Eric Lyleson Writes of ‘Essential Wholeness’ in New Psychology Guide

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Author explains how each of 9 Enneagram personality types can achieve spiritual, physical, mental wellness.

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The Enneagram – a system of analysis used to measure the spectrum of individual identity – categorizes a person into one of nine personality types. A personality can land within one of the following types: a Reformer, Helper, Achiever, Individualist, Investigator, Loyalist, Enthusiast, Challenger or Peacemaker.

Author and psychologist Eric Lyleson’s new book, “Essential Wholeness: Integral Psychotherapy, Spiritual Awakening, and the Enneagram” (published by Balboa Press AU), features a detailed examination of the Enneagram’s nine personality types, showing how a person can use his or her particular personality traits to achieve spiritual awakening, specifically that of the teachings of Buddhism.

“To be a human being is to have ever-changing and evolving humanness and to be an eternal unchanging being,” Lyleson says. “This book unlocks the never-before-seen dimensions of the Enneagram and how it encodes the science of how people and all living systems evolve and grow. By drawing on the great spiritual traditions of Buddhism, it shows how being in tune with one’s spiritual nature allows this process to flow more freely.”

Within “Essential Wholeness,” Lyleson offers an innovative perspective on how the Enneagram functions. He posits that this nine-fold personality analysis tool brings together the realms of psychology, biology, physics, mythology and spirituality in a multidimensional way. Lyleson begins to explain this interconnected system of thought by explaining his understanding of what it means to be a healthy, whole human being. He then illuminates the reader to the compulsions of personality that create dysfunction, providing strategies and helpful information for how to recover one’s spiritual and physical life balance.

Praise for “Essential Wholeness”:

“Both profound and practical, this book integrates cutting edge neuroscience, esoteric wisdom, a heartfelt appreciation of the natural world, and powerfully effective psychological methods. It’s genuinely brilliant.”
—    Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical
Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

“Essential Wholeness”
By Eric Lyleson
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 408 pages | ISBN 9781452528205
E-Book | 408 pages | ISBN 9781452528212
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Eric Lyleson is a psychologist in private practice and has lectured at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. For more than 30 years, he has been personally and professionally exploring psychotherapeutic and spiritual practices most useful in helping people free themselves from psychological suffering. “Essential Wholeness” is his second book.

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