Etiquette, Community, & Ethics
- Generation gap – by Firestorm
A veteran psion’s observations about the change in culture of the OEC from the time of PsiPog, when newcomers respected and learned from more experienced members, thought more carefully before stating their opinions, and were willing to accept that some ideas were simply incorrect. The author believes that the abandoning of these habits played a large part in the decrease in quality of OEC communities after the closing of PsiPog.
- Communication Between the Communities – by Winged Wolf
There are many schools of thought in psionics and magery. Each can sound like incomprehensible fluff to the other. Instead of taking the common “new age” approach by saying everyone is right, find common ground not the theory or the language, but in the abilities themselves. While fluff-bunnies claim crazy ideas without anything to back the ideas up, some people who sound fluffy actually have the results to back up what they say, and deserve respect.
- Basic Psionic Etiquette – by KMiller
The psionic community has its own language, culture, and etiquette. Since thoughts are not necessarily private among psions, offensive thoughts can be just as bad as offensive speech. Broadcasting thoughts/emotions or scanning without permission are also considered rude or even an attack, and may be responded to as such. On the other hand, completely blocking someone out and being overly defensive can be viewed as rude as well. In general, use common sense.
- About Dowsing-Related Books, Sites, Societies, and Suchlike – by Rainsong
Warns that while the people in dowsing communities are often friendly and knowledgeable, they may be offended by the idea of their practice being associated with psionics or psychic phenomena, so anyone coming from an OEC background may run into some friction there. Briefly reviews helpful introductory dowsing books including The Art of Dowsing by Richard Webster and The Diviner’s Handbook by Tom Graves, as well as the free ebook dowsing mini-course Letter to Robin by Walt Woods (which is available in several languages).
- Psionics: Breaking the Cycle – by Float
The beginning of an unfinished series intended to explain the author’s changing perspectives on psionics. Includes thoughts on the shortcomings of the OEC and its methods, how the labels for different abilities lead people to assume they are not related to each other, and how logic can only show what is logical about psionics not what is necessarily true. Also notes that psions try to explain psionic experiences in terms of what they know, often using scientific or computer-related terms when these are at best only metaphor, and then reject the explanations of anyone else who uses different terms even though their ideas might be just as valid.
- A Different Method – by JediKaren
An introduction to the types of resources available for learning psionics. Includes tips on how to recognize a good site or practice group, how to find a one-on-one teacher, and practicing in chatrooms. Describes different ways of training including games, lessons, and experimentation, but warns against training methods that cost money. Recommends journaling and sticking to a schedule.
- What Goes into a Quality Article? – by ILuvEire
Goes over the important components and characteristics of a well written instructional psionics article, including tone, appropriate vocabulary, formatting, structure (introduction, details, conclusion), thorough content (warnings if it may be dangerous, techniques, tips or Q&A), editing for correct grammar and punctuation, and a title. Also gives suggestions on brainstorming and researching before writing the article.
- Making A Site – by JediKaren
Gives advice on things to think about and watch out for when making a psionics site, from the author’s experience. Topics include: what type of site (technical or spiritualist), forums, target audience, content and articles, experience, experimenting with special features, advertising (via search engine, links from other sites, or word of mouth) and encouraging activity, paying attention to detail, updating regularly, and deciding on rules and moderators.
- Troubleshooting Psionics: Volume Two – by InnerFire
Addresses more causes for problems in psionics, some of which are less common. Includes more advice about trusting yourself and how perception, belief, and underlying issues can affect ability. Makes recommendations on how to push one’s limits safely, encourages relaxation and avoiding frustration, and gives more detail on how to use coincidental reinforcement. Explains how to progress psionically via visualization, and encourages finding your own methods rather than limiting yourself to other’s methods. Also outlines how utilizing energy efficiently can be important and how emotional state affects progress. Notes the role of the sub-conscious and how personifying it can cause problems. Includes a very valuable and detailed recommendations on how and who to ask for help.
- On The State of the Online Community Today – by Stony1205
An overview of how politics in the OEC works, as well as some thoughts on how it might be lessened so that the members of the communities can get back to studying psionics. The author suggests creating a community that includes all the staff and respected members of other communities to serve as a forum for discussion and working out problems.
- The Rules of Psionics – by Stony1205
Helpful things to keep in mind while learning psionics and interacting with other psions. Includes recommendations for both newbies and senior members.
- The Psion’s Handbook: Overview of Psionics – by Peebrain
An introduction to the practice of psi, and some of the common skills in psionics, including psiballs, constructs, shields, empathy, telepathy, psychokinesis, flaring, and out of body experiences. Includes exercises and suggestions for further reading.
Page includes a link to the sequel “The Psion’s Handbook: Breaking the System” which, although never finished, is still a thought-provoking read. This ebook has a very interesting explanation of what “fluff” is and why it’s so hard to define. The author suggests that one of the reasons that the PsiPog community plateaued was that it was limited by its beliefs about psionics. He encourages thinking outside of the “box” of the system of psionics and being open-minded about ideas from other people with backgrounds other than psionics, while at the same time maintaining a healthy skepticism.
- I Don’t Miss PsiPog – by Sean (aka Peebrain)
Apathetic inactivity is rampant in the OEC (and was in PsiPog as well), with many people talking about doing psionics but very few people actually doing psionics. This article outlines ten ideas for actually doing psionics and contributing in helpful and scientific ways to this new and relatively unexplored field.
- Guided Discussion On Ethics – by 1000BlankWhiteCards
A log of an IRC discussion of ethics, including topics such as good vs. evil, rape, free will, telepathic suggestion, dreamwalking, combat, self-defense and defense of others, ends justify the means, Occam’s Razor, laws of the land as a baseline for ethics, preemptive action, empathy, counterattacks, and shielding self and others.
- Cult Rant – by Annie
Cults usually center around one person whose word is treated as absolute. To prevent any psionic community from accidentally becoming a cult, remember not to put site or forum admins on pedestals, and to always think for yourself and not just take other people’s word for it.
- Ensuring an active community is your responsibility too! – by Tassadar Thion
A short plea for participation in your online community, whichever one or ones it/they may be, along with practical suggestions about how to participate.
- The Subjectivity of Spirituality – by Float
Explains how the author has come to see religion and spirituality as subjective views of reality, based on our own perceptions. Draws an insightful parallel with the various paranormal and metaphysical communities online which insist on a particular view of reality even though there is no way to objectively verify it.
- Mom, I Want My Own P.Site – by ILuvEire
Notes how important content is to a psionics site, and gives general recommendations about design, formatting, forums, and advertising.
- Current State of the OEC – by ILuvEire
Links the increase of interest in psionics to the releasing of the Star Wars films, and notes how the closing of PsiPog increased the traffic to other psionics sites as PsiPog members tried to find new home communities. Suggests that the OEC is not dying, but rather is at a low point, which will be remedied by the release of a new film or the closing of another large community.
- How to start – by Veritas
Gives an overview of the Veritas Society community, the “metaphysical arts”, and the three paths of the metaphysical arts: psi, chi or body energy, and magick. Includes links to more information on each category, as well as to their Mentoring Program and Courses.
- History of the Psi Sites – by JediKaren
Tracks the history of the sites in the OEC beginning in 1997 with Psi Palatium, though PsiPog, Astral Society, Psionline, United Psionics Community (UPC), PsionicsOnline, Psi Links, and PsiWorld. Mentions several communities that the author does not consider strictly psi-related, including Veritas, Fork You, GotPsi, and several of the smaller sites which never really got off the ground. Some of the information in this article is out of date at this point.
- The History of Psi – by Kobok
Traces the history of psi from the 1700’s and Frank Anton Mesmer, through the founding of the Society of Psychical Research, the coining of the term ‘parapsychology’, the publishing of the Journal of Parapsychology and the establishment of the Parapsychology Association, the introduction of the word ‘psi’, government research into psi by both Russia and the United States, and finally the online publishing of Skywind’s book Playful Psychic in 1993 which led to the formation of the various Online Energy Communities (OEC).
- Body Language and Interpersonal Attraction, Part II – by Roy
Discusses proxemics–how physical proximity is used in body language. Useful for understanding what kinds of things can be communicated even without psychic empathy.
- Body Language and Attraction: A Comprehensive Introduction – Part I – by Roy
Outlines some common expressions of body language and how they can be interpreted, and illustrates how each component of someone’s body language should be taken in context. Useful for understanding what kinds of things can be communicated even without psychic empathy.
- Moderation, PsiPog, and You – by PantsParty
Gives recommendations for being a good/respected member of the PsiPog forums and what to consider before applying to be a moderator.
- Basics Class 2: Introduction to the Psion Guild – by Amaya
Gives an overview of The Psion Guild community, its departments, staff, and membership, as well as some future plans.
- Website Related Q&A – by PsiPog
Answers to various member-submitted questions about PsiPog organization and website.
- Psionics Etiquette and An Explanation of the Psion Guild Code of Conduct – by Winged Wolf
A review and explanation of the Psion Guild Code of Conduct, including: members are discouraged from manipulating non-psi energy types or practicing magic, members may not reveal the name of other members, any money made off of psionic abilities must be done honestly, rules for “psi-names,” psychically announcing yourself when traveling through an unfamiliar area, not telling others who is or is not a psion, and not scanning psions without their permission.
- Proposed Ranking System – by Winged Wolf
An explanation of the psi ability ranking system developed by the Psion Guild.
- Introduction to Psionics, Lecture 1: Terminology, Fluff, and Scanning – by SawyerHickory & Metalforever
Introduced the terminology and the overall paradigm considered acceptable by PsionicsOnline. Explained what scanning is and how to do it. Ended with a practice session.
- Necessity of Fluff – by ILuvEire
Describes different reasons that can lead to someone becoming a fluffbunny, and different ways that it may be remedied within a community.
- PsionicsOnline.net.: About Our Community – by Saintbob
A video from 2008 discussing the PsionicsOnline community and the resources available there (forums, blogs, and IRC).
- Podcast 2 – by NeoPsychic & JediKaren
A recording covering the speakers’ opinions on spirituality, fluff, the differences between magick and psionics, and the state of the OEC in general.
- Psi and Morals Chat 6-19-2009 – by JediKaren
A general discussion about morals and rules in psionics.