LAW OF THREE
The Enneagram is fundamentally based on the Law of Three Forces where all phenomena represented by the Enneagram simultaneously involve two opposing forces and a third neutralizing force (see pp. 77-78, 89 and 122 ISOM).
According to the Law of Three, any possible pair of digits on the Enneagram circle in Figure 1 represent opposing forces and their average (when expressed as a single-digit equivalent using Gurdjieff's theosophical addition*) always equates to their spatially bisecting digit on the circle which in turn represents the third neutralizing force. For example, the single-digit equivalent average of the 8 and 9 pair is = 17/2 = 8.5 => 8 + 5 = 13 => 1 + 3 = 4 which spatially bisects the 8 and 9 pair, as shown below. In this case, 8 and 9 represent the two opposing forces and 4 represents the third neutralizing force.
Figure 1. Gurdjieff's Law of Three represented by 8 and 9 as the opposing pair of forces, bisected by 4 as the third neutralizing force
* According to Gurdjieff's (or G's) theosophical addition (see pp 283 and 289 ISOM), which is the same as casting out nines taught in grammar school, most simple arithmetic relationships involving multi-digits numerals can also be directly expressed in terms of their single-digit equivalents (see Web Based Courses, p. 26).
In the most elementary or simplest expression of the Law of Three the pairs of opposite digits are the same which then means that the neutralizing or bisecting digit is also the same. For example, 8 and 8 could represent opposite digits and thus 8 is also the neutralizing or bisecting digit. Moreoever, this same-digit expression of the Law of Three applies to all nine stand-alone digits or points on the Enneagram and thus represents the most elementary conceptual basis underlying the Enneagram.
While the Law of Three applies to every point or center on the Enneagram, its ultimate representation is the stand alone 3, 6 and 9 triangle shown below. Gurdjieff even referred to the 3, 6 and 9 triangle as the "free trinity", which means the standalone trinitarian triangle of the Enneagram (see p. 289 ISOM). Note, each of the three corners of the free trinity or standalone trinitarian triangle is the single-digit equivalent average (using G's theosophical addition) of the other two corners, as indicated by the bidirectional arrows pointing to each corner in Figure 2 below.
Figure 2. Gurdjieff's trinitarian configurations based on the Law of Three
This same equilateral triangular configuration also applies to the 4-7-1 and 5-8-2 sequences of Figure 2. However, they ultimately cannot be embedded in the Enneagram's 1/7th configuration shown in Figure 3 because there are no lines connecting 4 and 7 or 5 and 2 in the 1/7th configuration. Thus, any reference to 4-7-1 and/or 5-8-2 trinities in the context of the Enneagram represent false trinitarian claims (see page 78 ISOM).
The same-digit expression of the Law of Three, discussed earlier, qualifies, not only as the most elementary conceptual expression, but also as a trinitarian expression of the Law of Three.
Given 3's subtle enabling role in the Law of Three which underlies the Enneagram, 3 effectively characterizes the subtle enabler of the Enneagram as it progresses towards simplified order away from random complexity. However, succumbing to a reversal towards undifferentiated random complexity, the subtle enabler would have to become more of a recognized achiever.
Likewise, given the role of the 2 or pair of opposing forces in identifying or focusing on the third neutralizing force to form the Law of Three as the subtle enabler of the Enneagram, 2 characterizes relationships showing sincere appreciation in the progression towards simplified order away from random complexity. However, succumbing to a reversal towards undifferentiated random complexity, showing sincere appreciation would have to devolve into insincere flattery.
One way Gurdjieff illustrates and applies the Law of Three to humanity is:
|1.||The way of the fakir||(i.e., physical / moving center)|
|2.||The way of the monk||(i.e., feeling / emotion center)|
|3.||The way of the yogi||(i.e., intellectual / thinking center)|
| ||(see pp. 44-47, 56 and 109 ISOM).|
Gurdjieff extended the Law of Three to the deity as a Trinitarian God from the Christian tradition as well as the Hindu tradition (see p. 79 ISOM).
LAW OF SEVEN
According to the Law of Seven all phenomena represented by the Enneagram are comprised of seven parts (see p. 289 ISOM) and progress in seven transitional stages (see pp. 71-75 and 205-211 ISOM). Both parts and stages can repeat.
According to the Laws of Unity, the seven repeating parts are represented in the Enneagram by dividing the seven parts into one or going into/complying with unity (i.e., 1/7) to form the infinitely repeating 1/7th series 0.142857142 which is illustrated below in Figure 3 as the repeating configuration or simply the 1/7th configuration (see p. 288-289 ISOM).
Figure 3. The 1/7th configuration in the Enneagram based on the Laws of Seven and Unity
Likewise, the seven repeating stages are represented in the Enneagram by seven transitional stages of the 1/7th configuration, as illustrated below.
Figure 4. The seven transitional stages in the Enneagram based on the Law of Seven
Given the Law of Seven's role for 7 in the radiant design or plan for the Enneagram, as illustrated in Figure 4, 7 effectively characterizes the radiant disruptive plan or planner inspiring the transitioning from random complexity towards simplified order away from random complexity. However, succumbing to a reversal towards undifferentiated random complexity, the radiant disruptive planner would have to become more of an inspirational dilettantish non-planner.
Likewise, given the Laws of Unity's role for 1 as the unity into which the 7 parts must divide to comply, 1 effectively characterizes the criteria for judging compliance within the radiant disruptive plan inspiring the Enneagram. However, succumbing to a reversal towards undifferentiated random complexity, the criteria for judging compliance would have to become less specific or less perfecting.
IDENTIFYING THE ENNEAGRAM'S LAWS OF THREE AND SEVEN
IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION
The entire Book of Revelation is made up of six sequential series where each series represent seven transitional stages, which can be directly transferred to the Enneagram from Figure 4, as illustrated below in Figure 5.
Figure 5. Identifying the Enneagram's Laws of Three and Seven in the Book of Revelation
- Each pair of series bracketing the 3, 6 and 9 of the Free Trinity in Figure 5 are complementary, as shown below in Figure 6.
Figure 6. Complementarity of the series bracketing the 3, 6 and 9 of the Free Trinity
THE UNION OF THE ENNEAGRAM'S LAWS OF SEVEN AND THREE
THE FOURTH WAY
The Fourth Way is special in collectively interacting simultaneously with the way of the fakir (i.e., physical/moving center), the way of the monk (i.e., feeling/emotion center) and the way of the yogi (i.e., intellectual/thinking center). As such, the Fourth Way is sometimes called the way of the sly man (see pp. 48-51 ISOM).
Because of the Fourth's Way's special collective interaction with all three centers of the free trinity which are bracketed by the 1/7th configuration, as shown above in Figures 3, 4 and 5, the Fourth Way can also be combined with the Law of Seven to serve as the special initiator in developing the 1/7th configuration, as shown in Figure 7 below in transitioning towards simplified order away from random complexity.
Figure 7. The Fourth Way as the special initiator of the 1/7th configuration in transitioning towards simplified order away from random complexity
Noteworthy, the 4 => 1 ÷ 7 expression is the same as the 4-7-1 embedded trinity sequence discussed earlier below Figure 2.
As the special initiator of the 1/7th configuration, the Fourth Way effectively serves as the special initiator of the union of the Law of Seven and the Law of Three.
Given that initiating this special collective interacting arises out of random complexity and transitions towards simplified order, the Fourth Way requires sacrifice to initially overcome random complexity.
In summary, the Fourth Way (or 4) characterizes initiating special collective interactions and the associated sacrifice when transitioning towards simplified order away from random complexity. However, when succumbing to a reversal towards undifferentiated random complexity, the associated loss of the special collective interacting can induce a sense of ordinariness, melancholy and even envy.
LAW OF OCTAVES
The Law of Octaves applies to vibrating changes in the phenomena represented by the Enneagram. As such, the Law of Octaves advances the union of the Law of Seven with the Law of Three which has been specially initiated by the Fourth Way. Gurdjieff utilizes the diatonic scale to illustrate the Law of Octaves, as shown below in Figure 8 (see pp 122, 134, 285, and 288-291 ISOM).
Figure 8. The Law of Octaves graphically advancing the union of the Laws of Seven and Three in transitioning towards simplified order away from random complexity
Using Gurdjieff's theosophical addition the single-digit equivalent average of the 6 digits constituting the 1/7th configuration is 9 (i.e., 1 + 2 + 4 + 5 + 7 + 8 = 27 ÷ 6 = 4.5 => 4 + 5 = 9), resulting in the diatonic scale's repeating DO being anchored at 9 in the above Enneagram (see p. 289 ISOM).
Consequently, 9's role effectively becomes that of the independent unifier in the process of forming a union of the Law of Seven's 1/7th configuration and the Law of Three's free trinity in the Enneagram's transition towards simplified order. As we saw above, the Fourth (4th) Way initiated this process, thus 4 and 9 enjoy a special reinforcing relationship (see Figure 17). On the other hand, when succumbing to a reversal towards undifferentiated random complexity, the independent unifier would have to become more of an anonymous accommodator.
Likewise, given the Law of Octaves' or 8's role in advancing or producing the union of the Laws of Seven and Three, 8 effectively characterizes the producer in the Enneagram's progression towards simplified order away from random complexity. However, succumbing to a reversal towards undifferentiated random complexity, the producer would have to become more of an enforcer.
Accordingly, the sequential numerical expression in Figure 7 can be expanded, as illustrated below in Figure 9.
Figure 9. The Law of Octaves advancing the union of the Laws of Seven and Three in transitioning towards simplified order away from random complexity
INCORPORATING THE ROLE OF 5
The nine digits underlying the Union of the Laws of Seven and Three have an average value of 5 (i.e., 1 + 4 + 2 + 8 + 5 + 7 + 3 + 6 + 9 = 45 ÷ 9 = 5). Thus, regardless of the context (e.g., random complexity or simplified order) 5 characterizes the nine stand-alone digits. In the former, 5 characterizes nine randomly interchangeable or undifferentiated digits with no preconceived order or identity (i.e., 5 essentially characterizes a detached observer). In the latter, 5 characterizes nine digits where each stand-alone digit represents the same-digit expression of the Law of Three, as explained in the introductory Law of Three discussion. (i.e., 5 essentially characterizes an engaged abstract conceiver).
As such, the sequential numerical expression of Figure 9 can be expanded, as illustrated below in Figure 10.
Figure 10. Conceiving, Special Initiating, Complying, Planning and Producing the Union of the Laws of Seven and Three in transitioning towards simplified order away from random complexity
Additionally, given 5's characterization, when its metaphors are presented as identical doubles, they represent the same-digit expression of the Law of Three (see Metaphor Glossary).
Figure 10 can now be further expanded, as shown below in Figure 11, to bring an ultimate focus to, and thus sincere appreciation of, the Law of Three's free trinity, as identified by 2, which was discussed earlier near the end of the Law of Three section. Accordingly, these six transitional stages result in forming the Enneagram, as shown in Figure 12.
- Conceiving, Special Initiating, Complying, Planning, Producing and Appreciating the Union of the Laws of Seven and Three resulting in the Enneagram
Figure 11. Expressed formulaically
Figure 12. Expressed graphically
INCORPORATING THE ROLE OF 6
Unlike the other eight single digits, the Gurdjieff Laws underlying the Enneagram provide no direct path to deriving a standalone role for 6. Thus, 6 must be viewed as working in conjunction with other numerical characterizations. In this regard, the only digits working with 6 to yield a single-digit equivalent of 6 (using G's theosophical addition) are 1, 4 and 7 (i.e., 1 x 6 = 6; 4 x 6 = 24 => 2 + 4 = 6; and 7 x 6 = 42 => 4 + 2 = 6), which in turn would tend to preclude them from becoming a 4-1-7 sham trinity replacement for the 3-6-9 free trinity.
In sum, 6 can be viewed as characterizing flexible guidance when working through 1, 4 and/or 7 in progressing towards simplified order away from random complexity. However, succumbing to a reversal the guidance would have to become more rigid.
Having derived all nine numerical characterizations, they are incorporated into Figure 13 below.
Figure 13. Incorporating the derived numerical characterizations
IDENTIFYING THE UNION OF THE LAWS OF SEVEN AND THREE
IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Just as Figure 5 identified the Laws of Three and Seven in the Book of Revelation, by incorporating the primary characterization of the transitional stages, the following Figure 14 identifies the union of these two Laws in the Book of Revelation.
Figure 14. Identifying the Union of the Laws of Seven and Three resulting in the Enneagram for Humanity in the Book of Revelation
- Since Figure 14 should be read in conjunction with Figure 6, the latter is repeated below.
Figure 6. Complementarity of the series bracketing the 3, 6 and 9 of the Free Trinity
Each of Revelation's seven stages (which in turn constitute Revelation's six series shown in the previous two Figures) share the common themes outlined below in Figure 15.
Figure 15. Common themes within the Book of Revelation's seven stages in transitioning towards simplified order away from random complexity (see Web Based Courses, p. 268)
SERIES OF SATANIC SPIRITS, AS THE CONCEPTUAL FOCUS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION, RADIATING OUTWARD TO 5'S CHARACTERIZATION
Satan's ultimate goal is to replace the 3-6-9 Free Trinity oriented towards simplified order which is based on a common denominator of 3 from the Law of Three. Since his replacement trinities oriented towards random complexity draw from the other six digits, particularly emphasizing 5, 8 and 2, none of which can be based on the common denominator of 3, Satan must masquerade as if his substitute trinities are based on 3. Accordingly, all of Satan's manifestations enforce dysfunctional threefold composites, as shown in Figure 16. To counter the Satan Series the Trumpet Series radiating outward to 8 in establishing the Enneagram for humanity, shown in Figures 6 and 14, repetitively kills 3 (twelve time) as a sham common denominator to re-establish 4's characterization orientated towards simplified order (i.e., 12 x 1/3 = 4). This process coordinates well with the Christ Series which radiates outward to 4 in the Enneagram for humanity.
Figure 16. The Satan Series' sham trinitarian structures emphasizing the random complexity version of the 5, 8 and 2 characterizations through the dragon, 1st beast and 2nd beast, respectively (see Metaphor Glossary, p. 18 and Web Based Courses p. 247-251 and
Per Figure 15, the fourth stage of Revelation always reflects Satan's competitive legacy claim to the 7 characterization, because of his previous lead angel role, which is metaphorically confirmed by the Dragon's seven heads and crowns (Re 12:3). Note, this is countered by the Redeeming Lamb with 7 horns and eyes (see Re 5:6 and Metaphor Glossary)
Given Satan's legacy claim to the 7 characterization, he likewise lays claim to the 42 manifestation of 6's characterization (i.e., 6 x 7 = 42 => 4 + 2 = 6, as discussed earlier under Incorporating the Role of 6). Re 3:5 and 11:2 convey this as 42 months of Satan's influence.
Satan's other legacy claim is to 1 characterizing compliance, but now-oriented towards random complexity. The Dragon has 10 horns (i.e., 10 => 1 + 0 = 1) and accuses us day and night before God (Re 12:10). Also, the 1st beast, as the enforcer, has 10 horns and 10 crowns. Accordingly, the Plague Series radiating outward to 2 in the Enneagram for humanity judges Satan and his followers culminating in the fall of Babylon which leads to establishing of the New Jerusalem.
Satan has no legacy claim to 4's characterization, making him vulnerable to the Christ Series radiating outwardly to 4.
COUNTERING SATAN'S EFFORTS TO REPLACE THE 3-6-9 FREE TRINITY WITH HIS 5-8-2 SHAM TRINITY
Through the Mother and Two Witnesses of the Redeemer:
As 5 metaphors, Mother and Witnesses restore 5's characterization (see Metaphor Glossary)
Mother and Witnesses are protected and incorporated by the God of Power and Justice (see Figure 6) for 1260 days and thus restore 's characterization, using G's theosophical addition where 1 + 2 + 6+ 0 = (see Re 11:3-6 and 12:6-14 and Quran, Surah 19:22-25).
Satan's 42 months of influence is converted to 1260 days of the God of Power and Justice's influence through the subtle enabler of 30 average days per month => 3 + 0 = 's characterization of Humanity's Redeeming Enabler for succumbing to Satan's influence (i.e., 42 x 30 = 1260).
Both restore the simplified order version of 8's characterization, the Mother "overcoming" Satan throughout the 42 month period expressed as 3.5 years => 3 + 5 = 8 [i.e., time (1 year), times (2 years), half a time (.5 years) see Re 12:14] and the Witnesses "empowered" to rise from the dead 3.5 days => 3 + 5 = 8 following the 42 months (see Re 11:11).
The presence of 2 identical witnesses, representing the same-digit trinity, culminates in doubling the testimonial impact of Humanity's Redeeming Enabler characterized by 3 => 3 x 2 = a new
characterization replacing Satan's 42 month => 4 + 2 = old 6 characterization.
Mother and Witnesses restore 2 characterizing sincere appreciation for the Redeemer facilitates through her 2 wings (see Re 12:4) and there being 2 identical witnesses.
Through the Lamb as Redeemer:
Those to be redeemed by the Lamb expressed in tribal units of 12,000 => 1 + 2 + 0's = , using G's theosophical addition (see Re 7:4-10).
24 elders providing guidance as to the Lamb's redeeming role, 24 => 2 + 4 = (see Re 7:11-17 and the earlier discussion on Incorporating the Role of 6)
144,000 with the independent unifying seal of the Lamb's Father can qualify for redemption (see Re 7:2-4), where 144,000 => 1 + 4 + 4 + 0's = .
Through the restoration of the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden, but now in the New Jerusalem following the judgment and fall of Babylon at the end of the Plague Series (see Re 22:1-2 and Gen 2:9):
REINFORCING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN 4 AND 9 IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Figure 17. 9 sets of 4 metaphors referring to the special reinforcing relationship between 4 and 9 in the union of the Laws of Seven and Three in forming the Enneagram for Humanity in the Book of Revelation (see Metaphor Glossary and Web Based Courses, p. 270)
The most important reinforcing relationship between 4 and 9 in the Book of Revelation is Christ (at point 4) and his Father (at point 9) from Figure 6.
* The third row represents the four Evangelical beasts which also was the subject Gurdjieff explored within the Enneagram structure in 1920 according to Ouspensky (see p. 295)
THE CHRIST SERIES
As shown earlier in Figures 5, 6 and 14 Christ's letters addressing the seven churches of Asia
(constituting Re 1:4 - 5:14) represent the series of transitional stages radiating outwardly to 4 in establishing the Enneagram for humanity where each stage encompasses the following three steps.
Step 1: each stage in the Christ Series presents a different metaphorical attribute of Christ representing each of the six numerical characterizations making up the 1/7th configuration . As such, Christ represents the special sacrificial initiator of the 1/7th configuration as characterized by or the Fourth Way which attacks Satan's vulnerability.
Step 2: each stage in the Christ Series metaphorically presents to humanity the basic criteria for establishing simplified order as characterized by .
Step 3: each stage in the Christ Series presents a different metaphorical attribute representing each of the numerical characterizations making up the 1/7th configuration (synchronized with Step 1). However, each attribute is presented as the potential reward for humanity's compliance with God's radiant remedial plan as determined by the above criteria (i.e., Step 2). Moreover, since this process represents the implementation of God's remedial plan as characterized by , it is introduced by the Spirit who works in conjunction with characterization even though the Spirit represents 6's characterization (see Incorporating the Role of 6).
Formulaically, this process repetitively (seven times) reinforces the sequence of Figure 17, as shown below:
Metaphors for 5 (Engaged Conceiver)
Mother as a conceiver and nurturer of new life
Trees as the mother of fruit and leaves
Candlesticks or lamp stands as the mother of light
City as a mother of children from many backgrounds represented by the population of the city (i.e., Babylon and New Jerusalem)
Mouth/Tongue of a prophet or witness as the conceiving source of knowledge that will significantly impact society (i.e., analogize to a mouth that roars like a lion, a tongue like a sword, flood out of the Dragon's mouth).
White horse rider is associated with the Evangelical first beast or lion's mouth.
Earth is the ultimate mother of all that comes from the earth. Earthquake is conveying a more disruptive version.
When metaphors for 5 are doubled, they can refer to the same-digit trinitarian expression of the Law of Three [e.g., 2 trees, 2 witnesses and 2 candlesticks versus Satan's sham's pairing of Sodom and Egypt (Re 11:8)].
Metaphors for 4 (Initiating special collective interactions and the associated sacrifice)
Calf is symbolizing sacrificial victim for initiating disruptive simplified order into random complexity.
Red horse rider is associated with the second Evangelical beast or sacrificial calf.
Nations symbolize collective connectivity through voice or language, customs, friendships, art, etc.
Sea can symbolize a collectively interactive body of nature.
Fruit as collectively related children of nature's trees and which is eaten.
Metaphors for 1 (Criteria for judging compliance)
Man/People represent mankind as the recipient of the criteria for judging compliance.
Black horse rider is associated with the third Evangelical beast or man.
Fountains or rivers of purifying water convey the cleanliness of compliance.
Thunderings convey the criteria for an approaching powerful disruptive storm of change.
Metaphors for 7 (Radiant, inspirational and disruptive planner)
Angels, as the messengers or radiance of God's plan
Flying eagle symbolizes the radiant vision or all-seeing eyes of high flying birds searching for their targeted prey and thus radiating nature's universal law for survival in support of evolution.
Pale horse rider is associated with the fourth Evangelical beast or eagle.
Kindred conveys an orderily arrangement or organizing plan which becomes less orderily when kindred is replaced with kings or multitudes.
Heaven represents God's overarching/radiant plan (figuratively and literally).
Lightning is a radiating light metaphor conveying disruptiveness, which is consistent with thundering as a metaphor for 1.
Radiant green lives of nature's trees.
Book of Revelation presents God's plan for establishing the Enneagram for humanity.