Making Things Work
How Psionics Progression Can Work
Sometimes multiple times a day I’ll see newbies come out in chats and forums and go into a medium sized thing asking why a particular technique isn’t working out fully, commonly its stuff not completely working out for psiballs, they got some stage of it but can’t get any farther. Common problems being either they can’t get it to maintain its shape for more than a couple seconds, or maybe the psiball sticks around for a little but eventually fades away. These people *could* be doing everything right, which is the hardest thing for them to understand, as they really don’t want the answer to be as simple as it is. You probably already know that magical word I’m going to say but lets give it a dramatic pause…
In all seriousness I found this truth out the hard way, sometimes you just need to hammer it in and things will get better. That’s how I was first able to eventually get to where I could make a stable temporary psiball on each try, then I found myself practicing hard again to raise it up to something that would stay together over long terms. Its not as hard as you think, not just for psiballs but for most things we’re talking for minimum maybe 2-3 times a week. There is more than enough time to put into practice if you really want to get farther. I know it should seem like its some elusive tweaking you have to do to your technique, but a lot of times psionics progression relies on practice and repetition, which lets your body get used to what you are working on. As a side note you will also notice that enough practice can slowly get you through a mental block, but not always.
Bad Days and Bad Times, Conditions
Yes, most of us have heard it mentioned but I think it needs some more explaining. Bad days are probably unavoidable, maybe it was the weather, maybe you didn’t sleep well, maybe little green men from Mars had something to do with it, who knows? Whatever the reason, we all just get some days where we’re not at top strength. All across the board we can’t do psionics as well. This can put some real issues into progressing, not because it takes a day away, but because if you’re like me you are not going to notice it and think you’re just doing something wrong. Now you shouldn’t blame everything on ‘bad days’ but you got to be careful in instantly labeling one trial as bad for this reason. Now the other thing, you probably want to know how to cancel these bad days out, I probably can’t give a straight answer on that, basically just do whatever you do to get yourself up and going, I’ll talk about optimal conditions later so also take look at that since that information can help.
Now bad weeks/months are another story, there it is more likely that there something messing with your ability to generate energy. That you’ll likely have to figure out on your own, there’s too many causes to go into here, and each one would need a specific solution.
Now for Optimal and Reduced Conditions: This can be key for getting good results when you’re starting out. When you’re newer to psionics while you have the capacity for psychic activity, your body is going to be undeveloped for the job. This means you’re going to have to rely on treating your body well if you want the best possible result. What you need to do should be pretty obvious: reduced conditions can be caused by any lack of a basic bodily need – food or sleep, or by emotional problems (depression). Optimal Condition is when you got everything worked out, you slept well and for a sufficient time (I like a min of 8 hours and ideally around 9 hours), you’re feeling alright, you’re eating properly, etc. You might also want to avoid activity directly before any session that you think is going to be taking a lot out of you, since psi/energy use possibly runs off the same bodily resources as some physical activities (we’re not entirely sure).
Belief and focus are great things to consider, but let’s take a moment to talk about energy, since some people don’t fully grasp energy/psi’s role in psionics. As far as we know, everything or almost everything in psionics has some amount of energy consumption, while some are negligible amounts. Now don’t feel too limited by it, you are going to run into problems in your practices if you worry constantly about the energy consumption. Coincidental Reinforcement can make an activity take more energy than it needs to if you start to think that it will take a ton of energy *when it won’t*. Still, be aware there is a difference between knowing how much energy it will take and really worrying about how much energy it will take. While the second thing is harmful, the first is helpful. That said, you should have some understanding about the energy consumption of whatever you do for two purposes. The first is so you can avoid overextension: once you have an idea about how a particular activity will affect you, you can properly plan how much you can do. Ask around, most people can give you some kind of estimate on what a particular activity will take. The second reason is for more advanced purposes. When you start experimenting on your own you will need to do be aware how much a new technique takes out of you. The last thing I personally worked with turned out to be an extremely high energy cost, so I had to be very careful with practicing it. The same idea basically would apply with exploring anything else new.
Pulling it Together
Ehhh, I don’t really have much to say on this one, its three in the morning right now. Maybe you should just pretend you read this section… Nope just kidding. Anyways, you should understand that there are a lot of things that you may not consider that could affect getting what you are practicing to work. Freaking out about one unsuccessful practice is not healthy, while you shouldn’t immediately blame anything in this section as always the problem, remember them in the ‘no one’s perfect’ kinda way and try not to stress out. Remember the key lessons of the need for practice and repetition, and how energy use can factor into things, as these are the two things that most newbies do not fully consider.
Step #1: Practice more to see how it goes.
Step #2: Record every practice session in your journal.
You should work on this method for at least 10 days before proceeding.
Earlier in the course I touched on what Coincidental Reinforcement was, but not so much on how to respond to it. Throwing aside the issues about it messing up your energy consumption, there are some general rules on how to deal with it:
1) It’s a lot harder than it sounds, but try to avoid frustration. Refer to the Relax section about that. Coincidental Reinforcement tends to largely correspond to your frustration, so a good way to control it is to avoid getting frustrated.
2) As an alternative to just relaxing (which you might not always be able to do), find a way to bend the ‘screwed up’ results to fit what you want. You feel frustrated and make the problem worse *because* you see it as a problem. If you try to make it no longer a problem, things will become much better. In my experience this was a big problem in micro-tk. When I was rolling a dice, another number would get forced instead of my intended number. I figured out that it was a response because I was expecting not to have a successful test, and once chance had laid the seed that another number might come up a lot more, the effect kicked in to fulfill my expectation. This died down though after I started taking the Coincidental Reinforcement results when they were really high and counting them as a significant result and walking away happy with the test. Now this problem still can happen but its a lot less common now that I did that. Also the plus with this is even if the problem continues like it did a little for me, you’re no longer letting it get to you smile.gif
3) This one will probably not work for some people but it is worth mentioning, Coincidental Reinforcement also comes from the idea that you’re expecting it to happen but think you can’t stop it from happening. However, if you start experiencing this problem often, you should be able to look at it and see that you do have some level of control, after all at the base level you are expecting something to happen and it happens like you partially wanted. Ignoring the fact that its routed through your subconscious you are in a way controlling things (you can even sometimes purposely start the Coincidental Reinforcement process, and that definitely is controlled). You have to realize that your lack of control is an illusion. Although not being able to stop something is not *good* control, it is not no control at all. If you had no control over the situation you would not be able to anything at all, the fact that you can effect it shows you have some control.
You should work on these concepts for at least 3 days before proceeding.
“Sunny days make you happy, rainy days make you sad. But you can have fun on a rainy day too.”
“Your truth can be changed simply by the way you accept it, that’s how fragile the truth for a human is”
This particular tidbit is from the last episode of Evangelion, (one of my favorite animes), and I find it particularly useful in many parts of life, not just for psionics. While it is likely that there are *some* absolutes, a great deal of things in life function based on how you perceive or think about them. Without any thought you trust that you’re capable of walking when you get out of bed in the morning. It is second nature to you. Now that’s a bit of an extreme example, but consider this: especially in athletics, when you go into a situation all psyched and ready to destroy, you can do more. However, when you go into a situation where you think that you can’t or don’t want to accomplish your goal, you feel like you can’t do nearly as much. You are in fact making your own truth, and because of your profound acceptance of it (you usually don’t stop to consider these kinds of feelings so your mind lets them in easily), your body changes to match what you accept..
At this point you are probably thinking something like “well if that’s true why can’t I just levitate that object sitting next to me into the air, I think it’s ‘truth’ that I can do it” or something similar. Unfortunately it is not that easy. Even if you rule out the necessary focus and energy needed to do such an action, as you say or think that statement another part of you doesn’t accept it. Although for some things you can do it easily and without much thought, 100% acceptance of an idea is incredibly hard to pull off (as most of the times when it is done easily, it is done on a subconscious level). There is good news however, you rarely need to believe 100% in something. The more you believe in it the easier the action becomes to do, but this does not mean you always *need* a great deal of belief. The next thing is pretty good news too, even if it doesn’t count for much, in performing an action you are accepting that it could be possible. If you didn’t have any acceptance of the idea, you would not even consider trying it. The point where an action is possible is determined by a possessing a certain amount of trust that the action possible, then of course whether you have the ability to do it. For most situations this is not an issue, since for physical activity you are fairly certain of about most actions being possible or not possible, there are lots of fun medical diagrams demonstrating the proper muscles and such needed to accomplish different activities. What’s more theres always people telling you and showing you that it is possible, your friends, relatives, coaches… Psionics typically doesn’t have that.
So where’s the point in that paragraph? Well, the point is that while belief is not the absolute cure for everything, it does matter. Not in the cliché application you see in most movies when someone starts talking about belief, but in the sense that if you don’t want to do the action or think you can’t do it, you will not be able to do it even if you are fully capable of doing that action. However, you can change this. Just by knowing this concept you can change the situation, since usually the thing telling you that you can’t do it is the result of your own perception. You simply must think of that fact, maybe even think of the quote at the beginning of this section. (Before psionics you might want to try this with some regular real world thing, so you can see whether the idea works for you)
Again don’t think of this as an end all cure, if that was true there wouldn’t be any sections after this one. Besides just the difficulty of convincing yourself enough, theres other issues that will hinder your ability to gain that necessarily belief. Like I said before, if you don’t think you can do it, you have no hope of doing it no matter how good you are. Now having no belief at all is rather rare, or even so little that it would a problem that you could not get over given time, the problem is when a belief problem combines with other problems, then you will have to learn to Control this to your favor. This also has some application with emotional issues which we’ll talk about more in part three.
Note: My ‘don’t get people hurt’ sense is tingling so its time to give some kind of warning. Be careful what truth you challenge. In the end I can only say so much, but remember that although belief is really important, you still need the necessary ability ability to do the action after you got belief squared away. Also warning signs (i.e. feeling pain in some form) are typically not what you want to dispute. Although you might be able to get more performance in the short run, in the psychic realm of activity you are much more likely to hurt yourself. Now you might surprise me with what’s possible, I just want to say ‘be careful’, for when you challenge something you accept the consequences. When you jump off a cliff to challenge the notion that you cannot fly, you take the risk of hitting the bottom. Take careful consideration of what you go after with the ideas I placed in this section.
Exercise: Think About Acceptance
Step #1: Grab a paper and a pencil
Step #2: Sit down in a chair, which is located in a quiet environment.
Step #3: Spend 30 minutes each day sitting and thinking about how your perception affects your outcome in Psionics.
Step #4: Think about how you can overcome these perceptions
Step #5: Implement your ideas in your daily practice routine.
You should work on this method for at least 3 days before proceeding.