Acupuncture of The Mind by Goran Zivanovic
Religion can be addictive, and like all drugs, it becomes toxic when abused.
Julian Marcus is a priest who does not claim to be anyone other than someone like you. He bleeds, laughs, cries, hates and loves - just like you. He questions religion, New Age mantras, and the presence of extraterrestrials - just like you sometimes do.
Unlike you, Julian is on the edge of a mental breakdown. He's questioning freewill, authority and the meaning of his fractured life with unforgiving arrogance. A deeply philosophical journal houses these unfiltered, blasphemous observations. It's also where he realises there's nothing sinful about losing his mind every now and then, or testing the waters of life - no matter what the Pope, a prophet, a guru or little grey men tell him.
My name is Bliss Stone, Head of Psychiatry at Cathedral Haven, and I invite you to experience Julian's controversial words for yourself. Julian is not a patient; he is the unconventional founder of our psychiatric clinic.
Acupuncture of The Mind still haunts me to this very day. I am most fortunate.
About The Author...
Goran Zivanovic arrived on the Gold Coast at age 11 and still resides there today with his wife, Clare. His earlier childhood in Sydney's western suburbs was somewhat traumatic. This is when Goran first stared to experience the heaviness of being a human, and the want to be something less primitive. Strange encounters and deeply challenging situations gave him a sense of awareness that nobody could relate to in his immediate circle of friends and family. He learned quickly that adults did not know everything. His anxiety was not caused by "growing pains", as the "best doctors" informed his parents, they were a result of a closed-minded society.
Goran's parents were not religious, but they took him and his brother to a Christian church at least twice a year to appease other family members. Even from this young age, Goran could see and feel the hypocrisy of all religions and he would react accordingly. There was a deep anti connection, as if he'd been primed by a covert force to only observe and not get infected by the limitations of non secular beliefs.
Later, he would involuntarily get caught up in the sticky web of faith and it became the ultimate survival challenge. An opportunity of death came during his most mind-fucked state when he was struck by lightning at age 33. During the near death experience (NDE) he was free again to clear his mind, his life and all the garbage people believe in, but Goran couldn't let go entirely. He was spoken to by someone or something unseen, but ever present. This entity seemed to give Goran a higher understanding of the often misused term, "free will". The mental, spiritual, personal and physical challenges continued without immediate relief. Even after publishing his first book under a pseudonym, Goran felt he was nowhere near satisfied when it hit the shelves. It too became something created from insecurities and ego. However, something changed. It was after the lightning strike that sleep paralysis took hold and his childhood shadow people came out of the shadows.
Eventually, these "growing pains" stopped hurting. Intelligent bilateral communication became portals where information moves beyond words and into the experiences of Goran's alter ego, Julian Aquinas Marcus.
Psychological realism is Goran's native writing style, because it's less emotionally shielded than other genres. Inspiration always begins with limitations and it's this perspective that forms the blueprint for all of Goran's literary and visual arts pieces.
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