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Enneagram and Self Mandala

Bernadette Bollero-Schmitt

Frédéric Schmitt, MD, homéopath.

Auvergne 2006


This article was written in 2006 and covers the research since 2000 to 2006 only .

For more whole and  complete  research , please, you can read our articles in Enneagram Montly, specially on the subtypes ( edited on this blog also ).

Some books are already written, but are only courses’s material for advanced students

A book for public is being written …


See also, about the History of the Enneagram , some more material





Enneagram is a tool whose origin is mysterious. Soufis call it the sign of presence of God. We are indebted with G.I. Gurdjieff to have revealed, in the years 1920, for the first time in the west this remarkable system. However its systematic use in comprehension and analysis of human psyche  goes up in Oscar Ichazo in the years 1960. Laleh Bakthiar published a remarkable work in 1994 raising for the first time the veil on the soufi approach of enneagram.

Bernadette knew enneagram in contact with her Master, Venerable Dhiravamsa, respected Buddhist teacher, having himself studied it with Claudio Naranjo in the years 1970.

Frederic is a doctor, classical homeopath since 1986, also Dhiravamsa student.


In the years 2000, Bernadette and Frederic, discovered the keys allowing to apply enneagram to homeopathy. It proves that these two systems have a very great similarity. They present two entrance doors: for enneagram the three centers and the three subtypes, for homeopathy, the three miasmas and the three kingdoms. Their discovery consisted in putting in parallel the three centers and three miasmas as well as the three subtypes and the three kingdom.


Enneagram Center Subtype
Homeopathy Miasma Kingdom


In order to understand the importance of this discovery, it is necessary to recall that homeopathic therapeutic treats the individual as a whole in his three dimensions physical, energetic and psychic.


Samuel Hahnemann, founder of the Homeopathy


In this medical approach, the practice showed that a single substance will balance a single individual. This substance is called the Simillimum. All the quest of the homeopath pratictionner is to determine this famous graal : the Simillimum.

In homeopathy, in order to facilitate this research, the experts are accustomed to diagnosing as a preliminary the miasma and the kingdom of their patients. There are three miasmas (psora, sycosis and luesis) as well as three kingdom (mineral, animal, plant). The correct diagnosis of miasma and kingdom will point towards a certain group of specific remedies. However this research is difficult, because there exists nearly 3000 remedies in the homeopathic pharmacopeia. So that the homeopaths use only approximately a hundred of these remedies in 80% of the cases.

The discovery of Bernadette and Frederic made it possible to largely facilitate the diagnosis of miasma and kingdom. Indeed, their clinical practice showed that the prevalent center in the enneagram determines dominating miasma and in the same way the prevalent subtype that of the dominating kingdom. This is objectified in the following table :


Centers Instinctive Emotional Mental
Miasmas Luesis Psora Sycosis



Subtypes Selfpreservation Sexual Social
Kingdoms Mineral Animal Vegetal


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History of the enneagram

Bernadette and Frederic Schmitt


From Enneagram Monthly, issue 215, March 2015

In the 1950’s, Oscar Ichazo (born in Bolivia in 1931) was invited to participate in a study group of high-ranking European and Oriental mystics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, composed of Martinists, Theosophists, Rosicrucians and Anthroposophists. Ichazo served them coffee, and they taught him Kabbalah, Sufism, Yoga, Zen and techniques from the Gurdjieff work. (see also EM issues 21, 22, and 23)

Quoting Ichazo:

“This was around 1950, and (one) man invited me to Buenos Aires, where I was involved with a group of mystics, many of whom were seventy or eighty years old when I met them. . . . None of them was South American. They were Europeans or from the Middle East” (Extract from “Interviews with Oscar Ichazo, a 1982 Arica Institute publication”).

According to Claudio Naranjo, Ichazo said specifically that he was handed the whole Tradition that is spread in many branches around the world in various cultures. He was given “the whole works” and the mission of translating it into Western terms.

One of the only names Ichazo has ever mentioned publicly as a teacher and source for him, is Leo Costet de Mascheville, a French spiritual teacher. Who was this man, and how could he be implicated in the genesis of the enneagram?




Leo Costet de Mascheville

We begin the story with his Father, Albert Raymond Costet-Conde de Mascheville (1872 -1943) born in Valence, France.

In 1895 at the age of 23 he became a Delegate of the Supreme Council of the Martinist Order founded by Papus (his real name: Dr. Gerard Encausse, a French medical doctor who founded the Martinist Order-L’ordre Martiniste- in 1887).

1901: birth of his son, Leo Costet de Mascheville (1901-1970) in France.

In 1910 he and his family left France and moved to Argentina arriving on February 26, 1910 in Buenos Aires.

In 1920 Albert Costet initiated his son Leo into the Martinist Order.


Léo Costet de Masheville


Albert Costet sends his son Leo to France on a special mission to re-connect with the Traditional Esoteric Orders of Martinism and the Kabalístic Rosy-Cross.

On March 22, 1927 Albert Costet is made Delegate of the Supreme Council of the Martinist Order of Papus, and starts the Order Kabalistica of the Rosy-Cross in the city of Curitiba, (Brazil).

1932: Leo Costet is transferred (probably on advice of his father) to Montevideo (Uruguay) and founds the esoteric study group GIDEE (Groupe d’études ésotériques) based on the Martinist Order of Papus..

In 1936 Albert Costet moves to Sao Paulo, and appoints his son as President of the Martinist-Order.

On December 23, 1939, the Constitution of the Martinist Order of South America is proclaimed in Porte Alegre, Brazil uniting all Martinists of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.

1941: Leo Costet de Mascheville becomes “Sri Sevananda swami” and his Indian guru Subrahmanyananda  makes him his the successor in the lineage of Suddha Dharma.

1949: Leo Costet founded “l’association mystique occidentale-Western Mystical Association” in Montevideo (Urugay) which soon became a center for convergence of different spiritual streams such as Suddha Dharma, Osiris Egyptian Ritual, Ramakrishna Ashram from  Kriya Yoga, Sufi, Martinist Order, Maîtreya Mahasangah, Rose-Croix Order, Bodhi Dharma Zen,…

1953: he went to Resende, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), where he acquired a very large area to establish an Ashram that became famous in Brazil and all over the world.

Everything is in concordance indicating that it was this group of mystics in Buenos Aires in which Ichazo was included, this group created by Albert and then led by Leo Costet de Mascheville \.

Given that the Maschevilles were the representatives of the Martinist Order in South America, it’s interesting to trace back the sources of this teachings to its beginning with Papus.

Papus and the Martinist Order

Papus (1865-1916) founded the Martinist Order in 1887. He was deeply immersed with the European occultist spring and publicly claimed to be the depository of the teaching of the “initiate” Louis-Claude de Saint Martin (1743-1803) who in turn gave credit for his teachings to Martinès de Pasqually (1727-1774). The name “Martinist” came from the name of “Saint Martin” but de Pasqually was the real inspirer of the Martinist Order.

To emphasize the importance of the Kabbalah in the Martinist Order, here’s an excerpt from their French website (http://www.martiniste.org): “Kabbalah is the book of the occult tradition of Israel. It should be in the hands of every man who wishes to deepen the mystery of life, who wonders what the origin and destiny of the existence is, and  would like to explore the realm of the invisible to understand relations with the visible world.”

It’s important to know that Kabbalah as taught by the Martinist Order as well as different European esoteric and occultist movements is not the Jewish Kabbalah but a more syncretic form usually called Christian Kabbalah.


Jewish Kabbalah

In 1174, the publication of a strange and enigmatic text in Southern France known as the Bahir was by most commentators, ancient and modern, regarded as the true beginning of Kabbalah. Attempts to establish its authorship or provenance have been largely unsuccessful. The main focus for Kabbalah then moved to Northern Spain, where its salient conceptions attained a stable form, culminating in the publication of the most important and influential of Kabbalistic texts, the Zohar. Moses de León (c. 1250 – 1305) the Spanish rabbi and Kabbalist is thought to have been its author or redactor. The Zohar is a group of books including commentary on the mystical aspects of the Torah (the five books of Moses) and scriptural interpretations as well as material on mysticism, mythical cosmogony and mystical psychology.

Christian Kabbalah

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