May 8 2016
Previously we learned about the enneagram system, which describes nine different egoic perspectives of life. Each enneatype is a composite of particular traits that are not random. In this follow-up we will determine: Do enneatypes reflect soul blueprints?
Do enneatypes reflect soul blueprints?
I’ve been studying the enneagram since 1995, when my husband discovered it as a quick way to assess his business clients. He found, for instance, that some people like to chat about the weather first, while others want to go straight to the facts. It is a very practical psychospiritual tool for understanding yourself and others in your circles. But there is more to it than that.
- Since learning about “soul blueprints” or various human designs or personality types (as described by some updated I Ching systems), I’ve come to realize that certain enneatypes are associated with certain I Ching gates that reflect our life plan in this incarnation.
- This information is not “new” given that the I Ching was introduced to humanity thousands of years ago. What is new is the realization that the same information applies to many teachings, including human design, Michael teachings, astrology, card science, etc.
Studying and correlating these various systems has been one of my pet projects for years now. That’s why I’m very excited to describe some of my preliminary findings in this post.
How are different ego perspectives created?
In the previous post, we learned the basics about 9 personality types, which reflect how people function and see the world through various egoic perspectives, all of which are equally valid.
- Each enneatype is made of a complex composite of traits. Where do they come from? Nature (genetics)? Nurture (upbringing)? Or both? The answer is found at the soul level.
- Our True Energetic Self (Oversoul/Higher Self) uses the Akashic records to plan a lifetime for one of its 12 soul aspects. The soul decides the particulars (e.g. physical body, family, geography, etc.) with the help of other souls that will guide, help or work with that soul.
Our birthdate, hour and place of birth are not random. The soul knows what lessons are to be learned and what energies are needed for a particular “soul blueprint,” which is made of 26 gates in the human design system. Four of those gates make up about 80% of our personality.
- They create an “incarnation cross” that describes our life’s work (outer purpose), issues or challenges to grow from, secrets to our health, and our true spiritual purpose in this life.
- In that sense, everybody has their own cross to carry, their own challenges and lessons to learn, their own talents to activate, express and actualize. There is no need for enmity.
What do my studies suggest?
To study these incarnation crosses, I compiled a database of 1341 people (made of friends, relatives, coworkers and famous people) that included their soul blueprints (based on their birthdate) and enneatypes (with adjacent “wing” influences from various books/internet sites).
- A soul could potentially choose from any of the 64 gates available to them. But my data suggest otherwise. The basic personality types are not created by random chance.
- Certain enneatypes seem to prefer certain gates as their Personality Sun, which describes their outer purpose or what they came here to do (see Table below, click to enlarge).
For example, enneatype Ones prefer to incarnate with Gates 57, 34, 53, 18, 8, 41, 55 or 6 as their Personality Sun. Each gate describes a different spectrum of consciousness to work with. The challenge is to evolve from the Shadow to the Gift frequency or higher (see Table).
“Embrace the Shadow, Release the Gift, Embody the Siddhi.” – Richard Rudd
Note: The top 4 gates associated with each enneatype were derived by statistical analysis (using SAS JMP program). Path of growth based on Richard Rudd’s “Gene Keys” nomenclature.
What does the enneagram describe?
There are two versions of the enneagram: the traditional and Sufi versions, which have a slightly different interpretation of the threefold division of the self into three centers of intelligence (see Figure below).
In the traditional enneagram, we have the Doing triad (centered in the body/gut instinct in types 8, 9, 1), Feeling triad (centered in the heart in types 2, 3, 4) and Thinking triad (centered in the head in types 5, 6, 7, as shown above, left).
- In each triad one type is out of touch with the function (types 3, 6 or 9), and the other two either externalize (types 2, 5, 8; “ext”) or internalize the function (types 1, 4, 7; “int”).
- For example, in the Feeling triad, type 3 is out of touch with their feelings, while type 2 effusively externalizes them, and type 4 deeply internalizes their intense feelings.
In the Sufi enneagram, the ABC’s of personality are denoted by Affect (feeling, perception, attraction to pleasure, temperance, Love), Behavior (actions, motivation, avoidance of harm/pain, courage, energy, Power), and Cognition (thinking, reason, intellect, Wisdom).
- In the Sufi version, Cognition lies in the traditional Doing triad. It is thought to be over-developed in type 1 (“+”), undeveloped in type 9, and underdeveloped in type 8 (“-“), according to Laleh Bakhtiar (“Moral Healer’s Handbook II”).
- It also places Behavior in the Feeling triad (where courage is underdeveloped in type 2, undeveloped in type 3, overdeveloped in type 4), and Affect in the Thinking triad (with temperance underdeveloped in type 5, undeveloped in type 6, overdeveloped in type 7).
What is the bigger picture?
At first glance, we might think that one of the enneagrams is incorrect. But at second glance, we see that both may be correct, when we look at the preferred gates for each enneatype.
- For example, type Ones have gates associated with Doing (e.g. Gate 34 Power/Strength) and Cognition (e.g. Gate 57 Intuitive Insight to correct their cognitive imbalance).
- Similarly, type Fives use gates with Thinking (e.g. Gate 11 Ideas) and Affect (e.g. Gate 13 Empathy and Gate 36 Compassion to develop more charity, giving to others), and so on.
My interpretation is that our souls incarnate here to focus on a particular triad, to learn to balance predominantly two out of the three forces, that are Love, Wisdom and Power.
“Souls seeking to master a particular characteristic will come back time and again to vary their situations to understand and learn from all angles.” – Toni Ann Winninger
The lessons contained within the three triads (illustrated below) could be summarized as:
- Love without wisdom is undiscerning, impetuous, conditional or directionless.
- Love without power is fantasy, wishful thinking, and cannot extend itself.
- Wisdom without power is static, stagnant, or powerless, like inertia.
- Wisdom without love is cold, calculating, machine-like intellectualism.
- Power without wisdom is rash, foolish or insane, like the path to hell.
- Power without love is ruthless, dangerous, brutish or oppressive, like a dictator.
Note: This diagram was modified from Laleh Bakhtiar’s work (“Moral Healer’s Handbook II”). The triad lessons were modified from some observations by Jose Stevens and Steve Pavlina.
In response to our title question, the enneatypes do reflect the soul blueprints (as shown plus other associations not shown in this post). The ultimate goal for us, as creator beings in training, is to learn the core principles for integrated mastery:
- Know thyself (Wisdom).
- Love thy neighbor (Love).
- Do good deeds (Power).
The ideal condition is where the three forces are blended and balanced within us, so that our Power is tempered with Love saturated with Wisdom. In a nutshell, that’s why we’re here.
“Who you are is an Individuation of Divinity. Why you are here is to demonstrate that.” – Neale Donald Walsch
“Do not be afraid to show your soul to the world. For every one person that turns away, there are ten willing to see, love, appreciate and respect you for who you truly are.” ~ Creator (via Jennifer Farley)
NOTE: Part 1 of the Enneatype series (companion article) is here: How To Know Thyself? – Big Picture Questions.com
For more information, please see:
Don Riso & Russ Hudson: Home – The Enneagram Institute & Learn the Enneagram – The Enneagram Institute & Free Riso-Hudson Materials – The Enneagram Institute, Personality Types, 1996 & The Wisdom of the Enneagram, 1999
Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele: Are You My Type, Am I Yours, 1995
Additional enneatype data: Stackemup Enneagram & Famous People and Their Enneagram Styles & Famous Types – guesses | Enneagram Books, Blogs, Famous People, and Music by Elizabeth Waggle & www.oocities.org/lifexplore/enfame.htm
Toni Ann Winninger: Masters of the Spirit World » Planet Earth
Richard Rudd: Gene Keys, 2009 & Gene Keys Network | Living Library (website)
Chetan Parkyn: The Book of Lines, 2012 & Human Design, 2009
Karen Curry: Understanding Human Design, 2013
Linda Bunnell & Ra Uru Hu: Human Design: The Science of Differentiation, 2011
Laleh Bakhtiar: Moral Healer’s Handbook: The psychology of spiritual chivalry, Volume II, 1994
Jose Stevens: Awakening the Inner Shaman, 2014
Steve Pavlina: Personal Development for Smart People – Steve Paulina
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