(This invited blog post was written by Laith Muhammad al Azawe, PsyD, who is a parapsychologist with the Iraqi Olympic Academy in Baghdad. We are honored to include his contribution on our website.)
The relation between the science of parapsychology and sports performance is a mutual one, and the use of psi abilities can influence an increase in psychological motivation and physical activity. Some difficulties might arise, since extrasensory perception (ESP) represents a faculty that requires an effort essentially as great as that involved in sports training. Therefore, it is only able to achieve success over the long term. The athlete who aims to achieve sports records does not only depend on his overall training and preparation, but on the different situations that he faces: his skills must allow him to bring his full talent and potential into play at decisive moments in the appropriate situations.
Parapsychological training develops one’s abilities to overcome crucial moments and trains one to use one’s best:
- Psychological energy
- Physical energy
- Physical movements (running and jumping) and their performance control or enhancement
- Ability to take advantage of crucial moments
Through this, one can be in control of his overall energy and performance.
The practical sides of parapsychology extend to comprehensive areas where sports activities form part of the application. Therefore, it achieves:
- Speed of action
- Accuracy of application
- Competency and decisive results
The process of mutual influence between parapsychology and its application in sports requires an intuitive practice of focused operation that allows the individual and team to receive maximum benefit from the correct rules of training, thereby achieving positive results. If we examine the aspects that aim to increase sports efficiency, whether at the level of motor or cognitive activity, we would realize the depth of this area. For example, telepathy is considered to be an extrasensory perception through which it is possible to transmit much knowledge (especially in games that require taking advantage of opportunities, grasping a situation, or enacting a plan). It enables the coach to transmit his instructions and advice to a player during an individual contest, or to many players in team sports. If the relationship between the coach and his players is based on true friendship, it adds to the chances of performing accurate telepathy. Therefore an improvement in performance at the level of psychological motivation or the application of a plan, as well as the improvement of the latter, would also become possible.
This influence increases with the level of improvement in training in such psychic abilities. The benefit is not only limited to telepathy, but extends to other psychic abilities, especially if they are well employed toward the general goal that was set for it. Precognition, for example, can help athletes adjust the requirements of the plan-to-follow in action during the game. In addition, this applies to clairvoyance since it can improve and modify action. Furthermore, psychokinesis can be used by the player to influence his opponent psychologically and weaken the latter’s performance—with a little bit of effort, this helps one to win. The main issue remains in the nature of our use of ESP. We must keep as our priority the principles of morality and ethics, as our psi abilities are developed and we achieve the best results.
The system of dealing with parapsychological ESP affects to a great extent an individual’s acquisition of the correct techniques to deal with the body in order to release the body’s inner energy. Adjusting body movements corrects the wrong use of the body, just as calm and natural breathing leads to mental calm, and therefore relaxes the body from the burden imposed on it by worrying thoughts. This is what we confirm through the various techniques and practices that we perform in order to bring us back to our natural state of relaxation.
The totality of these different activities constitutes a range of practices that helps to release inner energies to an extreme extent. Good health, whether it is mental or physical, depends on the ability to breathe normally in a way that recharges the energy, and then in a way that relaxes one when required. When one does not use these two methods of breathing, the body’s energy is weakened and the competence of mechanical movements and its relation with physical energy is decreased. However, we need to realize that human life requires a second mission – the ability to fully control our minds, just like we control our body parts and movements. The essential truth that merits understanding is the ability to perform accurately and slowly through the continuity of focus on one goal until success is attained.
Despite the fact that the skills required to achieve success are the same in these different sports, the physical actions and movements in each sport differ from an efficiency and performance perspective. Psychological motivation is important, even in several sports games that require effort and the practice of identical movements. In soccer (football), the physical movements differ from those practiced by players of tennis or ping-pong. Nevertheless, a common goal remains – the achievement of efficiency through high concentration and an infinite competence through the use of parapsychological skills.