Enneagram Guide to the Hero’s Journey

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Enneagram of the Hero’s Journey

The Enneagram can serve as a map for the the Hero’s Journey as described by Joseph Campbell.  In my book I describe the way the Buddha went through these phases in his Heroic Journey to Enlightenment. You can use the questions below to guide your journey of awakening to your full potential or to help others.  The compulsions of personality type are the tendency to get stuck in one phase of the journey. 

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Mindfulness Meditation – How to do it and why

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Do you find yourself getting caught up in a stressful state of mind that makes it hard to enjoy your family, friends and other simple joys of life––a beautiful sunrise, cool winter air on your face, the taste of good food, your child’s recount of their day, the warmth and tenderness of a hug?

Do you lose trust in yourself and make life harder for yourself at home, on the road or at work  by working, overthinking or being too hard ...

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NLP, the Enneagram and the Power of PsychoLogical Domains

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The notion of a Network of PsychoLogical Domains has evolved out of the concept of ‘logical levels’ as used in NLP and originates from the work of Gregory Bateson. Bateson’s ideas were inspired by philosopher Bertrand Russell’s work on logic.

Bateson defines mind as processes of transformation that disclose a hierarchy of logical types immanent in the phenomena. To understand how something works or what purpose it serves, requires making distinctions within the wholeness of our experience. If we are simply ...

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Evolve or Perish?

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The Evolutionary Paradigm

Evolution involves not only survival, but also innovation. Nature has provided an extraordinary example of this in the Wollemi Pine, recently discovered in Australia, appears to be a true “living fossil.” It is most closely related to extinct species of Araucariaceae in the fossil record in southern Australia about 50 million years ago, and as a species it had worldwide distribution in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods 200 to 65 million years ago. Since that time, trees have ...

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Enneagram Essential Quality of phase FIVE – Space

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Inner Spaciousness

It is our experience of essential space that puts our petty attachments and the self-imposed limitations into perspective, like the vastness of Outer Space reminds us that Earth is but a speck of dust in a universe of billions of galaxies. At phase FIVE the old boundaries of the way we have thought about, and interacted with, the world continue to dissolve or fall away. It is in space within which our mental activity of generating images, sounds, words ...

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Meditations on Unconditional Happiness by Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain

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Rick Hanson, PhD interviewed by Eric Lyleson

Four Levels of Consciousness that Meditation Can Help us Realise 

Nowness, Wholeness, All-ness and Oneness

The Neuroscience of Spiritual Practice

In this cutting edge interview psychologist and neuroscientist Rick Hanson discusses what he is currently exploring in his own spiritual practice.  He describes how each of us can follow in the footsteps of realised masters and recognise the intrinsic qualities of nowness, wholeness, all-ness and oneness. These ways of experiencing life are always present, but our habitual ...

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Enneagram of Essential Qualities of Soul

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The circle of the Enneagram represents the unified field of creation and like white light –– when filtered through a prism separates into the colors of the rainbow –– can be divided into its essential qualities. Each segment on the continuum around the circle represents an essential quality. These qualities are essential for a soulful life and, like a light shining through a stained-glass window; they bring beauty and meaning to the undifferentiated white light shining into the lives of ...

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Are you living in the shadow of your family tree? – Family Constellations

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Are you living in the shadow of your family tree?
Are the traumas of your ancestors haunting you?
Family Constellations can help. 
 
“Children seldom or never dare to live a happier or more fulfilling life than their parents. Unconsciously they remain loyal to unspoken family traditions, which work invisibly. Family Constellations are a way of discovering ...
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Differentiating Fact from Fiction

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In The Sexual Crucible, marital therapist David Schnarch defines differentiation as:

  • the ability to maintain one’s sense of separate self in close proximity to a partner
  • nonreactivity to other people’s reactivity;
  • self-regulation of emotionality so that judgment can be used
  • the ability to tolerate pain for growth[i]

It is easy for us to be absorbed by the relationship systems to which we belong and simply become part of the machinery. When we don’t exercise our ability to make distinctions and act in our ...

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Enlightening Meditation

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Enlightening Meditation – Realising Essential Wholeness Now

Spiritual seekers, such as those practising Vajrayana or Tantrayana Buddhism use the tendencies of the seeking mind to bring what is being sought into the here and now. Like other seekers they do the same thing of putting their realization of enlightenment or of their essential qualities in the future. In meditation it is common to use colored lights to experience these qualities. The meditator will visualise an image of a highly realized lama ...

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