Hello, my lovely followers. I’ve been struggling for a while to decide what this blog should be. I have been blogging elsewhere, though. I started an Enneagram project that was initially directed at writers, but is now also directed towards Enneagram coaches, therapists and educators who want to use stories to teach the Enneagram in a way that is accessible, without resorting to the utter nonsense of “How You Dress, Based on Your Enneagram Type!” (blech)
I have been anxious about sharing this project because it took a lot of tinkering to discover what I wanted it to be, but it’s finally there. I also am working to network more with coaches and learn from them. This has been an exciting new project for me because I do think that the kind of self-knowledge that the Enneagram offers can fill some gaps in mental health. During my own crisis a few years ago, I realized how important a sense of meaning and purpose is to defend against those trauma triggers and the ugly voices that tell you to give up. I think the transformative power of the Enneagram is mainly in its ability to help people identify their personal sense of meaning, and also how that meaning can be used against them.
That said, this community is not perfect, and one of its biggest problems is that it is expensive. There are financial gatekeepers that end up excluding the voices of people who are struggling the most, and this I think is part of why the Enneagram has become increasingly stereotypical. When you are drawing from a narrow pool of financially privileged people, it is easy to think the types look more uniform than they actually do. I’ve started a GoFundMe to help me afford some of the conferences, classes and networking opportunities that are out of reach. If any of you can donate or spread the word, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you so much! I may start to use this blog as a simple personal platform (I have many happy thoughts about Ncuti Gatwa becoming the new Doctor!) and I appreciate how you all have continued to check it out in my absence.