On Not Being a Newbie
- The Greatest Danger – by Albalida
Illustrates how lack of discernment leads to being a fluffbunny and warns against gullibility and acting on fluffy beliefs. Explains how a fluffy skeptic is different from a true skeptic, how a “traditionalist fluffbunny” believes only what the “famous” psions believed and will not accept any new ideas, how an “armchair psion” writes tutorials based only on theories they have never tried, and how role-player fluffbunnies believe everything is psionic instead of examining their experiences to see what is actually happening. Provides a list of questions for thinking critically and fairly about new ideas, and urges psions to think for themselves.
- 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.
- Rainsong’s Rants #3 – by Rainsong
Lists three more annoying assumptions often made by newbies.
- Rainsong’s Rants #2: In Mother-Hen Mode Again – by Rainsong
A reminder to exercise caution when practicing psionics. Psionics can and does cause physical effects, and overdoing it can cause physical harm. When in doubt, ask.
- Rainsong’s Rants #1: Fluff Rant – by Rainsong
A good way to alienate and annoy other psions (especially the more experienced ones that you might want to learn from) is to be a ‘fluffbunny.’ Includes several tips for avoiding fluffiness.
- Newbie Rant – by Peebrain
A description of common newbie questions and attitudes that drive more advanced psions crazy. If you want to get help, it is important to avoid these common mistakes and make sure to put some effort into researching psionics on your own. Remember, all those articles were written for a reason! Don’t try to make psions repeat the same thing over and over. Do some research first, and then if you can’t find the answer, ask for help.
- Guide to Making a Good Theory – by Confuded
A bit of a rant about how to arrive at the semi-coherent beginnings of a hypothesis.
- Moron Scenario – by Myriads (aka Myriad)
Illustrates how newbies often think that everyone is keeping how to make psiballs or spin psiwheels a secret, when in actuality they have devoted hours to writing articles and answering questions on how to do all the abilities. However, it is up to the newbie to actually read the articles and work hard at practicing.
- Fluff Chat Feb. 3, 2008 – by JediKaren
Explains what is generally considered fluff and why sites may disagree on what is fluff and what isn’t. Covers acceptable vocabulary like the terms for psychokinesis, and addresses whether spiritualism and religion may be labeled as fluff.
- 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.
- The Problems of Newbies – by JediKaren
Lists some common stereotypes about newbies (laziness, immaturity, impatience) and gives detailed advice on how to avoid personifying each stereotype. Recommends reading, practice, critical thinking, proper writing, handling situations maturely, and realizing that psionics is a skill that requires consistent, dedicated practice.
- 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.
- How to NOT Practice Psi – by Kobok
Explains how some techniques for learning to make psiballs encourage biofeedback rather than actual energy manipulation, how using your hands when practicing psychokinesis can prevent you from developing actual control over the ability, and how frontloading during scanning practice can result in analytic overlay instead of accurate results. Recommends practice that can be objectively verified.
- Maintaining a Schedule Successfully – by Metalforever
Outlines how practicing daily is important to succeeding as a psion. Describes how to make a useful schedule with concrete, achievable goals.
- Overcoming Mediocre Results – by Peebrain
Explains how one’s mindset and goals when approaching psionics play a large part in whether one achieves mediocre as opposed to notable results. Describes the common phases people go through when learning psionics, and how being creative and taking personal responsibility for one’s practice is crucial. Also describes how to be open-minded in a healthy way, and how that can help in psychic development.
- 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.
- On Psionic Combat, and Why We Don’t Teach It. – by PsiPogAuthor (aka KMiller)
- FAQ: General Questions about Psionics – by Shifted Perspectives
A list of answers to commonly asked questions about psi, the various abilities, what is possible, and how to train. Includes answers to questions often asked by newbies.
- Getting Motivated with GreatSheepKing – by SheepKing
Lists several suggestions for keeping motivated to practice, including setting a practice schedule, practicing with friends, listening to music, using your imagination while practicing, focusing on the future goal, and developing will power.