Death, often referred to as the ultimate frontier, is a destination that none can escape during our lifetimes. No matter how hard we try to hold onto material possessions like cars, houses, money, and even our own bodies, death lurks in the background, haunting us.
Since death remains an enigma, it fuels our perpetual curiosity about its true nature. We ponder whether there might be some form of existence beyond death's veil, and for some of us, it's challenging to fully comprehend the idea that death might simply be the end of a void of darkness and silence.
This curiosity has led countless people throughout history to seek answers about death's mysteries and the possibility of an afterlife, employing a variety of methods ranging from traditional religious beliefs to practices like séances and psychic sessions.
One unconventional approach to exploring the mysteries of death is the Psychomanteum, a practice rooted in mirrored gazing .
Psychomanteum isn't a recent invention; rather, it's a contemporary name for an ancient form of necromancy practiced in ancient Greece. In those times, much like today, humans sought answers about the meaning of life and the possibility of an existence beyond death. To bridge the gap between life and death, they visited oracles and temples known as necromanteum, where they engaged in rituals that sometimes-involved animal sacrifices. Additionally, they used dimly lit hallways with polished surfaces resembling mirrors to try and communicate with departed loved ones.
Despite many reservations, mirror gazing has made a resurgence in modern times, thanks in part to philosopher and psychologist Dr. Raymond Moody.
Dr. Moody dedicated his life to studying near-death experiences (NDEs), and his approach to mirror gazing in the Psychomanteum doesn't involve animal sacrifices. Instead, the mirror serves as a medium for divination, yielding highly personal and specific insights.
So, how does Psychomanteum work? Similar to the ancient Greek rituals, there is significant preparatory work involved. It's not merely a matter of setting up mirrors and hoping for a supernatural encounter. Dr. Moody has developed specific techniques for creating the right atmosphere for a mirror gazing experience, which can be conducted almost anywhere.
Firstly, diet plays a crucial role, as what we consume affects our state of mind. Dr. Moody recommends eliminating caffeine and dairy from your diet at least a day before the practice and sticking to a non-meat diet consisting of only fruits and vegetables.
Next, choose a tranquil and isolated location where you can engage in mirror gazing without any distractions. Removing material possessions like watches, jewelry, and even clothing may be necessary. Your posture, mood, and awareness also influence the experience.
The process involves reflecting on soothing stimuli, such as personal photographs or items connected to the deceased loved one you are attempting to communicate with. Finally, the mirror should be positioned in front of you in a way that allows you to gaze into it without seeing your own reflection.
According to Dr. Moody, a typical mirror gazing session may last around a minute, although experienced practitioners may extend it. During the experience, individuals might enter trance-like meditative states, experience sensations of heaviness in the arms, and tingling in the fingers. The mirror itself remains passive, serving as a conduit for communication. Having a specific question in mind can enhance the chances of gaining insights or making contact with the deceased.
In conclusion, death has always been a profound and enduring part of our human quest to understand life. The two are inherently connected, and it's only natural that some of us seek to explore the mysteries of death and connect with those who have passed away.