The Enneagram is a tool for raising consciousness, assisting in our journey of individuation and helping us connect with our essential nature and deeper wisdom. By becoming aware of the strategies we use in the world we can slow down the activation of our habitual personality patterns.
The world is changing exponentially in a fundamental ways and requiring us to respond in new ways. The Enneagram can show us our defensive mechanisms and the implicit assumptions we have about ourselves and the world which keep us stuck in unhelpful ways of being. If we can change the automatic “operating system” according which we function, we can truly unlock our own potential, become the complex adaptive systems we are as human beings and impact positively on the world around us.
The Enneagram can help in discerning when the ego identifies with these patterns in a defensive manner (in terms of persona aspects) as opposed to authentic self-expression. This deepens self-awareness and build a a proper relationship between our ego and higher self, or as Jung called it the Archetype of the Self.
More about the Lecture:
This presentation is an introduction to the Enneagram that demonstrates the manner in which it can be used to develop the inner observer to afford more choice about the manner in which you show up in the world. Becoming aware of your unconscious motivations and how you act out certain archetypal patterns in the world will increase your flexibility as to how you respond emotionally, how you think and behave – as opposed to being stuck in outdated paradigms or worldviews. The Enneagram teaches us to hold polarities within ourselves and integrate our shadow as we become aware of our blind spots. Learning about the Enneagram types improves human connection and intimacy because it engenders compassion for the other people’s perspectives and struggles, and provides better insight into your own patterns and core motivations.
More about the Presenter:
Denise Grobbelaar is a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst working in private practice in Vredehoek, Cape Town. She has been in private practise since November 2011. Prior to starting private practise, she gained eight years’ experience working in the field of adult mental health. This includes having worked at state facilities such as Groote Schuur and Valkenberg hospitals as well as managing a center for people with chronic and disabling mental illnesses in Observatory, Cape Town, called Fountain House, a programme of Cape Mental Health Society. Besides her curiosity about the human psyche, she has a deep love and a profound sense of reverence for Nature and specifically the White Lions. She leads annual Dream Appreciation retreats to the Global White Lion Protection Trust in the Timbivati.
Denise has a keen interest in archetypal patterns, mythology, shamanism and dream work. She has been working with the Enneagram as a therapeutic tool and map to archetypal personality patterns since October 2017. She is affiliated with Integrative Enneagram Solutions with whom she underwent in-depth training in the use and application of the Enneagram, both for personal growth as well as for team and leadership development in corporate business. She also attended advanced Enneagram training with Jeromy Wagner, psychologist and international Enneagram specialist. She has a passion for increasing consciousness, waking people up to themselves, their patterns and their impact on the world around them.
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