Uncovering the Apocalyptic Enneagram

P.D. Ouspensky, author of In Search of the Miraculous, wrote that in the 1920s he saw a floor layout suggesting that George Gurdjieff, discoverer of the Enneagram, was exploring the possibility that the Enneagram is hidden within the mysterious Book of Revelation (BOR), a.k.a. the Apocalypse. At the time, he and Gurdjieff were no longer working together, but Ouspensky was still independently trying to interpret Gurdjieff’s ideas. The BOR is unique among sacred scripture, with virtually every phrase incorporating ageless metaphors thus making a literal translation very challenging.  However, when the Enneagram is employed to interpret this unusual allegory, the many seemingly confusing metaphorical components making up the BOR fit together like a jigsaw puzzle thus suggesting credibility for this unorthodox approach. Also notable in this translation, the BOR’s focal message shifts from the more conventional apocalyptic end-of-world scenario to an extensive admonishment for failing to recognize that Christ’s redemptive love applies to all of humanity, not just Christians.  If this more radical translation, which has been allegorically encapsulated in the BOR for the past two thousand years, becomes better understood, will it stimulate a shift away from the world’s historical emphasis on the “differences” between the major faith traditions toward a more explorative emphasis on the “synergies” of those differences under the auspice that Christ’s redemptive love is universal?

To begin this interpretative journey connecting the Enneagram to the BOR, it helps to view, as shown below in Figure 1, the Enneagram’s nine different personality types represented by the numbers 1 through 9, which are circularly unified around three triangular centers at 3, 6 and 9, as either emulating and converging onto the “3, 6 & 9 Triune” or just imitating and not converging onto the “3, 6 & 9 Triune”.

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