I've been thinking lately (a very dangerous pastime, I know) about how the subconscious influences practice. Regardless of what you actually say to yourself when you're attempting to perform psionics, it seems like the wheel or the tinfoil or the car will behave according to what you [i]actually believe[/i]. For example: If you believe that you're only barely able to influence the psi wheel because you've only trained a little bit, then you will get twitches; if you know that your capability is beyond that then the wheel will move smoothly. In my practice, the motion of the object directly correlates to the amount of doubt entering my head. To me, this means that I'm subconsciously still unsure about my psychokinesis ability. How do you fix that?
Well, there are a number of practices which people have utilized through the ages to eliminate doubt, thus "programming the subconscious."
[u]Verbal Affirmations[/u] - Probably the most useful, in which you repeat to yourself phrases like "I have full control of the wheel. When I wish it to spin a certain way, it will" or more generally, "My potential is unlimited." Affirmations are typically included in short daily meditations.
[u]Visualization Affirmations[/u] - Much like the verbal affirmation, except that you create the coming experience in your head and feel every single detail occur beforehand. This helps make what you envision manifest in your practice. Using this technique, I was able to obtain noticeable psi wheel results on my second day of practice.
[u]Refocusing[/u] - This is done during practice; it involves simply removing doubts and wandering thoughts from your head in an attempt to establish a strong focus on your goal. It is usually best to do this passively by simply refocusing on your goal and letting the stray thought drift away.
[u]Controlling your environment[/u] - Turning on some favorable music, placing down meaningful objects, hanging pleasant pictures--these are all ways to influence your subconscious. Research results suggest that deeply meaningful spiritual or mystical images aid in the application of psi.
[u]Talking about it![/u] - Helps build confidence, or I wouldn't be posting so much.
Aside from practice, which is still an extremely important part of developing psionic abilities, these techniques may help in programming the subconscious. I've heard a lot of talk about differing degrees of psionic talent in people, which is probably true to some extent, but not as much as it is made out to be; psychology plays a major role and can, as we've seen above, be altered. When I began psionics I read a lot of very helpful articles from various psions, but most of them had this little flaw; they told the readers that they would need to practice their asses off to achieve their first results, some claiming weeks, other claiming many months. Perhaps. But perhaps not. In any case, setting this expectation is a sure way to make any development slow and painful. The first time I sat down in front of a psi wheel I was overloaded with this message and worried that I didn't have the "natural talent", so I failed. The next day however I was fully relaxed and confident, grateful to be able to practice such a wonderful art, and knowledgeable about the power of belief. I had also performed an empowering visualization beforehand. Before even attempting to move the wheel, I sat next to it and simply observed. The wheel began to tremble. Eventually, I was able to slowly rotate it about 270 degrees. My point is, it is in your head. Do not limit yourself with expectations of training time, etc. Easier to say then do of course.
I would very much appreciate any comments, suggestions, personal experiences, or techniques relating to "programming one's beliefs." And if you have any devil's advocate suggestions, like criticizing my "easier to say then do" comment as a limiting expectation in itself, go ahead. I know this thread is [i]especially[/i] susceptible.