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If you’re dear old Auntie Mable happened to pass away without telling you where exactly she’d hidden her well-preserved 1979 Microsoft stock certificates, you might think you’d need to pay an expensive psychic to ask her where they are.
Not so – now you can do it in your own home – for the low, low cost of a mirror!
People have been willing to take your hard earned money on the premise that they’ll put you in direct communication with your dead grandma for centuries – millenia even. Generally this has included you sitting in a dark room, grabbing a greasy gypsy hand from across the table and listening to her tell you that said grandma never liked you, and you’re a perpetual disappointment.
When that happened to us, we told the psychic to relay a message of ‘Oh yeah? Well if it’s disappointment she wants let’s talk about her stupid banana bread!’ Of course, we regretted this immediately.
Later, as we walked home thinking about how our bank account was several hundred dollars lower, it dawned on us that in life it had always been our grandfather who didn’t like us – not Nanners. Hence – the psychic was a fraud and how could we have ever really known.
Lucky for you you’ll never have to be confused – because now you can be your own psychic. Well not a psychic, per se, but you can build something that will help you bridge the death-gap. And this device – it’s not built from wires and circuit boards like the Spiricom or Frank’s Box (remember them?). No – this is the psychomantium – and according to Blinston.com, this is what it’s made of:
“The [psychomantium] is a very dark, dimly lit chamber varying in size. At one end of the chamber is a chair and at the other end a mirror. The mirror is tilted at an angle so the sitter is prevented from seeing his or her own reflection. The special mirror is the true portal.”
‘But a portal to what,’ you surely must be asking yourself. ‘Why, to the afterworld,’ we bluntly answer. On a semi-recent episode of Coast to Coast we heard a psychomantium specialist recount a story of someone sitting in a room in a blind study – they didn’t know the purpose of the mirrored room. After some amount of time had passed, the person’s dead grandmother is said to have stepped through the mirror for a chance to say a quick goodbye.
Encyclopedia.com gives a broad overview of the device:
“Recent attempts to facilitate reunions with deceased loved ones using a psychomanteum chamber have found that many participants report reunion experiences ranging from a sense of presence to vivid and realistic visual encounters. Many participants consider these to be actual encounters with the deceased and find them to be very beneficial. Such experiences can also be accompanied by apparent mental or verbal communications; tactile and bodily sensations; sensations of movement; and, occasionally, smells.”
Like we said – that’s pretty broad. As far as individual experiences – Psychomantium.org has a bunch of participant quotes. Don’t get so excited – none of them seem to include visual ghosts stepping out of mirrors. Still, some of the experiences are pretty creepy – like this one:
“Male, age 44
“”I had a visual when it was dark in the room like going through a tunnel. Light would come toward me. I would pass through and move on.” “I would talk to Grandpa and invite him to use my voice to reply. During the reply my voice and sensations in my throat would change. He was not a talkative person when I knew him in this life, and was not real talkative today either. But he, in response to my questions, assured me that he was ok, that it was different than he had expected, that I was to follow my path even though he didn’t understand some of it, that I should keep in contact with grandma and others.””
Here’s another one. This one doesn’t have an apparition either, but does have a voice:
“Male, age 54
“”Near the end of the session my mother answered my invitation to speak a few minutes with me by saying, “I’m not ready to see you here. I’m too busy now.” Earlier, I briefly saw amorphous clouds and twinkling stars.””
Most of the other experiences we read had to do with people seeing swirling colors while they sat in the darkness, or the participants sensing something or other. No ghosts.
We’ll take Frank’s Box, thank you very much.