Introduction to the Body/Gut Center
Scott introduces the Body center, which focuses on the physical and gut aspects of our body, and the Enneagram types (8, 9, and 1) associated with it.
Scott uses the bison as the animal representation of the powerful sense of control associated with Type 8 on the Enneagram, which is often called the boss, challenger, or leader. Under the surface, this type needs to be in control so as not be controlled by others. Type 8’s awareness and ability to come to terms with their own vulnerability through the Downward Ascent can bring into the world an authentic, truthful, and courageous leader.
Scott depicts Type 9 of the Enneagram with the sloth, a low-energy peaceful creature in harmony with the world and with others. Type 9 is often called the peacemaker or mediator, but underneath the surface is a person avoiding conflict at all costs. A Type 9 that wakes up to its own wants and needs through the Downward Ascent can emerge as a self that moves through the world with energy and authenticity, bringing a sense of calm and real presence to an often tumultuous world.
To Scott, the eagle, with its powerful, discerning “eagle’s eye,” depicts Type 1 of the Enneagram, which is considered the perfectionist or reformer. Underneath the surface of this highly precise, principled type can be someone overly preoccupied with right and wrong, possessing a critical mind that easily turns outward on others. The journey of Downward Ascent can move Type 1 into self-compassion and a reframed view of perfection, viewing life to be more about flowing with circumstances than being in charge of them.