As Mr. Gurdjieff would say, that in the beginning of any new endeavor (from Beelzebub’s Tales) to pronounce out loud, or to yourself, “In the Name of the Father and the Son, and in the name of the Holy Ghost, Amen!” So, in striking this note at the very beginning of the enlivening and initiation of this website, I am ready to launch, of course, first praying for the souls of my dear mother and father, and then for the well-being of everyone on planet earth, and finally for myself and my family.
Welcome friends, newcomers, and all interested in this very amazing tool, the Enneagram. I was introduced to the Enneagram years ago when my therapist and teacher to be encouraged me, while I thrashed in a turbulent swamp of emotional suffering, to read Personality Types and to firstly look at Type Four. Kaboom! There I saw my inner world with its intricate and perilous inner emotional swamps and tornado-like mental disturbances which had been running me ragged always at the edge of ever-changing abyss-like circumstances. Having my interior processes identified is such clear languaging was utterly shocking yet started me on a journey that slowly would help me let go of many of the inner storms that tormented me, leaving in its wake times of deep calm, clarity, joy, an ever-growing sense of humor, and better capacity to see that I am as blind as the next person. But aside from my inner journey which has cheered my family up tremendously, is a larger issue that concerns the Enneagram and its real use. In 2006 I participated in a Part One training with Russ Hudson and Gayle Scott. On the evening of Day 4 Russ talked about Mr. Gurdjieff and his warning to the world: that unless the wisdom of the East united with the wisdom of the West, all progress that humanity had made could revert and disappear. His fierce goal in bringing the 4th Way and the Enneagram to the world was to inspire enough individuals to take on the task of becoming conscious, that is, aware in all three centers of Being such that their ability to navigate the precise time that we are in right now as I write, could be done with skill, clarity, compassion and intuitive wisdom. His warning included this idea: that humanity would soon come to a turning point, a crisis in which a transformation would be required to elevate the planet to a higher and more humane level of awareness. Or not.
We are in the middle of that crisis which Gurdjieff and others have predicted (Eckhart Tolle in Towards a New Earth also speaks of this, John G Bennett in Witness.). We are on the threshold and possibility of giving birth to a new paradigm. One doesn’t have to look very far to see that chaos has swept through the planet and appears to be going at full tilt. That nearly everything that is dark and unconscious in human beings has risen to the surface, along with a whole host of magnificent people. The Enneagram, if used correctly, is a tool that can assist you in becoming conscious, able to access your creativity, your capacity to feel empathy for self and others, the courage to show up warts and all, and less identified with your personality patterns. Thus, more able to be present without your history obscuring your impartial objectivity. Awesome possibilities for those interested.
It is my hope that myself and my wife, Donna, and those we work with can contribute to this revolution of consciousness. That’s our aim. Please join us as you are needed.
Blessings to you all,
5 thoughts on “Welcome to the First Blog of the Maine Enneagram Center for Transformation and Well-Being”
Thank you for writing this delightfully playful ,yet inspiring piece on such a sacred subject. The Enneagram is the most accurate and spiritual assessment of my personality I have ever found.
This web site is so beautiful and much needed!
I can’t wait for the next blog!
Thanks Michael. Enjoy your conferences. Blessings to you and Donna.
A timely and eloquent reminder that Gurdjieff’s teachings are as vital and urgent and provoking as ever! Looking forward to more pithy thoughts from the rugged Maine seaboard. Glad you launched this blog, Michael.
This is really so well done . It reeally speaks to my heart
Well said, Michael. I appreciate hearing this again. I’m on board.
Peace, and Blessings.