Using Psychometry for Psychic Development
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker about psychometry and psychic abilities.
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 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.
Learning in a Psychic Circle
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 Demonstrates Psychometry
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 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 the 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 goal 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 color is it?” I note the response and then quickly follow with other questions, such as: “What is the owner’s favorite candy? What is her favorite 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 gives 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 urge 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 the right 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.
After the meditation, the envelopes are given to the group leader, who shuffles them and hands one to each person. The group is asked to see what impressions they “feel” about the person who has held it earlier. They write their own name and a couple of on the top of the envelope. This is folded back so that the next person cannot see. The envelope is 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 person about the way he or she feels about him or herself.