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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Leela Foundation (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893840263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893840263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eli s profound teaching of the Enneagram is a support for true self-investigation. His model of the ego is useful for all seekers after truth. He shows the traps of mind and the possibility of waking up from the trance of suffering. --Gangaji

An enlightened Teacher opens a new path to direct self-inquiry. --H.R. McGonigal

From Fixation to Freedom: The Enneagram of Liberation is aptly named. Eli Jaxon-Bear has written a warm, engrossing book on the process of seeing through the veils. Readers sincerely seeking to use the Enneagram as part of their spiritual journey will be well-served by the wit and wisdom on these pages. --Russ Hudson & Don Richard Riso

About the Author

Eli Jaxon-Bear was born Elliot Jay Zeldow in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947. An 18-year spiritual search took him into many traditions and practices. His path and his search ended when he traveled to India in 1990, where he met his final teacher, Sri H.W.L. Poonja. Confirming Eli s realization, his teacher sent him back into the world to hold satsang and share his unique psychological insights into the nature of egoic suffering, in support of self-realization. Eli is the author of Sudden Awakening into Direct Realization, and the editor of Wake Up and Roar: Satsang with H.W.L. Poonja, Volumes 1 & 2.

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Eli Jaxon-Bear was born Elliot J. Zeldow in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947. His eighteen-year spiritual path started in 1971, when he was a federal fugitive during the Vietnam war. In 1978, Kalu Rinpoche appointed him the president of the first Kagyu dharma center in Marin County. In 1982, he was presented with a Zen Teaching Fan at ChoShoJi Zen Temple in Japan.

After a search took him around the world and into many traditions and practices, his path and his search ended when he was pulled to India in 1990, where he met his final teacher, Sri H.W.L. Poonja. Confirming Eli's realization, his teacher sent him back into the world to share his unique psychological insights into the nature of egoic suffering in support of self-realization.

Eli infuses the teaching with his teacher's living transmission of silence. He presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for ruthless self-inquiry and final realization of true freedom. He dedicates his life to passing on the transmission of his teacher.

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Eli's book is one of the most amazing books I have ever read.
Lynne M. O'Neill
This was one of the best books on the study of the enneagram that I would recommend.
Annie Epp
It is a profoundly deep book that has literlally transformed my whole life.
John

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Bos on June 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to address the one negative review as I feel that it is misleading
The negative review mistated that Eli's book "veers away and does not give appropriate credit to Enneagram pioneers." in a sense this is true it definitely veers away from the mainstream interpretation of the enneagram but lets illuminate. Eli has given much credit to Gurdjieff (who has been credited with bring the enneagram to the west) and also Eli gives credit to Oscar Ichazo who was a pioneer in applying the ennegram to humanistic psychology. What he does not give much credit to is the jesuit interpretation and the current Riso-Hudson books, the Palmer books, and the countless magazine personality/romance tests.
Where as the Riso-hudson books and the like are interested in defining who you are and maybe helping you create a healthier you. The Jaxson-Bear book is solely interested in you seeing what you have unconsciouly limited yourself as and your experience to and then showing you that boundlessly much more is possible.
So there is a big diference. The Riso-Hudson books say, and I'm paraphrasing - this is who you are and lets make you the best you you can be - the Jaxson-Bear book says -this is what you have unconsciously identified yourself as and it is a cage - lets find the whole truth of who you really are!
All in all it is a powerful book that might just change your entire life.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Hallie on March 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
With each new chapter, Jaxon-Bear unveils another breed of ego cover-up, another mask, another method of subconscious madness. And yet, he gives us a way out.
After all nine styles of "fixation" are revealed to be only self-hypnosis, role playing- the reader is then set free and may begin a life of true happiness, peace and mental quietude.
The Enneagram of Liberation differs dramatically from the Enneagram books of Riso, Palmer and the like...in that here, the tool is used to LIBERATE instead of further identify with another brand of personality, to better the surface area of personality.
The Enneagram of Liberation illuminates where the ego is stuck and believing itself to be real. When really, ego is mirage, nothing at all. The title is a signal alert to readers that unlike most books on the subject, this one is totally unique by freeing them from what they are about to learn, the very make-up of "who-ness" will be liberated.
Readers will no doubt examine that who-ness, who they have adhered to so adamantly as self. Other books on the subject while informational, lean towards further identification with the points...as in, "How to be a better Eight." But now we see in Jaxon-Bear's context, that is comparable metaphorically with "How to better dress up the jail cell of imaginary confinement and suffering." Clearly, this is a new way of presenting a very ancient symbol, one meant to liberate, not to further enslave.
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"Here we have a radically different approach. Those interested in waking up shouldn't miss a page of the book's wisdom, truth, and humor. No one need pass a new age exam to understand. There are no practices, no mandatory mantras. Just a direct route to the core Truth...
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Peter Messerschmidt on August 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I thought I was ready to review Eli Jaxon-Bear's "The Enneagram of Liberation" shortly after I first read it, about a year ago. However, in spite of having been a student of the enneagram for many years, I realized that I really didn't have a clear sense of how to describe the book. After a recent second reading, followed by a five-day workshop based on the principles outlined in the book, the penny finally dropped-- this is definitely a fresh new approach to an old system. Indeed, the reviewer with the negative opinion (elsewhere in these pages) is EXACTLY right in saying that this is NOT like other enneagram books.

Eli Jaxon-Bear really did not write a book "about" the Enneagram-- as most people are familiar with it-- as a work to determine psychological personality types; rather, he wrote a book about self-actualization, "using" the Enneagram as a "framework" to guide the reader. If you are looking for a "descriptive text" about the history, use and mechanics of the Enneagram strictly from a personality type perspective, this is probably NOT the best book for you-- I'd recommend something by Riso & Hudson, or by Helen Palmer. However, if you are looking for an insightful spiritually-based guide to self-understanding, this is a very insightful book. Having a working knowledge of the Enneagram might be helpful before starting this book, but is by no means essential.

The author uses the Enneagram to examine the nine different psychological fixations and "ego-structures" that correspond to the nine enneagram points, and explains how each Enneagram type's "fixation" is also what prevents them from living and experiencing an "authentic" life.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "daritarose" on April 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There are many books available about the Enneagram, but this one stands head and shoulders above the crowd. It is particularly helpful for people commited to Eastern spiritual paths, or for those literate in some of the ideas and terms, such as the chakras. Yet it is also appropriate for Westerners who find the ideas of Carl Jung helpful, especially the archetypes. It is respectful of the human spirit in that it does not identify the types by something hard to identify with, like greed, as some Enneagram books do.
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