Injustice, not being controlled by others, and getting things moving in work or play
To harness the life force in productive ways, integrating self-assertion with vulnerability
Eights are direct, authoritative, zestful, firm, and oriented to truth and justice. Others may perceive Eights as confrontational, intimidating, loud and controlling.
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Eights take charge of situations and step into leadership roles. They place a high priority on fairness and justice, and will assert control over their environment to protect themselves and anyone else who is part of their family or group. Eights’ challenge is to combine assertion and control with interdependency and cooperation, and to curb their often excessive appetites.
You gain protection and respect by becoming strong and powerful, imposing your personal truth and hiding your vulnerability.
Courageous, strong, fair, truthful, determined, generous, protective of others
Excessive, angry, dominating, lustful, afraid of vulnerability
Denial – the forceful re-directing of attention and feeling based on willfulness and control
Eights use denial to avoid vulnerability and to maintain a self-image of being strong. They seek to impact the world and other people rather than be receptive. The pressure to deny vulnerability reduces their emotional energy and keeps them from receiving all of life’s gifts.
Observe your habit of mind or focus of attention with as little judgment as possible. Ask yourself the following questions, while noticing your feelings and how your body responds:
Type Eight’s journey is to embrace innocence and approach each situation with fresh eyes, appreciating that everyone has his or her own truth. This means learning to moderate their boundless, instinctual energy and delaying the tendency to go from urge to action in an all-or-nothing fashion.
Mental: Vengeance > Truth
Emotional: Lust > Innocence
The aspect of awareness called the Inner Observer allows us to witness the internal patterns that drive outer behavior. The practice consists of focusing inwardly and becoming aware of the thoughts, sensations and other objects of attention that arise within us. As we become more fully present, our type patterns begin to relax and we become more receptive.
For Eights, take a moment to reflect on the following principles:
As assertive body-based types with good access to their instinctual energy, Eights toughen up to avoid vulnerability, which results in chronic patterns of physical tension. With excessive energy and enthusiasm, they tend to over-exert and over-consume.
Your task is to soften into your feelings and open your heart center. Focus on managing your breath as appropriate to the situation at hand. Avoid powering up with chest breathing as an automatic response. Instead, practice breathing into your belly to calm down and relax. (For example, take 10 slow breaths when you find yourself getting angry). Before you react to a situation, follow your breath and tune into what you are feeling and sensing inside. This pause will help you be less excessive and more flexible.