Psychometry is the ability to sense or read the history of an object when you touch it. When a person has this psychic ability, they can receive messages, impressions, or knowledge by holding it in their hand or touching it to their forehead. The messages may come in the form of sounds, smells, images, tastes, and emotions.
Technically speaking, psychometry is a form of scrying, which is a psychic form of “seeing” or “reading” something that is not usually seen.
You’ve probably seen people doing a form of scrying in movies or comic books using a crystal ball, water, or black glass. Psychometry only uses touch and nothing more.
For example, a person with psychometric abilities can hold an antique brooch and tell you something about the history of that brooch. They may receive knowledge about the person who wore it, what experiences the person had while they owned it, or how they died. Most important of all, the person will likely feel the emotions of the person who owned the object. All of these things – emotions, experiences, and moments in time – are recorded in the object, so it makes sense that we can access them later.
Now, keep in mind that the psychic might not be able to do this with every single object they handle. As with all psychic abilities, accuracy can vary, depending on how the psychic is feeling and if they have been taking care of themselves. But the ability is always available to the psychic.
The history of the word
The word “psychometry” was originally coined by Joseph R. Buchanan in 1842. The American professor of physiology was one of the first people to experiment with this psychic ability. Using students as subjects, Buchanan placed different drugs in glass vials and asked them to identify the substances by simply holding them.
When their success rate was high, Buchanan published the results in his book titled Journal of Man. He explained the phenomenon by theorizing that all objects have memories or “souls” within them.
When American professor of geology William F. Denton came along, he conducted experiments based on Buchanan’s work. Denton wanted to see if psychometry worked with his geological findings, so in 1854, Denton asked his sister to help him. In the experiment, she held the specimens Denton had wrapped with cloths to her forehead. Without knowing any of the details, Denton’s sister Ann was able to accurately describe the specimens through vivid mental images she received.
Developing your psychometric abilities
Because the human mind is a powerful thing, each of us has the ability to use psychometry. If you’re interested in developing this skill, here’s what you can do:
- Find a quiet spot with no distractions.
- Sit in a relaxed position and close your eyes. Let your hands rest comfortably in your lap with your palms up.
- With your eyes still closed, ask someone to place an object in your hand and make sure they don’t say anything about it.
- While you are holding the object, remain still and quiet. Let your mind begin to process the information that’s coming in. You may receive images or feelings. You can speak them aloud. It’s important to reserve judgment and hold off on processing the impressions you get until all of the information is expressed. Say whatever you’re hearing, feeling, or thinking while you hold the object.
- Many of us can be tempted to “be up in our heads” during this kind of experiment. Don’t. Hold off on judging yourself and your impressions even though what you’re receiving may feel silly or strange.
Another effective way to practice your psychometric abilities is to have a friend place a small object in an envelope, seal it, and give it to you. As you hold the envelope, write down what comes to your mind. Then, once you’ve had time to guess what the object is, take it out of the envelope and see what comes in as you physically hold it in your hand.