ENHANCING PSYCHIC ABILITIES WITH PSYCHOMETRY
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Psychometry is a sure-fire way to develop the clairvoyant skills that are the foundation of mediumship. But for many novices the hardest part is getting started. When you sit in a circle there will always be those who are too shy or self-critical to say what comes to them when they are handed an object to read. Have no sympathy for these people! I am hard on people who say, “Sorry, I am not getting anything.” That is just a cop-out. We all have something in our head all of the time—the practitioner needs to say what they are thinking, feeling, or experiencing or they will not stand a chance of developing their gifts.
It is the job of the circle leader to urge hesitant sitters to speak out. When someone comes up against a brick wall at the start of or during their psychometry demonstration, I push them forward by firing some questions at them. It is wise to have a few questions in mind so that you can fire them off quickly and not give the reader a chance to think about what he or she is saying. It forces the reader to give a spontaneous answer. In this way, we bypass the intellect and give the intuition a chance to work.
Craig’s Psychic Circle – Lesson 1
I may ask: “What sort of person owns the object. Is he a nice person? Do you like him?” If the answer is just “yes” then I will push further and say, “Why do you like him? What specific qualities does he have that you like?” If again the answer is numbingly obvious, such as “I don’t know,” I may ask: “Then how does this person remind you of yourself? Why do you relate to the object in a positive way.”
As you see, I am trying to target my questions to get the practitioner to recognize qualities of the owner’s character from the object. We can help by encouraging the practitioner to identify similar characteristics in him- or herself—or, as I explained earlier, by associating the impressions with the characteristics of people he or she already knows.
If the reader is still struck dumb, then have him or her answer a series of specific questions. This is veering away from the objective of describing character but for some people it helps to get them started. I may say, “Imagine you are in this person’s front room. Is there a carpet on the floor and if so what colour is it?” I note the response and then quickly follow with other questions, such as: “What is the owner’s favourite candy? What is her favourite movie? Can she swim? Is she argumentative? Give me three Christian names that are significant to this person,” and so on.
The objective is to force the reader to answer quickly and not give the person enough breathing space to think about the answers between questions. If they hesitate for even an instant, I jump on them with: “Come on, come on, quickly, quickly.” It is remarkable how this simple technique can get shy people talking and working— and more often than not the results are remarkably accurate. It is also fun.
Pass the Buck
People get bored easily so it is important to make the psychometry lessons as interesting as possible. We usually kick off the start of a practice session with some simple instant psychometry. I select an object from the bag and pass it to the person next to me. The receiver is instructed to give a two- or three-sentence description of the owner or say anything that comes to mind as he or she holds the object. If the object happens to belong to that person, he or she must pretend to be reading it so that no one can guess who it really belongs to.
For this exercise there are no pauses. It is made clear to the assembled that as soon as the object touches their hand they must speak, no matter how incomprehensible or silly it may sound. Each person is to say just a few sentences and then pass it to the next person, who will also speak immediately. This is to continue until the object has quickly been passed full circle and returns to me. I make the last reading. We then ask the owner to let us know what we got right.
The speed of this exercise is important as it forces the reader to go with his or her first impressions. Sometimes I encourage others in the circle to heckle the reader to hurry up or to be more specific. One drawback, and the reason I go last, is that the timid circle members have a tendency to copy what others have said. If they do, then it is not counted as a hit and they are discouraged from mimicking one another. I praise the most adventurous readers and those with accurate information to encourage the quiet ones to be a little more daring with what they say. In this way my students gain confidence and move away from giving generalities, eventually becoming very accurate in their readings.
INTERESTING ITEMS FOR PSYCHOMETRY
You are more likely to learn a subject if you are interested in it. Right from the start it is possible to get exciting insights and achieve remarkable results from psychometry that will astonish everyone—including the person giving the message. New circles are often punctuated with: “How on earth did I get that right?” or “Wow, didn’t he do well!” But it is also important to maintain this accuracy and eventually establish it as the norm. This requires lots of practice, and practice can become dull if the methods are the same every time. So to keep it interesting, I like to give my students the opportunity to approach psychometry in many different ways. This adds variety and creates interest, which increases the student’s desire to learn.
As long as you know the history of an object and the character of the owner(s) you can use just about anything for psychometry. Here are a few variations on a theme that will make your psychometry evenings buzz:
Psychic Abilities: Letter Psychometry
Ask visitors to the circle to bring with them letters they have received. They will need to know a little about the sender so that they can confirm or deny what is picked up about the letter. To spice it up further, add a few letters that may be charged with emotion, such as a final demand for payment, a notice of filing for divorce, a love letter, a letter from someone famous, and so on. These can be very interesting to work with during psychometry sessions.
Psychic Abilities: Criminal Evidence Psychometry
A police officer or a private detective may be able to get permission for you conduct psychometry experiments on murder weapons or objects with an interesting history, such as the artefacts from museums I described earlier. Perhaps you could invite them to be your guest for the evening and ask them to bring along a few objects that have an intriguing past or an unsolved crime associated with them.
You may also want to include a few benign objects with no associated bad history—such as a brand-new carving knife straight from the shop. If you pick up no violence with this object, it would help to prove that what you are getting from the other objects is not a result of your own imagination.
Psychic Abilities: Crystal Psychometry
Crystals are believed to hold vibrations and are, therefore, a very useful tool for psychometry. Before coming to the meeting each member of the circle writes down a description of an imaginary situation. This needs to include interesting imagery and be charged with emotion; for example, doing a parachute jump or driving a motorcycle through flaming hoops.
While holding a clear quartz crystal, each person now visualizes the scene. During the meditation they involve all of their five senses as well as feeling the emotions associated with what’s happening in their imagined scenes. For example, if someone pictures being at sea during a raging storm, he or she may feel the rocking of the boat, shiver in the cold wind, hear the thunder, and see the grey tossing ocean. He or she would also experience the feelings of fear and excitement that would accompany such an experience. With eyes closed, the group members imagine that the images and feelings are actually happening and are being recorded by the crystal. Now they look into the crystal and imagine that they can see the scene happening inside the clear rock.
Doing this exercise imprints the quartz with the images that can be read by the psychometrists at the circle. Mark the crystals with a stick-on label and a number and put them in a bag. Each member of the circle takes a turn selecting a crystal from the bag and describing the scenes imprinted onto the crystal. I have found that holding the crystal to the third eye chakra, located at the centre of the forehead, helps the reader to “see” the scenes.
My own group has had some remarkable results with this experiment. At one session I imprinted the image of a monkey sitting on top of a telegraph pole eating a banana. The reader of the crystal described this exactly!
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Psychic Abilities: Herb Psychometry
For this psychometry experiment, tightly seal individual fresh herbs into separate polyethylene bags and place each into a plain envelope. It is important that the fragrances of the herbs cannot be identified. For interest, include a few noxious or poisonous herbs as well. Look up the curative properties of each herb and place this information in the envelope with the appropriate herb. The reader is then asked to describe the curative or other properties of the herbs and plants hidden in the envelopes. When the reader is finished, the envelope is opened and the traditional description is read aloud to see how much the reader’s analysis corresponds with the plant’s traditional lore.
Psychic Abilities: Flower Psychometry
Flowers are living things, and are therefore influenced by the energies of the person holding them. For this experiment each person buys a flower to bring to the circle. He or she must mark it with a stick-on label on which a symbol or design is drawn, so the individual can identify the flower as his or her own. Sometimes a raffle ticket is attached to the flower and the counterfoil kept by the owner of the flower. By carrying the flower with them to the group, each member is imprinting the aura of the flower, which can be read for psychometry. The flowers are placed in a vase in the centre of the circle. As with normal psychometry, the other people are not to know to whom each flower belongs.
When the flowers are read, the psychometrist will at first work as if reading an ordinary object: by describing the character and life of the owner. But the flower is also used as a symbol to represent the spirit of the person who brought it
Mystics believe that nothing in the universe is coincidental. When we cast an oracle, the random cards or other divination objects are determined by the conditions of the time in which they are drawn and reflect the situation and potential future of the person who asked the question. In the same way, the flower that was chosen is also an oracle.
After the flower has been used for psychometry, the reader can interpret it as a symbol for the personality and life of owner. The stem represents the life path, with the base as the person’s birth, moving upward through childhood to the top of the stem, which represents the present day.
When you read a flower it is important to observe the details. For example, if the stem is damaged at the start or has many nodules or unformed branches, then this may show a difficult start in life. A completely smooth stem may show an easy pathway through life. Watch out for bumps, breaks, and markings. All of these may indicate difficulties the flower’s owner may have had
Branches and leaves can show pathways and opportunities that have come to the person. A broken branch may represent a failed marriage or job. A bud that is damaged may represent a failed opportunity, whereas new buds may show promise for the future. The position the branch touches the stem indicates the timing for the events shown.
The way the leaves hang will show the character of the person. Leaves that hug the stem may show someone who needs security or a close-knit family. Blemishes and marks on the leaves may show problems or illnesses that a person has experienced. Look also at the overall form of the plant. Is it limp and exhausted or bright and expansive? All this says something about the owner.
The flower itself represents the person’s spiritual, emotional, and intellectual aspirations. A closed flower may indicate an introverted person, whereas a splay of petals may show an extrovert. If many blooms surround a single flower it may indicate that many friends surround this person. A single flower on a leafless stem may show loneliness, or a flower with a tall stem overreaching the rest may show ambition.
The flower’s colours refer to the person’s emotional disposition, and the size of the bloom will give you a sense of the strength of the person’s character. The centre of the bloom expresses the person’s innermost nature. Examine this area for flaws and interesting structures. A well-ordered centre might indicate an orderly person, fine petals may show a sensitive person, and damaged stamens may mean sexual problems.
Describe your gut feelings when making your interpretation, for there are no hard and fast rules except one: Use your intuition and the correct information will come to you. The interpretation of a flower is an intuitive art. Look always beyond the structure and ask what your intuition is telling you. If you can do this you will glean remarkable information from a simple flower and give a fascinating reading.
The Envelope Game
Keeping a group active is important in order to keep everyone’s interest, and the envelope game is an excellent psychic readings experiment to introduce whenever the circle’s energy needs a bit of a lift. My circle always enjoys this “game” because everyone is involved right from the start and there is no waiting around for someone to finish before you get your turn.
Before the meeting starts, each member of the circle is given a large and a pen. They each write their name on the inside of the flap and fold it into the envelope. The envelopes are then placed on the members’ laps during the meditation at the start of the session so they will absorb the vibrations of the person holding it. The members may sit on their envelopes if it is more comfortable.
After the meditation the envelopes are given to the group leader, who shuffles them and hands one to each person. The group is then asked to see what impressions they “feel” about the person who has held it earlier, and to write their own name and a couple of on the top of the envelope. This is folded backward so that the next person cannot see. the envelope is then passed to the person on the left to do the same, again and so on until the envelopes have gone full circle.
The group leader now gathers the envelopes and gives them back to the original person who held them during meditation. Reading them is fascinating, as each envelope not only has impressions about that person from everyone in the group but also has a reading by that individual about the way he or she feel about him- or herself.
CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated U.K. medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig and his wife Jane have had their own TV shows in the UK and USA including 'The Spirit of Princess Diana'. In 2003 the BBC made a 3 part documentary about their work. Craig is the author of 15 books.