The 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. 

The Enneagram School of Awakening is rooted in the original purpose of the Enneagram - Psycho-Spiritual Awakening. Facilitators in this tradition mindfully use the Enneagram to help people transcend contracted patterns and embody the wholeness of our being - mind, heart, body, and spirit.

Prior to developing the Embodiment Tradition, Lissa studied the Enneagram with the Arica School founded by Oscar Ichazo. In the 1990s, she left the Arica School to study with other teachers and experientially through her private practice work with clients.

Lissa Friedman, PhD began teaching the Enneagram in 2001. She has published 5 articles in the Enneagram Monthly, presented at 4 International Enneagram Conferences, and published a DVD series of interviews with people of each type.



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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.

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10 Min. to Downtown

30 Ben Lippen School Road, Asheville, NC