As far as i inferred, element bending basically involves mentally asserting ones will over the world in some form of telekinesis. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong anywhere) Airbending requires the person to aim their will over the world in a mostly passive way, falling in line with the general pattern of the world, which would requirealoofness from one's sense of self - hence it appears among the most nomadic and monk-forming culture. Waterbending requires the person to aim their will over the world in a partly passive, partly aggressive way, cooperative with the general pattern of the world - hence the emphasis on love between the tribes as a form of deep cooperation between selves. Earthbending requires the person to aim their will over the world in a neutral way, not forcing themselves over it or allowing it to force itself on them, cooperating or opposing the general pattern of the world according to their solid humble position - hence the emphasis on strength and bravery as well as a humble connection to the simple crude earth. Firebending requires the person to aim their will over the world in an active way, only falling in line with the pattern of the world as is necessary to support their active will - hence the emphasis on power, either over others or over one's own actions, and the greatest amount of concentration on one's drive as the source of bending. So I thought that the proper understanding of energybending was that it was the telepathic action on another's will, and that the creators of the series intended this more ancient telepathic action to somehow eventually become the source of the division of bending, through individual self-formation (self-energybending ?) in relation to the safer inanimate in line with one of the four directions as enspoused above, and also could provide some basis for the avatar state. I was wondering whether this conception matches up with or contradicts any statements by the writers, so I can determine how close my general conception is to the canonical in-world explanation.