Identify and transform imbalances that are keeping you stuck… through your Enneagram subtype and your instincts.
Nurture your weakest (least dominant) instinct… a key to your wholeness and your capacity to flourish.
Experience the energy of your instincts through your body — cultivating a relationship with all three instincts.
A Master Guide for Balancing Your Instincts Through Enneagram
Russ Hudson represents one of the largest and most respected schools for Enneagram studies and application in the world. Russ Hudson’s taught this work for decades at the highest echelons with his close mentor, the legendary Don Riso, and trained thousands of people worldwide.
Russ Hudson offers a uniquely in-depth spiritual approach to the Enneagram that views the work in a holistic, multidimensional context.
Russ Hudson’ll share his latest insights on the relationship between type, subtype, and instincts — along with experiential practices that help you integrate your full humanity.
What You’ll Discover in Integrating Your Instincts Through the Enneagram
In this 10-part transformational intensive, Russ Hudson will teach about each instinctual drive separately and in relation to the other two drives — and how all three weave into the overall pattern, contribute to your blind spots… and, when acknowledged and integrated, to your wholeness.
This Enneagram training will be practical and experiential. Russ Hudson will also draw on knowledge from psychology and biological science as well as from spiritual wisdom traditions.
In two modules, Russ Hudson will be joined by his esteemed colleagues and fellow Enneagram teachers to give you a well-rounded perspective on the instincts. A strong experiential component, as well as weekly debriefings, will help you better absorb the material Russ Hudson shares.
Each training session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones so you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to recognize, work with, and integrate all three instincts for true wholeness.
Module 1: Beyond Identification Working With the Instinctual Drives to Ground & Empower Authentic Spiritual Work
In this module, you’ll start to recognize in yourself and others the three instinctual drives — and how they manifest in beliefs and behaviors.
In a sense, almost all coaching is about balancing our instinctual drives more skillfully. The instincts are also more important than type in determining the success or failure of our personal relationships. They help us zero in on the “non-negotiables” that we may not initially recognize as our deepest needs in relationships, including our biological needs.
- How each instinct is a beautiful expression of nature’s intelligence, as well as fuel for your spiritual development
- The different aspects of the Belly Center, which are keys to living fully
- How each instinct gives clues about our primary needs in relationships
- The ways Enneagram type mixes with and sometimes distorts our instinctual drives
- How each of us unconsciously prioritizes the instincts, creating imbalances in our lives
- Practices for neglected instincts
- How balancing the instincts “quickens” spiritual breakthroughs
- The “zones” of each instinct, and when there are 3 instincts operating in us
- More energy and willingness to break free of personality patterns
- How to recognize the true power of balancing your instincts — for not only personal but collective transformation
Module 2: Working With the Self-preservation Instinct How to Recognize the Energies & Behavior That Create Structure and Foundation for an Awake Life
The Self-preservation instinct is an enormous driver in your day-to-day behaviors. You wil discover different ways this instinct shows up in modern life, and develop tools to recognize the ways it manifests to your benefit or detriment in your work, habits, and relationships.
- Self-preservation is the fundamental driver behind all of the instincts
- How our Sexual and Social instincts are variations of the Self-preservation instinct
- How we successfully or unsuccessfully manage our personal energy and resources, and how this influences development
- The crucial distinction between comfort and development — and practices for enrolling the parts of ourselves that fear change
- The Zone of Health and Wellbeing (authentic self-care)
- The Zone of Practical Wisdom (finances, maintenance, etc.)
- The Zone of Domesticity (cultivating a home)
- How to honor your Self-preservation instinct in your relationships
Module 3: Deeper Experiential Work With Self-preservation How to Bring More Awareness & Balance to This Drive
In this experiential module, Russ Hudson will guide you to look at your relationship with the Self-preservation instinct. You’ll bring more balance to this part of your life through meditation and practices. A deeper awareness of the energy of this instinct will help you identify the unique aspects of your inner work with the Self-preservation instinct.
Module 4: Working With the Sexual (Attraction) Instinct Tuning In to Our Creative Drive & Recognizing Connected Behaviors Beyond Basic Sexuality
In this module, you’ll learn about the Sexual (or attraction) instinct. You’ll start to recognize your capacities and challenges around following your passions and creative impulses.
You’ll distinguish this vital energy from heart-based qualities such as intimacy and affection — and begin to note the different ways this instinct shows up in your work, habits, and relationships, including where this instinct is working well for you and where it’s subject to distortions.
- How this energy is found in many human activities and goes far beyond just the sexual act — and how it’s part of the energy that gets us out of our ruts and routines
- How it’s distinct from intimacy or love, but is highly relevant in intimate relationships
- How it’s truly a vital and necessary instinct and not a heart matter
- How it’s central to excitement and creative impulses, and how it brings passion and energy to our activities
- Why it’s such an important topic due to its “shadowy” status in many societies… how do we talk about it honestly?
- The Zone of Arousal — being energized, “turned on,” passion
- The Zone of Attracting — being attracted, charisma, and magnetism
- The Zone of Fusion — and merging/focusing energy and attention
- How the Sexual instinct plays out in our relationships
- What happens when we neglect this instinct?
Module 5: Deeper Experiential Work With the Sexual Instinct How to Bring More Awareness & Balance to This Drive
In the long run, assigning your dominant instinct will not be as helpful as discovering how you navigate each of these three drives.
In this experiential module, you’ll explore your relationship with the Sexual instinct, and bring compassion and awareness to the ways you may have been shamed or wounded around this vital life force. You’ll develop a felt sense of the Sexual instinct — and begin to cultivate and balance this creative drive. This energy is particularly important for advanced stages of meditation and spiritual development.
Module 6: Working With the Social (Adaptive) Instinct Tuning In to Our Drive for Connection, Communication & Belonging
In this module, you’ll learn about the Social instinct — the basis for human relationship and connection. You’ll discover how this instinct shows up in modern life in ways that are integral to your capacity for connection, communication, and cooperation — and you’ll develop tools for seeing the particular ways it manifests in your own work, habits, and relationships. You’ll come to recognize where this instinct is working well for you, and where it’s subject to distortions. You’ll learn tools and practices for cultivating your social intelligence.
- How the Social instinct is not just about “socializing,” but the basis of all human society
- How this instinct evolved originally as a need to protect others, particularly in the role of parenting
- How this instinct is fundamentally about our awareness of the other: your survival is my survival; we need each other
- How this instinct is the basis of altruism, but can also be the basis of exclusion and hostility to other groups
- The Zone of Reading Others — interpreting feelings and body language
- The Zone of Building and Maintaining Our Connections
- The Zone of Participation and Contribution; and how a life can wither when we feel that our contributions don’t matter
- How the Social instinct plays out in our relationships — and why we must honor it
Module 7: Deeper Experiential Work With the Social Instinct How to Bring More Awareness & Balance to This Drive
In this class, you’ll explore the experiential, energetic aspects of the instincts. In some ways, the Social instinct is quite easy to notice once you know what you’re looking for. But it’s also more subtle as an inner experience and requires a sensitive focus. Russ Hudson will guide you to explore the sense of being well-grounded in yourself as you relate to others — seeing beyond your programming and historic psychological patterns to find your most real and authentic connection in the moment. You’ll expand your sense of the Social instinct and explore your meaningful participation in the world.
Module 8: Diverse Perspectives on the Instincts, Part 1: A Conversation With Colleagues & Fellow Teachers
The instincts (or subtypes) are one of the most talked-about elements of the Enneagram work these days, but also one of the areas of heated controversy. In fact, while there are differences in presentations from major teachers in the field, there are also many areas of overlap and agreement.
In Modules 8 and 9, Russ Hudson and his esteemed colleagues will take you to the frontlines of instinct studies. You’ll join Russ Hudson in conversation with noted Enneagram Teachers Beatrice Chestnut, Mario Sikora, Katherine Chernick Fauvre, and John Luckovich. In separate one-on-one chats, each teacher will share their unique perspective on the instincts and how they help people work with them.
- The latest teachings on the subtypes and instincts — how they differ and overlap
- A way to integrate these different perspectives on the instincts into your spiritual path
- Deeper insights into the ways your subtype plays out through your instincts and personality pattern
- An evolutionary context for viewing and working with the instincts to heal and rebalance destructive energies in the collective
Module 9: Diverse Perspectives on the Instincts, Part 2: Further Explorations With Colleagues & Fellow Teachers
This module continues the 2-part series of scintillating dialogues around the latest teachings on the instincts and subtypes. Immerse yourself in these diverse perspectives, which will enrich your inner work with the instincts.
Module 10: Integrating the Behaviors Needed for Life Into Another Level of Conscious Participation in the World
You’ve recognized the instincts both as a beautiful expression of human nature — and the primary way you can squander your vital energy and become fearfully preoccupied with matters that are counterproductive at best and destructive at worst.
In this final class with Russ Hudson, you’ll see how difficult it is to make meaningful changes when you’re operating in ways that feel necessary for your survival — even when they are endangering it. And as you consider the bigger picture, you may see how these instinctual imbalances are collectively endangering our very civilization.
Your inner work with the instincts is globally significant.
Without it, deeply ingrained instinctual biases will keep pulling each of us back to our old habits.
As we work through the challenges associated with the instinctual drives, we free up energy and a greater willingness to break free from egoic patterns. We become present to do what life asks of us — and take our place in a larger journey of collective transformation.
- An appreciation of your growing awareness of your primal drives — and how they influence your health, emotions, spiritual life, and relationships
- The global significance of your work with the instincts
- More energy and willingness to break free of personality patterns
- Recognize the true power of balancing your instincts — for not only personal but collective transformation
About Russ Hudson
Russ Hudson, co-founder of The Enneagram Institute, is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. Russ Hudson’s also President of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc. Russ Hudson’s been co-teaching the Enneagram Professional Training Programs since 1991, and is a founding director and former vice president of the International Enneagram Association. Russ Hudson co-authored The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram, Discovering Your Personality Type, and The Power of the Enneagram. Russ Hudson also assisted Don Riso in writing Enneagram Transformations. Russ Hudson holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York.