Enneagram Studies at the Center for Spiritual Life if off to a great start! The inaugural session was entitled "Enneagram and Spirituality." We were fortunate to have a large group in which all the types were represented. We explored the relationship between the Enneagram and spirituality, and enjoyed hearing the perspective of that relationship from each of the types.
The next session was entitled “The Positive Enneagram.” Some people have mentioned that one of the aspects of studying the Enneagram they find off-putting is that it often dwells on the negative aspects of people’s types. In this session we focused only on positive aspects. Again the session was well attended and all the types were represented. Each person was asked what they most appreciated about their particular type, and then we asked the group to chime in about what they appreciated about each type. We shared many positive feelings and fascinating perspectives.
The most recent session was entitled “Lines and Wings.” In this session we focused on the dynamism of the Enneagram and how it models and predicts the variations in behavior that one experiences and/or observes of each Enneagram type. One of the powerful aspects of the Enneagram as a tool is that it can explain a wide variety of behaviors of a person with a certain type. These variations are driven by age, maturity, stress and threats, among others. Of course, stress and threats can bring out negative behaviors and the group noted that. We discussed how to recognize when those behaviors manifest in ourselves and in others, and how that awareness can help us address the root causes of those behaviors to help move back the positive aspects of our respective types.
I am very excited about our upcoming session in which we will discuss the relationship between the Enneagram and the Brain as described by Peter Savich in his book, Personality and the Brain. We will describe the model that Peter developed and discuss its ramifications. Peter himself will share his latest and greatest thinking on the subject and describe some of the experiments he is designing to prove his model. This session will be held on Tuesday 9/29/15. You will not want to miss it!