Shadow Work / Enneagram
Dive deep into your subconscious.
What is the Shadow?
Although our brain receives 11 million bits of information every second, we consciously processes only 40.
The complicated system that tells our brain which 40 pieces are important to focus on is our ego, or personality.
But the other 10,999,960 pieces of information still enter our brains. Stored in our subconscious, they leak into our lives as emotional impulses, flashes of insight, and dreams.
And any information that contradicts the way we see ourselves becomes our shadow. We block it from our minds, repressing it, and become upset when confronted with anything that reflects those parts of us.
This repression takes a tremendous amount of mental resources. When these signals become too much to block out easily, they express as neuroses: compulsive behaviors, tics, depression, and anxiety.
What is the Enneagram and how can it help?
The Enneagram is a psychospiritual teaching for the exploration of our unconscious.
It can be used to understand our defense mechanisms and real motivations, and shows us what we are hiding from ourselves. Through this self-awareness we can break free from instinctive patterns and find what’s truly rewarding for us.
Working with the Enneagram leads to:
- discovering and loving ourselves for our unique gifts
- having an individual roadmap to growth and fulfillment
- a better understanding of how to accept and share our differences
- removing compulsive behaviors and addictions
- feeling connected to the rest of humanity
The Enneagram is a tool for self-discovery and growth. Used correctly, it can be used to evaluate what the right experiences and teachings for you are in this moment.
That being said, it’s a complicated, often painful process – especially in the beginning – and not something you want to do alone.
Enneagram work involves a lot of reading/listening self-study on your own, with regular check-ins to help process and validate what you’re uncovering about yourself.