The Wonderful Story of Ravalette

Also, Tom Clark and His Wife, Their Double Dreams and the Curious Things that Befell Them Therein, Being The Rosicrucian's Story

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Author: Paschal Beverly Randolph

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Rosicrucians

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The Wonderful Story of Ravalette

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Author: Paschal Beverly Randolph

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465611444

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And he sat him down wearily by the side of the road. Wearily, for he had journeyed far that day. He was footsore, and his bodily powers were nearly exhausted by reason of the want and privation he had undergone. His looks were haggard, and a pathetic pall, gloomy and tearful, hung and floated around him, invisible to, but sensibly felt by, all who lingered near, or gazed upon him. A sorrowful man was he. And as he sat there by the roadside, he leaned his head upon the staff which he held in his hand; and as he bowed him down, the great salt tears gushed from between his fingers, and watered the ground at his feet. In other days the cypress, plant of sorrow, sprung up there, and throve in sad and mournful beauty, as if to mark and guard the spot whereon the strong man had lifted up his voice and wept aloud—once upon a time. This was many years ago; and this was the occasion on which I became acquainted with the personage who figures so remarkably in this volume. At that time the writer practically accepted, but mentally disbelieved, all the religious and psychologic faiths of Christendom; and, had any man even hinted at certain mysterious possibilities that have since then been verified and demonstrated, I should most certainly have laughed in his face, and have reckoned him up as a first-class fool or idiot. Things have changed since then. He was a man of middle height, was neither stout nor slender, but, when in full flesh, was a happy medium between the two. His head and brain were large, and, from certain peculiarities of form, really much more massive than they appeared. The skull was long and narrow at the base, especially about the ears; but above that line the brain was deep, broad and high, indicating great powers ofendurance, with but moderate physical force, it being clearly apparent that the mental structure sustained itself to a great degree at the expense of the muscles, his nervous system, as in all such organizations, being morbidly acute and sensitive. There was, naturally or organically, nothing about him either coarse, brutal, low or vulgar, and if, in the race of life, he exhibited any of those bad qualities, it was attributable to the rough circumstances attendant upon him, and the treatment he received from the world. By nature he was open, frank, benevolent and generous to a fault, and of these traits men availed themselves to his sorrow. With abundant capacity to successfully grapple with the most profound and abstruse questions of philosophy or metaphysics, yet this man was totally incompetent to conduct matters of the least business, requiring even a very moderate financial ability. Such are nature’s contradictions, such her law of compensation.

Ravalette

The Rosicrucian's Story

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Author: Paschal B. Randolph

Publisher: Health Research Books

ISBN: 9780787306984

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Page: 108

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Contents: Introduction to the First Edition; the Strange Man; His Early Days - The Strange Legend; a Spectral Visitant; a Very Strange Story - Ettelavar; Love. Eulampea - The Beautiful; Napoleon III & the Rosicrucians; about the Rosicrucians; Who.

Paschal Beverly Randolph

A Nineteenth-Century Black American Spiritualist, Rosicrucian, and Sex Magician

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Author: John Patrick Deveney

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438401043

Category: Religion

Page: 607

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This is the fascinating story of Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American who carved his own eccentric path in the mid-nineteenth century from the slums of New York’s Five Points to the courts of Europe, where he performed as a spiritualist trance medium. Although self-educated, he became one of the first Black American novelists and took a leading part in raising Black soldiers for the Union army and in educating Freedmen in Louisiana during the Civil War. His enduring claim to fame, however, is the crucial role he played in the transformation of spiritualism, a medium’s passive reception of messages from the spirits of the dead, into occultism, the active search for personal spiritual realization and inner vision. From his experiences in his solitary travels in England, France, Egypt and the Turkish Empire in the 1850s and 1860s, he brought back to America a system of occult beliefs and practices (the magic mirror, hashish use and sexual magic) that worked a revolution. The systems of magic he taught left their traces on many subsequent occultists, including Madame Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society, and are still practiced today by several occult organizations in Europe and American that carry on his work. This is the fist scholarly work on Randolph and includes the full text of his two most important manuscript works on sexual magic.

Esotericism in African American Religious Experience

"There Is a Mystery"...

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Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004283420

Category: Religion

Page: 428

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Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery”..., brings together groundbreaking essays that inaugurate Africana Esoteric Studies (AES): a new trans-disciplinary enterprise that investigates esoteric lore and practices in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Matter, Magic, and Spirit

Representing Indian and African American Belief

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Author: David Murray

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812202872

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The spiritual and religious beliefs and practices of Native Americans and African Americans have long been sources of fascination and curiosity, owing to their marked difference from the religious traditions of white writers and researchers. Matter, Magic, and Spirit explores the ways religious and magical beliefs of Native Americans and African Americans have been represented in a range of discourses including anthropology, comparative religion, and literature. Though these beliefs were widely dismissed as primitive superstition and inferior to "higher" religions like Christianity, distinctions were still made between the supposed spiritual capacities of the different groups. David Murray's analysis is unique in bringing together Indian and African beliefs and their representations. First tracing the development of European ideas about both African fetishism and Native American "primitive belief," he goes on to explore the ways in which the hierarchies of race created by white Europeans coincided with hierarchies of religion as expressed in the developing study of comparative religion and folklore through the nineteenth century. Crucially this comparative approach to practices that were dismissed as conjure or black magic or Indian "medicine" points as well to the importance of their cultural and political roles in their own communities at times of destructive change. Murray also explores the ways in which Indian and African writers later reformulated the models developed by white observers, as demonstrated through the work of Charles Chesnutt and Simon Pokagon and then in the later conjunctions of modernism and ethnography in the 1920s and 1930s, through the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Zitkala Sa, and others. Later sections demonstrate how contemporary writers including Ishmael Reed and Leslie Silko deal with the revaluation of traditional beliefs as spiritual resources against a background of New Age spirituality and postmodern conceptions of racial and ethnic identity.

Determined Spirits

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Author: Christine Ferguson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748650687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Examines the Spiritualist movement's role in disseminating eugenic and hard hereditarian thought

Teaching Godly Play

How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children

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Author: Jerome W. Berryman

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1606740482

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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This revised and expanded version of Godly Play founder Jerome Berryman's 1995 handbook is for current and future users of Godly Play. With this revision, the book's original formatting has been redesigned to complement the eight volumes in The Complete Guide to Godly Play series. Illustrations have also been updated, and the text now better reflects the playful spirit of Godly Play. Up-to-date research in childhood development and instruction has also been incorporated in this comprehensive update.

Tom Clark and His Wife: Their Double Dreams, And the Curious Things that Befell Them Therein; Being the Rosicrucian's Story

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Author: Paschal Beverly Randolph

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465611436

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He used to pace rapidly up and down the deck for a minute or two, and then, suddenly striking his forehead, as if a new thought were just pangfully coming into being at the major foci of his soul, he would throw himself prone upon one of the after seats of the old "Uncle Sam," the steamer in which we were going from San Francisco to Panama, and there he would lie, apparently musing, and evidently enjoying some sort of interior life, but whether that life was one of reverie, dream, or disembodiedness, was a mystery to us all, and would have remained so, but that on being asked, he very complaisantly satisfied our doubts, by informing us that on such occasion he, in spirit, visited a place not laid down in ordinary charts, and the name of which was the realm of "Wotchergifterno," which means in English, "Violinist's Meadow" (very like "Fiddler's Green"). When not pacing the deck, or reclining, or gazing at the glorious sunsets on the sea, or the still more gorgeous sun-risings on the mountains, he was in the habit of—catching flies; which flies he would forthwith proceed to dissect and examine by means of a microscope constructed of a drop of water in a bent broom wisp. Gradually the man became quite a favorite with both passengers and officers of the ship, and not a day passed but a crowd of ladies and gentlemen would gather around him to listen to the stories he would not merely recite, but compose as he went along, each one containing a moral of more than ordinary significance. It was apparent from the first that the man was some sort of a mystic, a dreamer, or some such out-of-the-ordinary style of person, because everything he said or did bore an unmistakable ghostly impress. He was sorrowful withal, at times, and yet no one on the ship had a greater or more humorous flow of spirits. In the midst, however, of his brightest sallies, he would suddenly stop short, as if at that moment his listening soul had caught the jubilant cry of angels when God had just pardoned some sinful, storm-tossed human soul. One day, during the progress of a long and interesting conversation on the nature of that mysterious thing called the human soul, and in which our fellow passenger had, as usual, taken a leading part, with the endeavor to elicit, as well as impart, information, he suddenly changed color, turned almost deathly pale, and for full five minutes, perhaps more, looked straight into the sky, as if gazing upon the awful and ineffable mysteries of that weird Phantom-land which intuition demonstrates, but cold reason utterly rejects or challenges for tangible proof. Long and steadily gazed the man; and then he shuddered—shuddered as if he had just received some fearful solution of the problem near his heart. And I shuddered also—in pure sympathy with what I could not fairly understand. At length he spoke; but with bated breath, and in tones so low, so deep, so solemn, that it seemed as though a dead, and not a living man, gave utterance to the sounds: "Lara! Lara! Ah, Lovely! would that I had gone then—that I were with thee now!" and he relapsed into silence.

Damn Rare

The Memoirs of an African-American Bibliophile

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Author: Charles L. Blockson

Publisher: Temple Univ Charles L Blockson afro

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

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Company of Prophets

African American Psychics, Healers & Visionaries

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Author: Joyce Elaine Noll

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 270

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A unique and significant collection of supernatural and ethnic materials never before arranged in one volume! Describes African Americans born in the United States who have extrasensory perception, psychic abilities and spiritual gifts, in a time-frame from the 17th century to the present. They share their experiences with astral projection, soul travel, levitation, healing, and more.

The Rosicrucian Dream Book

Containing Solutions of Over Three Thousand Different Dreams

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Author: Paschal Randolph

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781987667356

Category:

Page: 136

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From "THE KEY." Directions. -- Run your eye along the alphabetical lists till you come to the name or synonym of the thing, word, object, topic, subject looked for. In seeking, always select the thing or object that impressed itself most forcibly upon your memory. Turn to it then, and you will find such a solution as cannot fail to amuse, surprise, and, perhaps, instruct you also. Remember, look for the most prominent thing ONLY in searching for your dream'' s solution, Nearly the whole of this book can be used as a Fortune-Teller, for yourself or anyone else, by simply opening it at random, and letting the finger or a pointer fall at random on any line. If it fails to apply the first time, repeat until an answer is given, but do not repeat a success more than twice the same day....

National register of microform masters

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Author: Library of Congress. Catalog Publication Division,Library of Congress,American Library Association,Association of Research Libraries

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Books on microfilm

Page: N.A

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