One of the most popular theories to try to explain ghosts is the stone tape theory – this theory suggests that the walls of buildings somehow absorb the emotions, thoughts and energies of the people in the building through the years, and that something triggers a “replay” of a particular event for others to witness. Psychometry – the art of reading an object – is based on a similar theory, and deals with the belief that objects can absorb information about their owners or those handling them, which a gifted psychic can then read.
At its most basic level, many of us will have experienced psychometry involuntarily. Have you ever touched a wall of an unfamiliar building and had a sudden flash of insight into what took place there? Or been handed something which, for reasons you don’t really understand, you can’t wait to put down? Perhaps an object which once belonged to a departed loved one brings you more than just emotional comfort when you hold it. All of these are examples of psychometry, and it’s a fascinating skill to develop.
How to Develop Psychometry
You can use psychometry on absolutely any object, but when you are starting out down this path, it’s best to use objects who history can be proven, so that you can verify whether your impressions were correct or not. For this reason, it’s best to begin with objects belonging to friends or associates.
Try this game in a friend’s home. Sit quietly, with your eyes closed, and ask her to hand you an unfamiliar object. Keep your eyes closed, and note your immediate first impression. You may or may not immediately realize what the object is, but you should get an instinctive sense of emotion from it straight away. Is it happy, is it sad, is is tired, is it joyful? Does it make you feel hopeful or fearful? All of these emotions are linked to the owner of the object at this time.
Open your eyes and look closely at the object. What is is is not important – what counts is the feelings and impressions it gives you. Touch as much of it as possible – turn it over, run it through your hands, open it or rotate it, and keep touching it as you talk. Describe your initial emotions and as you keep talking you’ll notice that certain images, words or sensations come into your mind. Don’t censor yourself – far too many beginning psychics don’t say something because they think it sounds silly, only to later discover that they would have been right all along.
Ask you friend not to say too much, just to say yes or no to each of your statements about the object, the owner and its associations. If you keep getting a no, close your eyes, take a deep breath and pause. Sometimes it helps to put the object down, clear your mind and then pick it up again. Don’t give up. However vague, you should find that after a while you start to get more yes reactions than no. Don’t worry if all you can give at this stage is a few words about an emotion, a color, a place or an event – you’ll get more as you relax more and become more experienced.
If you have several like-minded friends, you can try a group psychometry experiment. Purchase a few inexpensive pieces of second hand jewelry or some no longer wanted ornaments from a thrift store. Label each one as item A, item B and so on. Each group member should spend five minutes with each object, sitting quietly and noting down on a piece of paper any impressions they get from the object, and then moving on to the next.
At the end of the session, compare notes. Did most of you pick up similar feelings from the same objects? Did any of your impressions match? Although you won’t know the history of these objects, and therefore cannot verify your impressions, this is a useful exercise to see if you are all objectively receiving the same kind of impression from a given object – fascinating stuff!