For those unfamiliar with this strange word, the enneagram is an adventure in self-awareness. Developed over 1,500 years by both Sufi and Christian mystics, it was overhauled in the 20th century by the disciplines and insights of Western psychology. It describes nine different ways people understand the world; nine different ways they experience it, act in it, suffer in it and try to belong in it. One of these nine ways is particular to you and shapes your life to a considerable degree. It is inner revelation, but with significant outer consequences.
"The enneagram is about creating happy people," says Simon. "It's about dismantling the things which harm us. The ennegram comes to us as a mirror and says, 'This is how you are - is this how you want to be?' And then we have the choice of saying, 'No, this isn't how I want to be. I want to be happy.'"
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Table of Contents:
1. Who Am I? 11
2. The Symbol Truth 19
3. Your Psychologist's Personal History 21
4. A Smalll Portrait Gallery 38
5. In Search of Your Self 50
6. A Big Portrait Gallery 59
7. Mental Wealth 133
8. Ghosts, Angels and Bright Paths 140
9. Five Paths Out of the Un-enchanted Wood 169
10. The Invisible Gate 183
Further Reading 189
About the author:
Simon Parke was an Anglican priest in the Church of England for 20 years. He worked for three years in a supermarket, where he stacked shelves, worked on the tills, filled in on the bakery, chaired the shop union and had a very good laugh and cry with his colleagues. He has now left, with both sadness and gratitude, to risk the freelance adventure. Simon has been writing professionally for 25 years. He started in the dismantling business of satire, producing scripts for TV and radio, including Spitting Image. He won a Sony radio award for his work on Simon Mayos Big Holy One. Simon runs, leads retreats, meets with people looking for a new way in their life, and follows the beautiful game. He also prefers to deal with the puppeteer within rather than the puppet without.