There is a powerful awakening that occurs when a person first hears and understands that their whole life has been orchestrated by a fixated pattern of behavior. Often this understanding is accompanied by the awareness that there are many others with the same pattern and these others have had very similar issues to their own. This is only the first stage of awakening of liberation; there are several that follow when the person continues to work with the tool of the Enneagram.

When the Enneagram is used for liberation or awakening it is understood that the themes of suffering are based in the distorted perceptions of the ego fixation. The only one that feels unloved, criticized, distrustful, etc., is the fixation. When the fixation is dissolved or released, the suffering that was caused by fixated identity disappears. The focus of the work using the Enneagram is to release the illusion of fixated identity.

This workshop will focus on the stages of liberation as one works with a deeper and deeper understanding of the Enneagram.

Part 1: Description of the stages of liberation with case studies.

1. First hearing and understanding of fixated patterns

2. Learning to step back and observe the fixated patterns

3. Trying out behaviors that contradict the patterns

4. Acceptance of all aspects of the pattern

5. Experiencing the essence of the Enneatype

6. Recognizing that the fixated pattern is just a dream held within the One Consciousness. That what we are is the One Consciousness.

Part 2: Participants will explore techniques that will help them let go of patterns and open to the truth of their being.

Part 3: Sharing experiences.

Part 4: Questions

This workshop will go beyond the experience of fixation and essence to an experiential understanding of the liberated state.

Lissa Friedman received an MA and Ed.S in Mental Health Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Art Therapy. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been in private practice since 1984. She has been working with couples for over 20 years. In addition to her basic, intermediate and advanced Enneagram workshops, she also holds monthly workshops for local therapists on utilizing the Enneagram as an additional therapeutic tool.

In 1986 Dr. Friedman began studying the Enneagram with the Arica School, established by Oscar Ichazo. She was an apprentice teacher from 1992 to 1994. Since then she has studied the work of Almaas, Jaxon-Bear, Maitri, and Naranjo. She began presenting workshops on the Enneagram in 2001. She has published many articles in the Enneagram Monthly and has presented at past IEA conferences. Her book Enneagram of Awakening: A Path to Freedom, is in review.

Lissa Friedman


2008 IEA Global Conference

Atlanta, Georgia, USA