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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 [...]

How I Came to Teach Object Relations and the Enneagram

2020-09-02T13:19:52-07:00September 1st, 2020|Coaching, Enneagram, Object Relations|

When I first learned about the Enneagram over 25 years ago, I began my study with forays into magazine articles and then a few workshops.  At the time my psychotherapy practice was well established, and it was natural to wonder about my clients’ Enneagram types. When they would tell their stories using phrases right out of my Enneagram books, I was thrilled.  Clearly the Enneagram [...]

Ritual Postures: My Journey with Felicitas Goodman

2020-09-14T13:46:53-07:00September 13th, 2020|Ritual Postures|

Meeting Felicitas Goodman, the founder of Ancient Ritual Postures, in the winter of 1984 changed my life. My friend Anita had called one afternoon in January 1984 to tell me she had just had lunch with one of her former yoga students. “She’s Hungarian, an anthropologist, and she plays the violin,” was how Anita described her. Felicitas had just returned from Europe where she had [...]

The Enneagram, Relationships, and Object Relations

2020-09-02T13:21:14-07:00July 7th, 2020|Enneagram, Object Relations|

Everyone wants good relationships but it's complicated. We all want strong relationships, but relationships are complicated. My idea of a good relationship isn’t the same as yours.  We each have standards for what a good relationship means.  What works for me may not work for you. To some degree, what makes for a good relationship depends on how we see ourselves. Who do we believe [...]

Find Your Authentic Leadership Style with the Enneagram

2020-09-02T13:24:15-07:00June 10th, 2020|Enneagram|

Several years ago I worked with a global consulting firm.  One of our offerings included a session with a conductor who demonstrated parallels between an orchestra and leading a corporation.  A good leader is like the conductor of an orchestra.  The conductor knows the overall piece of music and all the individual parts, but does not play an instrument, providing instead the tempo, balancing the [...]