Chapter 875: Star Pagoda Sixth Level
Bloodshed God-Emperor, Monarch Green, Primal Master, Pang Yi, and others were watching the figure standing amidst the starry sky emitting a dazzling light. They felt a thousand emotions stirring within their hearts. With their strength, they had long heard of this legend–’Gowned in a Daoist Robe, emanating boundless light, all living beings would be able to see that dazzling figure’. But this was ultimately a legend, and none had ever seen it before.
They had all cultivated for quite a long period, yet everyone was stuck at the second level of heart realm. None was able to step into the third level.
To be ‘not perplexed, without worries, without fear, empty heart, moving forward without looking back, heart and thought as one’, only then could the cultivator reach the first level of heart realm, the ‘Heart as a Colored Glass’. Reaching this first level was considered fundamental for all training in the laws and profound mysteries system.
Once the heart became like a blade, they could cut through all obstacles with a thought just like how a blade cut through everything. On the path of cultivation, none would change the cultivator’s will! Reaching this second level meant that one would have the qualities of an ultra-strong expert. Even those of the devour-class system that did not have a high requirement for one’s heart realm could reach this level at the Primal Chaos realm.
But the third level of heart realm, ‘My Heart as the World’.
When the cultivator reached this stage…
There were many reasons which enabled him to reach this stage. For instance, Ancestor Devil was someone with a firm belief. He had created the Dark Abyss, driving demons to kill one another… and even with such a temperament, Ancestor Devil was able to reach the third level of heart realm as well.
And another example was Voidwalker ‘Gu Qi’. He wasn’t willing to be restricted. He had to remain free and easy, traveling everywhere he wanted. He had similarly reached the third level of heart realm with his character.
As for Xue Ying, he wished to prop the heavens by himself and protect everyone. He had similarly broken through.
‘This feeling…’ Xue Ying looked at his body which was currently gowned in a Daoist Robe and emanating endless light. With a single thought in his heart, the light was completely kept into his body. His Daoist Robe had disappeared too.
He inspected his sea of consciousness, looking at his soul.
His current soul was emanating light that shone across his entire sea of consciousness. His soul was also covered in a layer of Daoist Robe. The power his soul had was greatly boosted, and even the ‘willpower’ it contained was much stronger than before.
Strictly speaking, the previous Xue Ying had reached a great realm; he was a Unity realm expert, reaching a profound stage in all three Daos of his. He also reached the 40th level in the Voidwalker lineage. The degree of strength his soul reached was considered peak amongst the Unity realm experts. But because his heart realm had yet to break through, the willpower of his soul could not be condensed, and its power was insufficient.
But now, his heart realm had transformed! Even though his comprehension of the Dao and of the Voidwalker lineage did not change, his soul had somehow metamorphosed from the ‘relaxed and loose’ state to one of a ‘condensed’ state. His willpower had condensed, allowing it to become much stronger.
The efficiency of deducing and comprehending in his mind had improved considerably. It was akin to consuming cultivation materials that improved his overall cultivation speed.
“Jing Qiu.” Xue Ying looked beneath, seeing his wife who was looking upwards.
He took a step.
Xue Ying landed by the side of his wife Jing Qiu. At this moment, Dong Bo Yu and Qing Yao also rushed over: “Father, father, have you just reached the legendary third level of heart realm just now?”
“Brother Dong Bo.”
Chi Qiu Bai, Paragon Huo Cheng, Forefather Scarlet Flame and others who were located within the Monarch Residence also rushed over without being able to hide the shock they felt in their hearts. Much less them, even Bloodshed God-Emperor was astounded. He had even personally asked, “Xue Ying, how did you break through in your heart realm? Are there any tricks?” When God-Emperor talked, none dared to interrupt.
Bloodshed God-Emperor was indeed feeling stifled because he had yet to break through in his heart realm.
“How did I break through?” Xue Ying was astonished, “Primarily it is about understanding one’s heart and soul. After seeing many weaker cultivators dying from the shockwaves of battles by the other experts, or even because of the anger from certain experts which resulted in the massacre of countless weaker cultivators… I thought of how these experts had once been weak too. If the experts cared only about themselves, wantonly slaughtering others, in addition to the existence of the devour-class cultivators, then how could the weak survive?”
Xue Ying illustrated his understanding to his teacher thoroughly.
Bloodshed God-Emperor frowned as he heard. He understood as he listened! But it did not enlighten him whatsoever. In his eyes, if the sky fell, it would be up to the tallest to prop it upwards! In the past, he was the strongest in the cosmos. When the Ancestor Mother Religion invaded, for the sake of ensuring the safety of the cosmos and to ensure the continuation of his own race, he had done his best to battle and not retreat.
But to protect the weak? Bloodshed God-Emperor asked himself. He was only an ordinary Void God. There was still the Unity realm, Primal Chaos realm and even the so-called final realm existences above him.
If the sky fell, it was not up to him to prop it up!
He would occasionally feel pity, but if his cultivation could increase, even if he let a large group of weaker beings die, he would not blink at all. As long as his entire race wasn’t exterminated, so what if a batch died?
“Wuu…” Xue Ying said after seeing this, “Teacher, I’ve once read through many books in the Great Void Heaven Temple. The breakthrough of the heart realm depends solely on your own comprehension! It is pointless for others to say about it.”
“Mn.” Bloodshed God-Emperor nodded.
He believed it too since there were many ways to increase the heart realm. Even someone like Ancestor Devil could reach the third level of the heart realm, so he similarly had hopes of doing so.
“Xue Ying, you shouldn’t risk your entire life for the sake of the weaker cultivators too. That will be too tiring, and you might even lose your life in the process.” Bloodshed God-Emperor said, “Cultivators should be vigilant, and should try to steer clear away from dangers.”
Xue Ying nodded and chuckled, “Teacher, I understand. The stronger the cultivator, the greater the responsibility. Those who are weaker will naturally take on lesser responsibility. If I were to send myself to death blindly, and I couldn’t even protect my own life, it would be harder for me to protect others too.”
The breakthrough of the heart realm could not be explained with words.
Like telling others to be ‘not perplexed, without worries, without fear, empty heart, moving forward without looking back, heart and thought as one’, could it result in cultivators reaching the first level ‘Heart like a Colored Glass’ so easily?
Ultimately, one had to experience it himself. Only when he gathered enough inspiration about the world could he undergo a transformation from the deepest level of his heart a
It was to the extent that if certain things were to go against one’s heart, then words and explanations would be all the more useless. Because the moment something went against one’s beliefs… the heart realm could hardly maintain ‘heart and thought as one’. It was hard to even reach the first level since one’s intrinsic self would directly reject the statement.
Thus, it was pointless to explain using words.
The books within the Great Void Heaven Temple did not mention anything on improving one’s heart realm. It wanted the cultivators to experience it themselves.
One day later, after receiving a group of good cultivator friends, Xue Ying finally arrived at the ‘primal chaos void’ outside his cosmos. On the day before, those good friends who visited him had come sincerely to ‘ask him about Dao’. Xue Ying was readily explaining to them certain points at the start, but he understood later that it was pointless even if he spoke more. Since the more he spoke… the more it would confuse the other party. Sometimes, if the other party’s heart realm collapse, that would be dangerous.
Thus, Xue Ying decided to not explain anymore. He only stated for ‘the other party to experience it himself’.
The white-robed Xue Ying stood within the vast primal chaos void, ‘It is time to see how much stronger I have become.’
After the breakthrough of his heart realm, he never had the time to practice his moves. The environment within the cosmos was more fragile; that was a place more appropriate for the mortals and Transcendents to live in. Those who were stronger would greatly affect the inner part of the cosmos. For instance, those at the Void God level could easily harm the cosmos, bringing the end of epoch closer, and causing the eventual apocalypse to arrive much earlier.
Xue Ying’s current strength had reached the boundary of the Primal Chaos realm. If he were to practice certain techniques inside the cosmos, even if he were to carefully isolate the shockwaves, it would still harm the place.
‘Multi-Layered Dark World.’
With a thought, Xue Ying displayed this self-created simplified version secret technique.
“Hua hua hua~”
In the distant, many layers of Dark World appeared stacked on top of one another. There were a total of 600 layers as judged from the membranes of the world! He then transformed these dark world layers from illusion into reality, letting them frantically absorb the surrounding energy. It had created a huge vortical disturbance in the surrounding primal chaos void. After that, accompanied with a resounding boom, the 600 layers of Dark World exploded at the same time. This power was stacked, reaching a stage that made Xue Ying feel startled: ‘This power is comparable to the fireball of the Black Gourd already!’ Strictly speaking, the strengthening of his heart strength had increased his combat power significantly. He was able to barely reach the sixth level of Star Pagoda strength.
Previously, he could only display 120 layers of Dark World at one time.
The breakthrough of his heart realm had significantly strengthened his heart power, allowing him to unleash 600 layers at once. That was exactly five times stronger! It was not much, but it was coincidentally a nice number.
‘There is also the Sky Punishment Edge.’
Xue Ying began concentrating. He had already comprehended the profound mysteries of the second style of Dark World, the ‘Sky Punishment Edge’, a long time ago before he entered closed-door cultivation in the Great Void Heaven Temple given his talent in the Dao of Mirage. But even until now, he had yet to unleash this move. It was only after Xue Ying flipped through the books collected by Monarch Nine Cloud did he vaguely understood that the issue lay with his heart realm.
Even though he was 70-80% sure, he had to attempt it before concluding this matter!
‘Descend.’ Xue Ying thought with his heart. He was currently trying out this move of his.