AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE LIBRARY DEFENDERS HAVE BEEN RUSHING TO RECOVER TEXTS FROM THE PAST. SOME HAVE EVEN SPENT TIME TO WRITE NEW ENTRIES INTO THE LIBRARY.
BELOW ARE TEXTS ADDED DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS. THESE DEFENDER TEXTS ARE ALL WRITTEN FROM ONE PERSON’S POINT OF VIEW AND BELIEF…
What does your breathing have to do with anything? Most people don’t even think about this question because breathing is something that happens naturally and unconsciously. What if I’d tell you that it works the other way around as well? That through breathing, one is able to access into the conscious mind and be able to have control. Your will, to make things happen just by using your mind. How by just using the power of your intention, make changes inside your body. Now, if you relate both the breathing (the physical) and your mind (the nonphysical) coming together, you will absolutely have a greater outcome inside a positive outcome inside your own body. More control, more influence, more benefits. That’s the mind and the breathing coming together. Does it sound familiar yet? Let’s further apply it. Energy similar to blood, flows inside us and it to do its function, we need to breathe, we need to oxygenize. While doing so, you unconsciously breathe in the ambient energy to maintain our energy flowing. We manifest it quite often, but through others knowledge. Not our own understanding of what lies inside, infused within us. We can seek deep within ourselves and utterly understand these connections. Complete understanding of mana. The mind, the body, and our soul.
The Method, The Practice, and The Training.
The breathing technique is focused on a deep, rhythmic, and continuous breath. It is equal on the inhale and the exhale, with no pause between them. Could be described as “controlled hyperventilation or power breathing” and are followed by a retention time, where you hold your breath for a x amount of time. When done correctly, you should feel you can go indefinitely. It can make you feel odd, challenged, and spacey the first few times you try it, but it is worth having the patience to learn. Have in mind that you are inducing voluntarily a short stress response which ultimately will lead to more resilience towards everyday stress, mentally and physiology and feeling more in control. You can notice the breathing is done correctly by noticing the following. When you inhale, your belly expands. When you exhale, your belly contracts back. A great way to test this is to put your hand onto your belly. With each inhale, your belly presses into your palm. On the exhale your belly snaps back into your spine. Make your inhale and exhale the same pace and equal length. The inhale is passive, and the exhale is powerful.
Step 1: Get Comfortable
Assume a meditation posture: sitting, lying down (whichever is most comfortable for you). Make sure you can expand your lungs freely without feeling any constriction.
Step 2: 30-40 Deep Breaths (Power Breaths)
Close your eyes and try to clear your mind. Be conscious of your breath and try to fully connect with it. Inhale deeply through the nose or mouth, and exhale unforced through the mouth. Fully inhale through the belly, then chest and then let go unforced. Repeat this 30 to 40 times in short, powerful bursts. During the power breaths, delve into your body and become aware of it as possible. Trace your awareness up and down your body and use your intuition as to what parts lack energy and what parts are overflowing. Scan for any blockage between the two. Try to send energy/warmth to those blockages. Then release them deeper and deeper. You may experience light-headedness, and tingling sensations in your fingers and feet. These side effects are completely harmless. But once you encounter them, go into them, embrace them, merge with them. Get to know this inner world and how it correlates to the feeling of tension or blockages in your body.
Step 3: The hold
After the last exhalation, inhale one final time, as deeply as you can. Then let the air out and stop breathing. Hold until you feel the urge to breathe again. Really relax and open all energy channels in your body. Notice how all the oxygen is spreading around in your body. Hold the breath until you experience the gasp reflex on the top of your chest.
Step 4: Recovery Breath
When you feel the urge to breathe again, draw one big breath to fill your lungs. Feel your belly and chest expanding. When you are at full capacity, hold the breath once more. Notice that you can direct the energy with your awareness. Focus on your energy. This will help to bring you to the next level. Focus on areas of your body where the energy is not flowing. These are energy blockages, and each one will require focus and determination to fix it and get the energy flowing as it should. Use this time to scan the body and see where there is tension or blockages. Feel the edges of this tension, go into it, move the energy towards this black hole. Feel the constrictions burning away, the dark places fill with light. Relax the body deeper as you move further inward, let everything go. Your body knows better than you do. After 15 seconds let go. That completes the round. This cycle can be repeated without intervals.
Once you’ve finished, slow and stop forcing your breathing, and meditate on the breath. Let your breath rest in its natural flow. It’s common to sense a subtle buzz, a glow, or some tingling in the body and face after the breath. If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or giddy, slow your pace the next time you practice. Some tingling, traveling sensations, and lightheadedness are completely normal as your body adjusts to the new breath and new stimulation of the nerves. Sometimes these symptoms are the result of toxins and other chemicals released by the breathing technique.
Got the form down? Make your breathing slightly faster, keeping your breath at an equal pace on the inhale and the exhale. If you’re a beginner, slow it down! It doesn’t have to be fast to be effective. If it’s hard for your belly and abs, you’re doing it right. When done correctly, there should be no rigidity of hands, feet, face, lips, throat, or abdomen.
The breath helps you circulate your blood faster and more efficiently through your lungs and blood vessels, which is really helpful in removing the buildup of substances and other chemicals from your systems and significantly increase the amount of oxygen in the blood and the brain. So though this breathing technique is an energizing one, it is also incredibly cleansing as it helps support the elimination process.
I made it my daily practice to do the breathing technique. I quickly saw a difference in my focus, calmness, peace of mind, and I felt more energized. It was like a superpower breathe that got me centered much quicker than simply deep long breathes. I believe you can get similar results from meditation, especially if you start to do it consistently or every day.
Among the benefits, these are a few noticed:
- Expands the lung capacity and increases vital strength.
- Increases physical endurance and prepares you to act effectively.
- Increases oxygen delivery to the brain, facilitating a focused, intelligent, and neutral state of mind.
- Helps you regain control in a stress, survival, or competitive situations.
- Generates constancy in both your mental and your physical states.
- Generates heat and increases your level of energy by activating the energy flows in your body.
- Charges your aura and circumvent force to give you greater protection against negative forces.
- Synchronizes your entire system under one rhythm, thus promoting greater internal harmony.
- Magnifies the benefits of exercises done in conjunction with the method.
It is important to develop strong lung capacity before trying this breathing technique for extended periods of time. For this, it is suggested to do exercise, altitude, and cold exposure training. Running, the cold and other activities cause your heart rate and breathing rates to increase, so your body has enough oxygen and strengthens your heart and lungs. At high altitudes, you will see improvements in your maximal oxygen uptake (the ability to take oxygen in and move it into the blood stream), among other things. All a result of the red blood cell production caused by the adaptation to pressure.
When done properly, the breath is not dangerous. However, it is important to have a strong practice before you incorporate this breathing technique into your combat and aura. Because the practice uses the stomach muscles to sharply push into the diaphragm, it’s also important to be in good physical condition while practicing this technique.
Lastly, it is important to master this breath so that it is done accurately and becomes automatic. During the day focus on deeper more conscious breathing. Overall, the breathing technique doesn’t take that long to master, and it comes with amazing benefits. This form is a great addition to your wellness routine to build internal heat and move blocked energy.
Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive, and curious about ourselves. Combining meditative focused breathing techniques, movement, visualization, and intention to promote such results. “Master the breath and it is the key to higher consciousness.” As the breath connects you to your higher self.
Mantra / “Humming”
Breathe, let be and attune focus to everything.
Through the mind to the inner energy source, the life force, the soul, the spirit, the mana.
Create aural exposure at will and manifestations as your tool.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
No minding about it. Just follow the feeling and go deep.
Go past the conditioning, pass the limits. Do not force, no need to force.
You will go past the mind, by going into it. Just breathe towards it. Let it all happen.
Just go, go with the flow. Create your own flow and go.
Going into the depths, not being accessible but now it is. Finding answers in the depth.
All controlled, as you learn to control in the depth. Going deep into your system.
You are able to influence the body and all that lies within.
And you do it all consciously, as this is conscious breathing.
If you have lack of energy, just breathe deeper. Want energy? Breathe deep.
Know that you are influencing the processes to transform more energy.
Thus, you become the energy manager and that’s all about energy management.
Amazing what can be done consciously with breathing and believing.
And now it’s been brought to your consciousness.
So, in the future there should be no problem transforming more energy.
When you like it, when you need it, when you want to.
Become the master, the manager over your energy.
What started as a book of alternate method of meditation for those that don’t choose the Muse class, deeply continued to develop as more research went into it. The following chapters will correlate and explain the natural and unconscious phenomenon that we often don’t question ourselves.
Chapter 1: Life Forces
The fact that knowledge of energy seems to have developed mostly in the distant past, is related to what people pay attention to. In the modern world, we have all kinds of things that grab our attention, like devices, the thousands of items in our disposal, and easy access skill books. As people didn’t have all these in the ancient world, they were able to pay more attention to their bodies and feelings, so were better able to notice energy. The meditation techniques that were developed, also opened the way to a precise awareness of energies.
Energy seems to be all kinds of things. Although it seems to be something ethereal, it may be more practical to look at it as some sort of functional relationship. A mantra is performed, a sound made, and one feels a different energy. One increases some energy; one feels some energy; energy becomes unblocked. It’s all very much a functional relationship.
When we start our energy training, it is more often than not the one thing we battle to wrap our heads around… what is energy? Everything on our planet is energy, well actually… to be more accurate… energy is in everything – the entire universe. It heals us, helps us do things, gives us light, warms our bodies and our homes. It makes us grow and move and think. Energy is the operating system of your body and this energy system which includes your soul, aura, and meridians has different levels of power, speed, and abilities.
The living body, human or animal, radiates warmth and energy. This energy is the lifeforce itself and has as many names as there is civilizations. This energy life force is known as Mana by Defenders. Referred to as the Light or God by Christians. Natives such as the Crools call life-force energy as Chi (Ki). Knowing this, many other natives could have different names depending on their views, use and understanding.
The knowledge that our bodies are filled with life force energy and that this is directly connected to the quality of our health, has been part of the wisdom of many cultures for thousands of years, and has resulted in the development of many different forms of energy medicine and in our case manipulation.
Some of these require direct physical contact with the body, while others are taken into the body in various forms, such as herbal, homeopathic and flower remedies.
Of course, it is not only people who have energy bodies. All animals, birds, fish, insects, and plants have detectable auras so do what we might term “inanimate” objects, such as rocks, crystals minerals, metals, and water. “Energy is an omnipresent natural force within our universe. It permeates all things, living and nonliving, throughout the planets.” – The Archive of Energy
Humans can cultivate it, we are able to gather it from all things and to integrate the aura of our body with the energy of all things in the world, in order to enhance and adjust many imbalances.
The amount of life force within you varies from day to day. There is a natural rhythmic ebb and flow in the energies within our bodies – but we absorb it in various ways in order to “top up” our supply of life force, as we naturally use some each day.
We absorb some in the form of food and drink. Remember all animal and plant life, and even water, is filled with it too. We also take it in from the air we breathe and absorb it through our auric fields. Energy is everywhere; it is the connective force of the universe so there is a limitless supply.
Sources of life force energy (there might be more):
- Solar – from sunlight, is invigorating and promotes good health through sunbathing.
- Air – absorbed into lungs through breathing and also absorbed by the energy centers of the body. More air means more ambient energy can be absorbed by deep, slow, rhythmic breathing than by short, shallow breathing. It can also be absorbed through the pores of the skin.
- Ground – this energy is absorbed through the soles of the feet. It happens automatically and unconsciously. Walking barefoot increases the amount of ground ambient energy absorbed by the body. Instead of this process remaining unconscious, one can learn to make it conscious and draw in more ground energy increasing one’s vitality, capacity to do more work and ability to think more clearly.
Chapter 2: Shrines, Planet Hearts, Laylines
Certain trees such as old and gigantic healthy trees exude a lot of excess energy, similar to the one in Forest of Wisdom. Harnessing of the sun’s energy, concentrating, and transforming into oxygen and ambiental energy. It acts as collector, storing the sun’s energy until it can be used. But like all containers, if filled, they overflow. The harnessed energy from the sun then acts upon the water absorbed by the roots of the plant. Energy exhaled by animals and humans, as well as cruor is then absorbed by the plant’s leaves and paired during the same process. Tired or sick people can benefit by lying down or resting underneath these trees. Anyone can learn to consciously absorb the newly transformed energy and oxygen from these trees, such as the body would tingle and become numb because of the tremendous amount of energy absorbed. This skill can be acquired after only a few sessions of practice.
During bad weather conditions many people get sick, not only because of the changes in temperature, but also because of the decrease in solar and air life energy. Thus, a lot of people feel mentally and physically sluggish, or become susceptible to infectious diseases. This can be counter acted by consciously absorbing energy, from the air and the ground.
The levels of life force in our bodies have an impact on our inherent healing ability, as it helps to nourish the structure, organs and systems of the body, supporting them in their vital functions and contributing to the healthy growth and renewal of cells. However, the amount we absorb is not constant, and can depend on many factors, so we don’t always sufficiently replenish our supply of it.
If this happens over some time our energy body can become too depleted, and this is when we become weaker and more susceptible to illness, the ageing process and even physical death, because our aura, or life force, is what defines us as living beings. Without it we would not be alive.
This means that when our aura is high and flowing freely around our whole energy body, we feel healthy, strong, fit, and full of energy. We also feel confident, ready to enjoy life and take on its challenges, and are much less likely to become ill. However, if our aura is low, or if there is a restriction or blockage in its flow, we feel weak, tired, listless, and lethargic, and are much more vulnerable to illness, disease, or corruption.
Chapter 3: Potential and Kinetic Energy
Energy is the power to change things, it is the ability to do work. It is neither created nor destroyed and when we use energy, it doesn’t disappear. We only change it from one form of energy into another as it has always existed in one form or another. Is a state of continuous flux, transforming endlessly from one aspect into another. It is neither created nor is it ever destroyed; it simply changes in its manifestation. Energy makes everything happen and can be divided into two types: Stored energy is called potential energy and moving energy is called kinetic energy. The following example will enable you to better understand the two types of energy. Carts run on fuel be it gas, electricity and so on which can be viewed as the potential energy (stored). You get behind the wheel of the cart and drive which means the cart is moving and this can be viewed as the kinetic energy (motion of material body). Our bodies work pretty much the same way – fed the correct potential energy for example food, ambient energy, potions, etc. your body will be able to use that potential energy as kinetic energy to heal better, move better, cope with stress and emotions better and generally be much more healthy.
Dealers are experts of this concept, they transfer their own energy into liquids, materials, etc. Whoever uses the end product (potions, armors, weapons, jewelry, etc) benefits from them as they are able to access that stored up energy or better utilize their own energy through those items.
Since everything seen or unseen is energy in motion, it would be logical to assume that all well-being ultimately involves energy, and we know that this energy of everything is controlled by thought. Just think about it, your consciousness is not only the transmitter of energy but also has the power to direct enough force to destroy or create form and thereby create either disease or health. Combining meditative focused breathing techniques, movement, visualization, and intention to promote whatever outcome you want to achieve. The skillful practices can all help to cultivate and purify energy. This enables us to build strong foundations, root stability and support for ourselves which, in turn, will then enable us to more easily cultivate and hold energy, so that ultimately, we will become a powerful conduit for our soul.
Chapter 4: Specialized Aural Training / Manipulation
Let’s get cooking. We are the internal alchemists, practicing to affect physiology in ways that we believe can magnify or transform own aura. Just as the action of water and heat on rice will either cook it properly or not, internal alchemists believe that the metaphorical “cooking” greatly affects what lies within an individual. This is also similar to the process in which trees undergo to transform life force energy into another and act as energy generators or engines. Sounds similar again? Our souls act the very same way.
Common types of manipulation can be seen in every job class but those that choose to train differently have been able to achieve greater feats. For muses, channeling is one of them, but for others noticeable in Gaburieru and Felito:
- Sensing (Haki of Observation): Can sense the energy of others, can tell where they may be and how powerful they are.
- Aura Vision: The ability to “see” and sense the life energy of others, as well as the ability to assess how strong, or threatening they may be. At higher levels, it even allows one to read the target’s emotions, or sense when they’re in the presence of evil.
- The Empath: Sensing the feelings of others by their aura.
- Self-Enhancement (Haki of Armament): Used to boost own physical body, becoming stronger, faster, and tougher.
- Super Toughness: The refined mana flowing through your skin makes it hard as steel, or attacks are cancelled out by a wall of mana that surrounds you.
Their trainings although quite different, do share the same fundamentals. They both have their own way of meditation, mantra, and/or way to focus, accompanied with breath work and intention of change. Felito referring to his energy as Hamon, while Gaburieru referring to it as Haki.
Chapter 5: Elemental Attunements
Attuning our inner selves. What I mean with this is that us defenders have a natural attunements, elemental attunements to be exact. Our flow of energy and how we manage to easily control it leads us to believe our bodies are naturally attuned to water. Our emotions, breathwork and movements affect our blood flow as well as our energy flow. When we pay focused attention to our bodily sensations, we can recognize the ebb and flow of our emotions and, with that, increase our control over them. Defender trainings teach how to control such variables and are able to achieve the flow’s benefits while maintaining composure. Clerics are able to manipulate allies’ flows directly without affecting their emotions and having a more constant effect. Water being the element of change and adaptability; capable of taking any form similar to our trainings and disciplines.
What about other elements? When we want to be able to control more mana, we feel an intense energy burning in our souls. To support this statement, here’s an example. While escorting researcher Xanira in the Oblivion Temple, something was noticed. Defenders normally use a device to travel to another floor with ease, yet the researcher was having problems. It wasn’t working for him. To be able to be teleported by this device, fire was required. A hieroglyph depicting a “bag over fire”, which in turn means contained fire. Ikaness staff that were fire casters had no problem using the device, but the researcher had to consume Hime to be able to get to the other side. Those that don’t know what Hime is. It’s a chemical that is described as liquid fire. All this leads us to believe that our souls are naturally attuned to fire. Fire having positive connotations like warmth, light, purification, and even rebirth.
As mentioned in chapter 1, air and earth are already part of our life force cycle. Most defenders don’t think about it because its unconsciously done. Think about for a second. How are all classes able to curve their skills once casted? A bullet, a weapon, etc. if thrown and the targets moves out of the way. Still manages to land because of your attunement and focus on that target, sometimes might miss but just by a little. When it comes to earth, soldiers are the most common examples and Warlocks being the rare cases. Connection to ground limits the build-up of static electricity when handling electricity. An effective electrical ground connection also minimizes the susceptibility of interference and reduces the risk of damage due to lightning. In effect, an electrical ground drains away any unwanted buildup of electrical charge. When a point is connected to ground, in our case our feet, that point tends to stay at a constant voltage, regardless of what happens elsewhere. The earth, which forms the ultimate ground, has the ability to absorb or dissipate an unlimited amount of electrical charge.