The map of the Enneagram is a design that can unlock the secrets of reality on any of its dimensions of existence or experience. With the correct alignment and understanding of the map it can work as an access to the wisdom necessary on these dimensions of reality. The original use of the Enneagram is to access the wisdom of spiritual realization. To the truly interested and aligned, the Enneagram can give insight into what reality is like in spiritual realization, what the barriers to such realization are, and can provide us with guidance about the direction to such spiritual liberation. The map of the Enneagram can also give knowledge and insight into the workings of our everyday consciousness, our personality patterns and tendencies. The wisdom of these two dimensions of experience — that of the spiritual dimension and that of everyday experience — are both necessary for the integration that leads to human maturity, the development tantamount to completeness.

Beyond ambition, beyond attainment, is home. Contentment without content; peace, uncaused.

— A.H. Almaas A.H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, the originator of the psychospiritual teaching and method known as the Diamond Approach(R). Born in Kuwait, his academic background is in physics, mathematics, and psychology. Ali has developed the Diamond Approach(R) over the last 25 years. He discovered, through self exploration and work with others, that the ego, or personality, is not only an impediment to growth and happiness, but also covers up vital aspects of us that we need if we are to feel fulfilled or at peace or to acquire the ability to be present and operate in the real world. His teaching emphasizes that these aspects of essence are still available to us and that the personality offers a path to rediscovering them. In 1975, Ali founded the Ridhwan School in Boulder, Colorado and Berkeley, California. The school now has about 900 members around the United States and abroad, with students in Canada, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and other countries. Almaas is the author of many books, including: Facets of Unity: The Enneagram of Holy Ideas; Diamond Heart Series, Book I-IV; the Pearl Beyond Price: Integration of Personality into Being: An Object Relations Approach; The Point of Existence: Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization; The Inner Journey Home: Soul’s Realization of the Unity of Reality and most recently, Spacecruiser Inquiry: True Guidance for the Inner Journey.

A. H. Almaas


2005 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco, California, USA

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