Type Nine and the Reluctant Hero Archetype

Type Nine and the Reluctant Hero Archetype

Film, literature and stories passed down via oral traditions are rife with examples of the reluctant hero. The fact that we love these tales about ordinary people called to do extraordinary things that they don’t feel they’re qualified to tackle highlights the appeal of this archetype. Perhaps it’s because we all hope there’s some unlikely hero hidden within us who will rise to the occasion as soon as we’re called upon to do so.

Difficult Emotions: The Engine of Your Awakening

Difficult Emotions: The Engine of Your Awakening

A few years back, I found myself rooting through cupboards in a familiar, desperate search for chocolate. Fortunately, we didn’t have any and this threw me back upon the suffering I was experiencing and gave me the opportunity to wonder what was driving this. For the first time in my life, I experienced a terrifyingly bottomless well of yearning without a story attached to it. The absolute rawness of this emotion was so consuming that I dropped right back into unconsciousness only to awaken a moment later as I was about to tear into some unsweetened baking chocolate. I was that desperate to not feel this.

Review: The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti

Review: <i>The Way of Liberation</i> by Adyashanti

When the book you’re holding can move you to tears with the intense honesty and beauty of a single sentence, you know you’ve got a gem. This little book is one of them. Whereas many can get lost in trying to put words to that which defies conceptualization, Adyashanti remains true to his intent to write “a stripped down, practical guide to spiritual liberation.” For all it’s simplicity and practicality, this book sacrifices nothing in the way of power and poetry in expressing the naked Truth.

Cultivating a Heart that Can Contain the Infinite

Cultivating a Heart that Can Contain the Infinite

Don Riso’s Levels of Development are usually presented in a downward-bound fashion with the implicit message that dropping down the Levels is a mistake brought about by a series of cognitive errors. While it gives us a powerful and insightful birds-eye view of exactly how each type makes its characteristic logical but misguided conclusions that lead them to bring about their own Basic Fear, perhaps dropping down the Levels is something we’re supposed to do.

On Dropping the Story

On Dropping the Story

Among spiritual seekers, there’s an idea that many see as a good reason for not using the Enneagram in their practice. That is that we each have a “story,” or narrative, that continuously tells us who we are, what the world is and how we should be in it. The Enneagram of personality is often seen as adding to this story, giving us more content to support our opinions, pre-conceived notions and limiting beliefs about ourselves and others. However, the Enneagram gives us a wealth of insight and without it, an awful lot of our egoic behavior would potentially remain invisible because it is the nature of Ego to be hidden so it can masquerade as our true nature.