Posts Categorized: Personal reflection

The Narrative Enneagram - Christopher Copeland and Sandra Smith
From the Heart
Chris Copeland and Sandra Smith |Jun 27, 2018

I (Chris) sat at Well-Bred bakery in Asheville, waiting for Sandra to arrive. During the last few months of 2016, I had been listening to a handful of podcasts from various Enneagram teachers and found myself wanting more. While entertaining, they lacked the powerful depth I had come to know as a student and teacher of the Enneagram for 25 years. I felt a clear call to create a new podcast that would take a deeper dive into the Enneagram.

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The Narrative Enneagram - Terry Saracino
Announcing New Research – The Enneagram and Ego Development
Terry Saracino |Feb 13, 2018

The article, Advancing Ego Development in Adulthood through Study of the Enneagram System of Personality, was co-authored by David Daniels, MD, Terry Saracino, MA, MBA, Meghan Fraley, PhD, Jennifer Christian, PsyD and Seth Pardo, PhD. The bottom line from the study’s abstract: “The findings suggest that Enneagram Intensive trainings may be beneficial for promoting psychological growth and ego development.”

The bottom line from the study’s abstract: “The findings suggest that Enneagram Intensive trainings may be beneficial for promoting psychological growth and ego development.” So you might ask – this is news? For those of us who work with this powerful system, it’s a given. But in order to help the Enneagram be more accepted in the mainstream psychology world, we need data. As far as we know, this is the first study to examine the efficacy of the Enneagram to promote growth. It’s a step in the right direction – and we need more.

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The Narrative Enneagram - Christopher T. Copeland
The Enneagram and Spirituality
Christopher Copeland |Aug 16, 2017

My first exposure to the Enneagram came in 1994 when I was invited by a classmate at the Candler School of Theology to attend a workshop about personality types offered by a professor in the Master of Divinity program. Enthusiastic about this tool called the Enneagram, my friend encouraged me and a few others to immerse ourselves in this new wisdom. Little did I know that this chance encounter with the Enneagram would change my personal and vocational trajectory.

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The Narrative Enneagram - Terry Saracino
Remembering David Daniels
Terry Saracino |Jun 6, 2017

Since we sent our announcement of David’s death on May 26, expressions of sadness, stories and fond memories have been pouring in. It touches me deeply to hear from so many people the impact that David made on their lives, and the love he generated throughout the world. We have received the following information from David’s family about his memorial service:

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The Narrative Enneagram - Terry Saracino
In Loving Memory: David Daniels, MD
Terry Saracino |May 27, 2017

As we were preparing to announce David’s retirement on June 1, we learned that he died suddenly yesterday. We will share information about memorial service arrangements from his family as we know them. Here is the letter David wanted us to share with the Narrative Community followed by some personal reflections:

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The Narrative Enneagram - Mary Freund
Note of Thanks…
Mary Freund |May 18, 2017

Our deep appreciation to Ahshua Bolton and a shout out to Donna Chase!

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The Narrative Enneagram - Mary Freund
A Report from Our Executive Director: Compassion Is Priceless. Let’s Spread It Around!
Mary Freund |May 8, 2017

“Time provides all of us with the opportunity to change, alter our belief system, and create new perspectives that challenge a person’s character and teach him or her how to become a happier and wiser person.” Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

As I reflect on my first year as Executive Director of Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT), Oldster’s quote about time speaks to me about my journey.

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The Narrative Enneagram - Sheryl Cohen, PhD
ESNT Call to Action
Sheryl Cohen, PhD |Jan 10, 2017

It is my privilege and honor to be serving as ESNT’s president for 2017. I succeed Paul Strasburg, who has ably led our Board of Directors to become a well-functioning team. At our recent board retreat we could see, sense and feel that we are truly more than the sum of our parts. We have much work to do to ensure that we continue to be the vibrant and transformative organization that our mission and vision mandate.

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The Narrative Enneagram - Mary Freund
A Word from Our New Executive Director
Mary Freund |Aug 27, 2016

More than three months have already passed since I began my tenure as Executive Director of Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT)! My days have been filled with learning my new role, understanding all of the organization’s moving parts, and interfacing with staff members, the Core Faculty and Board of Directors. Although we are a small nonprofit, I am in awe of the high level of sophistication, professionalism and teamwork that is carried out daily to ensure that ESNT is meeting its mission to refine and advance Narrative Tradition programs and curriculum.

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The Narrative Enneagram - Marion Gilbert
Taking a Leave of Absence
Marion Gilbert |Jul 29, 2016

After careful deliberation and with sadness in my heart, I have requested a leave of absence from my teaching engagements for ESNT, effective August 15, and will need to postpone my other Enneagram workshops. It is my deepest wish and intention to return to teaching the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition as soon as I can.

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