External Focal Points

The Pendulum If you are seeking the answer to a particular question, it is often helpful to use an external object as a focus, in order to eliminate outside influences and conscious mind distortion. The use of such an object does not affect the information in any way. It merely occupies the individual's consciousness and focuses awareness on a particular point. One such focusing device is the pendulum. This allows you to obtain a simple "Yes", "No" or "Not yet determined" answer to the question.

The pendulum itself should be made of natural mineral products. The weight should be attached to a small chain about nine inches long (the chain may be of almost any material except animal products). The preferred material would be metal such as gold, silver, brass or copper. Aluminum is not recommended because the electrical process used in its manufacture may be disruptive to your auric field.

A "YES/NO" answer card, as shown in the illustration (Figure 8.1) may also be used.

To use the pendulum, place the answer-card on a flat surface such as a table or desk. Seat yourself comfortably in front of it. Clear your mind of all extraneous thought. If you desire, say a small prayer such as the Seax-Wica Psalm given in Lesson Two. Ask the gods for protection and guidance in receiving true answers. Hold the chain with your right hand (left, if left-handed) about seven inches from the weight. Suspend it over the center of the answer-card, about half an inch off the surface. Holding the pendulum steady, ask your question. Make sure it is one that can be answered "Yes" or "No". Do not try to make the pendulum swing. You will find that although you try to hold your hand still, the weight will swing backwards and forwards along one of the lines on the paper, thus giving an answer to your question. You do not need to ask the question aloud; you can just think it.

Should the pendulum swing around in a circle, or not swing at all, then either your question was ambiguous—in which case you need to rephrase it—or else the answer cannot be given for some reason.

The pendulum can be used not only to answer questions, but also to locate obj ects and people, in the manner of a dowsing rod. The j oy of the pendulum, however, is that it can be used from the comfort of your own

Figure 8.1

home. The idea behind this is that the pendulum indicates on a small scale what is happening on a large scale, or at a distance. For any of these things—following a trail, finding a lost object, searching for water, or even diagnosing an illness—it is as well to use a pendulum with a definite point to it. Sit at a table with a map before you, of the place to be dowsed. The larger the map's scale, the better. Move the pendulum slowly across the map, in the same pattern you would follow if you were walking on the spot. When you "reach" the site of the material for which you are searching, the pendulum will indicate it by swinging rapidly in a circle or spinning around. When looking for a lost person, or stolen property, you can follow a similar procedure. For something lost, draw a rough sketch of the area, the house or room, where you think it was lost. Again move the pendulum systematically about, while concentrating your thoughts on the missing object. Again it will rotate to indicate where the object is. An alternate method is to hold the pendulum over the answer-card and, with a finger of your other hand, point to the sketch-map and ask "Is it here? ... Is it here? ..." etc..

To follow a trail, move the pendulum slowly along the roads as shown on the map. At each crossroads ask the pendulum which is the right road to take. In this manner you can easily trace a route taken from point A to point B.

For more on the pendulum, see Practical Color Magtck by Raymond Buckland (Llewellyn Publications, 1983).

The steps, in learning to psychometrize, are easy ones requiring only practice with patience. Take eight or ten samples of different substances: cloth of various types, leather, fur, wood, metal, stone, etc.. Sit quietly and, taking one object at a time in your hands, concentrate on it. Feel its texture. Think of its origins. Try to picture the tree from which the wood came; the animal from which the fur came, and so on... work at the objects regularly, spending as long as you feel comfortable on each object but always going right through the complete set. It may be that you will get very definite impressions right away. But if you do not, continue as follows.

After a few weeks of the initial exercise, place each of the objects in separate envelopes. Have all the envelopes the same so that, outwardly, there is no way of telling one from another. Number them. Go this time trying to pick up a clue regarding the contents of the envelope. You may guess the object itself or you may get an impression of its origins—the sort of thing on which you were concentrating before. Write down your impressions in a notebook, against the numbers on the envelopes. After a few days, or weeks (depending on how often you practice), you may show a score something like this:

ACTUAL CONTENT

ENVELOPE NUMBER

1

2

3

GUESSES 4

5

6

7

COTTON

A

silk

cotton

silk

wool

cotton

cotton

cotton

SILK

B

cotton

silk

velvet

silk

silk

cotton

silk .

VELVET

C

wool

feather

bamboo

velvet

wool

velvet

oak

SNAKESKIN

D

ivory

feather

snakeskin

oak

feather

snakeskin

feather

SEASHELL

E

oak

ivory

shell

ivory

shell

shell

ivory

WOOL

F

shell

oak

velvet

wool

wool

iron

wool

IVORY

G

feather

shell

ivory

ivory

ivory

shell

shell

CLAY

H

Iron

iron

clay

velvet

feather

clay

clay

IRON

1

velvet

snakeskin

ivory

iron

silk

bamboo

iron

BAMBOO

J

oak

velvet

bamboo

oak

bamboo

oak

oak

OAK

K

oak

wool

oak

oak

oak

bamboo

bamboo

FEATHER

L

clay

wool

cotton

velvet

snakeskin

feather

feather

You can see that there is a certain pattern emerging. By the seventh try (in this example) you can get fifty percent correct. Others are very close. For instance, the two words 'Oak' and 'Bamboo' are frequently confused; as are 'Snakeskin' and Feather'.

Keep on with these sealed evelopes. Then introduce others. When you feel you are keeping a good, consistent score, try your hand at other unsealed objects. A

friend's ring, for instance. A letter, a photograph, a watch. As you hold the objects, start by thinking of them in themselves. Then ask yourself, who has handled them most? Where did they come from? When were they made? Practice all the time. Such an item as a coin has usually passed through too many hands to have gathered any positive aura. Concentrate more on objects of an individual nature. Whenever possible, check on the results you achieve and keep a written record of them. In this way you can watch your progress.

The above exercises can be done quite well in a group. You can even arrange two teams and see which is the more accurate. Other exercises and tests will suggest themselves. Keep trying. Don't be discouraged ... and keep those notes.

A Pocket Guide to the Supernatural Raymond Buckland, Ace Books, 1969

Psychometry All physical material has memory. It is not the memory of a conscious awareness, but is the retention of manifested energy with which the material has come into contact. Further, if a person touches a particular object, a cosmic link is established between the two that will exist at least as long as the human lives and oftimes long after. Thus, if you touch a chair, another person with developed channeling abilities could "read" you when s/he comes in contact with that chair, regardless of where you might happen to be at the time. The Channel could "see" into your past, present and even future just as easily as if you were physically present.

Psychometry, then, is the reception of impressions from a physical object. The impressions may come in the form of feelings, scenes, thought forms, color, emotions. They may come singly or in combination. Whatever thought, feeling, or sensation you receive should be carefully recorded.

To practice psychometry, begin with small items such as jewelry, that can be easily held in the hand. Something of the nature of a keepsake, that has been in contact with its owner for long periods of time, is best. The concentration of energy is stronger because of both the physical and emotional link that was established.

As always in using the intuitive process, the mind should be cleared before starting. Now, hold the object lightly between the hands. Feel the energy or vibrations that emanate from it. What do you feel? Is there a coldness; a warmth; a tingling sensation? What color(s) do you sense? What scenes come to you? Do you feel any kind of emotion? Again, have no expectations; be purely receptive. Feel; listen; look into the third eye. Move into any perceptions that you find. Examine them and become one with them. Then record them, exactly as received. Don't let your conscious mind interfere. Some people find they are better able to get their results holding the object in one particular hand, rather than in both hands; some hold it to the forehead, over the third eye; some hold it over the heart. Experiment. See which is best for you.

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