Raymond Moody UNLV Chair of Consciousness Studies Part 4 Dr Morse Presents





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Published on Mar 5, 2011

Ok Ok Ok, just one more great Raymond Moody story.

This story totally illustrates the integrity of Raymond, and the complete lack of artifice about him.
I was on a book tour and so was Raymond. We both shared the same writer, Paul Perry. Our paths happened to cross in Los Angeles, and we had arranged to meet.

Raymond was promoting his book ReUnions, in which he spoke of how you could induce a reunion with someone you loved who had died. My interest was and still is the spontaneous spiritual visions of widows, widowers and grieving parents.
Ever the curious researcher and pioneer, Raymond wanted to know if such experiences could be induced somehow. He had studied the ancient oracles particularly of Greece, and he attempted to see if he could recreate those experiences.

Our meeting attracted a lot of interest, and there were members of the press as well as representatives from our publisher and the people who help us to make the various television and radio appearances on time.

One of the reporters asked Raymond if he would teach us how to have an induced reunion with a loved one who had died. Without hesitation, Raymond offered to do so. His technique at the time was that he was gazing into mirrors.
We all crowded into a hotel room, there must have been 6-7 of us in the room. Raymond went over the technique, and the reporter tried it. He was openly snickering in the self conscious way that we all often do when we want to be serious but don't know if others do.

The entire episode was a total disaster. None of us had an induced Re-Union. The reporters and press folk left openly stating that they thought the entire premise was ridiculous. Various people made rude and mean spirited comments.

Yet I saw it very differently. Raymond assumed that everyone has the same sense of wonder and curiousity that he does. He will try something, and if it doesn't work, he will try it again and again, differently each time, trying to understand if it is helpful in understanding spirituality. He can't imagine any other approach.
Raymon wasn't defensive, he didn't try to put on an act, or pretend that something happened that didn't. He simply said "here's what has worked, obviously it didn't work this time, but keep trying and you might be surprised". He assumed that everyone is as open and loving and curious about spirituality as he is.

I learned a lot from Raymond that day, in terms of grace under pressure, honestly and integrity. I have from time to time encountered what I considered to be unfair criticism or hostile situations. I always remember Raymond's grace, openness and loving approach to critics that day. Quite frankly, I have a bit of a temper and a far different style than Raymond. Yet time and time again I at least try to be like him, complete grace and dignity under pressure.

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