Psychometry is also known as psychometrics or token-object reading. The term psychometry is derived from the Greek words “psyche” meaning soul and “metron” meaning measure. It was named for the science invented by American physician and professor of physiology, Joseph Rhodes Buchanan in the 1840s.


During a psychometry reading, one or all of the following psychic abilities are used; clairvoyance, clairsentience or clairaudience. A psychic is able to pick up impressions, visions, thoughts or events relating to someone just by holding an object, piece of jewelry, photograph or letter belonging to that person. He or she will usually require that the object has only had one owner, so that the images and feelings retrieved from the object won’t be confused with someone else. These objects hold imprints of emotions, sounds, scents, tastes or images. Recently, more documentaries are being produced about how law-enforcement agencies engage psychics who have this ability to assist in crime solving. By handling objects belonging to missing persons, psychics have been able to depict crime scenes, locate missing persons, experience afterlife communications and sense the feelings of the individuals involved.


The practice of psychometry is not limited to retrieving information from humans. Many animal psychics and communicators apply this gift to reveal information about pets. The use of images, toys, collars and leashes can divulge information for help in finding lost animals or gaining information about rescued pets.


A psychometric exercise is given below that can be done to help you discover your ability with this psychic power. In this exercise, you will try to discover the past of someone through an object. It is important to begin by meditating to clear your mind of uninvited chatter and to align your chakras.


Have a friend bring you a ring, key or piece of small jewelry that had belonged to someone else.

Place it on a table or in a basket for a moment, in order to release any body heat or energies it may be holding from your friend.

After a few seconds, pick it up, and hold it in your hand. Let go of any preconceived thoughts about it that you may have in your head.

Hold it with your hand open or closed.

Start to become aware of any feelings you sense or visions you see in your head.

Concentrate for a while. Tune into what you are getting.

Are you feeling happiness or sadness?

Do you sense this object belonged to a relative of your friend?

Was this person lost at one time?

If the scenarios seem foreign, did this person travel a lot for pleasure or work?

Now ask your friend some questions about this new information. You may be accurate about some of it.

Keep practicing with different objects. You will be surprised at what you begin to know.


Another way to practice psychometry is with a photograph. Do the same thing as you would do with an object, by focusing on the person in the picture. If there is more than one individual in the picture, it is possible you may receive information about more than one person, rather than just the focus individual. Remember that all objects and pictures hold energies from the past. The more you practice, the more proficient you will become.


If you decide to practice this psychic ability with people you do not know personally, make sure that you know if the object brought to you was owned by someone else or if they purchased it themselves. This is important so that you do not confuse the feelings or images you are getting with the wrong person.


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