The enneagram now


February 16, 2005

Meeting rules

1. Nothing discussed here leaves this room; everyone can feel secure to speak their heart.

2. Continually observe yourself during this meeting: body (tension, breath) feeling (“autonomous” emotions) mind (focus, storytelling, lying)

3. No lying. When speaking, watch yourself for (unintentional) lying and stop. Know what ‘lying’ is.

4. The enneagram is practical. No theoretical discussion for the sake of theoretical discussion.

5. Reside in truth; be true.


Start: a brief sitting.

Reading: appendix 1

Basis of the enneagram

The law of one

There is only one absolute truth. The truth is static, unchangeable and eternal. This is the ultimate, transcendent (above all) reality.

The law of one can be visualized as a point.

The law of three

Without these impulses the process stops or continues in an unintended direction. passive.Every process requires action. The law of seven can be visualized as the diatonic scale: DO RE MI FA SOL LA SI DO note 360 405 450 480 540 600 675 720 Hz absolute frequency 1 9/8 5/4 4/3 3/2 5/3 15/8 2 relation to ground-do (360 Hz) 9/8 10/9 16/15 9/8 10/9 9/8 16/15 increase from preceding note The enneagram The enneagram was introduced to us by George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1877-1949) The enneagram combines the laws of one. neutralizing) drive every process. The third force can therefore be considered a fixative. three and seven. and action requires force. The law of seven shows that every process progresses through distinct steps and encounters barriers that can only be overcome by outside impulses or “shocks”. facilitating or reconciling force is necessary to make a result permanent. A third. The law of three states that three forces (active. If either the active or the passive force “wins” there will be a result. This hinders the progression of a process and favors the status quo. Examples: getting up in the morning. The law of action and reaction shows that for every action (active force) there is a reaction of opposite direction (passive force). but this result will be temporary and is lost when the power balance shifts again. . completing a project. The law of three can be visualized as a triangle. personal development. neutralizing. losing weight. The law of seven / the law of the octave The law of seven dictates the progression of every process.

Personal development deals with the transcendent reality of the true Self. At the same time. the enneagram can be used as a road map to describe its progression as governed by the laws of one. which is unchanging. . three and seven. Personal development Personal development is a process and is therefore governed by the law of one (for its source). impermanent and ultimately not truth. Personal development can be viewed as a process leading from being governed by many cosmic laws (48 according to Gurdjieff) to progressively fewer. True personal development is indeed personal. the law of three (for its driving force) and the law of seven (for its progression). completely practical and on a level that allows only a generalized description. A seemingly different viewpoint is to regard personal development as “trading” the guidance by the fickle and divided ego and the resulting misery for the guidance and resulting bliss by the Absolute/Universe/God/the Self. The enneagram as road map for personal development Since personal development is a process. Personal development requires a teacher. Its study tends to be strongly formatory. Suggestion: perhaps we could view “the ego” as consisting of many (48?) largely independent and conflicting “I’s”. coach or guru. Personality is changing. let’s stay aware of the formatory trap. The unchanging. It does not display action and does not directly interact with the laws of action (three and seven). eternal and true. Personal development would then be the process of shifting control from those “I’s” via an intermediate stage of a magnetic center (one “I” that is more dominant) to a single unified “I”. • The enneagram visualizes the three laws together: o The law of one as the middle point o The law of three as a triangle o The law of seven as a hexad • The law of one is miniscule in the center: a point.The enneagram: Personality structures vs personal development The enneagram has been used as a system to study personality structures. true Self is nearly always covered by the ever-changing personality.

This means everyone can have or obtain a “flavor” of the entire cosmic process. And so the past is only perpetuated and everything only gets older until it dies. This is true for almost all spiritual organizations.142857. The misery and painful thing about the Gurdjieff and also Ouspensky organizations is that they master this aspect very well and can tell you exactly what Mr. contains seven internal enneagrams. The implication is that even at the beginning of personal development we already have experience of the entire enneagram. 2. Part of the ambiguity seems to result from the nomenclature of active and passive which seems misleading. in turn. just not at its cosmic level. If the third force “falls” on the passive side there will be only a memory of how it once was and how it could have been or become. Gurdjieff once told us and how beautiful things once were and how far away they are now. This internal enneagram. because you must be called. whether the neutralizing force can also form the passive force of a new triad. • The law of three indicates barriers (corner positions 3. This process continues for several rounds with each successive sub-enneagram representing smaller yet more concrete steps until each step becomes too small to be practically meaningful. We have gone through and continue to go through numerous internal enneagrams. But new design. Even the terms of building up and breaking down seem incorrect: you can build something up (for example a habit) which can at the same time mean a step back on the octave of personal development. The cosmic enneagram and the internal enneagrams Every step along the “big” (cosmic) enneagram is in itself a “small” (internal) enneagram. The active force is not necessarily “building up” and the passive force is not necessarily “breaking down”. As I understand it the neutralizing third force of one triad can form the active force of a new triad.• The laws of three and seven never join each other although they do intersect: an endless and eternal “dance” (Shiva Nataraja). The third force dominates both ascending and descending lines. Our questions + answers by Paul van Oyen One question concerns the interaction of different triads. 2.9) that obstruct progression along the law of seven. It is quite unique to find a living and contemporary tradition that is many centuries old while continuously regenerating itself. whether this necessarily results in an ascending octave. and from 0 to 1 could take many lives (and it . • The law of seven is represented as numbered positions along the circumference of the circle according to the (repeating) outcome of the division of one by seven (1/7): 0. What is unclear to us is: 1. If the third force “falls” on the active side in the next triad this will result in an ascending line of development to more consciousness and the development of human qualities in us.6. breaking new ground and exploring and being adventurous is “not done”. Why are there no internal lines between 0 and 1 and between 8 and 9? In a way they seem like the most difficult steps: there is nothing you can “do” from 8 to 9. 1.

What education does such a system provide? Exactly: none. This problem is as old as the road to Athens because Socrates already confronted it. You can at best learn tricks. For us.Phaedoon – Phaedros .the Apology Symposium . . It is an extraordinarily difficult “hump” because you don’t really notice it. Not so at 6. some symbols are especially interesting: • The middle point. from the second octave that starts at position 3 and has its own position 3 interval at 6). Reading: appendix 3 Symbolism of the enneagram Because the enneagram contains the three laws that govern every process in the cosmos it is said to contain all knowledge. You never know when he arrives. something at which our American brothers and sisters are extremely adept. from the viewpoint of personal development. Also the ultimate end point to which every fully completed process returns. What struck us was that the line from Sol to La is a direct hexad line (the only hexad line that directly follows the progression of the cosmic enneagram) while there is still an interval at 6.seems it may still require a call/grace/luck/good karma to finally get a chance to start). There everything appears to be love and light … February 23. “Going” from 8 to 9 is impossible unless the 9 calls. 2005 Let us remember the meeting rules. 2. It is an outright disgrace for a civilized society to so neglect the younger generation and to let it be so dominated by the bogus of political correctness. The interval at 6 is an implicit interval which only works from the subconscious (i. It is no more than a shortcut to disaster.e. I advise you to read the following dialogues by Plato in a fluent. Your question about the hexad jump from 5 to 7 is not completely clear to me. At 8 you therefore wait – just like the virgin bride in the bridal suite –until the bridegroom enters. Preferably in endless many beautifully designed glossy books. very sad state. Is that because the interval at 6 originates from the second enneagram (with do at 3)? Still it seems curious you can “just” go from Sol to La. Nowadays this education and upbringing (especially in the US) is in an extraordinary and very. therefore its symbolism is endless. The result is a yet even greater ego-arrogance than at position 3 where the arrogance is pretty blatant. modern translation: . Political correctness prescribes that if the majority considers the earth as flat we therefore all hold the opinion that the earth is flat and act accordingly. 3. but your own reaction to this question is not wrong. In the musical octave there is no interval between Sol and La and they are directly connected in the regular musical progression of the octave.The Republic 3. The ultimate source from which everything projects out onto the circumference. Of course there is no line from 8 to 9 nor from 0 to 1. especially since it would seem like such a tough step to make. this is the theme of the biblical story of the foolish virgins – just read it. As for going from 0 to 1: The impulse to move towards 1 is completely dependent on the individual person’s karma and on that person’s education and upbringing.

Pythagoras).• The triangle. a numeral indication by Gurdjieff and a description which can be found in the ancient Yoga Vâsishtha (see also appendix 2): position Gurdjieff note Pythagoras Yoga Vâsishtha Translation from Sanskrit 0 “zero” Do (low) DO-minus: the Lord. the Absolute --. reason and equitability 3 ------------. a musical note (do-si. the endless dance of life and death. In reality 0 and 9 are the same note “Do” but in different octaves.7.8. neutralizing force which eventually facilitates and allows the work. 2 Mi MI-crocosm: earth suvicârana decision. the madly spinning wheel of fortune.(interval) -----------------------------------------------.9) and three barriers (3.2.9). senses o 3-6 subtle world: thinking. 1 Re RE-gina caelorum: queen of the heavens. Can also be viewed as a representation of the outside world. 6-9: o 9-3 physical world: action. intellect o 6-9 causal world: emotion • The 0 or 9: Beginning and end. 3 Fa FA-ta: the planets tanumanasâ refinement. unawareness. Indicates how each new stage in self-development is only reached after repeatedly traversing the enneagram and “visiting” several positions that appear to lie ahead or behind.--------------------.(interval) -----------------------------------------------. In personal development. low and high “Do”.------------------------------------------------- . our disinterest and unwillingness to work (48 laws of resistance) a passive force. Self-observation can be the third. disinterest 1 man no.4. • The three regions marked by 9-3.ignorance. spiritual flexibility. 4 Sol SOL: the sun sattvapatti thoughtfulness. Represents the outward appearance of the process. • The circumference of the circle.1.--------------------. • The hexad. The nine points or positions The nine positions of the enneagram represent stages in personal development: eight levels of personal development (0. birth and rebirth.5. our desire to work is an active force. 3-6. firmness 5 man no. effort. Embodies Gurdjieff’s teaching of self-observation.------------------------------------------------- 4 man no. enlightenment 6 ------------. the moon shubheccha true impulse 2 man no.6. Each has a number.

right impulse The seed sprouts and takes root: the true desire for truth. The truth is present as seed-form. This first step on the path of development is to let go of the past. decision The deep desire to discover and realize the truth about oneself awakens man’s emotional side. Mi: man no. indeed a miracle. 1. please remove it so that I who love the Truth may . The right desire makes man give things up. 1. This faith brings focus and a sense of direction. Re: man no. O Sun of my soul. right desire. 2. The still mind learns to let go of everything and to stop its frantic activity. release 8 man no. freedom. It means the end of distractions from the wish to know the truth about oneself. This all immediately acts on the desire to discover the truth.9% of the world population. 2. 5 La via LA-ctea: the milky way asamsakti insight. not because he has to. 6 Si Si-dera: the stars padârthabhâvani abundance 9 man no. low Do: mechanicalness in sleep 99. Somewhat hesitant and unsure: is this a good idea? A lot of help is required: for example a “school”. This brings an ability to come to yourself and become still. but because he no longer want them. A huge step forward from “0”: mathematically impossible (0 becomes 1).7 man no. “The mouth of Truth is covered with a golden veil. This miracle requires faith that a change is possible. 7 Do (high) DO-minus: the Lord. the Absolute Turîya the transcendent A description of the seven levels of development (excerpt from Chapter 3: 37-53) 0. The Îsha Upanishad devotes a beautiful verse to this: 15.

any notion of true freedom will remain foreign to us. if nobody’s watching …). On one side are the personality and the greed of an ego that wants no change. but anchoring that unity into his own life is a very different matter. 2 has ample equitableness and vision. This way. This inner conflict causes a mental restlessness that demands knowledge and guidance. first interval: outside impulse. resulting in a oneeyed man in the land of the blind. This gives man no. That idea is rooted in the axiom that defines freedom as doing as you please unless society indicates boundaries (then again. is cultivated and intelligent and has eye for others. forgiveness and compassion. There are 5 more steps to go. That environment acts upon us with forces and influences that motivate us and impose an intention onto our every move. In this regard that man is still very green and ignorant. The coach can bend man’s self-contentment towards a willingness to self-investigate and to go deeper. Man discovers the strength and especially the value of stillness and emotion which shows in consideration of others. The intellectual ability is dominant with an emotional dimension right under the surface. For by taking away the “doing” the ego is no longer the center of attention and is no longer nourished. This one-eyed man is the proverbial king and this position is very seductive. Without suitable conditions Hadewijch could have neither “seen” nor passed on her unparalleled mystical poems and visions. however. mildness. The great limitation. The great obstacle for modern man is the remarkable and conflicting idea about “freedom” he cherishes.” The stillness of the heart nourishes the desire for truth. This means subjecting to discipline. Only when we begin to develop an “eye” for this will we be able to understand how our “doing as we please” truly functions. This means further stilling and a willingness to serve and follow. so captivated is he or she by this miraculous knowledge and the acquired emotional ability. This man rises to a high level of development. this man views the world and its reality as the polarity between I and the other. Only a wise man of a special level will be able to get this one-eyed king off his throne and ensure that the journey home is continued. is the ego of that man who regards all this as a personal and special accomplishment.2 contentment and inner peace. evaluation Man no. This man no. .behold it. The barrier at this position 3 implies that man (the ego) is completely uninterested in this point of view. Our “doing” is a product of our entire environment together. Without suitable conditions William the Conqueror could have never invaded England. In the stillness of the heart things are seen in a new light and the mind comes up with completely new and unexpected solutions. Then it dies. Inner stillness and balance promote an understanding of what is right and equitable. Without suitable conditions Kaiser Wilhelm would have never started World War I. This combination gives this man a great ability compared to the 0-position of his surroundings. The quest for truth dictates that he or she will have to become genuine and real. 3. 2 soon ends up in a situation that is divided by opposing loyalties. Progress requires an outside impulse in the form of a guide or coach or a very upsetting event: a shock. as well as an emotional ability. All our “doing” is completely dependent on the circumstances in which we find ourselves and the material and psychological infrastructure within which we function. on the other side he or she is drawn by a newfound integrity and willingness to serve. He or she can speak quite well about unity. just like a sportsman reaching for the top. At this stage all those abilities act as blinders. This whole idea of “freedom to do as you please” in turn is based on the illusion that we can do something. As long as this illusion exists.

It enters the system and pulls it up in its entirety to a completely different and new level. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9/0 DO RE MI || FA SOL LA SI || DO do re mi || fa sol . All remarkable knowledge is replaced by the unpretentiousness of “not knowing”. evaluation There is no musical interval between Sol and La on the diatonic scale. This is a subtle interval that works beneath the surface in the new octave that originates at position 3. 3. 6.A painful “season clearance” is held where all old and surplus items must go at all cost. The right desire joins with reason and lets go of all that obstructs the Truth. for this man now views the situation in the light of reality. refinement The seeker enters a completely new and very different world: his I-ness or ego is no longer dominant. Spirituality and the transcendent reality are now the end goal of the next phase. 3 is the crowning of personal development in the outside world. This self-remembering acts as a great energy shock and is very liberating and releasing because all that is worldly is now left behind. This man is fearless since all fear is born from darkness and ignorance. thoughtfulness Between position 4 and 5 lies an important gradual difference which is visible in the enneagram. This man has sufficient strength and energy to reject the wrong without outside help or advice. But on the fourth level a man knows what is true and what is untrue. 4. second interval: outside impulse. The memory of this Truth now becomes the third force and is Gurdjieff’s self-remembering. This gives this man a special faithfulness and trustworthiness. It is the turning point from dominance of the intellect to dominance of true emotion. Yet there is a luminous intelligence that can instantly tap into living knowledge. but in understanding and insight. Ultimately Truth is unveiled from behind self-contentment. There is a certain degree of sadness: man sees his fragmented nature in painful clarity and detail. 3 still lacks the inner strength necessary to always stand for the truth. leaving him no choice. The combination of emotion and intellect gives intelligence. substantial and tangible example. Fa: man no. even against all odds. 5. Sol: man no. The beginning of a great transforming ability through being a living example in great mildness. 4. right and wrong a matter of convention or circumstances. greatly increasing his credibility. Man no. The fully developed intellect takes a step back as it supports a new goal: fullness of emotion. This man has become the personification of light. This man no longer offers knowledge but instead becomes a living. No longer is the discrimination between good and evil. This is truly a level of refinement through hard work and honest effort in acceptance. It is a completely new and different knowledge that is no longer rooted in scholarship and intelligence. Man no.

neither from the past more from any future expectation. on Earth. also in a subtle sense. Si: man no. He looks at forms and goes beyond and looks behind them. the actor. behind him and is free: a true yogi.D. 7. This man still regards his own being as separate from things and also separate from the Absolute. but solely from the moment of now. In his book “A new model of the Universe” P. Man’s scope and horizon are transformed to where he can see beyond the outward and superficial. Spirituality is now the all-encompassing factor and deals with man himself. Yet none of those appeared to bind that man. the inner circle of humanity. but connected to God in a way that allows them to continually function from that inner connection. All that remains is Thy will be done as he has become a Brahmadâsa: a servant of the Absolute. 6. Verily I say unto you. abundance This man goes still deeper. insight The interval at 6 has prepared the seeker for a completely different domain. Ouspensky points out that Jesus continuously indicates that the Kingdom of Heaven is not about a hereafter after death but that it represents a state of being in that man can realize here. This man is the personification of Thy will be done. The stage play. 8. Now all subtle and even the most personal attachments lose their binding power. He has left his personality.The entire “crisis” of position 3 is reprised but this time at a subtle and spiritual level. there be some standing here. He enters the world of self-consciousness. the performances and the resulting joy are all known and recognized in their own special meaning. Still. Then he becomes a different man and enters a completely new world. He is only bound by love and in this detached state he answers to the will of the Absolute. which shall not taste of death. 5. his awareness of the interconnectedness of things also confronts him with his own relative weakness as an individual. This man now sees and enjoys the radiant. He sees everything as new and reacts to it in a completely natural way. splendid. . enchanting and alluring appearance of things and their connectedness as manifestations of the Absolute. His inner connectedness marks this man as a “Son of man” and in the passage above “Son of man” does not refer to Jesus but to this man who has risen above the barrier at position 6 and who has come to true surrender. This slowly makes him ready for the next step. Luke 9:27. his own his divinity and immortality. Everything becomes much more fine and subtle. till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Man learns to handle this finer essence so that he himself becomes a more refined being. Mark 9:1) With the Kingdom of Heaven Jesus implies the inner circle of humanity where humans are no longer dominated by their personality. As mentioned. La: man no. this man belongs to the inner circle of humanity. This means another dilemma or crisis in which a coach is needed to help with the letting go of the past. the moment in which the will of the Absolute lights up. (Matthew 16:28. in this embodiment. This man has direct access to Gurdjieff’s centers of higher intellect and higher emotion.

e. the ring and the gold. unlimited and indescribable. It is that tangle that we must try to cut or unravel. To that separation we surrender our soul and bliss and proceed to call it “I”. Man is home. That takes time and we are given that time. and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. They don't disappear. and unto dust shalt thou return. with Brahman. This state is turîya but can hardly be called a state for it encompasses all other states or conditions. and yet that man goes beyond them. This entire journey through seven levels or steps of consciousness. The Law of Three demonstrates that there is nothing to do but to look and listen. nor are they denied. This is where the individual becomes universal. The tangle is formed by our thinking that we are separate. the depth and the diving are all known and experienced as one. a unit separated from our environment. Salvation or liberation. the table and the wood. thread and fabric. He sees all these things as one and the same. there is nothing besides him and her. This man stops nowhere. with himself. time and qualities exist. He is like a lover who can always see nothing but the beloved in everything. It is fullness. The characteristic of this stage is that he and she are both there. reality. There is the Absolute. liberation It is finished. unity. This “I” makes us believe that we must do all sorts of things and are responsible for them. The dive. high Do: man no. . he surpasses them and he is conscious of the rules and laws that bring all of this about and also of their Creator. He simultaneously sees the pot and the clay. Now comes the dive into unity itself. i. All appears to be nothing but the body and the being of the Absolute. As a matter of fact. once started when man at the base level woke up and decided to get up and go on his way. nor does he stop anything but he lets everything happen. But this is not the case because we are so tangled up in ourselves. till thou return unto the ground. The journey has been completed. He possesses creative power and uses it without truly claiming anything for himself. In this unity he only knows himself as the Absolute and he acts as the Absolute. If there were no inner blockades in the form of all kinds of hidden impressions and therefore hidden agendas we could travel the road in no time. the One without second. He truly experiences the continuing presence of the will of the Absolute within which all space. At this level things become transparent. for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art.He sees that the observable forms all rest in the birthing womb of the unlimited and pure conscience. This is the deeper meaning of the biblical statement in the book of Genesis (III. The entire human system then becomes subservient to the observing gaze that provides the knowledge and information to go to work.18): Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Once we really look and really listen the road opens up and then it is as if everything happens naturally.: nothing but the individual man and the Absolute. Man is now completely free and has found himself back. 9. 7.

All else becomes subservient to this. We see that it is equitable and speaks for itself and this knowledge makes that we can give up things from within without outside pressure. This note.3 April 13. and “low” Fis on the piano) The decision and in particular the effort to truly change our patterns of desire. in order to no longer be blocked and miss the “right impulse”. The note Re has the quality of letting go of your past and of your own mechanicalness. of this octave. This point gives an overview of the entire process which makes you feel like you are getting control over your own future. the crowning. The entire octave then describes the transformation process that leads from a mechanical world of living to that first step: Do (202.1 vibr/sec. right desire. Reading: appendix 4 The first sub-octave: “inner enneagram” from cosmic DO to cosmic RE If we consider the first sub-octave (meaning step 0 to 1 on the cosmic octave). This man begins a search for all kinds of influences and impulses that can give him or her the stability and steadfastness to always and under all circumstances be connected to “right impulse”.5 = 253. and “low” A on the piano) The light dawns and makes you see both the beginning and the point of arrival. and “low” E on the piano): Here is the impulse to come to “right impulse” on the cosmic enneagram. This cosmic stage acts as a giant sifter and in the suboctave the impulse to come to the right impulse gives a sense of direction and with it and ability to prioritize and slowly let go of anything that does not lead to the right impulse. for deliverance. then the cosmic meaning of the high Do (of the sub-octave) is right impulse.5 = 227. Yet the goal remains to let go of the past. In the cosmic octave the “rightness” of “right impulse” is determined by the desire for liberation.8 vibr/sec. .9 vibr/sec. Everything becomes less grave and therefore more joyful and lighter. The entire process begins to resemble a game rather than an arduous process in which you are the center of the Universe. Re ( 9/8x202.5 = 303. Fa (4/3x202.5 = 269. and “low” G on the piano) Our determined decision is now refined and learn to see nuances.5 vibr/sec. Mi (5/4x202. Sol (3/2x202. 2005 Let us remember the meeting rules. the “low” D is connected with “right impulse” on the cosmic octave and is therefore focused on that: Right impulse is the end goal.8 vibr/sec. and “low” D on the piano): Doubling this note gives 405 vibr/sec = the note Re (D on the piano) in the cosmic octave (right impulse).

considerably increasing his or her credibility. And yet this is “only” the first step on the cosmic level. Their desire for exactness in areas where exact definitions become inexact in meaning due to that very exactness forms an unconscious barrier. But once expressed in symbols. and when he puts forward an opposing opinion which according to him is the correct one. because in reality he has always carried that knowledge with him in his conscience.5 vibr/sec. he must have already learned how to listen.D. This gives this man an increasing “right to speak”. When someone hears something that is new to him and when he begins to oppose and to reject it. It is necessary to reflect on this so extensively because the intellectualism of contemporary education imprints upon people a tendency to seek logical definitions and logical arguments for everything they hear. i.7 vibr/sec. he loses every possibility to receive something new. It deepens at the knowledge and cannot remain theoretical. Pure knowledge cannot be transmitted. .5 = 379. People come to him to listen and to receive teaching. Thus begins the second sub-octave. The crowning of being the embodiment of it is still being kept from man at this second-last level (Si). the “low” B on the piano) In the light of dawn you are getting a better view of the end point (the right impulse on the cosmic level) and all ballast that remains is pitched overboard. All these things are studied and also put into practice. There is also insight in the nature and action of the human psyche and insight in the human soul. The feature of this level is that this man is completely filled with the right and pure desire to come to real knowledge. Do (2x202. instead of trying to understand it. but which typically has nothing to do with the subject. Appendix 2. To understand the inner meaning of the language when it becomes symbolic. every attempt to understand literally is doomed to fail beforehand and in most cases it only leads to new digressions. His pure desire is now aimed at definitively unveiling that owned knowledge and he is completely prepared to make the necessary effort. For understanding the inner meaning of what is being said.e.5 = 337. even though the symbolism is only rarely understood. That “real” knowledge is the living knowledge that comes directly from man himself.5 = 405 vibr/sec. she is covered by a veil that becomes transparent for those wish to see and know how to see. When language is used to express objective knowledge and the union of diversity and oneness.La (5/3x202. Si (15/8x202. At the cosmic level the right impulse implies great knowledge of the path that leads to freedom. bit by bit. but otherwise it is as if that level has already been reached. the “middle” D on the piano) Now man has made the first step on the cosmic level: the Re on the diatonic scale. for it strengthens the desire or real results. This man has a great attraction because of the impulses he emits. for The Great Doing. Ouspensky A true understanding of symbols cannot lead to difference of opinion. for the union of knowing and ‘being’. the “middle” Cis on the piano) Man now finds himself in sight of the harbor (the right impulse on the cosmic level). In this sense one can speak of the symbolism of language. is only possible at a certain level of development and only when the listener makes the necessary effort and is in a certain states. Appendix 1: reading – P. If he or she has ultimately reached the harbor that man has become the embodiment of the cosmic level of “right impulse”.

Now the mind becomes more and more clear and the seeker attains a great mental flexibility. Every effort that is made. Râma. He begins to look at himself and to investigate himself. Once these two levels have been realized the third level comes into view. He who realizes that level has become truly wise and is a great man. Once you truly understand those you will no longer be deceived. The second level is characterized by investigation and contemplation. Most people with some . both in as well as around oneself. Man is completely content with himself and resides in his or her own light-heartedness. This man also learns to use his senses and to observe. Appendix 3: reading – question and answer by Paul van Oyen Q: How important/interesting/wise is it to try to figure out where one “stands” in the enneagram? PvO: For now it is better to regard it impossible to know where you are in the enneagram. where truth has become the foundation. and this also appears to be true for the enneagram. These people are truly free and liberated. It is about realizing wisdom. I will now explain to you the seven states or levels of knowledge.jali (approx. here is the text of the pertinent passage from the Yoga Vâsishtha: Yoga Vâsishtha. That reality is truth. Within the Vedic tradition the idea of the “journey of 7 steps” on the path to knowledge is well known. The first level is characterized by the right and pure desire to come to true knowledge. Usually an idea or concept of the Sufis has a parallel within the Vedic tradition. The pure or right desire of the first level begins with the question: Why do I continue to run around like a fool? It is enough. 200 A. This level is characterized by a complete unattachedness. Their bliss has become independent and lasting. certainly when made in the interest of others. Beyond this state is the world of the Self-realized. This is the nature of the desire in the first state. Being rooted in truth is the hallmark of the fourth state. They reside in the self and are completely content with it. This highest state can be attained by every creature. 50. In the sixth level the objective world drops away into unity and the seventh level is transcendent and beyond everything. That man deserves all honor and reverence. When one is experienced in this. the fourth level. again and again leads to the sweet fruit of spirituality that is immediately experienced. The third level is realized when the mind becomes flexible and subtle. To pay due homage to the original source.6: Râma. Subsequently this seeker will study and contemplate the scriptures. Being rooted in reality is the fourth level. This free soul has no binding whatsoever with this material world and is truly free. the fifth level announces itself. In the sixth state one begins to see all-encompassing unity everywhere. The legendary or perhaps mythical sage Vâsishtha was the teacher of Prince Râma. Some of them continue to function in this world. Once he has truly made this discipline his own this man desires less and less sensual enjoyment and he becomes completely content with reality as it is. They are no longer assailed by whichever consideration of happiness or unhappiness. others have completely withdrawn and live like a hermit. the jivanmukta. The idea can be traced back to the works of the great Indian philosopher Pata&ntilde. I am going to speak with wise people and I am going to study the ancient scriptures.) who in turn based his teachings on oral transmissions of the ancient tradition that reaches back to times long-gone. to whom the great Indian heroic epos the Ramâyana is devoted. Within this oral tradition the standard work known as the Yoga Vâsishtha is regarded as the source of this idea of a developmental journey through consciousness in seven steps.It is curious how little research has gone into Gurdjieff’s true source of information. For this I am prepared to give up all kinds of other things. No personal tie or bondage remains. The fifth level is characterized by complete detachment. he who has passed through these seven states is truly a great soul.D. even animals and the most simple humans. All differences drop away.

[7] And God made the firmament. Most leaders of ashrams. If I want to play football the right impulse is to read about it. pulls the door of his past shut behind him and lifts his gaze towards truth and reason. and darkness was upon the face of the deep. If I want to play tennis I should NOT join a football team but a tennis club. spiritual groups are at this level. This is the meaning of implicit. even though they are as of yet unknown to him. His or her feature is an ability to true service and true surrender. It means that inner harmony has been crystallized and available. Most people who are active within these kinds of organizations are of the RE kind or are on their way to RE (in seven steps). [5] And God called the light Day. Whoever reaches FA is truly intelligent. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. This means that the classic idea of good and evil. and void. A man of the first level (RE) is receptive to all impulses that point to the end goal (merging with God.discipline in their system and a true interest in a more subtle level and on top of that a willingness to consider where they have come from (as a soul) and where they could be going are considered to be The fullness of position1 in the enneagram (the note RE) is characterized by right impulse. flexible as a reed and with endless patience. When God’s spirit hovers over the waters. Day 2: Genesis 6-8 [6] And God said. King James Version) Day 1: Genesis 1-5 [1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. to watch football on TV and to join a football team. These positions are implicitly present and resonate inaudibly but noticeably. [2] And the earth was without form. It is important to realize that reason is the ability to bring everything back to its origin in a cosmic relationship so that every issue points back to the original unity. In addition the positions 1 and 2 (RE and MI) are connected with 7 and 8 on the other side (the emotional side). and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were . he can also emit these impulses. [4] And God saw the light. Once you view these positions in this way you will get some idea of the cosmic scope and To develop from man 1 to man 2 is truly a landslide. that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. He needs knowledge and guidance and will soon find himself facing the separation of darkness and light: the first day (Re). cults. right and wrong is medieval. At 3 is the crisis of the ego and nobody can take that barrier without outside help from someone who has already reached the other side. Appendix 4: reading – Paul G. Enlightenment. something in man begins to move. Right is whatever has to do with the journey home (through the enneagram) and wrong is anything that leads away from it. He begins his journey. His magnetic center begins to take shape and begins to open up to right impulses.) but this man is not only receptive for it. and let it divide the waters from the waters. This is already very rare in today’s world. And the evening and the morning were the first day. The next step of Re to MI (position 2) makes a enormous difference and is a giant step: the development of reason and true common sense. [3] And God said. Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters. Even more so. van Oyen. and the darkness he called Night. man at 2 (MI) can speak and act from this inner harmony. This is the case within the Gurdjieff Foundation and also within the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society and here in Centre Plenum. old fashioned and irrelevant. Self-realization. Let there be light: and there was light. “Het ennegram nu”/“The ennegram now” The story of Creation (Genesis. etc. The rightness of the impulse is determined by the goal.

Let the earth bring forth grass. and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. . upon the earth: and it was so. and a shining example: the fourth day (Sol). This man becomes a veritable horn of plenty. and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind. The waters of chaos and fragmentation are separated from the earth of fertile soil in which the seed can be sown. The seed is the seed of dharma: right thoughts. [8] And God called the firmament Heaven. as an expanding firmament. Day 4: Genesis 14-19 [14] And God said. [19] And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.above the firmament: and it was so. and for seasons. right feelings. right ideas. and with the effort it takes. but in darkness there is the light of the moon. new knowledge slowly begins to rise up. That right seed ultimately takes root and gives a manifold harvest. and let the dry land appear: and it was so. [13] And the evening and the morning were the third day. and let them be for signs. and the tree yielding fruit. right laws and right understanding. and herb yielding seed after his kind. This man is never without light for he has become light. This means that he learns to take everything and to place it in his own limitlessness and only observe it. When the sky is clear there is the sun. He can see all pairs of opposites because his vision has become very clear. His inner light is so strong he has become as the sun and also the moon. he exerts himself and works hard. Under that observing look. whose seed was in itself. And the evening and the morning were the second day. Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place. right principles. and years: [15] And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. the herb yielding seed. Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night. Day 3: Genesis 9-13 [9] And God said. [12] And the earth brought forth grass. [18] And to rule over the day and over the night. [17] And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. [16] And God made two great lights. His effort is aimed at learning to handle the God’s spirit which hovers over the waters and remembers the reality of unity and limitlessness. That knowledge creates space and acts as a new dimension. [11] And God said. and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. the greater light to rule the day. whose seed is in itself. and for days. That firmament takes care of the chaos and fragmentation of the physical world (the waters below) as well as of the chaos and fragmentation of the world of the mind (the waters above): the second day (Mi). and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. The decision is made: he seeks the light. This man has released a great burden of ballast and has become lighter and it makes his journey much easier. [10] And God called the dry land Earth. One can ask him anything and he will always have an adequate and relevant answer. Now he stands on the crossroads of country road and main road and also of light and darkness. after his kind: and God saw that it was good. He has developed a creative power and knows how to use it: the third day (Fa).

[21] And God created great whales. behold. male and female created he them. and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. [22] And God blessed them. after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea. but he is able to completely fulfill that creation from abundance. [23] And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. and every living creature that moveth. and replenish the earth. which the waters brought forth abundantly. and God said unto them. Let us make man in our image. This ability is based on the polarity of active and passive. for behind the abundance appears the source itself. I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Only on the second-last day (step) God creates man in His own image. Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life. and to every fowl of the air. and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. Behold. and multiply. The hallmark of this level is the ability to let everything be as it is. and over the fowl of the air. Be fruitful. [29] And God said. [27] So God created man in his own image. This way the moving of living things can arise in the inner limitlessness and as a seer this man sees an abundance of signs in this expanding dimension. in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed. There is no more wish to interfere from a personal desire or ambition. [31] And God saw every thing that he had made. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. and creeping thing. it was very good. This man has taken on a truly cosmic dimension.Day 5: Genesis 20-23 [20] And God said. and over the fowl of the air. and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth. He is a “good shepherd”. or sharing. and cattle after their kind. and over the cattle. and. cattle. Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind. is and that the secret of division the indivisibility of the remainder is. and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea. Be fruitful. it was very good”: the sixth day (Si). and let fowl multiply in the earth. with as neutralizing force the observing look itself. [30] And to every beast of the earth. [28] And God blessed them. This man’s only motivating force is Thy Will be done. which is upon the face of all the earth. Day 6: Genesis 24-31 [24] And God said. and over all the earth. Man is still “imprisoned” in creation. “And. He is everywhere at home. Therefore there still remains subject and object. after their kind. wherein there is life. both on earth and in heaven: the fifth day (La). duality. He knows that the secret of multiplication division. saying. and every tree. Man still remains a reflection of God himself. [25] And God made the beast of the earth after his kind. and multiply. to you it shall be for meat. That reign is not given to man’s ego based on what that ego thinks it can do and not do. Here abundance automatically rises up and this man knows to leave it at that. . [26] And God said. in the image of God created he him. I have given you every herb bearing seed. and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. behold. and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. This is why he has been given reign over the entire multitude of living creatures in the universe. and fill the waters in the seas. of man and woman. The sixth state has been likened to the contemplative state of samâdhi. and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In this complete freedom only the Creator and Creation remain as one great unity. [2] And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. no separate I comes into view. This man and this Creation have indeed come to fulfillment. and all the host of them. No duality remains. and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. the “unio mystica”. [3] And God blessed the seventh day. This is the perfect unity. Man no. 7 has completely merged with God and has thereby come to perfect rest and peace. and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. for that is the ultimate goal: to fulfill: the seventh day (Do). .Day 7: Genesis 2:1-3 [1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished. He has crystallized a causal body and is therefore a thrice-born.