Whatever answers they may have come up with, they have all realized the importance of knowing, understanding and accepting yourself in all your facets.
The enneagram is an ancient but newly discovered and revised system that can be used for looking at many aspects of life. It is well-known as a personality assessment tool, but is also used in spiritual work to connect closer to Essence or Soul as well as shadow work in Jungian therapy.
Shadow work involves looking at aspects of ourselves that we were not aware off, but may have a negative impact on ourselves and others or paradoxically provide a new pathways of growth of previously neglected parts of self. The Shadow aspects may contained what is called, your “Blind spots”, the things other people may notice about you and even give you feedback about, but you vehemently deny or simply ignore.
Understanding your own patterns help you be more aware of the ways in which you will operate, especially when not awake and aware. Without awareness, your personality type may “run the show” and your behaviors and thinking may be on auto-pilot. The power of the enneagram lies in our ability to be aware of our patterns and to be in choice.
Although we talk about Enneagram personality types they can be more broadly seen as different points of view, or diverse worldviews with their own distinct hierarchy of values. This is why I see the types and subtypes as energetic archetypal patterns or archetypes that manifest in Persona and Shadow aspects within an individual.
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