Core Concept: What we understand about psionics we understand through observations. Therefore, it is useful for you to maintain a journal so that you can use your observations to further your own personal study in Psionics.
When practicing psionics, it is very useful(almost necessary) to have a journal to refer back to. You should record things in your journal daily, regardless of whether you practiced or not. At the very least, this is what should be included in your journal:
What is a Psychic Journal?
Psychic journals are notebooks or other forms of detailed logs, such as a blog, whose purpose is to be a detailed re-account of your thoughts an experiences with psionics and related phenomena.
Psychic Journals can be used for the recording of:
> Experiments Done with Psionics
> Daily Practice Activities
> Mental State When Practicing
How are Journals Useful?
> Provide a way for you to mark your progress(or lack thereof).
> Assist you in finding problem areas
> Allow you to be unbiased and unforgiving regarding the pitfalls of your practice session.
> In the future, when you are more experienced, they help you relay new ideas to experienced practitioners, and help you to be able to educate new psionic practitioners in a way that is effective.
> Make it impossible for you to be “overly positive” regarding your progress, and help you to identify whether you have had a “successful” experience or not.
Psychic journals are your best friend.
How Psychic Journals Can Help You Solve Problems
Consider this scenario:
Let us consider “Harry”, and individual who has been successful with practicing psychic / psionic phenomena, however, with a “spotty” success rate. Harry has been practicing Macro-Psychokinesis (Macro-PK), an ability whereby an individual purportedly moves concrete objects with his/her mind, such as a pen or pencil. Harry has successfully moved his pencil with telekinesis (psychokinesis), however, he only manages to succeed in two out of seven practice sessions. Harry cannot figure out what is wrong. By using a psychic / psionic log, Harry can successfully map out what he is trying every day when practicing telekinesis, while simultaneously mapping reoccuring behaviors, progress, and what he has tried. By mapping out everything about his practice by using a psychic / psionic log, Harry is more likely to figure out why he has only achieved a “spotty” success rate with telekinesis, rather than a concrete(>85%), every day success rate.
If nothing else, psychic journals are useful as a method of recording one’s progress for confidence reasons. Confidence is an important concept when practicing psychic / psionic-based skills (this concept will be discussed in further detail later on). Therefore, it would be beneficial for those with confidence issues to keep a log for psychic and psionic-based successes.
Where Not Taking Notes Goes Horribly Wrong
Consider the following interesting scenario:
A person(lets call her Jane) feels that she was successful in clairvoyance after predicting a car accident. However, if Jane considers what was written in her journal, she may notice that this “success” was the first one in many years. Lets assume Jane has been trying to predict the next days events every single day for these many years. If this was her first success, we may conclude that this success is a chance event, rather than a success (she isnt really psychic. :().
One may argue against this, however, especially if he/she is inclined readily to believe in psychic / psionic phenomena. However, if one considers that Jane guessed what the next days events hold in store every day, may it be viable to assume that, eventually, Jane gets the next days events correct, therefore providing the *illusion* that an act of precognition did genuinely occur? This is especially so if one considers the monotonous nature of many peoples lives in general. Jane would most likely have only considered this possibility had she kept a psychic journal.
When and Where Should You Record Your Progress?
Progress should be recorded on *at least* a daily basis. Every time you practice, even if your progress is “monotonous”, you should record your thoughts and feelings into your journal.
How to Take Great Notes
As a psionic practitioner, you should vow to take notes that will help you later on. To do so, you want to take notes in a concise way that gives you insight into the possible reasons for success or failure. To take great notes that may help you later on, please consider:
> Results of your practice should be recorded right after the practice has occurred.
This has a benefit of helping you maintain an unbiased record, devoid of follies such as rosy retrospection, or forgetting to note all of the ways in which you were unsuccessful. Your journal should be the true marker of your progress. Recording into your journal right after practice helps you maintain an unbiased viewpoint.
> Make note of the mental and physical condition of yourself before and during practice.
This is beneficial to you because in doing so, you may better be able to identify the mental changes associated with success, or what may have caused a practice “failure” (i.e. falling asleep during practice, not maintaining focus). Were you tired during practice? Did your mental state change at all? What difficulties were you faced with, cognitively?
Lets take the upcoming exercises in meditation as an example. In this case, be sure to make note of any pains in your practice, how many times you wavered from your focus, what your attention waver, whether you skipped practice, whether you fell asleep in practice, and your mental state during the practice. This sort of detail would be considered “sufficient” for this part of your log for the day.
> Record the time you practiced and the length of your practice.
Again, we will return to our meditation example. When practicing the upcoming exercises, you will most likely be met with interesting pitfalls, such as subconsciously moving your body in an attempt to be in a slightly more comfortable position, “breaks” in your concentration, or times when it would be pointless to consider the meditation due to “failure” or being overly fatigued.
You should record which times you practice and how this correlate, if at all, with the relative “success rate” of the session. Also make note of how the lengths of your meditations are increasing with further practice.
Please also note that you should be integrating Psionics into your daily life, so recording the times you practiced might not be applicable.
> Make note of your environment.
Your environment may help you to determine why your practice was a “success” or “failure”. Did you practice in your usual location? Was there any background noise? How did it affect your cognitive state? Are you better able to concentrate with music on (do not let this become a crutch)?
A Few Final Thoughts
Yeah, recording everything in your journal might be annoying. Yes, it might be time consuming. Should you still do it? Absolutely. The benefits are immeasurable down the road, especially when you are trying to pinpoint what exactly is going wrong, exactly what is going right, or how far you are actually progressing. A properly kept journal allows you to be unbiased in how you are assessing your skill level, and allows you to explain what goes on mentally during your practices.