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The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge Paperback – July 31, 2013
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“I am especially pleased to see Chestnut’s credible research support for the renewal of this historic system in a postmodern setting. Work of this caliber invigorates the dialogue between science, mysticism, and psychology, streams of thought that have become estranged.”
—Helen Palmer, author of The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life and The Enneagram in Love and Work
“The Complete Enneagram title befits this work beautifully. This work is clear, thoughtful, comprehensive, and compelling. Examples of the types speaking for themselves, along with the historical roots of the Enneagram, further enrich Chestnut’s work. She artfully interweaves theoretical and practical information and enhances this work with her insightful psychology background. This book is a must-read.”
—David Daniels, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University, and Enneagram pioneer in the Narrative Tradition
“With the best subtype information currently available in print and an exquisite intermixing of the psychological, spiritual, and developmental, The Complete Enneagram more than deserves its title. Pleasurable to read and with abundant theory and practice for both the personal and professional arenas, I will encourage all of my clients to read it, even those who are already Enneagram-savvy. It is solid, classic, bold, even-handed, and original!”
—Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD, Founder, The Enneagram in Business Network, and author of Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work
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As to how to actually go about improving our lives using this timeless truth, she writes on page 34:
By first remembering to observe the things we do;
then inquiring more deeply into why and how we do the things we do;
and ... actively working against our old habits and toward our higher aspects,
we initiate an ongoing learning process focused on knowing ourselves better
to the point where we can make more conscious choices more regularly.
Chestnut seems to be suggesting that authentic transformation consists of remembering, inquiring, working, learning, and choosing.
And, these five suggestions can't help but be remind me of Bernard Lonergan's "trancendental precepts" which are "habits that give direction to the psyche," page 54 of Enneatypes, Method & Spirit, by Lonergan scholar Tad Dunne. (Lonergan was a Canadian philosopher and theologan who Wikipedia refers to as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century.)
It seems that Chestnut is very much writing in the Western Wisdom Tradition as is Aquinas scholar Bernard Lonergan's whose five suggestions for authentically living parallel Chestnut's suggestions regarding individual transformation which she indicates are approached by "dis-identifying from (one's) personality." (Chestnut, page 34)
Tad Dunne, who sees great affinity in the writings of Bernard Lonergan and Claudio Naranjo, has a chapter written for teenagers in his book Enneatypes, Method & Spirit wherein he presents Lonergan's precepts with a brief suggestion as to what each precept is suggesting:
1. Be attentive--That is, pay attention to what people say.
2. Be intelligent--That is, ask yourself why and how.
3. Be reasonable--That is, don't settle for good stories or fanciful dreams.
4. Be resposible--That is, do what you believe is right.
5. Be in love--That is, stay connected to the people who love you and to the people whom love you.
Taken together, Tad Dunne and Beatrice Chestnut (who cites Dante and Homer regarding each enneatype) have both written books that compliment one another. Both books clearly support the notion that the Enneagram grew out of what Gurdjieff scholar Cynthia Bourgeault writes of in her book entitled--The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart.