The feat Psicrystal Affinity grants the psion a psicrystal. The feat Psicrystal Containment allows the psion to take a full-round action to make a Concentration skill check (DC 20) to have the psicrystal gain psionic focus. The feat Psionic Meditation allows a psion to take a move action to make a Concentration skill check (DC 20) to regain his psionic focus.
When the feat Psicrystal Containment says, "Psionically focusing your psicrystal works just like focusing yourself," does this mean the feat Psionic Meditation can accelerate the psion restoring his psicrystal's psionic focus? Or does the first part of the benefit of the feat Psionic Containment (i.e. "You can spend a full-round action attempting to psionically focus your psicrystal") override this? Or is there a third option of which I'm unaware?
I'd prefer some sort of official response if any's forthcoming, but, absent that, experience and textual analysis is fine.
I've a player who wants his character to take a standard action to manifest schism, spending 7 power points (or 6 while standing on stone or unworked earth due to the feat Earth Power (Races of Stone 138)). Then the character takes a swift action to manifest the 1st-level psychic warrior power grip of iron and expends his psicrystal's psionic focus to modify grip of iron with the metapsionic feat Linked Power (Complete Psionic 62) linked to the 2nd-level psion/wilder power bestow power. This costs 1 power point for the power grip of iron +3 power points for the metapsionic cost of the feat Linked Power linked to the power bestow power −2 power points due to the feat Metapower (Linked Power) (Complete Psionic 63) −1 power point while standing on stone or unworked earth due to the feat Earth Power for a total of 1 power point. Then—maybe—he takes a move action to use Psionic Meditation to regain his psicrystal's psionic focus.
The next round, the power bestow power manifests, granting him 2 power points. He repeats last turn's swift action. He—again, maybe—takes a move action to regain his psicrsytal's psionic focus. He then takes 2 standard actions, one of them purely mental. This continues until the duration expires on the power schism.
Because the feat Earth Power says, "You cannot use this ability [Earth Power's power point cost reduction] when you expend your psionic focus to enhance the same power in a different manner," to benefit from the feat Earth Power while also employing on the power grip of iron the metapsionic feat Linked Power, the character must expend the psionic focus of the psicrystal instead of his own.
In other words, the entire process still yields pretty much nigh-infinite noncombat power points but remains impractical in combat if Psionic Meditation does not speed up psionically focusing the psicrystal.