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Appendix - Playful Psychic
by Skywind


Appendix A: Summaries and Worksheets

Skill Summaries

Grounding

Let go of old energy and tension

Anchor to the ground

Balance your energy

 

Shutdown

Ground and Center

Relax, focus on something fun

 

 

Astral Projection

Choose a location.

Daydream about the location to get there.

Explore and receive.

Practice changing things.

Explore others' areas.

Return to the physical world.

 

Centering

Ground your energy.

Recognize yourself and your thoughts

Recognize thoughts imposed by others

Focus on yourself

 

Shielding

Ground and Center.

Choose the shield’s purpose.

Draw energy.

Swirl it around you until stable.

Let go.

 

Aura Vision

Relax.

Look gently or feel with your mind.

Shift your focus to looking psychically.

Watch the movements and details of the aura.

 

Drawing Energy

Ground and Center

Choose a source

Pull in energy

Balance yourself

 

Empathy

Create a connection to the target

Strengthen the connection

Receive and navigate

Disconnect cleanly

 

Psychokinesis

Fix your beliefs so that disbelief will no longer interfere.

Choose the goal you want.

Visualize that goal very strongly.

Pick the event.

Check the outcome.

Practice, practice, practice. And did I mention, practice?

 

Creating Psiballs

Ground and Center

Draw energy

Shape the energy

Notice any sensations

 

Telepathy

Create and strengthen a link.

Receive or send through the link with detailed images.

Close the link gently.

 

 

 

Worksheet: Past Experiences

Yes or No

  • Have you had a psychic experience?
  • Have you participated in psychic ability experiments?
  • Have you read case studies of psychic people, or experiment results?
  • Have you read any other books describing psychic experiences?
  • Do you believe psychic abilities exist?

What is your overall feeling toward psychic abilities?

  • Good: they would be very fun to play with.
  • Good: I already use them a lot; they’re a normal part of life.
  • I’m not sure.
  • You didn’t list my opinion.
  • Bad: they are weird and a little scary.
  • Bad: I might hurt someone if I lose control.
  • Bad: I have them and I don’t want them.
  • Bad: they’re scary.

 

Worksheet: Religion and Beliefs

Yes or No

  • Are psychic abilities are related to religion or spirituality?
  • Are the ethics an important topic to you?
  • Is your religion's view of psy important to you?

 

What is your religion's view on psychic abilities?

  • They don't exist.
  • They exist, but only special religious officials have them.
  • They're evil/satanic/demonic/dangerous.
  • Neutral - it doesn't say anything about them.
  • They exist in some special people.
  • They exist in everyone.
  • Everyone can and should develop them.

 

What is your religion?

 

Worksheet: Patience

What kinds of results do you want?

  • Proof of psychic abilities existing, or of my own psychic abilities
  • Understanding of what psychic abilities are
  • Understanding of a specific experience I had
  • Gaining skill in particular abilities
  • Gaining understanding of life and this world
  • Better understanding of humanity and spirituality
  • Other

 

How long are you willing to wait for those results?

  • A day
  • A few weeks
  • A month or two
  • As long as it takes

 

Look through the table of contents. What skill do you want to learn first? Why?

 

Worksheet: Fears

Mark each sentence that describes your thoughts.

  • Psychic abilities don't really exist. People can't really do that.
  • Even if psychic abilities did exist, only a few people have them. I'm not special. I can't possibly do it.
  • Psychic abilities are just too weird. I can't think about that.
  • If psychic abilities existed, I would have to change my beliefs about the world, and my stability would fall apart.
  • If I try to gain psychic abilities, I might lose control of them and hurt someone.
  • I don't like who I would be if I could use psychic abilities.
  • Psychic abilities are scary.
  • Meditating and the feelings I get using the abilities are too deep; I’m scared I might lose control of myself.
  • I’m not worried; I’ll learn some abilities and use them calmly.

Do you believe that you personally can learn psychic abilities? ___ Yes ___ No

 

Worksheet: Summary

Why do you want to learn psi?

What skills are you going to start with?

How long will you practice?  I promise to spend ____ practicing a skill before I quit.

 

Worksheet: Comfort with Encounters

Yes

No

Are you comfortable with:

Perceptions

 

 

Feeling ghosts are nearby but not seeing them?

 

 

Seeing ghosts?

 

 

Feeling auras touch you?

 

 

Seeing auras?

 

 

Knowing what happened in a room?

 

 

Getting visions of an object's past by holding it?

 

 

Knowing what might happen tomorrow?

 

 

Being directed to do things?

 

 

Being talked to by spirits or other creatures?

Alterations

 

 

Changing how a plant grows by feeling kind or unkind to it?

 

 

Causing dice to roll differently?

 

 

Accidentally causing electrical equipment to break or behave strangely?

 

 

Causing lights to flicker?

 

 

Causing time to slow down or speed up slightly?

 

 

Accidentally or purposely, making small objects levitate?

 

 

Accidentally or purposely, making large objects levitate?

 

 

Accidentally or purposely, causing scorches or small fires?

People

 

 

Feeling other people's emotions?

 

 

Hearing other people's thoughts in your mind?

 

 

Knowing personal information about a stranger?

 

 

Causing other people to feel your moods and hear your thoughts?

 

 

Knowing someone dislikes you, although they are polite?

 

 

Knowing someone is lying to you, although they aren't showing it?

 

 

Feeling the presence of every person and animal in the room?

 

 

Knowing when someone is about to get hurt?

 

Worksheet: Personality

How easily frustrated are you?

  • If I can't do it the first time, it's not worth the effort.
  • I'll try a few times.
  • I sometimes get frustrated, but I keep trying. I'll figure it out eventually.
  • Things worth learning are worth practicing. When I want to learn something, I don't care how long it takes. I keep trying.

How much guidance do you want?

  • I want a lot of instruction and guidance.
  • I like to do things by myself.

How much do you want to control what you do?

  • It'll happen on its own
  • I'd like to be able to guide it a little
  • I'd like control of some of my abilities, so I can use them when I need them.
  • I'd eventually like to control all my abilities, but they can still happen on their own.
  • My abilities should only happen when I specifically try to make them happen.
  • I want to understand every detail and control everything about it happening.

What do you want from a teacher or book?

  • General information
  • Things to try
  • Advice on difficulties
  • Advice on how to learn
  • Someone to understand me
  • Someone to explain my experiences to
  • Someone to help me understand my experiences

 

 

Worksheet: Paranormal Event Record

Yes or No

Does the event always occur near the same person?

Does the event always occur near the same place?

Does the event always occur near the same time?

Where/when did it happen?

Who did it involve?

How important is it?

Is the event good, bad, or neither? 

Explain what happened.


Appendix B: Z-SCORE and Probability

There are four important statistics regarding the experiments described in this book. They are arithemetic mean, standard deviation, z-score, and probability. This section discusses each in detail, including how to calculate them.

Arithmetic Mean

Arithemetic mean, or average, is (in this situation) the number of hits expected by chance alone.

Mean = (Total trials) * (Chance expressed as a fraction)

For instance, if there are 30 total trials, and there are 5 cards, then chance is 1/5. The mean is 30 * (1/5) = 30/5 = 6. If there are 78 trials, and 5 cards, the mean is 78 * (1/5) = (78 / 5) = 15.6.

Standard Deviation

Standard deviation describes the amount that scores would vary by naturally. It is directly based on the chance value for the situation. The formula here is used only when chance is a known value, such as 1/4, or 1/5, or some other fraction.

Standard Deviation = square root ( mean / 2 )

For example, if there are 30 trials, and 1/5 is chance, the mean is 6. To calculate the standard deviation, take the mean divided by two = 6/2 = 3, and find the square root of that. The square root of 3 is 1.73. Therefore, one standard deviation is 1.73.

If there are 78 trials, and 1/5 is chance, the mean is 15.6. That divided by two = 15.6 / 2 = 7.8. The square root of 7.8 is 2.79. Therefore, one standard deviation is 2.79.

Z-Score

Z-Score describes how far a score is away from the mean, measured in standard deviations. For the score line below, assume 30 trials, chance 1/5, mean 6. Each section marked SD measure the distance of 1 standard deviation.

 

If you actually got 1 hit, instead of the expected 6 hits, your score would be about 3 standard deviations away. That would mean your z-score was 3. The z-score can be a decimal value, rather than just an integer (for the score of 4 hits, as an example). The formula for calculating it exactly is as follows.

Z-score = (Actual hits obtained - Expected Mean) / (standard deviation)

So in this case, z-score = (1 - 6) / 1.73 = -5 / 1.73 = -2.89. The negative sign indicates that you got fewer hits than expected; you psi-missed instead of psi-hit. The value of the z-score is more important than the direction.

The z-score becomes a more accurate measure as the number of trials gets large. It's best used when the mean is at least 10, and all the better if the mean is in the thousands (such as with computerized random number generators). Since the amount of effect that PK has been studied to have is somewhere between 1 in 100 bits, to 1 in 1000 bits, it's best if you can do several hundred trials with a random number generator, in order to measure your effect.

Probability of Z-Score

Probability of the Z-score is the percentage chance of that z-score being due to random chance alone, and not to your efforts. It is the measuring stick of proof for scientific experiments. You need a 5% probability or less that the results are due to chance, in order to have proven an effect. Some experiments have even more rigorous requirements; a probability of 1%, or of 0.1% as proof. You must get down at least to 5% to begin with.

The actual probability formula involves calculus and would be difficult to explain here. Instead, I've provided a table showing the important range of z-scores and probability values. Two important significance levels: a z-score of 1.65 or greater means the probability is 5% or less. A z-score of 2.33 or greater means the probability is 1% or less.

Formula Summary

Mean = (Total trials) * (Chance expressed as a fraction)

Standard Deviation = square root ( mean / 2 )

Z-score = (Actual hits obtained - Expected Mean) / (standard deviation)

Z-Score / Probability Lookup Table

Z-Score

Probability

0.00

50%

0.25

40%

0.52

30%

0.84

20%

1.04

15%

1.28

10%

1.41

8%

1.65

5%

1.75

4%

1.88

3%

2.05

2%

2.33

1%

2.58

0.05%

3.09

0.01%

3.29

0.005%

3.72

0.001%

4.26

0.0001%

Above 4.26

Incredible

 


Appendix C: Scientific Organizations

Many organizations have publications available to members at lower costs or for free. They also often provide library or research services of various sorts. The publications and services listed are, obviously, an incomplete list.. Typical yearly memberships are $30-$70 US, with discounts available for students, spouses, and senior citizens.

Contact the organization you're interested in for up to date membership and publication costs.

Organization

Publications and Services

American Society for Psychical Research, Inc.

5 West 73rd Street

New York, New York 10023

USA

Phone (212) 799-5050 / Fax (212) 496-2497

Web address: http://www.aspr.com/

 

Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research

ASPR Newsletter

Information Service for hard-to-find resources

Research Library and Archives

Audio, Video & Book Sale Catalogue

 

Consciousness Research Laboratory

CA

USA

Web address: http://www.psiresearch.org/index.htm

 

The Conscious Universe

 

 

 

Global Consciousness Project

Web address: http://noosphere.princeton.edu/

International Data Gathering and Analysis

Results Online

 

Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene

Wilhelmstr. 3a

D-79098 Freiburg i.Br.

Phone: 0761-20721-0; Fax 0761-20721-99

FREIBURG, GERMANY

Web address: http://www.igpp.de/

 

Research Papers and Abstracts

German Language Information

 

Japanese Society for Parapsychology

29-24-204 Sakuragaoka

Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0031

JAPAN

Phone Number: +81-3-3496-4353

Fax Number: +81-3-3496-4391

Web address: http://wwwsoc.nacsis.ac.jp/jspp2/index_e.htm

 

Japanese Journal of Parapsychology

Annual Convention, December in Tokyo

Summer School

Monthly Meetings

E-mail Newsletter

 

Koestler Parapsychology Unit

Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh

7, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ

United Kingdom.

Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3348

Web address: http://moebius.psy.ed.ac.uk/index.html

 

European Journal of Parapsychology

In-depth online articles, abstracts

 

Parapsychological Association, Inc.

PO BOX 797

Fairhaven, MA 02719

USA

Web address: http://www.parapsych.org/

 

Publication of Members' Articles

Conventions

Science Papers Online

 

 

Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.

228 East 71st Street

New York, NY 10021

USA

Tel: 212-628-1550

Fax:212-628-1559

Web address: http://www.parapsychology.org/home.html

Parapsychology Review: Official Journal

Eileen J. Garrett Library

Eileen J. Garrett: A Woman Who Made a Difference

Scholarships and Grants

Proceedings of International Conferences

Parapsychological Monographs

 

Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research

C-131, Engineering Quadrangle

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08544

USA

Phone: (609) 258-5950 Fax: (609) 258-1993

Web address: http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/

 

Margins of Reality: The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World

Consciousness and Anomalous Physical Phenomena.

Articles and Studies

 

Rhine Research Center

Institute for Parapsychology

402 N. Buchanan Blvd.

Durham, NC 27701-1728

USA

Tel. 919-688-8241 Fax 919-683-4338

Web address: http://www.rhine.org/

 

Journal of Parapsychology

Summer Study Program

Library

Online articles

Society for Psychical Research

49, MARLOES ROAD

KENSINGTON

LONDON

W8 6LA

TELEPHONE / FAX: 0171-937-8984

Web address: http://moebius.psy.ed.ac.uk/~spr/

Journal of the Society for Psychical Research

Newsletter

Many Books and Booklets

Lectures

Cassettes of Lectures

Library