This is a fictitious story of Jinora and Guru Laghima discussing Zaheer and the Higher form of Airbending. It's short and I enjoyed writing it.
In search of help Jinora seeks aid form Guru Laghima and tells him about Zaheer.
Guru Laghima: You have told me much but I would like you to show me.
Jinora: Show you? How?
Guru Laghima: Put your hands in mine.
Jinora put her hands in his and their tattoos glowed
Guru Laghima: Just as all things are connected; all spirits and people are connected. And you can communicate if you know how to listen.
In Jinora’s mind’s eye she saw Zaheer, his ability to fly, and all the chaos he had caused.
Jinora: I don’t understand how he learned to fly.
Guru Laghima: He has been able to detach himself from all earthly cares, and although he can fly he does not have access to the true higher form.
To gain full mastery of Airbending one must achieve the enlightenment of Freedom. Freedom is not a detachment from governments, peoples, or even daily cares. It is to transcend these and embrace the peace and joy of the heavens. Love, compassion, do not tie us down but lift us up; only when it turns into covetousness or worry does it bind us down. Everything is connected, and breaking from this connection does not make us free.
Enlightenment is not simply abstinence from vice, but one must transcend into virtue. When one is free of worldliness all things are possible. One has only to reach out and be lifted up.