Do you remember having a speech or other public activity videotaped in order for you to see yourself in action? I remember that as quite an eye-opener. Our perceptions of ourselves are often at odds with what we actually do.
I was sharing my new Flip video camera with a friend last night at a beautiful retirement party for my husband. (Wow! My husband is so loved, appreciated and respected by his colleagues and staff at the university. It was an incredibly moving event.) Back to the camera: for a non-techie like me, being able to so easily capture sweet moments like the ones experienced last night, and donwload them quickly is a joy. My friend, Jackson, said he uses his Flip camera to let his undergrad students watch themselves facilitate outdoor growth activities. Not surprisingly, after they have seen themselves through the lens of a camera, they often say, “I do that???”
This is the crucial first-level personal awareness that is necessary for growth: seeing what is true about my behavior and actions in contrast to my well-set ideas about my behavior. Visual feedback is profoundly useful. So is the Enneagram. It gives us specific information about the behaviors and external expressions associated with each personality type.
I was thinking–wouldn’t it be interesting to have another version of the Flip that showed us with as much precision what our thinking, feeling and somatic responses are? What about a camera that could show us our deeper motivational patterns? We are often wed to certain ideas about why we do what we do. But, those. too, are often at odds with reality. What about a camera that could show us the deep terrain of our life–those places where we have the most pain to be released and the path to our greatest joy and freedom?
For now, there is no physical camera that I know of that can do this. But the Enneagram does offer the psychological and spiritual lens to take us as deep as we want to go. Once we plug into its vast body of wisdom, we have an incredible tool for our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and more advanced levels of awareness and self-knowledge.
Visit www.deepcoaching.com. Check out Deep Coaching: Using the Enneagram as a Catalyst for Profound Change, and keep an eye out for my newest book, Deep Living: Using the Enneagram to Connect You to Your Transformational Path.