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Talesof type 1430 about daydreams of wealth and fame.

Sometimes there was a downside to being empathic. I have participated in plenty of "hands on" healing over the years. Once I worked with somebody who had severe back problems that resulted in volcanic migraine headaches. While laying my hand on his neck, suddenly the muscles in the back of my neck tightened up and my neck was sore for days. He said that was what his neck felt like. One might say that it "backfired." I have had numerous paranormal experiences such as those, and they would often happen when I did not expect them.

A selection of fables depicting the relationship between children and adults.

While the condensed version of The Raven sounds like one of the oddest and most audacious rock albums of recent memory, the complete edition feels more like a lengthy performance piece (albeit a rather unusual one), and while it lacks something in the way of a central narrative, the focus on the letter as well as the spirit of Poe's work seems a great deal clearer here.

The classic "Open Sesame" tale (type 676).

Ashliman, with supporting texts from proverbs,folktales, and myths from around the world.

In the universe there are sentient clouds, mountains, trees, birds, and life forms that humans can barely imagine. Humans are a sentient form of ape. Channeled material regularly describes how humanoid sentient species are the predominant ones in our little corner of the galaxy, as they all hail from the same rootstock, with the inhabited planets being “colonized” in a sense. The human race may have had plenty of help from our galactic cousins, genetically and otherwise.

Seth and Michael state that humanity has barely scratched the surface of the physical universe’s vastness and strangeness. Seth says that science has erred in estimating Earth’s age by a few orders of magnitude, and that the earth is actually of years old and has not always resided in our solar system. The scientist in me is skeptical of statements such as those, but I would like to find out the truth of such statements one day. Michael says that humanity is merely one of one million ensouled species in our galaxy, and pondering one trillion galaxies gives a tiny glimpse of the potential diversity of our physical universe. To glimpse that diversity, we share this planet with another ensouled “species”: cetaceans (dolphins and whales). They chose bodies that cannot manipulate their environments. There are many first-person accounts of . Cetaceans play the game differently than humans do. A pod of twelve dolphins will have twelve souls, but the souls share the bodies, swapping them, which is one reason that they do not fear death as humans do. Whales apparently think holographically, which is nearly impossible for us linear thinkers to comprehend. As Europeans conquered the world and , they also drove whales to near-extinction. Many dolphins and whales are only beginning to suspect that are sentient, as they did not think that a sentient species was capable of the genocide that their kind experienced at human hands.

An excellent home page featuring Denmark'smost famous writer.

Links to Andersen's works in Danish.

The mix of ingredients on The Raven is heady, and the result is more than a little bizarre, but there's no mistaking the fact that Reed's heart and soul are in this music; even the most oddball moments bleed with passion and commitment, whether he's handing the vocal mic over to Buscemi for a faux-lounge number, conjuring up brutal guitar distortion while his band wails behind him, or confronting his fears and desires with just a piano to guide him.

Reed also touches more than casually on his own past as well, with new recordings of "The Bed" and "Perfect Day" added to the sequence, and for a man not known for his ability to collaborate well, The Raven is jam-packed with guest artists, including David Bowie, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Ornette Coleman, and Laurie Anderson, all of whom are used to their best advantage.

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Folktales about eating dead people.

A few years later, my maturing mind considered the Christian view of God and the cosmos. It made no sense to me, and I began calling myself an atheist. It was an inaccurate label, as at that age few children can willfully ascribe to any "isms." Parents and other authority figures heavily influence a child’s worldview. By age 15, I was fully involved with growing up, dealing with the new rage of hormones coursing through my body - replete with acne, body odor, and unbidden erections - and preparing myself for the adult world. I kept pulling the straight A's and was at the top of nearly all of my classes, from kindergarten through my college diploma.

Achain tale from China about a boy with an enormously long name.

My parents sent me to Europe for two months in the summer of 1974, just after I had turned 16, as part of a student tour that studied the Old World’s art and culture. It was an intense tour that visited nine nations (we would have also visited Turkey, but the Cyprus War was being waged) and about 50 cathedrals, 50 museums, and most noteworthy cultural relics in continental Western Europe. The students were the tour guides, and each became an expert for part of the tour, after signing up for what they wanted to lead.

A ballad by John Greenleaf Whittier.

At that age, I was oblivious to art and culture. I had visited science and natural history museums, but European art and culture was alien to me. About the only exposure to other cultures was knowing my Mexican-American friends and watching on TV, not for the Eastern philosophy but for how Kwai Chang Caine kicked righteous butt every show (only when egged into it, so I thought). I was a fan. I had no interest or even knowledge about what to become "expert" in, which largely why I did not want to go, because of the homework required to prepare. I saw the tour as a wasted summer, when I could be playing golf and hanging out with my friends. When the list finally came to me, about the only part not taken was a man named Vincent van Gogh and Holland. I had never heard of him, but had to study his life and work to play tour guide in Holland and the museums that housed his work. I discovered the world of art, and to this day van Gogh is my favorite artist. I have stared at his paintings and drawings for many hours, sometimes mesmerized in museums while viewing his work. If I did not have to earn a living, I might prefer being an art historian.

Stories from England, Wales, the Isleof Man, Scotland, and Ireland.

My summer in Europe was a rite of passage and the beginning of my adulthood. It was an awakening, but on the spiritual front nothing was happening. I had abandoned religion as a superstition, and my early fascination with strange phenomena (I avidly read Frank Edwards' and at age 13) was slowly being replaced with an adult, no-nonsense view of such things. I was getting on the scientific track, and had little use for such things. That changed. In the autumn of 1974, my father and brother came home one night, stood me in front of a white wall in our home, and described my aura. I had never heard of an aura. They said that the class they were taking had trained them to see auras. I was amazed. I asked, "Can I see it too?" Their response was that I could, after taking the class.

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