The enneagram as imagined by Gurdjieff is a powerful tool to help one understand how change occurs in the world—both internally and externally. We’re often trapped by a linear view of causation. The relationships of the points on the enneagram help us see somewhat further into the interconnectedness of things.

The proof of the pudding, as they say, is under the crust. Here are some real-world examples of enneagrams put to practical use.

For a more in-depth treatment and instructions for creating your own enneagrams, you can refer to the paper Enneagram Guidelines.

Listening to Music

Notes: “C” is the initial of a group member. The Gurdjieff quotation being cited here is as follows: If a man could understand all the horror of the lives of ordinary people who are turning round in a circle    of insignificant interests and insignificant aims, if he could understand what they are losing, he would …

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Return to Fourth Way School

Notes: Si is the abbreviation for the intellectual part of the sex center. It is Brain Systems nomenclature. C, L, S, S, M, M, and T are the initials of students.
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Life on Earth

Notes: The class work associated with this enneagram was a memory exercise. The task was to memorize Figure 58, p. 323, In Search of the Miraculous. Part of the class discussion was to assign the aspects of the Triamazikamno to the enneagram as it appears above. Give it a try! H48 refers to the hydrogen …

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Mechanicality and Automatism

Notes: RPC refers to the reality process center (sometimes called the “reality process field”). It is nomenclature from Brain Systems.
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Being Duty

Notes: 1st Planetary Imperative – “Contribute to the planetary gene pool.” (Also implies, fulfill your individualism by adding it to the planetary gene pool.) World 48 – the Earth. Refer to Chapter 5, In Search of the Miraculous. RPC – Reality Process Center, Brain Systems nomenclature. ESS – Experiential Sensation System, Brain Systems nomenclature. Common …

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