The phenomena commonly known as "Psychometry," is but one phase of

Psychomancy--or it even may be said to be but a ~method employed~

to bring into action the Astral Senses. The Psychometrist merely

~gets into rapport~ with the distant scene; or period of time; or

person; or object; by using some bit of physical material associated

with that scene; time; person; objects; etc., in order to "open up

communications" along
he usual lines of Psychomancy. This has been

compared to the use of objects associated with a thing in the case of

memory. We all know how the sight of some object will recall at once

memories of things long since forgotten to all appearances, but which

memories have been merely stored away in the great storehouse of the

mind, to be recalled readily when the "association" is furnished. What

"association" is in the case of Memory, so is the material object

presented as the "associated object" in Psychometry.

The Occult Teachings inform us that ~there is a psychic connection

ever existing between things once associated~, and that when we

throw ourselves into the psychic current surrounding an object we may

readily follow the current back until we reach the associated object

for which we are seeking on the Astral Plane. In the Akashic Records

(See Lesson IX) all memories are registered and recorded, and if we

have a good starting point we may travel back until we find that which

we desire. In the same way the "associated object" furnishes us with a

ready means of starting our Astral Tube into being and use. This is the

secret of the use of the lock of hair; the bit of clothing; the piece

of metal or mineral, etc., used by Psychometrists.

A well known authority on the subject has said concerning Psychometry:

"It may be asked how it is possible, amid the bewildering confusion of

these records of the past, to find any particular picture when it is

wanted. As a matter of fact, the untrained psychic usually cannot do so

without some special link to put him in rapport with the subject

required. Psychometry is an instance in point, and it is quite probable

that our ordinary memory is really only another presentment of the same

idea. It seems as though there were a sort of magnetic attachment or

affinity between any particle of matter and the record which contains

its history--and affinity which enables it to act as a kind of

conductor between that record and the faculties of anyone who can read

it. For instance, I once brought from Stonehenge a tiny fragment of

stone, not larger than a pin's head, and on putting this into an

envelope and handing it to a psychometrist who had no idea what it was,

she at once began to describe the wonderful ruin from which it came,

and the desolate country surrounding it, and then went on to picture

vividly what were evidently scenes from its early history, showing that

the infinitesimal fragment had been sufficient to put her into

communication with the records connected with the spot from which it

came. The scenes through which we pass in the course of our life seem

to act in the same manner upon the cells of our brain as did the

history of Stonehenge upon that particle of stone; they establish a

connection with those cells by means of which our mind is put in

rapport with that particular portion of the records, and so we

'remember' what we have seen."