Do you remember when you first figured out your Enneagram type and what a moment of revelation this was?
Understanding your core drives, challenges and motives through the lens of this multidimensional system is nothing short of a great “a-ha” moment for most of us.
Students of the Enneagram spend years (lifetimes!) exploring their type and diving deeper into its many unique expressions... yet, at a certain point, you may wonder, “What’s next?”
This moment is a turning point on your path of transformation...
Taking this next step ultimately leads you to your higher nature — the qualities that most embody your essence. These qualities connect to your heart and to the deepest level of the Enneagram, the Virtues.
The Virtues are an embodied expression of your true nature.
They are the foundation for a fully actualized life...
Though rarely taught publicly, the Virtues of the Enneagram are actually the core of the original, foundational teachings. Russ Hudson, co-founder of The Enneagram Institute, and one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today, calls the 9 Virtues “qualities of the awakened heart.”
Ultimately, the Enneagram is a map for living into your Highest Self and your full potential, which requires an understanding and cultivation of these qualities.
During the Enneagram of the Virtues , you’ll have 10 in-depth weeks with Russ to significantly expand your Enneagram knowledge and deepen your integrative practices.
Russ will guide you in transforming your passion (of your Enneagram type) into the highest expression of YOU — your core Virtue.
As you begin to actualize this Virtue, or heart quality, you become more capable of real intimacy, great acts of service, creativity, and loving presence.
Working with the Virtues engages a kind of spiritual alchemy, in which the fixations and essence of each Enneagram type are transformed into these 9 heart qualities.
“In a real sense, working with the Virtues transforms the lead of our dense states of ego into the gold of compassion, love and truth,” Russ says.
“They direct us to notice the suffering in our hearts created by a deep disconnection from Source... and to see how again and again, as soon as we come home to ourselves and the living moment, our spirits can fully flower.”
For example, if you identify as a Type One, you yearn to be a force of good in the world, and to live a life of integrity and truth. Yet, anger and resentment towards the injustices and suffering in our world may prevent you from embodying the Virtue of Serenity. Being present to anger and cultivating inner serenity allows the Type One to share their gifts with a fully open heart.
For the Type Four, fixation on envy and “what’s missing,” disconnect one from the Higher Self and Source. Stormy emotions can keep the 4 out of balance and in a state discontentment. However, when Type Four can observe the core pattern with compassion and recognize the depth of their true suffering, the Virtue of Equanimity is born.
While you may identify with a specific Enneagram type, the essential energies, and to some degree the passions of all 9 types, exist within everyone. As one of the world’s leading depth teachers, Russ focuses on the Enneagram as a holistic wisdom path.
According to this approach, each Enneagram type indicates a particular state of presence.
The Virtues represent a strength and fullness of heart, as distinguished the human tendency to get caught in endless reactivity or numbness. They serve as a foundation for the most rich and rewarding moments of our lives.
In actualizing not only our type’s Virtue but all nine, love becomes the organizing principle of your thoughts, decisions, relationships and communities.
Through opening you to the world of the virtues, Russ will share his latest insights on the relationship between type, instinct and centers and practical applications can further your personal growth and deep transformations in ALL areas of your life.
Whether you’re a therapist, coach, healer, health care professional, teacher, artist, spiritual director, politician or parent, you’ll emerge with a greater connection to your divine essence and your unique gifts as well as greater levels of acceptance, love and compassion for yourself and others.
In this first-ever, virtual training on the Virtues, you’ll discover:
Course sessions are on Wednesdays at Noon Pacific.
In this rare exploration of the Enneagram of the Virtues, Russ Hudson will guide you to discover the vein of gold that runs through a present and authentic inner experience, restoring your connection with your Higher Self.
Each contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next. You’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to explore your fixations, essence and Virtues. Cultivating the 9 heart qualities, you’ll open to a more expansive and liberated life.
One of the great themes of Eastern and Western spirituality, is the challenge of dealing with human suffering. In Buddhism, the First Noble Truth addresses suffering as the reason for the Buddhist path, also major theme of of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In its original presentation, the Enneagram was not primarily a system of type — more precisely, it did not say that type was a person’s identity.
Rather, the type aspect of the Enneagram teachings came from the Desert Fathers of Egypt — the first Christian contemplatives — as a means to look at the forms of suffering that distracted monks from their prayer and meditation.
These teachings were a study of how we lose sight of the Divine. Yet, they also look at how human suffering is transformed by presence and grace into what came to be called the Virtues — the qualities of the awakened heart.
In this first module, you’ll discover:
In this module, we’ll look at Type Eight, not just as a kind of person, but as an overall principle of life and a quality of presence. Those whose psyches are organized most around these Type Eight issues and gifts will have this teaching as a main path in their lives.
Here we look at how it is natural for human beings to feel fully alive, and to experience this in the heart as an exquisite sensitivity.
The ego seeks to have the aliveness without the sensitivity and thus creates suffering as a struggle to feel real and alive. As we presence this struggle, we’re touched by Innocence — a profound open-heartedness.
In the second module, you’ll discover:
In this module, Type Nine will teach us about the nature of Being, and what our heart is like when we have come home to the here and now. We’ll see the suffering that arises as we lose our direct experience of Being.
Those whose psyches are organized most around these Type Nine issues and gifts will have this teaching as a main path in their lives. It’s an extraordinary thing when a person truly feels at home in herself — grounded, confident and part of the vibrant world.
When we lose presence, we tend to feel adrift, and estranged from our own lives. The ego, not wanting to fully feel how distant we have become from our own direct heart experience, seeks to calm us by creating “our own little world” — a way to disengage from the full impact of missed possibilities.
As we presence this struggle, however, we begin to be touched by greater and greater engagement — a total commitment and love of exactly where we are and who we are. We will deeply contemplate and explore the experience of the Engaged Heart.
In the third module, you’ll discover:
Type One directly addresses the reactivity in the heart which is the basis of much of our suffering. We want to be a force of good in the world, and to live a life of integrity and truth as much as possible. Yet, without presence, it is nearly impossible to not react to the seemingly endless array of injustices, distortions, untruths, and outright suffering we see. How do we support real solutions AND remain serene within?
In this module, we will see how awareness of our reactions helps us see the goodness within and around us — the source of true wisdom and integrity.
Serenity is not a given, but a quality of grace that grows in us as we learn to hold our reactivity and steadiness and kindness. Here, we’ll see how our outrage can be transmuted into compassionate action. We’ll contemplate and explore the experience of Serenity.
In the fourth module, you’ll discover:
Most spiritual paths emphasize the value of humility, yet often, our attempts to “be humble” result in a great deal of self-consciousness, and an attempt to rise above our needy human condition. We may associate humility with having few needs, and yet this is exactly the suffering of pride.
Type Two shows us beautifully that when we are present in the heart, we naturally feel connected with anyone we are with, we feel a deep-rootedness in our own heart, and we experience the joy of giving and receiving freely — part of the vast generosity of reality. When we are not present, we do not feel connected on a heart level, and so think it is our job to connect others or with others, to be the source of generosity, and to need as little as possible from others.
Underlying all of this is the deep ego conviction of our unworthiness and unlovability. Yet, when we are able to presence our lonely, isolated hearts, we find an infinite kindness toward our own and others’ suffering.
We stop rejecting our needs and longings and begin to understand what it might actually mean to care for our soul, for our hearts. In this way, true humility arises. We’ll explore humility as a compassionate relatedness with our humanness — to love the messy edges of our lives, and to realize that the most direct path to the divine is in the holding of all of our raw, beautiful humanity. We’ll contemplate and explore the experience of humility, and see its action in our lives and loves.
In the fifth module, you’ll discover:
One of the main causes of our suffering is mistaking ourselves to be the ego self. The problem is not that we have an ego, but that we think we are the ego. When we’re not present, we spend most of our time, energy, and imagination, involved in ways to enhance our ego self.
Since this isn’t actually the our “true self,” even when we succeed, we’re left feeling empty. So we throw ourselves into the next round of work to compensate. Thus, Vanity here means the suffering created by trying to make the ego be something it cannot be.
When we bring tenderness and patience to this part of ourselves, and as we start to recognize something of the nature of our true selves, we begin to develop the virtue of Authenticity; our words and our actions flow from the heart.
Increasingly, all that we do is an expression of love and service to the people in our lives. We enjoy what we are doing and it find great fulfilment in all of our activities, and meet people with a genuine open-heartedness which is unmistakable. We’ll contemplate and explore the experience of authenticity, and see its action in our lives and loves.
In the sixth module, you’ll discover:
When we lose the sense of presence — an apparently inevitable consequence of ego development, our heart experiences the loss of contact as a feeling of loss and abandonment.
What we have lost is the direct experience of ourselves, and of our true identity. This is an enormous loss and produces great suffering. Our ego identities arises to try to compensate, but are constructs mainly of our interpretations of our history and a collection of familiar emotional states and moods. Our true identities however are mysterious — deep, profound and beautiful — and nearly impossible to “pin down.”
When we bring compassionate presence and some experience of the depth of our true identities to our suffering ego, we begin to release old and outmoded attachments. Our hearts seems to expand and to take on an oceanic quality.
The virtue of Equanimity develops as the ability to be with the full range of human emotions in ourselves and others without getting stuck in them. It’s a spaciousness of heart and one of the marks of a truly developed person.
In the seventh module, you’ll discover:
All human beings struggle with the awareness of our own and others’ mortality. When we’re not present, this awareness can be so difficult and overwhelming that we spend our lives distracting ourselves, or retreating from life’s apparent futility.
This can lead to the passion of Avarice, a radical withholding of ourselves and particularly a withholding of our hearts. We recoil from life and from contact. The world seems insane and pointless.
As we bring compassionate presence to this reaction, we begin to feel an implicit intelligence in everything that draws us back into deeper contact with the world. As this healing occurs, we develop the virtue of Non-attachment. We’re still aware of the fragility of life but this same knowing now produces great kindness and helpfulness — and we’re in service to alleviating suffering wherever we can. Our minds and hearts now work seamlessly together.
In the eighth module, you’ll discover:
Many spiritual teachings point to fear as one of the primary drivers of ego activity. The Course in Miracles, for example, describes fear as the main energy that takes us away from love and presence. Here at Type Six, we encounter the question, what is this fear? What is causing it? And what is life like when we go through it and beyond it?
We begin to see that our lives run with an underlying layer of constant anxiety — a causeless and often nameless dread. As we bring compassionate presence and awareness to this fear, we begin to experience the virtue of Courage.
Courage here does not require danger, nor is it necessarily a response to danger. Rather, we’re concerned here with the courage of being ourselves all the way, of living our truths and seeing through the fears that turn us back from what we love the most. It’s a fullness of heart that supports us in showing up fully in our lives.
In the ninth module, you’ll discover:
Sobriety might sound a bit austere when we first hear of it, but actually it is a quality of deep satisfaction and fulfilment that arises when we are truly at peace with ourselves and in touch with our inner nature. We might recall moments like this, and they tend to remain powerful memories even if they are of simple events.
Yet, much of life we are desperately looking for something to “fill us up.” We seek something to complete us, yet we’re not sure what it is. When we lose the direct experience of our presence, as happens for all human beings, we feel an inner emptiness that leaves us raw and restless.
We seldom experience this emptiness directly because our ego structures are constantly trying to protect us from the fear and sorrow that it brings.
Yet, when we bring compassionate awareness to this desperate part of us, we begin to experience a sustained and causeless positivity, or Sobriety. We’re not grasping after anything, and the richness of our lives brings a lasting feeling of completeness and freedom.
In the tenth module, you’ll discover:
In addition to the 10-week virtual course with Russ, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course — and promise to take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
The Enneagram symbol, and the ideas associated with it, do not have a clear and simple lineage. But the various perspectives on the human condition that the Enneagram work is based in have a long pedigree woven richly with the history of western religion, philosophy and science.
This talk will focus on the pivotal work of George Gurdjieff, and later of Oscar Ichazo, as well as the rich traditions that they were drawing upon. W’ll look at the actual meaning of the symbol, the sources of the typology and trace the work back through the Hermetic doctrines to Classical Greece and Egypt. In the end, we’re left with a dazzling sense of the depth of the roots of this system and the ancient quest for self knowledge.
In this original meditation, Russ and Jessica will guide you through this unique meditation designed to support and illuminate each type. These meditations will highlight the most important growth areas for your personal journey and help you better understand and relate to others. You’ll find this meditation to be a unique and powerful addition to your 10-week journey.
Jessica Dibb is founder, spiritual director and principal teacher of the Inspiration Community School, an integral consciousness school dedicated to promoting personal, relational, and planetary wellness. Over the last 20 years, Dibb has designed and facilitated unique workshops, classes and ongoing breath-centered trainings that are grounded in a highly integrated model of psychospiritual healing and development to support self-actualization. Her teachings assist people in cultivating consciousness through all stages of life, from conception onward.
Using Integrative Breathwork, psychodynamic principles, the Enneagram and established and emergent wisdom teachings, Jessica facilitates embodied awareness of each moment. Her intuitive teaching style, individualized and attuned attention to students, and integrative approach helps to facilitate long-lasting transformations. She also teaches nationally and internationally, including teaching Integrative Breathwork at the Psychotherapy Networker Conference for several years, and being a principal presenter at the International Enneagram Conference for more than a decade.
We have all developed and adopted particular styles of managing life, dealing with conflicts and difficulties. These patterns have been with us since early childhood and are not inherently wrong, they were adaptive strategies we used to survive and are very valuable. Transformation is really a process of finding a better balance in our styles of managing life. Listen in as Russ Hudson and David Daniels discuss their views and strategies on this topic.
David Daniels, MD is clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical School, a leading developer of the Enneagram system of nine personality styles, and co-author of the bestseller, The Essential Enneagram updated and revised with vital new material in 2009. He also co-developed the outstanding DVD, The Enneagram: Nine Paths to a Productive and Fulfilling Life and The Enneagram in the Workplace. In private practice for over 40 years, David also has taught the Enneagram system at Stanford, in the community and internationally for 22 years. Together with Helen Palmer (author, professor) he co-founded the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT), The Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP) and was one of the founders of the International Enneagram Association (IEA).
Russ is the best Enneagram teacher for his presence and dedication to the Enneagram world. I highly recommend to learn with him if you’re looking for transformational experience and what Enneagram really is meant to be.
— Pongsathorn, Bangkok, Thailand
Russ is a master, in the Enneagram and in heartfelt understanding, respect and kindness to fellow beings... In his presence something pure inside gets awakened.
— Sajili, Mumbai, India
Russ is not only a pioneer and scholar of the Enneagram, but his compassion for all the types is so evident in his delivery.
A whole new level of insight and pragmatic training beyond what I have come to expect with this teacher, Russ Hudson. Profoundly helpful for someone who lives too much in their head (or another center) at the expense of the others, and is seeking to live consistently out of the wholeness and healthiness of their Enneagram Type. Thank you!
— Rebecca, Grantham, Pennsylvania
Russ just nailed the key to the Enneagram by focusing on the Instincts. There is so much material out there on the Enneagram but I have never heard it or seen it explained in such a compelling way. This course has significantly changed my life for the better.
— AnnMarie, Waitsfield, Vermont
Russ Hudson is the best teacher — both by example, clarity of expression and depth of knowledge. He has my total respect and gratitude.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone interested in living a sustainable, loving and conscious life. Each module contains valuable insights which not only illuminate lifelong patterns, but Russ’ compassionate approach brings the vital healing balm to gently dissolve them without re-traumatising or introducing more judgment or shame. A rare quality that I’ve only known a few teachers truly master.
— Laura, London, United Kingdom
I find Russ’ teaching exceptional in this field and enjoy his informed, humble and compassionate style of teaching. It not only enhances my own opportunities for growth and understanding but also in what I am able to share with others to help them.
— Janice, Durban, South Africa
The course gives a deeper sense of the complexities of humans and how understanding the different aspects of personalities and instincts can provide a letting go into deeper acceptance of the undeniable truth of how we are all connected.
Russ’ approach to Enneagram and life is incredibly refreshing, engaging, inclusive and holistic. His delivery is given with humility and integrity, encouraging me to attend courses he may be involved in and seek out his teaching.
The Enneagram of the Virtues not only offers some of the most advanced online teachings currently available, it also offers a thriving global community of support.
Join your fellow students and practitioners from across the world in the live interactive conference calls or in our online community to support and learn from each other while you develop a balanced and sustainable life of ongoing spiritual awakening.
This international community is also at the leading edge of a global movement of people who are committed to manifesting a better world for all beings. This emerging planetary movement is rooted in an open heart and stands for the principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony and reverence for all of life.
Ten 90-minute Class Sessions With Russ Hudson
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with renowned Enneagram teacher Russ Hudson — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session helps you create the specific skills and abilities to discover the higher dimensions of your true nature through the empowering lens of the Enneagram. Course sessions are on Wednesdays at 12:00pm Pacific.
Ten Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Ten PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Ten 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons. If you’re unable to attend the calls live, the Online Community group allows you to connect with each other to find alternative times to interact.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can ask additional questions, interact with your fellow students and get access to additional resources to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Enneagram of the Virtues Bonus Collection
We feel honored that Russ Hudson has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with a renowned Enneagram teacher known as a “depth” teacher of the Enneagram, going beyond simple personality categorizations to seeing it as a portal into your soul.
Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll also be able to benefit from Russ’ incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — at your own pace!
If you are serious about understanding yourself, your personality and even your soul, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones — and our world — to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
I was able to grasp what happens to pull me away from my experience of presence, as well as the operation of all of the nine Enneagram energies in me. Puzzles that I had been pondering for years about my relationship to receiving were resolved, as I experienced the energy of my “missing piece.” The term “life-changing” is used a lot I know. But I can’t think of another one that more accurately describes my experience...
— Ann Kirby, RH Certified Teacher, EnnCourage, Inc.
I am a longtime student and certified teacher of the Enneagram, as well as seasoned meditator. This workshop... leveraged my understanding of the Enneagram as a spiritual path to a very exciting, new level, both for myself and in working more strategically with my coaching clients.
— Anne Wotring, Certified Palmer-Daniels Teacher
Having had the privilege of studying this material with a number of teachers, I was completely impressed with Russ’ quality of training and input on this topic. His willingness to be present, open and incredibly allowing and compassionate whilst staying totally on track with the content was fantastic.
— Marie Pierre Cleret, Sydney, Australia
The time with Russ has been a gentle shift that enhanced my knowledge with an understanding of the organic nature and curiosity of the enneagram with skills and has given me practices to help me live and lead others in that same way.
Russ Hudson’s unique perspectives, wisdom, compassion and clear articulation of the Enneagram material, and especially his very practical and experiential guidance through the three instinctual types, has awakened me to a whole new level of understanding and unexpected insights into my own patterns and of those close to me.
— Lisa, Berkeley, California
I have a deeper understanding of the unconscious drives and what gets in the way of my authentic expression. I am enjoying seeing myself and others with more compassion and resilience.
— Karin, Swampscott, Massachusetts
Having Russ draw deeply on his experience and knowledge, was invaluable. He has an incredible ability to explain everything in such an easy to understand way. And with gentleness, patience and deep empathy.
— Sam, Peo, South Africa
Russ is an extremely gifted teacher. With patience, humor and wisdom, he is able to guide us to places that are normally too defended to see or admit. This course definitely had that effect on me... I’m grateful to you, Russ, and to The Shift Network who have made it their mission to create opportunities such as these for as many as possible.
— Scott, Madison, Wisconsin
This is a great course to open ourselves to more presence, more heartfulness and greater illumination through deepening our understanding of the processes underlying our tendencies, and the means toward what our hearts really want.
— Sonia, Zimbabwe
An opportunity for awakening should not be missed. That said, I have for various family reasons only been able to draw on some of this course’s richness so far. Nevertheless, what I have heard and experienced has already proved very valuable in the quest for greater insight into the mysteries of my being and the human experience generally. Thank you!
— Philip Starnier, United Kingdom
Russ Hudson is co-founder of The Enneagram Institute, and is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He is also President of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc. He has been co-teaching the Enneagram Professional Training Programs since 1991, and is a founding director and former vice-president of the International Enneagram Association. Russ is also co-author of The Wisdom Of The Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram, Discovering Your Personality Type andThe Power Of The Enneagram. Russ also assisted Don Riso in writing Enneagram Transformations. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers. You can also use Skype to connect to MaestroConference at no charge, and we offer a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.
I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.
Q: Can you tell me about the Private Course Group?
A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects and growth throughout the Course.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.
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