June 18, 2024

Obligate Law

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The Possessed Possessions

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The Possessed Possessions

Michael collects old newspapers and blues records from the early 1900’s. Recently, he bought a box of newspapers from the 1880’s that smelled like they’d been sitting in a musty attic for 100 years, yet were still readable. But they were freaking him out.

“I spread some of them on the floor when suddenly – I know this sounds strange – I could feel the presence of all the people who’d owned these newspapers before me,” he said. “It’s as if they were in the same room with me, looking over my shoulder. Yet I was alone, sitting on the floor.”

Michael is a jazz musician and, like many creative individuals, is right-brained and highly imaginative. In other words, he could be susceptible to extra-sensory sensations.

“It’s quite possible you were picking up something,” I said, and briefly explained how psychometry works. Basically, psychometry involves holding an object and using your intuition to “read” information about the person who owned that object. This can be done because the object picks up the energy of its owner; it’s similar to how a fingerprint left on an object can reveal whoever handled that object.

Psychometry doesn’t just involve physical items. For example, when walking into an empty room that had experienced a violent event, an intuitive person might get the feeling that something bad had happened there, and immediately want to leave.

Michael nodded as I talked. “So,” he said, “dead people aren’t going to come back for their newspapers?”

I laughed. “You’ve seen too many movies.”

Later, as I replayed the conversation in my head, I recalled stories clients had told me about how items bought at antique stores or garage sales had turned out to have odd energies attached to them. It seemed especially true for jewellery and mirrors, which sometimes contained the psychic residue of their previous owners.

Several years ago, Cloris and her husband, James, bought an antique four-poster bed. They were refurbishing their Victorian-era house and figured the old bed blended in perfectly with their décor. However, on the second night the couple spent in the bed, Cloris felt like she was being attacked. She woke up gasping for breath, and her arms hurt, as if they’d been pinched. She looked over at her husband, who was sound asleep. She pushed herself out of bed and walked into the bathroom for an aspirin. Convinced she’d just had a bad dream, she went back to sleep.

The next night, the same thing happened – rudely awakened from a deep sleep, she felt like a block of stone was on her chest. She tried crying out, but her voice stuck in her throat. Then, just as suddenly as it had come, the sensation vanished.

And James snored peacefully beside her.

After Cloris told me her story, I asked if she knew anything about the bed’s history. No, she said – who asks about furniture’s former owners? I centred myself and concentrated on the bed, and felt a female spirit that somehow felt threatened by Cloris’ presence. Interestingly, I sensed that if the bed had been bought by a male, there would’ve been no problem.

That evening, she and James dismantled the bed, then carted the pieces to the city dump. They drove to a furniture store, bought a brand new bed – faux Victorian – and they’ve been sleeping like hibernating bears ever since.

I’m certainly not saying you should stop buying second-hand items – my husband buys used books all the time and he’s never reported anything strange about them (though some of the mystery and horror novels he gets are pretty strange to begin with). I’m just suggesting that you use your intuition when purchasing something previously owned – if you don’t feel right about the item, even if it’s a great bargain, then it probably isn’t for you. The last thing you want to buy is someone else’s troubles.

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