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Breaking Down Barriers to Collaboration – Our Inner Critic as One of Those Barriers

Judging ourselves and judging others is a powerful and destructive barrier to real and genuine collaboration. We all have an inner critic operating in clandestine ways to keep us locked in patterns of personality that prevent us from truly opening beyond our limited perspectives. In this session, we will work with our inner critic using a Law-of-Three-based model that [...]

By |2019-07-06T00:03:58+00:00July 20, 2018|2018 IEA Global Conference, Audio|Comments Off on Breaking Down Barriers to Collaboration – Our Inner Critic as One of Those Barriers

Type Five in Recovery: The Investigator-The Intense, Cerebral Type

The Healthy Five Terry, a Type Five Investigator extraordinaire, walks through the back door of the 8 AM, Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, a gangly softness to his movements. A well-navigated precision to each step, he quietly moves through the rag-tag Oregon crowd, a blend of all-ages, genders and backgrounds—street drunk to scientist to lawyer—thrown together on this precious sobriety life-raft. [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:17:54+00:00March 30, 2018|General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type Five in Recovery: The Investigator-The Intense, Cerebral Type

Type 9 in Recovery, Part 4: Suggestions for the 9 in Recovery

 Suggestions for the Nine in Recovery You must learn to lean into conflict. Okay, let’s face it, this is last item on your Nine list of “Things I’d love to do in 2017.” As with all of your fellow traveling Nines, you’ve mistakenly learned to pursue your true self, which is the very stuff of well-being, through avoiding anything [...]

By |2018-08-31T17:53:43+00:00March 12, 2018|General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type 9 in Recovery, Part 4: Suggestions for the 9 in Recovery

Type 9 in Recovery, Part 3: The Core Suffering and Dilemma of the Nine in Recovery

The Core Suffering and Dilemma of the Nine in Recovery You see the Type Nine—the peacemaker, the easy-going, self-effacing type—sitting at an AA meeting, initially withdrawn and distant, but with a little time clean and sober, a sort of likable, relaxed, I-won’t-bother-you-character, emerges. Gentle, kind, unobtrusive. Not quick to speak, and not wanting attention. Quiet. Humble. Unassuming. Considerate. Shunning [...]

By |2018-06-17T05:26:42+00:00March 12, 2018|General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type 9 in Recovery, Part 3: The Core Suffering and Dilemma of the Nine in Recovery

Type 9 in Recovery, Part 2: Helping the 9

First Twelve Weeks in Recovery—Helping the Nine Devan sits in group day after day, so still and quiet you’d never know he was there. Second week in it dawns on me. I continually don’t ask Devan to share. It’s like he emits a strange force-field that actually makes him invisible. He’s there on the couch but you can’t really [...]

By |2018-06-17T05:26:32+00:00March 12, 2018|General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type 9 in Recovery, Part 2: Helping the 9

Type Nine in Recovery—The Peacemaker (Part II)

Copyright 2017 Version 1 The Core Suffering and Dilemma of the Nine in Recovery You see the Type Nine—the peacemaker, the easy-going, self-effacing type—sitting at an AA meeting, initially withdrawn and distant, but with a little time clean and sober, a sort of likable, relaxed, I-won’t-bother-you-character, emerges. Gentle, kind, unobtrusive. Not quick to speak, and not wanting attention. Quiet. [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:25:07+00:00January 12, 2017|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type Nine in Recovery—The Peacemaker (Part II)

Type Nine in Recovery—The Peacemaker (Part I)

Copyright 2017 Version 1 The Healthy Type Nine Marty, a lanky Type Nine addiction’s counselor, glides across the room, his presence so seamlessly interwoven and in-flow with the texture, depth, and the psychological energy of the space you hardly see him. He’s beside you, he’s in you, he flows past you, a graceful chameleonic wave blending and unifying with [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:25:07+00:00December 31, 2016|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type Nine in Recovery—The Peacemaker (Part I)

Type Eight in Recovery – The Challenger (Part III)

Protective Mechanism of the Eight: I’m in Charge—You Will Not Mess With Me The Eight defends himself against being rejected or hurt by instinctively creating a protective barrier around him, actually, an impenetrable shell which he mistakes as ‘power.’ He exudes an intense force-field that unwittingly says, “Touch this force field without welcome and all hell could break lose.” [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:25:15+00:00January 7, 2016|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type Eight in Recovery – The Challenger (Part III)

Type Eight in Recovery – The Challenger (Part II)

The Doorway Home: The Path of Surrender At AA meetings he begins to hear the broken stories of other men, men who have sat where he sits, who have learned one primary lesson: Recovering from addiction is never a solo journey. Never. Ever. It’s a team journey. (Gurdjieff’s words, in In Search of the Miraculous, ring loud and clear [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:25:16+00:00December 26, 2015|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type Eight in Recovery – The Challenger (Part II)

Type Eight in Recovery—The Challenger (Part I)

Copyright 2015, Version 1.0 The Heart and Soul of Type Eight   When men enter Mercy House rehab they meet Dominic, a tall, broad-shouldered, kick-your-ass-swaggering, confidant-as-God, pony-tailed Dominican. An addiction’s counselor with eighteen years clean from heroin, his fierce intensity and street-smart-bust-your-balls-courage greet you like a head-high fastball on the inside corner of the plate. Instantly you are brought to [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:25:16+00:00December 19, 2015|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on Type Eight in Recovery—The Challenger (Part I)

How to use the Enneagram in 12 Step Recovery Programs

[NO RECORDING] This workshop will explore the direct application of the Enneagram to the 12 Steps of addiction recovery and will provide a deeper clarity regarding the right use of the steps with the Enneagram. Much of the early development of AA centered around the transformation of Type Three issues, with an emphasis on self-centeredness, selfishness, the pursuit of [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:29:56+00:00July 31, 2015|2015 IEA Global Conference, No Media|Comments Off on How to use the Enneagram in 12 Step Recovery Programs

The Type Seven in Recovery – Part 3 of 3

Suggestions to the Type Seven Become aware of your emotional habit—gluttony—and begin to disidentify with it. Gluttony is the drive to fill up your emptiness—the hungry heart of the Seven—with stuff, like the stuff of food, or material objects, or sex, or whatever appears as the object of pleasure. It could be spiritual experiences, adventures, travel, shopping, gambling, ceaselessly, [...]

By |2019-07-04T07:04:27+00:00December 26, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Type Seven in Recovery – Part 3 of 3

The Type Seven in Recovery – Part I (of 3)

The ENTHUSIAST—The Excitable, Variety-Seeking Type Copyright 2014 by Michael Naylor, CCPC, LADC, CCS, M.Ed/Version 1.0 “Happiness comes from Inner Peace…nowhere else!” Dalai Lama ____________________________________________________ The Healthy Seven I watch Peter, a true type Seven, walk into the basement of St. Jude’s Church where other members of AA are arriving, sitting, talking, being. Effervescence and exuberance radiate from his face, [...]

By |2019-07-04T07:03:52+00:00December 12, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Type Seven in Recovery – Part I (of 3)

Transforming Self-Sabotaging Habits in Addiction Recovery – Understanding the Nature and Hypnotic Power of the Inner Critic in Each Type

Understanding the dynamics of the Inner Critic, and the way in which it affects the Three Centers of Intelligence, is critical work for transforming the type-specific defense patterns of each Enneagram type in addiction recovery. More importantly, understanding the intrusion of the Inner Critic in its predictable times of interruption & attack is a primary practice for staying clean [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:31:06+00:00July 24, 2014|2014 IEA Global Conference, Audio|Comments Off on Transforming Self-Sabotaging Habits in Addiction Recovery – Understanding the Nature and Hypnotic Power of the Inner Critic in Each Type

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 14 – Type Three in Recovery – The Achiever—The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type

The Healthy Three The healthy Three is a radiant motivator of others, encouraging them with skill and faith to do their best, to see their capacities, to shine as they are capable of shining. Effortlessly, and with grace, they support others, championing them to celebrate the talents they’ve been given; encouraging them to develop them, maximize them, and share [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:35+00:00March 28, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 14 – Type Three in Recovery – The Achiever—The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 13 – Type Five in Recovery – The Investigator—The Intense, Cerebral Type

The Healthy Five Terry, a Type Five Investigator extraordinaire, walks through the back door of the 8 AM, Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, a gangly softness to his movements. A well-navigated precision to each step, he quietly moves through the rag-tag Oregon crowd, a blend of all-ages, genders and backgrounds—street drunk to scientist to lawyer—thrown together on this precious sobriety life-raft. [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:41+00:00February 17, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 13 – Type Five in Recovery – The Investigator—The Intense, Cerebral Type

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 12 – Type One in Recovery – The Reformer: The Rational, Idealistic Type

The Healthy One John, a Type One, is a delight when he’s healthy. Light-hearted, kind, reasonable, fair, wise, discerning, Jon Stewart-funny (of The Daily Show) and self-effacing, he can laugh at his tendencies to be a perfectionist, and to take himself way too seriously. Although he has an eye on what he could improve in you, he holds it [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:43+00:00January 26, 2014|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 12 – Type One in Recovery – The Reformer: The Rational, Idealistic Type

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 11 – Type Two in Recovery – The Helper, The Caring, Interpersonal Type

Core Relapse Wound—I Do Not Deserve nor need Love, you do! When the Two enters recovery he is driven by the heart-breaking feeling that he has lost contact with all love, that he lives in a love-empty world, and that he himself is utterly beyond being loved. This is his core fear and what drives all his desperate attempts [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:45+00:00December 19, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 11 – Type Two in Recovery – The Helper, The Caring, Interpersonal Type

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 10 – Type Two in Recovery – The Helper, The Caring, Interpersonal Type

Healthy Two Martin came into addiction recovery twenty-four years ago, and it shows. Sitting at an AA meeting, his angular face and body embody stillness, grace, strength and gentleness. One hears the moment he speaks, a depth of compassion and kindness towards the men in the room struggling to be sober. He has been to the bottom, resurrected through [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:46+00:00December 12, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 10 – Type Two in Recovery – The Helper, The Caring, Interpersonal Type

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 9 – Type Four in Recovery

Suggestions to the Type Four 1. Begin to notice how you unconsciously confirm your feelings of being a rejected outsider. Because you feel flawed and insignificant you look for your environment to confirm these feelings. For instance, you’re at an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting and you’re certain that everyone there thinks you are weird and different, and unlike them. You [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:47+00:00December 4, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 9 – Type Four in Recovery

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 8 – Type Four in Recovery

The Ongoing Shocks of Recovery—Embracing the Shadow Recovery for the Four truly begins when he sees he has erroneously imagined himself being  sensitive, compassionate, and emotionally honest while under the influence of his addiction—when his real behavior has been self-absorbed, hateful, and self-centered (Level 6 and 7 behavior). As he stays clean and sober, he witnesses the countless unconscious [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:47+00:00November 27, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 8 – Type Four in Recovery

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 7 – Type Four in Recovery

Protective Mechanism of the Four: Hiding Out in My Imagination & Intensity The Type Four protects himself and his shame-filled heart (“I’m a nobody…I have no significance”) by withdrawing into his imagination, avoiding real contact with life which he anticipates will cause him more shame. He creates an ‘imaginary’ character to live through —a Fantasy Self—and fantasizes himself doing [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:48+00:00November 20, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 7 – Type Four in Recovery

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 6 – Type Four in Recovery

The Individualist, – The Sensitive, Introspective Type The Healthy Four Thomas came into recovery eight years ago. He was a 30-year-old-heroin addict and alcoholic and homeless, not a penny to his name. Raised in foster homes, and living on the street since age sixteen, this intelligent, creative, big-hearted Type Four represents the stuff of real miracles: the capacity to [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:48+00:00November 13, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 6 – Type Four in Recovery

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 5 – Navigating the Levels in Recovery

What it Mean to Become Conscious When an individual is living at level 5 or below they are living in a state of unconsciousness. (This doesn’t mean they don’t have times during their day when they are more conscious and present.) What does being “conscious” of oneself mean? If an individual is conscious they are able to objectively observe [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:50+00:00October 29, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 5 – Navigating the Levels in Recovery

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 4 – The Unhealthy Levels

When the Lights Go Out  When individuals drop to Level 7 and below, they are fully leaving the track of reality, in fact, you could say they are off the rails, having lost contact with objective reality. Here they act out the distorted versions of their innate gifts and become destructive to themselves and others. Desperate to the core, [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:50+00:00October 22, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 4 – The Unhealthy Levels

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 3 – The Average Levels

Going on Automatic Pilot At the Average levels of development (Levels 4 to 6), when an emotional trigger is touched by another or by a stressful circumstance, the individual frequently blames and judges the external source for the suffering they are experiencing (As in…”It’s your fault I feel so badly. If it weren’t for you I’d be having a [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:51+00:00October 15, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 3 – The Average Levels

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 2 – The Healthy Levels

The Levels of Development are a map and guide to greater Presence. Let’s take a closer look. Awake, Present, and Alive When we are functioning in the Healthy Levels we are flexible, spontaneous, joyful, open-minded, heart-felt, compassionate, understanding of others and self, and more often objective in our interpretation of reality. We are often able to call upon courage, [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:52+00:00October 8, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 2 – The Healthy Levels

The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 1

Anyone in 12 Step recovery knows about the Levels of Development from their daily life. It’s as simple as this: on good days I’m clear headed, serene, not emotionally reactive, less self-absorbed, can relax and do my best work, and am less distracted. In essence, I am more present to what is happening inside me and outside me, and [...]

By |2019-07-04T03:27:53+00:00October 1, 2013|From Nine Points Magazine, General Enneagram|Comments Off on The Journey to Health in Addiction Recovery 1

The Journey Up the Levels of Development in Addiction Recovery: Addiction Recovery, the Enneagram and the important role of the Three Instincts

This workshop addresses the primary issues each Type must navigate to move up the Levels of Development to successful sobriety and an addiction-free life. Of great importance, and often not referenced in recovery circles, is the importance of the three instincts and how they affect early, middle and late recovery. This workshop addresses the significance and importance of understanding [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:11:57+00:00August 1, 2013|2013 IEA Global Conference, Audio|Comments Off on The Journey Up the Levels of Development in Addiction Recovery: Addiction Recovery, the Enneagram and the important role of the Three Instincts

Utilizing the Enneagram in Addictions Treatment

This session will discuss the use of the Enneagram with individuals in early recovery and the use of the Enneagram at different stages of addiction recovery. Each type will be discussed and the particular struggles each type encounters in early recovery and later recovery will be addressed. This will be helpful both to counselors who are trying to understand [...]

By |2019-05-07T11:12:23+00:00July 29, 2010|2010 IEA Global Conference, Audio|Comments Off on Utilizing the Enneagram in Addictions Treatment
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