What is Metaphysical Fantasy?
Here’s a definition of Metaphysical Fiction by Tahlia Newland:
“Metaphysical fiction is a growing, but little-known, genre of stories that explore, or are based on, some form of philosophy or system of thought. Such fiction includes some aspect of the inner, incorporeal, supernatural, spiritual, archetypal or transcendent aspects of human experience and may emphasise an individual’s movement towards self-actualisation. Readers may gain insight into, or be stimulated to reflect on, such things as the nature of existence, the mind, the soul, the psyche, psychology, the spiritual journey and so on.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is an excellent example of the genre.
A modern example is The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.” (by Dan Millman)
Another term for Metaphysical Fiction is Visionary Fiction:
“Visionary Fiction embraces spiritual and esoteric wisdom, often from ancient sources, and makes it relevant for our modern life. These gems of wisdom are brought forth in story form and in a way that readers can experience the wisdom from within themselves. It emphasizes the future and envisions humanity’s transition into evolved consciousness.” ( from The Visionary Fiction Alliance)
When I had finished writing The Six Knowings of ASAIRA, I had no clue as to what genre it was. It was definitely a fantasy with its magical elements and fictional realms.
After some investigation, I could see that ASAIRA was undoubtedly a mix of metaphysical and visionary fiction with fantastical and magical elements:
There is a spiritual journey that Aileen embarks on, taking the Storyteller and the Reader with her.
All three explore the nature of existence through different past lives and ancient sources and archetypes, giving the Reader the chance to experience the wisdoms themself.
Yes, ASAIRA shows us who we really are, letting us envision the possibility of transcendental consciousness.
In the end, I opted for “Metaphysical Fantasy” as the genre name that could give some clarity for The Six Knowings of ASAIRA.
Why do I write Poetry and Metaphysical Fantasy?
Why did I write The Six Knowings of ASAIRA??