Posts Categorized: Personal reflection

The Narrative Enneagram - Terry Saracino
In Loving Memory of Tracy Colina
Terry Saracino |Feb 13, 2019

Tracy Colina of Ohio, a longtime and very integral part of the Narrative Enneagram community, died on January 27. Even if you never met her in person, it is likely that you interacted with her if you enrolled in one of our programs prior to fall 2014. As our Training Program Manager and Registrar, she greeted you by phone or email when you inquired about a training, answered your questions, shared her enthusiasm for the Enneagram, and managed the myriad logistical issues and details involved in organizing classes. She was the “voice” of the Narrative Enneagram for many years, and her influence was immeasurable.

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The Narrative Enneagram - Sheryl Cohen, PhD
Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Sheryl Cohen, PhD |Dec 21, 2018

Where do you go to learn and grow yourself? Do you have a therapist, coach or spiritual director with whom you can tell yourself the truth? Do you have a physical place at church, in nature or at a yoga class where you can connect with yourself and the innocence of your true nature? Do you have a friend or loved one who can remind you to treat yourself kindly or give yourself permission to try a change?

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TNE Memberships: Looking Back – and Ahead!
Joyce Plaza |Dec 13, 2018

The end of the year presents an opportunity to review 2018, give thanks, and look forward to 2019. The Narrative Enneagram (TNE) officially launched as a new nonprofit in January 2018 through the merger of two sister nonprofits – Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) and Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT). We are the world’s longest running Enneagram school(having just celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Enneagram Professional Training Program) and a membership organization! Thank you to all board members, faculty, staff, volunteers and donors who made this happen!

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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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