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Reunions: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones Hardcover – October 12, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

This fable/homily is the third and last book in Burnham's inspirational angel cycle.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From Library Journal

Moody ( Life After Life , Mockingbird Bks., 1981) continues his pioneering studies on death and the afterlife in this fascinating book, making a cogent and persuasive argument for the ability to contact the deceased. Moody describes his experiments with the ancient technique of mirror gazing to induce visions of the dead. Many of the 300 subjects with whom he has experimented had surprisingly real encounters with deceased friends and loved ones while using this technique. Moody seeks to elevate the use of mirror gazing to a respectable level and demonstrates its potential as a therapeutic tool to heal grief and promote self-discovery. He challenges the mind-set of traditional psychologists and doctors and shows the need for open-mindedness in studying the realms of consciousness. This well-written book is likely to be controversial but is sure to be popular in public libraries.
- Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, Ohio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Villard; First Edition edition (October 12, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679425705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679425700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I needed to write this review after some previous comments here first held me back from buying the book. Eventually I decided to find out for myself: The book is not as bad as some readers make it sound.
Dr. Moody wrote this book with the same careful approach, and after extensive research into this matter, as he wrote 'Life After Life'. The fact that some readers feel turned off by the use of mirrors does not necessarily speak against Dr. Moody, as there were many famous people in history who used the same techniques. Discrediting Dr. Moody more or less only means to blame the messenger for the news.
I came to read these books after I had lost my beloved wife to cancer. Since there were so many lose ends and since I wasn't with her at the time of her death, I really got sick of grief and of blaming myself for leaving her alone during her final hour. My doctor helped my body and my mind by prescribing antidepressants, and these books eventually cured my soul. I needed to have some 'proof' that my wife was not gone forever, and I desperately wanted to contact her to clear up the misunderstandings at her final hour.
George Anderson's conversations with the other side in 'We Don't Die' and Dr. Moody's 'Life After Life' were as convincing as can be that there actually is life after death. My next step then was to contact my late wife.
Whether someone actually wants to communicate with a departed loved-one, or whether someone reads this book to heal his soul, it actually makes no difference. After I was done reading, I felt that there was no more need to contact my late wife. Dr.
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I bought this book sight unseen, on the strength of one of Raymond Moody's previous books that I had read and loved, many years ago, Life After Life. I was hoping for more of the same, and was quite surprised to find that this book is not at all about reincarnation, but about mirror-gazing. This was not something I was initially interested in, but having liked his previous book so much, and having paid for this book, I decided to persevere. I'm glad I did. It was a very worthwhile read.

Being new to this subject, I knew absolutely nothing about it before. More than half of the book is devoted to the HISTORY of mirror gazing in various cultures, throughout time. I didn't even know that there had been a history. One of the most fascinating parts was reading all about the ancient Greek oracles, and how they had worked. I had heard of the Oracles, but previously just imagined they had some kind of fortune-teller. Actually, it was quite complicated. People consulting the Oracles had to undergo a month of preparation, in near total darkness. Then there was a huge, underground metal mirror that they were taken to consult, in which they then had visions. Moody and his wife visited the remains of one of the Oracles, and he describes his trip there, and how he was able to find all the various parts of the oracle chambers.

Moody describes how mirror gazing was a well-accepted diversion during the Middle Ages, and before, in almost every culture, and how it went out with the rise of science, especially after 1900. Even the American Indians had a form of mirror gazing which they practiced.
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This must be the third time that I've read this remarkable book since its first publication. Every time I've read it, I have been compelled to read it cover to cover as soon as possible. It is difficult to put down- for so much else that I might be occupied with seems trivial by comparison.

Essentially this is a book on calling up waking visions. To do so is to tap into our unconscious minds while still awake. The remarkable part is the claim that this can be done on a predictable, controllable basis that might even provide the rigid standards of repeatability required for traditional laboratory study. Of course I find this concession to science less significant than the fact that it actually works. This is demonstrated by multiple brief case studies conducted by the author- as well as detailed instructions on how to repeat the results on your own. Indeed an alternate title to this book could have been "A How to Guide to Building and Operating your own Psychomanteum." That's a refreshing attitude, that the innate ability to delve into our unconscious lies within all of us without the need of a mediator....

One of the primary motivations for seeking such visions is evidence that we survive death. In this regard apparitions of the deceased (whether spontaneous or incubated) rank with near death experiences and shamanic voyages. They all provide access to the Middle Realm.

Other than the motivation to contact the dead to personally confirm the survival of the personality, it may provide several other incredibly useful functions. Such controlled visions could greatly accelerate the speed, and increase the effectiveness, of psychotherapy. Of course the value of actually contacting deceased loved ones is obvious in grief consoling.
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