Expanding Your Mind
Chance Favors the Prepared Mind
An Inside Look at Psychic Meditation
By Mark A. Jindra and Scott Brocius

This month we take a look at psychic meditation and its effects on your psionic character. We start off with two new feats that will help open the mind and bring inner peace. Be sure to check out the meditant, a prestige class that puts both feats to good use.

Meditation

When our bodies are worked really hard, we get aches and pains. We need to rest the body so it can recuperate from the stress and physical strain of daily activities. If we don't, our bodies can become ill. When this happens, we find ourselves forced to take it easy. We have a good night's sleep, and in the morning we feel rested and relaxed.

With our minds, we are always thinking, even in sleep as we dream. The mind never rests. However, with meditation, we can slow the mind down and relax it to such a level that it gets the chance to have a good rest. After practice you can stop the thoughts altogether for a short time.

A psionic character can find peace and harmony by continuously exploring the inner depths of solitude that meditation provides. The psychic energy centers awaken and the natural psionic forces from within the mind and body are released. With practice, a psionic character can harness and channel these raw psionic forces into positive effects.

What Are Psychic Energy Centers?

Psychic energy centers are energy centers in the body that are associated with a variety of states of evolution, consciousness, organs, glands, colors, light, music, and stones/crystals. There are seven psychic energy centers in the human body.

The Function of Psychic Energy Centers

Each of the seven psychic energy centers plays a vital functional role in our physical body and in our normal subjective consciousness. The actual functions and attributes of the psychic energy centers with regard to our physical body is an involved topic. However, in relation to the psionic body, they are easy to define.

The Seven Psychic Energy Centers

(1) The Crown Psychic Energy Center: The crown psychic energy center is situated at the top of the head. It is most often associated with the control of the pain threshold of the body.

(2) The Third Eye Psychic Energy Center: The third eye or brow psychic energy center is situated in the middle of the forehead. On a physical level, this psychic energy center governs the skull, eyes, brain, and nervous system. It also governs our senses, like sight, smell, taste, and touch. The nervous system and the brain govern the energy waves, which send messages to the rest of the body. The skull protects the brain from outside interference and the eyes give us the ability to see on the Material Plane.

(3) The Throat Psychic Energy Center: The throat psychic energy center is situated in the neck area of the body. This psychic energy center governs the aspects of communication, willpower, truthfulness, and creativity.

(4) The Heart Psychic Energy Center: The heart psychic energy center is situated in and around the heart area of our physical body. The heart pumps the flow of blood that is needed to keep us alive. Without the heart, we cannot function on the Material Plane. This area is what we call the main center of our body.

(5) The Solar (Plexus) Psychic Energy Center: The solar psychic energy center controls our will and our personal power. They say our true wisdom comes from the healthy workings of this psychic energy center. It brings us our strength, our courage, and our will to succeed, achieve, and survive.

(6) The Base Psychic Energy Center: The base psychic energy center is the energy center that controls our energy levels, our connection to the earth, and our ambitions.

(7) The Sacral Psychic Energy Center: The sacral psychic energy center is the energy center that controls our passions and the abundance that we allow into our lives for fulfillment of our desires. This center is where you fund your creativity on the physical level.

Feats

Psychic Meditation [Psionic]

You allow your mind to rest and go quiet for a period of time, which allows the psionic energy in your body to grant you several psychic benefits.

Benefit: When you take this feat, you are granted access to one of the seven psychic energy centers. You can gain access to each only once. You can take this feat multiple times and must select a psychic energy center that you do not already know. When you meditate for at least 10 minutes, you activate all psychic energy centers for which you have taken the feat. You can activate this feat only once per day. You gain the benefits of the feat(s) for 1 hour.

Table 1-1: Psychic Meditation Bonuses

Psychic
Energy Center

Associated Bonus

Crown

+3 natural armor bonus to AC

Third Eye

1 temporary power point per manifester level

Throat

+2 enhancement bonus to Int, Wis, and Cha

Heart

3 temporary hit points per manifester level (maximum 42 hit points). These hit points do not stack with temporary hit points from other sources

Solar Plexus

+2 to saving throw of choice, +1 to remaining two

Base

+2 enhancement bonus to Str, Dex, and Con

Sacral

+3 to DC for powers in primary discipline; +1 to all other powers

Intense Psychic Meditation [Psionic]

You further your study and understanding of psychic energy centers, which allows you to enter a deeper level of meditation.

Prerequisite: Psychic Meditation (seven times)

Benefit: You can select this feat only if you have taken the Psychic Meditation feat seven times. When you take this feat, you are granted additional psychic energy center bonuses. Meditation time is increased to 20 minutes. The duration of the benefits increase to 2 hours. You can select a given psychic energy center only once. You can take this feat multiple times and must select a psychic energy center that you have not already previously selected. Bonuses from this feat stack with bonuses received from the Psychic Meditation feat. You can activate this feat only once per day.

Table 1-2: Intense Psychic Meditation Bonuses

Psychic
Energy Center

Associated Bonus

Crown

+2 natural armor bonus to AC

Third Eye

1 temporary power point per manifester level

Throat

+2 enhancement bonus to Int, Wis, and Cha

Heart

Fast healing 1

Solar Plexus

+2 to saving throw of choice, +1 to remaining two

Base

+2 enhancement bonus to Str, Dex, and Con

Sacral

+2 to DC for powers in primary discipline; +1 to all other powers


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