“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.
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.