By John Knight.
At the beginning of developing/exploring one’s psi related, students are unsure that what they are doing is “real” and what it is exactly they are trying to do when they practice. Crippling doubt seems to be fundamental to process for most people. Many teachers and authors use the words “pretend”, “made up”, things like that. I think it’s done to allay anxiety and fear, but it has the opposite effect for me. It makes me uneasy and reinforces my doubt.
Assertions that it will work ring hollow without a mechanism of why this might work. These doubts then make it hard to settle in, focus, and feel confident that I’m doing something that will lead me somewhere I want to go. I suspect at least some others feel similarly. I think this is a hard problem to work your way around even with constant reassurance.