by Michelle Belanger
All of the abilities and powers inherent to our kind are almost
solely fueled by energy. Mastery of these powers requires an
understanding of one's own energy as well as the ability to
visualize that energy on the subtle level. The more advanced
powers require the ability to manipulate the subtle body in order
to perceive and interact with the subtle reality.
With determination and practice, all of our kind regardless of
caste have the potential to learn and master any of the following
The first and most basic thing we can do is physical
augmentation. Augmentation uses our energy to influence our
physical bodies. Augmentation allows us to push beyond our
physical limitations through a concentrated act of will.
To augment, you must extend your awareness only slightly to the
energy coursing through your body. Focus is essential. Gather the
energy into your center, just under your heart chakra, then force
it throughout yourself with a specific intent. In this way you may
will a burst of strength or a burst of speed, you may increase
your endurance, your pain tolerance, and even the rate at which
Through concentration of your will and your energy, you can
heightened your senses of touch, taste, hearing, and so forth. A
limited amount of increased sensual acuity comes without thought.
All senses are affected in this way, though scent, taste, and
touch are the most noticeably keener.
With practice, augmentation will come naturally, without a
conscious effort, and may be kept up for extended periods of time.
However, augmenting for extended periods tends to burn the system
out very quickly so that one must feed more heavily and more often
in order to compensate.
The same concept can be applied to pushing yourself beyond the
limits of physical infirmity or disease. Many of us are sickly,
because the connection between the physical and the spiritual
bodies is disjointed or incomplete. Yet we can overcome whatever
our physical limitations may be with a concentrated effort of
will. As with augmentation, focus is essential, and compensating
for extended periods of time will deplete you so that you will
have to feed heavily more often. Yet with practice and diligence,
one can compensate for the most debilitating conditions without
hardly a thought, so that even those with serious heart conditions
can achieve a level of physical activity and endurance that would
XXXII. Subtle Perception