"Martin told the Kahuna he was ready. He was tired and he wanted the cave. The Kahuna obliged with a warm smile. This time he simply looked at Martin, straight into his eyes. Martin felt himself go. First there was the sense of intense motion, again like an explosion that was happening all around him, and then he was in the dark tunnel with the light at the end. He spiraled rapidly, with a force capable of tearing him apart. He closed his eyes until he felt everything stop." -From the book
Set in both present time and 464 AD, Dream Maker is a mystical tale by Grigor Fedan that follows the personal journey of Martin Devon-a meandering fellow who has just lost an important contract for his company. Hostilities brew at home as Jenny, his angry and critical wife, repeatedly confronts Martin-or ignores him altogether. Martin never seems to say the right thing, and his own anger issues boil to the surface.
A routine visit to the bank leads Martin on a journey of intense introspection-which includes an impromptu trip to a secret island in Hawaii and a magical voyage courtesy of a mysterious Kahuna.
Exploring questions such as "Why am I here?", "What is the meaning of my life?", "Why do certain things happen to me?", and "Why do I do what I do?" Fedan weaves historical accuracy with metaphysical themes like past lives, meditation, intention, and energetic co-mingling.
The majority of Dream Maker takes place in the 5th century, where Saxons, Caledonians, and other "barbarians" pillage colonies once ruled by Rome. The Kahuna instructs Martin that he's to be a detached observer, and warns him against involvement, because important soul lessons are at stake.
In the fields and forests of lawless Britannia, Martin witnesses brutal ambushes, political plotting, and warfare. Martin also dwells in a Seeker Colony imbedded deep within the lush woods, and learns how a community of shared goods and services live in harmony. He participates in ancient energetic healing techniques, visits the royal courtyard, and witnesses potential threats from the citadel.
While history buffs will enjoy this novel-especially those interested in military and Arthurian lore-I was more intrigued by the portrayal of metaphysical disciplines such as "agape". This energetic co-mingling, also known as "communion", occurs when the sender envelops the recipient with his or her energy field in order to heal, pacify, and communicate intent.
As Martin observes and interacts with mystics like Maria Lerna, Nicolaus, Eldyn, Mowan, and those in the Seeker Colony-as well as royals King Joannes, Queen Martigena, and their two sons-he begins to understand that not everything is as black and white as he thought it to be. Through practicing meditation and agape, Martin learns to ground himself and retain objectivity. In the process, he discovers how past lives affect individuals in the present, and that each person has played both "evil" and "divine" roles in the grand play of life.
Dream Maker is an engaging novel with thought-provoking ideas peppered throughout. For example, one character says "Brutality is a cornerstone of creation". But regardless of whether you agree with Fedan's spiritual views (and I admit to taking issue with a few), you'll be taken on an interesting journey with plenty of food-for-thought moments. In fact, Dream Maker played a pivotal role in my husband's exploration of reincarnation. Up until then, he really didn't consider the viability of past lives. After reading this novel, however, he was primed to read books such as Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton which examines case histories of past life regressions. I'm not a fan of history, military or otherwise, but Fedan paints a vivid picture of life in Arthurian Britannia. I was kept guessing until the end, and didn't realize the parallel with Arthurian legend until Maria Lerna plunged a sword through a rock. The proliferation of punctuation errors was somewhat distracting, and I'm surprised the publisher allowed Dream Maker to be released with such sloppy editing. Be that as it may, if you can ignore details such as capitalized words in mid-sentence and commas following semi-colons, this novel is a well-written addition to the genre of mystical fiction. You'll likely develop new ways of looking at your life, the world, and other people, and in my opinion, that's a worthy result of any creative endeavor.
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