Buying antique articles

May 19, 2004 05:26 PM IST

Someone told me that buying old articles brings ill luck upon the buyers as they contain negative energy passed on by the former owners. Is that true? Veena Minocha answers.

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I have been a collector of antiques and antique jewellery for a very long time. The other day someone sowed the seed of suspicion in my mind regarding these things. He said that buying old articles brought ill luck upon the buyers as they contain heaps of negative energy passed on by the former owners. This is especially the case if they are being sold out in desperation, or a run of bad financial times.

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I am now in a fix as I was about to buy another lot of antique things from a very noble family that has fallen on hard times, and wished to dispose off some of their assets, to cover the hospitalisation bills of their old father, to whom the articles belong. Could you tell me what is the actual effect of these kinds of transactions?

Upma from New Delhi

Veena Minocha answers: The first question that I would like to ask you is, that if you have been collecting antiques for such a long time, then how have their being in your possession affected you till date? Have you been lucky or unlucky after buying these things?

Let me tell you that I believe that everything that a person uses is affected by the vibrations of the owner. Very subtly, the owner leaves traces of his feelings, his emotions, and his positive and negative vibrations in them. For example, if the owner really loves his things, and has always treated them reverently and positively, then these feelings will be embedded in those articles. However, if the owner has been a negative person, those negative vibrations will also be stamped in the aura of these things.

Everything cannot be called 'negative' and 'wrong just because it has been owned and handled by someone. It is up to the person buying the antiques to judge the energetic effect of those articles. Hold the articles in your hands for a while, and meditate on the energy that you feel. If you feel happy holding it against your skin (the skin is a perfect barometer to judge what suits your own vibration or not), then it is good for you. If you feel like dropping it like a 'hot potato', then it is a definite no-no for your life. Wear the jewellery and likewise examine the reaction of your own feelings. Then make your judgment.

Another thing is that if the original owner requires money for hospitalisation bills, this is no indicator that there is any negativity involved. On the contrary, by buying it you may be doing a very good deed, and even that jewellery would become blessed.

In any case, the first rule on buying a used item is to wash it thoroughly with soap and water. Leave it under running water for a few minutes, if possible. (In fact, I recommend this procedure for new articles also, as they have been handled by a lot of people before they reach you). Then a quick wash with salt water, preferably rock salt to be used, and charged in the sunlight, by leaving it in the sun for a good twenty minutes. This is a preventive action, to make sure that no hidden negative vibes remain, or can be passed on to you.

Mrs Veena Minocha, Spiritualist, Healer and Teacher, our columnist who conducts the microsite New Age Wisdom,will be in the United Kingdom, in London, from May 15th to June 27th.

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