Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Brief History of Psychometry

Psychometry is a primarily-subjective "psychic ability" whereby an intraphysical, projected, or extraphysical consciousness obtains simultaneous information by getting in contact with energies of a place, object, or another consciousness.  In the scientific treatise Projectiology, Waldo Vieira briefly discusses extraphysical psychometry, defining it as "knowledge acquired by the projected human consciousness regarding the present and past, as well as details about personalities, by way of direct extraphysical contact with the double of these physical objects (catalysts) that pertain to the [time or times] regarding which the individual wishes to know."  

In out-of-body experiences, we can more easily and spontaneously perceive details of the holothosene, or "information field" of environments. Vieira observes that lucid projection “potentiates the psychometric capacity of the intraphysical sensitive, bringing one closer to the mentalsomatic capacity to surpass the limitations of intraphysical time and space.”  Extraphysical psychometry "utilizes the spontaneous amplification of the perceptions" of the lucid projector "in order to feel, perceive, or see the essence of things."

Psychometry is often used in everyday physical life as well, often without conscious awareness of the process.  For example, we may “feel” or “read” whether a person is being truthful through bioenergy.  Someone can walk into a room and sense that there has been a serious argument there recently.  With increased acuity, one could even pick up on details of the event – the subject of the argument or details of the individuals involved, for instance.  

Although referring to a "psychic ability" that has been used since ancient times, the term psychometry itself was coined in 1849 by Joseph Rhodes Buchanan, a medical doctor and professor of physiology in Kentucky (USA).  Buchanan is considered the pioneer of scientific investigation on this phenomenon, known in parapsychology as token-object reading (T.O.R.), as it typically refers to sensing the nature of an object by "reading," "sensing," or "measuring" it through psychical means.

Dr. Buchanan's interest may have begun when an American Civil War general described his unusual sensitivities.  For example, the general confided in Buchanan that he got a foul metallic taste whenever he touched brass.  Curious to explore the phenomenon, the physician found that some of his own students were able to identify different metals even if wrapped in paper and randomly picked by hand. 

Some were even able to identify symptoms or diagnose illnesses in patients merely by holding their hands.  They also successfully identified various medicinal drugs in identical vials, more often than could be accounted by chance.  Buchanan published the results of these studies and his theories in a book entitled Journal of Man as well as a Manual of Psychometry (Boston, 1889).  Buchanan thought that all things registered information in their "astral light," "ether," or - in the case of the human body - "nerve aura" and that human “psychical faculties” allowed for this bioenergetic emanation to be "read."

Having followed Buchanan’s work, the American geology professor William F. Denton conducted experiments to see if psychometry would work with his geological specimens. In 1854, Denton wrapped his specimens in cloth so his sister could not see what type they were. She then placed the wrapped package to her forehead and was very often able to accurately describe the specimens through vivid mental images she was receiving.  Was this a case of clairvoyance or visual interpretation of information ready via psychometry? Could his sister have obtained the information telepathically from his brother? Nelson Abreu (IAC California), co-designer of IAC's Psychometry Workshop, discusses the definition of psychometry vis-a-vis other phenomena in an upcoming, co-authored paper in the Journal of Conscientiology, including a proposed new name for the phenomenon.

Italian scientist Ernesto Bozzano (1862-1943), known in projectiology for his pioneering out-of-body experience studies, also investigated psychometry.  In his book Enigmas of Psychometry, he describes several case studies and defines psychometry as a modality of clairvoyance, whereby objects served to provide clues and rapport for the clairvoyant and telepathic abilities of the individual.  Also noteworthy, were the experiments of the German physician Gustav Pagenstecher (1855-1942) conducted in Mexico City, where he practiced.  His research focused on Maria Reyes de Zierold who was able to perform psychometry and other parapsychic phenomena while under hypnotic trance.

In the late ‘30s and into the ‘40s, a number of European police departments enlisted the assistance of Gerard Croiset. In one of his best known cases, he was asked to help to located a missing four-year-old girl from Brooklyn. Without leaving his native Holland, Croiset correctly described that she was dead, the location of the remains and the man behind the hideous crime. The information led to the recovery of the body and the conviction of the perpetrator.  He achieved this through rapport with a photo of the girl, a map of New York City, and a piece of her clothing.

In 1971, George McMullen was administered a battery of psychometry tests by J. Norman Emerson, an expert in the history of the Iroquois nation, an Amerindian civilization. McMullen was able to identify that a clay fragment was part of a ceremonial pipe.  He reportedly described in detail how it was made and used.  He even drew an accurate picture of the complete, cylindrical artifact, including the decorations.

Another interesting figure we come across when studying psychometry is Stefan Ossowiecki.  The Russian chemical engineer was reported to successfully locate lost objects and missing people, having also contributed to criminal investigations as popularly depicted in TV shows, examine archeological artifacts and supposedly detailing aspects of ancient societies. In 1935, an affluent Hungarian named Dionizy Jonky devised a challenge involving a sealed package to be evaluated eight years after his death.  

The challenge consisted of 14 photographs, only one of which depicted Jonky.  Having succeeded in identifying it, through one of several possible psi faculties, Ossowiecki reportedly described many accurate details of Jonky's life and he even identified the man who had been trusted with the package.  These observations could have been obtained via psychometry as they came after energetically handling the picture, or they could also have been relayed by extraphysical consciousnesses, including Jonky himself!  We we never know. 

Finally, Ossowiecki had the opportunity to examine the package.  After concentrating upon it, he stated "Volcanic minerals" and "there is something here that pulls me to other worlds, to another planet." He also sensed sugar, which seemed disparate of the other ideas.  As the account goes, inside the package was a meteorite enclosed in a candy wrapper.  Here we see the possibility of psychometry based on association of ideas related to the holothosene of the object.  

You too can develop your psychometry as part of your continual multidimensional awareness!

Nelson Abreu (IAC California) is an electrical engineer by training, co-designer of IAC's Psychometry Workshop and its associated research project. Look for a related, forthcoming paper in the Journal of Conscientiology.

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