Arcane Basketball  
Extra-Normal, Synchronized Interchange of Force

       We use specially designed physical exercises to assist in the development of extra-normal cognition. As with all developmental activities, there is first a necessary preparation before we can begin to activate the extra-physical powers or organs.

  1. We first attain a necessary level of proficiency on the physical level

    • Performing extra-physical acts requires masterful performance of physical acts; for example, telepathic-telekinetic passing of a basketball requires the physical ability to pass effectively

    • The mastery of certain powers on the physical level gives us the potential to understand--through similitude--1 powers on the extra-physical level

  2. We must learn to avoid being "drowned" (emotionally or mentally overwhelmed) in the physical dimension of the exericises.

    • It's necessary to avoid the belief that the ultimate purpose of the physical exercises is to gain physical proficiency

    • It's necessary to work past the mental rigidity in our beliefs about ourselves, for example:

      • "I simply can't learn to perform the physical dimensions of these physical exercises proficiently."

      • "Physical skill is a matter of innate talent; it can't be learned."

    • It's necessary to avoid being drowned in the action and ritual of the exercises themselves and lose any sense of their higher purpose (to develop extra-physical capabilities)

  3. We must genuinely desire to learn how to develop the essential physical skills and carry out whatever activities are required for learning.

    • It's necessary to watch carefully when someone is teaching you and when others are performing the activity you're learning.

    • It's necessary to watch carefully what you're doing and compare and contrast it to the performance of someone who has gained proficiency.

  4. We can gain certainty that we are achieving extra-physical (psychic) capabilities:

    • Only after a phase when our observance of the performance requires us to credit the possibility that a particular event could involve merely exceptional physical mastery and not psychic ability at all.

    • Only after repeated demonstrations of an ability which involves one or both of two aspects:

      • The act and event are beyond our ordinary and rational speed - e.g. we respond quickly in a situation where ordinary thinking only impedes rapid and efficient response

      • The act occurs within an event which demands more of us than our ordinary and rational capacity - e.g. getting the ball through a hole (between players) that is barely large enough for the ball to pass through and occurs within a split second

    • First in accidental instances and then in consciously created instances

      • All of us experience accidental extra-physical flashes of capacity

      • It's first necessary to hold the conception of such powers and abilities. Without the conception, we would not look for or try to develop psychic capabilities.

      • It's vitally important to recognize these extraordinary instances, learning to distinguish them from ordinary experiences.

      • After some acquaintance with these accidental occurrences, we can begin to learn to demonstrate these capacities deliberately and consciously.

    • It's necessary to speak of and work on the psychic at the same time we are developing physical skills.

  5. We must guard against our false self using the discussion and development of psychic power to enhance its destructive, self-congratulatory tendencies.

      Here is a description of one of the physical exercises which takes place in a basketball gym or on an outside court. There are two lines of participants on each side of the basket. The first participant moves toward the basket and shoots a set-up. Immediately afterward, she moves to the back of the line on the other side. The second participant in each line becomes the rebounder who retrieves the ball and passes it to the person in the opposite line moving toward the basket and shooting a set-up.

       If the verbal description seems somewhat involved, imagine how the actual exercise requires split-second timing, constant awareness, shooting, rebounding, and passing the ball proficiently. The exercise actually takes on the appearance of a kind of ritualized dance as the participants gain proficiency in keeping the exercise in motion.

       As participants gain physical dexterity, it's possible for them to begin developing extra-physical capabilities:
  • "Knowing" where another participant will be at a particular time

  • "Knowing" when another participant will be at a particular place

  • "Seeing" a person in motion without actually being able to observe them with your ordinary sight

  • "Signaling" another participant psychically so they know what you are doing

  • "Knowing" how to coordinate your actions with the other participants to produce a "flocking" effect

  • "Passing" a ball to arrive at a spot at a time when the other participant arrives there

  • "Moving to be at a spot at a time when the other participant will have passed and "guided" the ball to you

  • "Guiding" a ball after you've passed it



    1 Similitude: an imaginative comparison; correspondence in kind or quality