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Gurdjieff and the Enigmatic Enneagram


In light of the confusion around the Enneagram, I am reposting an earlier article that I wrote about the Enneagram and its relationshiop to George Gurdjieff.

Originally posted on Edhird's Blog:

By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Note: The following article emerged out of a footnote to a larger investigation into the relationship between Dr. Carl Jung, neo-gnosticism, and the MBTI.

     Who is George Gurdjieff, and why is he having such a massive indirect impact on our churches today?  Why in particular are ‘post-charismatic’ Roman Catholics, especially well-meaning nuns, becoming caught up in his questionable practices?[1]  The Rev. Dr. Robert Innes, Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St. John’s College: Durham, England, tells us that the man credited with bringing the Enneagram to the West is George Gurdjieff, a Greek-Armenian from what is now the Republic of Georgia. While still a teen, Gurdjieff became immersed in occultic practices such as astrology, mental telepathy, spiritism, table turning, fortune telling and demon possession. Gurdjieff claimed that  while he was in Afghanistan in 1897, he visited a monastery of the esoteric…

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OSL Editor, Keith Bird, couldn’t put the ‘Restoring Health’ book down…

In reading Ed’s latest book, “Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit,” I found that I didn’t want to put it down.  In his winsome manner, Ed confronts the lure of pirate booty, treasures of the wide road that beckons to unsuspecting travelers.  In mining the depths of Titus with rich insight, Ed presents to us “modern-day-pirates,” a challenge for developing Godly character and leadership, for  becoming whole in body, mind and spirit; for becoming holy unto the Lord.

 Thank you, Ed, for lighting a brilliant beacon for our journey.    

Keith Bird, editor and webmaster for Order of St Luke Communications in Canada.

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Kimberley Payne, former Personal Trainer, endorses ‘Restoring Health’

As a former personal trainer and health enthusiast I believe that prayer and Bible study are to the spirit what exercise and healthy eating are to the body. Rev. Ed Hird shows how we can embrace this holistically healthy life through the verse-by-verse commentary of the book of Titus. He opens up Paul’s letter and takes us on an interesting journey of discovery combined with history lessons. I recommend this book as an instruction manual for the next generation of healthy leaders.


Kimberley Payne

Author of Women of Strength and Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health


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Tor Constantino’s Endorsement: This is one you’ll WANT to read

Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit by Ed Hird is a one-of-a-kind.  It weaves expert theological commentary on the book of Titus; comprehensive insights regarding our triune nature as humans; as well as firsthand observations of the Island of Crete were Titus was based – and did I mention pirates??? This is not your typical commentary – this is one you’ll WANT to read.”

- Tor Constantino, MBA, former journalist and bestselling author

Tor Constantino is a communications professional with more than 20 years combined experience as a print/broadcast journalist and as a Fortune 500 corporate public relations professional. He has worked for companies including: CBS Radio, Clear Channel Communications, Bausch & Lomb, and he currently works and lives in the greater Washington D.C. area.

He holds an MBA degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Journalism degree from Syracuse University. In his spare time, he’s a frequent contributor to online sites such as RELEVANT Magazine and FaithVillage.com. He’s an avid runner who has completed several full marathons.

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Phil Callway’s endorsement: Don’t Buy A Copy of This Book

Reading Ed Hird is an investment in a sharper mind and a closer walk with God. His inspiring stories and commentary are instructive, entertaining, and so welcome. I’m not sure the Church needs anything more badly than healthy leaders who love and follow Jesus. So don’t buy a copy of this book. Buy six copies and give them to friends, relatives and complete strangers.

Phil Callaway, author and host of Laugh Again radio

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Restoring Health book to be published within the next month

God-willing, the ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit’ book will be available online within a month in both paperback and ebook.  Restoring Health, a devotional commentary on Titus, is the sequel book to ‘Battle for the Soul of Canada’, a devotional commentary on 1st and 2nd Timothy.  


The focus of Restoring Health is on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders.  Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, Restoring Health shows how North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. Click to view the Restoring Health book cover:

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Archdeacon Alfred Cooper’s Endorsement of ‘Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit’

Ed Hird´s latest book is “unputtabledownable”.   “Restoring health, body, mind spirit”, a study on Titus, is racy, deep, funny, wise, sober, radical, illustrative of today´s dilemas and pertinent as to Christian answers to them.   The fact he and his wife went to Crete, studied “the pirates” as he calls them, unveils and illustrates to us from the very locus the social, political, religious and historic settings out of which Titus is written grips and enlightens us on every page.  

Ed cleverly weaves Crete´s real people of that time with today´s people, the modern world, modern church, and in so doing unmasks our hypocrisies, our weaknesses, our dangerous “tepid” walk, lets us know we will lose the battle if we don’t “beat the pirate within us”. 

His basic call for the training of radical Christian leaders today, based on Paul´s ageless counsel to his leader-disciple, moves me to my knees again and to that very action he proposes we need to take.

Alf Cooper


Iglesia Anglicana de Chile

CMS Mission Partner



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