It's been said throughout the Wheel of Time books that the trick for not sweating has nothing to do with the One Power. Does this mean that non-channelers can do this?

  • I wouldn't use it, it seems unhealthy not to sweat and I don't have the health protection of the One Power
    – er-han
    Commented Dec 5, 2017 at 11:15

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Short answer: yes, non-channelers can learn, but they may not want to.

In Lord of Chaos, Rand visits the farm and Taim tells him that he teaches Healing

"Even before how not to sweat to death in this weather."

Rand later asks, seeing Sora Grady (Grady's wife) sweating

"Don't you teach the women that trick of concentrating?" Rand asked. "It's cruel to make them sweat when their men don't."

"Most want no part of it," Taim said curtly. "Their husbands and sweethearts try to teach them, but most refuse even to listen. It might have to do with saidin, you see."

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    I guess the question is why, then.
    – Adamant
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 19:18
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    @Adamant Because even though it doesn’t have to do with the One Power, people might believe it to be. The assurances of the men—possibly tainted by saidin and therefore unreliable—could easily not be persuasive against the appearance of this magical ability.
    – KRyan
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 22:56
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaah.
    – Adamant
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 22:59
  • I guess the further question is why the men aren't equally scared of it. Don't they have much more to lose from getting tainted by saidin?
    – Adamant
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 23:21
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    @Adamant Channelers quickly learn to recognize when they are channeling, they would know that it is not saidin especially if they learn it later.
    – DafyddNZ
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 1:05


The trick relies on a simple concentration/meditation technique and doesn't involve channelling at all:

The method of ignoring heat or cold turned out to be a trick of mental concentration simple enough once you knew how, or so Natasia pronounced.

“The mind must be as still as an unruffled pond throughout,” she said pedantically, just as she lectured in the classroom. They were in her rooms, where almost every flat surface was covered with figurines and small carvings and painted miniatures. These lessons always took place in the teacher’s rooms. “Focusing on a point behind your navel, in the center of your body, you begin to breathe at an unvarying pace, but not as normally. Each inhalation must take exactly the same length of time, and each exhalation, and between, for that same space, you do not breathe. In time, that will come quite naturally. Breathing so, focused so, soon your mind becomes detached from the outer world, no longer acknowledging heat or cold. You might walk naked in a blizzard or across a desert without shivering or sweating.” Taking a sip of tea, Natasia laughed, her dark tilted eyes twinkling. “Frostbite and sunburn would still present difficulties, after a time. Only the mind is truly distanced, the body much less so.”

-- New Spring (prequel novel)

  • I haven't read New Spring, so I guess this is one more reason to finally do that!
    – Giuseppe
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 22:51
  • @Giuseppe Neither have I; I found this quote online. The whole prequel idea makes me a little nervous (not as much so as the dreaded TV show, of course), but maybe I will read it some day just for completeness.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 11:01
  • @Giuseppe, Randal'Thor I strongly recommend you to read New Spring, you miss a lot. (I would unsee that TV show if I can.)
    – er-han
    Commented Dec 5, 2017 at 11:19

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