Whole-Hearted Embrace of an Awakening Life

I just had the privilege of leading my second phone call with a group of inmates in a federal corrections facility who are studying the Enneagram and have discovered the great insights and healing that are possible. These men vary in many ways–in age, background, race, religion, in crimes committed, in Enneagram type, and in length of sentences yet to be served. Some could be released in coming years; some are in for life. But what they all share in is their humanity, their deep regret for past behavior, and the opening of their hearts to themselves and to others as they recognize the unconscious dynamics that led to their unacceptable behavior in the first place. Embracing their individual paths of growth, they sense their connection to a global community of human beings who are dedicated to living with more awareness and kindness.

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Making Room for Your Inner Authority

While it's not something talked openly about in "polite" conversations, here's one thing that everyone in the world has in common-the inner critic. It is found in every hard-held opinion and judgment, in every comparison, in the loud inner voice or the nearly inaudible buzz that fills up inner space.

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Reclaim Your Corn

Taos Pueblo, a Native American village, is considered by many to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the U.S. Located in Taos, New Mexico; it has been inhabited for over 1,000 years. This last week-end, my husband and I attended a celebration at the pueblo encouraging and honoring the ritual of growing corn on the pueblo. It was a humbling and inspiring experience.

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The Passing of a Teacher, Friend and Colleague

It has been just over a month since Don Richard Riso passed from this earth. I’ve been wanting to write about Don, honoring the astonishing body of work on the Enneagram that he discovered and has been refining since his early introduction to the system in 1973, his far-reaching impact, and his unparalleled significance in my own life, but the words to share publicly evaded me. They didn’t seem adequate. Many others have been writing their memories of Don, and it seemed I needed to wait. Now is the time.

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Showing Up for Our Great Work

This week the new Deep Coaching Institute’s training cohort began its 10-month long personal and professional development journey together. My heart is full. Once again, we have a richly diverse and experienced group of professionals from around the world who have decided that they want to take the leap into living and guiding others from a place of presence and deep intelligence. Some of our recent graduates have chosen to serve as mentors to their new colleagues-in-training. Talented faculty who are dedicated to their own inner work, as well as professional excellence, are serving as teachers and guide. And the support of our staff can be felt at every turn.

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