Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson (From A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles)
Our type is a mimic of our Higher Self. We are each seeking to become our best self, but the ego gets in the way; we are too afraid to let go - and yet we get glimpses, peak experiences, when our Higher Selves show through.
In 2017 our 'last Wednesday of the month' meetings will be focusing on this, often overlooked, aspect of the Enneagram. We are all too familiar with our so-called 'sins' or Lower Emotional States - Anger, Pride, Deceit, Envy, Avarice, Fear, Gluttony, Lust and Sloth - which are really ways in which we separate ourselves from others and from our true selves. For balance, it's important to recognise when we access our Higher Emotional States: Serenity, Humility, Honesty, Equanimity, Non-Attachment, Courage, Constancy, Innocence and Right Action.