The Enneagram is a personality-typing system, commonly used in areas of business and personal development. What is particularly intriguing about this approach is the map it lays out towards self-actualization. By gaining more insight into our own drives and impulses, we are able to take more control over our destiny and steer our lives toward fulfillment. Additionally it teaches us empathy and tolerance towards others, as we learn of the important values that each type of person brings to the world.
This group meets monthly to deepen our understanding of the personalities, ourselves, and our relationships in the world. Every month is a different topic, and presenters vary. We always seek to have group interaction, as this keeps it interesting and fun.
Over the years we have developed quite a following, and we usually have a minimum of 35 people in attendance. It has been wonderful in the last couple of years to see the influx of younger people and students, in addition to the professionals and retired folk we always see in attendance. It is our mission to bring empathy to the world through the insights we learn through study of the Enneagram, and it's a delight to have so many different kinds of people in attendance.
THIS MONTH’S MEETING TOPIC: Spiritual Jump Starts – Connecting to Ourselves, Others, and God and the Universe
What spiritual methods work best for you? There are many ways to cultivate our spiritual awareness and learn to work with our inner observer. But what would be most effective for you? We all get caught up in our type-specific problems and certain practices may be more helpful than others, depending on our type. Spotting our blind spots is the first action, but then what are ways in which we can let go and begin to create a new habit or option to how we respond to life's difficulties? Come explore ways to travel your spiritual path.
PRESENTER: This month’s guest presenter is Rev. Andrea Andress, a Founding Member of the Arizona Enneagram Association. Rev. Andrea Andress is a retired deacon of the United Methodist Church at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. She is a Spiritual Director certified by the Shalem Institute, and a certified Enneagram teacher and member of the Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT), Andrea does individual Spiritual Direction and Enneagram Interviews. She also leads small groups with adult and children's groups in prayer, the Enneagram and Spiritual Formation.