May 1st, 2007

I spent part of the weekend at an Enneagram conference in Michigan. It was conducted by the well-known Enneagram authority Helen Palmer. She was very impressive. At the very end she produced gasps of surprise when she announced that she just turned 70. I guess when you understand yourself and learn to turn your vices into virtues, the stress drops away, and you sort of turn back the aging clock, or at least slow it down. The Enneagram, by the way, is a spiritual path based on a system of psychological profiles. It was apparently developed by monks back in the fourth century. I find it quite enlightening. My personality type is the four (there are nine types in all). Simply being around people who are “like me” was a thrilling experience.