Having finished the
actual physical construction, you will be keen to make
a start. It won't be long now, but first you need to
pay a little attention to the atmosphere in and around
Switch on the small light
and close all the manteum curtains from the inside.
They should overlap a little so as to exclude all light
from outside. You will find that there seem to be too
many curtains for the size of the manteum. This is because
the fabric needs to hang in folds - it is these folds
which help trap energy and bring the manteum to life,
so help the fabric to form folds as you close the
curtains. The fabric should "ripple" around
the exterior of the manteum.
It may help to reduce
the room lighting level by closing the room curtains
too. Sit in the chair with your legs in front of you,
straight or bent as you prefer. Allow your eyes to become
accustomed to the low light level, and look into the
mirror. Make sure you cannot see any part of your head
in the mirror. If you can see your head, stand up and
adjust the angle of the mirror by means of the string
on the back of it. When you are satisfied it is positioned
correctly, you are ready to begin.