Date: June 16, 2007 (Saturday)
<Rainsong> Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
<Aphanas> Evening, Rain
<Jael> Good evening, rain
<confuded> good evening
<Rainsong> Tonight’s seminar is an introduction to Psionic Constructs. It is my intention to follow it up with another Construct seminar slightly later in this series. Probably in late July or August.
<Rainsong> This one is deliberately basic, in order to have a relatively complete psionic “primer” in the archives of our website. 😀
<Rainsong> Over the past several years, psionic constructs have become very popular and have come into their own as a topic of serious study.
<Rainsong> In the circles I grew up in, constructs were not considered “psionic” as such. Just preliminary exercises and children’s toys.
<Rainsong> However, it must be admitted that there are many things that can be done with them.
<Rainsong> By way of definition, a psionic construct is a clump of psi-stuff in some kind of shape, which is programmed to do something.
<Rainsong> That “something” might be as simple as “holding its shape”, or it might be a complex set of instructions, such as “detect intrusion by any of my little brother’s friends, diffuse any psi-stuff they send past it, and ping the me to let me know, and reprogram their cell-phones to have a Barney background.” That is by no means the most complicated option.
<Rainsong> . Not even close.
* Rock puts trademark construct in rain’s lap.
<Rainsong> Any questions, so far?
* confuded wonders what those ““” mean
<Aphanas> None so far…
* confuded go one (definition)
<confuded> What’s instrusion?
<Rainsong> (those are formatting which doesn’t translate well…italics which didn’t work)
* Rock thinks the symbols were used to “mark” important blocks of text…
<Rainsong> intrusion = breaking into or sneaking in
* Rock understands things so far.
* Jael doesn’t have any questions yet.
<Rainsong> Continuing, then. At this time, probably the two most common constructs are psiballs and Shields.
<Rainsong> A psiball is exactly what it sounds like: a clump of psi-stuff in an approximately-spheroid shape.
<Rainsong> In its most basic form, that’s all it is. It just sits there. It can be felt, but usually cannot be seen as anything more than a heat-distortion effect.
<Rainsong> It doesn’t actually do anything.
<Rainsong> By constrast, Shields are defenses.
<Rainsong> Most types are constructs of some kind, and they usually surround whatever they are protecting.
<Rainsong> Bubble Shields seem to be the most common type to start with, across several types of energy work, although they are not necessarily the best or easiest.
<Rainsong> They are shells of psi-stuff which are set up to stop incoming “negative energies” from reaching the main part of your field.
<Rainsong> The “white light” shield so beloved to the white-lights-and-fluffy-bunnies crowd is a variant of this.
* confuded wonders what is a “white shield”…
* Rock thinks it’s an energy shield “visualized” to be _white light_ in appearance.
<Aphanas> It shows up in a lot of new-age literature as a basic protection method, confuded.
<Rainsong> Rock and Aphanas are correct, and apparently type faster than I do.
<Rainsong> How do you make a construct? The short version is that you put together a clump of psi-stuff and program it to do something.
<Rainsong> For a longer, more detailed “how-to,” we will walk through the construction of a psiball.
<Rainsong> First of all, decide what programming the construct will have. For a psiball, the shape it will hold (i.e., “spheroid”) is one of its programs. How long it will hold that shape is another.
<Rainsong> In this instance, for purposes of illustration, we will program it to hold together for one minute, after we sit it on the computer desk and stop doing anything to it.
<Rainsong> We’ll also program it to melt like an ice cube and disperse into the ground, once that one-minute period is over.
* confuded is back, soory
<Rainsong> No problem.
<Rainsong> For most people, the easiest way to program psi-stuff is to visualize what they want it to do while intending to make the psi-stuff do what they are visualizing.
<Rainsong> Visualization is nothing more or less than imagining something.
<Rainsong> So, before we get to the point of actually making the psiball, take a moment to imagine the three bits of the program.
<Rainsong> First, picture a ball roughly the size of your fist. Some examples to use are a snowball, a tennis ball, a softball, or an orange. As long as it is approximately round, it is close enough. Imagine it as clearly as you can.
<Rainsong> Second, imagine the ball sitting on your computer desk while a timer or clock indicates the passing of one minute. Hands going around a traditional clock, an egg-timer ticking away, the numbers on the timer of a microwave oven, and sand falling through a small hourglass are some of your options here.
<Rainsong> Third, picture the ball melting into a puddle on the desk, and then soaking into the wood.
<Rainsong> So far, so froody?
* Rock nods
* confuded nods too
<Rainsong> Now “pretend” there is a pool of swirling water in or in front of your belly.
<Rainsong> Also, pretend there are pipes or streams from this pool extending to the palms of your hands.
<Rainsong> Flow some of the water through the pipes and out through the palms of your hands into a swirling ball, between your hands.
<Rainsong> Keep flowing the “water” into this ball while you imagine those three images we were talking about a moment ago.
<Rainsong> Keep this up for a minute or two, then stop the flow of the water and put the ball down on the table.
<Rainsong> (Note: If you feel dizzy while flowing the “water”, stop.)
* confuded raises his hand
<confuded> Can it be on my laptop? (stupid question)
<Rainsong> Would be safer not to put it on the computer itself. On the floor, or on a chair, or bed, or whatever is fine….but generally best not to put it on electronic devices
* Rock thinks the answer is “maybe” But that it may not be the best idea in the world – until you know for sure you won’t “fry” it… Most folks don’t fry things with psiballs… At least ast the start.
* confuded fry something with his psiball? Got to be kidding….
<confuded> How would I manage that?
<Rainsong> There is sometimes interference between the construct and the electric field and/or workings of the computer.
<Rainsong> Usually, it takes more than a psiball to do that, but better safe than sorry
<Rainsong> Any other questions?
<Jael> None here.
<Aphanas> None here at the moment.
<confuded> It wpnt make a difference if I use one hand, right?
* Rock has heard that most folks have the best success using their “primary” hand…
<Rainsong> Some people prefer using two hands; some people prefer using one. Doesn’t matter much.
<Rainsong> As Rock mentions, when doing them one-handed, it is often easier to use the dominant hand
<Rainsong> (i.e., the one you write with)
<confuded> OK, thanks. I am done with questions…
<Rainsong> Feel free to poke at the psiball with you hands, or brush it with the side of your hand.
<Rainsong> Some people will be able to see a distortion in the light if they look through the psiball. Don’t be concerned if you neither “see” nor feel the psiball, however; especially if this was your first attempt.
<Rainsong> For one thing, perceiving psi-stuff outside your field is a very different skill from manipulating it.
<Rainsong> For another thing, it is quite possible that your first try didn’t work or was kind of wimpy.
<Rainsong> A lot of people get it on the first try, but some people need to practice a few times to get all the pieces together
* Rock is now known as Rock_FamilyTaxiDriver
<Rainsong> Also, this is only one of many ways to make a psiball. One of the others might suit you better.
* confuded thinks his construct melted, since he cnat feal the heat in the area he put it…
<Rainsong> That can happen, too…melting a little early.
* confuded it didnt do it eraly, just on time!
<Rainsong> Obviously, a ball is not the only shape which can be made.
<Rainsong> Play with all sorts of shapes, starting with easy ones such as eggs, cubes, and cones, and then try bunnies and butterflies.
<Rainsong> You can throw constructs as though they were snowballs.
* confuded got a question
<Rainsong> Depending on how you program it, the construct could bounce off of things or crash into them and go splat.
<confuded> They dont have to be programed to be thrown?
<confuded> Meaning for the begining…
<Rainsong> They do, actually.
<confuded> So… I cant make one and then decide to throw it?
<Rainsong> Ah, the “from the beginning” part changes the question. A construct’s programming can be changed at any time after it is made.
<Rainsong> In fact, the programming can be changed by someone other than the person who made it, under most circumstances. There are ways to prevent that, but we’ll get into that another time
<Rainsong> The bunnies can hop around and the butterflies can flap. Try rolling a psiball around. All of these are logical extensions of the same activity.
<Rainsong> Psiballs can be used to have a “water fight”, by throwing them to go splat.
<Rainsong> Include a feeling of being splashed with water in the programming – visualization need not always be literally visual!
<confuded> But the laws are different for constructs than buterflies, arent they?
<Rainsong> Remember what being splashed feels like? If not, go get some water and splash yourself.
<Rainsong> Confuded: I was referring to butterfly-shaped constructs. They can flap the same way a real butterfly does.
<confuded> Oh, lol. Sorry, missunderstood…
<Rainsong> Add a bit of colour to these “water bomb” psiballs, and you have the makings of a paintball game. There is no need for the “paintballs” to be visible.
<Rainsong> Simply add colour to the picture of the ball, and focus on giving an impression of that colour when the water splashes.
<Rainsong> If the idea of a psionic paintball game appeals to you, remember that the constructs can be programmed to hold together for a period of time.
<Rainsong> You can stockpile paintballs, or make each one on an as-needed basis. Your choice.
<Rainsong> Also, the paint need not be “balls.”
<Rainsong> You can flow the “water” like a supersoaker, if you want to. In fact, you can make a supersoaker construct to flow it through.
<Rainsong> You are limited only by your imagination and your skill.
<Aphanas> Or make a paintball machine-gun, with a full clip…
<Rainsong> Very true.
<Rainsong> Another option for practice purposes is the cat-toy. Roll psiballs on the floor for the cat to play with, or make little psi-mice run around to be chased.
* confuded has one
<confuded> Whats the fun if I cant realy “see” it…
<confuded> Only feel, sometimes….
<Rainsong> If they don’t appeal to you, you don’t need to play with them. However, you will find that constructs can be useful, even if (and sometimes especially if) they can’t be seen
<confuded> Can you please bring an exmaple…
<Rainsong> Also, it _is_ possible to make them visible, but that is a much less common skill
<confuded> Flaring… I think…
<Rainsong> That’s right.
<confuded> Whichis pretty uncomon and not easy, as I read…
<Rainsong> Also true.
<confuded> which are* pretty*
<Rainsong> As for an example of a useful construct that is not visible…
<Rainsong> The Bubble shield is a large variation of the psiball.
<confuded> Is there anything that is not a shield?
<confuded> (not involving another psion)
<Rainsong> Some people use them to assist in scanning things. Juggling psi-shapes is a nice way to pass the time, although can’t really be said to be useful, as such.
<confuded> Well, this is my case and I cant find any uses for my constructs…
<Rainsong> Also, tagging things to be able to find it again. (Must remember to do that to the car, next time we’re at the mall)
<confuded> For people who can scan properly, like you for example
<Rainsong> Include a shell in the visualization this time: an egg shell, a film of ice, a glass ornament.
<Rainsong> (for the bubble shield)
<Rainsong> Imagine the shell as a barrier, protecting you from incoming stuff. Whether that stuff is “negative energy”, telepathic noise, or psionic paintballs is for you to decide.
<Rainsong> Instead of forming the ball between your hands, flow the “water” outward and around you.
<Rainsong> The shape can be an egg, a ball, or a bell. There are other options, but these are good to start with.
<Rainsong> Quite a bit of “water” is needed for this construct. The most common problem is underestimating how much psi-stuff to use.
<Rainsong> Don’t forget the duration program and the program to take it down again, as well. Bubble Shields can be maintained for days or weeks, by adding psi-stuff periodically, and patching cracks by “pretending” the psi-stuff is plastic glue or blown glass.
<Rainsong> To visualize building a large construct, such as a Bubble Shield, it can help to picture a shape first, and then gradually cover the shape with a ribbon of psi-stuff, or paint the shape with psi-stuff “pretending” it is thick like icing for a cake.
<Rainsong> Or, pour the psi-stuff over the shape, like that ice-cream topping stuff that solidifies as it cools.
<Rainsong> Concentration on the building up of the psi-stuff will help ensure that the shell is complete, and of reasonably even thickness. Both of those factors contribute to its strength.
* confuded has a question about shields..
<confuded> What happens if the shieldis not big enough to cover you, like when you stretch?
<confuded> shield is*
<Rainsong> Usually, it bends to accommodate that. However, sometimes stretching your arms out, will cause the arms to go outside the Shield. Sometimes, this will break it; sometimes it won’t
<Rainsong> It is safest to either make the Shield big enough that this is not an issue, or to program it to adjust its shape when you move
<confuded> And how would I define the “sometimes”?
<confuded> Because that will be a big problem…
<Rainsong> It seems to depend on how a specific person’s mind interprets the shape and consistency of the construct. So, it varies from one person to another. The way to find out is to try it.
<Rainsong> Any other questions, comments, and so on?
<Aphanas> *shakes head* None here at the moment.
* Rock likes BIG-THICK-STURDY shields…
<Rock> Or my FCD does anyway… *sighs*
<Rainsong> Big thick sturdy shields are good….
<confuded> Whats that?
<Rainsong> sturdy = firm, hard to break, strong
<Rock> And persistant.
<Rainsong> (thus endeth the seminar, but feel free to continue talking in here)
<confuded> ty, bad english….
<Aphanas> Thanks for the seminar, Rain.
<Rock> Not a problem – I’m sure your english is better than my skill in any language OTHER than english…
<confuded> OK, thanks for the Siminar Rainsong
<Rock> Ty Rain.
<Rainsong> you’re welcome
<Rainsong> Thanks for coming