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Help Along The Enneagram Journey

I was dining with friends the other night who knew nothing about the Enneagram but were intrigued. (Ah yes, that’s how it starts for many of us.) As I briefly explained the worldviews of the nine types, one asked an insightful question. “Does it help if your partner or someone close to you tells you what they see/know of [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:25:19+00:00August 23, 2015|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Help Along The Enneagram Journey

All Stressed Up? There’s Someplace to Go

So many of the Enneagram enthusiasts that I meet proudly proclaim that they almost never access their stress points. It seems that there is some confusion about movement on the diagram to stress and security – e.g. stress points are bad and security points are good. Likely, this is partly due to our societal concern with alleviating “stress”. Unfortunately, [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:26:46+00:00April 19, 2015|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on All Stressed Up? There’s Someplace to Go

Finding the Hallmarks of Type

It can be baffling when one is trying to determine his/her Enneagram type. Initially, we try to find ourselves in the lists of characteristics. Some fit from all of the types, others don’t fit at all. We may also have thought of ourselves in a particular way. I often thought of myself as a helper; even my profession of [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:26:51+00:00February 5, 2015|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Finding the Hallmarks of Type

A Word To Live

Years ago, I was privileged to be part of a group of Enneagram teachers who met monthly to swap ideas and insights on how to break free of type. One meeting just before the holiday season stands out in my mind. Our resident counterphobic Six announced that he was beginning a new practice for the coming year: the practice [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:26:55+00:00December 23, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on A Word To Live

A Book Review: The Enneagram for Teens: A Navigational Aid for the Teen Years

Recently, our daughter came to us and declared that she would not have survived her high school and college years without the help of the Enneagram. As a One, she was able to recognize her tendency for self criticism as well as her drive for continual improvement. Using the Enneagram map allowed her to ease up on herself. Her [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:26:58+00:00October 16, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on A Book Review: The Enneagram for Teens: A Navigational Aid for the Teen Years

Enneagram Matches: Finding A Mate

which purports to help you discover your type, and then find whom you are most compatible with vis a vis the Enneagram. (I confess that way back in 2003 or maybe earlier, I tried it with a fake name just to suss out how it worked. It worked exactly how I expected it to, although marginally better than “The [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:03+00:00August 12, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Enneagram Matches: Finding A Mate

Enneagram Work: Roaming Through The Desert

When we first learn the Enneagram and discover our type, it may shatter our worldview even as it illuminates it. With awareness come dramatic insights and aha moments of clarity. It may seem as if we are “awake” or “seeing”for the first time. Time goes on. We become more facile with understanding our particular bias and the stunning sense [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:26+00:00June 5, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Enneagram Work: Roaming Through The Desert

Breaking Free: Using Type to Break the Hold of Personality

What if the personality itself were a helpmate in the journey of becoming? Using the natural bias of the unconscious default mode in a conscious, purposeful manner might be one of our greatest assets in breaking the hold of Enneagram type. Tom Condon has said that our personality type developed from a place of great sincerity. If that is [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:33+00:00April 11, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Breaking Free: Using Type to Break the Hold of Personality

Authentic Communication II

Most of us believe that we are good listeners. And many of us don’t feel heard. So where might be the disconnect? And how might we train our attention so as to become more receptive? Active listening is a technique that is good as far as it goes. And it surely has helped many of us to focus more [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:42+00:00February 1, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Authentic Communication II

Authentic Communication: Sending vs Receiving

Going directly from a Nine culture (Hawaii) to a Three culture (US Mainland) can be somewhat jarring. I know. I migrate that direction every summer. However, add going from a rural island to a cocktail party of movers and shakers and it elevates the shift to a true culture shock. I was recounting my most recent reentry to my [...]

By |2019-07-04T07:05:31+00:00December 11, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Authentic Communication: Sending vs Receiving

Energy and The Enneagram – 4. The Gut Triad

The Gut Triad-Types Eight, Nine, and One Eight, Nine, and One are the types that make up the gut center triad. The underlying emotion associated with the gut center is anger. It fuels the drive or passion for each of these gut types.   Straight Shooter Eight Triad: Gut Emotion: Anger externalized Drive: Lust Energy: Larger than life Eight [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:51+00:00October 19, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Energy and The Enneagram – 4. The Gut Triad

Energy and The Enneagram – 3. The Heart Triad

The Heart Triad-Types Two, Three, and Four Two, Three, and Four make up the heart center triad. The emotion that fuels their drives is grief. Other Enneagram authors also refer to this triad as the “image” triad, due to these three types’ concern with how others perceive them. Grief or sadness ensues when each feels he or she has [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:51+00:00October 12, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Energy and The Enneagram – 3. The Heart Triad

Energy and The Enneagram – 2. The Head Triad

Let’s examine descriptions of each type and how their energy or ‘force field’ feels to the rest of us. In so doing, we gain another map reading tool in finding another individual’s type on the Enneagram map. Meeting another and honoring his/her energies vis a vis Enneagram type may also avail us of a profound tool for understanding and [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:52+00:00October 5, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Energy and The Enneagram – 2. The Head Triad

Energy and The Enneagram 1

Energy. It sounds like a woo-woo term, indistinct, ineffable. Not measurable nor quantifiable. We don’t easily have language to describe it. Yet, anyone who has seen Enneagram panels or groups of a particular type has felt it. Ones will tell a similar story, even use similar language. And they will share an energetic. Ditto for the other eight types. [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:53+00:00September 28, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Energy and The Enneagram 1

Pausative Change: An Enneagram Best Practice

The Enneagram is such a rich and complex map of personality that we could spend a lifetime studying its every nuance. And therein lies the rub. The wealth of discoveries and ahas offered by delving into its heart can be oh so seductive. Insights and knowledge are fine, but if we don’t find a way to apply the Enneagram [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:58+00:00July 31, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Pausative Change: An Enneagram Best Practice

Psychology: Please Understand Me: A Centers Approach to Communicating

[NO RECORDING] Ever try to communicate an important issue or heartfelt concern in a meeting or group - and it just didn't work? Often we unconsciously inhabit the wrong center when communicating with others. This primarily experiential workshop illuminates connection and communication through the three centers - head, heart, and gut. This "centers approach" to relating will focus on [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:33:53+00:00August 1, 2003|2003 IEA Global Conference, No Media|Comments Off on Psychology: Please Understand Me: A Centers Approach to Communicating
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