Books by Jeff Layton
I Am but a Dream | A Metaphor of Life - Rose Red Roses
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This is Jeff Layton’s second book. This book continues his use of metaphors, and magical realism, as he did in “A Metaphor of Life – Rose Red Roses,” to describe a landscape of dreaming in dreams. There are two protagonists, one from this world and another from a world close by in themultiverse.
These lucid dreamers discover we all live in a dream. The difference is that some of us are aware of that, while the others are asleep. The two main characters, Bodi and Debra, join together to ascend to the second-highest dimension in consciousness and then work their way down to the fourth dimension, where they continue as time travelers.
"The third point is Multiverse. We all live in a multiverse. Our existence is but a dream. I'm not sure how this all came about, the splitting of universes within themselves. It has to do with perception…"
"They descend into the seventh level of dimensional consciousness. It is a world. A perfect-looking world. A Garden of Eden. Topography of rolling hills and terraced mountains. Fields of purple, red, pink, and a sky of blue. The seventh level is a place where Buddha goes on vacation…"
"A circle chorus of primal drums begins beating and lays the foundations for the universal heartbeat of spirit and planet earth to sing. Lightning crackles with loud percussion, and brilliant flashes of electrons explode with god-like fire. The consciousness of creation has been laid upon the universe through charged particles and elemental chemistry bonds…"
Two artists living centuries apart. One starts to think that he is the reincarnation of the other. Subtle communication occurs through dreams and psychic communication as the story examines reincarnation through a mental landscape of the subconscious.
A highly visual historical fiction story turning into magical realism. A novel about post-Impressionist painters, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin.
Vincent van Gogh’s life and soul are intertwined with the fictional character Vance Vincente. The story depicts their lives and shifts from the physical to the metaphysical. Reincarnation becomes the theme.
The novel is written using three narratives. One is a visual setting of the stage like a film. Two is a narrative describing events and things not known in the story directly. Three is the character story.
A highly inventive story that uses metaphysical thoughts to discuss thoughts about life, death, and the divine.