The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgments – krishnamunti
Life can be so demanding that we can easily get alienated from ourselves. We forget what is important to us while we are busy making a living. It is good to stand still and ask our self the question: is this the life I truly want to live? Finding the way back to yourself is not easy yet it is rewarding. Reminding yourself there is nothing wrong with living a life that is not molded to pre-formulated norms and beliefs. We all have a hidden self which is the reality of who we truly are. In the course of normal personality development we all lose sight of this true self.
Personal development includes activities that improves self-awareness. An important skill for self-awareness and self-knowledge is the ability to observe one’s own behavior and habits. Rather than looking at yourselves what you want to change, fix or mold to what is expected from you, you need to discover yourself and accept yourself in order for personal growth to take place.
When we are our own inner observer we can become a more objective witness of our experience and it can help us recognize and manage your defensive reactions and blind spots.
Nietzsche, the German philosopher, tells us, "One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self: of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be mined."
Self-knowledge is valuable but hard to get. It is often neglected or avoided and maybe one of the last things we seek. If we want to find self-knowledge then it is actually hard work much like the mining for a treasure. The Enneagram is a tool to help you observe yourself and map your core belief system.
The Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic system that describes nine distinct and unique patterns of thinking, feeling and acting, called Types. Like a colored lens through which we view the world, these patterns stem from where and how we focus our attention. The Enneagram can help you to map out your core beliefs.
Our core beliefs determine where we focus our attention and energy; which drives our behavior. If we want lasting change in ourselves, we must be aware of our core beliefs and change where our attention and energy are directed. None of this can be accomplished without the ability to observe our own patterns.
The 'quadrant' is an other system to map your qualities, pitfals and challenges. The Ofman quadrant can help you identify your core qualities, pitfalls, challenges and allergies. You can use this model to find out what behaviors you should avoid (pitfalls) and what types of things you should make effort to do even though they don’t come naturally to you (challenges). It also helps you understand why certain behaviors or characteristics in other people trigger a negative reaction in you (allergies)
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