As many traditions have noted, spiritual growth is like peeling the layers of an onion to get to its core. This process raises many important questions: What will one encounter at each layer? How does one move from one layer to the next? Why is it that as we continue to uncover deeper layers, we seem, at times, to be getting worse, to be in more pain and unhappiness — indeed, to be on the verge of despair or insanity? And, most importantly, what lies at the heart of the `onion’? This presentation will address these questions and more, enabling us to envision the process of spiritual development as a whole, unified, and meaningful journey.
The nine personality types will be discussed as examples of the spiritual process, but this talk is not primarily about the nine types. Beginners and advanced students alike will find meaning and insight, as anyone on the spiritual quest will recognize the truth of this invaluable universal model, both as a reflection of their own experience and as an encouragement to continue on the journey. The pains along our journey may be substantial, but the reward at the end is a gift beyond words.
Don Riso, M.A., is one of the foremost teachers and developers of the Enneagram in the world today. A best-selling author in the field, he is co-Founder of The Enneagram Institute and a Founding Director of the International Enneagram Association. Don holds a degree in Social Psychology from Stanford University as a Ford Foundation Fellow. Don and Russ have five best-selling books, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram, Discovering Your Personality Type, and Enneagram Transformations which have sold over a million copies worldwide.
Russ Hudson is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. Russ brings a long-standing involvement in several spiritual traditions, including the Gurdjieff Work and the Ridhwan School. Russ is co-Founder of The Enneagram Institute, and a Founding Director and former Vice-President of the IEA. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in East Asian Studies. Don and Russ have five best-selling books, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram, Discovering Your Personalitya Type, and Enneagram Transformations, which have sold over a million copies worldwide.
Don Richard Riso
2010 IEA Global Conference
San Francisco, California, USA