So you've come to learn. I am honoured that you choose to learn from me. You will have other teachers in time, of course - I can only teach what I know, and it is inevitable that you will want to learn some things that I don't know. No human being can know everything. No human being can ever know enough.

Let me make it clear, from the very beginning, that I am on the side of Anshen and that all my teaching will be slanted that way. You may choose your own allegiance at your journeyman's trial. It is not necessary to do that now. What you have to learn as an apprentice, you might also learn from the enemy, though they are likely to be somewhat harsher in their teaching, punishing wrong answers and importunate questions.

While you are my apprentice, no question is importunate, and very few answers will be wrong. You need not be ashamed of your ignorance. Unwillingness to learn is what one should be ashamed of. The fact that you are here, asking to learn, shows that you are willing. Now let us see if you are also able.

We should start with what you already know. You are aware of the three parts of your being: haysen, anie and vurie, and how they make you what you are. In infancy you learnt to use your body; first to look around you, then to move your limbs, to stand up and walk, to talk, to take things in your hands and do with them whatever you wanted. You are here to learn the same things all over again, but this time you will learn to use your anie. Like the first time, it will probably take a few years until you're fully competent.

When you are ready, you will face your first trial. This is usually a sudden and unexpected event. It can take the form of a task presenting itself to you that seems too difficult until you tackle it and find that you can do it; of a confrontation with the elements, mostly in your mind, but nonetheless real enough to kill you if you fail utterly; and a variety of other forms, even a fight with the enemy. If you succeed at this, you can call yourself a journeyman; in fact you don't have to call yourself anything, for whoever has eyes to see will see it.

To begin with, you should find a way to imagine your anie. This will depend on the way you're made. You may be most comfortable seeing it as an image of your body, but made of light; or feeling it fit you like a garment; or sensing the tingle of power flowing inside and around you. No way is wrong, and it is possible that you can work with more than one way of perceiving it at the same time, or that you will want to use different ways for different occasions.

Remember that your anie inhabits the same space as your body while it is at rest. In fact, it extends a little around you, and if your way of perceiving anie is by sight you can see other people's anie extending around them. You have probably seen it already, and it may have been the way that you discovered your gifts, because it suddenly dawned on you that not everyone can see it.

Now look at me. Look well, look properly. Do you see it? Try another way: extend another one of your senses. In time, you will learn to distinguish between the senses of your body and those of your anie, but it's enough for now. You're beginning to look frayed around the edges. Have a good night's rest; I'll see you in the morning.

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