Point Nine represents the archetype of peace and universal love. It is the part of us that strives to achieve well-being and ease with ourselves and with others, including and harmonising everything and everyone.
When we experience the high qualities of this point we feel part of absolute goodness without discrimination, in a harmonious interconnection, at home with ourselves, inwardly masters of ourselves, determined and solid. We want wholeness, inclusion and deep inner peace.
Point Nine is part of the intelligence Center of the Belly a and instinct. People with this dominant type of personality are oriented towards autonomy and action.
Type Nine wants to be peaceful. His core value is a world where everything is connected and everything supports everything. He is calm and humble, grounded, deeply sympathetic and intuitive about what naturally fits and ties. He wants to live a simple and regular life in which to be who he is effortlessly.
At his best he is an intensely alive person, at ease, fully connected and in harmony with himself, with others and with life. He is calm, emotionally stable, balanced, relaxed, kind, caring, pleasant, patient and friendly. He is an imaginative and deeply receptive seeker and dreamer. He feels autonomous and fulfilled, he is present to himself and is capable of being a guide for others. He knows how to show himself, engage, build deep relationships and express and assert what he wants and needs.
When Type Nine loses connection with his inner sense of unity and peace, he feels the need to recreate unity and a shared sense of benevolent and peaceful love.
He begins to believe that peace can only be created and maintained by putting himself in the shade and not interfering or disturbing others and the condition he is in.
He becomes excessively attentive only to the positive and joyful side of situations and people, he strives to mediate, consolidate, reassure and support. He wants to have a calming and healing influence, to bring people together and harmonize the group.
Then everything becomes a matter of preserving the state of things, a continuous creation and maintenance of peace and harmony in his environment. He becomes more and more conciliatory, inclusive, uncritical and accommodating. He fears that he does not feel secure enough to manage external and internal conflicts and avoids expressing himself in order not to create situations that could threaten his tranquility. Reinforce habits that avoid any strong feelings or that require him to step outside known boundaries or new experiences.
He loses respect for himself, he feels he is not important, he idealizes situations and people and lives through others. He is often seen by others as a renouncer although this is not how he perceives himself
The reactive emotional environment that matures, the passion of this type, is sloth. Sloth is not physical laziness, but laziness of the soul, something that leads to not committing oneself to the world and to life. It is a form of inertia and resistance to feeling what one really thinks, feels, needs and desires that may conflict or disagree with those of others.
This reactivity leads Type Nine to believe that he must avoid letting his individuality emerge and stand out and do what he wants or needs. It pushes him to become invisible to cancel the sense of separation and to feel a fake ease and a false sense of well-being and inner peace. He gets lost in repetitive activities that fill the time, keep him busy and shift the attention away from himself.
He resists in an increasingly stubborn way to being influenced by what could disturb his false inner peace and he is increasingly afraid of any conflict or change. He pretends to listen and plays down problems by postponing solutions, imagining they don’t exist and making promises he won’t keep. He becomes indifferent, thoughtless, forgetful, inattentive, disengaged, distracted by futile activities that take him further and further away from his priorities.
Type Nine at his worst needs to deflect, omit, and suppress anything that could open his eyes to his illusory bliss. He is fatalistic, resigned and he turns off internally. He feels annoyed by everything, becoming a sort of repulsive doormat that the more is invited to do what would really bring him well-being, the less he does it. He ignores himself and others until he becomes disoriented and catatonic, a dazed and depersonalised automaton, a careless spectre who wants to block awareness and ignore anything that could affect him.
Point Nine of the Enneagram invites us to remember ourselves as an essential part of creation and puts us in contact with the desire to feel one with the cosmos. To contact this inner dimension it is necessary to accept that our participation in the world is important and to honor what we really want for our life. Only when we are totally present to ourselves we che be solid and whole and can bring peace and healing to the world. We feel like an inexhaustible source of serenity, acceptance and kindness in the world.
(selected and translated from “Crescere con l’Enneagramma”, Maura Amelia Bonanno, 2018, Armenia Edizioni)