The Enneagram 

With Terminology From Gurdjieff's System

 

 

Commentary

 

 This enneagram shows the various terms used in my other versions of the diagram, juxtaposed against Gurdjieff's words for the same general principles.

 

Gurdjieff's terminology follows the same overall thrust of each attribute.

 

Materiality is the foundation of all universal effort. Gurdjieff went to lengths to explain to Ouspensky that everything in the universe, even things mankind thinks of as ephemeral or ideal, are in fact material. This foundational building block is where everything begins; and although it has divisions within its own octave that apply to specific aspects of materiality, that is, quantum aspects, atomic aspects, molecular aspects and so on, it is always nothing more than material.

 

In the Gurdjieff system of inner work, materiality represents the impressions and associations a man has to work with.

 

Desire becomes what Gurdjieff called Aim in the context of inner work. A man who just wants to live has desires, which run within a range of levels; a man who wants to engage in inner work, or evolution, has an aim. Aim might be construed as conscious desire, although, unless  its subordinate octave is developed at least to the level of sol, or real "I", it is not actually conscious. Part of the point of inner work is to make aim become conscious.

 

Power becomes what Gurdjieff called Will in his system. Both imply motive force.  Power,  like Desire, cannot acquire the properties of Will until it develops to the level sol in its subordinate octave.

 

Real I represents what Jeanne de Salzmann called Being. Unless development in a human being reaches this level, the forces of material, will, and aim remain mechanical.

 

Purification is one of the words that was not changed in this system. Both Gurdjieff and de Salzmann used this term in their systems.

 

Wisdom was referred to as Understanding by Gurdjieff.

 

 Because the properties of real "I", purification, and wisdom all belong to what is called the "conscious" side of the octave, once they are present, their influence already implies a level of development capable of imparting direction. This is not the case with any of the properties in the mechanical side of the octave. Both the conscious and mechanical sides of the octave, however, require a further conscious influence from outside their own action to help them develop further.

 

 

 

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