From the seven Chakras, or centers, and the system of seven dimensions there emerges a social picture of seven major personality types. Each such personality possesses a completely different perspective of the world and the meaning of life, happiness, values and human fulfillment. Each seems to pull life in an altogether different direction, one in which not only is life experienced in a unique manner but it also appears to hold a very distinct potential.
Within the context of individual self-development, the system of the seven personality types serves as an effective way to know one’s deeper constitution and to extricate one’s “soul-print”: one’s unique voice and most potent expression. Corresponding with the seven centers and seven dimensions, it suggests that humanity is generally divided into seven personalities, which in their turn, are divided into forty-two more distinct human structures.
The seven types begin with the “Builders” – lovers of details, foundations and structures, the “Achievers” – energetic pursuers of ambitions and heights, and the “Caretakers” – emotionalists who wish to help. These are the three most widespread personality types in the human world. Less common, yet not less significant, are the “Speakers” – charismatic leaders and guides, the “Artists” – lovers of life, experience and feeling, the “Thinkers” – keen observers and idea-makers, and finally, the “Yogis” – silent and reclusive meditators.
The 7 personalities as a path to peace
On a more social level, the seven personality types – reflected in relationships between couples, members of family units, organizations, nations, religions and any other imaginable human formation – very often cause, in a state of ignorance, profound conflicts due to misunderstanding. Each personality type looks down on the other, believing that the other should think just like it thinks and perceive the meaning of life just like it perceives it.
After all, the constant wish to make the other identical to oneself is the root of human aggression. In our individual age, this is often resolved through the mutual agreement of, “live and let live.” This is, of course, already much better that the mutual enforcement of the past. However, the question should be a different one: in what way could differences and uniqueness enable us to understand the other and to acknowledge their intrinsic value? And moreover, in what way could the other’s difference and uniqueness contribute to our very own wholeness and answer our very own need and lack?
Our next phase as a human race is discovering uniqueness as a contribution to wholeness. The fact that everyone seems to possess one central perspective, or one center of perception that is more active than others, was never meant to isolate and distinguish the person, but rather to reveal their role within the whole – the specific way in which one is destined to serve the whole. At this point of human evolution, unique perspectives, along with their distinguished skills and abilities, are exploited by the individual for the sake of self-definition and self-differentiation. As long as we go on in this way, we will only be supporting the world of isolation and separation that constantly produces war.
Not only is the impersonal and universal element in us an expression of life’s unity and wholeness, but so is our uniqueness. We emerged with particular perspectives, abilities and passions so that all of these would contribute to the greater entity and mold it. This is the higher level of “self-sacrifice.” Its center is not the elimination of the individual but rather, its longed-for final fulfillment.
The seven personality types serve as a supportive system that illuminates small units of human relationships, such as families and organizations, by promoting deep understanding and acknowledgement of each other’s value.
However, in a more progressive stage, this system urges us to ask a far more life-changing question: in what ways could this other’s value, which I have revealed, become a contribution to my own wholeness, and in what ways could my own value turn into a contribution to the other’s? How can we best serve the unity that we created when we chose to melt our individual boundaries for the sake of a shared cause? In such a way, each one of the partners involved can be fully realized, and none could ever see a point in quarrels that stem from an ignorant competition between perspectives.
Education in light of the 7 types
This also needs to take place in our system of education, which too often attempts to enforce one approach that is equal to all and to narrow down the process of education to only a few centers of perception and experience. A truly holistic system of education should cultivate all centers of perception in children and adolescents and expose them, fully and equally, to all seven dimensions of life.
At the same time, it is also the educational system’s responsibility to reveal each child’s central experience of life and to welcome and cultivate this tendency – in other words, to sensitively and attentively locate the child’s personality type, as well as their secondary and supportive elements. On yet another level, that of the child community, it should show children how the different constitutions of other children, who they may not understand and who they may harshly criticize, also hold a potential contribution to them.
Peace starts within
This type of communal vision can be easily inspired by the built-in communal system we can find within us and outside us. In us, it appears as the seven Chakras, or the seven centers of perception and experience, and outside us, it is what I term the “seven dimensions of life.” The seven centers of perception exhibit a completely sovereign existence on the one hand, and a deeply collaborative nature on the other hand. In their harmonious state, they encourage us to acknowledge each one’s value and essential wisdom and to unify them into one continuum of existence, perception and experience – what we will come to recognize in actuality as a state of profound self-wholeness.
In the Chakra system, there is no Chakra that is of no value or of lesser value, and in life’s dimensions, there is no dimension which its absence would not destroy the general structure of the phenomenon of life as a whole. Human complexity is, in its optimal and realized state, a reflection of world-peace – a peace made between seemingly contradictory elements that, in an ordinary state of ignorance, “think” they act out of opposing interests. When human complexity turns into a perfectly integrated system, it actually becomes a rather simple type of harmony; an inner world peace.