The Nine Enneagram Types represent three dynamics of each of the Three Centres of Intelligence. They reveal the nature of the distortion for each type.
A type that is associated with the Thinking Centre, shows us how that Centre is being misused - by over-activating the Centre, retreating into the Centre, or just over-thinking something. In the Heart Centre, we see how this centre can be forced, retreated into or blocked off. In the Belly (Moving-Instinctual ) Centre, we see how the three types either force this Centre, block off the energy, or repress it. (fig 6)
The Three Enneagram Types of the Instinctive Triad are the 8, 9 & 1
They are concerned with: Resistance & Control of the Environment.
Have issues with Aggression and Repression.
Seeking Autonomy - based on physical tensions.
Underlying feeling: RAGE
Real Quality of the Moving Centre: Groundedness , Strength and Nobility
Lack of Presence for Belly Centre: Flakiness, Instability and Self Doubt
The Three Enneagram Types in the Heart Triad are the 2,3 & 4
They are concerned with Love of False Self & Self-Image.
Have issues with Identity & Hostility.
Underlying Feeling: SHAME
Real Quality of The Heart Centre: Openness, Value and Depth
Loss of Presence in the Heart Centre: Hardened, Emptiness , Shallow and Inauthentic.
The Three Enneagram Types in the Thinking Triad are the 5,6 & 7
They are concerned with: Strategies & Beliefs.
Have issues with Insecurity & Anxiety.
Underlying Feeling: FEAR
Real Quality of the Thinking Centre: Spaciousness, Curiosity, Focus and Awareness
Loss of Presence in the Thinking Centre: Monkey Mind, Second Guessing and Over-thinking
Working with the Centres
Becoming aware and attuned to the real qualities of the three centres, is essential to bring the value of the Enneagram to our lives and interpersonal interactions. This can take the form of Mindfulness approaches, Meditation or Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes.
Wisdom of The Enneagram
by Riso-Hudson pg.49