A Practical Treatise on the Use of Symbol Prerequisites
At least a good portion of the Visualization Primer
What is the purpose of a symbol? A symbol is used to convey meaning. It represents our ideas, actions, and processes. When we explain Psionics, we use symbols to communicate using common language. Perhaps more importantly, when we do Psionics, we think in symbols which convey our underlying intention. Let me use an example.
A common method of doing telekinesis is to 1. assert that the object will move in the next moment. 2. Generally, people try to form connections to the object using energy manipulation, or maybe they just try to visualize the connection. 3. Next, the person doing telekinesis might gently ask it to move. That person might accompany that with visualization of the object moving, or maybe what the object feels like as it is being moved.
What needs to be understood here is that each one of those acts(numbered) are themselves symbols which convey an underlying intention for the object to move telekinetically. Much like mathematics has been created as a framework for understanding and using physical processes as a tool, we use the understanding we do have in psi to formulate symbols such as the one in italics above to work on psychic tasks effectively.
Symbols themselves are meaningless. They become meaningful when you put energy, work, and intention into formulating them. You direct your will into the symbol which gives it life. Historical symbols (religious ones come to mind) have meaning and intention because they were meditated on over generations.
I speculate that the reasons why different methods are more effective for different people is because they build up what certain concepts mean in their mind, and some psionic techniques either appeal to those built-up concepts, or they don’t.