Nine Types, One Truth: The Enneagram
with Cindi Brown and Mary Beth Ross
If you travel in spiritual circles, you are no doubt familiar with the concept of presence. To access it, you take a few moments to be quiet, notice your breathing, and bring your focused attention to yourself and the world around you. The idea is that, with practice, presence expands. The ideal is to live from this place of presence as we go about our daily lives.
Usually, though, we fall somewhat short of this ideal. Something gets in the way. The Enneagram is a system of spiritual psychology that shines a light on what that “something” is, and how it can be transcended. According to this system, the something in the way is the ego, the false self, the personality. It is made up of our habitual patterns of thoughts, emotions, and preoccupations. According to the Enneagram system, there are nine basic types of personalities, or “false selves.” Each of them is a story about who we are, and each of them leads away from presence.
Learning about personality types is a way to start loosening their grip. It is a step on the journey back to the true self of fully present consciousness. Want to learn more? We are offering an Enneagram class on Wednesday evenings, August 28th through October 16, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Please join us. The class will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, at 1808 Woodmont Blvd., in the Fireside Room. It is free and open to the public.