HOw it all began…
I had always considered myself to be a good person, but I began to notice I was capable of a cold detachment towards others. I wanted meaningful relationships, but I was constantly caught in the same old arguments with friends and family. I prided myself on being a strong professional, but after a while, I found myself falling into problem after problem at work. I wanted to be a life-giving person, with a full life and meaningful relationships, but my efforts to achieve any of this were often thwarted.
The problem was, I was powerless over the habits, attitudes and patterns in my life. It turned out, the things I was doing were hidden in plain sight and they sabotaged my desire to be known, cared for and free.
Enter contemplative Christianity and its companion, the Enneagram. These tools had the power to name the source of my discontent. Don’t underestimate the power of a name. Yahweh spoke the very names of things and they came into being. Jesus knew the names of the demons, thus demonstrating his ability to cast them out. You can’t face something until it’s named, and nothing will change until it’s faced.
My encounter with these twin traditions was not the end, but the beginning of a journey that has changed and is changing my life.
I invite you to join me on this journey.