Introduction to energy accumulation techniques
With this exercise, we introduce a new way – which we could define quantitative – of interacting with vital energy. So far, we have limited ourselves to operating as an energy channel, inhaling and exhaling the life force through total breathing. We will now see how to accumulate energy without releasing it immediately along with the flow of the breath, but learning to hold it in the body as training for specific future uses.
In this regard, Bardon recommends using radiant life energy when you want to impregnate a place with a desire or speed up the healing process of sick patients. We will explain these applications in detail in the chapter dedicated to biomagnetism.
Let’s now move on to the practice:
- Use your favourite āsana. As in the previous exercise, begin inhaling the vital energy through the lungs and pores; this time, do not direct it towards an organ or a specific part of the body but spread it throughout the body.
- As you exhale, think of nothing; in this way, the inhaled energy remains in the body.
- Repeat the process seven times during the first practice session, increasing the accumulations by one at each session. With each inhalation, sense the energy growing within you; with practice and sufficient accumulations, you should feel that the vital force begins to radiate a few meters outside the body, expanding as concentric spheres or as a wave. Using creative imagination, especially in the early stages of training, increases the radiating effect.
- Once the accumulation is complete, stay for some time with the perception of the radiance of the accumulated energy. Breathe normally.
- When you are ready, imagine that the accumulated energy returns to the universe with the exhalation. The number of exhalations must equal the number of inhalations performed so that the quantity of energy released equals that accumulated. At this stage, the inhalations must be empty, that is, without thoughts. As recommended by Bardon, the body must be returned to its original tension to avoid overloading, which can cause nervousness or fatigue.
- The duration of the exercise varies but should not exceed thirty breaths. Bardon suggests a maximum limit of twenty minutes; regardless of the time and number of repetitions, with practice, you should understand what your physiological limits are and adjust accordingly.