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Sun Jan 21, 2007 14:04 (XFF:

Samiya could not say that she wasn't surprised by the young woman's question. Her brown eyes widened slightly as she considered the question. She couldn't even reason out why one would think that channeling would be painful. Inspired by a spontaneous thought, Samiya delayed the tour for now, and slipped into an open classroom with Zahava in tow. Samiya gestured for Zahava to take a seat, if she wanted to sit, of course. Samiya herself took an undignified seat on the edge of the desk at the front of the room.

"I must say, that question is an interesting one. Channeling is not painful. In fact, it is probably one of the most wonderful things you will ever experience. It heightens your senses in everything. Colors are more vibrant, subtle tastes are pronounced, aromas are stronger. I would say that it is the exact opposite of painful. Of course, therein lies the danger. Female channelers are faced with the challenge of not drawing on too much of the Source. It can be very difficult at times. I mention only female channelers, because I hear that channeling is different with men." Samiya began, thinking back on other lessons, and her own experiences as she spoke.

"The One Power has two halves; saidar, the female half, and saidin, the male half. It is also divided into five Elements; Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Spirit. Women are usually stronger in Air and Water, whereas men are usually stronger in Earth and Fire, but strength in Spirit seems to have no backing from gender." Samiya watched Zahava, hoping that she wasn't giving her too much information too soon. She sometimes had a bad habit of speaking too much, without giving the other person enough time to absorb, and understand what she was saying. She started making the motion of tapping one of her feet in midair, trying to think. She should try to stay still, but she was so anxious to be understood, that it was very hard for her at the moment.

"Most have trouble the first few times trying to reach saidar willingly. I learned by the usual method; imagining yourself to be a flower. I'll talk you through that, but if it doesn't work, we could always try something else." Samiya began, making her foot stay still. Almost too eagerly, she began again.

"Imagine that you're a flower, whose petals have not yet opened. You should feel an energy; the sun, which is saidar. Slowly, you will open your petals and let the sun's warmth fill you. Just let it do that; don't resist it. But don't let too much go in you; it could cause you harm." Samiya closed her eyes, remembering being taught this so many years ago. "Once you do that, just hold it for a moment, and then let it go. Make sure that you do not take too much, or do anything with it just yet; that will come later." Samiya opened her eyes again, and waited to see if she would see the tell-tale glow around the young woman.

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