This Pin was discovered by Eunice Alvarado. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. The Fourth Way enneagram is a figure published in in In Search of the Miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky quotes Gurdjieff as saying; “The knowledge of the enneagram has for a very long time been Kabbalistic Tree of Life as used in “Etude sur les origines de la nature du Zohar”, by S. Karppe, Paris, , pp. , the. This Pin was discovered by Bicky Davila. Discover (and save) your own Pins on Pinterest.
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Ouspenskyand an integral part of the Fourth Way esoteric system associated with George Gurdjieff. The term ” enneagram ” derives from two Greek words, ennea nine and gramma something written or drawn. The enneagram is a nine-pointed figure usually inscribed within a circle. Within the circle is a triangle connecting points 9, 3 and 6.
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The inscribed figure resembling a web connects the other six points in a cyclic figure This number is derived from or corresponds to the recurring decimal. These six points together with the point numbered 9 are said to represent the main stages of any complete process, and can be related to the notes of a musical octave9 being equivalent to “Doh” and 1 to “Re” etc. The points numbered 3 and 6 are said to represent “shock points” which affect the way a process develops.
The internal lines between the points; that is, the three-point figure and the six-point figure, are said to show certain non-obvious connections, although here very little elucidation is offered. As reported by P. Ouspensky the enneagram was introduced by George Gurdjieff to his study groups in Saint Petersburg and Moscow in Ouspensky records this original explication in his book of Gurdjieff’s teaching In Search of the Miraculous where the enneagram appears as Figure 44 and in further diagrams.
Ouspensky quotes Gurdjieff as saying; “The knowledge of the enneagram has for a very long time been preserved in secret and if it now is, so to speak, made available to all, it is only in an incomplete and theoretical form without instruction from a man who knows”. Gurdjieff also remarked “In order to understand the enneagram it must be thought of as in motion, as moving. A motionless enneagram is a dead symbol, the living symbol is in motion” .
Karppe, Paris,pp. There has also been speculation that it may be related to the Pythagorean Tetractyswhich also combines the numbers 3 and 7. Renaissance Hermeticism which used an enneagram of three interlocking triangles, also called a nonagram  or a nine-pointed figure used by the Christian medieval philosopher Ramon Llull.
Idries Shaha populariser of Sufismhas claimed that the enneagram has a Sufi provenance and that it has also been long known in coded form disguised as an octagram.
Robin Amis claims an Orthodox Christian origin, claiming that both Gurdijeff and Ouspensky developed their teaching with insights gained from visits to Mount Athos.
Another proposal suggests the diagram is a map of the chakras from yogic schools. The enneagram according to Gurdjieff shows the “Law of Seven” and the “Law of Three” united and so some explanation of these laws is necessary here.
The Law of Seven or law of octaves, according to which phenomena evolves in seven steps; and the Law of Three, according to which phenomena are produced by three forces, are presented by Gurdjieff as global laws appearing on all scales and essential to his cosmology. This cosmology offers a view of how the world operates said to derive from alchemy and more ancient sources, and to complement or complete modern experimental science rather than to contradict it.
According to this cosmology everything is material, including consciousness and spiritand all matter can be assigned a “density”; consciousness and spirit for example having lower “densities” and therefore higher “vibrations” than,for example, water while, for example, rock has a higher “density” and lower “vibration” than water, and so on.
The diatonic scale in music is said to be an ancient application of the Law of Seven and a convenient way to study it. In other words if one thinks of a standard musical keyboard and takes for example middle C as Do then the following six white keys, DEFGAB will represent the rest of the octave, and the next white key will be the higher C.
There will be black keys between each of the white keys, except between E and F the mi-fa interval and between B and the higher C the si-do interval. In any process described in terms of the Law of Seven, the Mi-Fa interval and the Ti-Do interval are said to be shock points where outside help is needed if the octave is to continue to develop as intended. A failure to recognize this in terms of human projects is said to be a major reason why things go wrong in general.
It should be noted that the musical scale Gurdjieff is quoted as using  is not the modern standard musical scale but Ptolemy’s intense diatonic scalea just intonation scale associated with the Renaissance composer and musical theorist Gioseffo Zarlino. The Law of Three holds that three forces act on any event, which can be called Active, Passive, and Neutralizing forces, or simply First, Second, and Third forces respectively.
These three forces can appear in any order, for example orgiving 6 possible “triads” of forces describing 6 very broad types of event. The enneagram shows the Law of Seven and the Law of Three in a single symbol with the three forces joined in a triangle at the 3,6 and 9 points, and in addition six inner lines hexad following the 1,4,2,8,5,7,1, The meaning of these six inner lines is not, by Ouspensky’s account, made clear by Gurdjieff.
One shock point is shown on the enneagram at point 3, which is the Mi-Fa interval where it might be expected.
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However the other is at point 6, at the So-La interval. It might have been expected to be at the Ti-Do interval, and Gurdjieff is presented as offering this apparent mistake as a mystery to be solved. This second octave cannot develop unless it has a shock at its own Mi-Fa, and this is the shock gurcjieff in fact occurs at point 6.
Eneaagrama the enneagram figure is a symbol said to represent the “law of seven” and the “law of three” in unity, therefore, according to this view, the figure can be used to describe any natural whole phenomenon, cosmos, process in life or any other piece of knowledge.
The figure is the central organizing glyph of gurdjjieff Fourth Way’s view of the material world which Gurdjieff is quoted by Ouspensky as relating to alchemy.
The most detailed example gurdjiefff how this is said to work, given in In Search of the Miraculousis an explanation of how Gurdjieff believed inputs to the human body “food”, enesgrama and “impressions”, collectively regarded as types of food are processed into the so-called “higher substances” necessary for higher consciousness to function.
In Gurdjieff’s view “everything is material”; consciousness and spirit are to be regarded as aspects of matter, although more refined or of a “higher vibration” than perceptible aspects. This proposition is an essential basis for Gurdjieff’s view of the evolution of food into the “higher substances” necessary for higher consciousness; briefly summarized below from the account in In Search of the Miraculous.
At point 9 ordinary food beginning as Do is eaten and enters the body and eneaagrama begins. The “density” of human food is assigned a number, At point 1 it is said to be processed in the gut as Re and is refined to a “density” of the same “density” as water.
At point 2 the food is further refined to Mi and assigned a density ofthe same density as air. It is ready to enter fneagrama blood gurdjiefd. At point 3, Mi-Fa, occurs a “shock”. Air can provide this shock because it also is of densityand furthermore this air enters as a new Do.
At point 4 the original food octave is at “Fa” but the new air octave is at Re. They are both in the bloodstream at “density” 96, the “density” of hormones and vitamins and rarefied gases and animal magnetism “and so on”. At this point we reach the end of “what is regarded as matter by our physics and chemistry”  It should be remembered that Gurdjieff is here speaking in The substances or energies at point 5 are assigned a “density” of 48 and used in thought.
These are the So or “Sol” part of the original food octave and the Mi part of the air octave. Point 6 being where “impressions”, regarded as a type of food, are said to enter the body.
Otherwise only the ordinary food octave, shown in black in the diagram, proceeds. Point 7 represents emotional and other energies, of a “density” gurdhieff If “self-remembering” occurs this will be the Fa point for the air octave and the Re point for the impressions octave.
Otherwise it will just be the La point for the original food octave. At point 8, the “Si” or Ti at the end of the first “ordinary food” octave represents the sexual energies, of “density” 12; which are the “highest substance” according to Gurdjieff which the body produces naturally without conscious intervention. A desire to conserve this “higher substances” for esoteric use is said to be the original reason for religious celibacy.
With the conscious intervention at point 6 of “self remembering” further and more useful “higher substances” are created, represented by the air octave’s So or “Sol” at point 8 and the impression octave’s Mi at point 8.
This Mi of “density” 12 is the “higher substance” primarily necessary for Gurdjieff’s esoteric method. A further conscious shock, requiring “a special type of control over the eneagrmaa at point 9 would enable a new “higher” or spiritual body to begin to grow, this is represented by Gurdjieff as the aim of his and other esoteric traditions. Although not shown in the diagram on this page, the Air octave, if it has a shock at Point 6 in fact may proceed to La with a “density” of 6.
Ouspensky related the inner six-line figure of the Food Diagram enneagram to the circulation of the blood. Point 1, he wrote, represented the digestive system, point 2 the blood stream, point 4 the breathing system, point 5 the brain, point 7 the spinal cord and point wl the sympathetic nervous system and sex organs, and the lines “showed the direction of the flow or distribution of arterial blood in gugdjieff organism and then its return in the form of venous blood” .
Other applications of the enneagram to describing processes can be found in writings influenced by those of Gurdjieff,  notably in the writings of J. In his book Gurdjieff: Making eneagraja New World  Bennett describes the workings of a community kitchen in terms of the enneagram and offers some explanation of the meaning of the internal lines.
Another of his books, Enneagram Studies is devoted to the subject, offering nine examples of enneagrams in various applications. Rodney Collin in his book The Theory of Celestial Influence relates the enneagram to the planets of the solar system, and gurdjieff yearly cycle, and also offers some explanation of the inner lines.
The Enneagram of Personality originates from the mapping of nine “ego fixations” on the enneagram by Oscar Ichazo. A book published in”The Enneagram: Living and Dead” by Plavan N. From Wikipedia, the gurdijeff encyclopedia.
In Search of the Miraculous. New York and London: Harcourt Brace, and Routledge. The Lives and Work of G. Ouspensky, and Their Followers. ISBN is for edition. The enneagram is disguised as “two superimposed squares” with the space in the middle representing the ninth point. Archived from the original on 23 July A Further Record p, accessed through web, http: Retrieved from ” https: Unfit url Use dmy dates from July Views Read Edit View history.