The Enneagram is an important aspect of the DLT. It’s woven throughout the teachings to deepen the understanding of how the teaching is applicable to us as individuals – we have specific preferences, drives, and strengths relevant to our ennatype or ‘fixation’.
In Greek, the word ‘ennea’ means nine and the word ‘gram’ means model or figure. It is a figure with nine points representing nine character types. Each personality type has a filter or lens through with it views itself and the world. Each of the nine patterns has a set of beliefs about what is needed in life for survival and satisfaction.
The origins of the enneagram have been tracked back to the 3rd Century AD and the philosopher George Gurdjief brought the Enneagram to the West in the early 1900s. Since others, including Oscar Ichazo and Claudio Naranjo, have developed the system to incorporate ego psychology and it has become the most comprehensive character typology.
The Enneatypes identify subtle but core motivations not just descriptions of behavior which then allows deeper personal insight, greater empathy, and lasting change.
In the DLT the purpose of learning about one’s enneatype is to identify how we are distorting our experience of reality, blocking our capacity to embody our essential nature and become able to bring understanding so that we can dissolve these distorted patterns.
The Enneagram reveals the nine variations of the basic beliefs that limit us & keep us separate from our world. Once these patterns or veils of subconscious identification are brought to light, they can be dissolved in the search for the true ‘I’.
In the Sufi tradition, the Enneagram fixation has to be broken so that we can get in touch with our deeper reality, they call this the ‘ego death’. In the Diamond Logos Teachings, we deal with the ego in a more compassionate way, and we integrate it into the process of inner transformation.
Each Enneagram type (ego) is a fixed way to look at life that has its origins in our childhood. By understanding this and connecting to our deeper reality, our True Self, we can liberate the ego identity from its nightmare and sense of isolation. Discovering our fixation can be the beginning of a path of healing and self- knowledge. It will allow us to connect to the deeper aspects of our Being like essential strength, support, and love. Once in touch with these qualities, our ego will then learn to trust and rely on our deeper reality, our True Self.
Through understanding our own enneatype we become more aware of our personality and why we act in a particular way in specific circumstances. It also helps enormously in our personal relationships by helping us to understand each other and each other’s motivations.
It is very supportive in understanding and deepening in the DLT work to identify which enneatype you are – if you are not sure it may be helpful to make an appointment with one of us to do a session with you to help you to discover which number on the Enneagram you are.