Introducing the effects of the Air principle
The same general considerations on the Elements and the recommendations discussed in the chapter on the Fire Element apply to this session. Obviously, the visualisations and the work of the imagination will adapt to the characteristics of the Air Element.
We can explain the Air principle as the absence of structure, which is the exact definition assumed by physics in the study of gases. In gas, we can ignore gravitational and electrostatic forces, and the motion of the molecules is random. The Air Element is not the gas studied by physics, but the similarities remain. Therefore, during the exercise, we must imagine and perceive the effects of the Air principle as a feeling of freedom and weightlessness.
- Let’s use our usual position and take a few moments to clear our minds of thoughts.
- Now let’s imagine that we are in the centre of a quantity of air that fills the universe around us. “Imagining” the air, which by its nature is colourless and intangible, may seem contradictory, but we must not forget that the Element is associated with touch. Therefore, we can perceive it as a breeze on the skin, having a non-visual sensation. However, nothing prevents us from imagining ourselves surrounded by a blue sky or using symbols that, in our practical experience, are associated with this Element.
- Inhale from the pores and lungs, thinking that with each inhalation, the body fills up more and more with air, expanding like a balloon; at the same time, you feel lighter and lighter, with the structure of your body which, like air, loses its density and becomes more tenuous. During the exhalation phase, do not think about anything.
- Start with seven inhalations, increasing the number of breaths in the following sessions without exceeding the number of forty. As you continue practising, you should feel that the body, even after training, seems less heavy.
Here too, Bardon lists a series of phenomena that can result from constant practice: levitation, dislocation, etc. But he also warns that searching for such phenomena is counterproductive because it is one-sided and inconsistent with the disciple’s spiritual development. Bardon often cites the most striking manifestations probably in the desire to offer the student the measure of the reality of the occult practice; in this way, the student is encouraged to continue and believe in what he does. To obtain the results described with this type of practice would take years of exclusive commitment, which would harm the practitioner’s complete development. But knowing these potentials helps when the initial efforts seem to be nought.