What are people's experiences of getting in touch with what is usually referred to as the essence of being? Sandra Maitri and Aalmas are perhaps two of the more popular authors who keep citing this without much inference as to what it is. Usually mentioned when discussing the holy ideas of each enneagram type or in Maitri's case also, the soul child. Having experienced a lot of personal growth this past year, I have a fairly good idea of what it is and what it means but how do others understand it? Have you experienced it? How does this experience relate to your enneagram core motivations?