- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Leela Foundation (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893840263
- ISBN-13: 978-1893840263
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,227 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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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.
personality and how it will appear in life. His examples are interesting - famous people with certain types; even countries that
have a certain type culture. A good companion to other Enneagram authors.
The first thing I noticed about the book was that the book's foreward was written by a student of the author's and there is absolutely no mention of the book's content or how the reader might benefit from reading the book included in the foreward. Instead, it reads like a fan letter, just shy of pure adulation for the author. Is that bad? Maybe not, but it immediately struck me that the author purposely chose not to have someone write a more relevant, profound, insightful, meaningful, objective, impactful, or inspiring foreward to his book. Why? It just felt overly gratuitous to me. That same indulgent attitude permeates the book. There are lots of comments about his world travels that have nothing to do with the using the enneagram to achieve personal freedom. On page 68 .. "don't accept an Indian one-rupee if the corner has been torn." OK, thanks for that advice but can we get back to the enneagram? Back to from fixation to freedom? The book is littered with such comments.
I tried not to be put off by the authors unsubstantiated comments about certain enneagram types but it was very distracting to constantly question the validity of his statements. Granted, so much of this field is unscientific anyway, based solely only personal and professional experience but still, this book contains far more pure conjecture than what I was expecting from such an experienced therapist. Just because a few people demonstrate certain characteristics doesn't mean that should generalize to an entire group. On page 63 "I have worked with obsessive-compulsive pornography and masturbation addicts who were self-preservation Nines." What does that mean? How does that statement help me achieve my personal freedom whether I'm a 9SP or not? I understand that the author has worked with these people but why mention it under the discussion of Nine self-preservation unless the inference is that they are the only ones involved in that type of activity? Obviously, that is not the case so the comment is completely irrelevant and misleading to the discussion.
On page 54 the author states "the vast majority of car accidents are caused by a small percentage of people. Most of them are probably nines..." Really? It's just that easy to throw out a disparaging statement about nines being irresponsible car drivers, inflicting damage, injury, and death on everyone else? Notice his use of the word "probably." IT'S PURE CONJECTURE! Since there's no current enneagram data to prove or disprove such a statement, it's irrelevant at best. There are numerous similar statements within this book.
What did I like about the book? The chapters are relatively short making it easy to process the information and the font was large enough to read in dim light. He also does a nice job of comparing and contrasting the body, heart, and mind types. I wish more of the book had been that way. In summary, I would NOT recommend this book to anyone new to the enneagram. It might be beneficial to someone who already has a strong knowledge of the enneagram and is interested in testing their understanding against the author's view of the subject. I believe that there are many other books that are are more balanced, comprehensive, helpful, and relevant to this subject than this particular book. Most of the author's insights attributed to patients are not helpful which is a real shame. In contrast, if you read the Beatrice Chesnut enneagram book you'll find consistently excellent subtype patient descriptions and personal stories, just like the profiles of people attending enneagram conferences.