Well done - it's finished,
and the atmosphere is alive with anticipation.
It is not recommended that more
than one person uses a manteum at the same time because
of the very personal nature of the contact, and so as
not to complicate the personal energies involved. It
is however perfectly acceptable for an experienced user
to sit outside whilst a newcomer undergoes the experience.
(It can be reassuring for them to know that help is at hand if
Please understand that
what you are about to undertake is a journey into an
altered state of consciousness. You are attempting
to bridge the gap between this life and the next,
in order to make contact with another plane of existence.
You should therefore take a moment to ensure that you
are protected from any unwanted attentions that may
be sprung upon you, whether from this world or any other.
So first make sure you won't be disturbed by your family
by explaining that you need a little time on your own
without interruption. Then when you sit in the chair,
say a few words asking for protection whilst you are
there. Some people like to close their eyes and cover
themselves in pure white light from head to toe whilst
asking for protection against negative energies.
Alternatively ask your God or guardian angel for help,
guidance and protection. These requests are a type
of affirmation and will help ensure that your experience
in the manteum will be a good and positive one.
Now open your eyes and
look into the centre of the mirror. Relax. Allow your
breathing to slow and deepen. Hold your breath briefly
after you have breathed in, and again after each out
breath. Relax. Keep looking into the mirror. Show and
feel no fear - keep a positive outlook and expect only
a positive outcome. See the dimly-lit folds in the black
curtains behind you and keep looking into the mirror.
Gradually change your focus from the surface of the
mirror to a point on the other side of the mirror. You
will see the reflection of the rear curtains blur a
little or defocus, but that's fine and is what you are
seeking. Keep looking at a point behind the mirror.
Your eyes may see a milkiness in the mirror, and when
you blink that milkiness goes for a while but re-appears
soon afterwards. Each time you blink, the milkiness
returns quicker than last time. You will almost certainly
feel that you are not alone. After a while you may
see a mist billowing in the mirror. At that point you
are starting to break down the barrier between worlds.
Continue to look beyond the mirror and you may discern
shapes, faces even, in the mist. With practice and experience,
these shapes can become so real that they seem solid.
Indeed many manteum users claim to have physically held
their departed loved ones in their arms for a while,
having come out of the mirror to them. Other users claim
that they went into or through the mirror to meet other
beings. You may wish to ask for advice from those you
meet regarding a specific problem you are facing, or
you may simply wish to resolve an issue with the person,
which was not properly resolved prior to losing them.
Remember there are no strict rules, this subject is
in its infancy and we are pioneers, just like those
on the other side of the mirror.
A typical session may
last 20 to 40 minutes. You will know instinctively when
it is time to end a session. At the end, give thanks
to whoever provided you with protection during the session,
and most importantly say into the mirror that you will
return. This will help keep the lines of communication
open from both sides.
Try to keep the area
in and around the manteum "special". Keep
it clean and tidy, and have respect for what you do
there. But don't make it a cold, over-serious atmosphere
- keep a sense of humour about what you are doing and
allow that humour to live in the manteum. This will
make every session enjoyable and you will want to return