The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul Paperback – Feb 19 2001
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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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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.Read more ›
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
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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A great compliment to all Enneagram books but this one really digs deep and brings you in touch with personal aspects of yourself that you know about but haven't told anyone else.Published 22 months ago by southpaw_23
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. Read morePublished on March 28 2004
Refreshing synthesis of psychology and spirituality-far more depth than the popular enneagram books, which leave you wanting (most other books are introductory by comparison). Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004