Additional ways of working on yourself

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The techniques on this site will help you the most, if you use them with other forms of self-development.

Several authors supply advice for the Enneagram types. On the web, you might find Riso & Hudson's recommendations helpful.

Meditation (e.g. Zen, mindfulness, vipassana) is particularly recommended. This helps develop self-awareness and presence in the current moment. Also it teaches you not to resist upcoming feelings and thoughts, but not to reinforce them either.

Most people will benefit from doing Yoga or Taichi. This is not only good for your physical health, but makes you feel better emotionally as well. It gradually opens the chakras and energy pathways in the body. It also helps you becoming more aware of your body.

The work of A.H. Almaas and his Diamond Approach to Self-Realization is particularly recommended. At the center of this approach is a practice called "Inquiry", intended for investigating one's psyche, so as to be able to change by understanding oneself in detail.

The Eliza chatbot on this website can help you investigate yourself, and make your feelings more conscious. If you'd rather chat with a real person about your feelings, try chatting with the Feeling Coach.




You might also be interested in these books about the Enneagram and self-realization at Amazon

The Wisdom of the Enneagram, by Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson
The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types

Self-development recommendations and Enneagram type descriptions.

The Unfolding Now, by A.H. Almaas
Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence

Guidance to how to work on oneself, be present in the moment, and explore one's reality. Highly recommended.

Conversations on the Enneagram, by Eleanora Gilbert

Six interviews with world experts on the Enneagram, and in-depth experiential interviews with panels of individuals of each Enneagram type.

Soul Without Shame, by Byron Brown
A guide to liberating yourself from the judge within

How to recognize and deal with the Superego, the 'inner critic'.

See longer book descriptions