Trading Energy Impressions
Written by: Michelle Belanger
You have gone to an art museum and tried to sense the echoes of the past. You have handled the rings and pendants of your friends and family members, reading the joy and sorrow and nostalgia attached to these items. From earlier exercises, you know what energy is, you know how to feel it and shape it, and you know how it builds up onto items. In this exercise, you are going to continue to practice reading items for their energy, but you are also going to learn how to intentionally invest an object with energy of your own. For this exercise, you will need your partner again. You will also need at least a week to prepare for the final part of the exercise.
Select a small object that is not likely to have a very strong impression on it. This could be something you recently bought or something you already have lying around the house. Objects of metal or stone are best for this exercise because they very readily soak up and hold the energy put into them. You don't really want anything made out of plastic, as plastic doesn't very readily hold a charge. The object should be small enough to hold between your cupped hands, but not so small that it's hard to handle. Your partner should also select an object for this exercise. You do not have to tell one another what these items are. In fact, for the first portion of this exercise, you don't even need to see your partner. Just coordinate with him so when it comes to the final portion of this exercise, you'll both be prepared.
Once you have selected your object, take it with you into your room or whatever quiet part of your home you usually meditate in. Sit down and achieve a relaxed state. Run through the subtle body visualization briefly in your head to get in tune with your energy. Once you feel that your sensitivities have been heightened, pick the object up and hold it in your hands.
The first thing you are going to do is try to erase any stray impressions that might already exist on the item. This is easier than it sounds. Think back to when you were doing the energy ball exercise in Chapter Three. At the end of that exercise, you took the energy ball in your hand and re-absorbed it into your energy. Think about how that felt and try to reproduce the effect now. Instead of re-absorbing an energy ball, however, you will be cleaning off the energies attached to your object.
Hold the object between your cupped hands. Do not press your hands against the object. Instead, cup your hands loosely so you can feel the energy around it. Close your eyes and picture the object in your hands. Try to feel any energy that is attached to it. Your hands should grow warm and tingly. You may feel that slight pressure and weight that you felt when you held the energy ball between your hands. When you are comfortable with your sense of the object and its energy, try to absorb that energy into yourself. Think about cleaning the object off so no specific energies remain imprinted on it.
When you have cleaned to object to your satisfaction, set it down for a moment. Hold your hands out with the fingers spread apart, and let any energy still clinging to them from the object disperse into the air. Then take a few moments to think of an emotion you would like to invest the object with. This should not be a very complex emotion, and it should be an emotion you can be comfortable experiencing strongly for a few moments each day in the coming week. When you have determined the emotion you want to focus on, pick the item back up. Cup it in your hands again, only this time, focus on putting energy into it.
Think of the emotion that you have chosen. Call it up in yourself and experience it as strongly as you are able. Let everything inside of you for a moment become that emotion only. Think of how it feels, think of things it reminds you of, picture what that emotion must look like as energy.
When you have focused on the emotion until you can feel nothing else, direct that feeling to your hands. Gather the energy inside of you that is charged with that emotion and put it into the object. If you associate the emotion with a particular color, picture energy of that color flowing into the object through your hands. When you are satisfied that you have imbued the object with at least a little of this energy, set it down somewhere in your meditation space where it will not be disturbed. Over the course of the next week, spend at least ten minutes a day focusing that same emotion into the object. Your partner will be doing the same.
At the end of the week, arrange to meet with your partner. Bring the items you have charged in the intervening week. Before you see one another, you should each take a small slip of paper and record the emotion you were trying to impress onto the object. You should also write down a few things that you associate with that emotion. You should keep these to one word descriptions, and you should try to stick with associations that went through your mind during the times you were charging the item. Your partner should prepare his own slip of paper and you both should bring these, sealed, along with your items.
Testing Your Impressions
Now for the fun part. You and your partner should go someplace quiet where you will not be disturbed. Set your sealed slips of paper aside (be careful not to confuse them) and put your objects near them. Take a little time to relax and build receptivity. Once you feel that you are ready, decide who should go first. If neither you nor your partner feel comfortable going first, you can both go together. Get a slip of paper to record your impressions on. Then pick up your partner's object and try to read it.
Because you don't want your partner's reactions to influence your reading, both of you should remain silent through this part of the exercise. Record your impressions on paper. When you are both finished, trade what you've written. Look over what your partner wrote down while he was trying to read your object. How close were his impressions? If he was really off-base, could there be a reason? Perhaps your mind wandered while you were trying to focus energy into the object and he picked up more on your daydream than on the intended impression itself. Perhaps you didn't clean the object as well as you thought you did, and he picked up on the impressions that were on it before you started working with it. Before either of you say anything to the other, give each other the sealed slips of paper that tell what you were really trying to put into the object. Compare these to what each of you wrote down for your impressions. How close were you? Did some of the words match up? Or were you totally off-base?
Now it's time to really compare notes. Discuss your impressions with your partner. Talk about what you were trying to invest into the item, and talk about what you actually may have put into it instead. Compare what you each wrote with the sealed slips of paper. Ask your partner why he wrote down the associations he did. Explain your reasoning to him as well. If one of you was really off in your reading, try to determine how. There is the possibility that you were simply wrong about your impressions. But there is also a chance that the emotion put into the object was not clear enough or that it got somehow confused in the reading.
If there wasn't a mistake, how could the emotion be confused? I've mentioned before that our minds work in symbols and associations. That's one of the reasons you wrote several associations down on the secret slip of paper in addition to the intended emotion. If the emotion did not come through clearly, chances are, one of the associations would. But what if you have different associations with that particular emotion, associations that you're trying not to think about. The mind is a funny thing, and it operates on many layers. The odds are good that if there's something you're not trying to think about, it will sneak out anyway without you even being aware of it.
Let's assume that the emotion you were trying to put into the object was love. That seems like a nice warm and fuzzy impression to let your partner pick up on. Love can be a pretty intense emotion and it's not hard to call that feeling up in yourself once you've experienced it before. But you're thinking about love because not too long ago you broke up with someone very dear to you. It wasn't a pretty or amicable break-up. The wounds are still fresh, so when you think about love, underneath all the beautiful ideals of the emotion, there is still all that anger and pain and disappointment. You really can't think about one aspect of the emotion without experiencing the darker half. Even if you're trying to put the negative associations of the emotion out of your mind, they are still very likely to come through. And so it's no wonder that your partner felt anger and frustration when he tried reading your object. Even though that was not what you intended to imbue it with, those were the strongest emotions roiling around in you when you were concentrating on it.
This is one of the main reasons that things like psychometry and telepathy are so difficult to master. You have to possess a phenomenal understanding of how the human mind works in order to make sense of most of the impressions that you get. Even in a simple exercise like this, where the intention is to focus one emotion and one emotion only on an object, there will likely be many layers to the impression because there are many layers within us. We are complex beings, and we never experience just one thing at a time. Good emotions remind us all too often of bad ones: love is tempered with the bittersweet memory of loss; joy can be underscored with the fear that it is undeserved and that it will somehow be taken away.
Realizing all this might make you loose heart when trying to sift through the impressions left on objects and places by people. However, this is meant not to discourage but to inform. If you are ever going to develop these sensitivities to a level of accuracy that you can trust, you have to know what kind of difficulties lie ahead. This is not an easy skill for anyone to master, and it is made doubly difficult by the wide range of conflicting emotions that can be left behind from a single moment of human thought.
The only thing you can do is practice, try to learn how to separate the layers of feeling, and develop a good instinct for human nature. That, more than anything else, will help you with your perceptions, because you will start to understand what the conflicting impressions really tell you about the person they originated from. This is true for reading auras, for telepathy, for psychometry, for all of your subtle senses. It is perhaps the greatest secret you can learn about this sort of perception: true sensitivity to the subtle reality is where intuition, psychological cues, and psychic impressions intersect. Your goal is to sift through all of these and find the meaning they are pointing to, something often touched upon by all three, but almost always deeper still.