Collin on the Enneagram
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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.

Collin on Glands and Planetary Types

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.

 

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Yes, this is what I studied and even tested this Enneagram with a group and it seems to work all right.  

This is really interesting: 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.

Yes, he did. And again, he also described the body types, an one that you found yours, it was in describable true...

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