The Enneagram system and Applied Somatics teach that there are three primary centers of perception: the belly center, home of sensation; the heart center, home of emotions; and the head center, home of thought. Each center has its own intelligence, language and terrain, each center is influenced by the others, each center can lead or follow, and each center can be forced out of balance by life’s bumps and turns. This presentation will be experiential and didactic. We will explore the links between natural instincts: the body to territorial instinct, the heart to bonding response, and the head to fight/flight instinct. This helps us to see the specific patterns of physical and emotional holding and expression that reside in the body, illuminating the distinct mental style, body language and aesthetic sensibility of each of the nine Enneagram types. When we add the somatic process of reeducating our posture, relaxing our muscles, and learning to breathe fully, we actually learn to sense the differences between thinking, sensing and feeling.

Johanna Putnoi


2000 IEA Global Conference

Burlingame, California, USA