The Transformative Power of Conflict
Conflict is a natural, common occurrence in our day-to-day lives, more so than we would like to think. It is endemic to our human condition and based on the fundamental belief of our separateness. Whether it is experienced as a subtle internal war, often exacerbated by the inner critic or it manifests externally with the inevitable friction, disagreements, and opposing viewpoints of those we interact with, conflict is unavoidable (at least for 99.5% of the population).
Most seminars and workshops addressing conflict focus on what it takes to manage friction or resolve isolated occurrences of conflict. These workshops focus on the external work of conflict – e.g. making ”I” statements, “deep” listening, understanding the difference between positions and interests, communication skills, brainstorming techniques, and the like.
Our approach is different. When we have the discipline to sustain curiosity, the willingness to take a risk, faith in the creative process, and the willingness to imagine a web of relationship with those with whom we disagree, conflict becomes both a spiritual and healing path. Working with conflict in more creative, open-hearted, and daring ways, we not only transform the nature of our conflicts, but we transform ourselves in the process.
Join us in this experiential session to discover how the Enneagram and some guiding principles of conflict transformation can assist you in engaging conflict more consciously, creatively, and compassionately.
Our workshop will include short didactics, individual and group exercises, inner work, and more.
Look forward to exploring with you!
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”