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Introduction to the Enneagram

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The Enneagram is a psycho-spiritual tool that combines an exquisite psychological system with traditional spiritual practices in order to bring about personal transformation.

As a psychological tool the Enneagram helps us discover the nature of our personal conditioning, our mental, emotional, and bodily habits. Further, the Enneagram helps us discover our instinctual tendencies, i.e., how we engage the world in regard to three basic survival needs: self-preservation, social interactions, and one to one interactions.

As a spiritual tool the Enneagram helps us discover the ways in which our personal conditioning is an impediment to spiritual experience. Emphasizing the two self system (egoic self/spiritual self) that is the basis of all contemplative teaching and spiritual practice, we examine the ways in which spiritual practices help us to manage the conditioned self in order to move beyond it, in the direction of deeper spiritual experience. As the mystic poet Hafez says:

Between the lover and the Beloved there must be no veil.
Thou thyself art thine own veil, Hafez.
Get out of the way!

In sum, as both a psychological and spiritual tool the Enneagram brings about personal transformation through the relaxation of the conditioned self, which in turn brings us into deeper contact with Spirit.

Instructor: Dr. Alexander Riegel