Collected works, volume 2 by Stanisław Leśniewski; Stanisław J Surma; Jan T S

By Stanisław Leśniewski; Stanisław J Surma; Jan T S Srzednicki; D I Barnett

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Its insights resonate with the insights we find in many different traditions from around the world. Turning evil into good, the dross of our lives into pure gold, is the most profound alchemy. Gurdjieff claimed that the Enneagram is, in fact, the long-sought "philosopher's stone" that catalyzes lead into gold. From our point of view, the process of turning lead into gold is also what we are concerned with here: the transformation of ourselves and our lives into something more fit for higher purposes—although we cannot, perhaps, always be certain precisely what those purposes are.

Don Richard Riso 1987 Acknowledgments for the Revised Edition There are always more people to acknowledge than one is aware of: I have been influenced by so many people in so many different ways over the past nine years that it is impossible to know who all of them are, much less mention them here. Since the publication of the first edition of Personality Types in 1987, I have met thousands of people in Enneagram workshops and trainings and have heard from thousands more around the world who have been touched by the book in various ways.

Central among these is the relationship between the personality, the learned or acquired part of a person's behavior and identity, and the essence, the innate part of human nature which needs to be addressed for real transformation to occur. ) Despite a number of tantalizing connections and references, it is clear that whatever Gurdjieff knew about type was not transmitted to his students in any complete form, and was never linked with the Enneagram symbol. Most of what Gurdjieff taught about the Enneagram was transmitted to his students through sacred dances and movements which were created to give the dancer an inner sense or impression of the dynamism of this diagram.

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