Date: December 24, 2002 11:49 PM
Topic: The Wisdom of the Enneagram
Mardi, Decembre 24, 2002 11:49 PM
The wisdom of the Enneagram
Riso . Hudson
Beings of light
– “There’s a part of every living thing that wants to become itself. The tadpole into the frog, the chrysalis into the butterfly, a damaged human being into a whole one. That is spirituality.” –
Our hearts yearn to know who we are and why we are here. we have been taught that the quality of our life will improve primarily if our external fortunes improve. sooner or later, however, we realize that external things, while valuable in themselves, cannot address the deep restlessness of our soul.
-”It seems to me that before we set out on a journey to find reality, to find god, before we can act, before we have any relationship with another … it is essential that we begin to understand ourselves first.”-
-”Whatever your age, your upbringing, or your education, what you are made of is mostly unused potential.”-
the main filter that we use to understand ourselves and the world around us, to express ourselves, to defend ourselves, to deal with our past and anticipate our future, to learn with, to rejoice with, and to fall in love with, is our personality type.
core personality (psychological) issues interpersonal strengths and weaknesses
how to deal with these issues
-”Spiritually speaking, everything that one wants, aspires to, and needs is ever-present, accessible here and now…for those with eyes to see.”-
-”Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.”-
what have been the defining moments of your life…your traumas and triumphs – those times when you knew that, for better or worse your life would never be the same? who have been the most significant people in your life – those who have acted as “witnesses’ to your struggles and growth, those who have hurt you and those who have been your understanding mentors and friends?
-”The great metaphors from all spiritual traditions – grace, liberation, being born again, awakening from illusion – testify that it is possible to transcend the conditioning of my past and do a new thing.”-
-“Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand!”-
-”What can we gain by sailing to see the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?”-
Enneagram – self knowledge
real self knowledge is an invaluable guardian against such self-deception, the Enneagram takes us places (and makes real progress possible) because it starts working from where we actually are. as much as it reveals the spiritual heights that we are capable of attaining, it also sheds light clearly and non-judgmentally on the aspects of our lives that are dark and unfree.
presence (awareness, mindfulness), the practice of self-observation (gained from self-knowledge), and understanding what one’s experiences mean. (an accurate interpretation provided by a larger context such as a community or spiritual system) are the three basic elements needed for transformational work. being supplies the first, you supply the second, and the enneagram supplies the third. when these three come together, things can happen quickly.
Date: December 27, 2002 2:44 AM
Topic: Enneagram Progressions
Jeudi, Decembre 27, 2002 2:44 AM
-”If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”-
-”He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.”-
UNITY – WHOLENESS
TRINITY – LAW OF 3
LAW OF 7 – CHANGE
The wholeness of a thing, its identity is the result of the interaction of three forces, and how it evolves or changes over time. Dynamic not static.
⁃ NINE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES
⁃ COMBINED TREE OF LIFE
Passions represent the way we lose our center and become distorted in our thinking, feeling, and doing.
TRAPPED IN EGO
SEVEN “DEADLY SINS” PLUS 2
IGNORE ONE’S SUFFERING
— DECEIT —
BELIEVING IN EGO, NOT TRUE ESSENCE
BELIEVING SOMETHING IS MISSING
LACK INNER RESOURCES
— FEAR —
INSATIABLE DESIRE TO FILL UP
CONSTANT NEED TO CONTROL
UNWILLING TO ARISE WITH VITALITY
PERSONALITY TYPE DEVELOPMENT
LEVELS OF GROWTH
LEVELS OF DETERIORATION
CORRELATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPOLOGIES
DEEPER STRUCTURES OF TYPES
Date: December 30, 2002 11:47 PM
Topic: Essence and Personality
Lundi, Decembre 30, 2002 11:47 PM
Essence and Personality
The core truth that the Enneagram conveys to us is that we are much more than our personality. Our personalities are no more than the familiar, conditioned parts of a much wider range of potentials that we all possess. Beyond the limitations of our personalities, each of us exists as a vast, largely unrecognized quality of being or presence-what is called our Essence.
In the spiritual language we could say that within each person is an individual spark of the divine, although we have forgotten this fundamental truth because…..Because we have fallen asleep to our true nature.
We do not experience our own divine nature; nor do we experience others as manifestations of the divine. Instead, we often become hard, even cynical, treating others as objects to be defended against or used for our own gratification.
-”The spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger.”-
The fundamental ground of our being is Essence or spirit, but it takes a dynamic form we call “The Soul”. Our personality is a particular aspect of our soul. Our soul is “made of” Essence or Spirit. If spirit were water, soul would be a particular lake or river, and personality would be waves on its surface – or frozen chunks of ice in the river.
Generally, we do no experience our Essence and its many aspects because our awareness is so dominated by our personality. But as we learn to bring awareness to our personality, it becomes more transparent, and we are able to experience our Essence more directly. We still function in the world but with a growing realization of our connection with divinity. We become aware that we are part of a divine presence all around us and in us that is constantly and miraculously unfolding.
The Enneagram does not put us in a box, it rather shows us the box we are already in – and the way out!
-”Man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.”-