I was reading recently about the US military assassin Carlos Hathcock, and specifically noticed the following:
Hathcock once said that he survived in his work because of an ability to "get in the bubble", to put himself into a state of "utter, complete, absolute concentration", first with his equipment, then his environment, in which every breeze and every leaf meant something, and finally on his quarry.
To any Wheel of Time fan, this description looks suspiciously similar to the Flame and the Void. Interestingly, the author, Robert Jordan, also fought in the Vietnam War. I can't find evidence of whether he and Hathcock ever encountered each other or served together, but it makes me wonder whether this was a known technique in the US military serving in Vietnam at the time.
Was Jordan's fictional technique of "the Flame and the Void" inspired by US military techniques like Hathcock's?