An Enneagram Experience

 

“Personality is the sense of being separated from your essence; a sense of self created by us.” I had my jaw dropped at just the opening words of the Enneagram worskhop. Unlike most personality tests I have taken, Enneagram impressed me with its deep purpose and meaningful ways of getting to know myself. I have always thought that knowledge of personality types ends at knowing what sort of person I am, and who others are. I used to think that negative characters of certain types are ends in itself. I thought it was normal to stay behaving in certain negative ways because of our personalities. The three levels of each personality taught by Siewfan is good news for everyone. At every type, there are healthy, average and unhealthy levels. The best part is we are taught practical techniques on how to move up to the healthiest level of each personality type in us.

This Enneagram workshop enables me to relate and understand other human beings better, accepting everyone and seeing everything as one, especially after getting to know that each person possesses all types. We seek to understand one another rather than judging or criticizing.

I get to feel that personalities are boxes I choose to be in, instead of who I am. The practical exercises have enabled me to feel inner silence, away from the mind. The Enneagram workshop has given me the opportunity to understand better my spirit. It was truly a spiritual experience for me.

I intend to continue practicing tapping – a technique of tapping for your highest level and lessening the lower levels – attending to and integrating all inner child in me so that I become whole again.

I would certainly love to learn more about how to move up the highest level where we can feel our original essence and live our purpose by recognizing our desires and eliminating all sorts of fears. Knowing that Enneagram can help transform my self, there is no other thing more urgent for me than working on myself even if it takes a lifetime.

Thank you Siewfan, for the unique and most useful workshop I have ever attended!

Sincerely,
Faya

How does knowing your Enneagram Type help?

Enneagram Types
Enneagram Types

 

 

Have you ever noticed the number of times someone says “I” or “me” in a conversation? What is it we mean when we say “I”? Who exactly do we refer to? Who do we define our “I”? What identity do we take on? Are we identified with our job or profession – I am a lawyer. Or our image – what I wear, what I do, where I go, whom I’m with, where I hang out, who I take photos with. Our emotions? Our bodies? Our ego? When someone says this is me or this is not me. Think about what part of ourselves we are talking about.

Chances are that a lot of times we operate in the world by reacting. Reacting towards: with desire, with attachment, with liking something and wanting more of it. Reacting away from: with aversion, with fear, with anger or dislike, and with not wanting it. In the study of the Enneagram, we also come to understand how operate when reacting against and reacting towards. We learn to recognise the patterns that we repeat from childhood.

In Enneagram-speak, the twin mechanism of the Basic Fear and Basic Desire in each of us create our personality. The personality is a program we run in order to cope with life when we are separate from our true selves. And in running the program we loose sovereignty over our lives – people and the environment press our buttons and we jump, we keep experiencing the same repeated situations, relationships and emotions. We are trapped on the hamster wheel, the faster we run, the more firmly we stay in place. At some point, particularly at mid-life, we all get this insight, that life is not all we think it is. We are not who we think we are. This is a good place to be, although it can be un-nerving and downright unpleasant.

 

Isn’t this just another personality typing system that puts people in a box?

The Enneagram provides a map of how the personality works, reveals our habitual self and shows the box we are already in. In addition, it shows us the way back to our true selves, our true essence. This last bit is not common knowledge even in the Enneagram world, but it is the part that makes the most sense.

 

So how does it work?

Step 1: Learn about the Enneagram Types and where on the 9 levels of your type you are at now. Learn about the Enneagram Types of the people in your life and how your relationships with them are like.

Step 2: Learn about the Essential nature of each Type

Step 3: Learn how to get in touch with that essential nature. There’s nothing to achieve, just stuff to release.

 

How do I start?

Click the Enneagram icon below to take the free Enneagram test

 

So I know my Type, now what?

Review the detailed descriptions at The Enneagram Institute.

 

This is all very interesting but so complex, now what?

Join our mailing list to be kept abreast of our Enneagram classes or contact Siewfan Wong for an Enneagram coaching session.

Heads up: We will have 2 introduction to the Enneagram classes, followed by the Enneagram and Transformation class in May 2013 taught by Tim McLean, from the Enneagram Institute.

 

Wanna feel wonderful?

Choose the way you want to feel.

If you were to ask ten people what they want in life you are likely to get answers like happiness and peace. These are higher goals that most people aspire to have. Obviously, there are spiritual goals too. Let’s bring our attention to happiness and peace. These are examples of feeling good. If you were to think of a situation in which you feel happy you will likely cast your thoughts to sometime in the past that you felt happy. You will remember where and when and perhaps with whom you were with. As you begin to immerse yourself into this memory you will regain the happy feeling you had then, now. In essence you are able to feel this happy feeling anytime you want.

To illustrate this point further, imagine you are attending a wedding dinner. With a camera in your hand you decided to take some pictures. You scanned around. You proceeded to snap away. A few days later you fished out your camera from your bag and thumbed through those shots. Each shots reminded you a specific moment in time during the party. Some shots brings back moment of joy and laughter. Some shots bring back memories that go way back and connect to some nostalgia and etc. The effects of thumbing through those photos evoke a range of emotions.  Think for a moment. If you have not thumbed through those photos you will unlikely have experienced those emotions during and after seeing it. With this awareness, you have some control on what you choose to feel anytime you want. It underscores the point that the mind and body are connected. What you think can produce feelings. What you choose to think will produce the feeling that you want.

Would you like to feel wonderful, now? You can. Here is how.

How to Feel Wonderful

You do not need to have a reason to feel wonderful. You can feel wonderful any time you want. This is how you do it:

Steps:

  1. Think of a situation in which you felt wonderful in the past.
  2. Notice the surrounding, the people (if any), the sound and the feeling.
  3. If you see yourself in the picture, float into it and be in the picture. See what you see, hear what you hear and feel what you feel.
  4. Notice the location of this wonderful feeling in your body.
  5. Touch the sensation with your hand and notice which direction it is moving.
  6. Whichever direction it is moving, spin it faster.

By spinning it faster you get a more intense feeling of wonderful. Think about feeling gorgeous. You can have this feeling anytime you want. You don’t have to wait until you are dressed up for it.

Enjoy!

Simon Wong

The Five Levels of Healing

Dr. Klinghardt was on a spiritual trip to India in the 1980s and discovered from a yogi the 5 levels of healing in Ayurveda and Yoga. Over the years, it germinated and bloomed into the understanding of healing that he teaches today. This is a system which is generally familiar to most naturopathy and complementary and alternative practitioners. This is also an approach that I have been taking The other test we use is to see if the issue needs to be addressed from the physical/structural level, personal ecology level, emotional level or energetic level. Aren’t there some of you to whom I say “Sadhana” or the M-word, Meditation… O:-> ?

For the full article and video introduction, visit the Klinghardt Academy.

For more on the Ayurveda System check out the DeepDive? BookStore’s Ayurveda recommendations.