I was contemplating how much information we leave in objects we touch frequently, ones that have become key in our lives and ones we might use in moments of great emotion, such as rosary beads or wedding rings. But, what do we use everyday that we might be leaving our residual on? What do these objects say about our personal archaeology?
Here's some of mine:
This is a worrystone. When I have had some real challenging days, I kept it in my pocket and reached in and rubbed it to get some bravery. Does it work? Actually, quite well. What I can tell you as a psychometrist about stones is that they carry energy, but they don't necessarily hold memories. So, if you hold a stone a lot, it will retain the amount of energy you have in your body, but will not tell me anything about you. So, this worrystone would surely leave for future psychometrists, a feeling of intense energy--as I am a high energy person, but it would not show them insight into my existence. Conclusion: High energy person.
This is a favorite necklace. It's resin and done by a local artist, bought at a farmer's market one warm Sunday morning. The resin is not a great retainer of memories, but the metal chain is. I usually wear it when I want to be pretty and shiny. It looks great against my skin and suits my coloring. I feel very confident when I wear it. Memories of a confident and upbeat woman, sunshine and giggles would likely come across upon reading this relic. Conclusion: A woman confident in her own skin.
This is my eye mask. I wear it every night in bed because I basically want to sleep in a cave and my bedroom has vertical blinds that let morning sun in early. I dream with this mask on. It is near my mind during nightmares, dreams, fantasies and naughty thoughts. So, what would this mask tell about me to a psychometrist? Not likely much. It's cloth. Cloth is not a great retainer of memories, though leather is. If it were a leather mask, it would be quite confusing to read because of the variety of emotions and dreams. Conclusion: Lots of brain energy.
This letter opener was my father's. It's my favorite thing. I use it every day. It makes me smile. He had it on his desk in his office and loved it. It has Vikings and primitive Nordic images carved into its surface. It is metal which is easy to read. There is actually some of my father's energy still in it, 32 years since his passing, even with me using it. No doubt a psychometrist would pick up more of me in this object, but my personality and my father's was identical, so I suspect that it would be a confusing read like I sometimes get with family rings that are passed down. Conclusion: Organized, ambitious, open to life and laughter.
So, what archaeology do you have? Let's discuss what info you might be leaving behind.