The ultimate non-goal opportunity with the enneagram as a model is to integrate all the parts of our self. In essence we are a whole, made up of many parts – Nine, in this case – all of whom have become in some way, to varying degrees; diminished, repressed, exiled, deflated or inflated and propped up as a protected persona.
Nine Gates to Integration
Enneagram work, through compassionate and rigorous self-inquiry combined with skillful coaching and guidance, is the generative work of human integration.
A depth-cohort workshop series with Dan McKee, presented by Awakening Life, a non-profit learning organization.
For coaches, therapists and others who aspire to guide others in their self-discovery and holistic and practical integration.
And, who are committed to undergo their own practice of discovery and integration while learning to develop enneagram work as a craft in service to others.
“When I discovered the enneagram 25 years ago it was as if I found a sacred map I didn’t know I’d lost. It made astounding felt- sense in my bones as a framework to embrace so many paths of healing and integration work that I’d long been pursuing for myself. With great gratitude for the mapmakers’ brilliance, I quickly came to realize my work with the enneagram was to help the map come to life as a multidimensional craft for exploration …to guide others and to teach new guides.”
An intimate and depth-cohort experience, limited to 12 people committed to their own and the group’s experience, with 5 sessions over 8 weeks.
To coach or guide others with any degree of mastery requires that we not only engage deeply with the person we’re in service to, but also help them to discover and engage their own ability to explore their inner landscape with intellectual curiosity and heart-based self-compassion.
The enneagram, when used with expertise provides a unique full-spectrum map and set of skills for learning that can be used in service to self and others.
The Cohort Experience: We’ll take time in the beginning to co-create a safe and honest container / environment that will allow, evoke and conspire to bring out the best in each of us. Based on the belief (and many years of experience) that the mastery of teaching comes as much or more from the group’s influence on each other, we’ll use the wisdom, commitment and vulnerability of our collective participation to masterfully ground the learning.
Each participant will complete a thoughtful self-assessment and have a one on one session with Dan in advance of the first session. It is helpful if you have completed your own enneagram typology test and have some basic knowledge of the model first, but not required. If this is the case we’ll need to start that process earlier.
The Basic Framework:
In advance of the first session you’ll be directed to or provided resources to have the basic framework of the enneagram model. Early on we’ll make sure everyone first has a cognitive understanding of the model and its use:
We’ll discover and practice a very unique and deep process for integrating the parts we diminish and judge as not ok – that we call “under stress” and to find the natural strength and humility in the “positive” and integrate the two. This requires us to courageously and vulnerably make peace with our past and the parts of our self we may not want to own and love. We learn to bless all of who we are.
We’ll learn about Parts Work, and how to understand the parts of ourselves – sometimes related to the enneagram types, but not limited to – and how by bringing our parts into integrity, we create wholeness.
Any generative work on integrating our “parts” and past selves requires an understanding of human shadow, and a willingness to explore and navigate our own Shadow-land. We’ll learn a more contemporary and useful model of shadow – built on Jung’s euro-centric and patriarchal model as a beginning point, and significantly enhanced by different Indigenous peoples cultural influence, gender difference and Buddhist psychology.
Meyers-Briggs typology and the Enneagram, in a simple practice, we’ll use the overlay of some of our MBTI indicators (extraversion/introversion, intuitive/sensing, thinking/feeling, judging/perceiving) to help illuminate deeper self-knowing and opportunities.