Of all the psychic techniques described in this book, it is psychokinesis which has attracted the most widespread attention. This is not surprising for, after all, the thought that we can cause physical objects to move about or to bend and break by means of mental effort alone is an astounding one, with far reaching consequences for our concepts of mind and matter.
Psychokinesis is also responsible for poltergeists, and much of the physical manifestation of what we tend to think of as the spirit world. Psychics can move objects, bend metal and influence the physical world with the psychic power of psychokinesis.
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The second part of the experiment involves the same die, or dice, and shaker. This time, however, you will consciously try to influence the fall of dice by directing your full energy and attention onto them. This is difficult to explain, but easy to understand when you have tried it for yourself. What you are doing, in fact, is diverting your attention from the action involved in throwing the dice onto the numbers you wish to come up. Having a mental picture of the dice lying that way up often helps considerably. However, the important thing is that you should expend considerable energy; that is, not physical energy in throwing the dice, but psychic energy on ensuring that fall in a particular way. Be certain in your mind that you the desired result. You can do this by forcefully mentally repeating, 'I am going to get three sixes' or whatever you want.
This 'concentration' technique differs from the more relaxed method in several ways. Obviously the attitude of mind in which you start is different. But, more importantly, the ways in which the techniques affect you are also quite different. There is no noticeable difference in the way you feel after a few minutes of using the relaxed technique. The concentration technique, however, is psychically (and physically) exhausting.
If it works - that is, if you are putting enough energy in to make it work - you will only be able to sustain the effort required for a few minutes. After this, you will find that you are quite unable to influence the dice, and you will also feel mentally drained. It is not desirable to reach this state very often, so I have included the test for the sake of illustration only.
There is a loose connection with the work of Nelya Mikhailova here. After her psychokinetic feat of separating the egg yolk and white as described earlier she was mentally and physically exhausted and haggard - like an old woman, as one observer put it. The same generally applies to anyone who moves objects using something akin to the concentration technique. It has to be said, however - and your experiments may well have convinced you of this - that the concentration technique is, at least initially, more effective than the relaxed technique in producing psychokinesis.
I believe that poltergeist effects may be caused by a release of psychic energy in the same way that occurs in the concentration technique. Associated, as they so often are, with individuals who have emotional problems, poltergeists may represent an uncontrolled discharge of hostility or repressed and transformed aggression. (Repression is a process whereby an individual does not consciously accept or express a particular emotion. But because the original cause of the emotion is still present in the subconscious mind, emotional energy will build up until a process of transformation takes place and the emotion is finally expressed in a quite different form.) The implication of this idea is that repressed hostility - or other emotional states - have an energy substrate which can be transformed into an energy capable of moving objects at a distance.
We can call this 'psychic energy'. The fact that poltergeist activity is usually subconsciously controlled (at least, its occurrence is not consciously intended) supports this theory: repression of emotions from consciousness usually produces some form of subconsciously determined effect. The most common are psychosomatic illness, irritability and depression. In this special case, I am suggesting that repression leads to a transformation of emotional energy into the psychic energy which causes psychokinesis. No draining or exhaustion effect occurs in the people responsible for poltergeists because they have a reservoir of emotional energy on which to draw.
Suggestively, when their environment - in the widest possible sense - changes, and their emotional problems come to an end, the poltergeist activity also ceases. Excess emotional energy may be a natural part of human development, but only a few individuals ever show signs of poltergeists. It would, however, be very interesting to know how many unreported cases of poltergeist activity actually occur!
To sum up: although poltergeist effects are usually subconscious, and the dice throwing concentration technique is a conscious process, they probably have a similar underlying psychic mechanism. Both these procedures contrast sharply with cases of psychokinesis such as the Toronto group's table rapping and movement, the Geller metal bending effect, and the relaxed dice throwing technique. Such cases conspicuously do not involve a draining of energy from the subject. Indeed, they often revitalize the individuals concerned.
Thus, from these observations, we are forced to conclude that this group of cases does not involve the same mechanism as the concentration technique. There are good reasons why this conclusion is likely to be correct. For example, when we examine psychic healing, we shall find parallel effects: one method of healing is draining, the other is not. And it is true that some people find dowsing a tiring procedure, while others do not. Jean Burns has suggested that many people naturally use a method which falls midway between the concentration and relaxed techniques. This probably explains why there can be such variation in people's personal experiences during psychic work.
Let us now return to a more general consideration of the issues involved. When trying to influence the fall of dice by psychokinesis, it does not seem to matter whether or not the dice bounce against another object before coming to rest. This observation has led Jean Burns to suggest that the ability to obtain a particular face on a die is not psychokinesis, but a kind of precognition. In other words, the subconscious can identify the particular moment at which the die will fall the desired way up when you release it. I was at first tempted to accept this explanation.
However, several observations make me feel it is not correct. First, the movement of the table by the Toronto group was con ducted in a light-hearted environment and was unquestionably psychokinetic. Therefore, we know that M effects can occur in a relaxed atmosphere. So why should dice throwing not be truly psychokinetic? Second, I have watched various individuals influence the fall of dice from a mechanical shaker which released them at random times. The dice were made to fall with a particular face upwards a significantly greater number of times than would be expected by chance alone. Clearly, precognition could not be at work here.
As you might expect, the results of the relaxed technique are generally much less significant if you are in an irritable or upset mood when you try it. (This applies to all aspects of psychic work.) And when trying to use either the concentration or the relaxed technique, it is better if feelings of self are not predominant. As we shall see, this is because such feelings involve a state of consciousness quite unsuited to psychic work. In the next chapter, I shall explain the ways in which you can develop your psychic ability by learning to control your state of mind or level of consciousness.
As a demonstration of the effectiveness of the exercises described in the next chapter, you should try a test for psychokinesis twice. First of all, do it now, following the instructions given below. Record your results. Then read the next section of this work, try the exercises described there, and afterwards repeat the test. Record your second set of results and compare the two.
The comparison should reveal a significantly greater success rate the second time around. However, do remember that this is not a precise test of psychokinesis ability. The need for repeated throws of coins in the absence of electronic equipment makes the test susceptible to boredom. Furthermore, the results are of no scientific value because of the limited number of throws involved. It is only intended to be a demonstration of the fact that there are ways of learning to develop your psychic ability.
A test for psychokinesis
In the following test, your aim is to influence the fall of a normal, unbiased coin. You may choose to try and make the coin fall heads or tails upwards. The greater the number of throws, the more reliable the results will be; so it will help if you can obtain the assistance of a group of friends. For successful results, you need to pick people who believe in psychokinesis but who will not fabricate the results. If you are working in a group, you can pool your results and probably obtain up to 1000 throws of the coin. If you are working alone, you need to throw the coin at least 100 times for the results to have any meaning at all. Of course, you do not have to do this in one sitting - short sessions are probably preferable. (Using two coins at once is also acceptable.)
An atmosphere of light-heartedness will help. You should throw the coin(s) from a cup or shaker, rather than your bare hands, onto a flat surface. You can re-read the instructions about the dice throwing technique above, and apply them while you toss the coin. Each time the coin has come to rest, mark whether it landed heads or tails uppermost on a score sheet. Afterwards tot up your results and refer to relevant chapter for the method of analysis and probability calculation. The comparison of your results before and after trying. the exercises described in the next chapter can be set out like this:
Score before trying relaxation and visualization exercises:
... heads/tails out of ... throws
Odds against this being due to chance alone: ... to 1
Score after trying the exercises: ... heads/tails out of ...throws.
Odds against this being due to chance alone: ... to 1