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Where Do Superpowers Come From?

By T Gleichner
Posted Sep 22, 2012 in Entertainment
Where Do Superpowers Come From?
I am 39 years old and I believe in superpowers. This is not something that I am the least bit ashamed of. It may sound silly to most, but I’ve been a believer in The Force ever since I first saw Star Wars. Truthfully, even before then, I think George Lucas just put a different name on an understanding I was too young to articulate.
I believe we are all connected, that God is real and is present in each of our lives and I believe that all the little inexplicable things that happen to average people every day – déjà vu , dreams that we have that come true, strong instincts about people or places – all of it has a deeper meaning that should not be dismissed.
I believe that we, as human beings, are powerful. We create reality with our words, thoughts and actions every single day. We just think we are small.
So when I was invited to do a guest post on how I came up with the different powers for the Seers and characters in my science fiction novel Order of the Seers, I knew I had to come clean about my absolute believe in fairy tales, myth, the Oracle, Divinity and other such nonsense.
In crafting the novel that tells the story of a group of individuals who are enslaved and exploited for their ability to see the future, I just tapped into the same feeling that I get every time I see a science fiction movie or read a book that features a group of beings with supernatural powers – a sense that this is what we are really meant for. I can totally see us reading each other’s minds, manipulating the energy around us to create wind and fire. I always think, beyond basic physiological limitations (alas, my body is not designed to run at the speed of sound or my kids, for that matter), if the mind is truly limitless and we are connected to a Divine power (however you understand or name your God), why couldn’t we do these things?
I think I focused on the power to see the future because this is something that has always fascinated me in books and movies. In most science fiction that I have come across, the characters that can see the future always have some ability to change future outcomes or their sight is somehow dependent on some outside variable. This always makes me think “what is the source of their sight? If it can change, then they can’t really be seeing the future as God sees it.” I know the theory is usually that the future is in constant motion based on the choices made in the present, but I’m a Matrix fan and I believe the Oracle when she says “You’ve already made the choice. You’re here to understand why you made it.”
If that’s true, and you believe the Oracle, as I do (so what if she is a fictional character), then the future becomes the realm of the Divine and those who can glimpse the future see what the Divine sees – the absolute future. My quest throughout the book was to explore the question of if you are connected enough to the Divine to see what it sees, then what else are you capable of and why would humanity suddenly be given this power? The “who and what” of this question are answered in the first book of the trilogy, which is out now. The second part of “the what and the why” will be answered in the 2nd and 3rd books, which I am working on now. It was an exciting journey to go on. I hope it will be just as exciting for you to read.
Cerece Rennie Murphy lives and writes just outside of her hometown, Washington, DC and is currently working on the sequel to her first novel, Order of the Seers. In addition to completing the Order of the Seers trilogy, Ms. Murphy is also developing a children’s book series entitled Enchanted: 5 Tales of Magic in the Everyday and a book on understanding marriage/relationship advice for single women entitled More than the Ring.
To learn more about the author and her upcoming projects, visit her website at

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