If you’ve been following along on these spoon bending lessons–and doing your homework–you’re ready for the big time. By that I mean you’re ready to take your superior energy-bending skills and use them to make your good-quality fork soft and malleable enough to spoon bend.
Spoon bending basic guidelines
Here are a few guidelines before you start:
- Make sure your fork is sturdy enough that you cannot bend an individual tine with your bare fingers. If it’s too flimsy, get a better one. But don’t expect to be able to use it again. It’ll be pretty much wasted by the time you’re done with it.
- Gather a small group of friends to do this in a group. It is much easier in a small group than by yourself. (I know most of you won’t listen to this, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!)
- Get rid of distractions. The number one reason people fail is they don’t concentrate on what they’re trying to do. No TV, cell phones, radio, or anything else distracting.
- Do some of your energy exercises as practice to build a good load of energy. In particular, get an energy ball bouncing back and forth between your hands. Your hands should be tingling like crazy. The number two reason people fail is they don’t bother building up their energy before starting the process.
- Recognize that this is kindergarten-level spoon-bending. Your goal is to make the unbendable stainless steel soft enough and malleable enough that you can easily bend and shape it with your bare fingers.
Start Spoon Bending!
- Place the fork in front of you in a handy place where you can pick it up easily.
- Get your energy ball bouncing back and forth between your hands (held in front of you, palms facing each other.
- When the energy ball is bouncing well and your hands are tingling, pick up the fork, holding it horizontally, the tines in one hand and the end of the handle in the other.
- Now keep bouncing the energy back and forth, through the fork. Envision the fork as simple extensions of your fingers and arms, make it part of yourself. There should be no resistance to the energy flow as it moves from your fingers into the fork and back into your fingers of the other hand. If your fingers start to get hot, there’s some resistance there, just like a wire gets hot if there’s electrical resistance. Concentrate on removing all resistance to the flow of energy.
- When you’ve got a good flow going, start telling the fork what you want it to do. In fact, be forceful. YELL! “Bend! Bend! BEND!” Don’t be shy. All your friends will be yelling too. Of course, any observers will think you’re pretty amusing; I always love to watch the grown-ups yelling at their cutlery. But you’re strong, you’re brave, you’re oblivious to everything except your fork, right? (If you minded looking a little silly, would you be trying to spoon-bend in the first place? Of course not!)
- After you’ve done this for a minute or two, test your fork. You should feel it start to soften. See if you can bend it, even a little. It may initially feel a little grainy. If it’s still too stiff to bend, go back to running more energy through it. And don’t forget to yell!
- Once it starts to soften, the process goes quickly. The more you start to work the fork, the easier it’ll be to bend, warp, twist, and shape however you like.
Usually in a group of, say 6 or 8 people, there will be one or two who get this immediately. As soon as the others see these people succeeding, their mental barriers of “I can’t do this” start to crumble, and they start to succeed too.
If there is someone in your group still having trouble after everyone else has succeeded, work with that person as a group. Have the most successful person hold their hands just outside hands of the person having trouble and run extra energy to give them a boost. Don’t forget to encourage them to yell.
Aside from the simple amusement factor of watching people yell at your cutlery, there are actually very pragmatic reasons to yell. First, when you’re yelling, you’re infusing more energy into your efforts. Equally as important, however, when you’re yelling, you’re not thinking about anything else. Thus, yelling focuses both your attention and your intention on making the spoon soften.
Go ahead. Try it for yourself. And be sure to report in the comments about your success!