March 4, 2017 10:55 AM
A few moments ago I finished the core outline for The Mystic. This outline consists of the key points to be discussed and the way they fit into the story line.
I often gather my ideas by going for a long walk, focusing my mind on the Moment (sort of a walking mindfulness meditation), and waiting for the inevitable inspiration.
One of the “villains” of the story is the Scholar. The Scholar uses logic—logic based on unexamined assumptions—to manipulate his followers.
The Scholar would say the inspiration for the ideas of the story came from my subconscious.
The Mystic would say they came from the Divine.
The Scholar’s theory is just as mysterious and unexplainable as the Mystics. No on knows what the subconscious really is or how it works. It’s just a theory. No one has ever seen a subconscious.
The same could be said of the Mystic’s theory.
The Scholar gives the mysterious thing a name—subconscious—and assumes it is real.
The Mystic does the same thing.
The only difference is the Mystic doesn’t state it as if he understands it. He doesn’t assume he understands the Divine. Indeed, the Mystic knows he doesn’t understand the Divine.
To understand the Divine—to know the Divine’s will—is the tool of another villain in the story. It is the tool of the Priest. The tool he uses to manipulate his followers.
(Note: These are uber-early plot lines and are subject to change. Please don’t hold me to them.)
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