Arica Psychology IV

TRIALECTICS

According to Ichazo, the enneagons which comprise his system cannot be worked with subjective interpretations, linear formal logic, or dialectical logic. They must be worked by using the laws of cycles and processes which he has termed Trialectical Logic.

Although the principles presented in Trialectics have similarities with ideas found in Eastern philosophy and Western physics, their synthesis in this form is an original proposition from Ichazo.

Ichazo uses the Enneagram figure to represent the Three Laws of Trialectics:

1. The Law of Mutation states that there is mutation from one material manifestation point (MMP) to another MMP. Everything follows a pre-established cyclical pattern, and everything is in a determined point of the cycle. Using this law, one can observe with precision the cyclical transformation of all phenomena over time. This Law is represented in the Enneagram figure as the sequence of 9 points along the circumference of the circle.

2. The Law of Circulation states that inside everything is the seed of its apparent opposite. Seemingly contradictory MMP’s are mutually related to each other through a cyclical process of circulation. This can be observed in the Arica “law of causation” composed of action, reaction, function and result. This Law is represented in the Enneagram figure by each point having two Wing points which act as the action and reaction resulting in the main point. (For this reason, Oscar Ichazo emphasized in an interview with Michael Goldberg that the Fixation point could be seen as the result of the actions of the Wing Points).

3. The Law of Attraction states that each MMP has an inherent attraction or orientation towards a higher or lower MMP. Every point in an apparent state of equilibirium is in reality internally nurturing its own change into another manifestation (such as the transformation of ice to water to vapor). Stability is transient, change is inevitable, and there will always be an orientation and movement towards either improvement or deterioration. This is represented in the Enneagram figure as the inner Lines of Change.

According to Ichazo’s system, by using techniques and meditations for minimizing one’s attachment to– and identification with– the various egos, and by understanding reality according to the Laws of cycles described in the theory of Trialectics, it is possible to achieve a state of “emptiness” from which one can begin to work with the Higher Self.

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FURTHER READING:

The following list of source material is recommended for a more complete and thorough understanding of Ichazo’s Arica system and its relationship with the contemporary Enneagram of Personality.

Books and Articles:

INTERVIEWS WITH OSCAR ICHAZO ed. by John Bleibtreu
BETWEEN METAPHYSICS AND PROTOANALYSIS by Oscar Ichazo
MASTER LEVEL EXERCISES: PSYCHOALCHEMY by Oscar Ichazo
LETTERS TO THE SCHOOL by Oscar Ichazo

THE ARICAN JOURNAL, AUTUMN, 1991

TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGIES, ed. by Charles Tart. See especially “The Arica Training” by John Lilly and Joseph Hart, and “The Gurdjieff Work” by Kathleen Riordan.

THE CENTER OF THE CYLCONE by John Lilly
THE DYADIC CYCLONE by John and Antoinetta Lilly

FACETS OF UNITY, by A.H. Almaas

CHARACTER AND NEUROSIS by Claudio Naranjo

GOD’S WILL BE DONE, vol. 1-3, by Laleh Bakhtiar

TAKING WITH THE LEFT HAND by William Patrick Patterson

Weblinks:

http://www.arica.org/index.cfm

http://www.9waysofworking.com/qEnneagram_monthly_English.htm

http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8786

http://www.sufienneagram.com/

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