The ability to cultivate kindness is the path to freedom, “enlovement” marries enlightenment, allowing us to meet all our experiences, every pain and joy, with kindness. The path of enlovement is possible for us beacuse of the Inner Observer, the witnessing consciousness that evolves over time as we explore our inner landscapes and outer experiences. Enlovement invites us fully into our human experience, allows us to bend in kindness towards all that arises, and is completely possible because of an essential aspect of you – the enlightened Awareness or the Inner Observer that is always present.
As I prepare for the next year of classes, the theme of kindness and enlovement will be weaved throughout. If it’s in the Introduction to the Enneagram, Discovering the Inner Observer, the Energetic Enneagram classes or the Cultivating Heart drop-in gatherings, they will all be grounded in practicing kindness to all that arises. This is true freedom. It is not, as often desired, that the world conforms to your plans. There is something in you that is already free no matter what the circumstances! Discovering the Inner Observer, understanding the beauty of your type as the ecstatic creation of the Consciousness or Spirit itself as well as the fuel for awakening, life becomes a miraculous unfolding. All of it!
A great way to begin this year of Enneagram study is to discover or deepen your understanding of the Inner Observer on September 17th. This important class is sponsored by our Enneagram community of teachers as we build to Helen Palmer’s April 2012 weekend workshop in the Boulder/Denver area. As Helen’s students, all our classes are held in the Narrative Tradition which brings the Enneagram to life through interview and inquiry of the nine types. The panel method quickly builds community and supports learning through the mind, heart, and body.