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SPIRITUAL DIRECTION is the practice of seeking and listening for God's guidance and presence in our lives. By sharing stories of life experiences, painful and enlightening, the directee seeks to find God's plan in their lives.

Spiritual direction develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It differs from psychotherapy and counselling where the role of the spiritual direction is not to give direct guidance, but to listen and ask questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth.

There are primarily two forms of spiritual direction: regular direction and retreat direction. They differ largely in the frequency of meeting and in the intensity of reflection.

Weekend retreats are offered at the Good Shepherd Retreat Centre and Sediba. This Centres is just one hour from Johannesburg and about 30 minutes from Pretoria. For more information, contact:

GOOD SHEPHERD RETREAT CENTRUM
Tel: (012) 259 1392
Fax: (012) 259 0235
Cell: 086 531 5016
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www.goodshepherdretreat.co.za

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BE-STILL RETREAT CENTRUM

9 Kraal Street, Swakopmund, NAMIBIA

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www.be-still.net

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ORIGINS RETREAT CENTER 

Various retreats are also offered to individuals and groups at Origins Retreat Center.  Retreats at Origins vary from self-directed retreats, one-day or more, and are facilitated by different retreat guides.

Tel:  +27 72 435 4648

www.originsretreat.com

www.mosaiek.com

 

These retreats can last a weekend, a week or even 40 days. During these retreats you can meet with a director on a daily basis for one hour. Meditation can be practised during these retreats, daily meetings, exercises or spiritual disciplines such as lectio divina and contemplative prayer.

Regular direction involves a 60 – 90 minutes one-on-one session. It is advisable to meet every second week during the first two months and then depending on each individual's needs, once a month. These meetings are slightly less intense than retreat direction, although spiritual exercises and disciplines are often given in-between meetings. Visit the Centrum of Spirituality, Christian Meditation and Prayer ("Sentrum vir Spiritualiteit, Christelike Meditasie en Gebed" www.ssmg.stellastraat.co.za) to find the name and contact details of a spiritual director in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area.

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These following are links to sites where you will find in-depth descriptions to the Enneagram Types Helen Palmer as well as interesting video's and upcoming training workshops and programs.

WorldwideThis organization, founded by David Daniels, M.D. and Helen Palmer offers a deeply transformative experience of the Enneagram through the Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) as well as a host of relevant information and upcoming events.

international2This is a worldwide organization which supports all Enneagram communities across the globe. I am a professional member of this organization and we are in the process to start our own affiliate here in South Africa.

 

comHelen Palmer was introducted to the Enneagam by Claudio Naranjo in the late 1960's. Since that time she has become pre-eminent in the field of Enneagram studies. A professor in psychology, she has made original contributions to our understanding of the how meditation and awareness training relate to the nine psychological types. Helen Palmer is the co-founder of ESNT and has authored five highly acclaimed books in the field of human consciousness.

dr-david-danielsDavid Daniels, M.D., is a retired clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical School, a leading developer of the Enneagram system of nine personality styles. In private practice for over 40 years, David also has taught the Enneagram system at Stanford, in the community, and internationally for 22 years. Together with Helen Palmer (author, professor) he co-founded the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT), The Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP), and was one of the founders of the International Enneagram Association (IEA).

workPeter has been working with the Enneagram system for 34 years. He teaches in the United States, Europe and China. He is a training associate with Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition and the Enneagram Professional Training Program with Helen Palmer and David Daniels, MD, and is a senior associate with The Enneagram in Business founded by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD.

I've listed my favourite books, including those of my Enneagram teachers, David Daniels and Helen Palmer.

The-Essential-EnneagramThe Essential Enneagram
By: David Daniels, M.D. and
Virginia Price, Ph.D

 

 

Understanding-Yourself-and-the-Others-in-Your-LifeThe Enneagram: Understanding
Yourself and the Others in Your Life
By: Helen Palmer

 

 

The-Enneagram-in-Love-and-WorkThe Enneagram in Love and Work

 By: Helen Palmer

 

 

 

A-Christian-PerspectiveThe Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
By: Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert

 

 

 

Experiencing-the-EnneagramExperiencing the Enneagram
By: Richard Rohr, Andreas Ebert and others

 

 

 

The-Wisdom-of-the-EnneagramThe Wisdom of the Enneagram
By: Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

 

 

 

Understanding-the-EnneagramUnderstanding the Enneagram
By: Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

 

 

 

The-Enneagram-Made-EasyThe Enneagram Made Easy
By: Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele

 

 

 

The-Enneagram-on-ParentingThe Enneagram on Parenting
By: Elizabeth Wagele

 

 

 

The-Career-within-youThe Career within you
By: Elizabeth Wagele and Ingrid Stabb

 

 

 

The-Enneagram-of-DeathThe Enneagram of Death
By: Elizabeth Wagele

 

 

 

Enneagram-SpiritualityEnneagram Spirituality
By: Suzanne Zeurcher

 

 

 

The-Spiritual-Dimension-of-the-EnneagramThe Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram
By: Sandra Maitri

 

 

 

The-Enneagram-of-Passions-and-VirtuesThe Enneagram of Passions and Virtues
By: Sandra Maitri

 

 

 

In-die-hande-van-die-PottebakkerIn die hande van die Pottebakker
By: Willem Nicol

 

 

 

Gebed-van-die-hartGebed van die hart
By: Willem Nicol

 

 

  


HannaJacobsSuzetteF 2I have studied and practiced the Enneagram since January 2000. I am a certified teacher of the Enneagram Professional Training Program and a associate trainer of the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition ( ESNT). I completed my studies under the co-founders of the Narrative School, Helen Palmer and David Daniels and have taught the Enneagram in South Africa, Malawi and Namibia since 2003. I graduated in Industrial Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch, B.Econ. and am a spiritual director, facilitator and life-coach. 

I am also a Faculty Member of Mundo Eneagrama.  Mundo Eneagama is a Global Enneagram Learning Community that combines virtual and in-person teaching methods in an international and multi-lingual environment.  Our Faculty Members come from 15 different countries and our aim is to provide on-going and high-level education and immersion on the Enneagram and in self-development paths.  I am also a Professional Member of the International Enneagram Association (IEA) and has presented workshops to small groups, churches business executives and government CEOs. The next Enneagram Professional Training Program will take place in 2017.

I have been married to Robert Fischer for 25 years. We have four children and we live in Pretoria, South Africa.

 

MY PERSONAL ENNEAGRAM ENCOUNTER

I attended my first Enneagram workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi, in January 2000. From day one, the Enneagram was an aha-moment for me. I never saw "power" or "perfection" as gifts. For the first time I could identify with these gifts and I realized how different they are from my own. I became aware of my own ego and how difficult it is for me to change. Realizing these differences has helped me to cultivate patience and compassion, not only with myself, but also with my fellow human beings.

The Narrative Tradition makes use of panels when teaching the Enneagram Types. Each Type speaks for itself. I fell in love with this narrative tradition. I could identify with the people that sat on my panel and shared my/our point of view. What I like about the Narrative Tradition is that although we have facilitators, each participant is a teacher in his/her own right.

I believe the Enneagram to be the most effective tool to achieve self-awareness, to improve relationships and teamwork, to reduce conflict and to appreciate human diversity and spiritual growth. I have also found it extremely helpful in raising and parenting our children.

Teaching the Enneagram is like eating chocolate every day and not gaining weight. I love what I do and see it as a blessing to work with people that have teachable spirits. It is a privilege to see people's faces light up when they realize the biggest gift is this journey within. They suddenly understand that they cannot know and understand others if they don't know and understand themselves.

The Enneagram helps us to become free from these worn-out patterns that keeps limiting us from being who we really are. The Enneagram is a journey to freedom!

 

THE ENNEAGRAM PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM (TEACHER CERTIFICATION)

OVERVIEW

The five-part Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) is designed for those who would like to pursue teacher certification or use the Enneagram in their professional practice or workplace. Part 1, the Enneagram Intensive, is a six-day foundational program that we also offer as a stand-alone workshop. This course is open to anyone with some prior knowledge of the Enneagram who wants to participate in an intensive growth process in a safe and receptive community dedicated to diversity.

Who should attend

  • Anyone on a path of personal transformation
  • Therapists, counsellors, physicians, nurses
  • Business managers, coaches, trainers
  • Spiritual directors and clergy
  • Teachers and parents

We teach in the Narrative Tradition of people speaking on their own behalf. We have found that the most effective way to teach the Enneagram and recognize personality differences, is through people speaking from their own experience. Much of the learning happens when participants are seated with people of the same type, sharing their insights and personal stories.

The panel interviews bring the Enneagram alive through meaningful conversation and insights. To create a powerful immersion experience, we combine our teachings in the Narrative Tradition with informative lectures, self-observation practices, group exercises by type, guided interactions, movement practices, psychological practices, and deep personal inquiry and reflection.

Graduates of the Enneagram Intensive are eligible to join the Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT) as associate members. Upon completion of all four EPTP segments, certified teachers may become professional members of the EANT as well as the International Enneagram Association (IEA). All members receive admission to the annual conference, membership directory, subscription to the quarterly journal/newsletter, TALK, and personal and professional networking opportunities.

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CURRICULUM

Part 1: The Enneagram Intensive
A six-day course integrating psychological life and spirit
42 CEU's (42 CPD's HPCSA)

Also offered as a stand-alone workshop, the Enneagram Intensive offers a full examination of the structure and psychodynamics of the nine personality types, including the basic proposition, instinctual subtypes, patterns of personal reactivity and defence mechanisms. Participants focus on personal development and relationship issues with other types through self-inquiry, process interactions and specific strategies for change. Facilitators may include David Daniels, Peter O'Hanrahan, Suzette Fischer, or Terry Saracino. Helen Palmer is present through a recorded set of 12 powerful guided meditations.

Part 2:  The Enneagram and Instinctive Subtypes- Your Path in Life (by Peter O'Hanrahan)

The Enneagram is a powerful system for learning about ourselves and the people in our lives.  It describes the point of view and the motivation of nine personality types and provides important strategies for our personal growth and relationships.  The study of the instinctual subtypes provides further insights about how we can apply the Enneagram for self awareness in daily life.

The Enneagram describes three centres of energy and intelligence that shape the structure and behaviours of our personality type.  The intellectual centre holds our point of view, habit of attention and mental fixation. The emotional centre is home to our feelings, our empathy, and the "passion" of our type.

The body centre contains three major instincts:

* Self preservation instinct - guiding our relationships with home, food, security, family and warmth in personal relationship.

* One-to-one instinct - fuelling our personal vitality, sexuality, intimate relationships, and our experience of spiritual union.

* Social instinct - forming our friendships, our participation in groups and community, and our social identity.

Every person has all three instincts, but one of them becomes more central in our daily lives and relationships - this primary instinct determines our Enneagram subtype.  There are 27 subtypes, three variations of each personality type.  These 27 profiles hold the key to understanding our path in life and our role in the community:  How do we spend our time and energy in daily life?  What are our important projects?  How do we participate in home, neighbourhood, politics or religious activities?  What do we need to feel secure?  What is the role of instinct and emotion?  In our relationships with friends, colleagues and intimate partners, subtype differences (or similarities) can be as important as personality type!

In this workshop we will explore the issues for all 27 subtypes, including:

* Making informed choices about our personal priorities and major projects.

* How subtypes affect our relationships at home and at work.

* How to balance work, home, and intimacy.

Managing the emotional habits of our type.

How to live with authenticity while adapting to a rapidly changing culture.

The Narrative Tradition panel method helps us to apprciate each person's story and build community.  The format will include nine type panels as well as presentations, guided inner practices, and small-group discussion.  Beginners to the Enneagram are welcome.  If you don't know your subtype, you will likely discover it during the workshop.

 1.19.114.117.118.119.1Part 3: The Typing Process and Deepening Spiritual Awareness

Each three-day course can be taken independently, or in combination as Part 3 of the Enneagram Professional Training Program.

The first three days, The Typing Process, bring typing and panel interviewing alive with special attention to distinguishing among types using verbal, non-verbal and observational cures. Practise sessions offer participants a rare hands-on opportunity to develop typing and panel interviewing skills with supervision and feedback.

The second three days, Deepening Spiritual Awareness, focuses on type structure as a means of spiritual evolution. Discover first-hand the psycho-spiritual benefits of the Enneagram in this enlightening three day workshop in the Narrative Tradition with Peter O'Hanrahan and Suzette Fischer. You'll have the opportunity to practise self-observation methods and gain many insights from Enneagram panel representatives of the nine Enneagram types. This segment of the EPTP curriculum is open to the public as a stand-alone workshop. No prior training in the Enneagram is required.

Part 4: The Internship Process  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Each student selects a supervisor or mentor from the program and conducts 18 typing interviews and two panel practise sessions, half of which are coached by the supervisor or mentor. These sessions focus on both technical skills and self-management of the interview and inquiry process. This one-on-one relationship with an experienced certified teacher provides an excellent context for further learning and practise. Each student also completes a review and submits it to the supervisor for assessment and feedback prior to attending Part 5.

Part 5: Professional Certification
Six-day course (repeat of The Enneagram Intensive™ as a certifying candidate)

This repeat of the Enneagram Intensive offers a full examination of the structure and dynamics of the types. During the first round of panels, candidates for teacher certification conduct interviews with support and feedback from staff. Candidates also demonstrate typing skills and receive additional instruction. The second round of panels further integrates the material. Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to use the Licensed Teaching Materials Package.

20.121.122.123.124.125.1TRAINING SCHEDULE AND FEES

Part 1 (and Part 5 - for certifying students)  : The Enneagram Intensive - 6 Day Workshop

Facilitators:  Peter O'Hanrahan (USA) and Suzette Fischer

Where:  Waterkloof, Pretoria, RSA

When:  8- 13 March 2016

Costs:  To be announced

Part 2:  The Enneagram and Instinctual Types - Your Path in Life 

Facilitator:  Peter O'Hanrahan (USA)

Where:  Waterkloof, Pretoria, RSA

When:  5 - 6 March 2016

Part 3: The Typing Process and Deepening Spiritual Awareness (6 day workshop, but can be attended, as non-EPTP students ... two 3-day separate workshops)

Facilitators:  Peter O'Hanrahan and Suzette Fischer

 

 

WHY THE ENNEAGRAM?

The Enneagram is a study of nine basic personality types. It explains why we behave the way we do, and it points to specific directions for individual growth at all levels. It is an important tool for improving relationships, teamwork and for a heightened awareness in our spiritual life.

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THEORY

The Enneagram system is represented by a circle containing a nine-pointed star-like shape.  Ennea is Greek for the number nine, and gram is Greek for points or a drawing. The Enneagram is "a drawing with nine points". The nine points appear on a circle and are interconnected by arrows. Each point represents a different personality type.

The Enneagram teaches us that we were born free and innocent in our original essence – specific to each person. Early in life we learned to survive and to cope with stress, by developing a strategy based on our natural talents and abilities. The initial gift, intended for the good of humanity, becomes a self-oriented compulsive behaviour where the real gift is, so to speak, covered up and paralyzed. By learning the Enneagram, we develop a deeper understanding of who we really are, and what wants to grow within ourselves. This helps us to discover alternative patterns of behaviour. It also promotes an understanding and acceptance of others, and of our relationships with them. The Enneagram helps us to break free from worn-out strategies. It helps us to discover where we are stuck and it helps us to begin to see life from a broader point of view.

KNOW YOUR OWN WORLD VIEW

  • ONES want to get it right.
  • TWOS want to help others.
  • THREES want to work hard and be successful.
  • FOURS want to explore their true feelings and make you feel special.
  • FIVES want objective information and privacy.
  • SIXES want to know what is happening behind their backs.
  • SEVENS want to plan for plentiful positive possibilities.
  • EIGHTS want to take control and be in charge.
  • NINES want everyone to get along and make the world a better place.

TYPE ONE: THE REFORMER

PROFILE

Type ONES are Perfectionists and they believe that they must be good and right to be worthy. They readily and instinctively know what is best and work for it, seeking the ideal in everything and everyone. They demand perfection of themselves and of others and they expect it in life around them and in everything they put their hand to. ONES are people who drive through life with the brakes on. Their ideal self is to be right, hard-working, good and in tight control. They are responsible, work with a high energy level, and will initiate reforms if necessary.

ONES are hyper-critical of themselves and others. Anger is experienced when they do not find or achieve this ideal, but they avoid their anger and deny it, because it too is seen as an imperfection even though it is an energy making them capable of sticking to their efforts. This unexpressed anger develops into inner resentment and sharp outer criticism of even small details. The striving for perfection can lead to self-hatred, as well as disappointment and intolerance towards others. They hesitate to share responsibility as they believe they do things best themselves.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

They strive for the ideal: to improve the world, to constantly justify their position to be beyond criticism, to show strong disapproval of those who do not live up to their ideal, including themselves.

CHALLENGES

They are judgmental, impatient, intolerant, proud of perfection and unwilling to share responsibility, irritable, moody, pessimistic and stubborn.

STRENGTHS

Persistent effort, correct action, honesty, responsibility, concern for improvement, accomplishment, idealism, high standards, self-reliance and dedication.

TYPE TWO – THE HELPER

PROFILE

Type TWOS are people of service: the helpers, the co-dependents, the overworked mothers and self-sacrificing partners. They are extremely generous. They are sensitive to other's needs and love to give. Twos take pride in being helpful. For them, self-worth lies in being needed. They delight in coming to the rescue and in being seen as saviours. They are affectionate, compassionate and can naturally move into another person's feelings. Relationships are key to life and friendships are faithfully cared for. They will remember your birthday.

They avoid their personal needs and find it difficult to ask for or to receive help. This results in projecting their own needs onto others and solving them out there. They pride themselves on their helper role, while in fact they need constant affirmation. If services are ignored, flattery is used. They may become possessive of people, using their services to get the desired approval and love. Their world is disrupted when they are no longer needed. Their "selfless service" is actually not selfless at all. It is rather the TWO, trying to gain love and self-esteem by taking care of someone else.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

They are motivated by their need for approval, by their admiration for self-sacrifice, by wanting to express feelings for others, having others respond and pay attention to them. They often do not see the real needs of others.

CHALLENGES

They are possessive of people, smothering, have pride in helping, are manipulative, insincere, impatient.

STRENGTHS

TWOS' strengths include being giving, helpful, generous, romantic, sensitive to others' feelings, appreciative, supportive, energetic and willing.

TYPE THREE – THE PERFORMER

PROFILE

Type THREES value success. They gain self worth through production. They present themselves as shiny, bright, successful and shallow. They are extremely efficient and usually excel in whatever they put their hand to. They climb the social ladder and being "number one" is important to them. The world is right when they have a chance to prove they can do it, whatever is valued. They are natural executives, moving smoothly and with polish. They are persuasive and will motivate you to be on their team. They project a lot of self-confidence.

Any failure, or appearance of it, is devastating and avoided. They can get trapped in their need for efficiency and so become insensitive to others. They even use others for their own purposes, to get where they want to be. They do not hesitate to practise deceit to ensure an aura of success. The end (success) justifies the means: a half-truth or being overly competitive or switching sides. They are good at propaganda or selling – be it of ideas, plans, products or their own image. "Well done!" must be stamped on all they undertake.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

THREES constantly aim at self-improvement, draw attention by impressing others, they use or do whatever to stay at top, even at the cost of ruining others. They are very good at delegating and they know how to use their charm.

CHALLENGES

The end justifies the means. They are vain, will lie to protect their image, are insensitive, self-centered, cold, unable to face failure, overly competitive.

STRENGTHS

THREES' strengths include leadership, possibility, enthusiasm, action, encouragement, problem solving, ability to provide, efficiency, practicality and competence.

TYPE FOUR – THE ROMANTIC

PROFILE

Type FOURS are special, unique and different. They will have very personal ways of doing things. They are artistic, creative and intuitively perceptive of the emotional tone of others around them. They help others see the beauty and they live everything intensely. They have a tragic perception of life and they love the melancholic. FOURS remember their experiences with a sense of drama and depth of feeling.

They are in fact the natural drama queens of the Enneagram. They carry with them a sense of loss and never really feel at home in any environment: "I don't belong". They are the artists, dancers and workshop junkies of the world. FOURS feel great longing, and tend to be melodramatic and highly emotional. "Nobody suffers like I do!" is their lament. They avoid ordinariness and things are never simple. If so, then they are unworthy of notice. They experience moodiness, are up or down, but never in-between. When they feel misunderstood, they withdraw into self-pity, melancholia and depression. Clothes and manners are often rehearsed for effect. Authenticity in expressing who they really are, is a trap and becomes a quest. They are looking for someone who will truly understand them as they are, and accept them that way. They envy those who seem to be at home everywhere.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

It is important for FOURS to express themselves and create something beautiful that will communicate their uniqueness to others. They tend to withdraw to sort out their intensive emotional reactions to life. They indulge themselves often in some special communion with nature, to make up for what they feel they are missing in the real world.

CHALLENGES

They are snobbish, belittling of others, despairing, show excessive moodiness, jealousy and envy, and dwell in the past.

STRENGTHS

FOURS' strengths include sensitivity and empathy, especially with suffering. They are attuned to feelings, are intense, romantic, appreciative of the unique, and passionate and idealistic.

TYPE FIVE – THE OBSERVER

PROFILE

Type FIVES set value on wisdom and the pursuit of knowledge. Their ideal self is to know. Here is the reflective person, good at grasping precise details, seeing essentials and making connections detective style. FIVES love truth, are good listeners and very perceptive. When you need to know who is where and what is when, they'll probably have the information. They fear their own emptiness and seek to fill it with knowledge. They will not speak until they are very sure of having all the answers and will not risk doing so until they feel fully prepared. Because of this, they keep much inside and seem stingy, not sharing their inner wealth easily with others. They may stand back, observing life, while remaining aloof and fascinated by it, too fearful to participate in it. They will be critical, even sarcastic, of anyone not thoroughly grounded in their subject.

FIVES are fiercely independent, non-conforming rebels. They try to create peace through the exclusion of the outside world, dealing with their fear by reducing life to manageable proportions. FIVES love to be on the outer edges at social gatherings.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

FIVES observe, study and research their environment. They like to gain more knowledge, to have intellectual certitude, to back off from whatever seems threatening.

CHALLENGES

They are critical, sarcastic, cynical, stingy and selfish.

STRENGTHS

FIVES' strengths include being scholarly, knowing, thoughtful, calm in crisis, respectful, dependable, keeper of confidences, and appreciative of simplicity.

TYPE SIX – THE LOYALIST

PROFILE

Type SIXES stand for law and order. They rely on sound authority to lead and support them. In return they are extremely conscientious, loyal and faithful. For the religiously inclined, this will be God's Will underlying all they do. They feel responsible for the law and will defend it. They have a sense of tradition, with an understanding of what a group has in common. This must be preserved and kept intact. They are cautious by nature, but will challenge authority if it seems to detour in any way. They can sway back and forth in the face of a decision to be taken, endlessly weighing pros and cons. As a result, they worry excessively.

They cannot tolerate deviancy of any kind. They have a hard time seeing their own blame, or they go in the opposite direction of excessive guilt. When criticized, they will easily say, "I did as I was told." SIXES become fearful if they have to act on personal initiative. They look for the security of outside support. They will identify with and take on authority, rather than do something in their own name. They like to follow the law, can become rigid and intolerant, stubborn and harsh. SIXES are observers, safe behind their questioning mind and also the doubters who look for hidden meaning, but overlook the obvious.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

SIXES are very loyal and faithful. They seek the approval of figures of authority who come to their aid; they like to test the attitude of others towards themselves, they fight against anxiety and insecurity, constantly asserting themselves to overcome their fears, even to the extent of courting danger (counter phobic SIXES)

CHALLENGES

They are rigid, stubborn, intolerant, harsh, judgmental, proud of being obedient, scared of change.

STRENGTHS

SIXES' strengths include being thoughtful, warm, protective, devoted to others, trusting (as faith develops), intuitive, sensitive, loyal, fair, witty and full of ideas.

TYPE SEVEN – THE ADVENTURER

PROFILE

Type SEVENS are persons of joy and optimism. They are the charmers, con artists and cosmic travelers of the Enneagram. Peter Pan is the Type SEVEN. They accentuate the positive, and eliminate the negative. Life is made for happiness and they make fun things happen. They live in a kind of utopia, assured that tomorrow will turn out much better than today, if only they plan for it. Magical thinking and "don't bring me down" are hallmarks of a SEVEN. They dream of a world where everyone is joyful and everything is in harmony: no more tears, no more dying.

Their security is in being able to say "I am fine" whatever is happening. They avoid what is painful, dull, boring or unpleasant. They block it out and become insensitive to it - pretend it away. They want instant gratification of their desires for good things, while anything painful is put off. The gluttony and over-indulgence is for anything they like. They are fast and usually have several things going on at the same time. They travel from job to job, relationship to relationship, always seeking outside themselves, greedy for something new.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

SEVENS seek happiness, to have fun and amusement, to do and have more of everything good; to escape anxiety by staying in motion regardless of consequences; to follow impulses, to avoid feeling of, and dealing or staying with pain.

CHALLENGES

They gloss over pain. They are gluttons; they fail to follow through on plans, are self-indulgent, superficial in relationships, avoid commitment, are impatient, intolerant of plans of others, and lack seriousness.

STRENGTHS

SEVENS' strengths include loving life, thinking positive and being playful, enjoyable, inventive, imaginative, energetic, optimistic, helpful and open to possibilities.

TYPE EIGHT – THE PROTECTOR

PROFILE

Type EIGHTS are persons of power. They really are strong in many ways. They love a challenge and take it on without hesitation. They need to feel that they have control over whatever touches their lives. Any show of weakness is avoided and any expressions of tenderness are carefully guarded. They have strength of character, the courage of their convictions and are truthful and honest. They are natural leaders and will influence the direction of any group they belong to. They are very sensitive to injustice and to unfair situations and will confront these.

Their pitfall is to think they can handle any problem by fighting. They love to fight for justice and the underdog, but are often the biggest bullies themselves. They assert themselves at the expense of others. They are comfortable with being against others as well as over them. Their arrogance can be felt as they become impatient, sarcastic, verbally and physically abusive. Their anger is open and explosive. They will respond with vengeance if crossed. They are driven by lust, not only sexual lust, but also a lust for life and over-consumption. Whatever EIGHTS do, they do excessively.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

EIGHTS have strong opinions, with no tolerance for other views, which give them a rigid and limited horizon. They despise cowards and weaklings and hate liars. EIGHTS dominate their environment with their loud appearance, their fight for survival. They assert and prove themselves and are feared by others. EIGHTS pursue their powerful and often forceful ways, which protect their façade of being invulnerable, while promoting justice and truth.

CHALLENGES

They are impatient, sarcastic, verbally and physically abusive. They show intense anger, are arrogant, domineering, and reject weakness and tenderness. Everything is black or white, and they push to the limits at all costs.

STRENGTHS

EIGHTS' strengths include being strong, powerful, exciting, intense, determined, courageous, persistent, protective of others, just, friendly, truthful, fair, clear, straightforward and firm.

TYPE NINE - THE PEACEMAKER

PROFILE

Type NINES are people of peace who value serenity. They avoid anger on a deep, primal level, idealizing their self image as a loving person. They pride themselves on being settled. They are usually free and easy to be with, natural mediators, quiet, calm, non-threatening and accepting of what is. They are non-judgmental and make empathic counselors. They naturally conserve energy, and will not take two steps when one will do. On the surface, NINES appear to be sweet, easy-going and gentle, but don't let that fool you: when the elephant decides to move, nothing will stand in his/her way.

They avoid conflict and do not take sides or prioritize values. They put off decision-making where they have to take responsibility. They avoid being the centre of attention. They have two speeds – slow and stop, to the point of indolence or laziness. They are seekers who look to others for solutions. They are overly patient, they complain rather than clear things up and they love to stay uninvolved. NINES can listen without hearing. They easily procrastinate: "Why do today what can be done tomorrow?"

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

NINES primarily want to have peace and harmony. They are gentle, awaken trust, mediate quarrels, try to bring people back together, want to preserve things as they are, minimize problems and deny the existence of difficulties hard to handle.

CHALLENGES

They are overly patient, complaining, uninvolved, insensitive to enthusiasm, they listen but do not hear, they procrastinate.

STRENGTHS

NINES' strengths include being caring, attentive to others, giving, empathetic, adaptive, accepting, supportive, accountable, sensitive, steady, calming, receptive and generally non-judgmental.

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