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Falling into the Looking Glass: The Perils and Pitfalls of Teaching the Enneagram to Younger People

The majority of students and clients in my Enneagram workshops, presentations, study groups and counseling sessions are between thirty-five and fifty years of age—right in the middle of the chronological Bell Curve. However, more and more precocious young people under the age of thirty, often children of spiritually aware parents, are attending Enneagram events and I have begun to [...]

By |2020-06-02T00:38:30+00:00June 1, 2020|Psychology|Comments Off on Falling into the Looking Glass: The Perils and Pitfalls of Teaching the Enneagram to Younger People

On the Nature of the Fourth Way

Many Enneagram teachers, authors, and students mention the term Fourth Way in their conversations and writings. However, rarely is this term actually defined, except for brief references to the teachings of G. I. Gurdieff and P. D. Ouspensky. People have had various ideas regarding the nature of the Fourth Way, and with this theorizing they try to come up with [...]

By |2020-06-02T00:33:10+00:00May 14, 2020|Spirituality|Comments Off on On the Nature of the Fourth Way

The Coming of Wisdom with Time: Teaching the Enneagram to Lifelong Learners

The Coming of Wisdom with Time Teaching the Enneagram to Lifelong Learners at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Though leaves are many, the root is one; Through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun; Now may I wither into the truth. --W.B. Yeats This article is an unabashed, blatant, barefaced, [...]

By |2020-06-02T00:29:32+00:00May 10, 2020|General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Coming of Wisdom with Time: Teaching the Enneagram to Lifelong Learners

Pay it Forward Workshops: A New and Old Philosophy and Practice

“You don’t pay love back, you pay it forward.” --Lily Hardy Hammond Most books and articles about the Enneagram have to do with theory, applications, and history. Few are about how teachers design and conduct presentations and workshops, and thus disseminate the received and developed tradition. This article intends to do something different, and therefore may be a bit [...]

By |2020-04-26T14:54:32+00:00April 26, 2020|Spirituality|Comments Off on Pay it Forward Workshops: A New and Old Philosophy and Practice

Enneagram Studies, Spiritual Initiation and the Science of the Antahkarana

 I’d like to be remembered as the fella who taught you something you already knew. --Woody Guthrie It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards! --The White Queen The soul on its own level is an initiate. --D. K.       This short article is designed to introduce readers to what is known in occult studies[i] as the antahkarana, [...]

By |2020-01-19T23:55:53+00:00January 19, 2020|Spirituality|Comments Off on Enneagram Studies, Spiritual Initiation and the Science of the Antahkarana

The Regret of the Basic Fault: Healing our Original Wounds and Emotional Dramas with Psychoanalytic Insights and Enneagram Knowledge

“If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels. Yet I marvel and how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty.” Secret Gospel of Thomas (29)   This essay is in response to the powerful and poignant [...]

By |2019-12-10T22:58:05+00:00December 10, 2019|General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Regret of the Basic Fault: Healing our Original Wounds and Emotional Dramas with Psychoanalytic Insights and Enneagram Knowledge

Psychological and Spiritual Bypassing in Enneagram Theory and Practice

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. --Dominique Pire, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (1958) Thesis    If the Enneagram is first and foremost a diagram and system for psychological healing, growth and integration, then the primary concern is to understand and avoid what has become known in Transpersonal Psychology as spiritual bypassing. However, if the Enneagram was [...]

By |2019-10-08T19:20:25+00:00September 25, 2019|Spirituality|Comments Off on Psychological and Spiritual Bypassing in Enneagram Theory and Practice

The Enneagram of Aging: A 9 Points Panel of Spiritual Elders

This workshop will present an overview of the emerging field of Transpersonal Gerontology--a recent and powerful integration of transpersonal psychology and social gerontology--and then discuss its relevance to Enneagram studies and practices. Gerontology, until recently, has taken little account of developments in humanistic and transpersonal psychology. From our side, Enneagram teachers have rarely taken into account important and universal [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:31:02+00:00July 24, 2014|2014 IEA Global Conference, Audio|Comments Off on The Enneagram of Aging: A 9 Points Panel of Spiritual Elders

The Coming of Wisdom with Time: Applying Enneagram Theory and Practice to the Emerging Field of Transpersonal Gerontology

Like it or not, 2011 ushered in the advent of "senior citizenship" for the first wave of "Baby Boomers" (born 1946-1964). Thus it seems appropriate to offer a workshop that provides an extensive overview of the emerging field of Transpersonal Gerontology--a recent and powerful integration of transpersonal psychology and social gerontology (the study of aging). Harry Moody has said [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:11:58+00:00August 1, 2013|2013 IEA Global Conference, Audio|Comments Off on The Coming of Wisdom with Time: Applying Enneagram Theory and Practice to the Emerging Field of Transpersonal Gerontology

Happy-Go-Lucky

Director Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) is a highly enjoyable and useful character study of the path of development of a young Type Seven. The movie takes place in London, and centers around the life and maturation of a 30-yearold British school teacher named Poppy (played by Sally Hawkins, herself a likely Seven). Poppy's roommate Zoe (Alexis Zegerman) is probably [...]

By |2019-07-05T23:40:27+00:00October 1, 2009|2009 IEA Enneagram Journal|Comments Off on Happy-Go-Lucky

Building the Rainbow Bridge with the Holy Ideas: Theosophical Understandings of the Enneagram

This advanced workshop is designed to introduce participants to what is known in Theosophical circles as the antahkarana or Rainbow Bridge and show how it relates to the Holy Ideas of Enneagram theory. It will be both didactic and experiential, speculative, yet grounded in texts that participants can easily access in bookstores and online. In brief, according to spiritual [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:15:51+00:00August 2, 2007|2007 IEA Global Conference, Audio|Comments Off on Building the Rainbow Bridge with the Holy Ideas: Theosophical Understandings of the Enneagram

To Function As A Soul: Spiritual Initiation And The Enneagram

[NO RECORDING] The Subject Of This Workshop Is The Integration Of Enneagram Theory With The Western Occult Or Mystery Tradition. Using Information And Wisdom Gleaned From Various Sources, Including Theosophical Writings, The Alice A. Bailey Corpus, The Egyptian Or Hermetic Tradition, And Jungian Materials, Carl Will Talk About Both The Nature Of The Soul And Its Relationship To The [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:33:30+00:00August 6, 2004|2004 IEA Global Conference, No Media|Comments Off on To Function As A Soul: Spiritual Initiation And The Enneagram
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