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Advance praise for The Frog King“Impressive and beautifully lucid! Ordinary people find their extraordinariness and play out a powerful drama. This story goes beyond a simple love affair and deals with the toughest problems of all, the challenge of surmounting the mediocrity of living—despite their social upbringing. This is the extraordinary story of a man's quest for truth. It will change the way you feel and think about yourself.”—Bill O'Connell, author and educator So often in our lives we find ourselves with our backs against the wall with no place to turn. As Bill’s mentor, Dr. Earl Watley puts it, “Bill, you remind me of a man who stands precariously on the point of a needle. Below you, in all directions, is the abyss. Above you is nothing. If you jump from the needle, continuing to pursue her, you’ll fall to your death. If you stay where you are, not doing anything, you’ll fail. You might as well not have been born. So, Bill, what are you going to do?” The sting of a broken heart is too much and Bill experiences the classic existential crisis; we’ve all been there at one time or another! The American Indians have a saying, “The soul has gone away.” In our modern world there are so many factors that attempt to estrange the soul from our essential being, the public schools, the everyday work place to name a few. When this happens we become neo-stoic; a belief that humankind should be free from passion, unmoved by grief or joy, indifferent to pleasure or pain, and able to submit without complaint to the unavoidable necessity by which all things are governed. Sound familiar? But, despite his upbringing and faced with tremendous difficulty, Bill learns first hand that he can have it all. He can be in the world and be himself at the same time. He finds “The Courage to Be” is more than a symbol or a dream, it’s a way of being and loving in spite of uncertainty, insecurity and imperfection. “The Frog King” is a modern fairy tale because it addresses the archetypes of human consciousness is a manor similar to the Brothers Grimm, “Iron Hans.” It’s a rite of passage, coming of age into manhood, as Robert Bly says, something seriously lacking in the youth of today. Unfortunately, in our contemporary world, where we are spoon fed the knowledge of industry, we learn very little about the workings of the soul. As a culture we’ve forgotten the powerful symbols and overlook the fairy tale’s mythological significance…soul significance. “I feel, therefore I am.” How many contemporaries really experience this? Everywhere we turn we are told that our feelings are unreal, and day by day our world moves closer to that dreaded machine consciousness; as individuals we are pushed toward non-being, and our anxiety can do nothing to stop it. We need something else… It is this author’s belief that finding this illusive “something else” is movement toward and into the Aquarian Age, the new enlightenment. Enjoy the ride…The Story: A young man is confounded by love and everything he does seems wrong. So after much soul searching he decides the best thing is to kill himself. However, he doesn’t know how to take his own life. So he goes to the village physician. “Tell you what,” the physician offers. “Go to every house in this village. If you can find one person who has never experienced pain, I’ll help you kill yourself, as painlessly as I know how.” One by one, the youth searches. But he finds no one, not one person who is without pain in their life. Woefully the young man returns and tells physician what he’s discovered. “Pain and joy!” The physician announces. “They come to us as a package.”
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ISBN: 9780595614103
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