Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

A Comparison of the Features of Psychomanteum and Hypnagogic/hypnopompic Experiences

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

A Comparison of the Features of Psychomanteum and Hypnagogic/hypnopompic Experiences

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ABSTRACT: 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.

Although most encounters occur during psychomanteum sessions, some happen later, when the participant is in the hypanagoic or hypnopompic states, which occur between wakefulness and sleep and vice versa. This article notes that there are also strong similarities between psychomanteum and normal hypnagogic/hypnopompic imagery with regard to the circumstances in which they occur, particularly in terms of the content and progression of the visual imagery and also the sense of reality and vividness. Sensations in other modalities are also similar in many cases. …

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