When practicing psionics, it is useful and sometimes necessary to take on a belief structure - being confident, for example - as a part of your method. Please note that when we say "belief structure", we are not referring to religion or moral beliefs here.
It does not matter whether you are a skeptic. You can do psionics regardless. Skepticism is irrelevant. The intense desire to succeed can even become a hindrance because you end up spending too much time thinking about potential results than actually making them happen. When you have an intense desire to succeed, you tend to expend too much unneeded effort thinking of accomplishing the result, rather than putting effort into the result itself.
So, the goal here is to take on a particular belief structure temporarily for the purpose of the working. You want to truly believe the belief structure you are taking on temporarily. Note the difference between this and merely saying you believe something.
An example of where this has personally been effective for me is within the field of telekinesis. I have found that truly believing (not just saying you believe) that the object will move using telekinesis in the next moment seems to be effective.
For the course of a few days, assume an opposite belief to one you normally hold. For example, choose to have a debate with a friend by taking on the stance that you disagree with the most. So, to use a particularly loaded example, if you do not believe in creationism, you can try debating with your friends from the perspective of a creationist. Other less controversial examples include pretending to be part of different social cliques, or even assuming a different religion for a few days. You can come up with appropriate examples using your creativity. Note the results in your journal.
Often, you may have to take on belief structures in your psychic working which may be uncomfortable or contrary to your current beliefs. For example, if you are a skeptic in Psionics, for the purpose of the working you need to convince yourself that you will be accomplishing psychic abilities.
For the course of a few days, take something you are normally very interested in, like perhaps surfing the internet, and act as if you are disinterested in it. Don't talk about it, do it, or think about it. You are taking on the belief that surfing the internet is not important to you.
This exercise has the added benefit of strengthening your will. Strengthening and cultivating your will and the ability to act in certain ways is a fundamental skill.
Alright, you're probably wondering how to do this if you are a skeptic. Since we don't know how psionics works, talking about the mechanics behind it is pointless. However, people in the psionics community like to make up pet theories about how it works for belief purposes. You may also find that you can use this as a model or a symbolic system regardless of whether its true or not. Psionic practitioners do this all of the time.
Whether its true or not doesn't matter because your pet theory can act as a useful belief tool before conducting a psionic practice that you aren't sure exists (like telekinesis).
Let's talk about how you can accomplish the creation of a pet theory or model:
1. Come up with an explanation for how psionics might work (theoretically), in your opinion.
2. Write about your explanation in the form of a paper. Be sure to add some math that doesn't actually make sense too. People tend to like to use quantum mechanics stuff they don't actually understand to explain their models. Maybe this suits your fancy.
What you are doing here is exerting energy towards the the statement that “Psionics is real.” If you want to read more about how this works, skip to the action sub-section of the energy work section briefly for more information.
The Blank Slate- The blank slate is exactly as it sounds. The goal is to think of nothing, and essentially to not form an opinion. One of the benefits of this technique is to help your viewpoints not alter the inputs you are receiving psychically. An example of this is analytical overlay.
Complete Confidence- You can use this one to help you pass exams you think you're going to fail, to help you alter the perceptions your peers have of you, and also to help you do things which seem “impossible” to the normal person, such as moving concrete objects using telekinesis.