The aforementioned emission of Spiritual Energy is a common and natural phenomenon, but a spiritual being can also control the degree of this emission, this usually requires a certain amount of skill and training. By completely blocking his/her Spiritual Power "pouring out", one can completely hide his/her presence from other spiritual beings and spiritually aware humans. On the other hand, amplifying this emission is known as Spiritual Pressure, and is considered a show of force, or even an attack in itself, and it can indeed paralyze opponents, and cause direct damage to the surrounding individuals and inanimate objects alike.
Aside from controlling the amount of emitted Spiritual Power, most spiritual beings and some of Ichigo's spiritually-aware human friends are capable of performing many superhuman feats with the help of their Spiritual Power. These feats usually require a certain level of concentration, and they tend to tire the person after some time, or after performing some of them in quick succession. It is also known, that after excessive usage of Spiritual Power, Soul Reapers and other dwellers of the Soul Society need food to replenish their strength, while on the other hand, they do not need to eat anything to sustain themselves during everyday activities.
- Aside from Spiritual Pressure, Soul Reapers and Visored generally use their Spiritual Power to
- cast spells - see Kido
- increase their speed and their height of jump, or float in the air - Hoho
- use the special abilities of their Zanpakuto
- increase their physical strength and power
- Hollows and Arrancar have other abilities, namely Cero and Bala, that are condensed Spiritual Power fired towards the opponent. In the case of the former, it is done in a laser-like manner; in the latter case, the fired Spiritual Power is bullet-like. Hollows and Arrancars can also increase their mobility like the Soul Reapers above, and the usage of their Zanpakuto also relies on the usage of Spiritual Power, albeit in a different manner. Hierro is also a move that uses an Arrancar's Spiritual Power for defense.
- Quincies can also increase their mobility, and form a weapon (usually a bow) with their Spiritual Energy. In their usage of Spiritual Power however, there is a fundamental difference from spiritual beings - they primarily rely on collecting reishi from the environment, and use this collected reishi to fight. They can even collect and store Spiritual Energy in various special items.