Archive for February, 2010

The Styles of Attenion

If the bulk of what the Enniagram teaches sounds negative, then you’ve probably made progress in understanding . The whole process is intended to make you face just how poorly you stand with respect to where you can go. On the other hand, there are the positives you embrace: tranquility, humility, truth, equanimity, generosity, courage, moderation, compassion, and worth. These are the principal tools of your journey.

Beware the enticements of symmetry because they lead to compulsion. Embrace the patterns of similistics because they are life.

Basic Journey

The Journey of inherent spirituality can be towards compulsion or towards enlightenment, sometimes called unity. The least redeemed are governed by compulsion to practice their survival intention and move away from community; ultimate wisdom would come from arriving at the center where one accepts that the goal of all journeys is the same.

In compulsion, the pattern is fixed, in unity, all patterns are similar. The Journey is by similation, by recursive development of pattern. The pattern is without name.

This is why there is No One Name.

The Needs of the Intentions

Needs: to be right, to be needed, to succeed, to be special, to perceive, to be safe, to avoid pain, to be against, to avoid engagement. There is a recognizable need that goes with each survival intention. The meditations are developed around these basic motivations.

Classic Enneagram

The list: Anger, Pride, Deceit, Envy, Avarice, Fear, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth. The classic picture of the Enneagram is visualized with the nine sins catagorizing the nine paths to enlightenment or redemption. Similation recognizes that what some label “sin” is actually an original intention that corresponds to a survival trait or style of attention. That these styles of attention function well for us at an early age argues for their relative stability within the personality throughout our life.  This also explains why skewing the person’s “natural” style of attention leads to so many difficulties. Similation poses the idea of recursive development of inherent spirituality by building on the similarities of pattern arising from the maturing of the survival intention.

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