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Voting Forum / Veritas April Amusement Stewards
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:10:19 PM »
I was informed that turning web pages upside is officially not funny anymore.  Therefore, I propose forming a committee of April Society Stewards to oversee our annual festivities, and this committee can be in charge of forthcoming humor.  Feel free to advocate for your committee selections below.

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Voting Forum / Veritas Logo Design Vote
« on: October 19, 2015, 05:58:49 PM »
You may vote yes or no for each.  The winning selection is the one with the most yes votes.

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Main Hall / Meditation explained
« on: June 20, 2015, 10:45:18 PM »
Zephyr just found this graphic which I think does a wonderful job of explaining the nature of meditation practice.


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Main Hall / New layout!
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:08:28 AM »
In response to numerous requests for a new forum layout, we have delivered!  It is our hope that this new layout will inspire you to take a new perspective on the arts we are all interested in.  (If you are having any trouble seeing this new layout, do a shift-refresh in your browser.)

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Psi and Mental Abilities / Construct Dynamics
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:32:44 PM »
Construct Dynamics

Introduction

In the physical world, the Industrial Revolution sparked a transition that took us in only two hundred years from pieces of metal attached to sticks, to instant global communication and the navigation of machines across other planets.  The source of this change was ultimately a philosophical one, in which people began to more systematically use machines to build other machines.  This article is about the application of this same philosophy to the art of psi.

I have often been asked why the system Dynamic Psi has the word "Dynamic" in it.  The explanation goes deeper than it sounding good, and in fact, I selected the name of the entire system after the concept of construct dynamics.  This article will only give a glimpse of what is possible, but I hope it to be an illustrative sample.


Constructs

Put simply, a construct is a conceptual structure which consists of an intent, through which psi energy flows, and which gives form and properties to that psi energy.  In the most basic performance of psi, such as kinetting an object, the psion forms an intent with the soul, which forms the intent as a construct in the conceptual domain.  Then the psion sends energy into that construct, and actualizes it so that the intent manifests in the desired outcome.

Given this broad definition, constructs are not restricted to having a spatial form.  As their primary existence is in the conceptual domain, the scope of what can be a construct is quite literally as broad as what can be clearly conceptualized.  Because of this, constructs are able to take on very elaborate responsive and interactive properties, which leads us to the field of construct dynamics.


Construct Dynamics

Construct dynamics can be defined as the behavior and interaction of constructs, and its study and practice can enable us to engineer combinations of constructs which make possible things beyond what can be achieved with the strength of one will.  I will begin by illustrating four principles:

1)  Everything done with psi is done via the formation of constructs.  Therefore the types of things a construct can do are identical to the types of things psi can do.

2)  Constructs can form other constructs.  As constructs are conceptual in nature, their interactive behavior can lead to the formation of new conceptual constructs.

3)  Constructs can be responsive.  As they can scan the physical world, they are able to respond behaviorally to any sort of event happening in the physical world.  They can also respond interactively to other constructs, permitting a chain of events.

4)  Constructs can be self-sustaining.  A construct can be given the intent to continue in operation after the psion withdraws focus from it, and it will continue on the specified behavior until the behavior concludes (which may be never), or until it is dismantled.


Practice

The following exercises are not designed for a beginner, and will require an existing foundation of skills established by earlier psi practice including meditation, kinesis, and the basic formation of constructs.  In each of the following exercises you will need to use good form for rigorous psi practice, including entering a deep meditative state and identifying your soul so that you can use it for the formation and manipulation of these constructs.

The goal of this sequence of exercises will be the creation of a physical object which you can use to facilitate the more rapid performance of psi.  While it may take you some time to work through the initial exercises, you should begin thinking about what small object or trinket you want to imbue with this property.


Practicing the components

Energy creation

For the first exercise, you should practice forming a construct which creates energy.  First discard any misguided notions you may have about the impossibility of creating energy.  Psi constructs can do this with ease, and require only a straightforward intent to create energy.  Practice making such a construct until you are able to use one to reach a well energized state, and keep a mental note of the successful construct that you make.

Responding to your attention

It is difficult to practice making a construct that performs an interactive behavior without also giving it some response to perform.  So in this exercise you will form a construct which responds to your attention on it.  Then, you will again form an energy creation construct.  Then bring these two constructs together such that in response to your attention, the combined construct creates energy.

Active drawing of focus

Normally focus is the prerequisite of a psi practice.  Here it is both the prerequisite and an additional end goal.  First realize that you are simply one more thing that you can affect with your constructs.  Enter a focused state as usual, but then create a construct that actively reaches out to you and draws you into a deeply focused and meditative state.  You will want to program the construct to actively clear your thoughts, and to bring both your brain and soul into an actively focused mind.  When it's working, you should be able to feel the construct actively pulling you into a more focused state.

Providing energy

Similarly to how you created a construct which drew you into a focus, you will want to practice creating a construct which creates energy, and then actively provides that energy to you.

Sealing for permanence

To make a construct "permanent", it only requires that you add an additional intent to it that it will be permanent.  This will work as long as you have a clear conceptualized intent for that permanence.  The easiest way to do this is to first create the construct, and then merge the intent of permanence with it in a process called "sealing".  After this, you carefully separate your focus from the construct so that you are no longer affecting or changing its form and function, which will leave it operating on its own.  You can then reattach to a construct and dismantle it as easily as you made it permanent.  Practice this process.

Attaching to an object

Attaching is the process of forming a persistent association between a symbol or a physical object and a specific construct.  To attach a construct to an object, form the construct as usual, and then conceptualize it in the vicinity of the object.  Then merge an additional intent with it that it remain attached to the object.  Practice this with one of the constructs you practiced with already, and dismantle it when you are finished.


Creating the final object

You will attach two separate permanent constructs to the object or trinket you have chosen.  One to actively draw you into focus, and the other to provide you with energy upon request.  These constructs are complex, as are their descriptions.  Read them several times through so that you fully understand the steps you need to take.  Then take them one step at a time, and piece them together.  The end result will be well worth it.

The focus construct

First form a construct that creates energy.  Then create a construct that actively clears your mind and draws in your focus at all levels of your mind, as you did before.  Merge these two constructs such that the construct creating the energy is powering the construct focus drawing construct.  Then create a construct that responds to your attention on the physical object, and attach it to the focus drawing construct so that it draws your focus upon your attention on the physical object, using the energy from the energy creation construct to draw in your focus.  When you have merged these, conceptualize the combination as a single focus construct, and attach it to the object you have chosen.  Then seal the construct for permanence, and separate your focus from the construct.

The energy construct

For this one you will create a much larger energy creation construct.  Do this by creating an energy creation construct, then using the energy creation construct to power your enlargement of it to a larger energy creation construct.  Repeat this a few times until you reach the limit of what you can meaningfully manipulate.  Take that large energy creation construct and attach it to a construct which will trigger upon your attention on the energy construct, and on so doing, actively provide the energy to you.  Note that in the previous focus construct, you set it to trigger upon your focus on the physical object.  In this one, set it to trigger upon focusing on the energy construct, so you can achieve a focused state upon picking up your object, and draw energy only when you are ready to do so.  When you have formed this merged construct, attach it to your object, seal it for permanence, and separate your focus from the construct.


Conclusion

If you have performed these steps correctly, you will end up with an object that upon putting your attention on it, it will actively draw you into a focused meditative state.  This will enable you to rapidly enter a state suitable for performing psi.  Then, upon forming an intent from this focused state, you can apply attention to the energy construct attached to your object, and rapidly attain a large amount of energy for powering your intent.  This object can be a valuable asset for your later practices, and is a valuable tool for making more practical use of psi.

This approach is also designed to illustrate a more general principle of construct dynamics, which is that like in the Industrial Revolution, you can combine constructs in ways that are like conceptual "machines" with behavior that can facilitate the creation of even more complex constructs.

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Other / Effect of Meditation on Brain Structure
« on: July 28, 2013, 11:26:54 AM »
I came across an interesting open-access article on the effects of long-term meditation on brain structure.  To quote from the abstract:

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Meditators, compared with controls, showed significantly greater cortical thickness in the anterior regions of the brain, located in frontal and temporal areas, including the medial prefrontal cortex, superior frontal cortex, temporal pole and the middle and interior temporal cortices. Significantly thinner cortical thickness was found in the posterior regions of the brain, located in the parietal and occipital areas, including the postcentral cortex, inferior parietal cortex, middle occipital cortex and posterior cingulate cortex. Moreover, in the region adjacent to the medial prefrontal cortex, both higher fractional anisotropy values and greater cortical thickness were observed.

The full article can be read here.

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Voting Forum / Vote: ALTERNATE Rule change to handle disruption
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:20:30 PM »
There has been a lot of discussion, and there have been ideas put forward on this topic.  So this is an alternate to the other proposal.  If both were to pass, we will only put into effect the one with the highest approval (you may support both, or only one, as you choose).  The proposed rule:

"People may not engage in behaviors that are both persistently disruptive and blatantly delusional."

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Voting Forum / Vote: Rule change to handle disruption
« on: July 15, 2013, 01:50:38 PM »
I think there is a broad recognition here that due to the nature of the topics we discuss here, we periodically attract some members with significant mental problems who look to these topics as explanations for their condition.  In mild cases we can be of some help in explaining the differences to them between what they experience and the things we practice here.  But we have observed a number of more severe cases where the persistent delusions people expressed here became a significant disruption, for example derailing many threads, filling up many forums, or significantly disrupting the chat.

We members of staff have been trying to deal with these on a case-by-case basis, but I think we would benefit by having a clearer rule to deal with this problem.  For this reason I would like to propose inserting the following rule, which we believe is sufficiently restrictive to only apply to severe cases:

"People expressing persistent, disruptive, and blatant delusions may be banned."

NOTE:  An alternate version of this proposal can be voted on at this link.

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Voting Forum / Vote: taaraka for Magic Teacher
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:49:29 PM »
After a wide search, I would like to nominate taaraka as a Veritas Teacher in the area of Magic.  She has been a member since 2008, and has an extensive history of answering member questions and explaining magic in detail using her broad knowledge in this area.  She has agreed to accept this position if approved, and I believe she can help revitalize activity in this area of the community.

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Body Energy Arts / MOVED: Telepathic time travel
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:39:14 AM »

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Main Hall / Visualization Method Poll
« on: March 14, 2013, 12:32:54 AM »
Please answer the following survey question:

Imagine a small tree.  Picture it very clearly.  Now...  Do you see this tree that you are picturing being physically in front of you?

Answer yes, if what you imagine overlaps the visual perception of your eyes.
Answer no, if what you imagine is located in an internal perceptual space which is separate from the visual perception of your eyes.

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Main Hall / 2012 Apocalypse, The Final Ultimate Thread
« on: December 21, 2012, 08:08:20 AM »
As predicted for decades by numerous experts on predicting the future ... we're still here!

And on that note, I bring you Marvin the Martian:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8rYotiiFP8

So, every time the world doesn't end, I think it is a good time to review basic concepts of reasoning and self-evaluation of theories.

We often get people around these parts putting forward poorly researched and highly speculative theories about what's going to happen.  Most commonly these are sourced from attempts at prediction that are suffering heavily from imagination rather than any metaphysical art, or they are sourced from websites or videos that have done a terrible job of checking sources and validating predictions used to draw conclusions.  The end result is a lot of really bad ideas that are put forward and often held to with strong emotion.

And, there are a lot of people around here who think a community of this sort should be "open-minded".  And I agree!  We should open our minds to new ideas.  But what we should NOT do, is close our minds to reasoning.  If you want to be truly open to new ideas, you have to be open to the idea that a thing is true AND to the idea that a thing is not true.  And then you have to actively seek out the truth, and attempt to discern WHAT is true by careful exploration and examination of all the accessible information.

Many people around here get emotional when they see this sort of evaluation of ideas happening to their treasured ideas.  But here's the thing...  Truth matters, because true understanding predicts events accurately.  The world didn't end today.  And it matters that it didn't end, because that's a radically different event from it ending.  To disregard reasoning applied to your ideas, to disregard evaluation of your ideas, is to disregard truth.  And to disregard this level of truth is to say the outcome of existence is irrelevant.

There is a definite true nature to the fascinating topics we are interested in here in this community, and mixed with it are a lot of flawed ideas and beliefs.  So I take this moment of us continuing to exist to implore everyone here who has ever gotten upset at their ideas or beliefs being challenged here:  Open your minds to the idea that you could be wrong, about anything, and evaluate that!  It matters.

Also, Merry Christmas.    :santa:  :reindeer:  :reindeer:  :reindeer:

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Magick / MOVED: Thought you guys might like this...
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:54:29 PM »

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Voting Forum / Vote: Koujiryuu for teacher
« on: August 24, 2012, 03:07:14 PM »
Koujiryuu has been a member here for a long time, and has previously held a position as a Veritas Teacher.  If you examine our articles section you will note that the majority of articles in the area of "Chi and Ancient Arts" are actually penned by Koujiryuu, which speaks to his experience.  He has returned to sustained activity with us, shown new dedication to buliding up the BEA section of our community, and has expressed an interest in becoming a Teacher again.  For these reasons, I am nominating him for the position.


Since it has been a while since we have had a vote, I'll remind everyone that Teacher positions also include becoming a Moderator, that the poll will run for 1 week, along with parallel polling among the staff, that discussion on the nomination and vote is permitted below, and that the results will be determined according to the procedures in the Veritas Constitution.

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