Cynthia is offering a session within The Enneagram Global Summit: 9 Essential Pathways for Transformation, a free online event offered by The Shift Network.
“Seven Sins, Eight Thoughts, Nine Types.”
During the initial development of the Enneagram model, early Jesuit enthusiasts noted the overlap between the nine Enneagram types and the “seven capital sins.” But this 6th century teaching was already a moral simplification of Evagrius’ originally much more subtle 4th century teaching about handling thoughts during prayer time. Cynthia’s session will return to that original teaching as a springboard to a more nuanced understanding of the types and conscious (or non-dual) transformation.
A better grasp of the difference between the “seven deadly sins” model and the work of developing continuous spiritual attentiveness, or apatheia.
A greater appreciation that these “sins” (or “passions”) are not permanent character proclivities but a stock repertory of thoughts that besiege all serious seekers, irrespective of type, when they seek to deepen spiritual attentiveness.
A better appreciation of how these “thoughts” play out in each of the types, particularly the much misunderstood “accidie,” widely but inaccurately understood as sloth.