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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (Feb. 19 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585420816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585420810
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
I am a a student of the Enneagram and of many spiritual methods. This is one of the best books I have ever read about how the soul lives, breathes, and transforms. Ms. Maitri presents an immense amount of spiritual knowledge in mapping the spirtual facets of the Enneagram. She does this with a clarity reminiscent of Almaas himself (the highest compliment!). Her writing is earthy and simple with an underlying humility that I find evocative of the most realized teachers. The presence of True Nature and a deep wisdom accompany her words, which is often missing in spiritual writing; in other words, she KNOWS what she is talking about. If you have ever read Ken Wilber and others and wished they could be a bit more precise, you must read this book. I am so appreciative and grateful that such a book has been written. It will be a cherished resource in my life far into the future.
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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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