How to NOT Practice Psi
I would like to address a number of serious missteps that I have seen taken by a significant portion of psi practitioners. These comments are not intended to ridicule any practitioners, and they are not intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable or inadequate. I do however believe that they need to be explicitly discussed so that we become more aware of the problems with these approaches. It is my hope that with sufficient awareness, these problematic approaches will move out of prominence.Aiming for Feelings
I recently read an article on another prominent site, which detailed the following instructions for making a psiball (simplified in my own wording):
1. Trace a pattern on the palm of your hand using your other finger, and remember the physical sensation.
2. Attempt to feel the physical sensation again without touching your hand.
3. Put your hands near each other and attempt to feel a physical sensation in the palms of your hands.
4. If you succeed, this is a psiball???
This is not just an ineffective technique, but a dangerously counterproductive training technique which could serve to set back your progress in psi. It is however a representative example of a more general error.
In the above technique, the practitioner is encouraged to emulate a physical sensation in the brain. In other words, the practitioner is encouraged to create a sensation which has no cause. In essence, this technique teaches the practitioner to actively induce analytical overlay, and then mislabel this analytical overlay as "psi".
The goal when learning psi should never be to simulate a physical sensation. This is most likely to teach you little more than how to simulate physical sensations within the brain through ordinary and classical means.The Use of Hands
It is most unfortunate that many articles purporting to teach kinesis do so by encouraging the reader to put his or her hands next to the kinesis target. This is particularly pervasive among articles which instruct people to use a psiwheel, is also present in articles on kinetting a straw, and I even noticed it recently (and astonishingly) in an article on kinetting a flame. In all three of these cases, and indeed in nearly every other case, this an extremely counterproductive approach.
First it needs to be emphasized that in no way, shape, or form, does psi require or utilize the hands in the performance of kinesis. Yet there exist countless articles proposing this as a primary training technique. The problem arises due to the fact that every one of the above mentioned targets will sometimes move through entirely ordinary and classical means simply from the physical presence of a hand. This results in a large number of false positives, where the practitioner comes to believe kinesis has been successfully performed because motion was observed, when in actuality none has occurred.
This causes a number of practitioners to erroneously believe that the mental rituals they perform while observing this motion are functional approaches to kinesis. Then when they attempt to use these technique on other targets, or when their hands are a significant distance away from the targets, they find that they can no longer get their abilities to "work". The unfortunate truth is that a number of these people have failed to properly develop control over their ability in the first place, because they trained with a misleading technique.
So in summary, never ever use your hands. Psi works equally well across any distance, so use this to your advantage and sit far enough away from your target that the feedback you receive during your kinesis practice is accurate.Suggestive Scanning
The drive is often there among practitioners to confirm their abilities with feedback from others. Unfortunately, this is sometimes done in very wrong ways. One approach which has become prominent is the method of suggestive scanning. This method is usually undertaken innocently, and often yields erroneous results. The dialog often goes something like this:
(Alice) I've been working on psiballs, but I'm not sure if I got it working right. Can someone scan in front of me and see?
(Bob) Sure, I will.
(Alice) Thanks, Bob.
(Bob) Hmm, it seems you do have a psiball in front of you, but it's a little weak. Try to put more energy in it.
(Alice) Will do, thanks.
Another unfortunately common example goes like the following:
(Alice) I don't feel so well. Can someone scan me to see if there are any connections to me?
(Bob) Yeah, I can try.
(Alice) Thanks, Bob.
(Bob) Hmm. I see a few entities attached to you that seem to be draining your energy.
(Alice) Yeah, I thought it was something like that. I just wanted to check.
In both examples, both Alice and Bob have good intentions, but because of the way they are interacting they are actively leading each other astray. The problem begins because Alice's initial comments are strongly suggestive of the desired or expected answer. Even though Bob's intention is to be entirely honest, Bob's subconscious is automatically primed with those suggestions to yield the expected answer as analytical overlay. This gives a high probability to "break" Bob's ability to scan, and he must engage in significant steps to attempt to overcome this analytical overlay.
Unfortunately, this form of suggestive scanning is often used by people to "confirm" the accuracy of their own sensing abilities, or to "confirm" the validity of their own construct creation abilities. This yields so many false positives, that practitioners using this approach will build up a false confidence in an internal method they are using which is not actually valid. Then when the practitioner attempts to use psi for practical purposes, the abilities which he or she thought were mastered are suddenly found to be ineffective.
It can take some time to unlearn approaches to psi which have become habitual due to false feedback received in this manner, so it is strongly recommended that suggestive scanning should never be used for feedback. If you solicit confirmation via scanning, it should always be from someone who has no idea and has received no hint (no matter how subtle) regarding what you expect to be there. This is a minimal requirement which should always be met when considering a scanning result for feedback purposes.So How SHOULD You Practice Psi?
There are many legitimate ways to practice psi and advance to competent skill levels. But there is one aspect which should be central to any psion's practice schedule: Accurate feedback through objective external means.
Feedback is the golden key which allows you to adjust and improve the internal aspects of your technique, which in turn improves your accuracy and control. Since feedback is central to improvement in practice, the accuracy of this feedback is central to making sure the changes you make are in the direction of improvement. The best way to make sure feedback is accurate is to make sure it is objective (either a result is correct or incorrect, and it is clearly observable whether this is the case), and to make sure that the feedback is external.
There are times in the performance of psi when you must proceed forward with only your own scanning ability as internal feedback to guide you, but it is important that you continually tune and improve this scanning ability by using external feedback from sources outside of yourself which are not subject to your own expectations. This is the means by which you can establish and maintain legitimate confidence in the use of your own scanning ability during the performance of psi.
So remember, avoid techniques and behaviors which are potentially plagued with false positives, and instead fill your practice schedule with techniques which yield accurate feedback through objective external means.