Want more specifics on your past lives?

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Clues of your past lives…are they science or spiritual signs? Well, if you’re exploring your past lives and want more insight, these hints could answer the questions you have been seeking about who’s, what’s, where’s, and when’s. Those who believe in reincarnation suggest that there might be clues to what our past lives were in the various complex aspects that make up our current physical, emotional, intellectual, and psychological personalities. Here are just a few, thanks to About.com:

1. DÉJÀ VU

We’ve all felt it as some point: that eerie, creeping feeling that something we are going through has happened exactly this way before. Psychologist Arthur Funkhouser has broken down this phenomenon into sub-categories: déjà vécu (an event already experienced or lived through), déjà senti (already felt), perhaps triggered by a voice or music; and déjà visité (a place so familiar we feel we’ve been there before).

While scientists and psychiatrists insist there are neurological explanations for these phenomena, others consider that these strange feelings are vague, fleeting memories of past lives. You enter a house or building, for example, in a town you’ve never visited before, but somehow, every detail of this place is familiar. You know what’s in the next room and up the stairs. You have the overwhelming feeling that you’ve been there before. Have you – in a past life?

2. OUT-OF-PLACE MEMORIES

Sometimes, you may have memories that you know for a fact never happened. They might be childhood fantasy, misunderstanding, or even a dream that you now interprets as reality. Or, you might be remembering something that happened before you was born into this lifetime.

As it is, the untrained human memory is a bit faulty and inconsistent (not to mention selective), and it’s quite commonplace to have memories of things that family and friends can attest never occurred. So the question is: Is it faulty memory or a remembrance of lives past?

3. DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

Recurring dreams and nightmares also have been suggested as being memories or at least clues of past lives. It might consist of locations with specific details that you’ve never been to. Pay attention to the level of detail you experience; are they memories of something important that happened in a past life?

In a similar vein of thought, nightmares can be reflections of past life traumas that have clung to our spirits and haunt our sleep.

4. FEARS AND PHOBIAS

Where do your fears and phobias come from? Fear of such things as spiders, snakes, and heights seem to be built into the human psyche as part of our evolved survival instinct. Many people suffer from phobias that are completely irrational, however. Fear of water, of birds, of numbers, of mirrors, of plants, of specific colors… the list goes on and on. People suffer from all kinds of bizarre phobias.

Reincarnation believers wonder if they are carried over from a previous lifetime. Does a fear of water indicate a previous death by drowning? Could a fear of the color red suggest, for example, that a person was struck or killed by a red streetcar?

5. AFFINITY FOR FOREIGN CULTURE

You probably know a person who was born and raised in the United States but is an ardent anglophile – a person who is interested to the point of obsession with British culture. You might also know someone who can think of little else but getting dressed up and acting the part for the next Renaissance Fair or Civil War reenactment. There are “philes” for virtually every culture on the planet, both modern and ancient, affecting people who seem to have no rationale for their obsessions. Why? Are they merely trying to find familiarity in a culture in which they lived 100 years ago? 1,000 years ago?

6. PASSIONS

It’s good to have things that we are passionate about, as long as they do not become obsessive and debilitating. But from where do passions arise for books, art, antiques, fashion, gardening, theater, cars, trains, aircraft, the paranormal – or any number of other subjects? Intense interest in a specific subject might be totally natural, of course, but might there be a past life connection in some cases?

7. UNCONTROLLED HABITS

How about those uncontrolled habits and obsessions that take over people’s lives and can even marginalize them in society? Obsessive-compulsives and hoarders fit into this category. A man who is obsessive compulsive about the details; a woman who hoards so much junk that she can’t get out of her house. Each of us has at least one bad habit, from fingernail biting to gossiping to procrastination. The extreme forms include addictions to everything from television to Facebook to drugs. Again, psychological explanations can be found for these uncontrolled habits, yet those who believe in reincarnation say they might have roots in past lives.

8. INEXPLICABLE PAINS

Do you have aches and pains that the doctors cannot quite pinpoint or find a medical explanation for? You might be labeled a hypochondriac – a person who imagines his or her ailments. Or, as past life proponents suggest, those mysterious pains, sores, cramps, and more could be reflections of suffering you endured in a previous existence.

9. BIRTHMARKS

Birthmarks have been touted as evidence for reincarnation. In one fascinating case, an Indian boy claimed to remember the life of a man named Maha Ram, who was killed with a shotgun fired at close range. This boy had an array of birthmarks in the center of his chest that looked like they could possibly correspond to a shotgun blast. So the story was checked out. Indeed, there was a man named Maha Ram who was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest. An autopsy report recorded the man’s chest wounds — which corresponded directly with the boy’s birthmarks. In a similar way, various other physical traits – even deformities – have been suggested as having their precedent in a person’s former life.



Contacting the Dead Through Psychomanteum Mirror Gazing

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Is it possible to connect with loved ones after they’ve moved on from this lifetime? Sure, it may be common to have seen a ghost or felt the presence of an otherworldly spirit at some point in life, but those experiences are often spontaneous or fleeting.

Through séances and psychic sessions, some claim to have had initiated intentional connections with the departed, but there is another way that one might be able to make contact, drawing on a method originally developed in ancient Greece. It turns out that many people have reported successful contact through the use of a simplified psychomanteum. This modernized practice of mirror gazing has been developed by Dr. Raymond Moody, a man who has devoted his life to studying near-death experiences and, through this process, has had some profound results.

The Ancient Greek Psychomanteum

In ancient Greece, people would go to a Necromanteion, a ziggurat-like temple that was devoted to Hades, Persephone, and the dead, in order to contact the spirits of their departed relatives. Necromanteion translates to “oracle of the dead,” with the Temple of Ephyra being the most recognized.

During a ceremony, subjects would take part in a ceremonial meal, undergo a series of rituals, and perform animal sacrifices. Inside the Necromanteion there would be a long hallway in which a bronze cauldron full of water and was polished often, to be as reflective as possible. The hallways would be dimly lit by lamps that cast flickering light and diffuse reflections on the water, creating a reflective surface like a mirror, in which the Greeks believed they could see the spirits of the dead.

Dr. Raymond Moody’s Mirror Gazing

Within more recent history, Dr. Raymond Moody has brought the concept of the psychomanteum back as a medium for contacting the dead through the simple use of a mirror and without animal sacrifice. Moody, who coined the term near-death experience, is a famous philosopher, physician, and psychologist who has dedicated his life to exploring NDEs and contact with the spirit world.

Mirror gazing with a psychomanteum is similar to the practice of scrying and is sometimes referred to as catoptromancy, or the use of a reflective psychic medium, much like the stereotypical fortune teller looking into a crystal ball. It is used for divination or to uncover messages related to personal development, epiphanies, and prophecies.

How to Contact the Dead & Communicate with Spirits by Mirror Gazing

Moody has developed a technique for easily recreating a personal psychomanteum at home, or wherever one may desire, with the necessary tools. The following are his recommended steps for a successful mirror-gazing session to contact the dead:

 

  • Food – Get into a serene state of mind by eliminating caffeine and dairy the day before. Eat simple meals leading up to your session, such as fruits and vegetables.

 

  • Location – Go to the quietest part of the house, where you can truly relax. Unplug all clocks and phones in that room.

 

  • Clothing – Take off all jewelry including watches; wear loose, comfortable clothing.

 

  • Mirror – Place large mirror in front of a comfy chair, and place it so you can gaze at it comfortably. It’s best if you cannot see your own reflection.

 

  • Chair – Sit in your chair with your head supported.

 

  • Awareness – Ease into your transition to an altered state of awareness.

 

  • Posture – Relax your posture.

 

  • Mood – Soothe yourself with aesthetically pleasing material for about 15 minutes by looking at works of art or listening to soft music, in order to stimulate awareness.

 

  • Memories – Gather photographs and personal items of the loved one you wish to contact. Touch them and remember your loved one. Imprint your loved one firmly in your mind. Family films and videos can help, or anything else that you associate with them.

 

  • Light – At twilight, light a candle and place it behind you. A dim light from behind you is ideal but experiment with the light for proper adjustment. Twilight is best because it typically stimulates altered states, especially for first-timers.
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