Gurdjieff's Enneagram

This paper is dedicated to enneagrams, one of the most popular yet poorly presented topics of Gurdjieff’s lectures in In Search of the Miraculous.

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It seems that numerous authors have studied his work only to immediately launch themselves into a thoughtless misdirection of it. This paper prepares students to understand both the transformative nature of the enneagram as a concept as well as “down to earth” methods for the creation of one and its interpretation.

Humans have come to the habit of considering all things as mechanically as possible. Cave men, such as our favorite, Homo Erectus, faced most of the ideative process in this simple way. We, no doubt, learned this modern method from his bad example. Since thinking this way served largely to provide the conditions of our modern lives, we just kept going.

As Mullah Nassr Eden probably said, “Its an absolute delight to get the blame out on the table right away!”

The style of thinking which is marked by this mechanical approach is called linear thinking. That term described a line of events, one following another, usually set down in the passage of time. The possibility that the causality of say the second event might only become definable after the fourth event never troubles the model or the thinker. Linear thinking has delivered those of us in the modern world into the uncomfortable morass of unanticipated consequences.

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