Focal MeditationThe role of focal meditation in psi
Meditation is central to the practice of psi. Gaining meaningful control over your psi abilities will only come through steady and regular meditation.
There are two major classes of meditation, void meditation and focal meditation. Void meditation is an extended blanking of the mind, in which one attempts to have no thought and no awareness in order to clear one's mind and open oneself up to new understanding. Focal meditation is a deep concentration of the mind, in which one attempts to focus all thought and awareness on a single thing, either an object or a concept.
For the purposes of psi, focal meditation is the form of meditation which is of primary interest. A psion uses focal meditation to gain the depth of inner self-control necessary to achieve clarity in the sensing abilities and control over the kinetic abilities.
It's certainly possible to perform a psionic act without any meditation. It's even possible to perform a psionic act completely by accident. But any would-be psion who wishes to gain consistent and deep control of the psi abilities must use focal meditation to achieve this.
The most basic focal meditation is simply to select an object and stare at that object, focusing all of your thoughts and awareness on that object. Any object will do for this; it can be as simple as a spot on the wall or a dot drawn on paper. The best objects to select are the ones which help to draw your attention. One example of an object which does this for many people would be a crystal. However, the best object for focal meditation in psi seems to be the candle flame.Candle meditation
The following exercise will be described in terms of a candle flame. If you at all can, you should seek out a candle and perform this with an actual candle flame, as the flame does an excellent job of drawing your attention and preparing you for later work in psi. If you are unable to do this, substitute the flame in the following description for the focal object of your choice.
Take a candle into a dark quiet room, and place it somewhere free of clutter so you do not become easily distracted while meditating. Light the candle, and then sit comfortably one or two meters away from the candle.
Relax your body and mind as much as you can, and watch the candle flame. Do not strain your eyes while focusing on the candle flame, as the focusing you will be doing is in your mind, not in your eyes. Clear all of your thoughts, and focus them only on the flame. When thoughts come to your mind, be passive toward your thoughts, allowing them to pass over you and through you, but do not acknowledge the thoughts. Keep the entirety of your awareness only on the candle flame.
Continue to focus on the candle flame for around 45-60 minutes consecutively. If you find yourself distracted and losing focus, simply correct your focus and awareness back to the candle flame, and continue your practice. With practice, focal meditation will become easier, and you will be able to reach deep meditative states much more quickly.Deep meditation
After meditating with complete focus on the candle flame for a while, you will begin to enter deeper meditative states. At first focal meditation will simply lead you toward a calm and quiet state, followed later by a deeper collected focus. When your focus becomes more complete and you enter deeper meditative states, you will begin to experience tingling, buzzing, or vibrating sensations, which will also be followed by feelings of detachment. When these sensations occur, do not be frightened by them, but instead accept these sensations and welcome them. Allow those sensation to grow stronger as you fall into deeper and deeper meditative states.Relaxing after meditation
When you have finished meditating, you should try to gradually return yourself to a normal state of mind. First begin by relaxing your mind, so that other thoughts can enter. Then you should calmly and slowly breathe in and out, and as you breathe in bring your awareness inward, and as you breathe out flush your awareness out, taking any excess energy with you down into the ground. When you have finished breathing in and out a few times like this, return your awareness to your normal surroundings and go about the rest of your day.The added benefits of focal meditation
Psions use focal meditation to learn mastery of psi, but the benefits of focal meditation can flow throughout much of the psion's life. Regular practice of focal meditation yields greater mental focus in other cognitive activities. It also teaches greater mental discipline and self-control when facing daily struggles. Focal meditation brings a depth of confidence and awareness about the self which enhances interaction with others. And finally, focal meditation is the beginning of the psi philosophy that changing something in the external world always begins by first changing something within oneself.