This book offers an answer to the question "Now that I know my
type, what do I do?" Enneagram Transformations looks
at the nine types from the perspective of healing and compassion.
In simple language, it paints a portrait of each type’s central
dilemma and provides specific Releases and Affirmations for each
type as practices that can awaken us to our higher spiritual qualities.
The Release guide us to awareness of the shadow parts of our souls,
while the Affirmations remind us of aspects of our True Nature that
support us in our growth process. These moving Releases and Affirmations
offer a profound psychological inventory of our inner pain and personal
On another level, Enneagram Transformations can serve
as a gentle, meditative introduction to the Enneagram. It includes
a brief section the basics of the system, concise type descriptions
and practical tips on how the Enneagram can be used in the healing
process. The final section offers advice for developing the central
skill of self-observation. This book will be particularly useful
in all forms of Recovery, such as Twelve Step programs, and Co-dependency
Anyone interested in using the Enneagram for personal growth will
find the tools in Enneagram Transformations
invaluable for their self-discovery process.
"There is something profoundly liberating about realizing that
most of our flaws and conflicts are not unique to us. While they
may be deep, they are, in another sense, not our own. The worst
aspects of our personality are also those of others: our defects
are the common bondage of our type. Once we see how much we have
in common with others of our type, we can identify with our deeper
self instead of the more superficial aspects of our personality.
In this sense, our failures are less a measure of our own defectiveness
than the mark of a soul in pain crying out through the distorted
mask of personality.
"In the last analysis, the Enneagram is about self-transformation
through self-transcendence. It shows us that we can be transformed
if we stop identifying with our personality. We must risk creating
an "opening" in ourselves that will allow something higher and more
essential to touch our wounded soul and heal it. These Releases
and Affirmations are offered with the hope that they will help you
on your journey of inner healing. They are not the whole picture,
of course--just a place to begin. Always remember, however, that
when the shadows in ourselves are touched by the light of awareness,
they become doors through which grace transforms our lives."
From Enneagram Transformations
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