Book Talk: Heavens Above and Heavens Below: An Oxbow Adventure by Clifford John Bell Brown
A call-to-action beneath its dreamlike facade.
— The BookWalker
Where does one escape to when, all around, there is noise, chaos, and confusion? Where can one find peace, if peace is still possible at all?
Rikki finds his spot beside the furnace and tries to escape the harshness of the world. He wants nothing to do with it. He is merely going through the motions of life. Thankfully, sleep claims him in no time.
He is slow to come to his senses. Is he floating like in previous dreams? He is in a pool of flowering grasses; his surroundings, devoid of color. As he brushes off the cobwebs of sleep and gains full control of his mind, the scenery before him becomes more focused, and color pops out little by little until, finally, he knows for sure he isn’t by the furnace anymore. Yet he isn’t merely dreaming—or is he? Somehow this is different from all his dreams.
In that incredible, enchanted world suspended between dreaming sleep and full wakefulness, Rikki allows himself to linger longer, lighter than a feather, secure in the knowledge of the higher Self—the endless, timeless, enormous consciousness.
It is in this world that he comes across the Romani gypsies, who are traveling in a caravan, looking for the next settlement to welcome them. As best as he can tell, these gypsies belong in the Elizabethan Age. Their garments are colorful and flouncy, and their speech has a perceptible guttural Eastern European or maybe Hindi accent. Rikki thinks this has to be the best dream ever, but the best, as always, is yet to come.
Traveling together, Rikki and the gypsies come across a pre-industrial Celtic-inspired village inside the bend of a small river. The village is known as Oxbow. The villagers welcome Rikki and the gypsies with open arms, and here, Rikki receives his mission straight from Mother Earth.
In Heavens Above and Heavens Below: An Oxbow Adventure, author Clifford John Bell Brown explored what is termed as lucid dreaming and created a hurt character who withdrew into the recesses of his mind for the solutions to life’s mystery. He found answers in the inter-dimensional structure of his own thinking processes and those of the people and the new world in which he finds himself in. Heavens Above and Heavens Below: An Oxbow Adventure is also a reflection of the author’s experiences while on the path of East Indian Transcendental Meditation. The goal to write about his spiritual journey and the pure universal consciousness came to him after an eight-day fast without food and water. He hopes his work will lead others to believe that the leading solution to human problems is spiritual.
Indeed, when there is no peace without, let the search go within.
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"A book that will inspire hope. Visceral and enlarging experience. Readers are advised to pause and breathe before diving back again.”
—Issa Nayberg, The BookWalker
Reviewed by Amy Alcott
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About Clifford John Bell Brown. As a reader I appreciate the importance of where and when the author is coming from. In this update I have endeavoured to be more thorough than the versions in the books. This profile follows the expanding self identity of who I am at various times and how that identity plays out in the outer life. All the books have been about my spiritual journey: About how the changing and growing self image comes to identify with the never changing universal pure consciousness.Actually the seed of the goal came to me after an eight day fast.
At age 23, on a bit of a lark I embarked on a fast without even water for a vision like I had heard was done by aboriginals to find their power. That may have been the idea but I had taken up the East Indian path of Transcendental Meditation. The writings of Ananda Maya Ma were available as well as my own teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to keep my thoughts on a high plane. Without that one could starve.
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