Psychometry is a form of psychic divination using the sense of touch to connect with the energy field of an object in order to ‘read’ any psychic imprints left by the owner. Such imprints may provide information on a psychic level in the same way that Tarot cards and other divination tools do.
It could be likened to being able to feel and translate the fingerprints left by anyone who has touched an object. This imprint is classed as residual energy. Another element of psychometry is that through connecting with the energy of an object, a reader may be able to link to a loved one in Spirit who wishes to make themselves known or pass a message on to the enquirer. These spirits are usually linked in some way with the object, or with the person for whom the reading is being done (or who owns the object).
Many mediums use psychometry as a useful tool to connect with their sitter. By holding an object, for example an item of jewellery that the sitter usually wears, the medium can tap into the sitter’s energy field more readily, and thus their thoughts and feelings. By holding a piece jewellery that belonged to a deceased loved one, a medium may be able to connect to that person’s residual energy field, or their spirit, even many years after their death.
Psychic imprints can also be left in an area or building, especially at times of traumatic events. These can be ‘read’ in the same way. An example of this is when you’ve perhaps had the experience of walking into a room in which an argument has recently taken place and feeling uncomfortable without initially understanding why.
These imprints can, in extreme cases, result in what is known as a residual haunting where events are replayed at regular intervals or significant times. For example, at some historic sites or buildings people report seeing a ‘ghost’ repeatedly acting in exactly the same way. Some mediums are able to help police with crime investigations by visiting scenes of crimes and tuning into the residual energy field to find clues. Of course they may also be able to find out further information from holding items connected to the scene.
Psychometry is one of the most basic skills that an aspiring medium can usually master with excellent results. Remember though that as with all things psychic, practice is the key and psychometry skills undoubtedly improve over time.
The most important thing when trying psychometry is to ‘give what you get’. As you hold an object in your hands you may find words or images popping into your head that have no meaning or relevance to you. It’s important that you simply pass them on to the person whose object you’re reading.
You may well find that the word or picture is of deep significance to them. If you hold on to the image, feeling or message that you’re getting because you feel that it isn’t important or that it’s silly, you will be blocking yourself. It’s like placing your thumb over the end of a hosepipe and not allowing the water to flow.
Once you give the information, it’s as though you remove your thumb and let the water go, then more will come. As you become more proficient in the art of psychometry, you may find that you receive certain pictures to symbolise other things, e.g. a plane might represent a holiday. However this is something that you will become attuned to with time and practice. In the meantime simply relax and see what you can pick up.
Module 5 Exercises
Exercise 1: Feel the energy
This exercise will help you to feel and activate the smaller chakras in the hands that will assist you in tuning into and reading the energy of an object.
Sit comfortable in a chair with your feet flat on the floor
Place your palms together and focus your attention on their contact with each other, you may become aware of heat building up.
After a minute or so separate your hands very slightly. Maintain your focus on the same place between the palms. Very slowly move your hands slightly away from and toward each other, as though pumping the air between your palms. You should become aware of a feeling of resistance here.
Gradually take your hands further apart and each time they come back together, still with that pumping action, make the gap between your palms larger and larger. Feel as though there’s a ball of energy between your palms. This energy has been created through the smaller chakras in the palms of your hands using your auric energy.
You can play with the energy with practice. Move your hands around so that you can feel edges of the ball.
You will find, in time that this skill has other uses, but for now, it assists you in beginning to feel the auric energy that we talk of and activating the sense of feeling in your hands.
Exercise 2: Sensing Colours
Using coloured ribbon.
Working in pairs, one person closes their eyes.
The other person passes them a ribbon from the bag and should keep notes for their partner.
Keeping eyes closed, the person receiving the ribbon tries to sense what colour the ribbon is. Be aware of the feelings such as ‘heavy’ or ‘soft’, ‘light’ or ‘dark’ etc. Some people may even be lucky enough to receive an image in their mind, e.g. a sun when holding yellow ribbon.
Still with your eyes closed, tell your partner what you get so that they can make a record for you.
You can try to guess the colour if you want to, although it’s just as good to get a sense of how the colour feels.
Repeat the exercise several times, and then swap around so that you both have a turn at sensing.
Exercise 3: Chair Swapping
Working in Pairs both members seated.
Swap chairs with your partner.
Imagine your aura extending out around you encompassing the energy left behind in this space by your partner.
Tune into that energy and allow sensations and images to come to you through it. No matter how silly you may think these things are, it is important to pass them on. Write down or tell your partner straight away what you’re picking up.
If you have written down the things that you pick up, take some time to give the information verbally once you feel that you have come to a stop. You may find that as you give them this information more comes to you.
Exercise 4: Psychometry exercise
Each member of the group place an object into the bag/bowl.
Pass the bag/bowl around each member, and pick out one object, without looking into the bag/bowl and that it is not the item you placed in there.
As you hold the object in your hands, extend your senses and tune into the energy of the object. Relax. Feel it’s memories, allow images to form in your mind’s eye, take note of fragrances, feelings, sensations, words that pop in to your head, sounds that you hear. Don’t try to analyse it too much! What are you doing with the object? How are you handling it? This can also mean something to or represent something about the sitter. For example twisting and turning an object in your hands could indicate the person is restless, or feels that they are going round in circles with a problem, or it may have been a familiar action of a loved one.
Sit quietly for a few minutes and write down anything that comes to you.
After a while these messages will stop and some of you may feel that you know whose item you are holding. Let each person guess at whose they have in their hands, but don’t worry if you aren’t correct.
Take time for each person to feed back the information that they have received to the person whose item they have read. Continue to hold the item as you do this as more may come to you as you talk.
Swap around until everyone has given his or her messages.
When trying psychometry, whether you write down the information as you receive it and feedback to your partner later, or talk them through it straight away, it’s a good idea to keep a written record of the messages. They may be validated later, by friends or family members. Your partner may have to check up on it to confirm the details or you may even receive information about a future event.
Remember, this exercise requires practice. Some may find they have a natural ability, but others may not get anything at all on their first attempts.