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Cynthia’s Invitation to the 2017 Enneagram Global Summit

NOTE: Although the Enneagram Global Summit is now complete you can purchase the audio recording of the series HERE.


The Finger Pointing to the Moon: Is There Life Beyond Types?  with Cynthia Bourgeault


Cynthia’s overview and invitation:

Dear Wisdom friends

Once again I’ll be joining the Global Enneagram Summit, coming right up this June 5-9.

Somewhat to my amazement, since I don’t think of myself as primarily an Enneagram teacher, the talk I gave at last year’s summit turned out to be one of the more popular events of the conference, so I was invited back for 2017!!  I’m delighted to be joining my dear friends Richard Rohr, Russ Hudson, and A. H. Almaas (and an stellar cast of others) on this five-day, “teach-in” event.

Three things you should know. First of all, it’s free. All you have to do is sign up. Second, it’s virtual. You don’t have to go anywhere in physical space/ time. Every event is available right on your computer. And third, no, you don’t have to do the whole thing. Participation is entirely voluntary. You can tune into the interviews you want, all of them graciously hosted by Summit moderator Jessica Dibbs. You can pick and choose among the talks or teachers you’re most interested in. But fair warning here: this year’s array really is so spectacular that the greater challenge may be to decide which talks NOT to listen to.

“My” day is June 8. I’ll be giving a talk called “The Finger Pointing at the Moon: Is there life beyond Types?”  This talk/interview will be aired at 1 pm Eastern time.  In it, I return to the age-old spiritual conundrum: does “enlightenment” (a.k.a. “non-dual attainment”) happen within type or beyond it? Is it tantamount, as perhaps a majority of Enneagram teachers proclaim, to the highest personal realization of the specific virtue of any give type, or does it mean moving beyond any and all identification with type?  I’ll explore the issue primarily from the perspective of Christian mysticism, and particularly through the very parallel and still ongoing discussion of St. Paul’s “new man,” the one transformed in Christ. Does this person still retain individual characteristics and features? Or does “the drop melt into the ocean,” “the onion skin peel back its final layer and disappear into thin air?”

But fasten your seatbelts: the whole Thursday session, exploring the universal spirituality of the Enneagram, looks to be simply spectacular. I’ll be preceded at noon by Richard Rohr, discussing “The Enneagram and God-Talk.”  Then at 2, right after my talk, Enneagram pioneer Claudio Naranjo will discuss “The Enneagram and Awakening.” And at 3  my brilliant friend and mentor A.H. Almaas will tackle “The Enneagram and Enlightenment.” That’s quite the knock-out sequence!

As I said, the Summit is free. All you have to do is sign up. You can find the link to access the site HERE, then navigate around to see all the treasures to be found there!

I’m hoping very much that you’ll join us for part or even all (!!!)  of this global summit. Good stuff here!

Thanks and blessings,

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Cynthia comments on the Enneagram:

Many experts in the field believe that the Enneagram is about much more than merely finding a “personality type” to describe yourself. They maintain that the enneagram embodies in its design a fundamental reality about the nature of life; that we don’t live in a random universe. Here’s another way to describe one of the benefits to be gained from a deeper understanding of the Enneagram:

There is a pattern to life designed into the heart of all existence. When you are able to relax, open, soften and trust this pattern, you are carried in the flow of grace and mercy. The way forward may not be clear in advance. But, as you take the next step, the path opens and your feet know the way forward.


Enneagram Global Summit


RSVP here for The Enneagram Global Summit — at no charge.

If you’re new to this ancient system, you’ll be guided to the trusted tests and practices for determining your individual type — including ways to differentiate between “look-alike” types.

If you’re already well-versed in the Enneagram, you’ll can take your understanding even deeper with some of the brightest minds in the field.

If any of this ignites curiosity and a desire to learn more, please join me and the amazing panel of other presenters for this lively and important event.

And see if you can guess my type 🙂









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