For All Alliance Members,
Coach John Keathly and I are happy to announce an on-line Enneagram Study Group for Gay Men, Gay Coaches, and Men in the Helping Professions.
Many coaches have asked me why and in what ways the Enneagram is useful in gay men and even gay groups. There are many reasons: some of them historical, some social, and some spiritual.
Queer folks have been oppressed by most of society's structures, including governments and organized religions. Because of these oppressions, we are naturally wary of any system which strives to teach us something. We have fled from religion and have found very little to replace it with some system which has the possibility to offer meaning in our lives. One of the reasons Buddhism is so popular among queer people is that it comes without a lot of dogma and commandments.
We have also found it a challenge it live in societies and cultures which make us feel unwelcome. Indeed, in some places queer people find that their lives are in danger. Many of us have the experience that we are lone in finding meaning in our lives and a path to follow to live out our purpose.
The Enneagram may serve these many purposes in our lives; it offers a way to be grounded in history, to be aware of the social dynamics taking place around us, and to be shown a particular path that suits our personalities.
As a student of the Enneagram for more than 25 years, I have found it personally rewarding. It helps me think clearly about myself and others. It helps me think clearly about my clients and gives me the framework to receive them in a way that honors their individually.
For coaching clients, the benefits are many. One of the most important things a client can do is to explore different points of view and perspectives. The enneagram offers perspectives that are useful and inspiring to a client. It offers the coach/client the ability to think clearly about the issues of the client; and, as part of the alliance, gives the coach the opportunity and permission to "call them on their stuff."
But, most important of all, the use of the Enneagram helps compassion grow.
For more information on this Enneagram Course starting on January 16th, every Friday for 11 weeks, please visit our website at www.gay-enneagram.eventbrite.com