The Meadow is a passport into other worlds which allows the reader to travel to ancient destinations whilst remaining in the safety and comfort of an arm chair. Philosophically, it is a tale of the struggle between Light and Dark, personified in two root characters that meet and fall in love in antiquity, only to discover that life is imperfect and far too short. In a tale endowed with a gamut of human feeling and experience reaching across millennia, the authors make no attempt to provide absolute answers. Rather, they credit the readers with the infinite gift to assimilate what serves them and discard what doesn’t fit into their reality. As it turns out, the business of “living” is not to be taken lightly as the consequences of personal failings seem to have the nasty habit of becoming tightly woven into the lives of others and remembered in future existences.
In the story of The Meadow it is assumed that we slip through the trapdoor of death to live again and again to continue experiencing the magnificent spectrum of emotions and polarities which in turn enable us to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Precisely how the soul is moulded over eons into a sentient being with the ability to feel and experience is a closely guarded secret of Creation. Yet, there are some who are capable of traversing heavenly realms and reported the discovery of a place ingeniously hidden in the astral level, known as the real Meadow. The root characters are Teuch and Anacaona and the story of their love is woven around this concept, daring the reader to delve into the possibility that all is not as it seems.
Central to this tale is an ancient dream that awakens from the smoldering embers of antiquity and snakes a path through centuries of unspeakable violence, impossible sacrifice and incredible passion to find its way back into the lives of the protagonists. Through the trials and tribulations of the characters, readers are invited to investigate their own lives and the possibility of having lived before. The history of each personality offers a glimpse into the three dimensional consciousness of earth and beyond. Their conduct of life reveals that in the pursuit of happiness or retribution, the characters are vastly different in their joys and sorrows, their handicaps and strengths, their weaknesses, their virtues and vices, and the ability to appreciate beauty or comprehend truth.
Swathed in primordial mystery, the story blazes a trail through four devastating lives and personalities, from ancient Mexica to contemporary Pakistan, before luring the protagonists into the twenty first century, where we meet them as Steve Ballantire and Eva Norman. But they do not arrive here alone. Obsessed with revenge many centuries old, their nemesis, representing the Dark side, is in hot pursuit. The intrigue intensifies when British authorities express an interest in Hugo, the brilliant child of Eva, and snatches him and his mother from the clutches of ‘the evil one’ in Tel Aviv, to place him under the tutelage of Steve Ballantire, an esteemed professor based in North East England. Due to this intervention of MI6, the ancient lovers finally meet. However, their fanatical adversary yet again follows them to England, leading to a devious abduction that results in a nerve-wracking international chase across the world; climaxing in the Himalaya Mountains. It is here where a small, but remarkable monk begins to lead the story back to its roots in antiquity, and the boundaries of time are finally erased. Inevitably, ancient identities of past eras emerge into full awareness to force the final cosmic showdown.
Drawn together by unusual circumstances to tell the story of The Meadow are two strangers who live on separate continents. As the authors slowly turned the lens, peering through the kaleidoscope of life, they wrote about sex, violence, intrigue, betrayal, murder, mystery, politics, religion, suspense, science and physics, spirituality, and even magic.
In real life both authors mused about the possibility of an invisible hand directing the process from behind the scenes and evaluated the probability of karma, even providence in bringing them together to write the book. One author felt it no more than an idea for a story that took root in his fertile imagination during childhood, an idea that didn’t materialize into a manuscript until he met his co-author. By contrast, the other, an established author, had numerous esoteric and out-of-body experiences which she wove with great conviction into the delicate fabric of the story. Despite being polar opposites, they strangely represented the perfect yin/yang blend for the writing of The Meadow which culminated in a delicious blur of fact and fiction that only added more mystery to the tale. Interestingly, the dim line between reality and imagination turned out to be of no real consequence since the story is entrusted in the best possible hands – the imagination of the reader.
The deeper debate about the nature of reality is not openly discussed in the book, but submerged in the storyline and actions of the characters. From this the reader must ascertain if, since the beginning of time, man is in fact the sum total of what he has been and done, what he has fought and defended – or hated and loved. Hidden in the text is the opportunity to assess whether the physical body is a reflection of the soul and a crystallization of individuality. Most importantly The Meadow is an invitation to weigh the likelihood of a more fundamental bond; that of a universal union that brings us together as One.
The Meadow By Mike O’Hare & Elfreda Pretorius