An Alternative to “Teachers”
Psionics is very personal. It is not something one can simply “teach” another. A method that is most effective to me might not be one that is most effective to you, period. This is why we offer many different ways of doing telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, and other psychic abilities and skills. The best someone can do offer you advice about where you currently stand, and perhaps offer a few pointers about where you should be. You are your own “teacher” in the sense that practicing psionics teaches you a lot about yourself. No one else can take that leap to practice for you. If you are looking for someone to give you advice, it’s probably best to consider a “mentor”. A mentor is more of a guide to you who is capable of offering advice when needed, in contrast to a “teacher”, who cannot make that metaphorical “first leap” for you.
What to Look Out For When Choosing a Mentor
1. How much experience does the potential mentor have?
Note that this is a much different question than “How much experience does the potential mentor claim to have?”. People within online energy communities tend to exaggerate how much experience they have when talking to people who are new to psionics. When in doubt, ask others to make an assessment concerning whether the person in question is suitable as a mentor.
2. What kind of experience does the potential mentor have?
What do you wish to learn and is it compatible with the experience that your potential mentor has? Someone who has a lot of experience with clairvoyance and not a lot of experience in telekinesis is probably not the best choice if you are trying to learn telekinesis in the long term.
3. Is the mentor patient?
This is a no-brainer. The mentor needs to be able to understand where you are at and more about how you work to be able to provide effective advice. Also, the mentor needs to understand that something may have been easy to him/her may not be easy to you.
4. Is the mentor known by others to be skilled?
A frequent problem within the online energy communities is that new practitioners tend to have mentors who are also new practitioners(i.e. the blind is leading the blind). This should obviously be avoided at all costs. Take special care in determining whether or not the proposed mentor has the skills he/she claims to have.
5. Does the Person Have Your Best Interests In Mind?
Unfortunately, some cases arise where the mentor decided to be your mentor so he/she could mention to others that he/she has students. This is done for more egotistical, person reasons. Make sure this person actually cares about your success and has your success in mind instead of his/her own.
Other Things to Look Out For
It is very common in the OEC for someone to think they’re ready to teach as soon as they can do something. Not everyone who can do things should be mentoring. Mentoring is a lot more than just passing along a description of your technique for something, or thinking of other things someone could try if they’re having trouble. Mentoring is helping to guide another person on their life path. That only works if the mentor has sufficient life experience to even recognize where on the path the person may be, as well as having the wisdom to know what guidance can help and what the person must figure out for themselves (as well as exercises to aid or even push them into facing things and figuring them out).
Practice partner? sure. Give tips or help troubleshoot based on their experience? great. But having people jump at some kind of parody of the apprentice relationship? Don’t do this.
Besides, limiting yourself to only one teacher who is usually barely intermediate at best is harmful. It’s a much better idea to talk to as many people as possible, even asking the same question of each and comparing the replies. It helps to get a feel for those who really do know what they’re talking about vs. those who are just blowing smoke, and gives you many ideas and pieces to the puzzle instead of just one limited perspective .
Psionics is a path–no one can walk it for you. A (good) mentor will provide guidance along the path, but you will still have to do a lot of work to walk it. This includes reading and exercises, but also personal development work as well.
“Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely.”
What to Expect
If you do decide that you want a mentor who is reputable and skilled, it is not out of the ordinary for the mentor to suggest the following:
> Essays and other written works
> 60 minutes of meditation per day in addition to other exercises
> A lot of time and effort on your part to implement what is suggested
If you want to go that route, choosing the right mentor requires a lot of time and patience. It is not sufficient to assume that anyone that claims to have a lot of experience actually A. has said experience, B. actually wants to mentor you, C. is even right for you. You should be aware of the heavy “requirements” of certain mentors and understand the dedication it takes for somebody to mentor you.