Nine of Us
About the album…
Music has the incredible power to touch us like no other vibrations can. Music seems to move our consciousness to a place beyond thought; a universal medium that crosses boundaries, not only between human beings but even between species. When information is sung we seem to remember and access it far more easily than if we only read it or hear it in spoken word. That is why advertising jingles work so well! Learning about the world via song is a tradition that long predates reading and writing. Ancient cultures have passed down stories and wisdom for future generations through this unique vehicle of communication for thousands of years.
With this in mind, Bernadette wanted to create a Enneagram resource with a bit of a difference; something informative that at the same time was dynamic, entertaining and hopefully appealing to a new generation of Enneagram enthusiasts. She wanted to create a resource that helps to simplify the core messages each of us needs to hear in order to emerge from the fog created by the patterns of our minds and to put these messages to music so that they can be easily accessed when needed.
This is an album of nine unique songs that aim to capture, in both the lyrics and the music itself, the essence of each of the personality styles described in the Enneagram. Bernadette wanted to create songs that are experiential in nature - that as we listen to the choruses and deeply follow the messages they are pointing to, we can actually move closer to the present moment and into expansive awareness.
The Enneagram is an extraordinary tool which describes the nine ways that the mind habitually interprets the world as well as the emotions and behaviours that often result from these limited interpretations. When we are not aware of these habits we inadvertently experience life through a filter and this can often lead to suffering. The Enneagram also describes the nine different pathways that lead to freedom from these mental, emotional and behavioural patterns, helping us to find our way to the present moment, away from the confines of personality types and closer to who we truly are.
As we become more conscious of our particular ‘blind spots’ of interpretation that cause us to see life as a ‘problem’ and therefore cause us to suffer, we can begin to observe ourselves as we go about our day and through this observation can become more present to ‘what is’. When we are no longer clouded by mental and emotional habitual patterns, we can be fully here and now with life as it unfolds. Hopefully, having the pathways on hand in the form of a few catchy songs may serve to make it just that little bit easier to bring the patterns into consciousness and dissolve them. Now, those would be a jingles worth having stuck in your head!
In order to clearly convey the core elements of each personality structure, the songs on the album, Nine of Us, are not overly metaphorical or abstract and yet they are still deeply profound in their messages. Utilising simple imagery, the mental and emotional habits of each type structure as well as the defence mechanism that glues the structure together are expressed from the perspective of a person whose mind leads with each particular type. In the choruses, the pathway to liberation from each type structure is laid out through the use of beautiful, uncomplicated lyrics, aiding in the understanding that coming into presence is a beautiful and uncomplicated process. Being present is merely a dropping of the complicated drama created by the mind, which if left unchecked is constantly in the way. Presence is not something we need to struggle towards, but rather an ever-available state we can drop into.
The first song of the album begins with the sound of a ticking clock symbolising the mental creation of ‘time’; that is, the way our mind creates the idea of a past and a future in order to secure our identities and assure safety, sadly taking us away from the only time that truly exists - the present moment.
The final song concludes with the incredibly powerful and unequivocal statement, ‘I AM’; the only true assertion we can ever really make. We are not any of the identities we wear, not even our personalities, but rather at the core of our beings we are being itself, pure conscious awareness - all else is temporary.
These songs take us on a musical journey through the different mental and emotional structures that are so profoundly described in the Enneagram, allowing us to experience, contemplate and feel into each part of the whole and the different pathways to presence that are available to us all.
A movement from melancholy and longing, feeling that something is missing and that we are somehow ‘less’, to a state of Equanimity, forgiving life for not always measuring up to the ideal and knowing we are whole no matter what comes and goes. Lyrics & more…
A movement from stinginess and avarice, conserving and compartmentalising emotional energy and knowledge, believing the world demands too much of us, to a state of Non-Attachment, understanding that full participation in the flow of life will not result in depletion but in rejuvenation and clarity. Lyrics & more…
Freedom of Now
A movement from planning and gluttony, anxious to taste and see all that life has to offer, to a state of Sustained Concentration, gratefully embracing whatever is in front of us here and now, joy and pain alike. Lyrics & More…
A movement from vengeance and a desire for excess, wanting intensity and to protect ourselves and those we love from a harsh world, to a state of Innocence, surrendering ourselves and allowing life to touch us in our vulnerability. Lyrics & more…
I Am Here
A movement from self-forgetting and sloth, prioritising inessential aspects of life over what really matters, to a state of Right Action, knowing we all belong equally and taking the action necessary to experience a fully engaged life. Lyrics & more…