Coping mechanisms and addictions show up everywhere. You know when you can absolutely count on them showing up? When we’re tailgating the Unknown. Think about what happens to you when you’re at your edge. What coping mechanisms show up in those moments? I’ve spent this past month or so attempting to be proficient at various […]
When you waft around between spiritual and developmental disciplines as I do, you learn that defending your position on something is just not a good sign. It’s kinda frowned upon, actually. And so you stop defending, and when you feel defensive, you assume you must have some Shadow. Therefore the desire to defend becomes an […]
Regardless of how much we study personality, we will still occasionally become gripped by it. Eradication isn’t the name of the game, I think. The aim is to get more skilled at meeting what we encounter, moment-to-moment. What I notice in my own Observer practice is that awareness contracts around familiar vortexes. Some of mine are “is this […]
Note: My new online course on the Enneagram, Insight to Integration, is now open for enrollment. Each of us has a unique journey with embodiment, but broadly, it means living our wisdom and values in our bodies and shapes, rather than just it being in our heads. Transformation that doesn’t end at the neck, basically! […]
Audio version People are wonderful; people are difficult. The Enneagram helps us make sense of both these statements. Learning about the nine personality types opens up our ability to tolerate, appreciate and love people who are different from us. There’s a lot to like about each type; human diversity really is wonderful.”Peter O’Hanrahan Note: My […]
I’m glad you’re nice to me. But don’t attribute that niceness as embodied anti-racist practice.”Resmaa Menakem Developmental work is pointless if it doesn’t translate into meaningful change in how we see things and our actions. I spend my life inside of developmental education and practice. And yet like many of us, there are still gaps […]
I haven’t posted anything for a year and a half, and then I post twice in one day. Lockdown life. Just kidding! I’ve resumed blogging because finally, I have something to say. That and I have an online course in the making, and want to give you an idea of what that’ll be like. The […]
‘Shadow’ is a degradation on consciousness, preventing us from receiving impressions and interpreting them in a non-distorted way. The Enneagram is (among other things) a map of the nine patterns of distortion. Far be it from nine descriptions of who we are, the Enneagram helps us to locate and study when and how we are not being ourselves.