Reunions: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones

Reunions: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones

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by Raymond A. Moody Jr.

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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.


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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fable/homily is the third and last book in Burnham's inspirational angel cycle. (Dec.)
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
Ilene Cooper
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.

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Reunions: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything you need or want to know about making contact with a deceased loved one. Great book, I loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eek! When I originally got this book, I assumed it would be a sequel to Dr. Moody¿s excellent first book, Life After Life, only this time, instead of concentrating on all aspects of the near-death experience, he was going to focus on the part of the NDE where the person who has died meets their loved ones or a loving religious figure after traversing the tunnel. But no, this book is not about the experience of meeting with loved ones after dying . . . and then being brought back to life with modern technology to tell all the rest of us who haven¿t had a near-death-experience about meeting those loved ones. No! This book is about meeting with those who have passed on without having to go through the messy difficult-to-control-business of a near-death-experience. Exactly! It¿s a book about meeting with the dead! Dr. Moody has invented a method of contacting our dearly departed by gazing into a mirror, a procedure he calls facilitated apparitions. Sounds very ouija board to me. But didn¿t Nostradamus see into the future by gazing into a mirror? In any case, mirror gazing was a bit on the spooky side for me. I think I¿d rather learn how to understand my dreams because those who have passed on often contact us while we¿re out of out bodies while dreaming. Or while meditating. Anyway, it¿s happened to me. On the other hand, Dr. Moody assures us that contacting the dearly departed helps us to not only assuage our grief over their passing, but also helps us to deal with our own fears of death. He also believes that mirror gazing can put us in touch with that intriguing part of our minds known as the unconscious from which pours our creative abilities. He insists that such creative giants as Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, and Rene Descartes (I think, therefore I am) used similar techniques to plumb the treasures in their own unconscious minds. There¿s also the ability for researchers, such as Dr. Moody, to control such a spontaneous paranormal experience as seeing a ghost. Finally, he assures us that mirror gazing has been used by humans throughout time and that it can make accessible to all of us the fascinating world of the supernatural. Come to think of it, I¿d love to contact the Virgin Mary without having to travel half-way around the world to see her¿see my book, Blessed, for the story. OK, I have a deep respect for Dr. Moody and feel grateful for his wonderful work with near-death experiences. I trust him. Life After Life did so much to assure me of my own immortality. Maybe one of these days, I¿ll work up the nerve to create my own ¿psychomanteum.¿ Carole Chapman is the author of ¿When We Were Gods, which is the revised updated version of ¿The Golden Ones: From Atlantis to a New World,¿ and ¿Blessed: A Quest for Atlantis in Egypt Leads to Apparitions of the Virgin Mary.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this title. Based on personal experiences, I concur entirely. I do caution people to be careful,however, when you go looking for loved ones. You may catch the attention of someone you were not searching for. But all in all, reunions are possible, if you listen with your heart, and critique with your common sense. They aren't gone, just harder to communicate with.