Why Goldfish Never Die is a book of non-fiction, meditative prose and poetry that explores the evolutionary unfolding of conscious awareness as an experiential phenomenon.
The book shows the lineage of developmental survival as physical forms persist from one shape to another and inevitably, through the gradual sophistication of ever-greater design, allow the awakening of self-awareness as an inherent experience that was always meant to be. It observes that consciousness is dynamic, that it evolves – and diminishes - as a sense of knowing and doing sustained and permitted by the integrity and wellbeing of the physical body. It explores the flowering of this experiential realization as a subjective and personal identity, erudite and evocative and yet always determined by the confines and permutations of the finite physical form that contains it.
It asks too, what remains of life and the experience of knowing that we are here, living in this moment of now, when ultimately, our bodies die? Do we simply disappear, as in a deep and dreamless sleep of no awakening? Or do we survive, our consciousness abiding in some other form - something other and more lasting to which we remain moored, and connected beyond the limitations of physical death and diminution. Is it possible? And could we know such a thing for ourselves intimately and truthfully – not just as something that we’re told might happen, but as a fully realized experience of expanded being?
The book will become a guide using intimate and gentle narration, to allow the reader to engage in a journey of shared contemplative awakening, a realization of life within and to accept the invitation to explore personally, practices of meditative awareness and physical relaxation that yield towards an actual experience of greater and enlightened reality. The book will rekindle the passion to believe in soul and will ignite an expectation of open, childlike wonder that welcomes in all the boundless possibilities that a heightened sense of conscious living brings.
It is not faith we need to move mountains; but simply the vision to realize that such things were never there in the first place.