Psychometry and Divination

Psycho-Babble 101

Comfortable Neighbors – Psychometry and Divination

The topics of psychometry and divination are included here as separate sections within the same article because they are in my experience closely related, although perhaps not logically so for anyone who lacks appreciable understanding of the Will aspect and its relationship to the mentality. So even though these two topics may on the surface appear unconnected to each other, they are, in fact, close cousins of the same underlying phenomenon. What kind of phenomena might we be talking about here, you ask? While it could be argued that any major variations of the general phenomena observed in the practice of either psychometry or divination could be classified under one heading, i.e., Will based phenomenon, it could equally be valid to classify similar phenomena under many different but closely related headings, something that exemplifies the voluminous ways in which the Will aspect can be perceived, appear, express, and feel under all kinds of circumstances. What does this mean? It means that psychometry and divination cumulatively encompass what could be seen as numerous phenomena, but that all of this vastness in expression boils down to the normal, everyday functionality of a freely expressive Will aspect.

But, then, there is also the mentality to take into account. Even with a discernible amount of Will presence and integration none of this will make much difference if a skeptical mentality is filled with judgmental content that purposely blocks and aggressively pushes away Will energies associated with psychometry or divination. But even for the non-skeptical person any conscious or unconscious intent to resist subtle Will energies, impulses, and influences may still be quite enough to sabotage any potential talent in paranormal and related realms. Thus an accepting mentality that is open and welcoming to subtle Will energies, as well as to its own inner reality behavior, whether that openness be due to ignorance or premeditated desire, is a more or less mandatory prerequisite to any overt psychometric and/or divination capabilities.

As you read this article please remember that nothing I write here is intended to be permanently definitive and it may even be so far off course that it is basically worthless. Moreover, ask me about this stuff in a year’s time and I may tell you that anything I previously wrote is obsolete and ought to be thrown away. Obsolescence over time just seems to be an integral part of any awareness process, but it is, at the same time, no reason to hold back and say or write nothing. Each and every word spoken or written serves to clarify one’s position and understanding, making every tiny word an indispensable part of the overall awareness process. Putting off or bypassing some type of expression is to be strenuously avoided, no matter how trivial, worrisome, controversial, or soon to be obsolete it might seem. This is because anything put off might have been the precise thing that in turn generates a unique key required to unlock and use some future reflective event. So, then, without much hesitation or concern this material is presented with full knowledge that it may be worthless from the get-go, but that it is also part of an ongoing awareness process that may eventually come into full flower and lead to the fulfillment of my goals. Thus, I cannot afford to leave out any steps, such as this one, any one of which might be a necessary key to my eventual success.

What is psychometry?

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychometry) describes it as “a form of extra-sensory perception in which a psychic is said to have the ability to obtain information about an individual through paranormal means by making physical contact with an object that belongs to that individual.

From my point of view this definition is a very limited one indeed. For me, feeling out an object, either inanimate or animate, may, but not always, bring up clear and distinct images and/or feelings that impart knowing or knowledge. However, such knowledge, if any, may or may not be pertinent to or in regards to the current owner of the object or body being investigated. For example, an object may have been possessed by numerous owners over its apparent lifespan, with each holder imprinting some degree of intent, but with one or two owners strongly imprinting it with an intent that tends to override all others. Consequently there can easily be a mix of what seems to be overlaid information, which can complicate the reporting of what is seen and/or felt, although individual layer interpretation is certainly possible. In my case, however, there is one caveat that should always be taken into account before anyone hands me some object to feel and evaluate. Because of the awareness work I have been engaged in over the last few decades, and coupled with my practiced ability to deal with so-called disembodied energies, it is very likely that any psychometrically determinable information embedded within an object will be unalterably (either partially or wholly) liberated and/or resolved (i.e., functionally erased) in the process of me “touching” it, thereby making any further psychometric analysis unlikely. This is because there is the possibility that any imprinted “recording” will have essentially been wiped clean, i.e., released and resolved. This may or may not be an issue with other people who have an ability to enjoy the art of psychometry.

I do not recall exactly when I began getting interested in psychometry. There was no outstanding event that brought it into focus for me. It was probably one of those things that I heard about somewhere and then tried to do it, and was then astonished when I discovered that I could actually feel the psychic content embedded within objects. I think that I probably began earnestly playing around with it during the early 1980s, and soon learned that not only could I do it, but it was, in fact, a very natural thing for me. At first it had no practical use as far as I was concerned, so this talent was mainly relegated to being nothing more than a curiosity whereby I would have some fun feeling and reporting on objects handed to me during family gatherings. I remember one Christmas day incident vividly. The Estonian wife of a cousin handed me a brass belt-buckle that had been handed down in her family for several generations. I instantly got colorful pictures of the old home in which the buckle had been housed, along with a good deal of personal information about the owner of the heirloom buckle. When I reported what I had seen and felt my cousin’s wife was completely taken aback and the expression on her face was one of utter astonishment. Then when I handed the buckle back to her she was again overtaken by surprise, because the belt buckle had lost a very easily discernible amount of weight. I was surprised at the weight loss, too. What did this mean? Well, over the years I came to understand more and more about what happens when certain “energetic” content of some object is liberated and/or released (essentially decompressed with an apparent decrease in density), for which, consequently, it is not surprising to me that it undergoes some minimal degree of weight loss.

Eventually I became more confident in myself and soon decided to be courageous enough to go public and talk openly about my odd proclivity toward psychometry. I remember sitting with the owner (the late Bill Tanberg) of Hi-Fi Haven, in Whittier, California, and telling him about what I could do. Bill was an avid Hi-Fi enthusiast, as was I at the time, and so I would visit Bill and we would idly chat about various technical issues and hi-fidelity audio in general. But Bill was also a gifted man in many other ways, one of which was the design and manufacture of custom jewelry. When I would be visiting him it was not uncommon for a gem salesman to visit the store unannounced, pull up a chair, sit down, pop open his satchel and display his sparkling wares. During one of these spontaneous sales visitations I offered to feel one of the gemstones and moments later reported back with a brief but fascinating tale relating to its history. Well, that opened the door and I thereafter spent many a pleasant hour chatting and feeling various rare gemstones solely for their psychometric content. It was good practice and I had the armchair opportunity to feel objects from faraway places and whose owners had endured some happy and tragic times.

Over time I expanded my interest in psychometry by touching and inwardly feeling all kinds of objects, one of my favorites of the time was feeling photographs. I found that I could focus my attention on certain areas of a photograph and bring out information specific to that one area. An extension of this was to feel out business cards and/or solicitations from a person or business. It became easy to feel the intent of the person or entity imprinting the paper and so I had a good idea of whether to trust and do business with someone, or not. The same principles could be extended to books or any other printed matter. By determining the intent of the person and/or organization behind the material I could quickly decide whether, or not, I might want to read the book, or do business with them and how trustworthy they might be. Many times decisions were made by me and a close associate solely on the basis of what I felt in a business card or other printed material. And next, logically, psychometry could be extended to the personal evaluation of other things, too. Thus, before long other items, such as nutritional supplements, medicinal drugs, and food stuffs in general, became subjects for scrutiny.

But even more interestingly I could apply psychometry to selecting hand-tools, machinery, and electronic gear, so as to know the intent of the object and thereby avoid tools or equipment that had an inherent tendency toward trouble or disaster. This led to my using psychometry in the area of aviation. For a number of years I was an instrument rated pilot licensed for single engine fixed-wing aircraft. Hanging out at a busy Southern California airport soon presented me with the opportunity to become familiar with the crumpled remains of some “troublesome” aircraft that had damaged their unlucky occupants. Touching these trouble prone piles of crumpled metal enabled me to feel and then better recognize airframes beforehand that were problematic and prone to disaster. Once I knew that I could feel out the apparent future of an airframe I immediately applied this capability to any and all airplanes that I was to fly in and trust to keep me safe and sound, whether they be private or commercial aircraft. When I would go to a commercial airport, for instance, I would always stand at the terminal lounge window and look out at the “big bird” waiting for me and the other passengers and feel it with my eyes. And I would feel out the passengers, too, being on the lookout for any people who might be likely to generate some kind of unpleasant incident or "accident." Then during the boarding process, as I was about to step into the aircraft, I would inconspicuously place my hand on the fuselage to find out what I could feel. If the airplane felt “happy” I would go ahead and board, but if anything felt amiss I would have turned on my heels and exited. Then, once on the airplane I would pay close attention to the crew and passengers and feel them out with my eyes, taking note of any conscious or unconscious tendencies they harbored toward disaster.

During the early to mid 1990s when the concept of awareness work and its advantages literally exploded in intensity and advancement, and was to become my main focus of interest and endeavor, I began using my psychometric talents to feel out various living things. Soon, however, because the awareness work kept me busy dealing with people issues, most of my psychometric effort went into such things as feeling out Chakras, i.e., the energy centers of the human body. This was not only fascinating for me at the time, but highly useful, too, because I could quickly determine how and why various parts of the Will/body aspect were suffering and/or blocked and unable to move, express out, and release what they were holding. Thus, what had at one time been just an odd curiosity had quietly but steadily zoomed into an almost indispensable tool in evaluating what was occurring in the physical body before, during, and after awareness processes. Being able to feel underlying energetic activity and its intent was a great help in learning how to deal with, alleviate, or eliminate certain body blockages and associated symptoms.

Now, before going any further here is a word of warning! Someone reading this may recklessly jump to the erroneous conclusion that I could and would be able to instantly heal someone or tell someone exactly how to heal themselves of some serious medical malady. Not necessarily so! There is a huge difference between simply feeling out some emotional body blockage and then translating that into some kind of useful and/or miraculous healing event. The best I can do is report what I feel and see, and it is then up to the person being felt to use any information to better understand and use to deal with themselves. Consequently I never give any kind of health oriented or medical advice, or suggest any kind or type of treatment—period! I enjoy experimenting with experiential based awareness work, and nothing more.

Currently I exert no effort to mention psychometry or emphasize any other capabilities relating to it. I can do it, or not, but do not give it any special importance. Occasionally I use it to entertain myself and friends and to further my own awareness progress with a few people who I fraternize with on a regular basis. From my viewpoint psychometry is not special and anyone ought to be able to do it, although this may be nothing more than optimistic speculation on my part. Nonetheless, anyone who has tendencies toward psychometry might benefit from this article, and perhaps get some ideas worthy of their own personal exploration.

How does psychometry work?

I can only remark here based upon my personal experience, which may or may not coincide with other people’s experience, theories, and/or opinions. For me psychometry is a natural outgrowth of who and what I am, and by this I mean that I have been delving into the underlying mechanics of consciousness in one way or another for most of this lifetime. It is as natural to me as is eating hotcakes for someone else. I can’t not do it. It is just in me all the way to my core. But even so, any capabilities I have in this area could be completely deadened by filling my mentality with judgmental content that condemns, debilitates, and that functionally weakens my Will aspect. And even though in the past I intentionally but ignorantly deadened much of my original Will, I never did so to the extent that it was completely dead and effectively gone, and now I am working to enliven it as quickly as possible. Spending any more of my time ignorantly killing myself through denial is something that I will never do again, and I am in the process of undoing anything within my mentality that still hinders my abilities to be with and enjoy my feeling Will aspect and the body it manifests.

To describe the fundamentals of psychometry, at least as I see it, requires a working understanding and use of the Will aspect. It is probably safe to say that anyone who has natural psychometry talents has some degree of free Will presence, which is also to some extent integrated into and with their mental aspect, and they could be enjoying this favorable situation whether they realize they have something called a Will, or not. All that matters is that some usable degree of mental/Will polarity integration exists and that the mentality does not significantly stifle what Will activity and influence is offered up and available. That said, the rest is easy to put into words, if anyone can correctly understand what my words mean. Once someone has familiarity with the Will aspect and how it functions it becomes common knowledge that everything is infused with feeling qualities. People are constantly radiating their intent in a feeling way (what do you suppose causes outer reality to behave the way it does?) and/or pushing away bits of themselves by means of denial. Any radiated intent can imprint and essentially embed itself within an object, and that same intent can be later accessed by anyone attuned and sensitive enough to detect it.

Whenever someone is suddenly triggered into an explosive emotional event there is usually a strong initial pulse infused with a lot of radiated intent, and often a pile of mentally generated judgmental denial and/or disconnection that goes along with it. The radiated and denied energy will move out and away with some of it more or less "sticking" to objects close to and physically connected to and/or manipulated as part of the overt and possibly cataclysmic expression. The more emotional power the more likely a nearby object will be imprinted with feeling images and knowledge that is detectable through psychometry. Then, unless something overwrites or effectively erases the imprinted intent and knowledge, it remains essentially intact, just waiting for someone like me to come along and dare to feel and “read” it.

What the student must keep in mind is that only a relatively small portion of any radiated intent and/or fragmented out denial will likely end up imprinting a small object, the rest being radiated outward and ending up who knows where. However, in the course of carrying out this awareness work I find myself routinely dealing with fragmented out bits of energy, some of which might be called “free floating” bits of disembodied essence. These “bits” are obviously not anything that has been more or less captured and permanently embedded within some physical object, but either way, whether embedded or not, it is all essentially the same thing and can easily be detected and resolved by a sensitive empath. These "lost" bits of essence tend to remain as they are until something bumps into them that allows and/or gives them permission to release. For me it is my ability to quickly resolve “lost” energies in general that makes it likely that my touch will tend to read and then simultaneously and “automatically” erase the recorded psychometric history embedded in any object. Once feeling contact is made a mutual communication automatically takes place, and a release often occurs rather quickly.

What is Divination?

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divination) defines divination (from Latin divinare "to be inspired by a god," related to divine, diva, and deus) as the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of a standardized process or ritual. The definition goes on […] Divination can be seen as a systematic method with which to organize what appear to be disjointed, random facets of existence such that they provide insight into a problem at hand. If a distinction is to be made between divination and fortune-telling, divination has a formal or ritual and often social character, usually in a religious context; while fortune-telling is a more everyday practice for personal purposes. Particular divination methods vary by culture and religion. Divination is often dismissed by skeptics, including the scientific community, as being mere superstition […].

The first sentence of the above stated definition is in my view partially correct in that what I know as divination is an attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of a standardized process, usually observing the responsive action of some physical appliance, such as a stick, wand, or pendulum, and in my case additionally by feeling what has been imprinted into some object or that is currently taking place in a living organism. None of this, in my view, has anything to do with religion or any supernatural source, and anyone who summarily dismisses it obviously cannot do it—for whatever combination of reasons that would probably be immediately obvious to someone who can do it. When something akin to divination is perceived as mysterious and/or involved in superstitious rituals the underlying mechanics are clearly not understood, otherwise it would have no mystical qualities assigned to it. Like with anything, gross ignorance leads to mystery, misuse, and unintentional abuse. Moreover, just like with psychometry, if someone who is skeptical and/or devoid of any useful Will integration wants to get-under-the-hood and “see” and then understand and make use of the actual underlying mechanisms they must first do some useful awareness recovery work. This will entail lots of mental resolution work followed by the recovery of enough “lost” Will to re-enable an ability to feel and enjoy at least some of the gifts that the Will aspect can offer.

Usually smart, self-important people are much too smart for their own good and ignorantly and foolishly shut down their intuitive and feeling parts by mid to late childhood. They do this by means of one valued judgmental reason or another, over and over again, liberally filling their heads with judgments often associated with self-importance and being socially acceptable and logically and scientifically reasonable. Meanwhile, the poor, indigent, ignorant, and looked down upon (by the self-declared superior Spirit oriented people) are not usually “smart” enough to judiciously judge themselves into a Will-less oblivion by aggressively subverting and killing off parts of their mentality and Will aspects. Thus, the so-called dumb or primitive person often comes out far ahead of the “brilliant” mental, intellectual types when it comes to retaining some useful level of Will aspect, even if such primitive peoples may not sometimes be intelligent enough to use the gifts that the Will offers accurately, wisely, or effectively.

I had personally not really given much thought or consideration to the idea of divination until one day in the mid 1970s. My family owned some vacant land up in the high desert near Lancaster, California, and my father wanted to either try to do something with it or sell it. Uppermost in his mind was a need to know if there was any water under the property that could be accessed for irrigation, which, he thought, would measurably improve the value of the land. So, my father hired a fellow by the name of Wayne Cook to survey the property by means of divination. I remember having to keep myself from laughing out loud when he mentioned what I judged to be a rather preposterous way of determining the usefulness and value of the property. But I was not the one paying the bill for what I saw as hocus-pocus foolishness and so I was resigned to keeping my mouth shut, so as to not unnecessarily rock the boat. Then, to my chagrin, my father asked me and my brother-in-law, Pat, to go to the Lancaster area and meet Mr. Cook, show him the property and observe the divination process. I was resistant to going, but with Pat going along as company I relented and agreed to accompany him and Mr. Cook in assessing what seemed to me to be 80-acres of hot and forbiddingly dry wasteland.

Looking back, my hostile attitude toward divination at that time was oddly out of place, albeit I still knew very little about it, because I had long held a fascination for the paranormal and thought that I had an open mind on the subject. For me the paranormal had long been a mysterious phenomenon that intrigued me, and yet, for some goofy reason, it had never crossed my mind that divination and the paranormal might have something in common. My father was much less jaded on the subject. I had long known that my father had an inclination toward using a divining rod, but I had no interest in the subject and so never talked to him about it or what he thought he could accomplish by using it. He had even purchased a special yoke shaped divining rod tipped with a special material that supposedly made it sensitive to oil and gas deposits. My sister went so far as to sew together a light blue colored heavy-duty denim bag for it, and I remember it being stored in a handy place on what we called the back porch. My father could easily grab it on the way out the door if and when he might need it on his way out to the oilfields. I remember my father saying that his brother, Elwood, was better at using it than he was, and that when held by someone good at divination over a good oil-well location the rod would nearly rip itself out of the hands of the operator. Apparently Elwood had used the device to locate several oil well sites, which, after being successfully drilled, had turned out to be commercially productive wells. Nonetheless, any divining rod talk was just so much hogwash to me at the time, and so I did not show any zeal or interest. Then one fine day along came Wayne Cook, and a meeting that abruptly reversed my stupid ideas about divination.

Meeting Wayne Cook was an interesting experience. He was a happy and gregarious, outgoing fellow and I found him immediately disarming and likable, no matter that he dabbled in what I still thought to be a humorous and probably time-wasting effort. I was steeped in many school years of scientific and technical training and wondered what my professors would think of such foolishness. However, Pat and I followed Mr. Cook around as he paced the property and applied his skills using three different kinds of divination “wands.” I was amused at Mr. Cook’s divination antics and to say that I was skeptical was a gross understatement. Nevertheless, it was to be an entertaining and eye-opening day. He would pace around with a pair of parallel rods and when the rods moved a certain way he would proclaim that there was a “river” of water directly underfoot. Moreover, the direction the rods pointed was supposed to be indicative of the direction of the flow of the underground water. Mr. Cook was very confident and I was told that he had many years of success in accurately divining the location of underground water. But, then, once an underground “river” was located and its direction determined he would take out another kind of wand, one that I dismissively dubbed a “wiggle wand,” whereupon he would use it to count down to the depth of the underground river. [After a few days practice with my own self-made wands any negative connotation I initially ascribed to the term “wiggle-wand” was soon completely and forever put aside—and the term affectionately survives to this day.]

When Mr. Cook was finished we paid him for his work as agreed. Then he asked if Pat or I wanted to try out one of his “wands.” I politely dismissed the opportunity, but Pat happily gave it a try with minimal or no positive results. The “wand” just lay limp and almost motionless in his hands. Then they both insisted that I give it a try and so I finally agreed, lightly protesting but caving in with just a dim whimper. I felt absolutely silly holding the wand, but Mr. Cook was unperturbed and gave me some instruction on what to do and, behold, the “wand” came alive and responded with a much unanticipated vigor. To say that I was both shocked and perplexed would be an understatement. I found myself being able to very easily use his “wands” in various ways—just like Wayne Cook could do. I was dumbfounded and felt as though my so-called scientific training had just been given a big, unexpected jolt right square in its behind. I suddenly felt like I was standing between two distinctly different worlds1, one being “down-to-earth” and based upon “realistic” and provable concepts, while the other was some kind of out-of-this-world paranormal realm that I did not believe actually existed, but that was suddenly thrust into my otherwise normal idea of reality. This day unexpectedly changed everything, whether I was ready for such a drastic change, or not.

Like anyone with a fascinating new toy, I became a divination zealot. The next day I was making up my own divination wands and checking out anything and everything. I relied on two simple but basic types: (1) a set of straight parallel brass rods with one end bent at a right angle to form a handle, and (2) a long flexible brass wand, bent at the far end in a zigzag pattern so as to form a small mass or weight. This one I called a “wiggle-wand” because once put into motion it wiggled back and forth, up and down, or in a circle. This kind of wand could be considered similar or equivalent to a pendulum, also a popular tool of anyone interested in divination. My immediate goal was to learn what I could, not though reading books, but by actual hands-on experience. I probably made a nuisance of myself, but I learned a lot very quickly and that just about anything than can swing and move in a periodic pattern can be used to divine something. I even clumsily used one end of an electric extension cord once because it was the only thing easily at hand.

Of course, I could do the easy, routine stuff with the bent rods, like locating electrical cables, water pipelines, and anything underground that was metallic. Not long after mastering such common uses I learned that I could choose to have the rods differentiate between different types of metal, such as iron or copper, and even have it selectively inclined toward non-metallic clay sewer pipes. I was finding all kinds of practical uses for my set of parallel rods, which I often used in combination with my wiggle-wand. But then I proceeded to test new ground and do something that I had witnessed Wayne Cook do: Count. He used the wiggle want to count down to find the depth of water bearing formations. So, emulating him I found that my wiggle wand could be used to count, too, but instead of deep water bearing formations I used it to determine the depth of shallow water or sewer lines, and it seemed to work with great accuracy. But not only could I use it to determine the depth of an object, I could use it to determine how much time might pass before some possible event might occur, or to divine any other quantity as long as it could be reduced to counting by keeping track of the periodic wiggles of the wand. Thus, the scope of possibilities regarding divination seemed virtually unlimited, except by one’s own ingenuity and imagination. As the years passed I began to relate the action of a wand to particular inner feelings that always accompanied the response of a wand to some object or question. Once this correlation was firmly established it did not take any effort on my part to notice that I almost always knew the answer to a question before it was given over to some sort of divination process. This, quite logically, led me to circumvent using a divination device under many circumstances, because the answer was known as soon as it was asked, which obviated any need for divination in the usual sense. Achieving this level of sensitivity and observation could, I suppose, be equated to divination without having to go through the mechanical process of using a wand or pendulum. Thus it was, I came to be able to easily use one form of divination or another to locate certain things, to count, and to get some sort of answer for any yes or no type question, or determine a null where a yes or no situation was undecided. But how accurate was it?

Over the years I did a lot of testing and found that divination as I knew it could be usefully accurate, but it comes with an inherent flaw or hazard. The object of divination, whether it be a pendulum, rod, or wand, is subject to the consciousness of the person doing the divination. For instance, I can hold a divination device and easily have it respond any way I like, such as make it swing from front to back, side to side or go in a circle, and quickly have it change from one type of movement to another easily at will. So, can I expect to use it and determine something accurately? My answer is this: To the extent that I do not consciously or unconsciously mentally prejudice the motion of the divination device I can tend to depend upon its purported accuracy. But, then, I may not yet be aware of many of my own subconscious tendencies, and so I take the divination readings with a grain of salt, not because it is inherently flawed, but because of my own mental interference and outright incompetence.

Because of the probability of inherent interference by my own mentality I have turned the art of divination into a tool useful in this awareness work, by using divination devices to find “hidden” ideas and judgments lurking within my own mental aspect. I observe and feel what is going on inside when divining to notice how and why I might be influencing the motion and/or answer indicated. I have gotten to the place where I can, if careful, mostly remove myself form the equation, but not entirely. I often find it easier to have someone else propose a question and then allow the divination device to respond while I do my best to remain as neutral and un-reactive as possible. Whenever I pose a question myself I tend to generate some degree of internal bias, which, of course, has an effect on any outcome. The upshot here is that I find divination to be a very useful tool for probing my own mentality and Will aspects, and can get some very accurate readings on what my own subtle inner self is thinking, feeling and/or creating at any precise moment. But I also know that any reading, whether it be for myself or something or someone else, is at best probably only momentarily useful, and, if it has any validity at all, any reading can be ineffective or incorrect moments later, depending upon how the consciousness of any participants in a divination might change.

In Summary

In summary I would conclude that divination can be a very useful tool for many things, and possibly quite accurate under certain circumstances. Its accuracy may even be greatly enhanced when used with extreme care by a “clean,” highly sensitive and aware mentality. But even under the best of conditions it is possible to easily sabotage oneself through pretense and unrecognized mental intent. This, then, begs the obvious question, is there some way to use divination without perverting it through unrealized mental intent? Possibly, by essentially bypassing the mentality and going directly to the wand’s motivating source—the Will aspect. Doing this is a definite possibility, if for no other reason than under ideal circumstances the described motion of a wand or pendulum can be said to be little more than a validation of certain underlying Will feelings, with the mentality minimally providing the necessary instruction as to how the wand/pendulum is to respond in relation to whatever underlying Will feelings are being expressed. The problem of going directly to the Will is that it is so very easily influenced by the mentality that, for all practical purposes, it can be next to impossible to notice some of the extremely subtle influences possible, and so how can someone be certain they are not subliminally inserting an error? I cannot be absolutely certain for myself, but maybe someone else can do this more impeccably than I, or at least successfully pretend that they can do so.

Lately I have been discussing some old and new realizations with friends about the Will and that it can act of its own accord, without the permission of or influence by the mentality. I am not thinking about the explosive type of Will release usually associated with the term ignition, where the mentality is forcefully overridden. In this instance I am postulating what might be termed a gentle and mutually voluntary state of "quasi-ignition" that allows for some degree of free, unrestricted Will expression without any necessity or intent to override the mental aspect. I can see the possibility of this occurring within myself, but it is probably not a realistically achievable state of consciousness for someone who has not yet cleared out a whole lot of inhibiting attitudes and judgmental content that would automatically thwart any necessary Will freedom required for any such subtlety of expression.

Notwithstanding the above comments, for any particular culture, where there is a commonality in thinking and belief, divination might be usefully accurate across that society as a whole, due to an underlying commonality of mentally induced Will intent. Thus, by restricting the questions posed and divination interpretations to any particular tight-knit culture it may be possible to get answers that will tend to be consistently correct across that culture, but that if injected into and/or applied to some other culture would produce clearly conflicting and erroneous results. This apparent accuracy within a specific culture could be easily explained by merely recognizing that any divination process would tend to divine the unrealized and underlying Will based intent common to the person doing the divining, which would be similar to and/or in alignment with the intent of the greater population. Thus, in this case, by probing the quirks and recesses of the diviner’s inner reality it may be possible to produce “accurate” readings that apply to the larger society holding the same and/or similar judgmental concepts, ideals, and beliefs, but that would not be useful or correct when contaminated by some other “outside” group holding very different underlying mental and Will intent.

Today I still enjoy dabbling with divination, sometimes to probe my mentality and other times for revealing societal trends and outcomes that might seem far-fetched, and do it by allowing the divination device to respond to underlying creative Will energies that have yet to be generally manifest in a physical way. But, here again, one must be very careful to recognize that any trend is just a perceived trend and circumstances and moderating influences can and probably will change a suggested outcome at any time. Moreover, it is just impossible to predict or know when some unanticipated “black swan event” will spontaneously appear and disrupt any forecast future trend or outcome. Thus, even if I pick up a strong indication about something it does not mean that what I detect will actually come to pass. All it means is that at a particular moment in time there appears to be a trend leading to a possible outcome, but it does not and cannot predict or take into account any moderating influence that has not yet come into conscious existence. Because of this, if and when I occasionally indulge in doing divination readings for someone, always as entertainment, the reading also comes with a warning for the person to be wary of unintended errors, stray influences, and of unexpectedly abrupt changes to any divined outcome. Anyone who uses a divined futuristic outcome as though written in stone may be seriously disappointed.

How Does Divination Work?

Now, let’s get back to the necessity of having some useful Will presence. For the Will aspect to effect the manifestation of any experience or physical object the underlying energy must contain some kind of creative intent (i.e., blueprint, template, or intelligent pattern), so that the underlying processes can go about instructing some bit of created matter to be whatever it is supposed to be and to appropriately behave in somewhat predetermined ways. Have you ever wondered why rocks are rocks, or why trees are trees, and people are people, etc? How do the manifest atoms and molecules know how to organize and be what they are supposed to be, and then continue to behave in accordance with an underlying instructive matrix or template? Of course my comments here may be unrealistically simplistic, but they ought to illustrate my point, which is that matter must somehow know how it is supposed to look, behave, and differentiate itself from other surrounding matter. Well, if you have enough useful Will presence and integration, and absent too much mental static and judgmental inhibition, you can actually feel the underlying intent of things, and do so with exceptional accuracy. Distance does not seem to make much of a difference in divination accuracy or in the ability to detect some threshold level of intent. It often feels like everything is interconnected and communication is more or less instantaneous. All that seems to matter is whether or not you can successfully discern some target feeling and intent from the surrounding noise of competing intents.

The divination tool is nothing more than a physically oriented but limited methodology for interpreting what the Will feels, and at the direction and whim of the mental aspect, with the type and direction of mechanical response specifically determined and instructed by the actuating person’s mentality. Moreover, this instruction as to how a divining device will respond to any intended question can be altered at will, meaning that the divination device can be influenced to behave in whatever way is desired to obtain, for instance, a “yes” or “no” answer. But it is this same ability for the mentality to instruct the interpreted action of the divination device that can easily introduce errors, depending upon whatever unrealized errant instructive intent might be floating around unrealized within the diviner's mental aspect. And it does not matter whether any such infecting intent be capable of being recognized or be something entirely “lost” out of the awareness and in denial. It will all have an effect that will influence the divination results accordingly.

July 19, 2009

Footnote:

1. It is interesting to note that common idioms like “down-to-earth” represent the mentality’s way of stating that something is “out of the clouds” and brought down to a realistic level of realness and attainment. This suggests that the mental aspect at some level recognizes that it is unrealistic to be strictly mental and that attaining any reality or realness requires getting “down to earth” and of the Will aspect. Or this could be taken one step further and recall that earth is representative of heart (take the “h” from the end of earth and move it to the beginning of the word) and heart is an equal and harmonized combination of Spirit and Will, meaning that “down to earth” suggests that a lifted out mentality must get back down to a heart condition for there to be any realness or actuality. Moreover, the common saying “out of this world” (as applied here to the paranormal world) is commonly used to designate something the mentality does not understand or consider factually real, demonstrating how disconnected the mentality is for the subject matter deemed “out of this world.”