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My Journey of Discovery: The Hopewell Earthworks

2021-09-08T12:44:24-07:00September 7th, 2021|Earthworks, General, Ritual Postures|

I grew up in Ohio and was educated here from first grade through my doctoral program at The Ohio State University. All I knew about earthworks was that the Serpent Mound in southwestern Ohio was famous; I had visited once when I was in grade school. When I learned about the Hopewell culture and the existence of about 10,000 mounds in Ohio, I was intrigued [...]

Enneagram: Moving Up the Levels of Development

2021-02-24T20:45:55-08:00February 23rd, 2021|Enneagram|

In my early Enneagram training with Don Riso and Russ Hudson, I learned about Levels of Development within each of the nine Enneagram types. The discovery of the Levels was one of Don’s major contributions to Enneagram theory. Although he named this teaching the Levels of Development, later he agreed that it more accurately describes Levels of Functioning. Descending from Healthy to Average to Unhealthy [...]

Ancient Ritual Postures and Healing

2021-02-02T13:53:59-08:00February 1st, 2021|Ritual Postures|

2020 was quite a year! With the world in great need of healing, we too may have lost our balance. We may be feeling battered from the losses we have endured in the past twelve months. And while some positive changes are happening, the world can still seem to be coming apart. Public health is in tatters from the COVID pandemic. Climate change continues to [...]

Divination in the 21st Century

2021-01-05T12:10:54-08:00January 4th, 2021|Ritual Postures|

In a complicated world we are all faced with questions about what to do about all sorts of things. How do I mend a relationship? Where can I best invest my time or money? What will support a project that inspires me? Everyday Divination Tools for Guidance When I’m wrangling with problems that confuse me, it helps me to write about them in a journal, [...]

Comparing the Enneagram with Other Personality Systems

2020-12-15T11:15:08-08:00December 14th, 2020|Enneagram, General|

In the past a system with the complexity and depth of the Enneagram would have been reserved for psychologists. Today, however, average people have access to personality typologies through training in the workplace and online resources for personal development. In both education and in business, millions of people have taken personality inventories. The idea of discovering one’s personal style through relating to common patterns and [...]

Resilience in the Covid Holiday Season

2020-12-14T17:53:00-08:00November 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

These are stressful times. The world is changing all around us. There has been divisiveness in our nation and within our communities. The world is still in the grip of a pandemic. How can we cope with all this stress in ways that keep us healthy and sane, especially during the holiday season? Resilience is the ability to adapt to change and to also persevere. [...]

Why Ancient Ritual Postures in the 21st Century

2020-11-02T12:11:55-08:00October 29th, 2020|Ritual Postures|

Why would we want to roll back the centuries to what may seem to be primitive times in order to find a spiritual practice? Why not use all the discoveries from neurobiology and contemporary research on the evolutionary stages of adult development to support our search for enlightenment? With Ancient Ritual Postures, the more profound question is: why not integrate both? When I shared my [...]

Body-Based Spirituality and Ritual

2020-10-14T21:36:24-07:00October 13th, 2020|Ritual Postures, Uncategorized|

Body-based Spirituality teaches that our physical bodies empower us in making a direct connection with the spiritual world. We are familiar with practices such as ecstatic dancing, chanting or dervish-style spinning. The Cuyamungue Method, based on the teachings I learned from anthropologist Felicitas Goodman, outlines the steps necessary for our bodies to use Ancient Ritual Postures and experience what Dr. Goodman called the ecstatic trance [...]

The Three Centers of Intelligence and the Enneagram

2020-09-29T12:18:07-07:00September 28th, 2020|Enneagram|

The Three Centers of Intelligence, based on our innate structure as human beings, illuminates the Enneagram system. These Centers correspond to what neurobiologists describe as three primary focal areas of the nervous system that extends thoughout the body. Every nerve cell communicates some form of energy and information to other nerve cells through the action of neuropeptides. There are three places in the body where [...]