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A journey of consciousness: living the dream

 Ali Green introduces the wisdom of the Enneagram

A journey of consciousness: living the dream ISTOCK

IMAGINE YOU’RE HIKING WITH FRIENDS and need to ford a swollen river. Would you be the first to plunge in and splash to the far bank; would you pause to calculate the safest crossing point; or perhaps worry about helping others across?

Reflecting on what drives us and what we avoid is part of the process in becoming familiar with the Enneagram, an ancient wisdom that takes us on a path of self-knowledge and spiritual growth and a more complete understanding, accepting and enabling of others. Its ancient origins in oral tradition are uncertain, but it was known to Desert Mothers and Fathers, was valued and passed through generations of Jesuits, and eventually arrived in the last century in the USA. I first came across it in the 1990s and have studied it, passed it on to others and used it ever since in my practice both as a priest and a spiritual accompanier.

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