May 3 2016
The Law of Polarity teaches us that we can raise or lower our vibration at will. Is there a way to become more aware of where we are operating on the continuum of human experiences (e.g. Love-Hate, Fear-Courage, Conflict-Peace). How to know thyself?
How to know thyself?
Our soul is a small aspect projected from a much bigger entity called our True Energetic Self (TES/Oversoul/Higher Self). The “real you” is the Higher Self that exists much higher up in the multiverse, not in the physical universe, where we are experiencing things in human form.
- This realization changes everything! We are no longer mere mortals living at the mercy of a pantheon of gods, like the ancient Greeks believed. WE are the creator beings now!
- We purposely forget all this, when we come to a low frequency environment like Earth, because our connectivity with our Higher Self is tenuous at best. We believe we are our body or mind. Our ego or personality/lower self starts to run our life for its own survival.
The ego knows it is a temporary personality or a mental construct, that will die when the physical body dies. That’s why we start to fear death. That’s the ego talking, not the soul. We all use the ego, but we start to dissolve it, when we become more conscious and aware.
How do we do that?
In my view, the best tool for self-understanding is the Enneagram, which describes 9 basic personality types or egoic perspectives of life. No type is better or worse than any other, as each type has its own virtues, vices, key motivations and strengths summarized here (Source):
- Type One (Reformer) is principled, orderly, self-righteous, and perfectionistic. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, noble, morally heroic teachers, crusaders, advocates.
- Type Two (Helper) is generous, people-pleasing, possessive, and manipulative. At their Best: deeply unselfish, humble and altruistic, give unconditional love to self and others.
- Type Three (Achiever) is adaptable, ambitious, image-conscious and hostile. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.
- Type Four (Individualist) is expressive, intuitive, self-absorbed, and depressive. At their Best: inspired, self-renewing, regenerating, profoundly creative self-expression.
- Type Five (Investigator) is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, able to see the world in an entirely new way.
- Type Six (Loyalist) is engaging, committed, anxious, and suspicious. At their Best: self-affirming, stable, self-reliant, trusting, courageously championing themselves and others.
- Type Seven (Enthusiast) is spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and scattered. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, become appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.
- Type Eight (Leader) is self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational. At their Best: self-restrained, self-mastering, magnanimous, merciful, courageous, heroic, inspiring.
- Type Nine (Peacemaker) is receptive, reassuring, complacent, and resigned. At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, able to bring people together and heal conflicts.
The types are arranged in the enneagram symbol that incorporates many laws and functions:
The enneagram is a universal mandala that starts with a circle. It represents unity (Law of One) or the complete process if followed around its periphery (see above).
- If we divide unity into three by adding an equilateral triangle inside the circle, the triad (Law of Three) represents the relationships or the three forces necessary for any phenomenon (e.g. positive-neutral-negative, affirming-reconciling-denying, etc.).
- If we divide unity by seven, we get the weblike sequence (Law of Seven) that represents the process or path of the soul. The sequence is 142857 (i.e. from type 1 to type 4 etc.) in one direction (when in stress), and 758241 in the opposite direction (when in growth).
- If we count all the points where the sequence crosses the triangle, we get 12 points of intersection (Law of Twelve), which is the magic number used in our multiverse structure.
The enneagram arranges the 9 personality types into three triads or centers of intelligence:
- Doing triad (centered in the body/gut instinct; anger types 8, 9, 1) seeking autonomy; concerned with maintaining resistance (boundaries) and control of the environment.
- Thinking triad (centered in the head; fear types 5, 6, 7) seeking safety and security; concerned with anxiety, insecurity, ego defenses, strategies and beliefs.
- Feeling triad (centered in the heart; shame types 2, 3, 4) seeking attention; concerned with self-image or their attachment to stories about their false self/false personality.
No matter what type we are, we use all three interacting centers of intelligence. But these triads tell us what function the ego is most strongly distorting or blocking in our lives.
What makes the enneagram dynamic?
Unlike other personality typing systems that simply label us one static thing or another, the enneagram is a dynamic “3D” system that helps us understand how we change over time.
- It describes both horizontal and vertical movement of our basic personality type, which does not change from one type to another after emerging in our early childhood.
- But we can become healthier or higher acting people, when we recognize and release some of the blockages or distortions that the ego has built around our soul (always within us).
Each personality type may move horizontally in the direction of integration (when in health, growth, self-actualization) OR in the direction of disintegration (when stressed, unhealthy, or neurotic) along the path of the soul, i.e. the sequences shown below (left, click to enlarge).
For example, when a stressed type One deteriorates, they go to type Four and condemn them-selves harshly becoming depressed, hopeless and emotionally disturbed. When a healthy One goes to Seven, they go from obligation to enthusiasm, from constraint to freedom of action.
Every personality type can also move vertically along the continuum of traits described as 9 Levels of Development (above, right). They are grouped into healthy (levels 1-3), average (levels 4-6) and unhealthy ranges (levels 7-9), and include several traits for each type briefly summarized in this Table (based on Riso-Hudson nomenclature, click to enlarge).
What I have come to realize is that these traits are not pulled out of thin air. They are related to the 64 Gates (mostly at Shadow and Gift frequencies) described by Richard Rudd and others in their updated I Ching systems. My research suggests that certain enneatypes are associated with certain traits that correspond to the person’s soul blueprint. It’s nature and nurture!
This post is meant to introduce all my readers to the enneagram system, which has profoundly changed my life for the better. It is a system of self-understanding that extends to all the other people in our life (e.g. spouse, children, coworkers, etc.). It allows us to have more compassion for the way they function and see the world, because all perspectives are valid.
“We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of self.” – Cyril Connolly
In a higher sense, the enneagram describes nine distinct ways that we forget our connection with the Divine, as Don Riso and Russ Hudson observed. But it also shows us a path we can use to transform ourselves. Toni Ann Winninger (channeling The Masters) wrote:
“Know that each soul calls to itself what it needs to experience. You are always in the right place at the right time to work on your life lessons.
All lessons are set up in negativity, so the soul may see if it recognizes the desired test and may then decide how to deal with it.”
According to Riso and Hudson: “In the real world, healthy people do not live in a constant state of Zen-like enlightenment, nor do they achieve total personhood – whatever that might mean.” But the ultimate goal is to move around the enneagram and integrate the healthy potentials of all 9 types to become a balanced, fully functioning person.
Guy Needler said the ego is the human condition in 99.999% of cases, but we do experience, learn and evolve from the egoic perspective as well. It is a different personality from our soul, which is an aspect of the total personality of our True Energetic Self, which changes over many lifetimes, as it matures and becomes wiser and more loving and more powerful.
Model of a 3-dimensional enneagram (by Raremoon; Source)
“He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.” – Lao Tzu
NOTE: Part 2 of the Enneatype series (companion article) is here: Do Enneatypes Reflect Soul Blueprints? – 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
Kathy Hurley & Theodorre Donson: Discover Your Soul Potential: Using the Enneagram to Awaken Spiritual Vitality, 2000
Toni Ann Winninger: Masters of the Spirit World » Planet Earth
Richard Rudd: Gene Keys, 2009 & Gene Keys Network | Living Library (website)
Guy Needler: Home – Guy Steven Needler | The Dawn of a New Age of Science (new website) & 5 books: The History of God, Beyond the Source – Book 1, Beyond the Source – Book 2, Avoiding Karma, The Origin Speaks, 2015, The Anne Dialogues (in publication)
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