By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
You can think of the Enneagram as a roadmap — or more accurately, a soul map — for understanding who you are so you can live on purpose and be all that you were destined to be.
This powerful personality typing system, which is used by individuals, therapists, spiritual teachers, and professionals around the globe, is a gateway to your inner wisdom that can help you access wholeness, true intimacy, and more authentic relationships.
The 9-point Enneagram symbol represents nine unique types or energies, each with specific traits, behavioral patterns, and tendencies — and each with unique gifts.
Working with the Enneagram sheds light on the fears, desires, and motivations that — often unconsciously — fuel your worldview and behavioral patterns. It also helps you understand specific dynamics within your relationships, opening you up to compassion and empathy, for yourself and others.
The enormous transformative potential of the Enneagram is why we created The Enneagram Global Summit, a groundbreaking free online event offered from June 24–28.
The 5-day event features Russ Hudson, Helen Palmer, Cheryl Richardson, Katie Hendricks, and many more speakers who can help you discover the insights and practices you need to break free from unhealthy patterns, reconnect with your true Self, and realize your highest potential.
We are so grateful for Jessica DIbb’s leadership in creating The Enneagram Global Summit. Jessica is a faculty member with The Shift Network and the founder, spiritual director, and principal teacher of Inspiration Consciousness School.
Plus, you still have time to register for the Yoga of Healing and Awakening Summit (June 21–24), a free online summit featuring over 50 world-renowned yoga teachers, swamis, swaminis, and speakers, including Kia Miller, Jai Dev Singh, Gloria Latham, Seane Corn, and Congressman Tim Ryan.
A big thanks to Cyndi Lee, the founder of OM yoga Center, and an author and lay Buddhist chaplain, for joining Shift Director of Peace Philip Hellmich as the co-host of this year’s summit! Click here to watch Philip and Cyndi’s enthusiastic 3-minute video invitation to you!
Please be sure to register for free so you can enjoy our interviews with speakers who will take you deeper into how yoga facilitates healing and awakening. They’ll help you experience and celebrate the beauty, power, and depth of yoga as a vehicle for living a divine life and creating a world built on Oneness.
Whether you’re new to yoga or you’re a seasoned practitioner — you’ll discover new practices, guided meditations, and healing breathwork for restoring, balancing, and invigorating your body, mind, and soul.
We hope you’re enjoying our newest section, “The Nicest Thing,” a special video series in which we ask prominent authors, performers, thought leaders, and others to answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?” Their revealing and uplifting stories offer glimpses into the personal lives of people you already know and admire.
This issue’s stories come from Deborah Egerton, the founder and president of Trinity Transition Consultants and a featured speaker in The Enneagram Global Summit; and Lisa Barnett, who’s teaching a brand-new shift course called Your Akashic Records.
Finally, we’d love to hear your answer to the question, How has knowing your Enneagram results impacted your daily life? To share your thoughts in our Facebook Page community, click here.
The Enneagram is a tool that awakens our compassion for people just as they are, not the people we wish they would become so our lives would become easier. — Ian Morgan Cron
Philip: Hello, everyone. I'm Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace for The Shift Network, and I'm delighted to be the co-host of the Yoga of Healing & Awakening Summit, looking at the essential depth teachings and daily practices for your mind, body, and soul. The summit is from June 21 to 24. It's presented by The Shift Network in association with Parmarth Niketan and Yoga International. And I'm here with my co-host, Cyndi Lee. Cyndi?
Cyndi: Hi, Philip. Gosh, it was such an incredible honor and treat to get to be the co-host of this summit. Between us, we talked to I think over 50 amazing world-renowned yogis and swamis and sages and beloved teachers and musicians and scientists. All kinds of inspiring people who are really living yoga, they're sharing yoga, they're breathing yoga. And they shared with us their practices and their insights and their teachings. It was really great.
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Until I went to prison to teach the Enneagram, nothing could dissuade me from my tightly held belief in my own lacking. Nearly a decade of working with people trapped inside their mindsets of “criminal thinking” has shown me the self-same way in which we get stuck inside the prison of our own minds. Interestingly, it is in the reflection of hundreds of our incarcerated students that I am repeatedly shown how it is possible to do something that’s very difficult — change our minds about ourselves.
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If you are inspired and passionate about joining our team, please click here for more information about these positions. The Shift Network is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.
In this special video series, prominent authors, performers, thought leaders, and others answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?”
EXCERPT: As the cars were all passing by, he came up to my window and I reached into my purse to give him something. That's not always been my practice. Usually I like to take people and give them something to eat or what have you. But there was something on that day that touched my heart and said, "Go ahead and give him some money." I pulled over to the side out of the traffic, and I went into my purse, and I handed him a $20 bill.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Deborah’s heartwarming 3-minute story, click here.
Deborah is a featured speaker in The Enneagram Global Summit (June 24–28). For more information — and to register for free — click here.
EXCERPT: And so we walked up to Jack and she introduced me, and Jack was so very lovely and kind and he said, "So, what do you do?" And I got a little dumbstruck, and I stumbled around a little bit thinking, Can I say I work in the Akashic Records? That seemed a little wild for me to say, but I did. I said, "Well, I help people to find their soul path and purpose through the Akashic Records." And Jack said, "I love the Akashic Records." And we chatted. He told me a beautiful story about how the Akashic Records had changed his life, and it was so lovely.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Lisa’s uplifting 3-minute story, click here.
Lisa’s 7-week video training, Your Akashic Records: Clear Karma, Deepen Your Intuition & Realize Your Soul’s Purpose, begins on Tuesday, June 18. For more details — and to register — click here.
Are you intrigued by the seven musical modes that reveal the tones of your true emotions — and your soul? International singer, educator, voice pioneer, and author Chloë Goodchild will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Monday, June 17, at 10:00am Pacific to share how you can transform difficult emotions, release blocked energy, and heal old narratives to liberate your authentic Self — through the healing sounds of your own voice. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to experience guided near-death journeys to release beliefs and fears that have kept you from LIVING fully and joyfully? International speaker and bestselling author Anita Moorjani will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Tuesday, June 18, at Noon Pacific to share how you can let go of striving to be “spiritual,” and simply relax into your true essence — releasing the imprints of your family, egoic mind, and society. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to expand your vibrational capacity and receive the loving energy of money? Leading author, money consciousness teacher, and coach Sarah McCrum will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Wednesday, June 26, at Noon Pacific to share precise and practical methods to clear unhealthy imprints in your energy field. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
Would you like to unlock deeper dimensions of healing with major herbs and essential oils for strengthening and balancing life-force energies in your mind and body? World-renowned plant medicine pioneer David Crow will be leading a special Facebook Live Q&A call on Thursday, June 27, at 5:00pm Pacific to share how you can become part of a global plant medicine community as you journey through David’s — and plant medicine’s — most comprehensive program yet. Click here to get a Facebook Messenger reminder when the event goes live.
The Happiness Contract is a term I coined, and wrote about in Be Happy, to explore your personal psychology about happiness. Your Happiness Contract exists beneath a pile of thoughts at the back of your mind. It’s just a metaphor, but its effects can feel very real. This contract is a statement of belief about how much happiness is possible, and how much happiness is too good to be true. It’s a personal agreement drawn up by your super-ego (the rule maker) and signed by your ego.
Trainers who use the Enneagram for their own personal and professional development make better trainers. They know the system better, are better role models, have more credibility, are more effective interacting with others, and are more convincing champions of using the system.
You were born with vast capacity for wisdom, creativity, power, and love. One way to unfold the full potential of that capacity is to bring greater intention and consciousness to the true nature of your Body, Heart, and Mind, which the Enneagram describes as the three Centers of intelligence. Although there are a myriad of approaches to the working with the centers, three overarching principles – Self-Observation, Compassion, and Practice – can serve as guides to the ongoing cultivation of presence in each center.
Russ Hudson is one of the principle scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He is the president of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc., and co-founder of the Enneagram Institute. He has co-authored several best-selling books on the Ennegram. In this interview with Liz Bliss Esalen, Psy.D., Russ walks us through the 9 Enneagram types.
In this interview with Eleonora Gilbert, Enneagram author Helen Palmer, a featured speaker in The Enneagram Global Summit, talks about the Enneagram and its importance in our personal and spiritual evolution. She describes how it could impact our relationships in the development of real understanding of our deep-rooted habitual patterns and that of others.
Beatrice Chestnut, PhD, a licensed psychotherapist, coach, and business consultant, is one of the most accomplished interpreters of the Enneagram in our times. To watch Part One of her 4-hour workshop for The New School at Commonweal, click here.
John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States, was born in 1790. Yet two of his grandsons are alive today, 229 years after their grandfather was born. Impossible, you say? Click here to find out the details of this astonishing story.
Join Subtle Activists and life partners David T. Nicol and Kate Naga the first Saturday of each month for their Web of Light Subtle Activism Series, in which they tap into a different quality of our shared essential presence as a strand of light in the global Web. June’s presentation, “Weaving Strands of Celebration,” brings together all the strands of the Web that we have woven together thus far: Love, Joy, Courage, Peace & Power, Compassion, Will, Clarity, and Relaxation. This call will bring to a peak our work together over the last nine months and complete this cycle. Click here to listen.
Anticipation is building for The Enneagram Global Summit: 9 Essential Pathways for Transformation, a free online event held from June 24–28 and hosted by Jessica Dibb, the founder of Inspiration Consciousness School and Community. Register for free to listen to visionary speakers such as Russ Hudson, A. H. Almaas, Cheryl Richardson, Sandra Maitri, Mario Sikora, and Deborah Threadgill Egerton, who will explain how the Enneagram can help you operate in your daily life through the lens of your own innate wisdom, resulting in truly authentic relationships and a deep sense of living “on purpose.”
You can join this one-of-a-kind online event — at no charge — to discover why this powerful personality typing system is used by individuals, therapists, spiritual teachers, and professionals across the globe. See our list of dynamic speakers and find out everything you need to know by clicking here.
The Yoga of Healing & Awakening Summit is almost here! This FREE online video event takes place June 21–24. You can register for free to watch and listen to over 50 world-renowned yoga teachers, swamis, swaminis, and speakers, including Kia Miller, Jai Dev Singh, Gloria Latham, Seane Corn, and Congressman Tim Ryan. Be prepared to discover the deeper essence of yoga for your healing and transformation.
You’ll go beyond trendy exercise routines and deep into a holistic practice that promises to shift your present and our future. With more than 60 sessions — including exclusive videos with yogis on the banks of the sacred Ganges River — you’ll enjoy the opportunity to experience and celebrate the beauty, power, and depth of yoga as a vehicle for living a divine life and creating a world built on Oneness. Click here to register for this FREE summit, see our full list of dynamic speakers, and find out everything you need to know!
Discover how to manifest your vision as an online teacher or healer with visionary leaders in the field of online holistic education, including Stephen Dinan, co-founder and president of The Shift Network.
Have you ever desired to write a spiritual blog followed by millions? Or put your most powerful knowledge and teachings into an app or online presence? Join visionary minds in the fields of mobile and online holistic education as they share their wisdom, inspiration, and experience on creating blogs, video courses, and mobile apps touching the lives of millions of people around the world.
In this workshop, you’ll take a deep dive into the business of online education and how to manifest your vision as an online teacher or healer. You’ll gain insights into how to reach a wide audience and offer convenient tools to teach people around the globe through growth hacking and online marketing. For more information and to register, click here.
Wondering how nonviolence can play a role in shifting toward a society that works for everyone? Check out our simple online training, “Nonviolence and the New Humanity.” This self-guided program covers topics such as the "new story," nonviolence, terrorism and nonviolence, the new economy, and how restorative justice supports us as we put nonviolence into practice in new and deeper ways. Click here for more information.
Demystify the Enneagram typing process with The Art of Typing. Unlike any other Enneagram book, it contains illuminating illustrations, targeted differentiating questions, color infographics of the 9 Ego structures and more. See what types 4 and 7 do at the park, or how type 3 and 6 navigate a maze. A book for those who help others find their type. To order your copy, click here.
For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free. The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a collection of audio and video interviews featuring Indigenous leaders from around the world sharing prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings, and pathways to healing, as well as concrete examples for birthing a new era — one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion, and justice. This sacred wisdom is important medicine for us all.
The production of The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a gift from The Shift Network, designed to inspire, inform, and involve you by highlighting the voices and important messages of Indigenous leaders from around the world. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.
World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.
BOOK BY STEPHEN DINAN: Sacred America, Sacred World. Infused with visionary power, Sacred America, Sacred World is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. It offers profound hope that America can grow beyond our current challenges and manifest our noblest destiny, which the book shows is rooted in sacred principles that transcend left or right political views. To order your copy, click here.
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Invite your family and friends to participate in The Enneagram Global Summit, which takes place June 24–28. Life-changing insights await! To discover more — and register for free — click here.
Discover the Generous, Loving Energy of Money — A Free Video Event With Leading Author, Money Consciousness Teacher, and Coach Sarah McCrum. Expand your vibrational capacity and receive the loving energy of money. Wednesday, June 19, at 5:30pm Pacific
Strengthen-ing Your Intuitive Gifts Through Your Chakras — A Free Video Event With Author, Trainer, and Intuitive Healer Wendy De Rosa. Open to ALL of your intuitive gifts — clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, claircognizance — and fully empower yourself as a sensitive or an empath. Saturday, June 22, at 10:00am Pacific
Your Six Sensory Life — With Spiritual Teacher, Six Sensory Consultant, Storyteller, and Author Sonia Choquette. Activate your sixth sense as the easiest, most direct way to awaken your natural psychic abilities and enjoy a confident, creative, love-filled, and joyous life. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, June 19
Transforming Your Life Through Near-Death Experiences — With International Speaker and Bestselling Author Anita Moorjani. Experience guided near-death journeys to release beliefs and fears that have kept you from LIVING fully and joyfully. New 5-Week Live Video Training Starts Tuesday, June 25
The Enneagram Prison Project is on a mission to understand why we do what we do, using the Enneagram to inspire transformation on both sides of the bars through self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-regulation. Our vision is to free people — all over the world — from the prisons of their own making. Click here to visit the website. Click here to make a donation.
Work with us to end the U.S. war culture that supports using your taxes for death and destruction rather than the betterment of our nation's infrastructure and our wellbeing. The US Peace Memorial Foundation honors Americans who stand for peace. By recognizing, documenting, and commending anti-war actions we will reinforce their behavior, create role models, and inspire more Americans to speak out for peace. Click here to find out several ways you can support this crucial work — and to make a donation.
I am one of those people who knew from a very young age that art would be the path I would have to take. When you feel like you don't know what world you’re really living in, then it’s a safe bet to say you’re an artist. I decided to paint even before my teen years. I had visions of past lifetimes but could not deal with the present, so painting helped align me.
I also do large drawings on paper, and work with clay. I recently worked on a small series of works that were lotus-themed for use as small altars. I’m also working with stencils and have painted on silk, making mediative wall hangings that are based upon the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols.
My work is figurative, based upon nature and a feeling of another dimension that is not always clear. I am happiest when I can create something — it’s always a surprise to me and a true joy, which is the reason I have continued to do this work.
Work for me is feeling, emotions, and the urge to move into a place where I have not been before. It’s not easy and can be scary and a big mess until I sort it all out. This is why I often go over things years later to refine what came forth.