I had decided not to read this book earlier (about two years ago when someone recommended it to me) because I was still new to my agnosticism, which has bloomed happily into atheism, and I wanted to let that settle in first before I returned to religious literature. But a hungry mind can't stay away from interesting concepts for long. I took out Cynthia Bourgeault's book, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three from the library, and I had some spare time last night, so I dove into it.
She talks about the interface between the Trinity and the Law of Three, the former a tired and effectless point of theology in the dwindling Christian church; the latter, an insanely practical tool coming from the 19th century Gurdjieff tradition (which borrows from Buddhism), out of which arises the modern Enneagram of Personality school of thought. These two concepts have never been seen sitting side-by-side (in recorded history, as far as I'm aware, although she'll go deeper into that in a later chapter.).
So far, I'm very impressed with Bourgeault's captivating way with words and her sense of daring to write a book joining two schools of thought that tend to not have anything to do with each other. Christianity tends today to be unintellectual; whereas Enneagrammers seem a little more intellectually rigorous, or at least grateful to have a spirituality that actually does something for them. There are a few who join the two.
Her idea is that the Trinity wasn't mean to be a personhood of the Holy Spirit, the Father, and the Son- it's meant to be an arcanum of the process of transformation as illustrated by the Law of Three. Fascinating thesis and I look forward to the unfolding of ideas.