In Conversation with Russ Hudson

Russ Hudson is one of the principal scholars, leading teachers and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. Co-founder of The Enneagram Institute, he is the co-author of best-selling books The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram and Discovering Your Personality Type.

Here we share a snippet of the conversation Siewfan Wong and Paul Chan had with Russ on shadow work. Siewfan and Paul are the organizers of The Enneagram of Shadow and Virtues with Russ Hudson in May 2019.

SW | What is Shadow?

RH | The shadow is a concept that is generally seen as coming from the psychologist Carl Jung, who was a student of Freud. Simply put, the shadow is any aspect of ourself that we’re not aware of. So the idea is that most human beings, we are aware of some things about ourself, but there’s other parts of ourself we don’t know very well. Those could be certain feelings that are suppressed, or it could be motivations that we’re not aware of. Really, the parts of us that we’re not familiar with.

Sometimes, shadow is created by difficult childhood experiences. Painful emotions, or times where we were very scared or shocked, and so we can psychologically repress those kinds of experiences, but they are still influencing us. And you can know when that kind of shadow material is coming up because it can make us do impulsive things that we would not otherwise do, kind of hard to explain.

But you know, shadow material can also be positive things. Some people aren’t necessarily aware that they are happier or their life is better than they think it is.

So basically, most serious psychology, and I see the Enneagram as involved with serious psychology, is in some sense an investigation of shadow material. What about me do I not know about? If I already knew about it then, well, I could do something about it. But the Enneagram helps us see the parts of us that we don’t usually recognise, especially in the areas of motivation as I was saying.

PC | Many people talk about shadow work in psychology. How does the enneagram help?

RH | Well, it’s part of why, I think, the Enneagram is more effective but also not as popular as some tools because the Enneagram really is explicitly looking at shadow work.

When we talk about the passion of each type [of the Enneagram] related to the sins in terms of the Christian view of it, you know, envy and avarice and pride and gluttony and all these kinds of things, or the fixated view, the Enneagram is really helping us see both emotions or motivations that we’re not aware of, but also it’s helping us see how our perspective on ourselves and life is more limited than we would usually recognise.

When we have shadow material going on, we don’t know that our view is limited. And you know most of the time, for most human beings, our view is limited somewhat.

The Enneagram is helping us see how we’re limiting it. It’s helping us see some of the underlying emotions that we might be feeling or have covered over in some way. It’s helping us see motivations we might not initially recognise that we have. Things like working very hard for success because we want our parents to love us and approve of us. Probably when we’re working we’re not conscious of that motivation. But if we were to look deeper we’ll see it’s there.

So the Enneagram helps us to see what we’re really after, what we’re seeking, and also points to maybe better ways to get the things that we’re looking for on the deepest level.

The Enneagram of Shadows and Virtues with Russ Hudson

Listen to Russ Hudson on the Enneagram Types.

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When we move through these 5 sacred elements with the ensuing seminar experiences, we can shift timelines, we can shift psycho-emotional stagnancy, we can shift “lost our purpose” feeling, we can shift dysfunctional relationships, we can shift depression, we can shift anger, we can shift stress & confusion, we can shift “things not working anymore” and we can shift anything not in personal alignment towards a huge conscious breakthrough of collective heart freedom.e move into an empty-spaciousness beyond our tricky minds, transcending the ego-personalities, forming a deeper self-love of our physical body and ultimately returning back to our core soul feelings of why we incarnated here, anchoring a loving expanded clarity in our emotional intelligence.  We come home to ourselves.

We move into an empty-spaciousness beyond our tricky minds, transcending the ego-personalities, forming a deeper self-love of our physical body and ultimately returning back to our core soul feelings of why we incarnated here, anchoring a loving expanded clarity in our emotional intelligence.  We come home to ourselves.

We come home within the space of each other.

The one thing we all have forgotten is how to “FEEL”, really feel without judgement, without fear, without comparison, without competition, without being controlled not to feel anymore.

There is immense power in our feelings. ridiculously immense. But one must clear the ego-mind and release the pent up or stagnant emotions in order to start the feeling process through beloved innocence again. It is a Return to Trans-personal Remembrance.

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The Power of Choice is always yours, I can be your Unified Field Soul-stice guide & help open the gateway but you have to walk through on your own.

Are you ready to show up now, dear friend?

Love, Mikael

 

Mikael profile

Mikael King

Mikael King is a Sacred Sound Master, BreathLight Founder, MU Star Jewelry Designer, Ecstatic Dance DJ and Documentary Film Maker. Since the inception of his DivineJoy.org Global Ministry in 2005, He has led and co-facilitated life-affirming events all over America and the Islands of Hawai’i. He has led in-depth trainings, seminars, ceremonies & experiential retreats internationally in Japan, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Russia, Peru, Bali, Brazil and Singapore. He is a certified Sampoorna Hatha Yoga Instructor and Ecstatic Dance DJ known as Mikki MU. He has lived in Mt. Shasta, Kaua’i and since 2013 resides currently in Bali.

Over eighteen years ago, Mikael awakened to the enlightened heart sovereign path when he returned from a “near life ending, eternal review” Pacific Ocean drowning experience. The divine message received was simple, ”Serve Planet Earth by assisting Humanity to Consciously Shift, Embody their Fullest Potential, and Remember who they are and why they have incarnated.”

Since that moment, he has journeyed to over 36 countries, studying, learning, counseling, facilitating, initiating, dancing, playing, surfing, activating and awakening the sacred heart codes for thousands of fellow human beings into the inherent truth of living in the Unified Field Magic of DivineJoy MU Presence.

 

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Meditating on a Wave

 

 

The wave contemplates the concept of Source and its perception of self. It looks and sees that it is made of the water. And within itself it sees the sunlight and the wind. It looks deeper and sees that earth and space is there too. The wave is related to the lake and the lake is related to the clouds and the rain, and the grass that grows and the animals that eat them. It is the raging river and the frozen arctic ice. The ice cube in the lemonade and the newborn kitten in the kitchen. And the whole earth, the galaxy and all the galaxies in the universe, and all the other universes; unfolding, expanding, Source experiencing itself.

The wave knows that she is wave or not-wave, and snow and mist and thunderous waterfall; sequentially and concurrently. In the present moment a wave is writing on snowflakes that became a tree, drinking a glacier sitting on a cloud in the milky way. And in the here and now a wave is breathing and knowing, and channelling reality.

Nowhere to be except here. Nothing to do except smile.

 

First posted on Long Dark NapTime of the Soul.

 

 

 

Working Byron Katie

At the Toni’s prodding, and it didn’t take long, I decided to go into retreat. It’s been long overdue, and I guess I’ve been a bit of a grouch. There were no conveniently timed meditation retreat in the vicinity, so I took the 2 weeks I was accorded to and shut myself in my urban cave instead. Since we’ve just done a weekend The Work of Byron Katie workshop, I thought I’d go through all the Byron Katie material I could find and hunker down to work.

 

Let the sound of the bell invite you home to your own mind

This is what I found.

  • There are no new stressful thoughts in the history of humanity. Across race, language and culture, they are the same.
  • These thoughts are not personal to us. They pop up when events in our lives occur. Then we believe them and suffer; or we could investigate them and invite the truth to manifest, and not suffer. Thoughts like
    • My parents don’t love me
    • I don’t want to look stupid
    • People should be understanding
    • People are not trustworthy
    • The world is a dangerous place
    • There’s got to be something better
  • Suffering is the story of the ego. Ego tries to re-create what essence already is. Why? Because it thinks it is separate. It is the ego who is identified with and attached to the suffering. The ego suffers. That’s what egos do to exist.
  • We have more ego than we need when we have more suffering than we want.
  • Suffering is suffering. It’s not personal.
  • Nobody can hurt me, that’s my job.
  • We can mind only our own business.
  • Its not a question of truth or morality. The Work does not condone any hurt or harm to the self, the other or the earth. it’s the just about asking questions, and investigating reality.
  • There are no mistakes. What is, is what’s supposed to be. The universe is a wise and friendly place. It’s always what we need in the present moment. If we pay attention, we will get that. We have everything we need. What we have, despite what we believe is exactly what we need.
  • It’s the old ‘nothing to do, no where to go, home in the present moment’ wisdom.

The Four Noble Truths

The Work reminds me of the Zen and Vipassana approaches to meditation, and the four noble truths:

Suffering
The cause of suffering
The cessation of suffering
The path to the end of suffering.

However it arose out of Katie’s own mind and is entirely unrelated to any eastern or western wisdom traditions. So the four noble truths from the Work Katie recommends this:

Judge your neighbour,
Write it down
Ask four questions
Turn it around

Thoughts Think Us

Our thoughts project our world. Our world is a mirror reflecting our beliefs. If we live in an unhappy world, it is a projection of what we have not healed within ourselves. “The map is not the territory”.

Most of the time, most of us cannot not think. Thoughts think us, they don’t belong to us. Thoughts are mostly recycled, there are virtually no new thoughts. Since there are there anyway, the smart thing to do is to meet them with kindness and understanding and see what it is they really want. Our job is to ask (e.g., the thought “Paul doesn’t listen to me”) the four questions.

The Four Questions
1. Is is true?
2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
4. Who would you be without the thought? Turn the thought around (original thought: Paul doesn’t listen to me)
a) to the opposite (Paul does listen to me)
b) to the self (I don’t listen to me)
c) to the other (I don’t listen to Paul)
And find three genuine specific examples of how each turnaround is true in you life

For more information on how to do The Work, got to www.TheWork.com

 

My Experience of The Work

I can’t say that I’ as adept at The Work than the other things I do, like EFT and Integration. I definitely wasn’t 100% faithful to The Work. I’m still playing with it, and that’s what it is. It’s play. It’s fun and interesting to investigate our feelings, thoughts and beliefs. I’ve seen the humour in some of my ludicrous presumptions, the ‘I need/want’, ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’, ‘always/never’ judgements that have gone unquestioned and run amok. The Work as facilitated by Katie use powerful reframes and turnarounds, administered with humour and kindness. It’s another way to slice the issues and bring new understanding. These are the great and not-so-great in my experience.

What’s Great

  • looks at causation without the long story (spends less time with drama, more time with results, usually a plus)
  • quick results, sometimes change comes at the first question
  • allows own wisdom to arise and brings real healing
  • easily induces a better state of mind
  • can induce a higher state of consciousness
  • easy enough, people can self-apply (mostly)
  • after some practice, it becomes automatic (bonus!)
  • lots of free material on her website (TheWork.com)

What’s Not so Great

  • it might be hard for newbies to identify the stressful thoughts or the underlying beliefs. Sometimes people just feel a sensation or emotion without being able to articulate meaning. It would get better with a little patience and practice.
  • can get frustrating and exhausting
  • the presence-of-mind of the facilitator is important, whether it’s self administered or facilitated by another individual

 

And guess what I found?
What I held as truths, they are not even mine, they are not personal, they are certainly not new and definitely not in the now. They are just stories. “The truth is rarely pure and never simple” says the wise Oscar. And “never let the facts get in the way of a good story”, says the wise Mark Twain. And after experiencing The Work, I would say, “Dont let the truth get blown away by a good story”.

To conclude
Suffering doesn’t happen to a mind that’s healed. So who are we without our thoughts, our beliefs, our suffering, our identity? That thought you believe, is it true? What would you be without that thought? And that thought? And that thought?

EFT tapping for Releasing Identity

Venetian Mask by Gnuckx

This statement was created to help us let go of our attachment to our identity. We all hang our hats somewhere, some of us on our roles or personality, some of us on our jobs or our culture or our suffering. Most likely all of the above and more influence our identity. As always, please add your own words to the statements so that they will be more relevant. I hope this helps those who are trying to find their way back to the essence of who they are.

If you are new to EFT and tapping, please first refer to Emotional Freedom Technique for the basic technique.

 

Even though I have all these beliefs, conscious or unconscious, about who I am, I deeply and completely love and accept myself. I forgive myself, and anyone else (maybe) who contributed to this situation.

I have all these thoughts, these demons, I have all this suffering, shame, rage, fear, despair… (change or add those that affect you) , I wake up in the morning to this fog of darkness, dread and doom. I experience my shadow, and I am overwhelmed by my shadow. And I have chosen to believe that these are my only truths.

I not only have thoughts, but I have identified with my thoughts.
I not only have emotions, but I have identified with my emotions.
I not only have personality but I have identified with my personality.
I not only play roles but I have identified with my roles.
I not only experience my shadow but I have been overwhelmed and identified with my shadow.

I think thoughts, but I am not limited by my thoughts. I feel emotions, but I am not limited by my emotions, I exhibit a personality, but I am not limited by my personality, I play different roles, but I am not limited to my roles. I am not limited by my identity. My identity is only a convenient label I wear. I am still all that I am without my label, I can feel emotions without attaching to them, I can experience a personality without attaching to it, I can play roles, without attaching to them. I can be overwhelmed by my shadow without becoming attached to it.

I now choose to feel emotions without attaching to them, without identifying with them
I now choose to experience personality without attaching to it, without identifying with it
I now choose to play roles without attaching to them, without identifying with them, without limiting myself to them
I now choose to integrate shadow without identifying with it, without limiting myself to it.

Every time I say “I”,  I mean a phenomenon that is unfolding in the now. I choose to be free of my limiting beliefs, my habit energies and my programming. All the things which are superflous and external to the truth of who I really am. I may or may not soon discover the essence of who I am, but I choose my unfolding now to include

wisdom, goodness, compassion, peace, strength, joy
serenity, humility, authenticity, equanimity
non-attachment, courage, sobriety, stillness
innocence, self-trust, skillful action

I deeply and completely love and accept myself. I forgive myself, and anyone else (maybe) who contributed to this situation. I know that I am made of love, made of nothing but love. And it is impossible to be disconnected from my Source. Source is pulsating in every cell of my being. I am spirit having a human experience. I am in the right place, at the right time, having the right experiences.

 

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Clarity and Caffeine

Clouds of emotions identified as I, my, me and mine
Patterns of disruption created at an earlier time

Emotions, embrace them softly
Perspectives, hold them lightly
Enemies, treat them gently
Identity, wear it loosely