Basic Energy Work I: Breathing
In order to properly focus upon and harness the forces around us, which are neccessarynot only for feeding, but other psionics and even magicks, concentration is key.One of the best ways to maintain this focus is through rhythmatic methods. Some philosophies use chanted mantras and this works for some, but, looking to a more basiclevel, everyone should be capable of regulating their breathing, as this is one of thesingular most basic energy exchanges that we perform and if we can't get this right, allothers will be out of balance and thus, more difficult to maintain.To begin, test how much that you are able to inhale without straining and roughlyestimate the length of time it takes you to exhale. Do not feel that more is better, for your bloodstream will be adjusted to the amount of oxygen that you consume on a regular basis.For major psionic exercises or complex magicks, it is advised to 'power' up before beginning your ritual(s).A good nights sleep, or, if you are a vamp, a long deep feed is best, but, it can alwayshelp to do the following preperation:Stand with feet together, level your head and focus upon the horizon line. Step slide your left foot to a spacing slighty past the width of your shoulders, allowing the knees to bendif required, all the time maintaining a straight posture with the back and head, so that thespine does not curve and rest your hands, palm down, upon your thighs. Next, ensuring that you always breath in through the nose and out either through themouth or nose, turn over your palms and as you draw breath, time the raising of your hands toward your chest, as though you are pulling the air in through there, stoppingshort of touching to coincide with the maximum draw into your lungs. Begine to exhale,slowly if you can, letting your arms extend outwards in front of you, towards the horizon,turning your palms gently outwards as you do so, until the arms are fully outstretched atthe end of the exhale.The next movement is to retrace the arm movement as you inhale once more, turning the palms back towards you and reaching close as you fill up your lungs, again, slow is better.This time, extend the arms to the side as you exhale, repeating the same timing and return process of inhaling as you draw the arms back.Once again back inhaled, push the arms upwards toward the sky- you may feel your bodysink down towards the ground a little, this is normal, once again following the timing andrepeat pattern of exhale, palms out and inhale, palms in.