This book invites us to celebrate our strengths and work with our weaknesses by learning to identify and utilize five basic personal styles or energies. Written in a playful and accessible way, this is the first general-audience book on a Tibetan Buddhist system known as “the five buddha families”—an insightful way of understanding human behavior and promoting personal growth.
1. Varja (Color : Blue)
– People with physical manifestations of varja qualities are : leaders, dentists, diplomats, scientists, surgeons, engineers, programmers, samuarai. They dress with simple lines, solid colors or geometric patterns.
Passion : Wanting to know
Intensified emotion : anger, hot or cold.
Neurotic activities : intellectualizing, overanalyzing
Concerns : boundaries, making things right, being disciplined
Defence : sticking to own concepts, rigid, distrancing self from others
Fear : emotional intimacy
2. Ratina (Color : Yellow)
– People with physical manifestations of ratina qualities are : Kings, Queens, Jewish mothers, cooks. Their style of dress is rich, colourful, lots of ornamentation.
Passion : Wanting it all
Intensified emotion : greed and pride fed by poverty mentality.
Neurotic activities : overindulgence.
Concerns : wanting to emcompass everything and everyone.
Defence : arrogance, amassing anything, spiritual or material.
Fear : insubstantiality, not having enough.
3. Padma (Color : Red)
– People with physical manifestations of padma qualities are : people people, performers, therapists, babies, adolescents, sorority sisters. Their style of dress is flash, colourful and sexy.
Passion : Wanting to feel.
Intensified emotion : clinging passion, comparison to others.
Neurotic activities : fantasizing, manipulating.
Concerns : Communication, self-image, pleasure.
Defence : desire to please.
Fear :Boredom, mediocrity, rejection.
4. Karma (Color : Green)
– People with physical manifestations of karma qualities are : military personnel, newspaper reporters, workaholics, athletes, dancers, laborers, social activists. Their style of dress is plain, functional, drab colors.
Passion : Wanting to do
Intensified emotion : Jealousy fed by paranoia and comparison.
Neurotic activities : Driven Busyness
Concerns : Making sure things get done.
Defence : taking control
5. Buddha (Color : white)
– People with physical manifestations of buddha qualities are : Spiritual teachers, dignified peasants. Their style of dress is simple, muted colors.
Passion : Wanting to just be.
Intensified emotion : Ignorance or denial fed by insecurity.
Neurotic activities : immobility and dullness
Concerns : nondoing
Defence : shutting down, tunnel vision.
Working with the five energies is an expansion of our awareness and a spontaneous way of preceiving the world. It is a pth of insight, not a conceptual overlay. We could think of working with the five energies as a way to contemplate whatever we encounter, an opportunity to see the world through rainbow glasses.