As we all know, children can believe in just about any alternate reality that can be imagined. Animals can talk, Peter Pan can fly and Santa Claus can deliver presents to all the children on earth in one night. Are children crazy because they believe in an inner vision? Few would say yes.
It is my theory that children mix experiences from other lives with their imagination in this one. They see other worlds because they've been to other worlds.
As organized religion grew, magic was banned in many places. Witches were burned at the stake. Wise men who suggested that individuals could develop their spiritual powers were branded as cult leaders.
Isn't magic and fantasy more popular than ever?
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