You need a place to sit or lie down as you
gaze. It can be a comfortable chair, couch, prayer rug or a stool - basically, the
most comfortable thing you can think of which will not induce sleep. Because you
will be in a meditative state and a hyper-alert state at the same time, it is important
that your body be as relaxed and comfortable as possible. It will actually act as
the conduit for all the energy that enters and exits your consciousness.
The psychomanteum area itself can include many varied objects. If you are attempting
to contact a loved-one in spirit, it is important to have at least a few objects close to
you which you deeply associate with that person. Special photos and objects which were
carried often or had special meaning to the deceased are especially helpful.
You will essentially be involved in "gazing," which means that you also need
reflective surfaces. The ancient Greeks used oil in huge polished bronze
cisterns to gaze into in their Oracles. Oracles were large labyrinthine
sub-ground structures which they visited on mystical and spiritual pilgrimages.
They would stay in small, dimly-lit cells for prolonged periods prior to gazing into the
depths of the oil. When they began gazing, their "reality circuits" were
shut down to a great extent and their expectations did not include the physical world.
Nostradamus gazed into a cauldron filled with water or oil, or into dark mirrors.
He also removed himself from the physical world prior to gazing. In short,
the best experiences tend to come when the observer has suspended expectations and
deprived him or herself of material concerns.
The best "gazing" materials seem to be mirrors, especially mirrors reflected in
other mirrors because they appear as reversed and confound our normal perceptions.
Dark mirrors are helpful also, because they only reflect that which is in their very
depth. Ceremonial containers filled with water or oil are especially good. You can
make the liquid move randomly which further reduces your expectations in terms of what you
will see. Crystal balls, vases, crystal stemware and even trinkets are also
good. You never know where your vision will appear.
Candles placed at various places in the area are absolutely essential. Incense and sage
wands sanctify the area further and attract good spiritual energy. You can create an
alter, if you like. You can play spiritual music at low volume. In my
psychomanteum, I also have such items as a microscope to help alter my expectations and
Uncle Scrooge and Archie comics to keep me from getting too serious. It is not good
to get overly austere in these matters. Remember, though, that this is not just
"space" in a room, it is also a "bridge" to the Quantum Universe and
dimensions never previously observed.
the psychomanteum journey