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On Kindness, or The Trials of Being (or Enduring) an Eight

By |2018-12-30T22:46:28+00:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Personal Reflections|Tags: , , , |

The holidays are a time for family gatherings and all of the joys and tribulations that come with them. I am fortunate--I like my family, and our all-too-infrequent gatherings are often filled with stories and laughter. This Christmas was no different, and at one point [...]

Working With the Instinctual Biases–Skill and Self-Management

By |2018-12-17T18:47:46+00:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Business|

When it comes to working with your instinctual biases, there are two things to focus on: Learning to manage our reactions to them rather than being managed by them, and Becoming more skillful at the activities related to the three instinctual domains. One might be tempted [...]

Instincts as Celtic Knot – A Moving System

By |2018-12-05T16:48:02+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: General Enneagram|

One Moving Symbol meets another – the Celtic Knot  When considering the Instinctual Subtypes, there seems to be widespread belief amidst teachers that our stacking or sequencing order is relatively fixed. Whether the word is “stacking” or “sequencing”, both imply an ordering or hierarchy. Whether [...]

Don’t Let Your Instinctual Bias Sink Your Business

By |2018-12-05T17:22:15+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Business|

The three instinctual biases–Preserving, Navigating, and Transmitting–that shape our focus of attention and reaction to basic biological needs also shape the kinds of organizations we create and how we act in them. In fact, most large organizations (without realizing it) are organized to meet these [...]

Why Nines Appreciate

By |2019-02-02T21:25:11+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: General Enneagram|

Enneatype Nine describes the amiable, agreeable person who seems comfortable with the flow of life, yet can resent feeling marginalized within it. Nines are said to have adopted a desperate strategy: suppressing their own desires and interests in order to avoid causing trouble, trying to [...]

Kundalini Yoga as the Key to Unlocking the Power of the Enneagram

By |2018-11-11T16:01:29+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: General Enneagram|

I became a Kundalini Yoga teacher as the unintended consequence of a relationship breakup. I first started taking Kundalini Yoga classes to get through that difficult period and a year later, I enrolled in Kundalini Yoga teacher training “just to learn more.” That was 9 [...]

Inner Observer Practice

By |2018-11-02T14:41:39+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Other|

By: Dr. Deborah A. Ooten with Ron Esposito and Beth O'Hara (excerpt from "Consciousness Ascending") If we want to stop doing the things that keep us limited and suffering, we have to develop practices that support us in conscious shifting of our lives.  Our practices [...]

Conscious Play

By |2018-09-29T20:53:16+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Personal Reflections|

The fall season is approaching and with it comes the need to reflect on how we play and prepare ourselves for this transitioning time of year. This is a time of winding down just before we begin to build back up for the holiday season. [...]

IEA Great Lakes Chapter September Midday Café with Special guest Chris Heuertz, Jan Shegda and Liz Jackson

By |2018-10-19T11:08:34+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: IEA Chapter & Affiliate News, Other|

This month on the IEA Great Lakes Midday Café we hosted an amazing discussion on "Christianity's Conflicted Relationship with the Enneagram."  Those on the panel included Chris Heuertz, Liz Jackson, Jan Shedga and the host, IEA Great Lakes President, Clare Loughrige. CLICK HERE to go to [...]

Instinctual Excitement, Passion, and Intensity

By |2018-09-24T21:31:35+00:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Other|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Instinctual Drives are pathways by which life force moves through us to express deep somatic wisdom. When these motivational drives are attending to a real instinctual need — whether for physical well-being, sexual contact, or belonging — we feel more alive, more vital. We [...]

School of Life

By |2018-09-18T11:15:41+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Personal Reflections|

As we prepare to send our children back to school we might want to visit our own arena for learning, LIFE. As adults we are faced each and every day with opportunities for growing and learning about ourselves. The challenges that come to us are [...]

Robert Ochs SJ, Obituary

By |2018-09-13T00:42:39+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: General Enneagram|Tags: , , , , , , |

From the Editor's Desk: The IEA receive an email from Patrick O'Leary to let us know of the death of Bob Ochs, who was one of the primary influences in bringing the Enneagram to the Jesuit stream of Enneagram studies. Pat wrote: "Bob Ochs was [...]

Building Bridges: Christianity’s Conflicted Relationship with the Enneagram

By |2019-01-28T00:21:50+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: General Enneagram|

By Chris Heuertz, Clare Loughrige, and Liz Jackson “It looks like two pentagrams having sex.” “I’m outta here, they are using new age heresy!” “I want to know more about God, not more about myself.” Those are some of the things we’ve heard from Christian [...]

Enneagram by 3’s

By |2018-08-31T17:53:27+00:00August 31st, 2018|Categories: General Enneagram|

The Enneagram by 3’s   I first heard about the Enneagram when I was spending time at one of my favorite places in the world.  It’s a cabin on a remote island located on the north end of Rainy Lake in Canada.  There is so [...]

Innovative Leadership

By |2018-08-31T17:53:15+00:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Business|

My colleague Maureen Metcalf hosts a radio show on Voice of America in which she interviews people on topics related to innovative leadership.   Since we collaborated in leadership consulting for a number of years, and since the Enneagram was included as the foundation for [...]


By |2018-11-08T23:11:00+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Business|

Utbrändhet, utmattningssymptom, utmattningsdepression..ja, det har många namn och är idag vår största folksjukdom. Först och främst vill vi säga att roten till problemen ligger i ett alltför stressigt och prestationsinriktat arbetsliv. Många företag och organisationer har slimmat så att vi helt enkelt är för få [...]

Clarifying Passions: An Enneagram Fractal of Hunger, Ache, and Restlessness

By |2018-08-27T15:58:49+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: General Enneagram, Spirituality|Tags: , , |

For everyone who has done any in-depth work with their Enneagram type, it is probably obvious that the language used to describe the Enneagram of Passions has always seemed inadequate and sometimes downright clumsy. The rendering of the Passions is at the heart of the [...]


By |2018-08-19T03:29:18+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Other|

Consciousness is the act of awakening to the present moment, being fully alive, aware and observant of any automated ways of being. At this time in the evolution of humanity, we are standing at the edge of a precipice, with the potential for shocks that can [...]

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