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Psychometry, Your Unconscious Psychic Ability


Psychometry is a psychic ability that many if not all people use unconsciously in their daily lives. What is psychometry you may well ask? Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines it as “divination of facts concerning an object or its owner through contact with or proximity to the object “Personally I would not use the term divination. I would rather describe it as the utilization of one’s psychic faculties to obtain information about an object or owner of an object

Further “it seems to be a property of matter that it carries with it permanently, as a sort of influence or aura, a complete history of itself.” [A. Campbell Holms, The Facts of Psychic Science (New Hyde Park, New York: University Books 1969), p. 93]

The word psychometry means soul measurement from the Greek: psyche = soul and metron =measure. Dr. Joseph Rodes Buchanan coined the term psychometry. He also had an association with First Spiritual Temple. It says it’s the oldest Christian Spiritualist Church in the world.

“Dr. Buchanan said that psychometry was a science….
That everything that has ever existed, every object, scene, event, that has occurred since the beginning of the world, has left on the ether or astral light a trace of its being. Not only on the ether, but likewise on more palpable objects, trees and stones and all manner of things.” (Lewis Spence, Encyclopedia of Occultism, 1960, p. 333.)

Let’s look at the practical aspects of psychometry. Ever not wanted to part with an item? Does it remind you of a special time or a special person? That’s psychometry coming in to play. There are some folks in society that can’t part with things (sometimes to the extreme) because that’s their physical journal of their lives. Although these folks can remember special occasions this way, it may get out of hand.

Although all too often I have found that some people think that psychometry is some sort of parlor trick or game, it has so many wonderful benefits in terms of helping the world.

This unconscious psychic ability has been a great source of comfort to those who have suffered a bereavement. Unknowingly or unwittingly the bereaved have been performing psychometry when they have held objects such as clothing of a loved one who has crossed over. They feel a connection if not the presence of the loved one now in the Afterlife. If the presence of the loved one is felt, the bereaved is actually performing mediumship. Psychometry can be a stepping stone to unfolding mediumship. It can certainly be a wonderful tool.

Spiritual healers in Spiritualist Churches who perform a type of laying on of hands often connect to information about the person on the healing chair whether they touch them or not. One can also obtain information from shaking someone’s hand in any setting.

Speaking of Spiritualist Churches as a point of interest, Christian Spiritualists use the Bible passage KJV version John 4: 14-19 to support psychometry . That’s why many if not all Christian Spiritualist Churches perform psychometry within their services.

Lets move along to another field where psychometry is employed, law enforcement. An object or photo is given to the psychometrist to obtain information about the subject. I’m sure we can think of many instances on television where we’ve seen this technique used.

I agree with the infinite possibilities Dr. Buchanan spoke of when he said: “…the discoveries of psychometry will enable us to explore the history of man, as those of geology enable us to explore the history of the earth. There are mental fossils for psychologists as well as mineral fossils for the geologists; and I believe that hereafter the psychologist and the geologist will go hand in hand, the one portraying the earth, its animals and its vegetation, while the other portrays the human beings who have roamed over its surface in the shadows, in the darkness of primeval barbarism. Aye, the mental telescope is now discovered which may pierce the depths of the past and bring us in full view of the grand and tragic passages of ancient history.” (J Rhodes Buchanan, Encyclopedia of Psychic Science, 1966, p. 39)

Of course, this could only happen with the widespread acceptance of the accuracy of psychometry. And as with all psychometrics, it depends on the ability and accuracy of the psychometrist .

There are so many possibilities with psychometry. Most folks are doing it and don’t even know it. Give it a try or acknowledge it if you recognize that you’re doing it. You’re tapping into your psychic or mediumistic self. I think that’s a good thing.

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