Psychometry (paranormal)

Psychometry (paranormal)


Psychometry, also known as token-object
reading, or psychoscopy, is a form of extra-sensory perception characterized
by the claimed ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown
history by making physical contact with that object. Supporters assert that an
object may have an energy field that transfers knowledge regarding that
object’s history. Psychometry is commonly offered at
psychic fairs as a type of psychic reading. At New Age events psychometry
has claimed to help visitors “meet the dearly departed”.
Although the majority of police departments polled do not use psychics
and do not consider them credible or useful on cases, some authors write that
psychometry and psychic detectives were used by law enforcement agencies on
specific cases. History
Joseph Rodes Buchanan coined the word “psychometry” in 1842. Buchanan came up
with the idea that all things give off an emanation.
The Past is entombed in the Present! The world is its own enduring monument; and
that which is true of its physical, is likewise true of its mental career. 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, and 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!
Buchanan asserted that his particular psychism would supersede empiric
science. He wrote a comprehensive treatise, Manual of Psychometry: the
Dawn of a New Civilization, detailing how the direct knowledge of psychometry
would be applied to and affect the many various branches of science. It also
would elevate the various schools of philosophy and arts thereby affecting
wide social change and ultimately an enlightenment of humanity:
The thermometer measures caloric. The barometer measures the weight of the
atmosphere; the electrometer measures electric conditions; the psychometer
measures the soul. In the case of Psychometry, however, the measuring
assumes a new character, as the object measured and the measuring instrument
are the same psychic element, and its measuring power is not limited to the
psychic as it was developed in the first experiments, but has appeared by
successive investigation to manifest a wider and wider area of power, until it
became apparent that this psychic capacity was really the measure of all
things in the Universe. Buchanan continued to promote
psychometry throughout his life and his followers believed that it would
revolutionize science in a comprehensive way as “the dawn of a new civilization”.
Others, such as Stephen Pearl Andrews who promoted Psychometry along with his
own new science of Universology, built upon Buchanan’s ideas. As a lecturer
Andrews asserted that such inquiries, as paraphrased by an 1878 New York Times
article, “demonstrated that the sympathy between the mind and body is an exact
science”. In the later nineteenth century
demonstrations of psychometry became a popular part of stage acts and séances;
with participants providing a personal object for “reading” by a medium or
psychic. In fiction
=Books=The Goth series by Katie Maxwell
features a psychometrist as the main character, Fran.
In the Maximum Ride book series, the character Nudge has psychometric
abilities. In the Matt Turner series by Michael
Siemsen, the protagonist is a troubled psychometrist.
In the Shamus Award Nominated mystery series by William Mize, the main
character, Denton Ward, is a psychometrist.
In Jenny Nimmo’s novel “Charlie Bone And The Time Twister”, the character Gabriel
Silk is a psychometrist who can specifically feel emotions by wearing
the clothes of others. In the touch series, Deadly Little Lies,
a novel by Laurie Stolarz, Ben is a psychometrist.
In the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stievater, a psychic named Calla
specializes in psychometry. In the novel The Witching Hour, the
first of Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches trilogy, protagonist Michael Curry
receives the power of psychometry. In the novel The Dead Zone by Stephen
King, Johnny Smith uses his newfound psychometric powers to help the police
in solving many cases. In the young-adult fiction Dark Visions
Trilogy, by L. J. Smith, the character Laurie Frost has the ability of
psychometry. In the Fingerprints series of youth
novels by Melinda Metz, the character Rachel “Rae” Voight can receive the
thoughts and emotions of others by touching the fingerprints left on an
object handled by them. The light novel series Katanagatari by
Nisio Isin boasts a psychometrist by the name of Kawauso Maniwa, one of the 12
Maniwa Ninja Corps Heads. In The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
the characters Nynaeve al’Meara, Aviendha, and Elayne Trakand can all
handle magical artifacts and can respectively sense the object’s
emotional history/future, magical use, and design for recreation and imitation.
Autobiography “My Life Across The Table” [1] recounts actual readings by
professional psychic Karen Page utilizing psychometry
In the “Mythos Academy” series by Jennifer Estep, the main character, Gwen
Frost, has psychometric powers. In the Darkover novel “Traitor’s Sun,”
by Marion Zimmer Bradley, it is discussed by Katherine Aldaran and
Marguerida Alton-Hastur as a possible laran power.
In the “Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation Solitary Witch”, by
Silver RavenWolf, she explains how psychometry and dowsing are used
sometimes for the experience of sensing and manipulating energy rather than
strictly for the idea of pure divination.
In the novel “Signs Point to Yes” by Christopher Church, the main character,
Mason Braithwaite, uses psychometry to solve mysteries. ISBN 978-1-942267-00-3
=Movies=In the 1988 movie Vibes, Jeff Goldblum
plays a psychometrist. In the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk
With Me, articles of clothing that have been in proximity to members of the
Black Lodge effect personality changes in the people who wear them.
In the 1994 film, The Crow, Brandon Lee plays a spirit of vengeance with
psychometric powers. The 2002 thriller film Frailty
extensively depicts this psychic phenomenon.
In the 2009 action film Push, psychics called Sniffs can relive a person’s past
and their location by touching or sniffing objects.
In The Meteor Man, Jefferson Reed gains various superhuman powers from a
meteorite, including the ability to psychometrically and psychosomatically
memorize by touch the contents of a book.
In the 2013 South Korean movie, The Gifted Hands, Kim Bum plays a character
who withholds the ability to see the past by being in contact with objects
which helps the police department solve cases of child kidnapping.
=Television=In the 2008 television series Fringe,
the entire show is based on such ideas, with topics such as consciousness
exploration being the center of the show, with Psychometry specifically
being named at the beginning of the 4th season.
In the 2003 HBO television series Carnivàle, Professor Lodz can read
thoughts and dreams through contact with a person or object.
Creating visions by touching objects is also displayed in Charmed and Medium.
On the superhero comedy-drama The Greatest American Hero, the lead
character possesses psychometric powers when wearing his super-suit.
Bun Waverly, a witch from the TV series Eastwick has the ability to see the
future and know all the past and future information of an object by touching it.
In the six-hour Stephen King television mini-series Rose Red, the character of
Pam Asbury was a psychometrist or “touch-know;” one of a group of six
psychics brought in by parapsychologist Dr. Joyce Reardon to awaken the sleeping
haunted Seattle manor known as Rose Red. In the Canadian pilot Movie and
Television show My Babysitter’s a Vampire the main character, Ethan
Morgan, is a Seer, and possess Psychometry. Through touch he has the
power, to see the past, present or future of an object/person, or their
uses, intentions or true form. In the American science fiction
television drama Heroes, Sylar gains this ability from a woman named Bridget
Bailey. In the show it was called Clairsentience.
It was also mentioned in show Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, in “The Secret
of the Coins.” In the BBC television series Doctor Who:
In the Episode “The Rings Of Akhaten” Psychometry is used to assess
sentimental objects as currency in the marketplace.
In the live action kids show Power Rangers S.P.D. the Green Ranger,Bridge
Carson has a form of psychometry and the ability to scan and read auras and
energy signatures. He has no control over this ability, and consequently
wears gloves most of the time. As the series progressed, Bridge’s power
evolved to include tracking thoughts, since, as he stated, thoughts are
energy.=Comics and anime=
Kaos, the son of mad scientist Desty Nova in Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel
Alita appears as a very unusual psychometrist in that not only can he
read the memories of objects but he can also absorb the talents and skills
necessary for their creation. A number of comic book characters
exhibit psychometric powers, including Longshot, Adrienne Frost, and Terror,
all of whom appear in books published by Marvel Comics.
Many field agents featured in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy series have this
ability. Characters appearing in Japanese manga
and anime that possess psychometric abilities include Chiba Mamoru from
Sailor Moon and Oliver Davis from Ghost Hunt.
The Mass Effect franchise includes an alien race called Protheans, who possess
the ability to communicate and learn things about a being through touch.
In Psychometrer Eiji created by Masashi Asaki and Yuma Ando – The main
character, Asuma Eiji has the ability to ‘read’ pieces of information left from
any object or person that he touch or in contact with.
In Toyko Babylon Dark Horse Comics Jedi Master Quinlan
Vos has this power as a member of the Kiffar species.
In Zettai Karen Children a manga by Takashi Shiina, one of the protagonist
Shiho Sannomiya has psychometric power In the Sunrise anime, Witch Hunter
Robin, STN-J agent Karasuma Miho has psychometric ability.
In the Ghost Hunt manga, it’s revealed that Naru has a psychometric ability
among other abilities.=Toys=
In BIONICLE, a Toa of Water called Helryx has a Kanohi mask called Mask of
Psychometry. See also
Law of contagion List of parapsychology topics
Parapsychology Retrocognition
List of topics characterized as pseudoscience
References Bibliography
Colin Wilson: The Psychic Detectives: The Story of Psychometry and Paranormal
Crime Detection. 1984, ISBN 0-330-28119-4
{ Lea Lind} : “Psychometry the Art of Being a Psychic Detective”
Self-Published External links
Psychometry Experiment, a project that gave residents in Ontario, Canada the
opportunity to participate in a psychometry study
Psychic Karen Page’s autobiography “My Life Across the Table” [2]

One comment

  1. I don't know. This sounds bullshit . I do want to believe , but this video did not make me buy into it . I want to believe but need better proof .

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