Meditation & Working With the Subconscious
- What Science Can Teach Us About Meditation Practice – by Kelly McGonigal
A lecture given at the 2011 Buddhist Geeks Conference. Uses photos of brain fMRIs from several scientific studies to illustrate how the brains of experienced meditators default simply to experiencing stimuli, while the brains of others default to evaluating and telling themselves mental stories everything that is experienced. An important study involving beginning meditators showed through fMRIs that instead of detaching the evaluating part of the brain from the experiencing part of the brain, beginning students tried to suppress all experience (thus giving their brain nothing to evaluate), while experienced meditators experienced everything fully, but without judging and evaluating it.
A transcript of the talk can be found here.
- Communicating with your Subconscious – by Peebrain
Most techniques given for getting better at psionic abilities are essentially indirect ways to communication to your sub-conscious what you want to do, clearly enough that it does it. This article outlines a more direct way of communicating with the sub-conscious that can be used for everyday things like being able to remember more or getting good grades, or for psionic things like developing or improving abilities.
- Talking with your Subconscious – by Peebrain
Explains in detail how to both talk to your subconscious and listen for the answer. Since the subconscious does not often communicate in just words, the author also describes how sometimes the answer comes in a ball of several emotions all together, and how to go about decoding it. Notes that based on his experiences, the author may or may not be only talking to his subconscious, but possibly something outside of himself as well.
- Visualization – by RainTurtle (aka Rainsong)
Explains what visualization is, and how it can be used to communicate with the sub-conscious. Includes a few basic exercises for visualization, including mentally coloring a picture or rolling a ball. Discusses useful visualizations for communicating specific intents, for example, a “dimmer switch” or “faucet” to control flow, and quite a few other creative ideas for psiwheels, precognition, remote viewing, shields, and improving physical strength and skill. Includes an interesting exercise (steepled fingers exercise) for determining how you personally visualize psi which can help for other visualizations.
- Pendling – by RainTurtle (aka Rainsong)
Explains how pendling (also called pendulum dowsing) can be used to communicate with the sub-conscious for things like clairvoyance, precognition, and retrieving forgotten memories or hidden motivations. Describes objects that make good pendulums, how to hold the pendulum, and how to calibrating your pendulum for each session by asking questions with known answers. Also discusses how to pendle for questions that have more than yes/no answers, pendling for geographical locations, and how to avoid contaminating the results.
- Visualization – by Rainsong
Explains that since the sub-conscious mind seems to understand pictures and symbols best, visualization is an important tool to communicate with it (or with other people via telepathy for that matter). Outlines how to develop clear visualization skills.
- Pendling – by Rainsong
A thorough introduction to pendling and how to use it to translate impressions from your sub-conscious into something physically visible. Includes ideas on what it can be used for beyond just yes/no questions.
- Setting Triggers – by ChezNips
- A Treatise on Self Hypnosis – by Koujiryuu
- Fundamental Dynamic Psi – by Mobius, Shadowarrior13 (aka XIII), & Remakai
A set of instructional articles on the basics of psionics. In order:
1) Introduction and Focal Meditation (links to Focal Meditation by Kobok as the lesson)
2) Introduction to Kinetics (links to Introduction to Kinetics by Kobok as the lesson)
3) Introduction to Future Selection
4) Psions: Masters of Transformation
5) Introduction to Inner Meditation and Linking
6) Introduction to Scanning
7) Introduction to the Conceptual Domain
8) Introduction to Energy
9) Constructs, Grounding, and Filtering
- Practical Trance Induction for the Layman – by PsiPogAuthor (aka KMiller)
- Orion’s Lessons Series – by Orion
Rather than being an introduction to general psionics, this series covers the methods used specifically by the author. Tends to use energy manipulation for all techniques, even those that are mainly mental.
Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Feeling and Manipulating Psi (also published on Shifted Perspectives as Feeling and Using Psi)
Lesson 3: Understanding Constructs
Lesson 4: Grounding
Lesson 4.5: Binding
Lesson 5: Basic Empathy
Lesson 6: Basic Telepathy
Lesson 6.5: Telepathic Suggestion
Lesson 7: Basic Remote Viewing
Lesson 8: Linking, a How-To
Lesson 9: Basic Scanning
Lesson 10: Basic Astral Projection (never posted)
- How to Receive Anything – by Peebrain
Uses the analogy of a pool of water for how it is important to make sure your mind is still when you are trying to receive any psychic data. Explains how to practice quieting your mind of any “ripples” caused by your own thoughts, and then how to announce your question and interpret any ripples that show up in response to find your answer.
- How to Experience Something Weird – by Peebrain
Describes the author’s first experience with hypnagogic hallucinations, and how they occur in the mental state on the borderline between sleep and wakefulness. Explains how to induce a hypnagogic experience by using music to enter a trance without falling asleep, and then how to tune into what you want to experience.
- Overview of the Different Energetic Traditions – by Koujiryuu, Solstice, & Prophecy
Outlines several paradigms of practice including Qigong, Yoga, Psionics, High Magick and Low Magick. For each paradigm the authors describe the basic theory, various types and general characteristics of them, and provide a beginning exercise (Pushing Water for Qigong, Alternate Nostril Pranayama for Yoga, and Zen Meditation and Tathagata Zen for Psionics. For Magick, the authors recommend meditation in general, and state that there is no “beginning spell”).
- How Beliefs Become Ingrained – by Peebrain
Explains the author’s visualization of how opposing beliefs “fight it out” in his mind. The beliefs that win aren’t necessarily the ones that are true, but the ones that make better use of mental defense mechanisms like changing memories to better support themselves, appealing to authority and social conditioning, altering perception, etc. Recommends making the “battle”, which is usually sub-conscious, conscious, so that you become aware of when beliefs are trying to use tricks instead of adhering to logic and reality.
- Out-of-Body Experience Seminar – by Metalforever
Touches on research studies done on out of body experiences. Gives tips on how to have an OBE, including time of day, affirmations, what to do about the “vibrations” often felt, environmental factors, “Focus 10”, visualizations, and keeping a journal. Includes a list of references used.
- Mindfulness Meditation and The Breath: An Introduction – by Float
Explains how breathing affects the physical body, especially the lymph system, as well as the mind and emotions. Describes what mindfulness meditation is, its purpose, and how it can be practiced throughout daily life. Walks through sitting meditation starting with a body scan and relaxation, and then focusing on the breath. Gives tips on walking meditation.
- Changing Your Life Through Meditation – by Dan Harris
ABC News: May 10, 2011
A video reporting a study which found significant physical changes in the brain after meditation. Interviews several people about their experiences with meditation and provides a concise and well-illustrated introduction to the basic technique.
- How To Develop Patience – by Float
Explains why patience is often undeveloped and how it can be useful. Describes how patience can play out in acting, waiting, and watching–approaching each with mindful acceptance rather than worry. Gives tips for decreasing stress and practicing patience, including making an effort, not cutting corners, delaying gratification, meditation, yoga, and learning to expect the unexpected.
- Removing Mental Blocks – by Stolide Demens
Describes several techniques for overcoming mental blocks, including meditation, external verification, and talking to your sub-conscious.
- The Subconscious – by JediKaren
Covers some of the misconceptions and psychological theories about what the sub-conscious is, and describes the kinds of things that the sub-conscious does and can be trained to do, including psionic abilities. Makes recommendations for communicating with your sub-conscious, and touches on “unconscious” psionic abilities. Includes references.
- A Guided Meditation on Psionic Principles – by Kettle
Explains how contemplation of the fundamental principles of psionics (dynamic psi paradigm), can lead to a deeper understanding of the world as well as insight into the applications of psionics. Gives examples of such fundamental principles and questions about them that can be pondered.
- Essential Skills for Everyday Psions – by NeoPsychic
Describes several useful psionic skills that can be used on a daily basis, including using your sub-conscious to wake up at a particular time or remind you of important things, using psi to moderate body temperature, and numbing body parts for mild pain relief.
- Focal Meditation – by Kobok
Explains the difference between focal meditation and void meditation, and how focal meditation can be used to gain control over one’s mind and abilities. Describes how to practice focal meditation using a candle flame, as well as what deeper meditative states may feel like.
- Constructs for Newbies – by Lesenthe
A very thorough and well written article which focuses primarily on the practical, but also discusses some theories which explain what is encountered in practice. Introduces and discusses constructs, subtle energy, programming, sentient constructs, and thoughtforms. Explains how to begin to sense energy, via visualization and tactile/spatial awareness, so that you can know when you’ve actually succeeded in creating a construct. Includes an excellent description of how visualization works to help learn to manipulate energy. Explains the importance of mental discipline and how to practice via focal meditation, blank-mind states, and visualization. Recommends exercises for learning to control energy. Walks through the method for creating a construct in detail (planning the complete construct blueprint, externalizing the blueprint in energetic form, and then energizing the blueprint), and sources of energy for powering the construct, also touching on the links between programmer and construct, and between construct and energy source. Devotes special attention to the human energy body and briefly introduces planar theory. Contrasts the author’s method of programming with the method commonly taught in the OEC, and explains why shelling is unnecessary. Touches on what kinds of things can be perceived in a construct and how to examine them closely to improve your skill. Overviews several types of constructs such as shields and wards, guardian constructs, and constructs that influence the physical plane.
- Basic Energy Management – by Innerfire
Instead of dealing with constructs like most of energy manipulation, energy management deals with moving, generating, and general efficiency of how the body uses its energy. Includes passive techniques that require an understanding of how the body and sub-conscious react to things like emotions and expectations, as well as active techniques like meditation and micro-charging/energy focusing. Explains how these techniques can be applied to charging, one’s aura/energy field, ambient energy, and energy efficiency/conservation when making constructs and doing psychokinesis. Includes cautions about trying to use these techniques to generate more energy continually without allowing the body to recover.
- Blank Mind Scanning – by Miri
Gives several methods of clearing your mind via focal point meditation, progressive relaxation, overload trancing, or triggered trances. This removes the extraneous thoughts that get in the way of being receptive to the data from scanning. Explains how to either actively or passively reach out to your target to receive information about it. Includes answers to common questions.
- Awareness and Sensitivity – by Intrepid
Clarifies the difference between awareness (to have knowledge of or notice something) and sensitivity (to be affected by something), and how identifying one’s baseline levels of each is useful. Recommends practicing awareness of the extent of one’s physical senses and how much the mind filters out. Describes how to get an idea of one’s sensitivity by noting changes in one’s reactions, whether physical or emotional. Discusses working with sub-conscious to develop sensitivity.
- Synergistic Meditation – by ShadowMind/L.C
Lists some of the physical, mental, and psionic benefits to meditation. Describes a meditation technique including a copper penny used to aid awareness of forehead tension (a common cause of headaches). Lists several sources for further reading.
- Detailed Psiball Creation – by Hech
Thoroughly describes how visualization can be used to communicate intention to one’s sub-conscious. Includes step by step instructions and recommendations for both making and destroying a psiball.
- The Visual Workout – by Stony1205
Describes a visualization exercise in detail, using the example of a weight room. Also mentions how this form of visualization can aid in developing physical prowess as well as psionic abilities.
- The Basics of Visualization – by DevilsAdvocate
Explains that while visualization itself is not programming, it can be used to conceptualize complex and abstract ideas solidly enough that the mind can program them into constructs or communicate psychically, like with telepathy.
- Body Position Triggering – by FrozenFlames (aka Hech)
Gives examples of triggering a psionic ability via body positions and how setting up a trigger can save time. Explains to train your sub-conscious to perform an ability on command based on a hand movement or other physical position.
- Beyond Visualization – by Anonymous
Describes how to advance from doing energy manipulation via visualization to just doing it–the same way one moves one’s arm, for example. Also makes the distinction between this and “muscle memory” (aka anchors or triggers).
- The Use of Trance in Psionics (Class 3) – by RainTurtle (aka Rainsong) & Andy_Hock
Lists common signs of a light trance, and several methods of inducing a trance including muscle tensing and relaxing, copying an upside down picture, and using music. Discusses some psionic activities that trances help with, including micro-PK, precognitive visions, clairvoyance, and telepathy. Describes several levels and types of traces, including those associated with theta brainwaves, delta brainwaves, and euphoric trances. Includes cautions about trancing safely.
- The Use of Trance in Psionics (Class 2) – by RainTurtle (aka Rainsong) & Andy_Hock
Discusses methods of trancing, including using self-hypnosis scripts, different kinds of music, shifting the focus of one’s concentration, and visualization. Explains some non-psionic uses for trances including practicing physical activities or sports to improve muscle strength and skill. Includes cautions about trancing safely and the kinds of things a “spotter” should watch for in the trancing person.
- The Use of Trance in Psionics (Class 1) – by RainTurtle (aka Rainsong) & Andy_Hock
Discusses what trancing is, why it might be useful in psionics, the different stages of a trance and what each may feel like. Includes cautions about trancing safely.
- Oomph – or Getting results from Psionics (Class 2) – by RainTurtle (aka Rainsong)
Points out the visualization is not enough to accomplish psionics or magick. Discusses what psi is and some of its history. Since the sub-conscious seems to do most or all of psionics, visualization is used to communicate one’s intent to the sub-conscious. Illustrates this concept with an exercise for making a “cobweb” psiball. Also addresses psionic’s effect on blood sugar.
- Centering – by Rainsong
Describes the benefits of centering and what someone who is uncentered may “look” and “feel” like vs. someone who is centered. Gives a couple of visualization techniques for quickly calming one’s mind in the moment, as well as a more disciplined series of breathing and meditation exercises to practice to help one be aware of what one’s thoughts are like as opposed to other people’s. Includes other exercises for improving memory and communication with the sub-conscious.
- Breathing Exercises – by Rainsong
Discusses both the physical benefits of breathing as well as how it can be used to assist in moving energy. Describes a breathing exercise and some variations, as well as different ways of integrating the exercises into energy work.
- 2008 Autumn Series – Class 2: Visualization, Basic Energy-Movement (Water in Pipes), Grounding (Frog Stance), Fatigue Banishing – by Rainsong
Gives an example of practicing visualization and using it to direct energy. Discusses the various uses for grounding and describes the “frog-stance” grounding technique. Also describes techniques for getting rid of fatigue and indigestion. Includes cautions about properly getting rid of the energy to be grounded.
- NI’s Telekinesis Training Manual II – by Not_Important
Describes how psychokinetic ability is mediated by the sub-conscious and how to work with the sub-conscious to gain conscious control of this ability. Recommends learning more about how psychokinesis works in order to develop the most efficient practice method for yourself, and includes some of the author’s own theories about the mechanics of it. Explains how breaks in practice can be useful, and suggests other objects to practice with to move beyond the psiwheel.
- Trancing, a How-To Guide – by SunTzu
Explains the difference between meditation and trancing and how trancing can increase focus during psionic practice. Describes the two types of trances: Overload and Blank-Mind (which are similar to mindfulness meditation and concentration meditation respectively). Includes some cautions about trancing.
- Receiving Images Using your Subconscious – by Peebrain
Explains what a hypnagogic state is, and how it can be used to receive clear images from your subconscious. Gives examples and tips from the author’s own experiences.
- Subtle Subconscious Ripples – by Peebrain
Describes how listening to one’s sub-conscious can provide guidance and aid in self-development. Outlines the importance of having a clear and calm mind when trying to listen to one’s sub-conscious, and how emotions and expectations can effect what is heard.
- Anchors – by Oneta
Gives examples of anchors such as phrases or movements that, after being tied to an ability via the sub-conscious, trigger that ability automatically when said or done. Describes how to set up and use anchors.
- Getting In Focus – by PaleHorse
Exercises to help with developing focus and concentration by holding a series of images or colors in your mind. Notes how music can help with focus in some cases, and includes recommendations for a practice schedule.
- Concentration Exercise – by Winged Wolf
A candle gazing exercise to help with developing concentration and focus.
- Awareness Exercise – by Winged Wolf
An exercise to help with focusing and expanding awareness, starting with your body, then moving beyond it.
- Sensitivity Manual: How to Spark it and Keep it Growing – by Gnome
An explanation of awareness and exercises on increasing, shrinking, and moving one’s awareness, identifying signatures, scanning, telepathic scanning and sending, and using an overload trance to increase awareness. Includes some warnings about the pros and cons to increasing awareness.
- Advanced constructs: A brief guide to the daunting – by Miri
- A simple guide to clearing your mind – by Sleepyhollow94
- MindScape – by LoneWolf
An incomplete part 2 of this article can be found here.
- Self-Hypnosis Seminar – by Metalforever
Defines self-hypnosis as a trance state during which you make suggestions to your subconscious or use affirmations to help yourself in some way. Walks through progressive relaxation and other meditation techniques in preparation for planting the suggestion. Includes ideas for suggestions to use and tips on how to get out of a trance.
- Psionic / Psychic Introduction Guide – by Sephectja & Metalforever
These articles started as an unfinished introductory guide to psionics and developing psychic abilities. It was later split up into separate articles with the overview and preface pages removed. Since the articles make more sense as a group I am still listing them as a unit and linking to each article here:
Unit #1: Preparation and Recall
Chapter 1: Psychic / Psionic Abilities Overview
Section 1: Telekinesis Basics
Section 2: Extra-Sensory Perception Basics
Section 3: Energy Construct Basics
Section 4: Mind-Body Phenomena Basics
Chapter 2: Psychic / Psionic Preparation
Section 1: Overview
Section 2: Common Meditation Techniques
Section 3: Progressive Relaxation
Section 4: Psychic Logs/Diaries
Section 5: Self Affirmations
Chapter 3: Learning Psionic / Psychic Abilities
What is Psi?
Psychic / Psionic Base Concepts
- The Basics of Awareness and Sensitivity – by Neveza
Explores why sensitivity is important to the practice of psionics and reasons why sensitivity may differ between people. Explains how focusing your awareness with meditation can help to increase sensitivity. Also addresses how to control sensitivity through shields (though the author does not recommend these and explains why) and mental control via willpower.
- Energy Manipulation and Psiballs – by Magicdood
Briefly explains a theory of how energy manipulation works, and describes the visual and tactile visualization methods for moving energy and making that energy into a psiball.
- Introduction to Energy Manipulation Class Series – by Innerfire
A series of IRC classes focusing on the basics of energy manipulation. Begins with moving energy and forming it into psiballs in Class A, shelling constructs in Class B, programming basic shields in Class C, and using visualization to communicate concepts to your sub-conscious while programming in Class D. Workshop A and Workshop B included practice and troubleshooting, while Workshop C and Workshop D were organized pass-the-construct games for practice in making and scanning constructs.
- Advanced Psychokinesis Class Series – by Metalforever & Float
This class series assumes some proficiency with the psiwheel, and deals with how to practice and move to larger objects. Introduces research on psychokinesis, and includes tips on keeping schedules, finding methods that work for you, troubleshooting, and bone breathing meditation. The classes sessions in order: Class One, Class Two, Class Three, Class Four, Class Five, Class Seven.
- Stress and Effectively Managing It – by Float
Overviews common causes of stress and the negative effects it has on one’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. Lists some ways to help manage stress including meditation, exercise, eating healthy, yoga, counting, and getting enough sleep.
- Sensitivity: A Brief Look – by Float
Suggests that developing sensitivity is the most important thing in psionics. Describes an exercise for developing sensitivity by practicing awareness of your body.
- Art of the Mind – by Stolide Demens
A collection of tips and ideas for mastering the mind and improving at energy work, drawn from the author’s reading of various sources.
- All things involved: A new way of thinking – by Kettle
A meditation for developing a new perspective on interacting with the world. Explains the theory that one’s soul becomes (and thus can manipulate) whatever it scans or interacts with, and that developing this perspective can help with “getting in the zone” for psychokinesis and future manipulation.
- All around scanning, for shields, energy bodies and other household needs – by Forg
Explains how to connect with and extend your energy to a person or place via its energetic signature, and then hold what you are looking for in mind while asking your sub-conscious for the information. Notes that links are not necessary for scanning and how to avoid linking. Details techniques for scanning physical things as well as the energy body.
- The Uses of Psi – by JediKaren
Describes some common problems that newbies tend to have with practicing (lack of motivation, no teacher, not knowing how to train or use abilities in everyday life). Explains situations in which various abilities can be used, including empathy, telepathy, clairvoyance, remote presence, scanning, psychokinesis, meditation, astral projection, precognition, healing, and constructs. Warns against using psi in ways that could ruin your reputation or those of psions in general.
- Past, Present, Future Meditation – by Kettle
Theorizes that the only connection between ‘soul’ and physical body is a choice by the ‘soul’ to stay aware of the body. Describes a meditation for systematically dissociating from the past, present, and future in order to be aware only of one’s ‘soul’ and not of the physical world.
- The Unconscious Mind – by Daimajin (aka Roy)
Overviews the history behind the psychological theory of the unconscious. Explains how the subconscious relates to the body physiologically, and presents some theories on how how information retrieval via psionics may work.
- Basics Class 7: Visualization – by Amaya
Outlines the uses of visualization within psionics, as well as why it is helpful to practice it. Gives an example of practice using the visualization of a flower.
- Other Skills Q&A – by PsiPog
Answers to various member-submitted questions about Out of Body Experiences, Pendling, Dreams and Dreamwalking, Healing, Remote Presence, Phasing, and other skills.
- Meditation – by Tantalus
- Basics of Psionics – by Neveza
An IRC class discussing opinions on what psi energy is, as well as what awareness is and how to develop it with meditation.
- FAQ: Other Skills – by Shifted Perspectives
A list of answers to commonly asked questions about various topics including scanning, remote presence, clairovoyance, remote viewing, auras, phasing, meditation, and talking to one’s sub-conscious.
- Seraph’s Psychokinesis lesson – by Seraph
Describes how to move a psiwheel by directing energy at it and holding in your mind that you can move it. The author also notes he has gotten good results from expecting it to move or trying to predict that it will move a certain way. Also explains how to use something like telepathy to control the movement, and recommends meditation and trancing.
- Podcast 3 – by JediKaren & The Adfeng
A recording covering the speakers’ opinions on what psi is and how it feels, the best ways to practice things like psiballs, grounding, shielding, meditation, and various other training methods. Also covers how to practice safely and handle overloads and attacks.
- Dealing with Negative Emotion – by JediKaren
Cautions that negative emotions can take over your life and gives examples of how they can spread between people or affect a whole location. Warns that anger mixed with psi ability can harm other people or objects, fear may block psi ability, and being power hungry or depressed can negatively affect training. Lists a few ideas for dealing with negative emotions, including meditation.
- Meditation – by Roger Demis
Describes three meditation techniques: thinking about nothing, thinking about what you’re going to do, and focusing on the backs of your eyelids. Does not include much detail.