Psychometry is the ability in which psychics sense or read the history of an object by handling it or holding it to their forehead or chest. The information received may include people, places, events, or emotions of people connected with the object. Psychics also perceive the information as images, sounds, smells and tastes, for example handling a brooch can provide facts about the present and previous owners. Often the information comes in story form. People who practice this skill are referred to as a psychometrist. The skill of psychometry is not restricted to psychics. For example visiting an old historical site and touching the stones can teach you a lot about the history of the place.

The term Psychometry was coined by the psychical researcher D.J.R. Buchanan in 1840 at the Cincinnati medical school after placing different medicines in unmarked medicine bottles he asked his students to identify the medicines by holding the bottles. The objects most commonly used in psychometry are jewellery or small personal items like watches, keys and letters etc. In the case of police work or finding missing persons, photograph or weapons or other items belonging to the person such as clothing have been used. The more often the objects have been used the more information will be available. However if a number of people have handled the object the information received may be conflicting.

Psychics who practice psychometry believe that whenever some one touches an object vibrations become attached to it, in particular emotions. Handling an object that carries sentimental value, for example a family ornament, may carry indications of people who owned it.

Theosophists attempt to explain psychometry in terms of the Akashic records, which it is said contains the entire history of every soul since the dawn of Creation. Others believe that information in the form of vibrations or emotional imprints leave an impression within the object in a similar way to a tape recorder recording a voice.

Learning Psychometry

One of the main obstacles to overcome when learning psychometry is to trust your instincts. It’s only natural for your logical mind to begin analysing any impressions that come through. But, what seems like nonsense to you may make perfect sense to the person whose belonging you hold.
When learning psychometry, it’s usually better to close your eyes and identify the objects by feel. As you begin to gain more confidence you can include the visual aspect.

A good way to begin is to ask a friend to bring you an item that is of sentimental value to them and their family, the older the item the better. Begin by taking one or two deep breaths and relax. Ask your friend to place the object in your cupped hands, some people prefer to use their non-dominant hand (the hand you do not write with).
With your eyes closed, move your fingertips and palms gently over the surface of the object. Relax and allow any impressions to come into your mind, it may be sounds, scenes or even colours, some people also pick up on the emotional content. Continue for a few minutes, whilst at the same time feeling yourself moving inside the object so that it surrounds you. It is not uncommon to feel the object getting warmer at this point, which indicates that you are beginning to make contact with it. If nothing happens continue fingering it, with continual practice you will learn the difference between a genuine psychic impression and just your imagination. It’s also helpful to right down your impressions, so that you can compare them later on. Finally, ask your friend what they know about the history of the object and compare it with your own impressions. If the information doesn’t match, don’t be put off, you may be picking up information known only another person in the family.

Psychometry of a place or building

Visit a place of antiquity, for example an old stone circle, a ruined building or castle where there may be stones or pieces of broken pottery lying around. Hold them in your hands or lay the palms of your hands against them in the case of walls and large pieces of masonry. Let the impressions come into your mind as you allow your inner vision to go inside the object. You can also try touching furniture in a museum or stately home. If the building or object has a long history to it see if you can pick up impressions of the people associated with it, for example maids or the owner. Afterwards look around the area and do some research into people who lived and worked there, read the guidebook and study portraits hanging on the walls for clues and see how your impressions tallied.


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