|The Enneagram is a system that exposes the belief
— or lie — that we each are independent, separate
personalities, (represented by one of nine types or “9 Lies”). These
lies form the belief in the false self — the cause of all human
“The 9 Lies” are common beliefs in society represented by the nine
Enneagram Types. For example, “You’re nobody till somebody loves
you,” has Type 2 striving to be connected at its core, and “Only the
strong survive,” has Type 8 striving to be powerful at its core. This
talk demonstrates that all nine types exist in us as different parts
or voices, and that our belief that we are one, specific type is based
on unawareness, and what Gurdjieff, the father of the Enneagram,
referred to as being “asleep” to the truth.
We will explore the 9 Lies, and learn a process that will (1) expose
the lie that the self is a static, separate structure that must always
be one, specific way, (“I gotta be me”), and (2) demonstrate that the
True Self is a free-floating process, responding appropriately to life’s
situations with freedom, creativity, and joy.
Robert Tallon is an executive coach and corporate trainer. He has
been a student of Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Sufism, for over 35
years. He teaches the Enneagram in North America and Europe and is
the co-author of Awareness to Action: The Enneagram, Emotional
Intelligence, and Change, and author of Working Together with the
Enneagram: Nine Practices to Transform Teams.