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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Will the first medical doctor to establish a scientific basis for near-death experiences be able to bring the same sort of legitimacy to visionary encounters? He hopes so. Thanks initially to Moody's best-selling Life after Life (1981), those now-familiar characteristics of the near-death experience--the tunnel; the bright, white light; the sightings of dead relatives--have become part of popular culture. Now Moody's here to offer another breakthrough: you don't have to be hit by a truck to see the dear departed. By researching and experimenting with ancient techniques such as mirror and crystal gazing, he claims to have developed a way to reach the dead without being near death, and according to the many personal accounts given here, these meetings are not like seeing a ghost. They are "more real than real" and "in no way like a dream." Although Moody facilitates these encounters at his Theater of the Mind in rural Alabama, not to worry: there's no need to take the midnight train to Alabama because he gives directions for making a pschyomanteaum (an apparitional chamber, more or less) in your very own home. Moody doesn't say much about what happens if the reunions go bad, though he does warn that sometimes a different loved one might appear than the one who was expected, so you have to be as prepared for your grumpy uncle to turn up as your beloved aunt. The book is filled with historical and literary accounts of visionary experiences, proving that the desire to contact the departed is as old as life itself. It doesn't take a visionary to know that this book will be very popular. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A collection of the experiences of men and women who have communicated with the dead using the easy-to-learn techniques developed by Dr. Raymond Moody. As proof of life after death, these stunning testimonials promise to launch even more research and give comfort to people around the world.