I'll continue in first person now to get deeper into that moment.
Adara showed me first: "it feels like this." Her thumb on my head shares with me a moment from her past. The fire that ignites in my hand feels like pure creation. It is like holding an entire army of Celtic fiddlers all pouring their souls into an astonishing piece about life's perfection. It is like coming up with an idea that will change the world. It is like being pregnant with the universe. My heart overflows into movement and every flicker of action is creative and full of pure life force. Wherever I move, the burning passion of life in its prime wreathes me as I go. I swathe fractals in flame limited only by the life in the infinite being of all existing within my heart. I believe in my strength when I firebend because in doing so, I am life itself-- my breath is steady and my fire can warm, soothe, dazzle, or protect all the beauty this universe has to offer.
"It feels totally different from my native element, water." I raise my palm in yang to show her. To bend water, one's mind must be at the bottom of the ocean; dark, but constantly moving, the source of all nourishment, yet so easily tugged around by the moon and by man. I become infinitely humble as to never be broken. A double helix of water rises as my arm paints upwards. Now arisen, I slide humbly and exhale out. Water humbly follows with all the strength of the tide. This tidal force envelops all that my communicating and healing waters touch, wholly and completely. I am in perfect communion with the one truth that all things share. I believe in my strength when I waterbend because my depths are unfathomable-- I can contain within me any anger thrown at me and unleash a calming deluge in response, exactly proportionate to the situation.
"Now, Adara. Where in water and fire, one communes with a force of the universe beyond them, air is entirely and completely different. Air is purely movements of the self." With a movement of my hand across my body as I lower my presence, a vacuum opens and the wind pours in to fill the void created by my movement. Slowly, at first, but as my gestures become more bold, mighty oaks may fall to the movements of my soul. With air in mind, there is action and reaction, movement and the fury of the storm that follows. I must be careful, but I have nothing to fear, for my gentle hand touches all. I believe in my strength when I Airbend because I know do not have to change anyone-- I need but change myself, the world will align by causality.
"As with fire and then water, it is wind and then earth." Earth bending feels surprisingly weak of power in my physical form. It is an allegiance and a bond with the earth that respects the fragility of me, but when fully realized, my strength is infinite because it is the entire earth moving to aid me. Each pebble believes in me so much that I need but point and the earth itself flocks to experience what I believe is there. I am a YouTube celebrity. I am but a piece of clay on this earth, yet others believe in me. I need but move my arms up defensively and this world bends its entire might to shelter me from harm, for I am important. I believe in my strength when I Earthbend, but only because I know that I am but a pebble with a voice to inspire.
"To envision the avatar state, I must inform you of what it is like without." When I waterbend, my entire being was water. My focus is so heavily on the connection and the unfathomable depths that my mind cannot experience the exact opposite of the infinite high of conducting a symphony of fire at the same time! To do both at once is surely impossible. To bend more than one element at once is to feel multiple experiences at once. It is to experience multiple lives, all lives even, and pull out of that sea the movements that rewrite fate itself. To fly away backwards on a cloud while flinging boulders, one has to be both completely focused on moving the self while needing those movements to inspire the earth itself to leap to action. To slam my fist into the ground and encase my target in electrified water, I must fill the unfillable depths of my soul with the intensity of the fire I hold in my heart. Each combination is unique and each feels more like I am looking at myself from the void of time than it does feeling and moving and acting like each element individually. All four elements at once, like the caging of Vaatu, is a feeling of such intense unification, I have a hard time describing it. In bending all four at once, I become the world I bend. It is no longer me bending my surroundings, it is my surroundings bending to make way for my will on this earth.
Ok, I hope you enjoy. I feel like an ABSOLUTE nerd at this point and feel like I should go hide in a corner forever. kthxbai