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At various times in our lives we seek to know ourselves more deeply. A disturbing event can make us seek help. Sometimes a friend suggests a course such as the enneagram and doesn`t want to go alone. That was my introduction to the enneagram in 1995. It came at an important juncture in my life. I feel people discover the enneagram at just the right time for them. I certainly did.
The enneagram (from the Greek ennea, nine, gramma something written) is based on the work of three 4th-6th century Christian spiritual writers: John Cassian, John Climacus and Evagrius who formulated the list we know as the Seven Capital Sins: a list which still holds a potent energy today. Through the pioneering work of several modern enneagram teachers this tool for transformation is now available to all regardless of background. It is taught workplaces, in hospitals, parishes, retreat houses and to assorted groups throughout the world.
There are three centres on the enneagram:
And within those nine spaces, each one having a different emotional and mental approach to the world. This can result in automatic habits of feeling and thinking that we are hardly aware of.
Unless we work on our personal and spiritual development they can rule us. When we look for help we have many tools to choose from. The enneagram is one of those tools.
As adults we know we are not all the same, even members of one family can vary enormously. The enneagram is based on the teachings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers and has been brought into our age by various teachers such as Helen Palmer, Richard Rohr and Riso and Hudson.
Why not come to an introductory course and learn about the nine spaces through the narrative tradition, a method that relies on you sharing stories from your life in pairs, small groups and the main group. We are not talking about deep wounds: the enneagram is not therapy. The stories you tell will be about your attitude to ,for example, authority, anger, image, conflict etc. Once you discover your space you can see how you have already moved beyond it. In your spiritual life you learn what forms of prayer, devotional practices have always suited you and why.
The enneagram runs over three days beginning with an evening session, which is vital because you take away the basic information regarding the nine spaces and sleep on it. This is followed by two days:10-4 when you can explore the Three centres and Nine spaces.
1. Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition
2. Rohr gives a five-minute introduction to the enneagram: The Enneagram as a tool for spiritual discernment.
3. The Changeworks, Oregon.
Thank you for the workshop. I enjoyed and got a lot out of it. My main motivation in coming was to see how useful the Enneagram would be as a 'tool' for use in spiritual direction and companionship. I was pretty convinced before I came and even more having taken part in the weekend.Recommendation from someone who came to do the Enneagram privately in February, 2018
A three-day course on the Enneagram provided great insights into understanding myself and so many others who share my life.
To be able to see our differences in such a positive way is to be confirmed in who each of us is.
I thought I had a depth of knowledge already through previous reading: Veronica's teaching and gentle directing brought a clearer understanding and a different perspective. I commend this course to you.
Thank you for all you gave with leading the Enneagram course. I know it takes time and energy to facilitate and you do it very well. I am always aware of how well you face and answer questions when they come. I hope you felt it went well and enjoyed the lively group.
St Giles Spirituality Centre.
Thank you Veronica for such a wonderful and insightful presentation of the Enneagram. Although we were a small group all participants appeared to engage and contribute allowing the whole process to come alive . Your in depth understanding and enthusiasm was evident and made it a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
Dear Veronica, I wanted to thank you for making the effort to come all the way down here to Kent to lead our enneagram weekend. It was an inspirational weekend and I think people really loved it and learnt a lot, from the feedback I am getting, and that was largely due to you. You gave us lots of wonderful extras, like the dream work and the visualisations all of which were very helpful. I am sure that people got a lot out of doing the enneagram 'your' way.
Thank you for the great weekend. It did me so much good. I learnt new things!