In the Enneagram literature there have been efforts made to situate the Enneagram within a spiritual framework whether Christian, Sufi, or the esoteric tradition. This workshop aims to provide a model for understanding overall human esoteric anatomy, and what that means in situating the Enneagram within spiritual practice. What is it that Enneagram can provide for us and what are its limitations within this context?

Otto Rank, the psychoanalyst, has said that our ego is like our armor. It both protects us and at the same time makes us inflexible. The Enneagram attempts to reduce the weight of that armor but spiritual practice is about finding out who is inside that armor. As a framework for understanding such a context, the 11 Principles of the Naqshbandi Sufi Path will be presented as a methodology for integrating an understanding of the Enneagram within Sufi practice.

Short Bio:
Abdul Hayy Holdijk was one of the first persons to organise homeopathic training in Egypt with the stated goal to spread homeopathy in Egypt at the grassroots level in order to create public demand for quality homeopathic treatment. Abdul Hayy L. Holdijk has been running professional 3 year homeopathic training courses for Egyptian physicians and lay people for the past 12 years In addition to homeopathy, he is very interested in incorporating a clearer concept of consciousness and the notions of self (and Self) into the homeopathic discipline and how this impacts on our whole notion of what needs to be healed. As part of his teachings on self-development, he uses a number of different modalities like Shadow Work, and Voice Dialogue as a means of therapy.

In his other incarnations Abdul Hayy worked full time at both the American University in Beirut for several years, and for 35 years at the American University in Cairo. He was instrumental in setting up the Department of Rhetoric at AUC and finally retired after many years as Associate Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. In his final 8 years at AUC he focused on developing and teaching a course called “Who am I?: Self and Consciousness Across the Disciplines,” which was incorporated in the 1st year Core requirements at AUC and is still being taught there. In addition in his final 3 years, he developed a course called “Integral Living” for final year students, designed to integrate the multiple perspectives of religion, science, social conditioning, and work in preparation for their careers after university. This course too, is still being taught at AUC. In 2014, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American University in Cairo.

Abdul Hayy believes that no change in consciousness can take place unless an awareness of these obstacles to our own development are addressed. Seeing an opportunity outside the academic context, he retired from university in 2015, and continued his career in teaching courses on self-development and alternative medicine.

He has been trying to follow the Naqshbandi Sufi path for the past 40 years.

Date: Wednesday 17 April, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Holiday Inn Maadi
Address: 29 A Corniche El Nil, Maadi, Cairo Beside Sadat Academy For Management Sciences.
For Support: [email protected]

Members: EGP 1250
Non-Members: EGP 1750

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