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From pride to humility and from envy to equanimity
August 05, 2013

Back to the Enneagram of last week which if you remember is a nine fold personality typing system. Wise and insightful definitely and amongst many other features focuses on the journey’s we must each travel away from our weaknesses and patterns towards enlightenment and wholeness. I am a three and so my journey is from my root sin of deceit towards authenticity. The journey requires us to smash through our root sin to its opposite. I like that idea. Deceit to authenticity – get it?

On either side of the three lies the two and the four and we three make up the heart types – those amongst the nine that focus on the approval of others and whose great fear is abandonment.

And these are the journeys that beacon for 2’s who see themselves as helpers and supporters and so are always looking to do something for others and to keep themselves in the background and 4’s who are see themselves as special and unique and who are driven by the need to avoid ordinariness and so are temperamental and often difficult to live with.

The root sins of the two and four are pride and envy respectively. And so the journey for the two is towards real humility and the acceptance of their need for help and support. And for the four it is that they cultivate equanimity and acceptance from the knowledge that they are in fact complete.

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