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Nine ways to suffer

Enneagram teaching posits nine passions (from passio, meaning ‘to suffer’). These are anger, pride, deceit, envy, greed, fear, gluttony, lust and, taking up the rear, sloth. Most men assume their dominant passion is lust. Most men are wrong. Fear-based men vastly outnumber men who love to fight. We dance with each other. Lust leads. Fear follows.

The Big O

What happens when an introverted Ennea-type FIVE, with a strange and beautiful singing voice, finds a nesting place in the spotlight? Well, you get Running Scared and Crying and Bob Dylan remembering how his voice “could jar a corpse.” You get Roy Orbison.

The Fourth Dimension

We are three-brained containments: Head, Heart, Gut. Thinker, Feeler, Actor. (Typically, we are more aligned with one of these brains than the other two.) Overseeing this complexity is the Over-seer, the I AM or Fourth Dimension. Are you watching yourself as you’re reading this? You’re in the Fourth Dimension.