actors are, in fact, the “spirit”-inspired, or ensouled, human beings playing out the stories on the four-dimensional surface of the “stage” we call planet Earth.
Another underlying premise in my story—in my personal reality—is that there are infinite versions/variations of what we like to call “reality” playing out in our universe and other universes and (for us) unimaginable other dimensionalities all at the same time. The Formless God’s Imagination being projected out into “Form.” It’s … Continue reading →
I have a completed Visionary Fiction manuscript, and I’m looking beta readers that might be interested in having a read to help me to improve it before I send it to the editors.
The story is similar to books such as The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma or The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. I did a psychology degree just to help me to write the book. It has been a vision of mine for a long time. And I would love to share it with people.
George Sourrys has a degree in Psychological Science and extensive experience in wealth creation including running his own financial services company. He has deep interests in all areas of personal development and is soon to release his first novel.
My name is Drew Fisher. I came to planet Earth, this time, in 1958, the last year of the “post war baby boom.” This was the year of Barbie, the hula hoop, the first US satellite launches and the formation of NASA, the post-Korean War recession, the Lituya Bay (SE Alaska) mega-tsunami, the first nuclear powered naval vessel, the USS Nautilus, Elvis in the US Army, an Academy Award to the film, The Bridge on the River Kwai, publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel, Lolita, “Volare” and Ricky Nelson topping the music scene, and the formation of the John Birch Society. I was born in the summer that brought us Prince, Rick Santorum, Annette Bening, Kevin Bacon, Kate Bush, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tim Burton, Jeff Foxworthy, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
I was born into a bloodline of relatively affluent families in the affluent suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. My parents’ families had both had significant and prominent roles in both the proliferation of the US and world automobile industries as well as in the success of the US military in World War II. As a young boy I became aware of the discrepancies between the so-called “haves” and “have nots” as the 1967 race riots in Detroit occurred only a couple of miles from my home. This rather rude awakening from my heretofore “blissful” childhood of ignorance and innocence led me to begin questioning my “right” to all of the privileges and rights that my circumstances of birth afforded me. Thus began a lifelong pursuit of “just desserts”—i.e. receiving what was due to me, what I had earned, not … Continue reading →
In the mystical inlets of my being there lives a little nymph I named Violette. She is the best in me. She’s an old-time storyteller, one who desires to change the world for the better through the weavings of her mind. Her desire to come into her own was conceived when I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach years ago. First, she wanted to learn to fly. In so doing, she longed to teach others to do the same, like Jonathan did.
As she ventured out of the hamlet she called home, her innocence was battered again and again by events in her life. Some of the difficulties she encountered, she triggered herself, like we all do, and some were thrust upon her. She struggled through it all, and when she did, she found impetus to write. Everything is fodder for the writer. As she came into being and sprouted her own wings, she and I became one.
Sometimes one event alters the rest of one’s life. So it was for me and my inner Violette. My brother literally triggered the change. He shot and killed his neighbors on a damp, cold night. As I helped my loving parents through this horrific tragedy, I came to know that I must write the story of what it was like from the killer’s family’s point of view. With my first book on the subject I taught myself … Continue reading →
I am always reluctant to describe myself as a writer, because although I have written 7 books and published 5, I didn’t really write them. Well, I was responsible for researching the material, typing them up, and publishing them, and of course I am the sole recipient of the royalties for the books, but did I think them up? I am still not sure.
I read blog posts and articles with interest about genres, book planning, plot & scene creation, characterization, and the like. As a conscious channel I have never done any of those things, and so could not take credit for being a true writer.
What is Conscious Channelling?
Conscious channelling can be applied to any and all professions by those who are consciously open to be inspired and led by energies and information outside of themselves. Doctors, teachers, preachers, metaphysical healers, mothers, accountants, writers, and even children going about their day may be working as conscious channels. It means that your consciousness is open to knowledge, inspiration, methodologies, and wisdom beyond what you have been taught or experienced in your lifetime. I realize this sounds spooky and I discuss my methods a little on my website under How I Work.
I hear my books. I do not plan any part of them. They start sneaking up on me years before I begin writing anything down. Then the nagging begins. At first I get suggestions, hints, and impressions about the relevant material. I become impelled to visit certain places around the world and begin desk research about nothing in particular. Then I start to receive … Continue reading →