Posted by: empoweringspace | October 12, 2008

Are you a seeker?

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions:

  • What makes me tick?
  • Why do people not understand me?
  • Why do I say some of the things that I do?
  • Why do I act in certain ways?
  • If it makes sense to me why don’t you get it?
  • How do I get along with certain people and others I just cannot be around?
  • why do I keep attracting the same type of relationships?
  • Why are we so different?
  • What was I thinking when I said that?
  • Why do I react the way I do?
  • Why are some people so difficult?
  • What makes it difficult to get along with me?
  • What impact do I have on others?
  • what are my strengths, weaknesses, talents?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What am I attracted to?
  • What do I avoid?
  • How can I deepen the relationships in my life?
  • How do I experience life?

If these are just a few of the questions and thoughts that pop into your head on a daily basis you are a seeker of self knowledge.  You are interested in revealing the truth and answering the most fundamental spiritual questions “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What do I have to contribute?”

The enneagram is one of the most transformational and empowering tools for self-discovery. It offers a map that shows your habits of attentions, your motivations, your actions, your inner thoughts, your challenges, your gifts, desires and needs. It helps reveal your inner story, your core beliefs, and the choices you make that create your life.

When we are able to reveal these habitual patterns and triggers we can then choose differently and so recreate and re-design a life we truly want to live.  It takes us out of the box in which we place ourselves, the box that limits us. With the information that is revealed through working with the enneagram, we can be liberated to make more informed choices in our lives, and live more consciously, rather than living on autopilot or in the passenger’s seat.

Are you ready to make a difference in your life and those around you?

Come rediscover your essence.

You are what you seek.

Posted by: empoweringspace | September 16, 2008

Hello world welcome to Soul Perspectives

What are  Soul Perspectives?

Perspective :

  • one’s “point of view”,
  • the choice of a context for opinions, beliefs and experiences,
  • the way in which objects appear to the eye

Laws of Perception:

  • It is 99 percent mental
  • You see what you want to see
  • You see what the mind is looking for
  • You never see the world, you only see your thoughts
  • Perception is projection
  • We all see things differently
  • There is no such thing as a single objective  perception
  • There is always another way to see things.

Soul Perspectives – Seeing we are not our personality, our identities, our thoughts. Shifting ones perspective to include the many facets of soul,  seeing with your mind, body, and soul, rediscovering  your true essence.

How did Soul Perspectives come into being?

MY Perspective – Lydia Mattison

I discovered the Enneagram during my coach training.  About a year or two ago, a friend of mine was closing down her bookstore and I decided to go see what books I could purchase during the sale. There was this big blue book ( blue being my favorite color) sitting all my itself on a bottom shelf.  I could literally hear the book calling me and saying “Pick Me.” It was the book ” Wisdom of the Enneagram” by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson.

At the time I was deep into coaching and meeting so many different personalities globally,   I thought “this is interesting, perhaps it would at least give me some insights into my clients.”

Was I wrong.  It gave me so much more than that. I typed myself and what happened then was a lifting of the veils.  It was like everything became crystal clear to me. I could no longer hide from myself.  I could see myself now, all my thoughts, my words, my actions, my habits and focus of attention.  I could see my energy and how I push it outward into the world and more importantly the impact it was having on others.  It was as though I was holding up a mirror to my soul.  I could see the shadows and most of all I could now see the light.  I could truly live life more consciously instead of living “on autopilot.”

I immediately typed everyone in my family and buried myself in the book.  I was amazed, it was as though I was looking at my family, each and every member with fresh eyes and with compassion. Meeting them in their world for the first time.  I could now understand every conflict we had ever had, I could understand the differences in my children, and how they react so uniquely to the same situation. For the very first time I was able to see the world through their eyes. I felt as though I was connecting on a much deeper level.

I began researching and reading everything about the enneagram that I could get my hands on. I discovered a book called “Deep Coaching” – Using the enneagram as a catalyst for profound change by Dr. Roxanne Howe Murphy.

The real importance of the Enneagram was revealed to me while participating in a teleconference series lead by Roxanne, I was able to see the important benefits of using the enneagram in my coaching, both as a coach and for my clients. The enneagram helps us unhook from identifying with our very small and limited self.  It shows us the box in which we keep ourselves, small and safe. It opens us to unexpected and expanded vistas, new possibilities, choices and freedom to be in touch, know and experience our essence, truly bringing our brilliance into focus. Needless to say I am passionate about the enneagram as a tool for self discovery and spiritual growth.

I am on a journey of self discovery, serendipitously finding others, who want to connect on a deeper level and share this wealth of knowledge with their family, friends, and colleagues, so that together we can make a difference in our country.

The enneagram is a rich source of self knowledge. Finding what really matters is a personal experience. So today I want to invite you into this space with an open mind, and an open heart so you can discover why the enneagram would matter to you.

Shift Happens at the blink of an eye.

What will you look for today?

Who knows what you will find?

Come shift your Perspective.

Posted by: empoweringspace | May 17, 2010

The Treadmill….when do I get off?

I noticed that our ego is like a treadmill, and we are constantly running from a deflated ego to an inflated ego. For someone with type 8 energy, running from feeling incompetent, powerless and vulnerable (deflated ego) to Competence, Power and Strength. Two sides of One coin(EGO).

My Inner critic messages are enmeshed with fear and deflates my ego when I hear:

You can’t handle this

You do not have what it takes

You are not important enough

You are not competent enough

You have no one to help you

You are all alone

What are you going to do now?

You are not in charge here

You have no control

You have absolutely no impact or influence in this situation?

What’s so special about you?

What makes you stand out?

My Inner critic Messages that I receive, which are enmeshed with anger and rage, inflate my ego, get me all fired up and moves me into action:

Who the hell do they think they are?

You do not have to put up with this crap if you do not want to

This is so unfair

You show them what it feels like, to be bullied, to be taken advantage of

You show them whose in charge

You take charge and get this organized

You can stand up to them

You are the only one who can do this

There is nothing you cannot do when you put your mind to it.


KABOOM!!! The firework is now out of the shed.

When do I get off the treadmill?

When I recognize that I am on it, and my ego has me in a trance.

Be with what I am running away from, allow it some space, walk curiously and compassionately with it, inquire, be present, breathe, allow what wants to show up.

Looking at the emotions helps us understand where the fuel for the energy is coming from. Looking at how I do anger versus why I do anger, uncovers a process of how the trance/fixation manifests. When we begin breaking down the patterns into how we do them we can then see new openings to where we can change our behaviours. We also begin to see we are the ones doing it. We open ourselves to choice and freedom versus a survival strategy.

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Posted by: empoweringspace | October 28, 2008

Enneagram Audio- Unveiling Self-Knowledge

Power of the Enneagram – Unveiling Self Knowledge

What is the Enneagram?

Definitely not another personality test that pigeonholes people.  It is a map of the inner worlds of nine distinct perspectives from which people act and respond to life.  It shows us our strengths, limitations, habits of attention and responses.  It helps you step out of the box which limits you – “your point of view.”

When some one does something we wouldn’t do, have you ever caught yourself saying or wondering “What in the world were they thinking?” Their actions surprise us, because their actions would not flow from our inner worlds and our viewpoint.

Dr. Roxanne Howe-Murphy’s work  inspires, deepens and animates that which is the best within us by focusing on healthy adult psychological and spiritual development. She is deeply committed to helping people wake-up to their true nature and heal, and uses the awakening and integrative body of wisdom called the Enneagram to support that process.

Listen to the audio Power of Unveiling self-knowledge- transfrormation through the enneagram with your host Lydia Mattison.

Posted by: empoweringspace | October 28, 2008

Enneagram audio – Stepping out of the box

Power of the Enneagram – Stepping out of the box.

Have you ever been in a situation and asked yourself the following questions:

  • Why is this happening to me again?
  • Why does this pattern happen over and over?
  • Whose really running this show?
  • What are they thinking?
  • Have you found yourself believing “this is just how life is, there is nothing I can do about it.”

Well this is the show for you, come and discover a map to a better life.  A map that can enhance your work, love and life. Do you know that there are nine dramatically different ways of seeing, being and showing up in this world? No wonder we feel at times that we are speaking a different language and no one understands us. The Enneagram is a practical tool for self development, discovering your gifts and releasing your greatest potential. A guide for enhanced living and loving.

Listen here to Lydia Mattison host of an Empowering Space as she speaks with her guest Sterling Van de Moortel about the Power of the Enneagram

Posted by: empoweringspace | October 28, 2008

10 Things I learned while working with the enneagram

  1. My view is not the worlds’ view – the enneagram represents nine different ways the individual orients themselves in life – it represents nine different world views.
  2. It is a powerful tool for transformation- it gives me a visual map- it uncovers my habitual patterns
  3. It allows me to see my blind spots and my unconscious automatic commitments, my hidden intentions and motivations
  4. It opens me up to how and where I limit myself. It reveals what is beneath the waterline, what I have hidden from myself and others. It is the submerged part of the iceberg which is so much more than the tip that is shown.
  5. It shows me how I have designed my comfort zone to keep me safe and secure.
  6. It lets me see the box I have chosen, but more than that it shows me how I can stretch myself and step out of my box.
  7. It introduces me to my world view, my core beliefs, and what it feels and looks like on the inside of another individuals different world view. It has helped me to understand my family in a much more intimate way.
  8. It points me in a direction to step into my greatest potential, to open to the gifts of the entire enneagram.
  9. It helps me recognize my gifts and convert my challenges into gifts. It is a map that helps me find the treasure encoded in my personality.
  10. It teaches me compassion and understanding for myself and others.

By Lydia Mattison