Reading Your Soul -- Second Edition By Rabbi Howard A. Addison (176 Pages)Publisher: Jewish Lights, 2006
Patterns in our lives may escape us; reasons for our behavior often confuse us. To help us better understand the interplay of these dynamics, Rabbi Howard Addison combines for the first time two of the most powerful maps of consciousness known to humanity: the Tree of Life (the Sefirot) from the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah, and the nine-pointed Enneagram that was developed over several generations by mystics of several spiritual traditions.
Individually, each offers guidance and wisdom; together, they show the forces that propel us and shape our personalities and behavior. Most important, the two suggest how we can live more harmoniously with ourselves and with others, minimize friction and tension, and discover our own spiritual gateway to God.
According to some scientific theories, our personalities are a result of our upbringing and genetic code. But, even if scientists and psychologists can explain the physical and emotional aspects of how we respond to stress, anxiety, anger and love, how do we explain the spiritual drive behind our emotions and personalities?
The Kabbalah claims that each person s soul is rooted in a different aspect of God s personality, in one of the Sefirot that constitute the Etz Chayim, the Tree of Life. By looking through the lens of Kabbalah at the nine personalities of the Enneagram, Rabbi Howard Addison reveals the extraordinary correspondence between the two systems. He adapts classical kabbalistic spiritual practices to the Enneagram s nine personality types, creating a powerful combined tool to enhance your personal spiritual self-discovery.
This pioneering book shows that when brought together the Enneagram and Kabbalah may help you understand your own deepest motivations and the motivations of those around you, thus opening wider the gate to personal growth.