The Enneagram is developed as a tool for knowing and transcending the personality and ego identifications by including psychological and spiritual aspects.
It’s figure includes nine points related to the 9 types of personalities interconnected inside a circle. The nine points represent the separate manifestation of being while the circle represents the absolute and unity.
The origin of the symbol of the Enneagram is not known but it has been related to the Sufis and Greeks. Gurdjieff was a greek-armenian interested in ancient wisdom that with a group called Seekers after truth (SAT) investigated the possible meaning of the symbol in relationship to transforming the human psyche.
Gurdjieff taught through the Enneagram system a complex study of psychology, spirituality and cosmology aimed at helping students understand their place in the universe and their objective purpose in life. The Ennegram model of personality types was developed first by Oscar Ichazo and 20 years later Claudio Naranjo studied with Ichazo and continued to develop the model.
It is important to mention that one of the basic principles of the Enneagram is that it is a structure of universal truths about the nature of being and of reality. Universal means that is common among all human beings. The elements of the model are universal truths that we all share to different degrees.
The Enneagram is a complex system that can take months or more like years to understand fully. I utilize the Enneagram as part of the work with clients through individual sessions. This model helps us to understand the predominant characteristics and tendencies of our personality, the mechanism that we developed during childhood in a need to be in society and culture and to adapt to changes and challenging situations while growing up.
The purpose of the Enneagram is to learn who we are beyond personality and to use it as a tool for self-knowledge.
I also offer workshops to learn about the Enneagram and how to use it for self-realization. There are different approaches and interpretations of the Enneagram so the one I follow is from Claudio Naranjo and some of his students.