The Three Pain Pearls
Your personality forms around an “irritant” or pain. There are THREE core irritants that human personalities develop around:
YOUR DEEPEST PAIN CAN BE TRANSFORMED INTO THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU HAVE TO OFFER THE WORLD.
You just need the right tools.
OUR CORE IRRITANT CAUSES PAIN AND SUFFERING, the personality is formed as a way to cope with this pain. It is essentially a defence against our pain. The more we defend, the more we begin to believe that this defence is who we really are. When we begin to observe ourselves, we realise that this is not who we truly are. We are more than our defences.
YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR PERSONALITY.
Just like the grain of sand can be transformed, we can transform our pain into the most valuable gift we have to offer. When we can begin to identify and let go of our defence against our pain pearl, we can begin living as our true selves. We can transform our grain of sand into a beautiful pearl. Each of us has formed a defence against one primary feeling; fear, anger or shame.
Even though we are all familiar with all three of these feelings, we each have one that we always seem to come back to. This is our “pain pearl”. With the right tools, we can transform our grain of sand into a beautiful and valuable pearl. Your Enneagram Type formed as a defence against your core irritant.
There are nine distinct ways in which this happens, and these form the 9 Enneagram Types
Types 8, 9 and 1 are personality types that form around Anger. These are the red pearls.
These personality types are associated with the Gut centre, they are body-based and they rely on their instinctive intelligence.
This does not mean that 8’s, 9’s and 1’s are not mentally or emotionally intelligent, it means that their personality is formed around their instinctive intelligence. They are also known as the Instinctive types.
Types 2,3 and 4 are personality types that form around Shame. These are the green pearls.
These personality types are associated with the Heart centre, they are emotion-based and they rely on their emotional intelligence.
This does not mean that 2’s, 3’s and 4’s are not mentally or instinctively intelligent, it means that their personality is formed primarily around their emotional intelligence.
They are also known as the Feeling types.
Types 5,6 and 7 are personality types that form around Fear. These are the blue pearls.
These types are associated with the Head centre, and they are thinking- based and they rely on their mental intelligence.
This does not mean that 5’s, 6’s and 7’s are not emotionally or instinctively intelligent, it means that their personality is formed primarily around their mental intelligence.
They are also known as the Thinking types.