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The Pentagon Model
The Pentagon Model is a map of essential aspects of a human being. And it is a description of how it is possible to move inward towards deeper contact with oneself and outward towards better contact with one’s fellow human beings.The model is also called Gateways of Empathy.
These natural competences are consciousness of:
- THE BODY
- THE BREATH and the energetic movements associated with respiration.
- THE HEART, in the sense of empathic feelings reflected in the region around the physical heart, such as trust, love, sense of connectedness, compassion and gratitude.
- THE BASIC CREATIVITY, i.e. the fact that our environment, body and mind are experienced as being in uninterrupted creative movement.
- CONCIOUSNESS as such.
THE FIVE DOMAINS of the PENTAGON MODEL
The five areas represented in the model – awareness of the body, the empathic feelings of the heart, basic creativity, consciousness as such, and the breath – constitute a map of essential elements of the whole human being.
The darker arrows indicate the inward movements, the entire register of inner exercises. The lighter arrows represent the training of contact with other people which opens to greater depth, kindness and precision as the ability to communicate from an even deeper place within oneself develops.
These five domains are initially trained one at a time and subsequently in combination so that at least three are being activated simultaneously. Together the five competences constitute the most direct way inward, towards the essence of human being. And outward towards contact with others.
The idea is to practice both on your own and in contact with others. That you – ideally on a daily basis – create a kind of laboratory situation where you practice on your own moving towards your essence in the ways described below.
Essentially, this training does not aim at learning something new, but rather at discovering and giving more space to that which has not been learned. That each one has an innate possibility to be and to be capable of.