BBC Investigation with Craig Hamilton-Parker and Chris Packham
WHAT IS PSYCHOMETRY?
Reading the vibrations from an object is called psychometry. The word comes from the Greek psyche (soul) and metron (measure), and literally means “measuring of the soul.” The term was coined in the mid-nineteenth century by Joseph Rodes Buchanan, an American professor of physiology from the Eclectic Medical Institute, in Covington, Kentucky.
Buchanan noticed that some of his students could distinguish different chemicals when they are wrapped in thick brown paper. He discovered that some of these “sensitive” could also describe, from unopened letters, the contents and character of the writer.
Psychometry is used in psychic archaeology and psychic criminology and is an important part of Spiritualist training for developing mediumship. In the U.K.the law states that it must only be used as a training aid, as to hold an object while purporting to be making a link to the spirit world is an infringement of the provisions of the Fraudulent Mediums Act of 1951.
The information obtained from psychometry is not a spirit link if it is being obtained from an object. No tools or aids such as tarot cards, crystal balls, and so on are required to make contact with the spirit world and must not be used as part of a mediumistic reading. It is, therefore, necessary to put the object down when moving from a psychometry reading to a mediumistic one.
DEVELOPING THE SKILL
For an accomplished medium, the vibration emanating from a personal object held at the start of a sitting can act as a stepping stone that links them with the vibrations of communicators from the spirit world. The novice can also use psychometry as the foundation for their clairvoyance, which may eventually grow into a mediumistic gift. Grounding in psychometry trains the intuition to sense qualities of the owner’s character from an object. This intuitive skill is eventually developed into the ability to sense the personality and thoughts of a spirit communicator.
If you are running a group and practicing medium readings and psychic readings then you will probably practice every week. At the start, it will help you to develop your innate psychic skills. In a developed circle it will serve as a useful warm-up before beginning mediumship. Do not undervalue the importance of psychometry or get frustrated because you want to dive straight into mediumship.
When people come to the circle I ask them all to put at least one object into a bag as they enter. These are “read” during the evening. It is important that nobody else in the room sees the objects being put into the bag or be given clues to identify its owner.
Some psychics claim that metal and stone objects are best for psychometry, as they easily retain the vibrations. I consider this hearsay, as I have not noticed any difference. An object that has been worn is particularly useful because it has been in direct contact with the person to be read. Similarly, older objects are more suitable than brand-new ones that have not had much time to absorb vibrations. It is also important to know the history of the object in case the psychometrist gives information about multiple owners of the item. It is best if the object to be read has had only one owner.
The practitioners may add their own items to the bag and may also bring along objects lent to them by friends and family. It is advisable to record the session if the subject of the reading is absent, and then asking him or her to write some comments that can be read out the next time. Being correct using this remote form of psychometry can be very encouraging for the sitters and is a validation of the accuracy of their gift—particularly if the recipient was initially skeptical. However, for the first sessions, keep to just objects from the sitters, as it is good in the first stages to get an immediate response so that you can instantly see how well you are doing and feel your confidence increase.
Items for Psychometry
I encourage my sitters to include personal items such as keys, jewelry, and watches, but also to include letters, loaned objects, and something with an unusual history. If the history and people associated with the objects are interesting then the resulting clairvoyance for that session is likely to be intriguing. If any of the group has access to historic artifacts or implements used in a crime, include these also.
Psychometry is a comparatively easy psychic skill to learn and you may find that you get quick and accurate information right from the start.
Objectives of the session:
The thoughts we project into the world are absorbed by objects we have owned for a long period of time. It is the objective of this session to “replay” these recordings. In particular, we are interested in discovering information about the owner(s) of the objects we hold. We hope to build up an extensive character profile and include information about their personality and their life.
How to do Psychometry
The leader of the group selects a person from the circle to do the first psychometry reading. The history of the object should be unknown to the reader but known by someone in the room. The owner of the object must remain poker-faced so as not to give any clues about who owns it.
If there is a low table in the center of the circle, the object can be placed there and near the selected reader. If you are the reader, this will allow you to attune yourself for a few moments before picking up the object. Let your breathing relax and allow your intuitive thinking to flow.
When you feel ready, pick up the object and immediately start talking about its owner. Do not worry if the information is right or wrong or just plain silly. In the circle you are allowed to make mistakes, for how else will you learn? It is, however, inexcusable to say nothing. Bear in mind that the first thoughts that come to your from your intuition are invariably correct. Give your impressions exactly as you receive them, without trying to censor or change the thoughts that come to you. You will have a feeling that the thoughts about the object come to you out of the blue as if they are being given to you.
As you hold the object to let the words flow. What is the first thing you feel? Perhaps the object gives you a feeling of warmth and you may feel that the person is warm and caring. Or maybe the owner is cold and calculating? Is the person a worrier? Is he or she outgoing or tend to keep his or her own counsel? Are they shy, humorous, moody, witty, intelligent, talented, frustrated, bored, unfulfilled, ambitious, and so on? What does the person like doing: sports, art, walking, dancing, cooking? Ask your intuition questions, listen to your inner reply, and speak out.
Now dig a little deeper. Some of the things you say may appear to be meaningless but may have significance to the recipient. You will get a few things wrong but the percentage you get right will increase every time you do a reading. Eventually, it will come close to 100% accuracy. The important thing is to keep pushing yourself to give more and more. Believe in yourself. Trust your intuition. It is giving you correct information.
Do not be influenced by the object itself or surmise what you think the object says about the owner. A Mickey Mouse key ring may have been bought for granny by her grandchildren, or the owner of an expensive piece of jewelry may be broke. Talk about what you feel and sense, not what you see with your eyes.
Build a complete character profile of the owner. Say whatever comes to mind and give as much detail as you can. Speak now or you’ll later regret your reluctance to speak out. Do not predict, though, as this cannot be verified immediately. Psychometry is about reading vibrations from the past, not the future. Have some fun with your reading. Point out the quirks and idiosyncrasies in the person’s personality. See if your intuition can reveal amusing events from his or her past.
Try to finish on a positive note, even repeating a few of the main things that felt most important. People tend to remember the first and last thing you say, so starting and finishing with strong evidence will improve your presentation. When you have finished, say so and put the object down.
After the Reading
When the reading is over, the group leader will ask the owner of the object to explain the percentage of what the reader got right and wrong. The recipient of the reading should go into detail, highlighting everything specific described. Some will be wrong but a great deal will also be startlingly accurate. If one of the group has been keeping notes, then these can be read out also. Psychometry is a comparatively easy gift to develop and you will soon discover that it is possible to progress quickly.
Psychometry helps you to develop your powers of clairsentience—the ability of clear sensing, being aware of feelings, emotions, and character traits. (I will describe this in more detail later.) Clairsentience is the glue that will hold together your mediumship. Eventually, you will be able to add to this the pearls of clairvoyance (clear seeing) and clairaudience (clear hearing).