Empower your Relationships With The Enneagram
We spend so much of our lives relating to others — our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors — that, even if you spend most of your time at home, you’re likely connecting with others on a daily basis.
In these many relationships, we may encounter misunderstandings or challenges that can trigger us to behave in ways that don’t serve us or those we love.
During such conflicts, if we don’t take the time to pause and give ourselves space before reacting, we may say or do something we regret.
What could our relationships look like if we gave ourselves permission to better understand ourselves and our loved ones before we acted on our impulses?
According to personality coaches Suzanne Dion and Sean Palmer, the Enneagram is a profound tool that not only helps you understand your own personality type better, you can use it to understand more deeply the challenging experiences in your relationships.
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What You’ll Learn During “Empower Your Relationships With The Enneagram”
During this free online spiritual healing workshop, Suzanne and Sean will show you how to use the Enneagram to achieve a greater understanding of yourself and your loved ones. You’ll discover how it can help you relate to them better — and bridge the gaps between yourself and those you love by achieving a broader acceptance of yourself and others.
What Is The Enneagram?
The Enneagram is an ancient tool that illuminates nine primary personality types. It offers a path to wholeness, integrity, and compassion by helping you unearth your true essence and deepening your intuition.
Enneagram insights can shed light on elements of your personality that you may not be aware of — those parts of yourself that are easily triggered in challenging situations and create default behavioral patterns that may disservice you or those you love.
Suzanne and Sean believe that the Enneagram is a powerful tool for building relationships that are:
- More stable
- More loving relationships.
It not only helps you understand others’ triggers and difficult behaviors, it can show you how you may be projecting your own fears and insecurities onto someone else.
In this thought-provoking event, Suzanne and Sean will teach you a method for responding to other people and life situations that can create space for understanding — without compromising your own truth or shrinking yourself to appease someone else.
Class Topics for “Empower Your Relationships With The Enneagram”
- Experience a guided exercise using the 5 A’s (Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, Action, and Adherence), designed to help you explore a recent or current disagreement and gain new perspectives
- Unlock how working with the Enneagram can help you bridge the gaps between you and those you love
- Discover the steps to take during conflicts so you can acknowledge and manage your default patterns and emotions — and how to create space and grace for others’ patterns and emotions
- Gain tools to give yourself permission to interact with yourself and others with more compassion, truth, and acceptance
- Explore ways to move through the world with a less defensive posture to free yourself from projections and assumptions
When you gain clarity about your true inner self and those around you — and know what your default patterns are — you can change how you behave in your relationships.
Suzanne and Sean have helped countless individuals work with the Enneagram to develop their emotional literacy and improve their relationships through learning the 5 A’s — and knowing how and when to take space to gain greater clarity and awareness before reacting to triggers.
When you join Suzanne and Sean for this heart-opening event, you’ll discover that there’s hope, and that you can change your relationships to be more compassionate, understanding, and in alignment with your greatest desires for peace, health, and happiness.
What Are The “5 A’s” of the Universal Growth Process
- Awareness – Having a practice to increase our receptivity and grounded presence.
- Acceptance – Opening our hearts in non-judgment to accept whatever arises in the moment. This includes befriending our reactivity and working with the critical mind or superego.
- Appreciation – requires realizing that the positives in our lives often get neglected and require our re-experiencing them in order to help us use appreciation as a great resource. Appreciation is exactly that and more; it’s an appreciation for “what” is revealing itself, in the moment, in another, and/or within ourselves.
- Noticing → pausing → collecting energy → containing, not suppressing
- Conduction inquiry in order to discover, discern and work with whatever reactivity or theme arises in the moment – Our key identifications, core beliefs and associated deepest concerns and feelings embedded in type structure (global origins) – Our personal stories/wounds (root origins)
- Mentoring with the “inner coach” into conscious conduct. Conscious conduct includes two interrelated forms: releasing into acceptance and taking action
- Adherence – Committing to regular practice and the process itself.
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About Your Teachers – Suzanne Dion and Sean Palmer
A Video Invitation from Suzanne Dion & Sean Palmer
About Suzanne Dion
Suzanne Dion co-wrote the book, The Enneagram, Relationships, and Intimacy: Understanding One Another Leads to Loving Better and Living More Fully, with her mentor, David Daniels, MD. In its pages, they marry the wisdom of the Enneagram with Dr. Dan Siegel’s mindful awareness research and teachings.
Suzanne’s focus, as she carries forward David’s compassionate approach, is on bettering our human relationships through intrapersonal healing and developing our capacity for emotional literacy and deepening intimacy — with both ourselves and others.
Now a teacher, coach, and educator of the Enneagram system for personal and professional self-awareness, Suzanne completed her teacher certification with The Narrative Enneagram (TNE) program (formerly called the Palmer-Daniels Enneagram Professional Training School) in 2008. Suzanne was one of the founding board members of the Enneagram Prison Project and spent several years developing its curriculum and teaching incarcerated men and women in Northern California jails and San Quentin State Prison.
Testimonials for Suzanne Dion
“Suzanne Dion is an amazing presenter and writer. I have had the pleasure of co-teaching/leading with her throughout the years and the collaboration was amazing. Suzanne has a deep grasp of the Enneagram and is able to language it in a way that all feel included. She comes forward with compassion and clarity regarding people and the system. Participants feel “held, heard, and understood.” I highly recommend allowing Suzanne to lead you on the journey of self-discovery because she has done the work herself.” — Deborah Ooten
“Suzanne has received outstanding recognition from Enneagram, trauma-recovery-informed, and relationships teachers in the field. Suzanne is a truly gifted individual as well as a couples’ coach, and I can’t say enough about her natural charisma and ability to present and communicate with individuals all the way to large groups. Suzanne has a way of breaking things down succinctly, sometimes humorously, as well as compassionately and in a way that brings it home for people, including having brought highly complex teachings to those incarcerated with great success.” — Denise Daniels , PhD, developmentalist and Enneagram author
“Suzanne’s 15-plus years of working with the Enneagram and now relationships, together with many other leading experts, have made her a true source of wisdom on this complicated topic. She has both a theoretical understanding and practical experience, which make her a fascinating teacher. Her insights have helped me tremendously in my research. If you really want to understand how you create challenges to your own relationships and want to do something about it, then Suzanne’s compassionate approach and in-depth knowledge will guide you on the right path!” — Frederik Coene, PhD, Enneagram researcher
A Message From Suzanne Dion
It’s Our Relationship to Ourselves That Makes or Breaks Our Relationships With Others — the Enneagram Can Make a Difference
We are living in a very interesting, very fascinating time. Gender is up for discussion even obliteration, divorce is somewhat expected, nurture-dependent infants are left in daycare as early as six-weeks old — the potential for developmental neglect nationally normalized, technology has far surpassed our wildest dreams and so many of us struggle to find a partner who can meet our needs, who can “make us happy.” The level of disenchantment across our world is incredibly high as well as the level of progress, advancement, and fascination too.
Today, couples are struggling to stay together let alone stay in love. Making a living in the midst of a recent pandemic — keeping our families and our savings from dissolving — has just about maxed out the very best of us.
As we seek to make sense of it all, how we get along with others seems to come up over and over again as we look for happiness. Our relationships are what seem, each time, to be at the center of the joy we often experience. There’s no doubt relationships affect how connected we feel to ourselves as well as to what creates meaning in our lives. And, there’s no doubt they seem to be the number-one cause of the greatest suffering in our lives as well, over and over again. At the center of much unhappiness, conflict, and despair even, our inability to relate to one another lovingly, our inability to communicate with one another honestly or effectively, and our inability to manage our emotional upheaval and reactivity are at the very heart of so many of our lifelong struggles.
Is our strive-and-surpass, me-first, go-getter driven American society actually in line with our fundamental human structure and most basic of emotional needs? It’s a good question. Because, we actually really need each other. We weren’t designed to be alone, swimming isolated in riches. It’s that simple. We need each other and we need relationships, all kinds of relationships. We do not fully develop, embody, or expand our ‘sense of self’, without them. Research tells us that we are social creatures with a social brain. This means we are co-regulatory and interpersonally connected, stunningly interdependent, and wired to belong in order to not only survive but hopefully thrive — and to experience ourselves innocently and authentically, and develop fully.
A social brain is a “relationships brain.” And it begins the very moment we are born. Our first attachments are our first love stories. To understand our lives we need to understand our relationships — their importance, their quality, and the critical role they play in shaping our minds and hearts, our narratives and our becoming.
There is nothing more important to human life than two very simple things:
- Our relationship with ourselves
- Our relationships with others
Our relationship to ourselves is where we begin. As paradoxically, it’s our relationship to ourselves that determines the kind of relationships we will allow, engender, and cultivate with others. Understanding ourselves is what leads to understanding others. Intimacy with ourselves first determines our capacity for true and lasting intimacy with any and all others — psychologically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
How do we actually develop a relationship with ourselves? This might seem to some a very silly question because, isn’t it already a given? “I talk to myself all the time!” someone once shared. So, let’s reword the question. How do we develop a quality, intimate relationship with ourselves? Quality and intimate meaning the kind of relationship that yields an authentic, felt-experience of our cognitive-emotional inner world, of the truth of our innermost being-ness, and our acceptance of it.
The answer I’d like to offer up: We study “the Enneagram.” The Enneagram is a body of wisdom that helps us recognize and then learn about ourselves, from the inside out. The Enneagram gives us permission to learn about ourselves in a way that is de-shaming and profoundly empowering. “Oh, that’s why I express anger that way!” “OH WOW, that’s why I believe I have to be so strong, so prepared, so easy-going, so perfect, so special, so smart, so fun, so…, so…, so… to be loved.” The Enneagram is a system that takes us to the core of understanding our personality’s (temperamental) structure — its patterns, core beliefs, and propensities. Understanding “how we’re wired” to either ensure that we are loved and connected or that we’re safe and protected, we can truly and more intimately come to know ourselves — and then grow! And as we come to know and understand ourselves, another great benefit becomes attainable: Self-mastery. We can begin to free ourselves from the on-automatic, habitual cognitive-emotional perceptions and behaviors that may be interfering with how good or bad we feel about ourselves and our lives, how well we can possibly get along with others, and how fully we actually love (and allow ourselves to be loved). What we’ll tend to find is that these on-automatic patterns — particularly our unmanaged emotional reactivity and defendedness, are at the center of much of our relational upheaval, fear, grief, and dissatisfaction.
So, this is where we begin, and we must begin with ourselves. A commitment to knowing ourselves from the inside out is a noble, so-worthwhile, life-enhancing, “my development is my gift to me!” pursuit. We can begin by studying the Enneagram, as its wisdom is so kind, so de-shaming, so talents and gifts illuminating, and so vastly incisive.
The foundation of this pursuit is self-awareness. The method at all times is curiosity. The mantra at each stage is self- and other-acceptance. And the outcome is a truly intimate, quality relationship with ourselves and truly intimate, quality relationships with each and every special other in our lives.
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About Sean Palmer
Sean Palmer is the Principal at Sean Palmer Coaching Company, LLC. He is an Enneagram expert, trainer, and author of Speaking by the Numbers: Enneagram Wisdom for Teachers, Pastors, and Communicators… Forty Days on Being a Three (Enneagram Daily Reflections)… and Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community.
Sean has been profiled in The Washington Post and was named in Christian Standard magazine’s “40 Leaders Under 40.” With 24 years of communications experience, Sean is a sought-after national keynote speaker, teacher, writer, and workshop facilitator. He works with nonprofits, business leaders, city managers, mayors, and chiefs of police and fire departments.
Sean’s work has been featured on Fox News and in Enneagram Today, Enneagram Magazine, Christianity Today, Success magazine, Sojourners magazine, and The Lookout magazine. Sean is vice-chair of and a featured writer for Missio Alliance, a contributing writer to The Voice, and a frequent guest on various podcasts and programs, including National Public Radio (NPR).
Testimonials for Sean Palmer
“Seldom do we get to experience a teacher who doesn’t suffer fools, who immediately grasps what’s most important, and yet genuinely cares about us. Sean Palmer exudes that rare combination of wisdom and warmth. He not only understands people, but wants them to flourish in ways that matter.” — Jeff Cook
“Sean’s robust experience in public speaking and storytelling, combined with his mastery of Enneagram wisdom, gives people helpful tools to live more effectively.” — Hunter Mobley
“Sean’s years of experience with the Enneagram have created a foundation of understanding that he has been able to bring to many other areas in his life. As a type 3, he wants to appear excellent as an Enneagram teacher, and clearly has done the work to achieve that goal. What’s more, with his focus firmly set on the future, he has an eye on where the Enneagram is going — and is on the forefront of bringing the system into new areas of study and application.” — T.J. Wilson
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