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Edward Fahey

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in Trenton, NJ, The United States
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Novelist, teacher, celebrity masseur, Edward Fahey has spent his life hunting magic, seeking out other sides of reality.
His parents have come back as ghosts. He's communed with mystics and hypnotists, camped in deserts, lived on a ship, traveled out-of-body, even fought his way into the fury of hurricanes; always reaching for anything beyond the easily explainable, for something more profound. He travels the world investigating spiritual centers and sites of almost palpable mystery. He has explored Bronze Age ceremonial mounds, stone circles, the Vatican, letters of the theosophical mahatmas, haunted ancient cemeteries, decrepit castles, and abandoned monasteries, seeking contact with lingering spirits.
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Edward Fahey I have detailed some of the metaphysical/psychological aspects of my travels to such places in the Coda at the back of "The Gardens of Ailana" but…moreI have detailed some of the metaphysical/psychological aspects of my travels to such places in the Coda at the back of "The Gardens of Ailana" but generally it feels as though some spots on the planet have a certain pull to them. Early man may have sensed this and built ceremonial centers there. Early church leaders may have built majestic cathedrals on those same places. There are hundreds of stone circles and mounds scattered around Europe and, as with churches, temples, and ancient cemeteries, each may have its own distinct personality. We have journeyed inside Newgrange; a 5,000 year old mound near Dublin, Ireland. There is a pleasant but reverent feel to that one. Stonehenge feels almost over-powering and is the heart of a wide range of crop circle activity, ley lines, and legends. Not far away are Tintagel (the legendary birthplace of King Arthur and the caves of Merlin). Also relatively nearby is Glastonbury, where Joseph of Aramathea (the great uncle of Jesus) built a church on the grounds of which the remains of Arthur and Guinevere were found centuries later. The Isle of Avalon is there.
In such areas one is consumed by almost palpable mystery and an overpowering need to tell others about it. If they don 't build circles or temples there, they may create great myths such as the Arthurian ones; but one way or another these spot tear at our deeper spirits. At our ancient and undeniable belief in Magic.(less)
Edward Fahey Hey, Tina; Thanks for the intriguing question!
These stories may sometimes be described as Magic Realism but I tend to balk at that. Partly because…more
Hey, Tina; Thanks for the intriguing question!
These stories may sometimes be described as Magic Realism but I tend to balk at that. Partly because anyone who has read more than one of my novels knows that each is very different and can not really be crammed into a genre. But also because that term seems to imply that they seem realistic except for one otherworldly element. But in my life, astral projection, past life memories, laying on of hands and such aren't magical at all; they ARE my everyday life. And I don't believe anything is truly a miracle. If something can be done, then it is done within the parameters of natural laws; we just most of us maybe don't understand these laws as deeply as we could. So within the course of my stories the characters start figuring some of these out.
Having said that, though, I learn from my characters' discoveries as much as they learn from their own. If someone dies and passes over to some other dimension I have to climb into that character's soul, and into a deep state of meditation/contemplation to join him there. Is that then experience or inspiration?
I tend to think of myself sometimes as largely taking dictation from Higher/Deeper sources, but I still have to work out the plot structures, emotional continuity, varying dialects, and such.
"Entertaining Naked People" follows my own life story, but is probably almost half fiction. "The Mourning After" is totally fictitious. So yours was a great question to which I'm afraid I may have no definitive answer. (less)
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You reach a stage in your development when life floods over with minor miracles and bizarre synchronicities. You hardly notice them anymore; they’re just what your life is made of.
- Then you learn to stay in the moment, following subtle promptings. No longer needing feedback that what you’re doing is right; you trust, and stay centered in the joy of higher service.
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“I no more try to outline the world and lives of the characters in my books than I would attempt to outline my own life. These guys live and breathe. I have had readers tell me they dream about them. I just start a few "fictional" characters going, and then watch how they develop and reveal their own lives. Fully prepared to lose a few of them along the way, move scenes and chapters around, and head off to explore something they themselves find suddenly interesting.
I do not keep catalogs of notes on them because that may be confining and force them into cubbyholes they do not want to stay in. There are many layers and twists through each of our lives and personalities, and if this cannot be said of those who live in books, then these book people have not come fully alive.
If I am not startled and thrilled every few chapters by a sudden blast of "Wow! I did NOT see THAT coming!", then I do not see how readers could find these stories anywhere near as exciting and full of surprises as the
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“These televised scenes grew dark and violent. Roaring and exploding as private cops and militias fired into crowds of young families; some still tiny and in diapers.
“All too often,” came the narrator’s voice again, “Adults try to silence those who have seen what their leaders have been trying to hide.
“Children learn very early that it is not socially acceptable to speak the truth.
“Just play the game, they are told, just try to get along with how things have to be.
“Life is just that way.”
On the screen, children, many of them dressed in rags, had gathered in small, desperate knots behind The Walls. Begging for food, or for the simple right to speak, as PolitiChurch bullies fired into their small and loose clusters.
Children fell. Bleeding. Moaning, blinded, crippled, or dead. Many of them weeping from the teargas.
“Life is just that way,” came the voice again..........

Even there though, not every cop felt quite clear in his conscience. While some took aim even at cameras and film crews th
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“I miss you so much in these wee morning hours,
when the depth of the night sets my spirit free.
When the forest is dark, and there doesn’t have to be anything in the world
but the beauty I pull out of it.
I miss you throughout the day,
as I come across glories and wonders that could easily overwhelm me,
but just dull because you’re not here to enjoy them.”
Edward Fahey, The Mourning After

“There comes a hush between darkness and day.
Like expectation of a caress.
A murmur of silence.
Tree crests peeked down at Paulette through slowly lifting fog. Bark felt around for its texture again. Morning gathered and drifted through mere hints; through vague hopeful nuances of ‘Just maybe’.
- From "The Gardens of Ailana" handbook for healers & mystics”
Edward Fahey, The Gardens of Ailana

“Racism has taken over America; discrimination and misogyny are the law. The clash between our better and darker instincts slams home.
It is the year 2037. What is now referred to as “The Great Madness of ’16” has set loose moral, economic, and cultural devastation. In the once powerful United States, paranoia and hatred rage at epidemic levels.
Behind “The Great Barrier Walls”, Red State citizens suffer near-slavery and dire hunger at the hands of totalitarian leaders calling themselves the PolitiChurch. Family Values Patrols work the streets, raping, maiming, and murdering in the name of Righteousness. Children are corralled and forced to work for the state.
The world is tearing itself apart. Between those who choose to hate, in an us-against-them world; and those who find healing through helping those in need.
Oppressive governments and bullying leaders crush their followers into mindless subservience, herding them like cattle, whipping up fear and hatred against outsiders.
As one side surges into ever more disturbing and twisted violence, some counterforce leading toward caring and truth seems to be awakening in others.
In this war there can be no compromise.
Had ancients predicted these times? Must mankind destroy itself? Is there no hope?
Or is there something we’re not seeing?
- Back cover description of "The Soul Hides in Shadows”
Edward Fahey, The Soul Hides in Shadows

“Ancient philosophers and spiritual teachers were explorers. They wanted us to be as well. They thought we should understand this physical world, but not get stuck here. For thousands of years we have shared their insights, over-analyzed and repeated their words; quoting and re-translating until all meaning has been lost. These great minds, great souls, great beings sought to be jumping off points, not merely the originators of emptied out and desiccated clichés. They wanted to be doorways, not doorstops.”
Edward Fahey, The Gardens of Ailana

“It was a dense, moldering night, smelling of damp old basements and times best left unstirred.”
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“Let go of the past.
Open to forever.
Hearts can heal.
Inside them is that which can never be broken.”
Edward Fahey, The Gardens of Ailana

“The emptiness of one’s days
can be seen as utterly hopeless
or as ripe with potential.”
Edward Fahey, The Gardens of Ailana

“Some folks live lives that are complete and total shit. But that’s all they know, so it’s home for them. They can’t see things being any different, so don’t mess with what they got going. Pile it on; they can take it.
What they can’t see, because they don’t want to, is that things could get better; they could step out of it. It wouldn’t take much more than just seeing they can.
But that’s scary, ’cause it’s so unreliable. They can always count on shit coming at them; but is hope always gonna be there when they need it?”
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Edward Fahey Belonging to discussion groups for fiction writers, one often comes across beginners asking each other how to come up with names for their characters. Should they just page through phonebooks? Should they ….?
- Seems to me it hardly matters what you call them early on. They often haven’t found and developed their depths and complexities throughout much of the first draft anyway. But once they have begun to discover and express themselves, some names will seem to express their specificities and complexities more than others would. Call them any name that comes to you as you are first developing the story. But after that it becomes a process of helping them to reveal their own names through whom and what they have become.
Artists must decide for themselves when their painting, or poem, or whatever is ready. My personal standards are that I will not release a novel until no word could be changed without losing some of its power and meaning within the story. Until each metaphor has layers; may refer backwards and forwards through several threads of the story; and is in no way cliched, boilerplate, or traditional (No blood red skies, or ideas hitting me like lightning, for example). And the book is also not ready if even a passing background character is left two-dimensional and under-developed. A part of each character’s richness then, would have led to them finding names that suit them.

Edward Fahey One of my major challenges in writing theosophical novels for readers who don’t know they’re theosophists is that so many of our “spiritual” concepts fail to stand up to the rigors of most people’s lives. It is all well and good to have a select few esotericists, knowing some Sanskrit and New Agey kinds of phrases, paying a few bucks at our lecture halls so we can remind them that everything is Mayavic illusion. That in truth they themselves are God, and ultimately unassailable. I myself believe these things, and live accordingly.
Then they go home and buzz for a while on the poetic eloquence of such a philosophy until that starts to wear off and they need another hit at another uplifting metaphysical conference.
But what of the masses who aren’t in any way ready or willing to listen to, or build their lives around that? Do we just abandon them as unenlightened fools? Where is our compassion if we take that approach?
Obama makes health care affordable, sets limits in how much our insurance companies, credit cards, and health services can milk us for. Tells big industries to stop polluting our environs.
Our child has suffered horrible, debilitating illness for so very long, but now we can finally afford treatments, and medicines. We watch him getting better. Healing. Laughing. Playing.
Then along come the Republicans. They take our insurance away from us. Raise the costs of our medicines by multiples. Lower our incomes. Take meals away from poor school children. Tell heavy-handed polluters they can dump all the poisons they want to into our food, air, and water.
So then, what do I/we tell those parents? That there are no external enemies? There are no battles to fight; no evils to stand up to? Just be at peace with watching your child returning to his long and awful pain, to that crippling he was just beginning to climb out of? And what does that parent tell his kid? That this is all an illusion? “Just suck it up kid, and keep dying. You’ll get it together one of these lifetimes, and then all this will be behind you”?
Totalitarian dictators throw us out of our homes, drive us off of lands our families had farmed for generations. They buy up all water rights in the deserts as tribal families wither up and die by the thousands, and we should just ignore this? None of this is real?
I write from the knowing that there are different levels of reality, suffering, and coping; and that most people are doing their best to hang on with what they have. I try to offer them hope that there may be some Higher meaning, and deeper access to healing and growing beyond a lot this, but I do not essentially call them numbskulls; tell them this (and their dear child’s suffering) is all their fault for believing that any of this is reality.
For most of us suffering is very, very real. And so that is where I start my stories. I welcome other readers who already know some of these things, and maybe carry them in a little deeper; but I will not slam any doors on the hearts of these others.

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