Home of the Embodiment Tradition
The Enneagram School of Asheville is a group of facilitators devoted to using the Enneagram as a tool for psychological and spiritual enlightenment and liberation. All our facilitators are certified in the Embodiment Tradition, which means we are experts in the Embodiment techniques and Energetics of the Enneagram.
Lissa Friedman, PhD set the roots of our school when she began teaching the Enneagram over 2 decades ago. Prior to developing the Embodiment Tradition, Lissa studied intensely with many Enneagram masters including Oscar Ichazo and the Arica School. In 2013, Lissa partnered with her daughter, Tammy Hendrix, LCSW, to found the Enneagram School of Asheville.
Embodying the Energetics of the Enneagram
Our Embodiment technique is a unique and dynamic way to learn and experience the energetics of the Enneagram, in addition to the information. This technique is full of life - not only are we teaching about the 3 centers of intelligence (body, heart, mind), but we utilize each of the three intellect centers in our teaching style.
Our school is rooted in the original purpose of the Enneagram - PsychoSpiritual Awakening. Because our founder, Lissa Friedman, PhD, began her Enneagram studies in Óscar Ichazo's Arica School, our school is directly linked to the spirit and original lineage of the Enneagram.
Our facilitators mindfully use the Enneagram to help ourselves and others transcend contracted patterns and realize the wholeness of our being - mind, heart, body, and spirit.
Journey With Us - Fixation to Freedom
Each type holds a spectrum of contracted AND expanded patterns. The contractions are painful unconscious strategies of perceiving and reacting that create separation experiences. The expansions range from pleasant strategies for getting our deepest needs met to the most open qualities of our natural states of consciousness - purity, compassion, appreciation, radiance, peace, spaciousness, bliss, power, and harmony.
We begin life expanded. Stressors, starting with birth, create contracted and painful patterns in our being - experiences of fixation and separation. When we loosen and relax back open, fixation dissolves and the subtle qualities remain.
Each fixation is a defense mechanism, a strategy of coping and trying to get our unconscious needs met. Each type has a unique pathway back to expansion. Oscar Ichazo, created this system as a guide to freedom from fixation. We help people transform contracted patterns and embody expanded qualities.