This site is about working with your energetic state. Assessing it, by using the I Ching, chakra meditations, exercises or other techniques.
What chakras are and their psychological properties
Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body. There are seven of them, and they govern our psychological properties. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side.
The chakras can have various levels of activity. When they're "open," they're considered operative in a normal fashion.
Ideally, all chakras would contribute to our being. Our instincts would work together with our feelings and thinking. However, this is usually not the case. Some chakras are not open enough (being under-active), and to compensate, other chakras are over-active. The ideal state is where the chakras are balanced.
To work with your energetic state, it is necessary to be aware of what that state is, and have techniques to tune it.
It could, for example, be seen as the state of your chakras, whether they are open, under-active or over-active, but also as the hexagram in the I Ching that applies to you at a particular moment. It is also, of course, important to be aware of how you feel.
Energy techniques to change your state are for example the chakra meditations and the exercises on this site. I found the changes in consciousness that these techniques make possible are much better for your health and much more suited to supporting you than drugs can ever be because they're closer to the energies you're constituted of.
It is a good idea to experiment with them (and others, for that matter). This helps to become aware of what you need and don't need. Maybe even more important is that this helps you learn to actually feel the energies in you.
The Enneagram system
The Enneagram is a personality typing system that consists of nine different types. Everyone is considered to be one single type, although one can have traits belonging to other ones. While it's uncertain whether this type is genetically determined, many believe it is already in place at birth.
The nine types (or "Enneatypes", "ennea" means "nine") are universally identified by the numbers 1 to 9. These numbers have a standard way of being placed around the Enneagram symbol. Enneagram authors have attached their own individual names to these numbers. On this site, the type names by authors Riso and Hudson are used. They are:
People of a particular type have several characteristics in common, but they can be quite different nevertheless. It depends among other things on their level of mental health. Unhealthy (neurotic) people from a particular type can look quite different from healthy ones. Riso and Hudson distinguish 9 levels of mental health (see their book Personality Types) and have type descriptions for each level of each enneagram type.
usually one has characteristics of one of the types that lie adjacent to one's own that are more prominent. This is called the wing. So, someone who is a type 5, might have a 4 wing or a 6 wing. This may be abbreviated to "5w4" and "5w6". If one doesn't have a dominant wing, it is said that the wings are balanced.
Enneagram type descriptions
Perfectionists, responsible, fixated on improvement
Ones are essentially looking to make things better, as they think nothing is ever quite good enough. This makes them perfectionists who want to reform and improve, who desire to make order out of the omnipresent chaos. Read more - enneagram type 1
Helpers who need to be needed
Twos essentially feel that they are worthy insofar as they are helpful to others. Love is their highest ideal. Selflessness is their duty. Giving to others is their reason for being. Involved, socially aware, usually extroverted, Twos are the type of people who remember everyone's birthday and who go the extra mile to help out a co-worker, spouse or friend in need. Read more - enneagram type 2
Focused on the presentation of success, to attain validation
Threes need to be validated in order to feel worthy; they pursue success and want to be admired. They are frequently hard-working, competitive and are highly focused in the pursuit of their goals, whether their goal is to be the most successful salesman in the company or the "sexiest" woman in their social circle. Read more - enneagram type 3
Identity seekers, who feel unique and different
Fours build their identities around their perception of themselves as being somehow different or unique; they are thus self-consciously individualistic. They tend to see their difference from others as being both a gift and a curse - a gift because it sets them apart from those they perceive as being somehow "common," and a curse, as it so often seems to separate them from the simpler forms of happiness that others so readily seem to enjoy. Read more - enneagram type 4
Thinkers who tend to withdraw and observe
Fives essentially fear that they don't have enough inner strength to face life, so they tend to withdraw, to retreat into the safety and security of the mind where they can mentally prepare for their emergence into the world. Fives feel comfortable and at home in the realm of thought. They are generally intelligent, well-read and thoughtful and they frequently become experts in the areas that capture their interest. Read more - enneagram type 5
Conflicted between trust and distrust
Sixes essentially feel insecure, as though there is nothing quite steady enough to hold onto. At the core of the type Six personality is a kind of fear or anxiety. Sixes don't trust easily; they are often ambivalent about others until the person has absolutely proven herself, at which point they are likely to respond with steadfast loyalty. Read more - enneagram type 6
Pleasure seekers and planners, in search of distraction
Sevens are essentially concerned that their lives be an exciting adventure. They are future-oriented, restless people who are generally convinced that something better is just around the corner. They are quick thinkers who have a great deal of energy and who make lots of plans. They tend to be extroverted, multi-talented, creative and open-minded. Read more - enneagram type 7
Taking charge, because they don't want to be controlled
Eights are essentially unwilling to be controlled, either by others or by their circumstances; they fully intend to be masters of their fate. Eights are strong-willed, decisive, practical, tough-minded and energetic. They also tend to be domineering; their unwillingness to be controlled by others frequently manifests in the need to control others instead. Read more - enneagram type 8
Keeping peace and harmony
Nines essentially feel a need for peace and harmony. They tend to avoid conflict at all costs, whether it be internal or interpersonal. As the potential for conflict in life is virtually ubiquitous, Nine's desire to avoid it generally results in some degree of withdrawal from life, and many Nines are, in fact, introverted. Other Nines lead more active, social lives, but nevertheless remain to some to degree "checked out," or not fully involved, as if to insulate themselves from threats to their peace of mind. Read more - enneagram type 9
In addition to the Enneagram type, people are also considered to be one of three instinctual variants. The self-preservation instinct (dealing with oneself), the sexual (dealing with another person) and the social instinct (dealing with a group) can be most pronounced.
No personality test is completely accurate. Although several measures were taken to make this test as accurate as possible, there's always a chance that you are not typed correctly by it. Therefore, when deciding which Enneagram type and wing you are, you might also want to consider the types with the highest test scores on the lists below.
(Note that your lowest scores may be omitted.)
Type 3 - 6.3
Type 9 - 6
Type 2 - 5.7
Type 4 - 5.7
Type 5 - 4.7
Type 1 - 3
Wing 3w2 - 9.2
Wing 3w4 - 9.2
Wing 2w3 - 8.9
Wing 4w3 - 8.9
Wing 4w5 - 8.1
Wing 5w4 - 7.6
Wing 9w1 - 7.5
Wing 2w1 - 7.2
Wing 9w8 - 6.9
Wing 1w9 - 6
Wing 1w2 - 5.9
Wing 5w6 - 5.6
This is the basic Enneagram, per Rodney Collins.
However, the body types are also combinations of them.
Hello there Carmen, thanks for your information. I will look at the Basic Enneagram, Rodney Collins. Thanks. Do you know any other information pertaining to this?
Collin, inspired by medieval alchemy and medicine and also the work of Dr. Berman, linked each gland in the human endocrine system with the influence of a particular planet. By assigning dominant centers of gravity of different people in distinct glandular manifestations, he arrived at six central planetary types and variable subdivisions thereof. This teaching can be quite useful in the task-oriented group dynamics that characterize the Fourth Way schools and was developed even more completely in Mr. Burton’s teaching.
Collin on the Enneagram
A symbol introduced by Gurdjieff to the modern West called the Enneagram or nine-pointed star (ennea=nine, gramma=written) arranges the digits 1 -10 along a circle while indicating the inner relationships and progressions among these numbers using shapes that represent the laws of three and seven. The law of three states that each event is a combination of three different forces and the law of seven or law of octaves determines the progression of each event in time. The law of seven contains the idea that all phenomena vibrate internally with certain music that can ascend or descend with exact knowledge of “chords” that produce harmony. Plato also mentioned this musical idea in reference to the planets and also to the human soul. It is likely that the musical scale itself was originally a formulaic representation of observed planetary movement.
Gurdjieff claimed that a deep understanding of this figure would unlock the secrets of the universe and that all knowledge could be stored along its lines and points. Rodney Collin, as Ouspensky, used the enneagram to plot and explain numerous phenomena in nature such as growth in man, the development of human civilization, planetary and solar rotations, and the essence of time itself. He believed that the connections revealed by the internal depths of the numerical relationships on this symbol accounted for and could be used to logistical gaps and processes hitherto deemed mysterious by modern scientific understanding. Essentially, Collin attempted to illustrate the various invisible chords linking events in time and space that either appears to be disparate or conversely seem strangely connected. In this way, he provided a manner of understanding relativity or the view of things in the world from a higher or fourth-dimensional perspective.
Collin on the Logarithmic Scale
Additionally, Collin anticipated trends in using a logarithmic or exponential calculation to understand speeds in the development of organic and inorganic processes and to predict their outcome. He diligently plotted the stages of physical and cognitive growth in humans along a logarithmic scale and sought to alter natural intuition about the linearity of one’s lifetime. Processes begun with great speed gradually become slower and slower and are gradually replaced by an evolutionary emphasis upon subtler and more intelligent functions. Each step or stage is built upon the last and is dependent upon its successful completion and release of force or energy. Retardations or arrestments in lower functioning due to trauma or insufficient nourishment will cancel possibilities in higher functioning like a damaged seed that cannot bear fruit or intellect that is too noisy or contradicted to perceive stillness or acquire peace. He arranged the relationships between these separate time scales upon a three-dimensional figure consisting of two infinity symbols linked at their midpoints. Each circle represented the complete time of its antecedent contained within one unit of its own progression. Once the passage from one cycle to the next was accomplished, activity in the previous circle was locked and fixed like the form of water when crystallized into ice at the exact temperature where liquid becomes solid.