The enneagram is an evolving diagrammatic description of how perpetual motion might be pictured. Three enneagrams in perfect co-emergent transcendence may be introceived as the consciously complete octave of 22 notes. In such introception it is possible to See the unbroken continuity of the Lotus of Pure Consciousness, whose petals are primordially perfect Being-Eternities-Infinities enfolding and unfolding the Self which is No-Self.
The diagram shows the "eternal recurrence" model of the enneagram. It represents the interplay of that which appears as transitory/changing and that which appears permanent/eternal. Sometimes codified as 22/7 or 3.142857 (short-hand for the transcendental number pi), the first number (3) represents the Potentiality of the eternal three forces, the decimal point (.) refers to co-emergent Being zero-infinity, while the numbers after the decimal point (142857) refer to the Actuality of the constantly changing realm of phenomena.
The transitional aspect of the symbol is shown in the double-triplicity of the asymmetrical hexagram, indicated by numbers 1-4-2 and 8-5-7. The permanent aspect is shown in the equilateral triangle of which 3 and 6 are the affirming and denying positions. The tip of this triangle, 9, manifests a unique function. Not only is it the third point of the permanent triad but simultaneously the seventh point of the transitory bounce pattern. It is the conscious connection between that which appears as transitory and that which appears as eternal. In a two-dimensional representation, all of this is inscribed within a circle. Because an evolving process is being pictured, the circle is in actuality a spiral seen end on. The points on the circumference indicate the minimum number of aspects which would allow a human to be conscious of reality (according to this system). (A three-dimensional representation would be inscribed within a sphere. A four-dimensional representation...)
The diagram describes a static state unless there is a conscious integration of new energy into the original octave of the enneagram. This original octave represents a particular identity with a specific energy threshold and dynamic. For this identity to be conscious of itself is not possible without an infusion of awakening force. The infusion becomes possible at the places where the permanent triangle intersects and cuts the transitory. Because an identity conscious of itself only as that which is impermanent cannot be conscious of the permanent, there is a gap or "interval" produced by this identity's involvement with change and decay. There is no real disconnection. It is only in the identification with a part posing as the whole that such a "being-conscious" experiences the gaps and the holes. But because the identity has convinced itself that there is only an isolated fragment and not the totality, there appears to exist a point at which a shock enters that identity's octave, from "outside" itself. As long as the identity is anything whatsoever this effect will seem to apply, as even God is involved in the process. Beyond this is nothing.
Because the first intersection point at 3 affirms the eternal, and because at this stage the identity is totally immersed in the illusion of change as real, the effect necessarily produced at the first interval is negative to the direction of the original octave. It is negative because the identity does not yet consciously know itself as being both permanent and impermanent. So a corresponding event within the mechanism of change "accidentally" occurs to remind the identity of its true nature. Because the magnetized involvement with form manifests as a low energy state through which the identity cannot come to know itself as it is, it is necessary to boost the presence and attention of the moment by "borrowing" energy from another octave. This borrowing of energy is mutual to the octaves involved. Each identity receives a jolt of fresh energy which momentarily shakes the being loose from its identification with the transitory. A leap in energy is negative only to the presently decaying habitually conditioned awareness, but isn't negative in itself. It's all part of Work.
If the being takes the energy and consciously integrates it into the original intention without being sidetracked, this will supply the octave with enough force to continue the journey of discovering exactly who or what it is that is originating this particular octave. That is until the second permanent point is reached at 6. However, the actual experiential shock for this does not appear at the expected point. This interval, sometimes known as "Through The Looking Glass", comes between points 8 and 9. This conforms exactly with the essential quality of the denying force. Because it denies the very existence of the transitory, it does not manifest itself until all identification with illusion has reached its most meaningless potential. Only when the identity recognizes its own nothingness consciously is this interval able to be passed beyond. And because the last barrier to real gnosis is one's inmost belief about "God", this belief (which is the basis for one's ordinary recurring existence) must be seen for what it is. A mere mask of the voidness of the void. If there is a realization that one is the very Voidness of the Void, the second interval is passed. The second interval always represents an "inner" shock in that one must release one's most precious of preciouses, the very assumption upon which one's identity has been founded, in order to truly awaken to the nature of reality without illusion or duality.
The identity now truly knows the Self as Such that is No Self. The Door to Gnosis has been passed through. The perfect Being Completion of this Gnosis - beyond any possibility of unconscious return - requires that the next "interval" in the ever-expanding octave also be gone beyond. Once this next Gateway is realized, the Door before can never again be passed through involuntarily or unconsciously. The only known reference to this Voidness of Co-Emergence simply states, "Voidness beyond Voidness beyond Voidness.... Nothing IS Enough."