Overview of the Narrative Tradition
The Narrative Tradition is an extraordinary teaching method that offers a unique andpersonally transformative experience of the Enneagram.By listening to representatives of each Enneagram type share their personal storiesand reveal their particular inner worlds and realities, you can discover how torecognize personality differences from direct experience, rather than simply learningabout the Enneagram from a particular “authority.” The Narrative Tradition promotes an open exploration of each personality type. In ourview, there is no better way to explore, learn and teach than through this interactivemethod of panel interviews. Through a sophisticated inquiry method, the NarrativeTradition demonstrates the types, their struggles, dilemmas, strengths and separatepaths of development. The types continuously teach us about themselves at everdeepening levels of awareness, and we learn from exploring with them.Ultimately, the Enneagram is an “inside job” of determining your type and coming toknow and understand your own focus of attention, core beliefs, coping strategies andpath of development. The value of the Enneagram does not come mainly fromidentifying your type based on external behaviors, but mainly from understandinghow behavioral patterns relate to each type’s focus of attention, motivation andpersonal experience. The active role each participant plays in noticing his or her ownpatterns helps create conscious awareness, which leads to conscious conduct.The Narrative Tradition recognizes that implicit non-cognitive learning is at the heartof what we know about the world of relationships and meaning. We cannot fullyunderstand the motivations, inner maps and integration of the psychological andtranspersonal worlds without direct personal experience.The panel interviews bring the Enneagram alive through meaningful conversation andinsights. They are set within a rich context of self-observation practices, practicalexercises for each type, directed meditations, movement exercises and facilitatedinteractions between the types.