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The Enneagram: A Model of Human Personality

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, Allen Zeesman explains the Enneagram as a powerful tool for personal and collective transformation.

R UU Service
“The Enneagram: A Model of Human Personality”
By Allen Zeesman
Sun, May 8, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Stemming from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol), the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others, and the world. Each Enneagram type has a different pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting that arises from a deeper inner motivation or worldview. The Enneagram fosters greater understanding through a universal language that transcends gender, religion, nationality, and culture. While we are all unique, we share common experiences.

It teaches that early in life we learned to feel safe and to cope with our family circumstances by developing a strategy based on our natural talents and abilities. We come to identify with these subconscious patterns and continue to use them even though we are no longer in those original circumstances. The Enneagram helps us better understand ourselves and others and to potentially learn new patterns of behavior that allow us to break out of worn-out coping strategies and to see life from a broader point of view. Knowing one’s type allows a person to awaken to subconscious patterns and to move from reactive, mechanical, and harmful behaviors to conscious choices that support their own and others’ well-being.

Allen Zeesman lives in San Miguel and has studied the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition and shared these teachings at the Lifepath Center for the last three years. He is from Montreal, where he graduated with a Masters of Economics from McGill University and spent 30 years in policy development in the Canadian Federal Government, specializing in issues related to income security, poverty, family, community development, and early childhood development.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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