LBM C9 It’s Not Easy to Be a Master (1): A Basic Principle of Cultivation

Baili Chao looked at the little boy he had taken in a few days ago and smiled. Ah, today was finally the day! He would finally teach his new disciple how to take in spiritual energy and start on the path to immortality!

“Fen’er, since you’re now a disciple of our Teng Yong sect, you should also start to learn the things that a cultivator must know. Today, I’m going to teach you one of the basic principles of cultivation: Taking in spiritual energy.”

Yun Bei Fen blinked his eyes.

Elder Baili raised one finger. “First, close your eyes.”

Yun Bei Fen blinked and continued to look at his Master.

The Elder’s lips twitched and he shook his head. “No, look, you’re supposed to do what I say. So first of all, you have to close your eyes.”

Yun Bei Fen nodded slowly and closed his eyes. He didn’t really know what this was for but if his second father said that it was important, then it probably was.

Baili Chao gave a satisfied nod and then raised a second finger. “Now that you have accomplished this, you have to first sense spiritual energy. The energy is everywhere in our surroundings. So it shouldn’t be difficult.”

Yun Bei Fen opened his eyes again and looked around him. Then, he turned to his Master. “Second father, there isn’t any energy.”

Baili Chao’s brows twitched. “Didn’t I tell you to call me Master?”

Yun Bei Fen pursed his lips. “I don’t understand what you’re saying, second father. Didn’t you say I only had to call you Master if those old men and their disciples were around?” They were obviously alone! Why shouldn’t he call his second father second father?

Baili Chao sighed and waved. “Alright, alright. Let’s not mind that. You just close your eyes again and try to sense the energy.”

“But there’s no energy.”

“Of course there is! It’s just that you can’t see it.”

Yun Bei Fen was completely lost. “How do you know it’s there if you can’t see it?”

“That … it’s because I can sense it!”

“But if it can’t be seen, then how can it be sensed?” He reached out and tried to feel something instead but there was only air in front of him and only the grass at his feet. “There’s no energy!”

Baili Chao sighed in exasperation. “Look, Fen’er, the energy isn’t something that you can see with your eyes or feel with your hands. It’s spiritual in nature. You have to sense it with your spiritual sense.”

Yun Bei Fen blinked his eyes. “Spiritual sense?” He had never heard of something like this!

“It’s… It’s like feeling something in your heart.” He really didn’t know how else to explain this to Yun Bei Fen. His other disciples hadn’t had such difficulties grasping the concept.

Yun Bei Fen blinked once again and looked down at his chest. Feeling something in his heart? He tried to imagine how that was and couldn’t help but think of the person he had seen a few days ago. He looked back up at Baili Chao. “Second father, what about senior martial brother Mei? Does he also … sense spiritual energy?”

Baili Chao nodded. “Of course, he’s also a cultivator. Naturally, he’ll sense spiritual energy. We all do.”

Yun Bei Fen couldn’t help but feel happy. So he could sense spiritual energy just like his senior martial brother Mei? That was great! The only question was … how did he sense it?

Seeing that his disciple had discovered his interest in taking in spiritual energy, Baili Chao heaved a sigh of relief. This was better than nothing. It would be great if he could motivate his disciple in another way but as long as it got the job done, he would accept losing out to such a brat. Soon enough, his disciple would certainly understand that his own Master was a lot better than that Elder Feng’s disciple.

The Elder straightened up and cleared his throat. “Anyway, let’s try this again. You close your eyes and then you try to sense the spiritual energy. Just like feeling with your heart. It’s just a feeling. Not something you can see or touch. You have to open your heart. Just imagine that you are feeling something great close to you and you are pulling it further toward yourself.”

Yun Bei Fen was still confused but he did as he was told. He closed his eyes, thought back to how he had seen his senior martial brother Mei for the first time and then tried to stealthily pull the person over.

Unfortunately, this senior martial brother Mei wasn’t real. This was just his imagination. He couldn’t pull him over. Dejectedly, Yun Bei Fen opened his eyes and looked at his Master, sniffling. “Second father, it doesn’t work! Senior martial brother Mei didn’t want to come over!”

Baili Chao facepalmed. Ah, it wasn’t easy to be a Master. Whatever he did, he would still lose out to that brat. He sighed and waved at Yun Bei Fen. “Never mind that. I’ve already explained it. You just continue to try. I’ll come and check on you in a few hours.” With that, he turned around and walked away.

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