Fitting Practice into a Busy Schedule & Mixing Psionics into Normal Activities

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: June 2, 2018 (Saturday)

Seminar: Topic: Fitting practice into a busy schedule / Mixing psionics into normal activities (suggested by Rose, with further suggestion by SilkySky) with an emphasis on grounding, centering, and meditation – Saturday, 2 June 2018 at 6:30pm/1830hr New York Time — text format in the PSC #lecture room (Discord) — Instructor: Rainsong — Search LECTURE26

Rainsong – Note about seminars: Hi, all. I’ll be referring back to this from time to time… In lecture seminars (i.e., almost everything other than Journal Club), we’ll be going back to the older practice of holding questions until I pause in the lecture, and ask for “Questions and commentary”. I don’t want to stop folks from asking questions, but at the same time, it’s easier for everyone to follow what’s going on if there’s some kind of structure to the class. In some cases, a question will be such that it would be better handled after class or at some other mutually-agreed-upon time.

Rainsong – Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

Rainsong – We’re at the bottom of the hour.

Rainsong – Welcome to another psionics seminar here at the social club.

Rainsong – As mentioned above, our topic for the evening is how to fit practice into a busy schedule and mix psionics into normal activities.

Rainsong – Are there any questions or comments, before we dive in?

Silkysky – Good for now.

Nickodemo – Hola

Rainsong – Alrighty then. Obviously, there’s going to be a lot of variations in this topic, because “busy” has different meanings for different people, and different people have widely varying skills within psionics. Both of those factors will have an impact on exactly what you do.

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Journal Club – Structural plasticity of the social brain

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: May 26, 2018 (Saturday)

Seminar: Topic: Journal Club: “Structural plasticity of the social brain: Differential change after socio-affective and cognitive mental training” Sofie L. Valk , Boris C. Bernhardt, Fynn-Mathis Trautwein, et alia. Science Advances 04 Oct 2017:Vol. 3, no. 10, e1700489 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700489 http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/10/e1700489.full and the Forbes piece about it https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/10/05/different-types-of-meditation-change-the-brain-in-different-ways-study-finds/#641ac25c1f1e – Saturday, 26 May 2018 at 6:30pm/1830hr New York Time — text format in the PSC #lecture room (Discord)

Rainsong – We’re at the bottom of the hour.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
Welcome to another Journal Club seminar here at the social club.

boop – yay

Rainsong – Our journal article for the evening is “Structural plasticity of the social brain: Differential change after socio-affective and cognitive mental training”

It was written by Sofie L. Valk , Boris C. Bernhardt, Fynn-Mathis Trautwein, et alia. and published in the journal “Science Advances” in October of last year.

“et alia” means “and others”…. It just means that the full list of co-authors didn’t fit in the citation style. They are all listed at the beginning of the article itself, though

For those of you not fundamentally opposed to reading articles in “Forbes”, the pop-culture nutshell version there is somewhat less difficult to read and understand.

Are there any questions or comments at this stage? This is a journal club, rather than a regular seminar, so it will be a discussion, instead of a lecture.

Hmmm No comments?

With this one, it mostly just seems pretty cool that there’s physical evidence of the differences in the effects of various kinds of meditation and related mental training.

Some kinds of meditation would be a bit tricky to study that way, of course.

Well… Looks like this one was a bust.

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Consulting the Sub-Conscious (aka File Clerk Dude)

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: May 19, 2018 (Saturday)

Topic – @everyone This week’s seminar starts in about an hour. Topic: consulting “File Clerk Dude”/subconscious (suggested by ShadowRain)- Saturday, 19(?) May 2018 at 6:30pm/1830hr New York Time — text format in the PSC #lecture room (Discord) — Instructor: Rainsong — Search LECTURE24

Rainsong – Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to another psionics seminar here at the social club.
As usual, we’ll be discussing real-world psionics, as opposed to video games. If that concept is distressing to you, you might want to find a different chatroom before you get too weirded out.

Rainsong – Our topic for the evening is “consulting your subconscious” aka the “File Clerk Dude”

Scelana – Seems I made it in time

Rainsong – The concept of the so-called subconscious mind as a file clerk comes from a book I lent to a buddy of mine, about thirty years ago, and didn’t get it back. My memory fails me as to author and title, so I’ve been unable to credit the idea.

Rainsong – Hi, Scelana

Rainsong – So, are there any questions or comments before we dive into this?

Will Worker – Not ATM.

Scelana – I have none atm

Rainsong – The “subconscious” refers to the part of the mind that (among other functions) keeps the basic processes of the body going: digestion, respiration, causing the fingernails to grow. All that stuff “you” don’t typically pay much attention to.

Rainsong – It also takes most of what you “notice” and “think about”… and files it away in the memory.

Rainsong – Hence the file-clerk analogy.

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Note-keeping for Psionic Practice & How to Ask Useful Questions

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: May 12, 2018 (Saturday)

Topic – Note-Keeping for Psionic Practice (“how to keep useful journals and notes for psionic practice of different things–like what to record in a general journal that helps track things, what to write down for a practice session of different skills and how to interpret results, dream journals, all the fun solar weather stuff… etc” – suggested by ShadowRain) Also, how to ask useful questions such that you can actually use the answers – Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 6:30pm/1830hr New York Time — text format in the PSC #lecture room (Discord) — Instructor: Rainsong — Search LECTURE23

Azarea – can we post preliminary questions, or do you prefer to first say your part and we bring questions afterwards?

Rose – i don’t want to miss this one

Rainsong – Azarea: Please feel free to post questions in advance.

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Centering and What Can Uncenter You

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: May 5, 2018 (Saturday)

Topic: Centering (“a more in depth lecture about centering and what happens in day-to-day use when doing psionics, that decenters and/or destabilizes you” – requested by Rose) – Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 6:30pm/1830hr New York Time – text format in the PSC #lecture room (Discord) – Instructor: Rainsong – Search LECTURE22

Rainsong – Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to another psionics seminar, here at the social club. Our topic for the evening is “Centering” Probably don’t even need the usual warnings, for this one… Any questions or commentary, before we dive into it?

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Journal Club – Gamma radiation fluctuations during alternative healing therapy

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: April 21, 2018 (Saturday)

Rainsong
@everyone Is anyone outside my physical household likely to take part in the “Journal Club” seminar this evening?

Turbo
C’et quoi?

rowinha
I always read it, even if I’m busy during the actual discussion.

rowinha
Fun articles.

Rainsong
Rowinha: Cool

Rainsong
Turbo: Discussion of a peer-reviewed article. This one’s a fairly old one (1999) about gamma radiation and Polarity Therapy.

Rainsong
I’m re-introducing Journal Club into the seminar series because I’m a pedantic nerd, so I want folks to know a) that peer-reviewed scientific articles about psionics-related stuff exists, and b) how to go about actually reading the stuff.

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Compound Constructs

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: March 31, 2018 (Saturday)

Seminar: Topic: Compound Constructs (because some people have been asking) – Saturday, 31March, 2018 at 6:30pm/1830hr New York Time – text format in the PSC #lecture room (Discord) – Instructor: Rainsong – Search LECTURE19

Rainsong – Alrighty then. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and other folk who may or may not be around Welcome to this evening’s seminar here at the social club. Our topic for the evening, as posted, is “Compound Constructs” It wasn’t exactly requested, as such, but enough questions had been asked about it lately that it seemed like a good idea to add it to the queue

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Psionic Signatures

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: March 24, 2018 (Saturday)

Rainsong – Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our Saturday-night seminar here at the social club The usual disclaimers apply: we’ll be discussing real-world psionics, rather than role-playing and video game stuff. Our topic for the evening is “Psionic Signatures”, at the request of Dr Strange Stuff, who appears not to be online at the moment. No matter, he can read the log later, if he feels like it. Are there any questions or comments before we start?

Scelana – I don’t have any atm

Silkysky – None from me.

Rainsong – As we often do, we’ll start with a Friendly Definition, because terminology isn’t exactly standardized across communities in psionics… much less the wider magic-using community

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Journal Club – Puthoff’s 1996 Account of the CIA’s RV Program

Instructor: Rainsong
Date: March 17, 2018 (Saturday)

Rainsong – Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to this evening’s seminar here at the social club. We’ll be discussing an academic paper.

CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing Program at Stanford Research Institute. Hal Puthoff. 1996.

On the one hand, it’s largely historical and commentary, rather than the usual sort of scientific-journal paper. On the other hand, that also makes for an easier read, so maybe it won’t turn out to be a totally bad choice for our first attempt at this kind of seminar in… lots of years. I chose it because it wasn’t behind a paywall, which my first choice was. And – to be honest – I read it for the first time today. It was in my queue of “background resources” for a book I’m working on.

Does anyone have any questions or comments before we get started?

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