The 3 Centers

The Centers refer to one of the primary triads or fractals within the Enneagram. This triad breaks the nine points into three centers that are potentially expressed in three different ways for each individual.

Each of the centers offer us a point of contact through our sensations which enables us to be present. This requires a deepening of our relationship with all three of our centers of intelligence. As we become present to the intelligence of a center, we integrate and express ourselves at a higher level of development. At this higher level the center is transformed from the expression of action, feeling and thinking to a higher-order of body, heart and head centered intelligence.

The 3 Centers of Expression

Some alternative names authors give to the centers:

Action Center
Action Center

Hands
Instinct
Body
Gut

Feeling Center
Feeling Center

Heart
Emotion
Relationships
Purpose

Thinking Center
Thinking Center

Head
Logic
Brain
Information

Three different ways of Understanding the Centers

There are different opinions regarding the centers and the way in which they relate to the nine Enneagram points. We would like to explore the centers through the lens of the fractal pattern that is structurally embedded in the Enneagram. We have observed three different yet equally valid ways of working with and interpreting the centers.

Centers of Expression
Centers of Expression

Interpersonal Center: How we show up and are experienced in the world

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Centers of Intelligence
Centers of Intelligence

Transformational Center: A developed Center after deep work with mindfulness and presence

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Centers of Structure
Centers of Structure

Intrapersonal Center: The issues each Enneagram domain has with the Centers

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