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Brief Introduction to the Enneagram
In reading what follows in these pages, remember that: although we have one of the types as our dominant mode of being, we all at one time of another function as any of the nine types. Putting it crudely, we have all nine types in us. Secondly, the dominant enneatype is a formation which is a reaction to the loss of Essence, and so your enneatype is not meant to represent some sort of 'true' self.
Several of the pages were compiled by some unknown enneagram enthusiast maybe ten years back. This person summarised in great detail the works of several enneagram authors. I haven't been able to credit that person, but I make a note on the relevant pages.
- Christopher McLean
CONTENTS of Christopher's Enneagram Pages:
Article by James Fairbanks - The Enneagram
Kathleen V. Hurley & Theodore E. Dobson, What's My Type? This is not a test, but the questions here can help give an indication of what type you may be.
SPIRITUALA Buddhist Appreciation Of The Enneagram by Santikaro Bhikkhu
The Diamond Approach to the Holy Ideas This article by Deane Shank gives a nice summary of the Enneagram from the Perspective of the Holy Ideas - that is, from the perspective of the realisation of Being, our own true nature. The article is based on the work of Hameed Ali (See A.H.Almaas in the bibliograpy).
DESCRIPTIONS OF TYPES
The descriptions in this section are mostly descriptions of the fixations arising in us due to our loss of connection to Being.
Almaas: Specific Delusions, Specific Difficulties, and Specific Reactions of the Enneatypes in response to the disconnection from Being.