Also called object reading, is a process whereby facts or impressions about a person or thing are received through contact with an object associated with the subject of the impressions. Rings, photographs, and similar tokens are often used, but sometimes the physical presence of a person may bring about images or visions in the psychometrist’s mind that correspond to real facts in the life of the subject, or in the subject's future. A degree of lowered consciousness (that is, a state sometimes approaching trance) is thought to improve psychometric readings. Psychometric visions are usually too haphazard to be of much practical value. The parapsychological institute of the Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht in the Netherlands was one of the first to perform experiments using psychometry in finding lost persons or things and in solving crimes.
- A Brief History
"Psychometry" as a term was coined by Joseph R. Buchanan in 1842 (from the Greek words psyche, meaning "soul," and metron, meaning "measure.") Buchanan, an American professor of physiology, was one of the first people to experiment with psychometry. Using his students as subjects, he placed various drugs in glass vials and then asked the students to identify the drugs merely by holding the vials. Their success rate was more than chance, and he published the results in his book, Journal of Man. To explain the phenomenon, Buchanan theorized that all objects have "souls" that retain a memory.
Intrigued and inspired by Buchanan's work, American professor of geology William F. Denton conducted experiments to see if psychometry would work with his geological specimens. In 1854, he enlisted the help of his sister, Ann Denton Cridge. The professor wrapped his specimens in cloth so Ann could not see what they were. She then placed the package to her forehead and was able to accurately describe the specimens through vivid mental images she was receiving.
From 1919 to 1922, Gustav Pagenstecher, a German doctor and psychical researcher, discovered psychometric abilities in one of his patients, Maria Reyes de Zierold. While holding an object, Maria could place herself in a trance and state facts about the object's past and present, describing sights, sounds, smells and other feelings about the object's "experience" in the world. Pagenstecher's theory was that a psychometrist could tune into the experiential "vibrations" condensed in the object.
- How Does Psychometry Work?
Pagenstecher's vibration theory is getting the most serious attention from researchers. "Psychics say the information is conveyed to them," writes Rosemary Ellen Guiley in Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience, "through vibrations imbued into the objects by emotions and actions in the past."
These vibrations are not just a New Age concept, they have a scientific basis as well. In his book The Holographic Universe, Michael Talbot says that psychometric abilities "suggest that the past is not lost, but still exists in some form accessible to human perception." With the scientific knowledge that all matter on a subatomic level exists essentially as vibrations, Talbot asserts that consciousness and reality exist in a kind of hologram that contains a record of the past, present, and future. Psychometrics may be able to tap into that record.
All actions, Talbot says, "instead of fading into oblivion, remain recorded in the cosmic hologram and can always be accessed once again." Yet other psychical researchers think the information about an object's past is recorded in its aura -- the field of energy surrounding every object. According to an article at The Mystica:
The connection between psychometry and auras is based on the theory that the human mind radiates an aura in all directions, and around the entire body which impresses everything within its orbit.
All objects, no matter how solid they appear, are porous, containing small or even minute holes. These minute crevices in the object's surface collect minute fragments of the mental aura of the person possessing the object. Since the brain generates the aura then something worn near the head would transmit better vibrations.
- How to Do Psychometry
- Get ready: wash and dry your hands to wash any residual energy off them.
- Rub your hands together to get the energy flowing.
- Now, keep the palms of your hands facing each other and slightly pull your hands apart (about 1/4 of an inch). Do you feel energy or a "thick" feeling between your palms? If you do, perfect! If not, it’s okay. Try rubbing your hands together a little bit more.
- Read the object: ask someone for an item that has someone's energy on it. (Keys or a piece of jewelry that someone wears often is great for this intuitive exercise.)
- Close your eyes and take a breath.
- Now, ask yourself questions like: Who owns this object?
- What is the personality of the owner?
- What types of experiences did the owner have while in possession of this object?
- Is the owner living, or have they passed away?
Sometimes, the strongest energy emanating from an object is an emotion. Love, hate, and fear are proven to be three of the most powerful emotions that can be felt. This holds true in psychometry readings as well.
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