“The core truth that the Enneagram conveys to us is that we are much more than our personality. Beyond the limitations of our personalities [is the] unrecognized quality of Being or Presence … called our Essence. We do not experience our Essence … because our awareness is so dominated by our personality. But as we learn to bring awareness to our personality, it becomes more transparent, and we are able to experience our Essence more directly.”

—Riso & Hudson (The Wisdom of the Enneagram,1999, p. 27)