Thank you for your interest in Nine Ways to Experience the Divine Using the Wisdom of the Enneagram. This contemplative retreat weekend was held at the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center in Bangor, Pennslyvania in March 2012.
If you would like to plan a similar retreat for your group, please let me know. It's a great weekend, so expansive yet deep in nature. I promise you will see & sense yourself and others in a WHOLE new way. I hope you will come.
******************* In working with the wisdom of the Enneagram, we come to see that each of us experiences the energy of one of the nine Enneagram types more frequently and consequently each of us will resonate most easily with the spiritual or divine energies that are associated with that type. The role of human, psychological, and spiritual development and maturation over a lifetime is to become aware of the expressions of energy that you have been endowed with both at the personality level and at the essential or spiritual level. Then from there you become increasingly aware of the fullness of energies expressed in the human family and within yourself. The focus of this weekend is to become aware of the specific essential energies that are most closely associated with each of the nine personality types. Although it may be helpful for a participant to know and to have done work with the Enneagram, it is not necessary. Each person who opens to each of these energies will grow, gain insight and enhance self-awareness, as well as see others more deeply.
Participating in this weekend will lead you along a path of increasing personal integration, wholeness, and well being. I look forward to meeting you and exploring this territory with you. Sincerely, Don
In the words of Stephen Hatch, a spiritual teacher of the Enneagram … Although it is helpful to understand each Enneagram type on a purely psychological level, people often recoil at the fact that this knowledge can seem somewhat negative. For example, a One may bemoan the fact that she has perfectionist tendencies, or a Four that he is perennially longing for what is missing in his life. A Nine may tire of remaining unaware of what she really wants in life, and a Six may despise his tendency toward fear. What if each Enneagram type is actually a different perspective – a different set of Sacred Ideas - of something more spiritual: say, the Divine Presence?
What if,for example...
Ones - at their core – are most in touch with the divine goodness and perfection of all beings and events?
Fours are the most skilled at recognizing the mutuality of longing; that is, the fact that human longing for love is actually only an echo of the longing that Divine Love feels toward us?
What if ...
Nines are the best of all of the types at forgetting their own self-conscious ego in union with the Divine?
Sixes are especially attuned to the suspense of watching all phenomena arise – magically – from the spaciousness of awareness, and know that Sacred Faith involves a profound trust in the existence and goodness of a Divine Presence?
What if ...
Eights incarnate the fact that the Divine actively expands into and fills everything with its presence?
Twos are most in touch with Sacred Grace, embodying this grace to others around them in the form of Sacred Compassion?
Fives embody the all-knowing capacity of the Divine Presence, and are on a quest of the Divine to know itself in all of its many manifestations?
Sevens, everlastingly young radiating vibrancy to others, know the Divine Presence to be the ground of all novelty, all freshness perceived through joy-filled human awareness?
Threes understand most clearly that human effort is in reality a participation in the joyfully creative work of the Ultimate Mystery knowing that work is a worthwhile end in itself?
Spiritual teachers of the Enneagram agree that when any of the types lose touch with its divine core it creates a substitute that is inadequate and the cause of much suffering.
For example, when Twos loses touch with Sacred Compassion, they try to create their own ego-based version, becoming pushy and offering people help that they didn’t ask for.
Or, Sevens, out of touch with Sacred Flow, create their own sense of flow that excludes the wishes of others.
Untransformed Eights, out of touch with the Sacred Omnipresence of the Divine, try to throw their own weight around, making their own influence felt in every possible situation.
During this retreat weekend you will connect with your own "essential" qualities....and experience others in a whole new way.
Have an in-depth dialogue and time to reflect, contemplate, and explore the Sacred Ideas -- of each Enneagram type...aspects that reside in each and every one of us.
Use the power of silence, personal reflection, and evocative music to discover that precious inner space of the sacred
Explore your divine core and be encouraged to live from there
Join Sandy Lundahl and the Reverend Donald Horrigan as they guide you with compassion and insight to see the divine quality in aspects of our personality that we often experience as negative.
Nine Ways to Experience the Divine Using the Wisdom of the Enneagram will radically shift your perception of yourself and how you see others.
Through meditation, the joy of self reflection, music, and the writings from a variety of religions and philosophies, you will see how each of us embodies all the aspects of the divine, not just those related to our own personality type.