Enquiry Idea; Centre of Intelligence

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Enquiry Idea; Centres of Intelligence

The three type associated with the three Centres tell us something about how all of us can become disconnected from our true Essence self.

Each Centre has a theme and an issue that the types associated within the centre, are somehow trying to fix, emulate or assert in some way.  The personality type is a construct and built on fears and constriction, and as such makes a poor job of emulating the real quality of the Centre, and the aspect of real being associated with the type.

The next Enquiry Ideas take each Centre as a rich resource for deep enquiry and observation.

Enquiry Ideas for The Instinctive Triad (Belly Centre – types 8,9,&1)

Lesson Segment:
Read aloud the “In the Instinctive Triad” passage from the Wisdom of The Enneagram  (WOE) page 51 In the Instinctive Triad to page 54.

Note the side column comments that can all be good Enquiry material:
You could just start with the following key words for this triad;

Concerned with: Resistance & Control of the Environment
Have Issues with: Aggression & Repression
Seeks: Autonomy
Underlying Feeling: RAGE

Enquiry Exercise

Now, Get into groups of three (or two) and using the Monologue Instructions blog, proceed with this enquiry;

What is your experience of the idea of being an autonomous individual? How does this manifest in your life? Is there a sense of having some control of aspects of your life? What do you feel you control, and not able to control? What kind of reactions or resistances do you notice in yourself to the things you don’t have control over?

Allow yourself to deepen into this subject—see what has juice for you. You don’t need to address all the list, just that which seems to have some energy behind it for you.

Take 10 or 15  minutes for each person (use a stop-watch if possible)

Remember to  stay connected with the belly, feel grounded—BREATH, and come back to the belly and the breath at any time you feel you are getting a bit lost or emotionally unstable. Important: Explore with compassion, kindness and a non-judgmental objectivity.

Debrief for Enquiry Idea; Instinctive Triad

Begin this by just allowing everyone to share (if they wish to) their personal and direct experience of the Enquiry.

As part of this, section, you could remind yourselves of the three types of the Instinctive triad the 8,9 & 1 by reading the following short descriptions:

Type Eight. The Challenger.
The powerful, aggressive type. Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self-mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.

Type Nine. The Peacemaker.
The easy-going, self-effacing type. Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually creative, optimistic, and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.

Type One. The Reformer.
The principled, idealistic type. Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being  critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic..

The debrief that can continue into the discussion around the types aspects and how each person experiences the aspect of type 8,9,1 in themselves and others.

Remember, we have all nine types as part of our natural make-up, one of them will be much more dominant—that is our Basic or Dominant type.

Be gentle with each other-bringing a non-judgmental kindness and compassion to yourself and every member of the group.