We are indebted to the knowledge of The Enneagram. It is a profound and insightful map for the journey from fragmented, fixated personality to psychological wholeness and liberation. The Enneagram describes nine specific distortions that prevent us from embodying Essence more fully and permanently as human beings. Each type has characteristic ways of avoiding the fullness of true awakening, of dissipating or stealing the energy of their own awakening experiences, and of using it as an inadvertent fuel for the ego fixation. Thus, the fullness of the awakened state is not integrated into daily life.
From this perspective, we tend to be more sensitive to some of these domains, and in particular to the one that contains some of our greatest gifts. In the process of ego development, we lose touch with the direct experience of all nine domains and become most reactive and preoccupied with one of them. Recovering the sense of that domain of Essence becomes our primary focus, and often we end up overlooking others, even after substantial experience in inner work. The Enneagram ignites our journey by illuminating the lynchpin of our egoic distortions and the specific pathways for recovering our essential nature.