The word Enneagram comes from the Greek for "nine" ennea and "line" grammos. The Enneagram is a figure with 9 points drawn in a circle, one point for each personality type. The lines between the types describe the relation of the patterns for each type - for instance a type 9 will under pressure show traits from type 6, and in security take on traits from type 3. It is an advanced psychological model, describing the complexity of human beings.
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The path of self development for the 9 types:
The Sufis say that we humans have fallen asleep to ourselves, and instead of being awake and present in the now, we live in a world of our own where we subconsciously repeat our patterns over and over - even if these patterns do not always give us what we want. It is as if we do not know what else to do, reacting on automatic pilot to what we think goes on around us. These patterns where developed in childhood. The Enneagram describes these patterns of each type, patterns which the type repeats under the illusion that "if I continue this for long enough, in the end I will get happy".
The patterns are with us for the rest of our life - unless we actually change them!
The Enneagram help us to wake up to ourselves even more, by showing us ourselves and the results we get from keep doing what we have always been doing. It describes our deepest motives behind our actions, and it describes what each of the types is really looking for. It helps us realize that repeating the same patterns does not give happiness and joy, and helps us start questioning our own motives and beliefs, and the way we interpret other people's behaviour.
When we become conscious about our patterns trough the Enneagram it is like waking up to ourselves and see life with our eyes wide open. Because the Enneagram also describes how we can stop our patterns - wake up - and instead do the opposite of what we used to do. And by doing that, we start on the path to true happiness, - by finding inside ourselves what we have been looking for in the outer world.
Oscar Ichazo’s focus and great contribution to the Enneagram has among others been the assignment of the nine "ego fixations" of the Enneagram types, and the description of the path of development for each type.