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Re: Essence Posted by Jeff on September 04, 2001 at 08:50:41:
In Reply to: Essence posted by rob on September 02, 2001 at 19:19:18:
HI Rob & All:
Rob writes>I am not sure that one has an essence. I do not believe that
one is born a blank slate, but where does this essence come from. There
is no answer.
I was reading through this and smiling. "I don't know", would be my
thought. There probably is an answer, but who knows. Even if there is
no "answer", some form of self-examinination with an alternative method
for response allows me to get out from programmed response mode. If
something else comes along or is revealed well I'll take a look at it.
For the moment, Jeff
Ps. you asked about refs for alternative classifaction systems:
For the enneagram:
For the Myeyers-Briggs Instrument:
A few observations of mine.
From what bits I have read about these, they provide knowledge of one's
personality and not necessarily a way around it. They suggest that by
knowing my and someone else's type, then somehow I will be able to
relate with them better. For me, it has been my experience that without
someway of breaking out of my own type, all I have gained is how better
to manipulate others. My personality type is still at work full time.
Here in this class the personality types are determined by self
observation and not an outside test or individual.
These personality typing systems are beginnings and not ends(for me).
The appeal of mindfulness, to me is that it is a way to change not
dependent on any particular faith or outside source.
The coach can make all the suggestions he wants, but unless I am
motivated to live in the moment, I'm back where I was. I may have the
knowledge, but I don't have the wisdom. :o) j
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