The Five Fingers of Enlightenment

1. Go Deeper

2. Listen to the Body

3. Relax, Breathe

4. Ego Go

5. Universal Energy

This practice is available every moment, and can manifest in longer cycles of awareness and intention.  In that way you could call it a kind of Fractal Yoga, with a variable focus of mindfulness that shifts from personal concerns of success and advantage, fear and regret, to deeper feelings of openness, contentment and joyful oneness.

Just as the cycling through these five gates of understanding can happen breath by breath, or lifetime by lifetime – each gate is a whole journey itself, yet also a step and a segment of the whole approach.  Each is a handy banner to carry around for awhile in place of the more limiting and destructive power of a national flag; an ID badge in school or court, hospital or prison. Each is an antidote, an alternative path to following the habitual agenda or preoccupation of mind which obscures peace, harmony and gratitude whenever it’s running the ship of self … to mix metaphors.

Each of the five “Fingers” is a metaphor for oneness.  Each contains the message that is all around us and in us, every moment.  Each can be described by no words, by these words, or by an entire treatise of study.  Each could be debated by doctors of philosophy; scorned by captains of industry and the pub crowd; copyrighted by the Church of Nowick.  No, not exactly.  Don’t blame or praise the messager.  The message is all around us, and in us.  I AM THAT, as the sages say.

If we are moved or invited to say more, we might begin with 25 words or less to elaborate on each of the Five Fingers.

Go Deeper
We stop – waiting for an understanding, a realization.
The thoughts run around, circling endlessly.
With a longer breath, we bring attention to a halt.

Listen to the Body
At the pause in the breath, the body knows what to do.
It is the real master if we allow it to speak its truth.

Relax, Breathe
In this moment there is nothing else to do.
The world is getting on regardless of our efforts.
Now, it all comes down to this.

Ego Go
There the ego is – caught like a cat in the gate between personal breath and all-pervading spirit.  And then – it is gone.  Goodbye.

Universal Energy
Can the universe pick any other moment to suggest any other words than these?
These are given; these will do.  And they are leaves falling.

… more elaboration >
Going Deeper


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