ACCESSING 3 CENTERS
Those of us who are centered in the head type area of
the enneagram of personality types do not think any more clearly than
any other type not centered there. In fact, the head types (those
repressented by numbers 5, 6, and 7) have some of the wooliest
thinking around, as evidenced by the doubt and indecision that
almost continually straddles our thoughts.
When it is said to us that we are centered in the head,
a useful way of seeing this is to begin to observe how energy
automatically gravitates to the head. Likewise with the
gut types (types 8, 9 and 1) and the heart types (types
2, 3 and 4) their center of gravity is in the gut and heart respectively.
Head, heart or gut: each of us is centered predominantly in one of these
three centers and the energy in us gravitates mechanically to
When we fall asleep to ourselves, any energy that
we have gained through rest or through efforts made will flow automatically
to our particular center of gravity unless we intervene.
At this point (which is, by the way, where we need to self-remember)
we can profit by attempting to direct that energy into all three
centers. When we do not make the effort of a three centered
action willingly, the energy falls to the usual mechanical point and
is soon stolen by whatever stray "I" happens to be
in the neighborhood at that moment. And soon we find
ourselves in some form of our feature-- anger or fear or lust or whatever
happens to be one of our usual, habitual numbers.
This matter of making the effort of directing the energy
into all three centers is not a matter of "succeeding".
It is a matter of becoming aware of the energy we have and attempting
to move to the other centers. It is a matter of making the effort.
Forget about perfection or doing it "right". We
can just make the effort. Intelligence comes with practice.
The Work says : "No effort is wasted." How often
do we remember this?
For me, as a type 6, the question is first how can I move
into my gut willingly? From the gut my heart is more easily accessed.
Once my heart is accessed my thinking clears up. In some
small degree, all three centers are now on the same channel, so
any decision or action taken is done so from a more real part of myself.
When the voices start feeding on my energy, when
the chatter begins to buzz and flutter in my head, when the doubt and
stuff starts grinding, it is time for me to go "down and in".
It is time to breathe deep into the belly and bring my attention inside
myself. It is also the time when the doubt speaks the
loudest-- the doubt that says I can't do it.
This is where the amnesia is the thickest-- the amnesia that fogs me
away from remembering the times I have been able, with and without outside
help, to move down and in willingly. And I don't have to do it
"right" or "pretty" or "nice".
When we find ourselves mired in whatever center we go
to automatically, if we wish to awaken, we need to make a Work