Hi! I'm Erin.
My formal studies are in Anthropology and Theology (I have a BA from Providence College in Manitoba) and I'm about to finish my BA in Political Science from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.
I've studied the Enneagram for seven years, Astrology for five, Mindfulness for five, and Tarot for three. I have a certificate in coaching with the Enneagram, a certificate in teaching mindfulness, and I'm an ongoing student at the Enneagram Institute in New York. I consider learning about the Enneagram to be one of the most important Aha! moments of my life. When I was at my first workshop, I thought to myself, "This is what I was born to learn. This explains so much."
What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is a personality system with a dimension that caters to our soul's need for growth. It starts by makes us feel understood at our deepest, granular level, and then shows us the "map" for growth, respecting the fact that there isn't a one-size-fits-all pattern for personal development; we each need to nurture different things. Other personality systems just categorize us, and then... that's it; if we don't like how we are, we're kind of stuck in that box. The Enneagram hands us, with compassion, the ladder to the higher, more "enlightened" version of our particular personality type.
The Enneagram's been around in some form or another for a long time. We can think of it as a tree; its ontological roots are ancient, going back to pre-Egyptian times, and its trunk extends upwards through Greek and Roman philosophical texts, through the literature and folklore of the Dark Ages and the Enlightenment, stretching upward to present day when it was "revealed" to three great Western minds in the twentieth century- to a mystic named Oscar Ichazo in the 1940's and then, through him, to a psychiatrist named Claudio Naranjo who expanded on Ichazo's work in the 1970's. George Gurdjieff stands on his own; he didn't know these two men- he found out about the Enneagram in his own way in the late 1800's- and subsequently articulated a complex system of reasoning around it. Due to the comprehensiveness of his work, he is sometimes called the grandfather of the modern Enneagram.
Finally, the leaves crowning this Enneagram tree are its beautiful and uncanny synthesis with the modern field of Psychology that fleshes out and gives us a vocabulary for describing with startling accuracy what's going on inside of us, and how to frame our trajectory for personal growth. If it weren't for brilliant thinkers like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung at the turn of the 20th century, we would still be casting about in the dark, using vague, symbolic language to describe our inner experiences.
What about Astrology, tarot, and meditation?
Astrology and Tarot are two more ingenius and self-contained modalities I like to use alongside a meditation-based Enneagram practice. Astrology with its encyclopedic directory of all the thousands of ways the planets can affect us and our relationships, and Tarot with its eerie ability to respond to our will for answers and give us what we need for growth, remind us that we are connected to our universe in very tangible and intimate ways.
Furthermore, what's interesting is that these modalities all seem to have roots in the Western philosophical tradition, namely in the work of Egyptian sages, Pythagoras, Plato, and then Plontinus and their attribution of divine properties to the numbers 1 to 9.
When civilization was in its infancy, back before Egypt became a formal kingdom, when we were still a nomadic people herding sheep to water, starting fires, and looking at the stars at night, some smart person out there came up with the decimal system- the idea that we should count to ten and then start all over again at "ten and one", ten and two", and so on. At least in the West, the decimal system was fundamental in laying the foundation for the Greeks' subsequent fascination with mathematics, geometry, astronomy, music, and philosophical reasoning.
My research interests are in exploring the connection between the Enneagram and Tarot, as well as in their connection to Plato's divine forms, and I explore those topics in my blog and on my youtube channel. When all of this knowledge comes together, we have a substantial knowledge base to steer us through the rough and choppy waters of life towards an unfoldment that reveals the best in us.