In the Chinese Philosophy, the Five Elements of Healing, there exists a model of organizing health and well being that relate to the natural elements of Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. These Five Elements exist in a natural state of tension and harmony to promote healing, diagnose illness and help practitioners find balance with holistic remedies.
Unbeknownst to many, I’ve studied under Grand masters of the Five Elements of healing to work with those in need for many years. Soccer is more of a surface mask in my ministry to help kids and people learn to find balance, strength and freedom; through the years I’ve integrated my study of the Five Elements into what a teacher of mine called the Five Tolerances of Learning. I’ve since modified them a bit to include what I call, the Five Barriers to Success.
Dee Coulter, PhD of Education, taught me several years ago that a true student of “The Way” would start to dissolve connections between thought and the possibility for something new. By studying the space between perception and the space just before a “passing out” stage of consciousness– a relationship to chaos would emerge and become tolerable.
This physical and energetic state of being would help focus the body in the moment before thought and that one would need to spend time below the concept of language– thus “erasing the blackboard and wiping the slate clean.” This state of being would enable any practitioner to reach a Zen like mindfulness necessary for true learning to take root.
In popular wisdom, this has taken the form of “empty your cup,” but learning to coach soccer and these tolerances have allowed me to create a different perspective. To truly study oneself and thus anything in depth, a student would need to find a natural tolerance of these five barriers to success. And watching and learning hundreds and thousands of students learn at LeftFoot has allowed me to dive into these with a deeper understanding of the Five Mental Barriers to Success.