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The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul [Paperback]

Sandra Maitri
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Jan. 11 2002
A groundbreaking exploration of the spiritual dimension of working with the enneagram by one of its earliest students and teachers in America.

Here is one of the first books to explore in an authentic and comprehensive way the original spiritual dimension of the enneagram. Among the most knowledgeable teachers of the enneagram in America, Sandra Maitri shows how the enneagram not only reveals our personalities, but illuminates a basic essence within each of us. She shows how traversing the inner territory particular to our ennea-type can bring us profound fulfillment and meaning, as well as authentic spiritual development.

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"Possesses a depth and completeness that I find missing in the existing enneagram literature."
--A. H. Almaas, author of Essence and Facets of Unity

About the Author

Sandra Maitri was a member of the first group of students to whom the Chilean psychiatrist Claudio Naranjo presented the enneagram system in the U.S. almost three decades ago. Throughout her many years of studying and teaching it, Maitri has preserved the legacy of this original transmission. In addition to her work with Naranjo, she has studied with various Eastern and Western spiritual and psychological teachers, including A.H. Almaas, founder of the contemporary spiritual path, the Diamond Approach. As one of the principal and supervising teachers of the Diamond Approach, she teaches the enneagram as part of the larger work of personal transformation, working with hundreds of students each year in the U.S. and Europe. She lives in Marin County, California.

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"The figure of the enneagram is made up of an inner triangle linking Points Nine, Six, and Three, and an outer shape formed by the linking of Points One, Four, Two, Eight, Five, and Seven." Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sandra Maitri's "The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram" is, without doubt, the most insightful and meaningful book on the enneagram I have read. However, I must also agree with Ms. Maitri's own comments elsewhere on this page and caution potential readers that this is not a "beach read" and is best suited as reading for those who are seriously ready-- and honestly ABLE-- to take a deeper look at their own psycho-spiritual essence and soul. This is not a pop-psychology "personality typing" book, but rather a valuable guide for people-- "seekers"-- on their journey of self-discovery, transformation and self-realization.
Yes, the book DOES touch on the "Nine Points" of the enneagram in the "personality type" context most people know it, and it covers the psychological aspects of the different "types." The majority of "The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram" is dedicated to a thorough discussion of each of the nine enneagram points, examining the way each has "lost touch" with its essence or "Holy Idea;" describing the psychological and environmental circumstances for these losses, and then offering guidance on how to recover the part of the self that has been lost. That is an oversimplification, of course, as there is SO much more here. Maitri takes us on a spiritual journey that comes as close as ANY contemporary writer to reaching the origins of the enneagram as a system for integrating the nine ASPECTS (as opposed to personality "TYPES") of human consciousness into a whole and self-actualized person.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dry, Harder than it needs to be March 28 2004
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I was eager to read this book based on a friend's recommendation and the other reviews online. I was greatly disappointed when I read it, however.
I have read several books on the enneagram, which I found insightful, informative and fascinating. This book, on the other hand, made me dread turning each page. The author seemed more concerned with impressing the reader with her difficult language and grammar, showing her intellectual prowess, than teaching the reader the beauty of the enneagram. In additional to it being a dreadful read (on a subject that is hard to make dreadful), she focused on the dark aspects of each ennea-type, without going into how we can escape the darkness.
The author stated in the beginning that her book would be better than others because it would be about developing spiritually, rather than using the enneagram as a mere psychological tool. This promise made me read more of the book (all of it) than I wanted - but I never found words on developing and getting better. It was page after page of using difficult words and grammar to tell us how each ennea-type is darker than the one before.
If you're looking for a good read, pick up something by Donald Riso.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful help on the road to Enlightenment June 26 2004
By William
When we are fully awake and alive to the present moment, we don't need a personality. Sandra documents the fall into uncounsciousness most of us took between the ages of 3 and 6 where we built a personality. A personality is our way to fake it when we are not fully connected. She documents a way to see the personality as having 9 types. Each of these types hides an aspect of truth that we fail to experience. Each type is a way to fake being connected.
Each Enneatype is therefore a way to spin reality, to make it look like we are not broken and lost. This work is so powerful it might cause you to break down and cry, because it will nail your way to avoid life. After you cry you will feel 'born again' with a fresh new look on life.
I have read this book three times and sent 4 copies to my friends. Our local UU church here in Alabama has a 17 member study group meeting once a week, working through this wonderful book. The release of this book will be marked in history as a major event leading the Western Culture to the exploration of Enlightenment and the end of all sorrow.
May you find Enlightenment as a personal experience.. Bill Savoie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply insightful May 25 2004
Sandra Maitri's book is deeply insightful. It is a book that I return to again and again for glimpses into myself and others. It is "the" essential book on the Enneagram. In the work of self-knowledge, I have not found a more useful text that examines the wounding and personality formation that colors our projections, and thus how we see the world.
It is a wonderful book to travel with. Out of our mundane context, with time to reflect, we have the opportunity to see ourselves more clearly. Maitri's book can help put the proper emphasis on the constellation of our characteristics. It also provides insight into our partnerships and relationships as we struggle to understand each other.
It is a work of love and compassion.
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