Magnetic Affinity

A somewhat celebrated investigator of psychic and occult phenomena has

said concerning this phases of Clairvoyance: "The untrained clairvoyant

usually cannot find any particular astral picture when it is wanted,

without some special link to put him en rapport with the subject

required. Psychometry is an instance in point. It seems as though there

were a sort of magnetic attachment or affinity between any particle of

ter and the record which contains its history--an affinity which

enables it to act as a kind of conductor between that record and the

faculties of anyone who can read it. For instance, I once brought from

Stonehenge a tiny fragment of stone, not larger than a pin's head, and

on putting this into an envelope and handing it to a psychometrist who

had no idea what it was, she at once began to describe that wonderful

ruin and the desolate country surrounding it, and then went on to

picture vividly what were evidently scenes from its early history,

showing that the infinitesimal fragment had been sufficient to put her

into communication with the records connected with the spot from which

it came. The scenes through which we pass in the course of our life seem

to act in the same way upon the cells of our brain as did the history of

Stonehenge upon that particle of stone. They establish a connection with

those cells by means of which our mind is put en rapport with that

particular portion of the records, and so we 'remember' what we have