Friday, October 9, 2020

Free Gift E-Book

Since 2020 has been such a turbulent year for most people, I wanted to give a free gift to email subscribers. The free gift is an e-book titled Forgiving Subjectivity with A Course in Miracles: From Personality to Genes to Cognitive Bias. I know not everyone subscribed to my email list is into A Course in Miracles, but to fully understand this free book requires familiarity with A Course in Miracles—such as by way of my book The Universe Is a Dream. This e-book is all text; the only illustration is the book cover art. I was inspired to write this book due to my own experiences so far in trying to become an uncompromising forgiver. When I look around and I see what people are fighting over and guilt projecting over (instead of forgiving) the most, it is subjectivity. And through my own experience I discovered that it became a lot easier to follow the teachings of A Course in Miracles and forgive subjectivity once I took the time to study the mechanics of subjectivity. This book is about everything I’ve learned so far about subjectivity in relationship to practicing forgiveness; it includes both science and personal experiences. I’m keeping this book exclusively a free e-book because I want to keep it informal and provisional—that way I can add and modify chapters as I learn and experience even more in the future. After all, it only makes sense to keep a book about forgiving subjectivity provisional—rather than set in stone as if it is completely objective. The book is free, so if you don’t like it just don’t read it lol. 

Here is the link for the free e-book; it is available in three formats: mobi (kindle), epub, and pdf. https://alexandermarchand.com/undergroundrelm/free-ebook.html

So enjoy that. And with Christmas around the corner here are links to my books:

A Course in Miracles Book of Seasons https://amzn.to/3mkHyBv

The Universe Is Virtual https://amzn.to/30LipW2

The Universe Is a Dream  https://amzn.to/2Hv73xI

The Undreaming Chronicles https://alexandermarchand.com/books/the-undreaming-chronicles/

Philosocomics https://alexandermarchand.com/books/philosocomics/


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

New Book! A Course in Miracles Book of Seasons, Illuminated Manuscript


New book out now: A Course in Miracles Book of Seasons. For years I’ve thought about giving the text of A Course in Miracles the medieval illuminated manuscript treatment. Which is to say, I’ve long thought of making an illustrated version of A Course in Miracles in the tradition of illuminated religious manuscripts. Since that is a daunting task, I decided to test out the idea by making A Course in Miracles Book of Seasons. I scoured through the Course looking for excerpts pertinent to the main American holidays: New Year's, St. Valentine’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Then I made pertinent illustrations to go with the excerpts. I also updated a lot of my Course symbols to give them a more medieval look. A Course in Miracles Book of Seasons is a simple and fun book designed to allow Course students to celebrate the major holidays of the year while also reflecting on the teachings of A Course in Miracles. You can see tiny thumbnails of all 41 pages of the book in the accompanying image. This book is only available as a full-color paperback book, no e-book version.

Get it here for only $11.99. Cheap! https://amzn.to/3mkHyBv

As always, the book is also available at the different Amazons internationally. 




Tuesday, August 18, 2020

New PhilosoComics Book! As We Think: James Allen's Guide to the Power of Thought

After releasing the first book in the PhilosoComics series Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson a few months ago, book two in now up. The next book in the series is As We Think: James Allen's Guide to the Power of Thought. As I mentioned in the last update, I have teamed up with author Sam Torode, distant relative of Henry David Thoreau, to start a series of PhilosoComics distilling the wisdom of some of the best thinkers in human history. These are simple, fun, low-priced comic books designed to make philosophy more accessible: $5.99 for paperback, $2.99 for Kindle, and $0 if you have Kindle Unlimited. (Note that the Kindle version of this book has maximal quality high resolution b&w artwork, unlike some of my older Kindle books which were limited by the technology of the time.) Thanks to those who have reviewed the first book on Amazon. Kind reviews are always helpful and appreciated.

Next month you should hear from me about a new A Course in Miracles themed book. It's a cool little book that I'll explain in full detail once it is up and available. For now, thanks and keep on forgiving!



Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New Book! Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello, it has already been a year since I last sent out an update. When I look at the world, there is one thing I can say for sure: society as a whole is philosophically inept. The most glaring example to me is the fact that the Golden Rule has been around for a very long time and yet people still haven’t quite figured out that it is the fundamental formula for a peaceful and prosperous society. Instead, we are mostly indoctrinated to believe that constantly fighting over various forms of mob rule (democracy) is the path to a peaceful and prosperous society.

For that reason, I am happy to announce that I have teamed up with author Sam Torode, distant relative of Henry David Thoreau, to start a series of PhilosoComics distilling the wisdom of some of the best thinkers in human history. The first comic is about the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson; it is titled Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson. These are simple, fun, low-priced comic books designed to make philosophy more accessible: $6.99 for paperback, $2.99 for Kindle, and $0 if you have Kindle Unlimited. The PhilosoComics series uses the same formula of art style and presentation as The Universe Is a Dream. So, for instance, in Living from the Soul, your host through the book is a young cartoon Emerson. Living from the Soul is an especially great book to share with the people in your life who are not quite ready for the no holds barred of A Course in Miracles. (Note that the Kindle version of this book has maximal quality high resolution b&w artwork, unlike some of my older Kindle books which were limited by the technology of the time.)

Along with more books from the PhilosoComics series, I also intend to have a new and interesting A Course in Miracles themed book out before the year is done. So anyway, for now, thanks and keep on forgiving!




Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Summer Update


I posted two videos to YouTube about the universe being a virtual reality. If those videos can gain any traction and lead to views and subscribers I'll do more; if not I won't. So watch, like, comment, share, and subscribe to my youtube channel to help the videos gain some momentum. The two videos are an experiment to see what happens if I try to cast a wider net.




The only other news is that The Undreaming Chronicles (Books Two, Three, Four): The Library of Time, Into the Unconscious, and Forgiving the Human Robot are available in paperback as one book in black and white. The first book in the series, Revelations from the Holy Planet (The Undreaming Chronicles, Book One), remains available as a paperback in color.

There are a few potential future books I started but I've abandoned all of them for now. 

That's all.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

News Summer 2018: Future Comics? Kantian Categorical Imperative

Here are some news updates for the Summer of 2018. It's been awhile since I sent out a message to my email list. I have this underutilized email list that I control and that isn't under the direct whim of tech giant algorithms. I really should utilize it more often.

I have a potential book project in draft stage. I still can't say if it will get off the ground at all. As things stand right now, I don't see anything new being completed anytime soon.

It's been almost exactly eight years since The Universe Is a Dream was first released. Unfortunately, the publishing world is just as inhospitable to comics as eight years ago. Printing comics in color and selling comics as Kindle ebooks is an exercise in gluttony for punishment (lol). Everything is optimized for regular books, not comic books. I had it in mind to release The Universe Is a Dream revamped and in color for the 10 year anniversary but the technological logistics haven't improved enough to justify doing that. Instead, things are going in the opposite direction. Print costs are going up. File size is still greatly punished by Amazon Kindle. And Amazon is becoming so saturated with books that less and less people are finding mine to buy.

Since releasing The Universe Is a Dream eight years ago, I've come to accept that I'm an artist guy who doesn't want to be a guru. But really you have to be a guru to some extent if you really want to sell books, especially in the spirituality genre. You've got to go out there and sell your ideas. And if you're unwilling to do that, there is little point in making books. Because chances are no one is really going to promote your stuff other than you. And to go out there spreading ideas is to jump into a war zone (lol).

When I talk, I talk about three main things. I call those three things my three guiding axioms. And all those things fly in the face of convention.

My Three Guiding Axioms
1) Being: Oneness (Pure Non-Duality Principle)
2) Thought: Quantum Forgiveness (Non-Guilt-Projection Principle)
3) Behavior: The Golden Rule (Non-Aggression Principle)

I can live by those axioms without directly talking about them. But those axioms are behind just about everything I ever want to talk about, since I naturally want to talk about the things I live. At least the first two axioms are mostly accepted by people who accept A Course in Miracles. But once I get to the third axiom, which is the most pertinent to day to day life in a social sense, I don't even have many ACIM people on my side. ACIM explicitly says the Golden Rule is the rule for appropriate behavior. However, people don't take the Golden Rule very seriously. Part of that lack of seriousness is probably the fact that just saying, "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you," is a bit too vague. When you start studying natural law, Kantian categorical imperative, the non-aggression principle, and even the negative formulation of the Golden Rule you start to appreciate it more.

When talking to all audiences, I have a tendency to want to start with axiom 3, the Golden Rule. Because the Golden Rule is kindergarten forgiveness. Last year I started the blog Forgiving the News to start publicly exploring the minefield of putting people's beliefs up to the test of the Golden Rule; in that sense the blog is basically designed to piss everyone off (lol). Because the problem with getting deep into the Golden Rule is that I invariably have to start telling people that their politics are complete garbage regardless of left or right persuasion (lol). People don't like that, because politics is secular religion full of contradictory garbage that falls apart when exposed to light.

Whenever I start exposing the dark side of people's behavioral beliefs by exploring axiom three, it transitions into axiom two. Axiom two means delving into unconscious guilt and the Jungian shadow. The great thing about starting with axiom three is that the people able to get through axiom three usually have some hope of facing the darkness within when projected out. And those able and willing to face the darkness within have some hope of dealing with axiom one, which is the ultimate abstraction. Oneness is an abstraction so abstract that it cannot be modeled. For that reason I find working from oneness back into the profane world less useful. The people attracted to the positive love and happiness stuff are too often unwilling to deal with the darkness.

I'm sure there is a much bigger audience ready for the hardcore ACIM-based messages I want to bring. But going the route of talking to general audiences to weed out the people who are ready for my full messages puts me on the radar of lots of adversaries. And I have a hard time believing that such a task is worth the aggravation (lol).

The way I see it, if I'm unwilling to jump into the ideological war zone to help increase the popularity of my current books, there is little point in making more books. So that is my current crossroads. I don't know what I'll do or when.

In the meantime though check this out. If you haven't heard, I was on the True Forgiveness Teachings Podcast with Jackie Lora Jones twice in the last few months. We got into some good stuff. The main theme was forgiving the First Law of Chaos: the truth is different for everyone. That's my favorite topic since it's one of the few I have lots to say about due to the world providing a constant stream of new material. And at the end I gave seven useful forgiveness tips. So give that a listen.


Part 1 4/24/18: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trueforgiveness/2018/04/24/why-some-things-seem-harder-to-forgive-than-others-wguest-alexander-marchand
Part 2 7/17/18: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trueforgiveness/2018/07/17/why-some-things-seem-harder-to-forgive-than-others-part-2-wguest-alex-marchand

Also worth noting, The Universe Is Virtual is being released in Portuguese soon. And The Universe Is a Dream continues to be available in a number of different languages.
And as always, if you've been depriving yourself of any of my books, get them while you can.
https://alexandermarchand.com/books/books/

Keep on forgiving,
Alex

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

True Forgiveness Teachings Podcast: First Law of Chaos and Entropy

I was on the True Forgiveness Teachings Podcast with Jackie Lora Jones twice in the last few months. We got into some good stuff. The main theme was forgiving the First Law of Chaos: the truth is different for everyone. Which is my favorite topic since it's one of the few I have lots to say about due to the world providing a constant stream of new material. And at the end I give seven forgiveness tips.

Part 1 4/24/18: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trueforgiveness/2018/04/24/why-some-things-seem-harder-to-forgive-than-others-wguest-alexander-marchand Part 2 7/17/18: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trueforgiveness/2018/07/17/why-some-things-seem-harder-to-forgive-than-others-part-2-wguest-alex-marchand