Involuntary Clairvoyance

"The psychometrist, who needs an object physically connected with the

past in order to bring it all into life again around him; and the

crystal-gazer who can sometimes direct his less certain astral telescope

to some historic scene of long ago, may both derive the greatest

enjoyment from the exercise of their respective gifts, even though they

may not always understand exactly how their results are produced, and

may no
have them fully under control under all circumstances. In many

cases of the lower manifestation of these powers we find that they are

exercised unconsciously; many a crystal-gazer watches scenes from the

past without ever realizing that he is in effect psychometrizing the

various objects around him as he happens to touch them or stand near

them. It would be well for all students to bear in mind that occultism

is the apotheosis of common sense, and that every vision that comes to

them is not necessarily a picture from the Akashic Records, nor every

experience a revelation from on high. It is far better to err on the

side of healthy scepticism than that of over-credulity; and it is an

admirable rule never to hunt for an occult explanation of anything when

a plain and obvious physical one is available. Our duty is to keep our

balance always, and never to lose our self-control, but to take a

reasonable, common-sense view of whatever may happen to us."