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Resistance is the Art of the Ego

The creation of a beautiful work of art is often messy and frustrating.  Art, like life, requires contrast and collision.  Light and shadow must meet, foreground and background must blend, interiors and exteriors must coexist.  We know when we feel grounded and centered because we know what it feels like to feel resistant and reactive. […]

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Presence for Presents

The holiday season brings many different gifts, often bizarrely wrapped, while we usually hope for something wrapped just so.  We hope that our family will get along this year, that we will actually feel like we have time to sit down to talk with those we love, go for a walk in the snow… Our […]

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Becoming More Liquid

As the leaves began to yellow and shrivel this fall, so did my sense of aliveness. The clothes I’d been wearing felt too small but  were so familiar, I didn’t experience their constriction. They just felt like me. I was unaware of what needed to be shed but the evolutionary pulse of life, the mystery, […]

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Pride, Panic and Rising Bread

Once or twice a year I have the good fortune to gather in a community of Ennegram teachers.  Okay, it’s in Dayton, Ohio and the food basically sucks but the company, oh my, what a treat!  Terry Saracino, Marion Gilbert and our beloved matriarch, Helen Palmer, facilitate four days of a deep dive with the […]

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Love can manifest as a simple kindness bending toward all of creation.

The ability to cultivate kindness is the path to freedom, “enlovement” marries enlightenment, allowing us to meet all our experiences, every pain and joy, with kindness.  The path of enlovement is possible for us beacuse of the Inner Observer, the witnessing consciousness that evolves over time as we explore our inner landscapes and outer experiences.  […]

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Instinctual Drives (aka Subtypes)

The instinctual drives as described by the Enneagram can be seen as areas that consume much of our attention and time, and that we share in common with other human beings.  Our primary instinctual drive (often called the subtype) has a powerful effect on our lives and how our Enneagram type manifests.   We have all […]

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The Gift of Projection

The concept of projection is not new.  We know it and store it away in our file cabinet with many other valuable pieces of knowledge.   Yet the use of projection as a tool for transformation is fresh each time an insight arises.  We can get that felt sense of “a-ha” that loosens the type structure […]

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Reflections: International Enneagram Conference in Florida

I love the feeling of the tide in my blood after spending some days in the ocean.  The inner ebb and flow encouraging me to give myself over to a more fluid existence.  Maybe this is why we in the Enneagram community spend so much time and money attending gatherings like the Int’l Enneagram Conference […]

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Enneagram Type Under Stress

Please read the following with curiosity – how does this fit for you or how does it not?  These perspectives are a framework for your own self-discovery!   Type 1, The Perfectionist:  Attention goes to error and correcting error. Stress in Type: become more critical or judgmental of self or other Stress moving toward Stress […]

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Cultivating Heart Gathering July 13th

We’ll be gathering on Wednesday this week and I hope you can make it! The ongoing Cultivating Heart Community is a great place to get a taste for the Narrative Tradition – where people teach each other by sharing their perspectives and experiences.  You do need to be familiar with your type and the system, […]

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