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The space within becomes the reality of the building. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

The spaciousness we allow ourselves internally becomes the reality of our building, metaphorically. Here are some tips on how individuals of each type can increase their inner spaciousness.

Relax your constant need to be self-controlled as a way of controlling yourself and your environment. Some self-control is a sign of maturity; too much self-control does not allow for space, inner freedom and flexibility.

Allow more space for you inside, space to explore your wants and needs, your feelings and desires, instead of filling your inner space with the feelings and reactions of others.

When you are so busy doing and/or thinking about doing, there is very little space inside for spontaneity, emergence and possibility. Doing less will allow more space.

While your interior life can be fascinating, excruciating, satisfying, and more, when your interior space is continuously filled with a kaleidoscope of feelings, ideas, and interior movies being played, there is very little space for opening up to that which is truly new and possible.

While you may give yourself a great deal of space alone and away from others, if your interior world is filled with thoughts and reflections on past experiences, however nicely organized into separate compartments, there may not be enough room for another kind of space. In this different kind of space, there are no categories or compartments, only fluid possibilities.

An overly busy mind and corresponding energetic emotions do not enable you to be more spacious and fluid. Go to nature for this space, where there is organic spaciousness.

Space is a form of freedom that comes from being still rather than being in constant motion. How can you be a bit more still? You can start with your body and sit or stand with increasing moments of minimal movement. Eventually, however, the space of freedom will ultimately come from space in your mind, the one that currently gets more easily filled with new ideas. This will also add more space in your heart to stay with feelings a bit longer.

While you may infuse yourself with energy that feels like you are pumping in or allowing more space, this creates energy but not the space that can allow itself to be filled with more openness and receptivity. Instead of pumping energy in and up, allow more space in, space that is filled with what may feel like nothing – but is something – so that more can emerge.

You might think or feel you have a great deal of interior space, but is the space vacant space that can’t really be filled or is it open space that invites whatever emerges from the inside out? Create more awakened space inside yourself, not vacant space. Just pay attention to what is occurring within, what you are sensing and experiencing.

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, the author of seven Enneagram-business books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs and training tools for business professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications, and is past-president of the International Enneagram Association. Visit: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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7 months ago

I love these insights … as a 4 My challenge is to go empty and you’ve articulated it brilliantly for me 🙏🙏🙏👍👍👍

Maria Fabregas
Maria Fabregas
7 months ago

Thank you for this post. I relate to what is said for my type (4), but I have noticed that for some types (including mine), there’s really no advice, it just explains why we do not have inner spaciousness. It would be good to have some advice or comment on what to do to creat more of that space (such as in 3, 6, 7…). Good read though! 🙂 Cheers, Maria

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