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A psychomanteum is a specially built room
which uses mirrors to help a person enter an altered state
of consciousness and make contact with someone in the afterlife.
Dr Raymond Moody learned how this worked
by studying mirror gazing. He learned that in Ancient Greece
people who wanted to contact someone who had died spent
a few days in darkness and then would look at a shiny surface.
this video interview where Dr Moody explains the process.
Moody created a process for people to spend a whole day
in a quiet relaxed setting and thinking about the person
they wanted to contact. At sunset they would go into a specially
prepared room with only a little amount of light and sit
looking into a mirror.
Dr Moody claims that 85% of his clients
who go through a full day of preparation do make contact
with someone who has died. In most cases this occurs in
his specially build laboratory but in 25%
of cases it happens later in their own homes—often
the client wakes up and sees the person who died at the
foot of the bed (Moody 1993: 97).
All of Moody's clients insist that this
contact is real not imagined—there
is clear two-way communication, in some cases physical touch.
He also says that the people who go through
the experience become 'kinder, more understanding and less
afraid of death' (Moody 1993:98).
Moody gives full instructions on how he created his psychomanteum
in his book Reunions-
Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones (1993
Ballantine Books New York by Raymond Moody with Paul Perry):
Professor Arthur Hastings of the Institute of Transpersonal
Psychology in Palo Alto, California created his own psychomanteum.
He and his research team took 27 people through a three hour
session to contact a friend or loved one who had died.
- He set aside a special room in an old
- At one end of the room a mirror four
feet tall and three-and-a-half feet wide was mounted on
the wall. The bottom edge of the mirror was three feet
above the floor.
- A comfortable chair was prepared by removing
its legs so that the top of the headrest was about three
feet above the floor.
- The chair was placed about three feet
from the mirror and inclined slightly backward. This was
done to so the person looking into the mirror dis not
see their own reflection.
- A black velvet
curtain was hung behind the chair from the ceiling on
a curved curtain rod.
- Directly behind the chair was placed
a small stained glass lamp with a fifteen watt bulb. This
was the only source of light in the room.
The people began by talking about the person
who had died and then sat in a darkened room gazing at a mirror.
During the mirror meditation, 13 (out of 27) people felt they
had a contact from the persons who had died, including messages,
visions, touches, and a feeling of presence.
After the experience almost all the individuals had significantly
less grief, guilt, sadness, loss, and need to communicate
compared to their previous feelings. Half of the participants
said they had felt the presence of the person they wanted
this recorded teleseminar Dr. Hastings and Dr. Schlitz
discuss fascinating case studies in after death communications.
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