Mirror Gazing: Communing with the Dead for the Betterment of the World

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It’s been a while since I posted an original post on this blog as I was waiting to complete my private three day weekend with Dr. Raymond Moody. Well, I have and now I have a lot to tell you. So this will likely turn into a series of posts as I do not want to tire you with too much information at one time.

The weekend more than met my expectations and I am getting a clearer and clearer idea of just how the Community of Spirits can interact with the so-called dead in a way that serves the world at this time. It is absolutely critical work as the world needs our help, both from the so-called living and the so-called dead more than ever.

I’ve been ruminating over the idea that the work of Rudolf Steiner and Raymond Moody would somehow synthesize. Now I have a good idea how that marriage comes about.

Strict anthroposophists might cringe and mediums won’t like it but I believe I am finding a way to enter the “super-sensible world” without being the rare clairvoyant Steiner was (a show of hands of his students that can actually do what he did is not going to overwhelm you with a sea of hands) while still cutting out the middle man. That has always been the bane of this work, having to rely on someone else’s experience. With this technique of mirror gazing, almost anyone can find their way into the otherworld(s). And from what I gathered from my long weekend with Raymond Moody is this: the world is in desperate need of those willing to do this work to get going now.

I’m thinking about setting up an online seminar to help those called to this act of service but that might take me a while. So in the interim, if you’re serious about using mirror-gazing, I suggest you read Raymond Moody’s Reunions book. That will give you an idea of how to start though things have evolved since he wrote that book.

Mirror gazing is an ancient technique that was been used for as long as history has been recorded but it is often accredited to the ancient Greeks. It takes practice just like developing any skill but it is doable. That is the contribution from Dr. Raymond Moody.

From Rudolf Steiner we are told that the so-called living used to naturally and easily commune with their beloved dead until we developed a fully functioning conscious mind. Then the line of communication was blurred and in most cases broken. He stressed that there is no more important work in the world to do now than, with that fully functioning conscious mind, reconnect with those I call the Enlightened Dead. The Enlightened Dead could be humans from past history (300 or so years ago according to Steiner so that they are developed enough in the super-sensible world to actually help the earth), angelic beings, and others who may have never had an earthly incarnation but are still dedicated to the Earth’s preservation and thriving.

So…that was the task…to explore with Dr. Moody using the psychomanteum or apparition chamber he designed to establish connection with the Enlightened Dead to serve the world in its present crisis.

In addition to the psychomanteum, we explored using various types of nonsense (50 years’ worth of study of the logic of nonsense has convinced Dr. Moody that much like the shaman’s song that sang the shaman to the other world, nonsense can create that same bridge, putting the mind in a higher state in order to perceive higher realities. We are still in the early stage of experimentation with this but I can tell you, it seems to work. Finding out the best styles of nonsense, for what purposes, will take time. But what we experienced this past weekend was very affirming, okay, down right exciting.

We also experimented with something he has never done before. That was double gazing. We both sat in the psychomanteum together using the same form of nonsense and a united intention as our guide to see what happened.

I had two experiences in his psychomanteum going solo; one with no use of nonsense and no agenda and one with a form of nonsense and a clear intention. In both I had definite experiences but nothing compared to my experience of double gazing with Raymond. That experience was a 100 times more potent as I got to piggy-back off the energy of one who has more than 30 years’ experience in mirror-gazing. Intense, detailed, the connection being made so easily and quickly. The information coming so fast, I had to jump up to write it all down before I lost it. I truly hope having those three double gazing experiences will catapult me forward, establishing that level of connection as my new normal. And it affirms the benefit of group gazing. Much like occult group work – the combined energies amplify what the efforts of a single person can accomplish by oneself.

I won’t go into great detail on my solo efforts as there wasn’t as much pertinent info to our cause and some of a strictly private nature. But let me state something very clearly. And if this turns off the new age community and mediums worldwide, so be it. It is this: just as Steiner has stated over and over, as many mystery schools have known for centuries and even the bible tells us, if you are of a more Christian bent, there are dark forces in the other world just as there are here in this world. It is not all fluffy and light, all love, love and nothing but love. Sorry. If that is your contention, I would not advise to you enter into this experiment at all. I think it is very wise to use your chosen spiritual tradition to set up protection for entering the otherworlds. Do not be naïve or I am certain you could run into trouble and fairly quickly too.

In my very first solo trip into the mirror at Raymond’s home, I rather quickly encountered on my left, a being of Light. This being has shown itself to me several times now and not just while mirror gazing. It is not distinct for me, more an outline of white brilliance, and perhaps this might be the “Keeper of the Flame” I have encountered while mirror gazing at my home, I am not sure. Please understand, this is all new to me too. I am learning and reporting as I go along. Certainly I hope that as I gain more experience, my ability to understand all that I am experiencing and correctly interpret what some of the beings I am encountering are telling me will mature.

On my left, there was a dark presence. It would not give me any information about itself but it seemed to want to enter me. I told it that since I did not know what it was or what its intention and purpose was, it could not enter me. It respected that refusal which made me think about vampire lore – the vampire cannot enter your house without an invitation. Several times it pressed on me, kind of saying, “Are you sure? Huh, are you sure?” And each time I said, “I’m sure. No. Leave me alone,” and it did. If I had been of the mindset that everything is light and love in the otherworld, things might have not gone so well. So…that is my warning. I hope any who chose to serve in this way are mature enough to use reason and caution. You have been warned so I will not take responsibility if you choose to be foolish.

Okay, that said and out of the way. I’ll leave us here and pick up where we left off next time. Get the book if you choose this act of service so you will know approximately what you need to begin your own mirror gazing experiments and I’ll write more soon.

 

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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It is no coincidence that the title of this blog post is one of Dr. Seuss’ book titles. Dr. Seuss is one of the most brilliant writers of nonsense, in its purest and most classical form. We have done a great disservice to the word and the entire body of writing and thought that pertains to nonsense, or more accurately, unintelligible thought.

This is something I am studying with Dr. Raymond Moody. He is developing his logic of nonsense as a bridge between science and spirituality and also as the way we might actually be able to speak about life after death with any veracity. No doubt Dr. Moody’s work is on the leading edge and therefore not many yet understand its value. However, I am honored to be one who is happy to travel this road with him and will report back to you my findings.

When I think back, it was a Dr. Seuss book, “Horton Hears a Who” that first gave me a glimpse of cosmic consciousness. Read in my early 20s, R and I literally felt our minds exploding with the concept of worlds within worlds within worlds. So I can vouch for the value of nonsense as a vehicle of transcendence.

Perhaps my background in professional theatre also laid the groundwork for my acceptance of nonsense as a valuable tool for communication. Most certainly my mystical and occult studies are rife with what would be considered nonsense…so I find myself rather comfortable with Dr. Moody’s contentions. It is still hard work the mind must do…but I am not in totally unfamiliar territory.

It has been my feeling that part of my work with the Community of Spirits is to discover the synthesis between Rudolf Steiner and Raymond Moody’s work. So in a delightful bit of synchronicity, I read in Steiner’s small book “Reincarnation and Karma” where he basically states that much of what he talks about is considered nonsense to most people. By Dr. Moody’s definition, it is nonsense, and that is NOT a bad thing. Later Steiner relates a conversation where a gentleman quite familiar with Steiner’s work says to him that everything Steiner reports is perfectly logical to his mind and he saw no reason why it was necessary to access the supersensible worlds in the manner Steiner advocates. Logic alone should be the pathway. To this Steiner replies that while he must use language to describe his supersensible experiences and he does so as logically as possible, it is impossible to enter the supersensible world though logic. I got chills reading this…as there was the confirmation I needed that indeed Dr. Steiner and Dr. Moody’s work will weave together.

While that is the major focus of my work, I will also, with Dr. Moody’s tutelage explore more deeply the ancient Greek’s relationships with and oracles of the dead. I will go to his home in November to experience and explore his Psychomanteum, inspired by the ancient techniques used for 2500 years at the Oracle of the Dead in Ephyra Greece. This technique is one of bringing the dead to us, not something I am positive Dr. Steiner would approve of but one I will explore nevertheless.

Along with Steiner’s work, I will also work with techniques, perhaps some Kabbalistic or Shamanic in nature, where I will attempt going across the threshold to where the dead reside. Oh the places you’ll go!

That is where I am at and where I am heading. It’s all open to intuitive guidance so things can and will change as I make my way. I invite you most warmly to come along!

Finally, I want to leave you with a quote from Steiner that I think it appropriate to our task:

“Spiritual science requires a more thorough, intensive kind of thinking than most modern academics are capable of accomplishing. And the fear of having to learn something, of developing a greater capacity, is what creates a hindrance to them doing so. The fear of difficult ideas and concepts erects obstacles for them.”

Do we dare?