Written by Barbara Ann Briggs
A Time of Transition
Today, the world is witnessing a major upheaval and transformation in its functioning. It is a time of transition. The shell of the egg is cracking and a new way of perceiving life is emerging. The outdated world order based primarily on unlimited material advancement is being superseded by a collective demand for a re-assessment of the higher meaning and purpose of life. Visionary fiction can help to usher in a new paradigm based on a holistic view of the interconnected web of life.
In the words of Nobel Laureate, Albert Einstein:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Interdependent Pattern of Relationships
Authors of visionary fiction can point out the interdependent pattern of relationships which creates the wondrous display of life in the universe. Authors can paint a picture of the terrestrial and celestial dimensions of life influencing each other. One can show how the human physiology responds and reacts to galactic transformations in the universe. The position of the planets influences the development of the human brain and body. The sun, moon and stars are intricately interwoven with human actions, thoughts and feelings. The most recent discoveries in quantum physics indicate that all particles in the universe are related to one another through a process called quantum entanglement.
Visionary fiction can help to bridge the gap between what is and what we imagine can be when we work together toward a common goal. The gap between the present and the future can be bridged by love, compassion, mutual collaboration, and trust in order to build a sustainable link leading to the regeneration of the planet. Visionary fiction can provide a roadmap leading to new heights of human achievement in all spheres of life. Authors can depict super heroes imbued with supernatural powers which are used to rescue those in distress. They can show how physical structures which outlast the ravages of time can be built from mental powers. They can show how these super heroes can heal themselves through their inner emanations of peace and joy. Such depictions can expand the breadth of the readers’ imagination and call forth more courage to aspire to attain mastery over one’s destiny!
Positive Practical Steps
The collective awareness in the world needs an infusion of hope, faith and inspiration. Now, more than ever before, the world needs a collective upsurge of positive practical steps to solve the urgent crises of climate change, global warming, loss of biodiversity and the endangered ecosystem. But it also needs positive methods to expand human consciousness because it is the mind which has created the global problems we are currently facing. To solve these problems, consciousness must be broadened so that humanity gains access to a more fundamental unbounded level of thought. Authors can elevate their readers by pointing out that broadening awareness may contain the key to unlock the solution to the crises. These problems can only be addressed when the collective awareness of society is sufficiently expanded. Visionary fiction can lead humanity forward by painting a picture of human life in alignment with nature rather than in conflict with it. It can depict empowering episodes which show that human beings who connect with their innermost nature, pure consciousness, transcend their difficulties more easily. By enlivening the deeper, more silent, unbounded levels of the mind, humanity nourishes itself and the whole of life simultaneously. When human life is lived in harmony with natural law, life as a whole becomes more fruitful and meaningful.
Unified Community Efforts
Communities which are engaged in mutual aid for the betterment of society can also be displayed. Visionary fiction can foster the understanding that an individual’s mental and spiritual development is intimately linked to service offered for the benefit of the whole. Visionary fiction authors can create scenarios in which massive natural disasters are overcome through unified community efforts and mutual aid. Authors must point out that even the worst obstacles are opportunities for growth. Evolution occurs in every experience, if we can but become aware of it.
Visionary fiction can help to heal the disconnected fragments in society by showing how life is composed of unity in diversity just as the beauty of a garden is enhanced by the wide variety of flowers in it. It is up to the writers of visionary fiction to do more than just depict the sorrows, anxieties and fears which society is facing today. Writers must uplift and elevate the spirit of their readers and inspire hope so that humanity can forge ahead to create a glorious new destiny for the whole world family.
Text © Barbara Ann Briggs
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