Looking at many elements of psychic/paranormal phenomena, you find some interesting themes that run throughout.
Psychometry, or the ability to read object’s history by touching them, involves psychic elements no one has been able to accurately describe, other than to say, “the object holds information and it’s accessed somehow.” Buildings leave residual hauntings, or events that replay over and over again as if recorded into the very woodwork. Traumatic events scar historic places and leave issues with hauntings. These are widely accepted within the paranormal investigation world, but has anyone asked why?
If dogs can mark their territory, is it possible that humans can, with a strong mix of emotions, chemistry, and elements we have yet to understand like building construction, geology, geomagnetism, etc, possibly mark places too?
Do humans depend on a sense (other than olfactory as dogs use) to discern if a place or object has been marked? Was it a sense developed from early times that allowed us to know if a place was good or bad, a person was genuine or lying?
Are we psychic bloodhounds and don't even recognize it?
Do we experience haunting apparitions, sounds, and other types of phenomena through a sense we have yet to name, perhaps the one often referred to as the sixth sense? Or, is it possible that since we possess souls on a soul-level we read other souls are near and catch glimpses, recognizing our own like-beings?
Going by the assumption that traumatic events leave places haunted, what is it about trauma that locks in a haunting? Are we assuming that somehow the soul is confused upon leaving the body with such agony that it remains or is it possible that an event left a kind of psychic marking that we can sense? Perhaps something that is essential to our survival? A sensation some of us call the “creepy willies” or the “heebie jeebies.”
Have you ever gone into someone’s house the first time and felt a sudden sweeping sense of unease or perhaps complete and total bliss? Did the family leave an imprint? What about historic sites? Have you ever passed by someone on the sidewalk and suddenly get goosebumps/chills throughout your body like a strange premonition that makes no sense? What about that person whose eyes you feel on you in a crowd and you look up to stare directly at him?
People often report elements within inherited objects that make them either quite pleasant to be around or something they’d rather hide away in a closet. If you’ve ever watched a show where a psychic holds a crime victim’s possession and begins to feel and see the final minutes and hours of that person’s life, you’ve watched this in action. The victim in a moment of extreme distress leaves an imprint. That imprint is a marking that other humans can pick up on. Do you leave an imprint just having an ordinary day but most humans ignore those markings for the more emotionally impacted ones? A sort of subconscious way to sift through information for the most critical aspects for our survival?
It we can tie together residual hauntings, psychometry, crime scene psychic readings, and traumatic events being locked into an environment, then this theory of mine would cover the whole gamut of phenomena.
The next questions are; How do we mark it? And, what senses are we using to pick it up?
As someone who’s read objects for decades, I can tell you that everyone who reads and object reads it differently. To some, they hear things, others see things, others simply “know” things. For me, it’s like acquiring someone’s memories. I can feel associations, know inherently, feel emotionally, and visualize some of the residual images. But, like the sense of smell is in the nose but interpreted by the brain, reading an object enters you one way and depending on your talents, you see or hear or feel it your own way. The only way I can describe it is to say that somehow I hold the object, synapses in my brain reform somehow to match the owner’s brain. When I obtain his memories, I feel his emotions associated with it, quirks like visual distortions (i.e. remembering your childhood home spatially off which many of us do resulting in "it's smaller than I remember" comment), and it is as if for a time, my brain becomes his brain. I even keep his memories (unfortunately, and the reason I don’t read anymore) forever.
That being said, the question is still what part of us is able to leave our body and mark a place, leave a residual, or pick it up? That’s still the great question. It can’t be too superficial because older residuals are still on objects being worn or used by other people for good lengths of time. Homes being remodeled and having haunting issues also could be an example of deeply embedded markings.
Some things I’ve noted from reading objects is that the composition of the object can affect its ability to record. It appears from what I’ve experienced that the more density to the object, the easier it is to read. That probably seems counterintuitive if you consider that a dense object should be therefore harder to mark with any penetration, but what if the marking process occurs in each micro particle? (excuse my wording, since I’m not a scientist). It would seem if that were the case, then a dense item containing more would have more potency when retaining information. I’ve also noticed that an item worn by someone regularly and then borrowed by another can often times have more of the last person wearing its information. For example, a watch my friend liked to wear was borrowed by her daughter’s friend for one day. When my friend got it back, she put it on and went out to lunch with me and I proceeded to read her daughter’s friend and not her.
It is worth trying in experimentation to take an object that can retain well, like a crystal, a piece of jewelry, something metallic, and give it a good hold, look through a happy old photo album, think about loved ones, daydream about good times, give it lots of happy energy for a good half hour at least. Set it down. Now, take an identical item and recall every bad and traumatic thing you’ve gone through, have a good cry, let it out. Set that aside. Now, without telling someone the experiment, have him pick up both items and choose the one he likes better. Take note. Whether people are inherently aware of it or not, we have this radar.
I hope to continue experiments in this in the future and encourage others to do ones like in the last paragraph. Keep me posted on your findings. I’m curious to see how much an untrained psychic (we all are psychic) can read an object through this means of marking territory and reading the markings.