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The Yin and Yang Energies

The Dau understandings of the three manifestations of Qi or life force are embedded in the type structure. When the dantian or three centers of experience or intelligence approach to the Enneagram combines with the three manifestations of life energy, the Qi, each of the three centers then have all three of the energy manifestations.

Yin Energy flows inward as openness and receptivity and outwardly as flexibility of action. When contracted, it leads to withdrawal and inertia. Types 4, 5, and 9 lead with this energy called the Withdrawing types in the Hornevian approach.

Yang energy flows outward into assertive and decisive action that is unrestricted and expanding. It can manifest as alert stillness. When contracted it focuses outwardly with unrestrained action and aggression. These are the types that reach out and make things happen in the world. Types 3, 7, and 8 lead with this energy called the Assertive types in the Riso/Hudson view of the Hornevian approach. Click here if you want to see the Yang energy types.

Yin/Yang energy represents balanced reconciling energy, harmonizing both yin and yang. When contracted it collapses into a narrow and amplifying rigidity. Types 1, 2, and 6 lead with this energy called the Compliant types in the Hornevian approach. Visit Type 9 for an example.

The Basis of All

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