instincts and art: collages
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When we collect and arrange images of our choosing into a collage, we have an implicit way of presenting the most important things about us. Instincts are the most deeply embedded pre-verbal processes operating within us that manifest clearly in the images that appeal to us. The Enneagrammer team has found that this is the single most accurate way of testing for instinct. Testing with words is a flawed method since language itself was developed as a social instrument.
David Gray's collage cards for each of the six instinct stackings (sold at Enneasite) are an accurate and beautiful way to exemplify the energy of each stacking. After developing these cards, he and Emeka Okorafor discovered that one could accurately determine a person's instinct stacking by analyzing a collage they've made.
We find it's best not to codify this method too distinctly because then the natural intuitive process of creating the collage can be tampered with. However, below are some brief observations to look for in a collage of each stacking using examples submitted by members of the Enneagrammer facebook group:
energy of "home" life, hovel, place to settle
higher ratio of earth to sky/people within images
can do sexuality as pornographic or "body gore"
higher ratio of sky to earth within images
"kingdoms" ex. large pillars, structures, castles, with or without people
body as a canvas for a message
icons/symbols, antlers, swords
sexuality can have some social issue laced into it such as "roles" or religion/politics
airless and dark, suffocating,
the atmosphere charged with sexuality
patterns on skin, snake themes
no space between bodies, sensuality
death and rotting/grime themes
the body is solid object ready to burst, in contrast to SX/SP complete body transformation
transformation of the body, fire/electricity, loss of self
entangled energy, veins
sexual energy, mystery, things could slip into something more
sparkly dispersed patterns, playful
royal themes/status references, the social sphere charged with sexuality
multiplicity, multiple focal points
icons, head-on portraits "who I am and what's interesting about me"
the vibe of being "cool"
singular objects of sexual focus as opposed to SO/SX multiplicity, solipsistic, single cleaves as focal points
SX but with the conscience of social
attraction/repulsion response, but more elusive than SX/SP due to the abstract audience of SO
the theatre of sex
Synflow stackings SP/SO SO/SX SX/SP
intimacy between objects/people within the images, and between the images and the viewer
Contraflow stackings SP/SX SX/SO SO/SP
solipsistic energy, turning away, harder to reach