Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
On the various forums I visit online, skeptics often ask for evidence of psi and it doesn’t matter how many peer-reviewed journal articles you send their way, they are never satisfied. The truth is what skeptics want isn’t found in a lab report. What skeptics (and everyone else for that matter) really wants is a personal experience of Psi.
Some people try to get that by going to psychics or mediums in the hope of being given a personal experience by someone able to produce such an effect on demand. Many people take comfort in what a medium can tell them about a relative who has passed or find it interesting that a psychic really understands what makes them tick. But for those truly wanting that personal experience of psi, second hand psi isn’t always enough. It’s like trying to satisfy a craving for cigarettes by standing next to a smoker.
So how do you get your Psi fix?
I think the best way to do that is to learn to develop your own psi. There are many ways that people use to open themselves to having psi experiences: meditation, yoga, psychedelics, binaural beat recordings, mediumship classes, remote viewing workshops… the list goes on. I can’t really speak to the effectiveness of any of those methods because my psi experiences started off spontaneously as a child. But I have had some luck teaching people to move Psi Wheels.
A Psi Wheel is a pretty basic device that anyone can make. It’s just a little pinwheel balanced on the point of a sewing needle. If you want something fancier (and pricier), a commercially available Egely Wheel is a rather cool toy to own. Although I now use an Egely Wheel for my experiments with PK, I started off with a simple homemade pinwheel. (You can find the instructions to make your own Psi Wheel here). It’s an inexpensive way to start off on your own quest for the elusive personal experience of Psi.
When I started learning to spin a Psi Wheel, I didn’t use a jar to control for air currents or convection. I think it’s fine to start off that way until you gain a bit of confidence, then you can try to get it moving inside a jar. After that, you can try to move it from a distance. Be patient. And remember that you can do it! Even Bart the Bear can move a Psi Wheel.
Is it worth it to have a personal experience of Psi? I won’t tell you it’s easy to come by, or even easy to live with. You have to work on yourself in either case. I suspect that a second hand experience isn’t as satisfying simply because it isn’t an accomplishment (although for some it is a valued gift). That silly little pinwheel could be the start of a great adventure, or get tossed aside and forgotten. It’s all up to you.