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"In comparing the Enneagram diagram with the Tree of Life, this groundbreaking book initiates the important and necessary work of bridging historic mystical traditions."
—Helen Palmer, Center for Enneagram Studies, Berkeley, California
“A stimulating blend of two flavors of mystical psychology. Guaranteed to help you understand yourself and others more deeply.”
—Daniel C. Matt, author of The Essential Kabbalah and Zohar: Annotated and Explained
“Finally, someone has made the helpful connection between the Enneagram and Kabbalah; Howard Addison does it very well. His book should help restore the spiritual goal and foundations of the Enneagram.”
—Richard Rohr, OFM, Enneagram teacher and author of Discovering the Enneagram
“This most enlightening book offers a powerful prescription for self-discovery, spiritual healing and personal growth. Read it and let your soul soar to the highest realms of knowing and being.”
—Rabbi Wayne Dosick, PhD, author of Soul Judaism and The Business Bible
The Enneagram, and Kabbalah: Reading Your Soul 2nd ed. by Rabbi Howard A. Addison. Combined here are two of the most powerful maps of consciousness known to humanity: the Tree of Life and the nine-pointed Enneagram. Here we are helped to see patterns in our lives and the interplay they have with the reasons behind those patterns.
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The Enneagram and Kabbalah: Reading Your Soul (Second Edition) - Addison, Howard A.. Jewish Lights, 2006. 182p. $16.99, Paperback. ISBN-10: 1580232299. ISBN-13: 9781580232296. 296.7 Spiritual life- Judaism. Self-perception-Religious aspects-Judaism. Enneagram. Sefirot (Cabala).
In this expanded and revised edition of his 1998 volume, Rabbi Howard Addison analyzes the Enneagram and the sefirot, two mystical ways of comprehending the world and personality types. Both are diagrams that help seekers understand the wisdom of their traditions and mankind's personalities.
In Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, the sefirot, as pictured in a symbolic figure of a human being, is the source of every soul and contains ten characteristics including wisdom, greatness, understanding, the awareness of the splendor of God, and righteousness. The Enneagram, originally from ancient and Middle Eastern traditions, is a nine-pointed symbol, divided into three triads. These correlate with aspects of an individual's personality.
Most of the book is devoted to discussion of the interrelatedness of the Enneagram and the sefirot. Addison mentions that the personality types in the Enneagram are not static and can be affected by adjacent points. In giving details about each symbol, he also refers to biblical heroes who are examples of how they repaired the world through their personality characteristics.
Addison's book is written for the layperson who has a serious interest in mysticism and meditation as a way to enhance spirituality. A glossary and a list of suggested readings are provided.