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Enneagram Part Three: Head Center: Weekly Summary

March 14, 2020
Enneagram Part Three: Head Center Saturday, March 14, 2020 Summary: Sunday, March 8–Friday, March 13, 2020 If taken seriously and used responsibly, the Enneagram is a tool that can help us move from dualistic thinking to nondual consciousness. (Sunday) [The Enneagram] offers both a portrait of healthy and a portrait of unhealthy for each type...
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Enneagram Part Two: Heart Center: Weekly Summary

March 7, 2020
Enneagram Part Two: Heart Center: Summary: Sunday, March 1–Friday, March 6, 2020 Through the lens of the Enneagram we have greater self-knowledge and the ability to let go of what only seems good in order to discover what in us is really good. (Sunday) Something is clearly working here, and the enneagram of personality movement seems to be...
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Gurdjieff and the Enneagram

March 2, 2020
Enneagram Part Two: Heart Center Gurdjieff and the Enneagram Monday, March 2, 2020  My friend Russ Hudson and his writing partner, the late Don Richard Riso, give some of the history of the Enneagram in their book The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The person responsible for bringing the Enneagram symbol to the modern world was George Ivanovich...
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Enneagram Part One: Body Center: Weekly Summary

February 29, 2020
Enneagram Part One: Body Center Sunday, February 23–Friday, February 28, 2020 The Enneagram’s purpose is to help us uncover the traps that keep us from living fully and freely as our True Self so that we will use our unique, authentic gifts for the good of others and the world. (Sunday) The Intelligence Centers . . . include the Body...
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Enneagram: Week 2 Summary

May 7, 2016
Enneagram: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, May 1-Friday, May 6, 2016 The essence of the FOUR is “the mystery of our true identity. It feels oceanic, deep, unfathomable, mysterious. . . . [FOURs live for] beauty, intimacy, and depth . . . the markers of drawing closer to our [original] union with God.” —Russ Hudson (Sunday) “The essential core of the...
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Enneagram: Week 1 Summary

April 30, 2016
Enneagram: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, April 24-Friday, April 29, 2016 When used in conjunction with a regular practice of contemplative prayer, the Enneagram can be powerfully transformative. It can open us to deeper and deeper levels of understanding and insight, love and grace. (Sunday) When we are excessively fixated on our supposed gift it becomes a...
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The Enneagram: An Introduction

April 24, 2016
What is the Enneagram? How can the Enneagram help me? Which number on the Enneagram am I? Does the Enneagram work? We often hear these questions about the Enneagram. Answering them can take a few minutes and an entire lifetime. This blog post provides a brief introduction to this ancient personality tool and a compilation of different resources created...
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Accepting Our Imperfections

September 29, 2022
Richard shares how the teachings of Thérèse of Lisieux have supported his own spiritual journey:  French Catholicism in Thérèse’s time emphasized an ideal of human perfection, but Thérèse humbly trusted her own experience and taught the spirituality of imperfection instead. Thérèse is one of my favorite saints, perhaps because I’m an...
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Living What We Are “For”

July 11, 2022
Father Richard teaches that we can only practice new ways of being in the world if we maintain some degree of nonattachment from the systems around us: I would insist the foundation of Jesus’ social program is what I will call non-idolatry, or the withdrawing of our enthrallment from all kingdoms except the Kingdom of God. This supports a much better...
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The Joy of Not Counting

July 10, 2022
For Father Richard, Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) is a shining example of someone who “practiced the better.” Instead of relying on judgment and criticism, Francis understood the power of simply living a better way: God gave St. Francis to history in the pivotal period when Western civilization began to move into rationality, functionality...
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