“If you see a dead person in a dream, never go near them or speak with them. They will take you to the other side!”

Such is one of many superstitions that I grew up with in Lebanon that holds no credibility whatsoever. This group is filled with people, including me, who have seen loved ones from the other side in vivid dreams and interacted with them, yet are still here.

When I told a relative about my visits as a healer to patients in intensive care, her immediate reaction was that I should be careful that I was not linked with something evil. I asked her how I could be linked to something as such when I was being guided to help people in hospitals, but she could not answer.

I once observed a waitress at a Mediterranean restaurant throw some salt outside the front door just before opening. I asked her what she was doing, and she was initially reluctant but eventually said it was to keep bad energy and the evil eye away. I was intrigued and tried to figure out the origin of this practice, but her English was limited, so I could not get much further. I keep an open mind but I wonder: Is it the case that salt thrown out of the front door will keep evil away?

I believe in the power of prayer in repelling all that is ‘evil’, and it has been the case for me for years. Of course, people are entitled to their opinions, and some mediums or exorcists may differ with me, but the bottom line, at least for me, is that faith alone can move mountains without the need for props. This brings me to the subject of my uncle, who, upon acquiring a new flashy car, I saw him scratch his backside. I asked him why he did that, and he said it was to keep the evil eye away; go figure!

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