I believe that everyone in their life at one time or another has asked questions, ‘who am I?’ and ‘what am I doing here?’. Often our fast pace culture does not encourage us to look for answers to these important questions. The Enneagram is a system that we can use for self-observation and self-inquiry. The modern Enneagram of personality type has been synthesized from many different spiritiual and religious traditions. Much of it is a condensation of universal wisdom and philosophy that has been accumulated for thousands of years. The Enneagram is not a religion, nor does it interfere with a person’s religious orientation. Its major concern is ‘self-knowledge’ which is an invaluable guardian against self-deception. The Enneagram starts from where we actually are and reveals what we are capable of attaining. There have been many books written on the Enneagram, however, the book that I recommend to start with is called, The Wisdom of the Ennegram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson.
This work identifies 9 different personality types. None of the types are better than the next. It is, again, about looking more deeply into our own essential nature and into the nature of the people
that we interact with regularly. I have found this to be both helpful and comforting. The aim is to stop living with automatic responses and to bring more awareness and presence to our daily lives. In terms of health, this is one highly regarded tool to help us come to a place of ‘peace’ within ourselves. As we awaken to new understandings, we gain insight and clarity and ultimately, we have more personal freedom.
Learning about this might be a great holiday gift you can give to yourself this holiday season!
Have a magical holiday,