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So far Mary Bast has created 19 blog entries.

Connecting the Dots

From Chapter 12 of Mary Bast and Clarence Thomson’s Out of the Box Coaching with the Enneagram, 4th Edition, available at Amazon.com in   Not only clients get stuck in boxes. So do coaches. Each Enneagram style has a corresponding coaching style that will be intuitive and comfortable – and will require breaking out of your own box. Remember [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:26:53+00:00January 8, 2015|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Connecting the Dots

How to Help Clients Convince Themselves to Hire You

Editor’s Note: For those of you who are coaches, here’s an article about “closing the deal” using your knowledge of the Enneagram. From Chapter 12 of Mary Bast and Clarence Thomson’s Out of the Box Coaching with the Enneagram, 4th Edition, soon to appear at Amazon.com in paperback and digital formats. You’re about to complete your introductory meeting with [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:26:55+00:00December 29, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on How to Help Clients Convince Themselves to Hire You

Somebody Before Nobody 11: Afterword

Now that we’ve shared abbreviated life stories from our forthcoming book on transformation with the Enneagram, C.J. Fitzsimons and I thought Nine Points readers might be interested in excerpts from our own stories.   Mary and CJ, you’re both Nines, you’ve known each other for years. What stimulated your decision to write this book? Mary: My interest in writing [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:40+00:00February 21, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 11: Afterword

Somebody Before Nobody 10 – Style Nine: Boxes and Spheres Moving Through Time

This ninth life story from the forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, is condensed from an interview with a Nine. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style   “The word transformation definitely has a positive meaning for me. Also sometimes I think of it as shifting. I picture moving to the side [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:42+00:00February 3, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 10 – Style Nine: Boxes and Spheres Moving Through Time

Somebody Before Nobody 9 – Enneagram Style Eight: Gathering Courage

This abbreviated life story from my forthcoming book with C.J. Fitzsimons is condensed from an interview with an Enneagram Eight. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style. I can remember the exact date of what was probably my biggest transformational experience. It was gut-wrenching! I recognized I could no longer live the way [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:43+00:00January 20, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 9 – Enneagram Style Eight: Gathering Courage

Somebody Before Nobody 8 – Enneagram Style Seven: Altered States

This abbreviated life story from my forthcoming book with C.J. Fitzsimons is condensed from an interview with an Enneagram Seven. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style. “My transformation has been in ideas about what is, learning something that all of a sudden convinced me, I thought I knew and I really didn’t [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:44+00:00January 6, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 8 – Enneagram Style Seven: Altered States

Somebody Before Nobody 7 – Enneagram Style Six: It’s Joy That Moves It Along

This sixth life story, from the forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, is condensed from an interview with an Enneagram Six. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style.   “One of my friends had told me several times you can’t fundamentally change – all you can do is change your behavior. I’d argued [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:45+00:00December 23, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 7 – Enneagram Style Six: It’s Joy That Moves It Along

Somebody Before Nobody 6 – Style Five: A Hero’s Journey

This fifth life story, from the forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, is condensed from an interview with an Enneagram Five. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style.   “Transformation is moving from one consistent and orderly psychic state to another more consistent and more integrated psychic state. The Enneagram  provides a context [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:46+00:00December 9, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 6 – Style Five: A Hero’s Journey

Somebody Before Nobody 5 – Style Four: Leaving the Drama Behind

This fourth life story, from the forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, is condensed from an interview with an Enneagram Four. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style.   “Transformation is a word we use in the West because we want to get someplace. I think of an evolution of consciousness that’s endless, [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:48+00:00November 25, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 5 – Style Four: Leaving the Drama Behind

Somebody Before Nobody 4 – Style Three: The Seasons of Our Lives

This third life story, from the forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, is condensed from an interview with an Enneagram Three. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style.   “Until I started doing some real work, all my energy had gone to being a success, putting on a show, and hiding what was [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:49+00:00November 7, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 4 – Style Three: The Seasons of Our Lives

Somebody Before Nobody 3 – Style Two: Staying Awake

This second life story from the forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, is condensed from an interview with a Two. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style Style Two: Staying Awake “To me transformation is becoming anew, changing from where you are or have been to a new place. “A transforming experience for [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:50+00:00October 21, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 3 – Style Two: Staying Awake

Somebody Before Nobody 2 – Style One: Evolution of Consciousness

This first life story from the forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, is condensed from an interview with a One. In the book there will be eighteen life stories, two for each Enneagram style     Style One: Evolution of Consciousness “My notion of goodness or rightness has shifted over the years, so in that sense there’s been some transformation. But [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:52+00:00October 7, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 2 – Style One: Evolution of Consciousness

Somebody Before Nobody 1

There will be eighteen life stories in a forthcoming book co-authored by C.J. Fitzsimons, two for each Enneagram style. We trust that the ones we post on Nine Points will provide readers with companions along their own paths, and a better understanding of all styles. Over the years, I’ve interviewed people of all nine Enneagram styles about their everyday [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:53+00:00September 30, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Somebody Before Nobody 1

Going for the Gold – Alchemy in Coaching – Part Three

Mortificatio, Killing Ego Attachments Mortificatio—killing or dead-making, consciously working on reduction of ego attachments; in Jungian terms ‘bringing home’ our projections, going inside ourselves to embrace the shadow so our being reflects the whole instead of a dissociated part. Before I knew anything about mortificatio, I thought only of “mortification,” as in humiliation or shame – feelings most of [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:57+00:00August 19, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Going for the Gold – Alchemy in Coaching – Part Three

Going for the Gold – Alchemy in Coaching – Part Two

Solutio, Releasing Buried Emotions Solutio uses the purifying and dissolving properties of water to return to its most basic state the whitened ash left from burning away our ego-based illusion of reality. This dissolution works on the heart to release buried emotions. Some people find it particularly difficult to acknowledge and explore their own needs and emotions. All of [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:57+00:00August 12, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Going for the Gold – Alchemy in Coaching – Part Two

Going for the Gold – Alchemy in Coaching – Part One

First published in Enneagram Monthly, October 2011 Our collective predicament depends much on individual human transformation and… we cannot afford not arousing the potential and motivation of individuals to work on themselves to the extent that they can.” Claudio Naranjo, “Suggestions for Further Work on Self,” Character and Neurosis. In 2009 I viewed Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao’s graceful [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:57+00:00August 5, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Going for the Gold – Alchemy in Coaching – Part One

The Land of AND: Metaphor, Improvisation, and Symbolic Modeling For Coaches, Counselors, and Creative Communicators

[NO RECORDING] The power of personal metaphor in change work is presumed; the question raised is how to better elicit the most powerful of these metaphors--those of the client's own creation. Theatre exercises will reveal participants' own improvisational style, exploring this as a subset of, or perhaps in contrast to, Enneagram style. This context will frame a description and [...]

By |2019-07-06T02:46:12+00:00July 31, 2008|2008 IEA Global Conference, No Media|Comments Off on The Land of AND: Metaphor, Improvisation, and Symbolic Modeling For Coaches, Counselors, and Creative Communicators

Out of the Box: Coaching with the Enneagram

[NO RECORDING] Those doing change work may unwittingly help people get better at what they've always done to keep themselves stuck in a box. In contrast, significant shifts can occur by moving beyond first-order change (doing something better without examining the Enneagram worldview, or "box") to second-order or transformational change (stepping "out of the box"). Participant exercises will demonstrate [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:33:29+00:00August 6, 2004|2004 IEA Global Conference, No Media|Comments Off on Out of the Box: Coaching with the Enneagram

Business: Out of the Box: Coaching with the Enneagram

[NO RECORDING] When we "break out of the box," we see something in a radically new light or behave in a totally different way. But breaking free of life-long patterns can be difficult. Sometimes in coaching others we only help them get better at what they've always done. Whether you are a professional coach, consultant, counselor, teacher, minister, manager, [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:33:52+00:00August 1, 2003|2003 IEA Global Conference, No Media|Comments Off on Business: Out of the Box: Coaching with the Enneagram
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