Does Belief Matter?
Whether we are discussing religion, psychic phenomena, or general mysticism, it’s the question that always seems to be asked, and debated. Does belief matter? This is indeed a good question, but what exactly does it mean? That question alone is a lot harder to answer than meets the eye.
Belief is defined in a general sense as any cognitive thought held as true. This essentially goes to say that belief can work either way in a metaphysical context.
An example would be precognition. Person A believes that it exists without a doubt. Person B believes that in no way, shape, or form is it possible to predict future events.
You take these two people and place them in a room with a trained remote viewer who is blindly viewing a target set two weeks into the future of these two individuals. After the session each person is handed an envelop with the results of the viewing, and after the two weeks, open it. They both find that the results of the experiment suggest that the viewer accurately viewed significant events that occurred within those two weeks. Person A would take this as concrete proof, needing no further evidence. Person B would probably suggest a statistical probability, perhaps an eary coincidence, but nothing more.
Perhaps not the best example for those completely new to all of this, but don’t let it confuse you. The example had nothing to do with precognition, remote viewing, or even psychic phenomena. It goes to say that if you believe something, belief is never a question. If however you don’t believe something, then the question on its relevance can be raised. The real question is whether or not their belief had any affect on the future events that were set to transpire. Or if by some means a firm belief or lack there of would have had an affect on the viewer, or the prediction.
After years of roaming around the online communities as well as other related sites, and reading all of the constant and repeated questions, comments, and concerns, it’s been painfully obvious how little “belief” has to do with the progression of someone pursuing psionics.
While I was pursuing Technical Remote Viewing, the course I had stressed heavily that, even a complete skeptic would succeed if they followed the outlined protocol as taught. This to me means that whatever the underlying mechanisms of the practice are, as long as the desired goal is pursued in a certain way, nothing will stray you away from the outcome. Now, the exact mechanics of all areas of psionics, or psi itself is still unknown by scientific means but based on observations I think that finding a common understanding of how to gain results isn’t too difficult (or so we wished).
To find a plausible answer to work from I think starting from a smaller field is a must; psionics being far too large of a category. Psychokinesis is probably the one field we can use that requires very little explanation as far as results are concerned. An object is either manipulated, be that physical movement or an alteration of probability, or no results are seen.
Because this specific skill set, if you want to call it that, is so seemingly *out there,* the subject of belief comes up all the time. Within the online energy communities you see a large amount of people who pursue such things. Everyone has their own reasons behind it, but we can place these people into three categories.
People who want to prove it exists for themselves.
People who want to prove it doesn’t exist.
People who believe it exists already but want to develop it.
The trend however seems to suggest that all of these individuals see the same general results if they practice in the same general ways. The major difference lies in the results they themselves see. Those who believe in it, or who are seeking to believe in it notice a lot more “results” than those seeking to disprove it. These are the individuals who push the envelop a bit more, because as opposed to a slight flicker of a psi-wheel suggesting results, they will first rule out any possible outside source of the movement, including themselves. Most likely seeking a container to cover it in, or even moving onto an electronic measuring device like a Geiger Counter.
In low level results these three groups of people are just about neck and neck, but the thought processes are significantly different. In rare instances you find someone who pushes past all the levels and experiences a level of results more easily readable. These seem to be the people who take in what others say, but never take it for themselves. The people who hold experience over the fine print, but also have a certain level of skepticism so they don’t waste time chasing a methodology that in reality isn’t even working. Coincidentally, from what I have seen these are also the people who already believe in the phenomena. Perhaps because they experienced a level of results earlier on that motivated them to continue.
From here I think it’s becoming more obvious that belief in essence does have an affect on the phenomena of psionics, yet not always in such a direct manor. I personally do not feel that believing or not believing in psychokinesis will either hinder or aid someones progression in the field. I do however feel that someone who believes in it is more likely to continue to pursue it, which in turn may have a positive affect on future progression. The issue lies more so within the unknown mechanics.
For instance, something like Astral Projection I feel as though requires a certain amount of belief in the field to pursue a conscious projection. This does not mean that someone with no belief at all cannot experience a spontaneous one, though. It just means that, that same individual will not believe the experience was genuine and would most likely write it off as a dream or something similar.
So when it comes to Psionics I would conclude that Belief does not matter, though it is a significant factor. This is just psionics though, if we are discussing something like religion and healing practices based from this I think it is the most important aspect of it. Taking a reiki healer and asking them to heal an ailing individual who has no belief in the art at all may generate substantial results, but it’s not surprising if they don’t. Things like healing work two ways, the more the individual believes the more successful the healer, due to biofeedback on the person being healeds’ part. So when it comes to the actual practice, it’s hard to dictate how successful the healer is at any given time on their own, especially if like the PK people I touched on earlier, this individual didn’t take the road of eliminating any possible variables. Then again though, would it even matter if people are being healed?
This entire post was not meant to really be an in depth scientific post proving anything one way or the other. It’s more like me just talking out loud. I think this is a subject I enjoy discussing and one that needs to be discussed more often. Unfortunately at the time of writing this it’s midterms week and I don’t have the time to get that in depth into everything as I would like. So I do apologize if anything is somewhat incoherent. I am planning on writing a much more in depth look into this field the week after next, and when it’s up I’ll leave a link at the end of this one for anyone finding this post later on.
Just some food for thought… When I was playing a game of shapes and colors in a chat room online between 6-8 years ago I was experiencing large amounts of success. I made a statement openly “I seem to be a better sender than I am a receiver lately.” Someone replied “I wonder… Are you as good a sender with someone who isn’t a good receiver?” It was something along those lines, the point still remains. It’s the type of question everyone who is in this field of research or self discovery should ask themselves. Occasionally questioning yourself is entertaining and really helps overall progression by ruling out possible events or situations that resulted in success that could have been due to other outside means.