The Enneagram offers a profound understanding of the fixations which underlie our motives and interactions. However, once we identify these disfiguring traits, how might we best transform them into radiant manifestations of Essence? Additionally, when no longer primarily fueled by our passions, how might we find renewed energy through alignment with the Higher Ideas?

Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, shares common historical roots with the Enneagram. Its sages and seers have developed tikunim, contemplative exercises and behavioral practices, to help seekers confront their shadows, convert vices to virtue and better receive the special grace of their own Higher Ideas.

In this workshop we will investigate Kabbalah’s understanding of how to address those aspects of type which hinder our recognizing the divine in ourselves and others. We will especially draw on the insights and prescribed practices of two influential Kabbalists: the sixteenth century mystic, Moshe Cordovero, and the twentieth century Hasidic master, Sholom Noah Berezovsky, better known as the Slonimer Rebbe. Through chant, meditation, practical exercises and shared exploration we will consider the unique spiritual paths which Kabbalah charts from inner darkness to our becoming manifestations of light, that together we might take our next steps along the way.

Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison, a pioneer in synthesizing the Enneagram, Contemplative Practice and Kabbalah, is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Temple University. Certified by Palmer\ Daniels, Avruhm is the author of The Enneagram and Kabbalah and a founding teacher of the Lev Shomea Institute, which trains spiritual guides in the Jewish tradition.

Howard Avruhm Addison


2011 IEA Global Conference

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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