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Term: Superstition


  1. A belief that once had a legitimate cause or reason, but now is still believed even though that cause or reason is forgotten or superceded.
  2. A belief, idea, or practice that resulted from false information. This information may have been derived from ignorance, fear, desire for luck, misunderstanding coincidence, etc.
  3. A belief or practice still followed even though evidence to the contrary should negate it. 


Psychic Self-defense Story #1: Supernatural Assault
Some years ago an English colonial official stationed at a remote post on a Caribbean island became seriously ill from a cause the district medical officer could not determine. The official asked to be transferred elsewhere, saying he was sure he ...
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Herb Magic’s Darkest Hours
It isn’t until Christianity began to stamp out all remaining traces of pre-Christian practices that herb magic began to suffer a decline. Centuries-old practices were suddenly condemned by a Church that had grown frightened of persons with power. ...
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Case Histories
You can run into all sorts of unexpected situations that hypnosis can help you resolve. Here are two—out of hundreds—of my cases that you may find interesting. They are excellent illustrations of the power of hypnosis. Cut Chin Case In this case, ...
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Science and the Mind's Eye
Until the 1920s, however, scientists considered such ideas no more than superstition or religious folly. The mind and body were believed wholly separate things, and it was considered absurd that mere thoughts might heal. Of course everyone ...
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Shamanic Healing
Shamanic healings have long been shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding, and superstition. Still, as we learn to better understand the shamanic philosophy of life, we can begin to have clarity about this special form of healing. Basically, the shaman ...
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The Shamanism of Today
We all have the capacity to follow a shamanic path. In our increasing attunement to Earth wisdom, we have all become like shamans mapping our journeys and our relationships with Nature. Shamanism is an ancient art, a creative craft, and a way of ...
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Shamanic Symbols
Functioning as a priest(ess), healer and channel between the worlds, the shaman calls on a very unique abilities—that of divination. Divination is the ability to use perception and attunement to interpret signs and symbols. Shamanic divination is ...
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Witchcraft: Death and Resurrection
Soon the leaders of the new religion, determined to wield absolute control over all aspects of human life, sought to stamp out such crimes of heresy as foretelling the future, psychic healing, spiritualism, the creation of protective amulets and ...
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A few years ago, my youngest son was arguing with his friend about the age of Honey, our wild golden retriever. His friend insisted that Honey was five, because the dog had been alive that many years. Said Gabe, "Sometimes Honey is really one, like when he chews our shoes; sometimes he's 89, like when he pretends he's too old to listen when you... read this article
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