Vision Group Discussion Topics
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What are the typical genres or types of books that you usually read? Options: Science Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Spiritual, Historical Fiction, Memoir, etc.
"Vision Speak: Awakening" starts about 5 years after this book ("Vision Speak: Emergence") ends. Here is what is happening: Willow and Kalesh live on a retreat and have a young son. They lead daily "Joinings" with citizens around the world who have awoken to the new Vision Speak capability. Claire is in a position of influence with the World Governors and the Science Institute is noticing quantum energy during the joinings and wants to hardess the power. Meanwhile, Kalesh makes a new and frightening connection that may be other worldly and Simon starts to "find himself". Scientists are discovering unexpected activity in the quantum field during the joinings and want to tap into this power.
Are you interested in participating in a monthly reading to give feedback on this sequel as it is produced in 2021? Or would you rather wait until it comes out towards the end of the year to read it all at once?
The plan for the Prequel is to focus on Elzabeth's younger years, especially the years when she was an agent for the Republic, with some flashbacks to what happened to man over the ages. I have numerous tidbits written that need to be stitched together. One approach is to tell the story primarily from her Life Journal with links to historical documents. Would you be interested in reading this? Do you have any suggestions?
What are your impressions of the PURE approach to Religions, with categorization of spirituality into types, and manipulation of historical documents to prevent conflict? What about the exclusivity clause? If you are someone who follows a religion, are you comfortable with how this was treated?
Recently, democratic versus autocratic regimes have been a source of debate and the US democracy was sorely tested in the 2020 election. In the PURE world order, there is a worldwide governing body, characterized by constitutional laws, some aspects of totalitarian control and manipulation of information. World Governors are elevated or promoted into leadership roles, with some similarities to the corporate world with a ruling board, comprised of regional leaders, as opposed to one leader.
The Cult of Armageddon worships cataclysmic wars from the past when destruction was rained upon the world. In Chapter 17, the cult meets at ground zero of the Great Annihilation and we see them worshipping a bomb image, chanting it will happen again. Based on recent events, reference to past use of biologic weapons triggering a deadly pandemic and significantly reducing the world population may be introduced into the storyline. Do you think our world could end up in a catastrophic end of times scenario for billions of people worldwide? What could happen?
What do you think of the concept of formal sharing and bequeathing of memories, as with the Life Journals maintained by PURE citizens? Would you want to bequeath your 'memories' to anyone?
Jung's theory on the “collective unconscious”, expanded on by Joseph Campbell's work on mythology and spirituality and the hero's journey were all influences in the concept of "Vision Speak". Are you familiar with these ideas? Did this differentiate Vision Speak abilities versus mind reading or telepathy (which has been depicted in many fictional works) for you when you were reading the book?
Everyone is familiar with the theory of evolution (first documented in "On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin); however, there are also theories and bodies of work in recent decades on Conscious Evolution and how we, as a species, can evolve our spirits and minds to a next state. By the end of the book, this is starting to happen and in the sequel, humanity's "Awakening" begins. Do you believe that if we work together, humanity can connect in non-verbal ways that may lead to a more co-operative spirit?
Stories speculating on the perfect society have been around for thousands of years. Of note, in More's "Utopia" (1516), the hero discovers an island culture that operates in perfect harmony. Subsequent authors, especially in the science fiction genre, have written about utopias, dystopias, and anti-utopias as a way to examine current society and future possibilities. Some of the well-known sci-fis of this ilk, in the 20th century were: "Brave New World", "Nineteen Eighty-Four", "The Chrysalids", "The Handmaid's Tale", and many more. Is there anything relating to our current world that you feel this story is reacting to? Are some of the solutions proposed relevant for us now?
The original inspiration for Kalesh came from Krishnamurti who was ‘discovered’ by the Theosophical Society, Order of the Star as their future prophet when he was an adolescent. Groomed to be their World Teacher, Krishnamurti eventually broke his connection to this religious order, and dissolved the worldwide organization. Ultimately, he claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world as a spiritual leader. How is Kalesh’s story similar? How is it different?
What are your thoughts on Willow’s ultimate choice? (Spoiler Alert) Must we choose between the physical and metaphysical? Does living a spiritual life preclude physical longings? Must we sacrifice in order to evolve and grow as a race? How does this compare to a priest or nun?