Hi Numinous Ones!
I wanted to begin introducing you to my team. The people who are collaborating with me on making THE NUMINOUS PLACE such a special experience. They're all brilliant, I feel in awe of their abilities, and incredibly blessed to have them.
These Q & A's will also serve to reveal more information about the actual plot, and the way we've gone about generating the storyworld.
DR. RORY MACSWEENEY: LUCID DREAM CONSULTANT
Rory is a force of nature. He's courageous, optimistic, full of heart, wise and constantly searching. I call him the Irish Yoda. He's developed a truly revolutionary technique of lucid dreaming which he teaches the main character in the story. Readers will be able to learn along too.
1. Tell us a little about yourself, and what your role is on THE NUMINOUS PLACE.
My name is Dr Rory Mac Sweeney and I play a character in the TNP experience, that mentors our hero, Henry, in the art of lucid dreaming. As a formally trained scientist and expert in martial arts, I have been immersed in the body/mind conundrum for all my life. I believe lucid dreaming could be the bridge between these events and now I want to share that with the world. TNP is offering an amazing opportunity to speak to an eclectic audience about something that I am deeply passionate about
2. What are you doing in that photo below?
In my delving into the mysteries of the mind, I have taken time to study a little magic, sleight or hand or as I like to put it, sleight of mind. After all, where does the trick happen but in your own imagination. This photo is not photo shopped, it's part of a fire production routine that I use to vanish objects when I perform live.
3. What attracted you to THE NUMINOUS PLACE?The world is a curious place. Only two weeks ago we made, arguably the most important scientific discovery of our generation, the Higgs boson, yet already it feels like yesterday's news. People just don't form the same emotional relationship with events in today's information saturated world but a story always has a certain resonance with its audience - we all can remember a great book or a great film we saw, even a wonderful song we love. My quest has always been to tell the world about lucid dreaming and have them feel as passionate as I do. TNP introduces them to the subject with a story, which helps them see to take the time to see its true depth. The fact is we all like to have a tale told to us and if we pay attention to this one, we might just get to see one the true mysteries of the Universe unfold before our eyes.
4. TNP is about a spiritual quest, tell us about yours. My goal has always been to find something truly supernatural within my own lifetime. I have almost taken a biblical stance on the matter, just praying for a glimpse of something unique and I recall with great joy, the night it happened. I had heard about lucid dreaming for some time but never actually achieved it...that is until that night. I recall being in a room of people, all just making their way randomly about the place, not really paying much attention to me and then it just hit me - "I think I am dreaming". I don't even know why I knew, I just did and that was it I wanted to test it so I ran up along a wall a la Matrix and before I could really start to explore, I had lost control. The dream collapsed and I woke up with the excitement but I had seen that moment of the impossible, I had felt it in my bones. I didn't see this as a chance event, but instead, an invitation. Something, somewhere in the Universe had felt it was time for me to wake up and I was more than willing to take up the challenge to return to ask it who or what it was and so begun my adventures into the dream world. Today, I consider myself a member of a very select group of people who have the ability to transition their consciousness from waking directly into dreams and now I want to share this gift, as I believe it was given to me by another...
5. What's the most amazing thing that ever happened to you?
I cannot help but to ponder the very event of my own existence. The fact that I was born at all, to me is a mystery, how out of all this chaos, to distill something as sophisticated as self reflection is an almost non-computable phenomenon, yet here we are! I need not look further than the fingers I type with, to feel special, because life in this Universe is the ultimate mystery to me. So may of us take our reality for granted and just pay a subtle nod to some creation myth, we were prescribed by those who came before us, but I am looking for my own answer to the ultimate question of my reality and I honestly feel that every day is simply amazing.
6. TNP is about lucid, or numinous dreaming, tell us about your dream life.
How long have you got? Since I have learned to become self aware in the dream world (lucid dreaming), my life has changed radically, I no longer feel trapped in my existence. The human mind was made to wonder and wander and what could be more enticing than the opportunity to literally live out our dreams? People ask me about life after death, to them I say, have a lucid dream and you won't have that question to ask anymore....
7. Like all the team, you've read the manuscript, please tell us about a favorite part
I like the scene in the river in Savannah, it is a deeply touching moment in the script and I really felt my heart go out to the character, Easter Virgil. One could almost picture the innocence of youth evaporating along with the spirit of her brother, as he lay helplessly on his back in the water but somewhere in all the sadness, a message of hope is coming through in the subtlety of the writing. It's a magic moment. One of many in the book.
8. Is there a character in TNP you particularly relate to?
I can't but point the proverbial finger at myself here but there is a surprise about my character that I won't reveal quite yet, suffice to say, I am a magician, all is not what it seems...
9. What are some of your favorite books, music and people who inspire you?I am a fan of Terrence McKenna, maybe it's the Irish poet in him I admire, well that and his total transcendent genius, as he so eloquently describes his journeys to the far off inner landscape of the mind. I am a dreamer by nature and always tend towards the oneiric. I am an avid fan of film and hold Darren Aronofsky's film "The Fountain" as one of the most beautiful I have ever witnessed. It is a wonderful tale about the Tree of Life, brilliantly brought to life by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. What's more Clint Mansell, who gave us the familiar theme to Inception (Time), gives the film the most wonderful score with his theme songs "Together We Will Live Forever" and "Death Is The Road To Awe" I am forever in awe by the impact this film has on my soul.
10. What's an achievement you're proud of?
I think it has to be making the front cover of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine. Winning titles is one thing but with all the politics these days, there are a whole load of paper champions out there, so I guess what separates out the true warriors these days is how our peers view us. I grew up reading the magazine and made quite a few appearances over the years but that front page always seemed like a dream, until one day...
What I loved about it was the title we chose (the editor Bob Sykes and I) - "Rise of the Dream Warrior!"
And finally, a statement that enchants you?
"Matter is not lacking in magic, matter is magic!"