Tai chi and Enneagram: body, mind, spirit by Liliana Atz

The true gentleman is similar to an archer: if he misses the Target, he looks for the cause the self. (Confucius)

In the field of neuroscience, the connection between the physical body, emotions, (we record in the muscles of the body our emotional memory), the brain, and the resulting behavior of human beings is now well known. Many studies have shown the connection between the emotional aspect in relation to personality type and the individual’s “illness” response.

The enneagrammatic map shows how nature, through the genetic program of the species, and thus through transgenerational-familial inheritance, has organized a person’s body, mind, emotions, behaviors and related symptoms of imbalance. Each enneatype has its own personal “feeling,” its own personal emotional mode through which it usually reacts to life’s stimuli. This is at the root of those instinctive behaviors, repeated over time, that are the cause of psycho-physical distress.

This is where the power of the Tai Chi movement comes in. When careful bodywork, and/or life situations, awaken myoelectric impulses frozen in the contractions/rigidity of the physical, the emotional experience of the person emerges. Prof. Carlo Ventura(1) states : “There is no major biological phenomenon that is not caused by movement…. It turns out that there is no change in gene activity that does not occur without movement of the DNA, deformation and vibration of the nucleus and that complex of microfilaments and microtubules we call the cytoskeleton. The movements precede the same changes in function at the various cellular levels. Applying a sound vibration to a cell or to signal molecules within a cell can cause these structures to vibrate, generating changes in morphology and function. Sounds and movements can thus be seen as a “molecular dialogue” within cells and tissues.”

Movement catalyzing emotions, then, that stimulate a different interaction of the three brains (reptilian, limbic, neocortex).

Starting with conscious work on the body, patterns related to the functioning of the nervous system, the three brains, are in fact modified over time.

It is necessary, then to have suitable tools to reframe one’s life story, and the enneagram proves to be a valuable ally to be used in the process of body-mind-spirit transformation, in order to return to living in tune with the laws that govern one’s most authentic nature.

1. Carlo Ventura. Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bologna and specialized in Cardiology. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1990 from the University of Bologna. He is currently director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Stem Cell Engineering of the National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems (INBB) at the Institute of Cardiology in Bologna, Italy. He heads the Bologna division of INBB, which includes research units in Florence, Pisa and Siena. He is director of the Institute of Biosciences, a GMP Cell Factory recently established in the Republic of San Marino.

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