Who are we?

Who are we?

Who are we, really?

We come into this world the traditional way, steaming from the void, a product of incredible rapture and excruciating pain. Where do we come from? And, perhaps more importantly, why?

I’m one of the lucky ones: I remember the experience of being born.   I remember floating in a great red ocean, and I remember my very first experience of duality: of darkness and of light, both present at the same time, dividing my red reality in equal measure.   There was timelessness, thoughtlessness and great peace. Abruptly it was interrupted: something started to happen, change was coming.

It began in the darkness: a broiling, fearful pulling and sucking, a sense of being caught, of being pressed, squashed and channelled down, completely at the mercy of a force as unavoidable as fate.

Funny that being born should feel like dying, don’t you think?

That is all I remember.  And I remember it to this day because the experience came back to me, over and over, time and again, in childhood nightmares. I would wake up crying, covered in sweat, drenched in the fear of being born… again.

Who are we and why did we come here?

Illiom has been asking herself the same question.

From her obscure origins as a foundling to the day she decided to shun the world of humans and become a hermit, Illiom has been trying to understand what her life is really about. She has made no headway, however. She knows that there are mysteries afoot – the power that was unleashed once when someone tried to harm her, had been her own, not anybody else’s; and yet what do you do with such a ‘gift’ when you live in a land that abhors and persecutes magic?

You hide. First you hide your ‘gift’ and then, if that’s not enough, you hide yourself. And that’s exactly what Illiom has been doing these past four years. She has hidden in her beloved mountains, hidden and waited for something to change.

Well, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Change is coming for Illiom. Coming fast, but is it the kind of change that she has hoped and prayed for? When we refuse to act in our own best interest, the world finds a way of coming for us and of drawing us out, sometimes kicking and screaming, to face the very things we most fear.

So the question is: how will Illiom cope with what is coming to claim her? Will she answer the call? Will she even have any choice?

And what will she find out about herself on the course of the journey ahead? Will it lead her towards the answers to her questions or further away?

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  1. Ros
    5 years ago

    Claudio, I have just begun to read the book. It took me straight away back to the days when you were here in Adelaide, and we began a sojourn with The Quest……. now I can continue that path with your book. It is already looking brilliant, although I have only got to Chapter 3 at this point in time. Too much to do that I feel a little guilty spending time reading your book. Love to you for giving us this gift!
    🙂

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    Claudio Silvano Reply:

    Hey Ros, long time… yes, the Quest for Sudra’s Orb is where it all started, and leaving Adelaide without being able to play to completion was one of the regrets I have carried with me. But as you point out, never mind. In this way, the tale and the experience will reach far more people than I could have ever reached in small groups… really good to hear from you!

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  2. darlene
    5 years ago

    Who are we ? In deed .<3

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  3. Missa
    5 years ago

    I finished the book! And am waiting with baited breath for the sequels and the unfolding of the next keys…

    Well done! And definitely keep me posted…

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    Claudio Silvano Reply:

    Will definitely keep you posted! The best way is to subscribe to this blog. I’ll post stuff regularly (without flooding) including news, updates, progress reports and interesting contemplations. Stay tuned!

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  4. gala
    5 years ago

    Being a friend and loving you both, I would like to witness a great success of this trilogy. Bravo for courage and all the discipline and nurturing creative energy in the midst of “normal life”, Claudio!
    Looking forward to reading your creation in the nearest future!
    warm embrace from the Andes!
    Gala

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    Claudio Silvano Reply:

    Thanks Galina, encouragement and support are always welcome here! How are things in Ecuador? Your valley sounds AMAZING. One of the things I’m putting out for is a lot more travel so… one day you might just get a knock… soon I hope 🙂

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  5. Anna
    5 years ago

    By hook or by crook I’ll be first in this book ….LOL great start to your blog Claudio

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    Claudio Silvano Reply:

    Hi Anna,
    just figured out how to answer comments 🙂
    Thanks for your vote of confidence. Hope you come back time and again and leave more comments… XX

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