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What is the Enneagram?

Although the word Enneagram sounds exotic, it actually refers to a practical psychological system that describes nine basic personality styles and nine very different ways of viewing the world. This system shows how each of us has a central way to make sense of reality, a personality strat...

Seven: A Story That Could Be True

If you were exchanged in the cradle andyour real mother diedwithout ever telling the storythen no one knows your name,and somewhere in the worldyour father is lost and needs youbut you are far away. He can never findhow true you are, how ready.When the great wind comesand the robberies of the rainyo...

Finding the Shadow in Everyday Life

William A. Miller, Chapter 7 in Meeting the Shadow, Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams (Eds.) There are at least five effective pathways to gain insight into the composition of your shadow: (1) soliciting feedback from others as to how they perceive you; (2) uncovering the content of your project...

Poetry As Healer

Healing words – Some doctors find poetry can treat wounds that medicine can’t always reach.  By Deborah L. Shelton, AMNews staff. American Medical News, May 17, 1999.  “I can’t tell you how many times patients have come in and said a poem ha...

The Heart Aroused

I haven’t been a poetry fan, because I often “don’t get it.”  However, I’ve enjoyed the way you use poetry at your web site and it’s never too late to learn. I hesitate to advise anyone on poetry, because that’s such an individual taste, ...

Bringing Projections Home

In Emotions and the Enneagram, Margaret Frings Keyes defines projection as “denying a particular feeling in ourselves and sensing it as coming from the other person.” She assures us “the same unconscious which generated the projections also strives to correct them&#8...

Active Imagination

Carl Jung, in Memories, Dreams, and Reflections, described how therapeutic it could be to translate his own emotions into images (this process is now referred to by Jungian therapists as active imagination). At one point in his life Jung described being visited by a “friend of Gandhi...