A huge, old carp uncaught and unseen for decades. But now Jay and Carl had seen it, was the strength of their friendship about to be tested to its limit? Jack’s wisdom was old, centuries old, and he knew that Jay was so close to enlightenment; was he able to find the final piece to the puzzle? And then there was Maya; did she hold the key to all of this, or was it just an Illusion?
It is time to be enlightened…
An Illusion of Maya is a carp fishing novel, but not just any carp fishing novel. It’s a carp fishing novel for people who realise that there is so much more to going fishing than just catching fish; and that there is so much more to life than just living.
Yes there are fish, huge fish. There is elation and heartache; there is humour and sadness; there is love and hate, but there is much, much more, and this book portrays all these emotions beautifully.
This is, of necessity, a very adult-themed book, and the language and interaction mirror that – be warned, this is a carp fishing novel for grown-ups and, without doubt, the first one of its kind, so don’t expect page after page of fishing clichés. Open your mind – Believe me, you will be enlightened.
Phil Escott is a health writer, personal trainer, novelist and drummer who has spent many years in the health and fitness industry, running a gym, writing for many magazines and training hundreds of clients successfully. Due to a crippling bout of inflammatory arthritis in 2010, which he reversed by natural means, further intense study revealed many “secrets” of healing normally hidden behind the misleading conventional medical and “health” dogma. His aim now is to share this knowledge with as many as possible to help them attain their health and happiness goals too.
Published on May 4, 2015
Phil Escott considers himself a spiritual idiot. He says he has made every mistake and taken every wrong turn possible… but then again there is no such thing as a wrong turn.
Born in 1962 in the south of England, he had many glimpses of the absolute even as a young child. The fascination with all things mysterious continued through his teens, and he became fascinated with Indian culture and spirituality, devouring books such as Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi and Muktanada’s Play of Consciousness. In 1979 he started experimenting heavily with hallucinogenics, pretending to be Carlos Castaneda. Shortly after this he experienced a spectacular awakening, but with no guidance or knowledge of what might have happened he resisted it, plunging into a couple of years of tremendous fear and suffering.
In 1983 he learned TM, which calmed the unpleasant experiences, and then went on to do the TM Sidhi course in 1986, moving to Skelmersdale, the UK’s largest TM community, where he faithfully followed the programme for a decade or more, searching far too hard for the “prize”. By 2000 he had become somewhat disillusioned, and by 2006 his meditation practice was sporadic at best. One day, upon deciding to just let go totally of TM, in that moment he experienced the same awakening that hit him back in 1979. This time though, there was surrender, and it stuck.
However, there was, as is so often the case, far more work to do. By 2010, to his astonishment, he found himself crippled with arthritis and other ailments, and a long, dark night of the soul followed as he was forced to throw out many accumulated dogmas, facing a total reassessment of lifestyle, diet and emotional issues, refusing conventional medicine. Upon gradually regaining his physical health, he experienced a further awakening in 2013 when using Byron Katie’s approach to unlock certain emotional blocks, and the heart opened. Since then he has been “back in the marketplace” while the experience deepens day by day.
He still lives in Skelmersdale where he helps people to find their way out of autoimmune issues through his website at pureactivity.net, has a novel published (An Illusion of Maya), plays drums in several bands and enjoys his wonderful family. He is working on a book about how he healed himself, which will be called “Arthritis, The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” focusing on the blessing of illness and how it can be a clear pointer to evolving, and perhaps even awakening.
The huge mystery to him now is that he didn’t notice the unity of everything and spent his life striving for what was there all along. His dream is to help people to notice this elusive but simple and natural miracle for themselves.
Book: An Illusion of Maya