This is the last week of personal study materials. Thank you for being a part of our Spirit of the Enneagram Workshop!
Please know, these weekly materials are not assignments or homework. They are resources to use along your journey of personal growth. We do encourage you to utilize the forum pages to build a community within your enneastyle.
Create a list of what you have learned about yourself and your Enneatype. Create a second list with what you still want to work on and discover. Create one goal for future study and share it on the forum.
This week look at the rich collection of writings on the Enneagram in Business Website. Find an article that is especially useful and share it on the forum page-
An enneagram introduction that invites you to enter into the experience of the 9 enneagram types, using engaging story integrated with compelling visuals. Stimulating in presentation and accurate in content, you’ll learn the core qualities of each type, how they react when in conflict situations or when stressed, their basic communication styles and more. Compelling metaphors and charming illustrations illuminate each type’s transformational journey and include three deeply developmental activities for each type.
For readers who also enjoy conceptual frameworks, the book appendix offers all you need to know with both clarity and precision: confusions between types, centers of intelligence, type, wings and arrows, fixations and holy ideas, passions and virtues, instincts and the 27 subtypes, and levels of self-mastery by type.
Self-Knowledge (from The Prophet)
by Kahlil Gibran
And a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.
And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.
Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
You Can Do This Hard Thing – By Carrie Newcomer
From “The Beautiful Not Yet” on Available Light Records
This is another song written for a spoken word and song collaboration with Parker J. Palmer and Gary A. Walters “What We Need is Here: Hope, Hard Times and The Human Possibility.” Feel free to share this with someone who has helped you in hard times – or perhaps you’d like to encourage today. For more information about “The Beautiful Not Yet visit www.carrienewcomer.com
Barbara Kingsolver has written about a phrase she uses to encourage her children, “You can do hard things.” I loved this idea behind this phrase. It absolutely acknowledges the difficulty of the task at hand, and yet, at the same time it completely affirms that the child has everything they need to move forward, and that they have support. I began to think about all the times in my own life that someone has given me that kind of sound advice and encouragement.
“Being blind to parts of ourselves means that there is often a difference between the person we think we are—or the person we would like to see ourselves as—and who we really are as we walk through the world.”