by G.W. Fisler

       The  psychomantium is an ancient form of mirror gazing that has been popularized by Dr. Raymond Moody, M.D.  It has its roots in the oracles of ancient Greece.  This type of mirror gazing is used to contact spirits of departed loved ones. 

     The initial setup is a little more complex and costly than that of a scrying mirror.  A large mirror (4' high by 3-1\2' wide)  is attached to a wall with the bottom edge about 3' from the floor.  A comfortable, high backed chair is placed about 3' from the mirror.  The top of the backrest of the chair should be below the bottom of the mirror.    The feet of the chair should be trimmed to allow the chair to slant farther back than is normal. 

     The person sitting in the chair should not be able to see his/her reflection in the mirror.  The area around the chair and mirror is surrounded by a black velvet curtain.  This black void should be all that is reflected in the mirror.  A lamp with a 15 watt bulb is placed behind the chair.  This is the only illumination in the room. 

     This procedure is usually performed after dark to alleviate the problem of light entering the room through the windows.  Thick, dark curtains or a room without windows would allow you to use the psychomantium even during the day. 

     Proper mental preparation is essential for this procedure to work.  Dr. Moody starts his participants at 10:00 AM.  They are requested to bring personal items from the deceased person that is to be contacted.  Throughout the day they discuss the deceased.  At dusk the participant enters the psychomantium.  He/she is told to stay as long as they like.  They were also told to blank their mind except for thoughts of the deceased and to gaze into the mirror.

     I recommend Dr Moody's book "REUNIONS: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones" for a complete explanation of his findings.  I will try to hit the high points:

  • These visions did not disturb the participants but instead seemed to add closure to an unresolved part of their life
  • In certain instances the vision was not of the person that was expected but instead a person who had unfinished personal issues with the participant
  • The visions communicated in an intellectual manner with the participants
  • The participants claimed that it was a real person that contacted them and not just a vision of that person
     My experiments in this area are still ongoing.  As soon as I have enough data I will try to make some sense of it and will publish the findings here.  I am trying to determine if a large size gazing mirror (see "How to make a Scrying Mirror) will have any different effect than using a regular mirror.

     I hope that I have given enough information for you to try this experiment for yourself.  E-mail me with your experiences.  I would love to hear from you.

copyright G.W. Fisler June 2000