IEA EUROPEAN ENNEAGRAM CONFERENCE

General theme:Personal and spiritual growth, mental and physical health.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in this theme.

In EnneaMediCina, temperament and personality, represented by the nine basic types of the Enneagram, are brought together with the fundamental laws of Chinese medicine to broaden the vision of humankind on a quest for global and conscious well-being.”

EnneaMediCina offers a new approach to well-being and to the integration of body, mind and spirit involving various disciplines that join with – and reinforce – each other. The Enneagram is a symbol representing reality in its entirety, a dynamic model that encapsulates the Universe at macrocosmic and microcosmic levels, and which groups human beings under three centres and nine types.
Chinese medicine, on the other hand, is based on an ancient medical-philosophical culture in which a human is considered a combination of ‘something’ that – although not defined as ‘genetic’ – includes a couple’s energy at the moment they conceive a new being. Other factors include the movements and energy of the stars, and the circumstances that brought the couple together at that moment – does their union take place in time of peace or war; is it an act of love or an act of aggression? These diverse elements form the initial substratum that give rise to a unique and unrepeatable individual that – interacting with the environment – breathes life into what we call ‘personality’.
Who am I?
Which of the Enneagram types characterises me best?
What are the mental and physical problems that characterise that Enneagram type?
Which psycho-spiritual dynamics form its matrix?

During the workshop, simple ways to test the presence and awareness of the EnneaSymbols will be explored using different methods such as video screenings, lectures, group work, etc.

Detailed description

The ancients handed down their knowledge encapsulated in archetypes, in Symbols (such as the Enneagram and the Chinese symbol of the Tao), that are nothing more than diagrams representing growth, awareness and transformation.

All of these languages have the same objective: to return to the Whole, to the completeness of being.

By systematically following a path, the approach to psychology of the Enneagram and the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are brought together and, at the same time, validated by the innovations of western science. In this way, EnneaMediCina becomes a journey of awareness and a path to Well-Being.

“What is the meaning of life? What does ‘being healthy’ mean?”

For Traditional Chinese Medicine, long recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the therapeutic systems that can work alongside western medicine, there is no difference between psychological, energy-related, physiological and spiritual manifestations. The observation and classification of the correspondences between these aspects led to the creation of a complex system of interrelations between the physical, emotional and psychological health of the microcosm Man within the macrocosm in which he exists.

The roots of psychology based on the Enneagram go back more than 2000 years. The Enneagram is a symbol in which two geometric figures, a triangle and a hexagon, touch the circle in which they are enclosed at nine points. These nine points represent the nine basic archetypes of human psychology.

The premise on which this ancient form of psychology is based is that the Self of an individual – the aspect of his/her true inner nature – is present at birth but is lost as the individual grows, and must be recovered in order for the individual to lead a full life.

Depending on the temperament of the person and the type of experiences they will face, a survival strategy is formed that will be unwittingly preserved for a lifetime: the personality mask summarised in the nine Enneagram types.

In Psychology, differing psychological reactions have long been explained as the result of the interaction between specific genotypes and phenotypes.

In fact, the affection expressed between a child and his or her role models acts as the first source of behavioural stimuli; later it will become the base on which his/her interior world is structured. This ability seems to be deeply conditioned by the type of emotional response the individual could draw on during childhood.

According to ancient Chinese theories, the universe is made up of five primordial elements, wood, fire, metal and water, which express the diverse vibrational characteristics of Qi (energy). These energy characteristics allow the relationships between organs, tissue, constitutional and physiological characteristics, emotions and functional imbalances of the body to be established.

In this form of medicine – as there is no organ function that does not contribute a specific ‘emotive colour’, and there is no state of mind that does not affect an organ – it is the interrelationship between Man and his internal/external environment that gives rise to either health or illness.

In the west, Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (PNEI) is the science that has now widely confirmed how, in the mammalian brain, positive emotions facilitate the activation of a series of reactions that can trigger the functions of the immune system, while states of depression cause inhibition of immune resistance.

Quantum physics also reveals how everything is interconnected, how the observer becomes part of what is observed, and how the fundamental vibration of the universe becomes matter only in the presence of an observer. This means that each of us, with our own idea of the world, determines the material experience of our own reality.

If we are in psycho-spiritual equilibrium, our view of reality will evoke certain experiences. The same is true if we are negative.

Our thoughts can make us free and healthy or imprison us in a windowless cell of discomfort and disease.

All of this was established by Traditional Chinese Medicine thousands of years ago!

During the workshop, the above concepts will be used to trace a path for the identification of the psychological type of each participant, providing a way to understand how our emotions are the foundations of our well-being or our ill-being.

 

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