Book: Image of the Divine (The Journey Within) by Clive McPhersoncategories: Book, Divine Image, Inner Journey, Who Am I, My Purpose, the Journey Within, Before the Beginning, I Am God, Divine Suicide, Expression of God, Ultimatum, Self-Discovery
Clive Glenroy McPhersonabout this book: Image of the Divine (The Journey Within) is the first in a series of books written from a unique perspective, which allows anyone of average education to come to an awareness of who you are and why you are here. It is a short story which takes you on a special inward journey back through time and space, gradually stripping away all that holds you firmly in this physical realm and eventually introducing you to your true self; you become the central character of the story thereby creating a more vivid experience of the scenarios that you will have to travel through on your way to self-discovery. After travelling great distances and witnessing some horrific scenes, you finally reach a place on your travels where you can't seem to proceed any further; you think you have reached the end of your journey, only to find that it is only just beginning as an unexpected ultimatum is proposed by the circumstances in which you find yourself.
• What inspired you to write this book?
This book was inspired by the challenges that I've had to deal with in my life which eventually brought me to a point where I had to face a personal ultimatum presented by my own life circumstances. It's an ultimatum which we all have to deal with at some time or another, in whatever form life presents it to us; it's a challenge which brings to the surface a deep seated question that lays dormant throughout the majority of our lives until it can no longer stay silent. It does not matter what lifestyle you have lived so far, lavish or sparse you will someday reach the point where life asks . . . do you want to continue living the way you are right now with that emptiness inside of you that cannot be filled by any of your current activities, or are you willing to embark upon a new life journey and take hold of the reigns of your existence to steer it in a direction that you've never been before? This was the challenge that placed me at the crossroads of my life where I had to make a choice; it was accompanied by an inner knowing that if I make the wrong decision at this juncture of my life then there would be no turning back . . . not in this lifetime.
The path I chose took me on an inward journey.
• Who are the primary readers for your book?
If you find yourself at your own crossroads, re-evaluating life, not knowing which way to turn then this book will provide some level of insight and direction for you; if there's an empty space within you which the normal activities of everyday life can no longer fill, then you need to take note of that cry for help from the depths of your soul. It's a calling for you to wake up and embrace the real you, but to do so you must be willing to embark upon this journey within.
• How did you come up with the title?
The title Image of the Divine (The Journey Within), was born out of a combination of my Christian background and my personal quest to fill the gaps that religion does not address. From an early age, my religious upbringing led me to believe that there is an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient power outside of me which we refer to as God, making all the decisions on the direction my life will take and that my lot in life was already set in stone. Due to my deep desire to find the answers to certain important questions which religion just seemed to gloss over, I decided to venture out into other metaphysical studies which I knew the mentors of my religion would not fully support. The Bible tells us that we are created in the image of God as do many other metaphysical teachings; I and wanted to prove this for myself. This quest for truth eventually led me on a journey within myself rather looking outwards. We are created in the image of God, the divine but to really appreciate that statement we must take a special journey within.
• Why did you choose this cover?
I choose this particular cover because it combined the three main aspects of my inner journey.
Darkness: The darkness represents the earlier stages of my journey where I was trying to determine where I was in life; the emptiness inside of me . . . my personal black hole, just swallowed up any attempts I made at finding any form of fulfillment. Nothing outside of me could satisfy this hunger, and I was not sure where to find the answer.
Light: The light represents the guiding force that kept me going on this path of self-discovery; an inner light that shone dimly at first, just visible enough to peak my curiosity and keep me moving forward. As I travelled closer to this light it got brighter until I reached a point where there was nothing else but light. I eventually realized that the light was actually me; an image of the divinity.
Planets: The planets symbolize the universal connection between all that is; they represent the undeniable presence of an all-encompassing mind of design and order, of which we are an integral part . . . our higher self.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The quotation "It was the best of times it was the worst of times" from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, sums up my experience of writing this short book. The hardest part after admitting that I was actually writing about myself was the overwhelming awareness of lost opportunities in life as I looked back through the tunnel of time. Opportunities lost through fear, miss-understandings, unnecessary sacrifices, stubbornness and miss-guided self-confidence. Although none of the above areas of self-discovery are actually discussed in detail in this book, they are the underlying driving force to this inspirational story-book expose of my journey within. However, taking a honest look at these personal traits brought me to my greatest life discovery.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Although writing the book is for the purpose of helping others discover themselves based on my experiences along the path of self-discovery; I found that I really did not know who I was until I started writing the book. I learned who I was . . . the actual writing of the book is a part of who I am. This message and much more has to be shared.
• Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where do I go from here? Each of us at some time in our lives contemplates these questions which are addressed in this book from a unique perspective. They represent the crossroads at which you will arrive sooner or later; confused as to which answer you should first pursue. Who are you really? You know deep down that there is more to you than what you see in the mirror. Where did you come from? Was there life before your mother's womb? Why are you here? Do you feel that you are fulfilling your purpose, or just simply existing from one day to the next? Where do you go from here? Is there life after this seemingly pointless period of existence? To answer these questions you are invited to join me on a special inward journey; I encourage you imagine being able to travel back in time, stripping away each layer of history until you eventually arrive at a point in time before even the universe itself existed! This is the very ambitious but necessary destination of this special journey. This goal is only achievable if you are willing to open your mind to its possibility and join me as we embark upon a journey within.
The end result of this journey is the revelation that you are wonderfully created in the Image of the Divine.
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