“I find the Enneagram constricting and limiting, encouraging you to work with just one type. We do have all nine…
We hear A LOT of opinions about the arrows, a k a the inner lines, of the Enneagram. The specific…
“Cicci Lyckow Bäckman has been a dedicated student of the Enneagram for many years, but in this beautiful and accessible book, she steps into teaching the true heart and soul of the Enneagram work. There are many places now where we can read descriptions of the nine types, but Cicci goes beyond this by inviting us into the core teachings for developing ourselves through our Enneagram type. The aptly named Aspects of You reveals to us the inner drives and mechanics behind each of the nine types through an exploration of the Centers of Intelligence. She describes the sense and function of the Centers but also offers advice on how to better express them and balance our lives through them. You can tell from her friendly and steady guidance that Cicci has really lived these teachings, and so she conveys them with a freshness and intimacy rare in writings on this subject. I am truly grateful to see her bringing this marvelous book into the Enneagram conversation, and highly recommend it to anyone seeking to engage in real inner work.”
Aspects of you is the most comprehensive piece of work I have read on the centres and instincts to date. Cicci explores the centres and instincts with great intelligence, clarity and in a way that is both ancient and innovative. In addition to the theory, she offers experiential exercises to help people get in touch with their own processes, and see/feel the theory in practice. The test she offers at the end of the book is more comprehensive than most tests for instincts, and offers a deep and thorough way to start to determine which may be your dominant instinct, and which may be your blind spot. Drawing on Russ Hudson’s excellent work on the instinctual ‘zones’, her test goes beyond the basic (and often somewhat misinterpreted) portrayal of the instincts. In addition, the theory and practice in the book take the reader into more clarity about what the centres and instincts are and how they operate. I would highly recommend this book to both beginner and advanced Enneagram students, as well as teachers and trainers.
A while back, in a presentation of Don Riso’s “Levels of Development” a question around wants and needs came up — do they go away at the healthy levels, or change? Is detachment from wants and needs what we’re after in our strive for balance and diminished ego-identification? Here are some further thoughts on the topic.