There are eight kinds of little experience worlds you can participate in. They are listed in the table below. The primary five, called WATER, EARTH, WIND, FIRE, and SPACE, have two meanings: one when you are alone, and one when you are interacting with another person. The rows with the brighter red background are the ones with another person.

Use the hand gesture to get into the "ring" you wish.

Loop-Whole Name Brain/Body Location MUDRA to get INTO this Loop-Whole, or GESTURE describing it. Typical Affirmation for this Loop-Whole
FIRE (self-focus), Being Up-Front I've got to keep talking to others.
FIRE (relationship-focused), Meeting the other directly I will play your game with you.
WIND (self-focus), Being Back-and-Up I've got to keep thinking, or talking to myself.
WIND (relationship-focused), Getting out of the Way I will get out of your way.
EARTH (self-focused), Being Back-and-Down I've got to keep sitting here.
EARTH (relationship-focused), Forming a Barrier I will not let you pass.
WATER (self-focused), Being Down-and-Forward I've got to keep going and moving.
WATER (relationship-focused), Bending and Returning I will return when you leave.
SPACE (self-focused), Day after Day, It's the Same Thing I am in the same "boat," or situation, as everybody else.
SPACE (relationship-focused), The Originating Container I relax and empty myself.
METAL (self-focused), Having the Outsider's Viewpoint I see and know what is really going on here.
ME FOCUSED ON A SIGNIFICANT OTHER, Being aware Out In Front of Me You matter to me, You are important.
ME FOCUSED ON MYSELF, Being aware Inside of Me I am important, I am significant.

Application notes:

When practicing in private meditation, use the whole mudra.

When practicing in an actual situation, use a slight hand gesture that approximates the mudra, say, just stick out the main finger of the mudra a little bit, or tilt the hand(s) toward the other or yourself, or relax them.

Inspiration for this method: Stuart Heller, 7th Dan: "Five Rings Operating System."

 


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