Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realize how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self…
– John O’Donohue from “The Question Holds the Lantern”
It can be a huge relief when we discover that our personality type, which has helped us navigate life’s rocky terrain, is not our essential self. The Enneagram — a profound system of nine personality types — gives you a powerful tool for accessing your truest self and for understanding yourself and others. Combining wisdom traditions with modern psychology, this system describes nine distinct patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting, and how each type perceives and responds to the world through a set of lenses that hamper and limit our experiences. Fueling each Enneagram type is a basic belief about what we need in life to fulfill our primary need for love, security and worth and consequently to have a satisfying life.
At Chrysalis, we offer you the Enneagram as a dynamic tool that helps you release limiting patterns, build on strengths, and compassionately understand yourself and others. Growth occurs as you develop your inner observer, hold awareness, and find new possibilities for action and for simply being. Presence and spirit become vital forces in sustaining healthy and loving relationships with yourself and others in your life.
A good beginning to discovering your personality type is to take an Enneagram survey. We’ve provided a short quiz courtesy of The Enneagram Institute. Short personality quizzes such as this cannot guarantee that your basic personality type will be indicated, although your type will most likely be one of the top three scores in this free quiz. Another reliable resource for learning more about your type is http://www.enneagramworldwide.com
For more information, please contact Jude Setian-Marston, a certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition™, trained under Helen Palmer and David Daniels. Jude can be reached at 301.943.3029 or Jude@TheChrysalisGroupInc.com