The Enneagram – What’s All the Fuss About?

I’ll tell you what all the fuss is about. It’s about this being a fabulous tool for understanding ourselves and others. It’s about this being a great map for exploring the desires, fears and core motivations which make us tick. And it’s about this being a way of awakening to our highest selves, seeing others through a lens of acceptance and compassion, and even experiencing the world as a place where we all belong.

That’s a tall order, eh? Well, I’m here to tell you, the Enneagram delivers everything it promises.

I’ve been studying and using the Enneagram in my own life since 2000, and I am still discovering new avenues for observing myself. Through the Enneagram, I’ve learned to spot those behaviors which take me down some old familiar rabbit holes. Yet, because the Enneagram helps me understand the natural human attachments which drive me, I’ve developed quite a bit of compassion for myself.

Now when I see myself doing those things I do, instead of asking, “What in the world is wrong with me?” I am much more inclined to say, “Well, there I go again being me!” It’s such an easier and gentler way to live.

When something brings us this much understanding of ourselves, it’s bound to spill over into our relationships. Better than anything I’ve ever encountered, the Enneagram helps me really get that everyone is operating out of the same kind of personality stew (including the good stuff along with the pesky) that I am. It’s just that their stew is as particular to them as mine is to me.

Seeing where we get stuck within ourselves is just the beginning. The Enneagram offers a map for moving beyond these patterns. It points the way towards real personal and spiritual growth by guiding us towards that essence we were when we came into the world but have forgotten about. It shows us what gift we each bring to the human family and how we can awaken it within ourselves and express it in the world with awareness, yet still through our own unique personality. We grow but stay the same. We don’t have to give up being who we are in order to awaken to who we are! Pretty cool, huh?

Although I’ve been teaching the Enneagram for  years now, I still consider myself a student. I continue to read, consult with other Enneagram teachers, and attend training events to broaden my knowledge base, sharpen my teaching methods and learn new ways to engage with it to navigate my life.

You’ve heard the expression that the map is not the territory (if you haven’t, then you have now). Well, the territory is us. Who we are is really what we’re all searching for. This thing called us is a territory filled with smooth paved roads, bumpy curvy ones and sudden dead ends; mountain vistas and misty valleys; light-filled meadows and dark patches of woods; places we love and those we wish we didn’t even know about.

When you decide to travel into this territory of yourself, I suggest you take along a good flashlight, a compass and a map. The flashlight is your commitment to being more aware and accepting and loving of yourself and others. The compass is your own north star leading you home to that essence which is waiting for you. And the map…well, there are lots of maps which can take us home to ourselves. The one I recommend is the one I’ve been following all these years – the Enneagram. It never goes out of date, it never gets boring, and it never steers me wrong.

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What Is Space for Conscious Living?

Thanks for visiting my website. Please take a look around. I hope you’ll find something here that you’d like to explore with me. But before we get into that, I’d like to tell you how Space for Conscious Living came about.

 After nearly 30 years in the mental health profession, I began to hear a call to work with people in a different way. “What,” I asked. “I’m supposed to just drop what I’ve been doing for most of my adult life — work I deeply enjoy and can count on?” Was I being asked to give up my identity and income? I felt the rug slipping out from under me. The call was unmistakable though and it persisted, and I knew deep in my heart that I needed to pay attention.

 “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” ~Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

 He’s right! Through a much needed discernment process, including consultation with trusted friends and my own coach and spiritual teacher, and much meditation, I realized that my life was telling me that my next role was to serve as a guide and teacher for individuals seeking their own personal and spiritual transformation. On December 30, 2014, I retired from what had been a wonderful and fruitful career and stepped with faith (and some trepidation) onto this new path. Fortunately, the knowledge and skills I had accumulated over the years are foundational for my work, but now with clients, I ask questions, mirror insights, and explore concerns of a different nature than those I did as their mental health counselor.




































































My offerings continue to grow as I do. As I encounter and experience different ways to support my own transformation, I cannot help but want to bring these to others. For details about the specifics of what I offer in my guidance sessions and how they could be what you’re looking for, please return to the Home page and see the tabs at the top.
































































































































The name of my practice, Space for Conscious Living, evolved as I began to describe to others what I felt called to offer: A collaborative process guiding people to expand their internal and external Space in which they will become more Conscious of what is happening around and within them, so they will intentionally integrate this awareness into their way of Living.
































































































































When we live from this foundation, we experience authentic congruence between who we are and how we engage our personal and professional lives. As I continue to see in my own journey, this process leads to a life infused with purpose, meaning, wisdom, compassion and joy.
































































































































 The questions which kept occurring to me during my discernment period are the same ones I now ask others to consider
































































• Are you being called to awaken to a more conscious and intentional way of living?
































































































































• Does your heart long to connect more deeply with your Essential Self, others, and the greater Source of life?
































































































































• Do you wish to discover or strengthen your unique gifts and find meaningful ways to share them in the world?
































































































































































































































































To guide others to a life of more conscious living, I offer:
































































































































  • Individual Guidance Sessions
  • Integrative Energy Wor
  • Integrative Energy Work
  • Mentoring for Helping Professionals
  • Classes, Book Studies & Retreats thriugh The School
  • Education and Guidance with the Enneagram for Individuals, Couples & Groups
































































































































Click on the individual blue links in the list above, or click on my logo at the top of the page to return to the home page where you will find tabs leading to greater details about these offerings. Plus, you’ll also see a Contact page where you can leave me a message. Or just email me at or call me at 336-601-0823.
































































































































I look forward to hearing from you soon, and discussing your needs and interests so we can explore ways I can guide you on your journey of living the life you are being called to live.
































































































































Blessings of Light & Love!
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Integrative Energy Healing Work

Experience healing of Mind-Body-Spirit through Integrative Energy Modalities. These include Healing Touch, Somatic Experiencing, Heart Math, Chakra Balancing, Conscious Settling & Breathing, Guided Visualization and Life-giving Affirmations.


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The Enneagram: A Map for Understanding Ourselves & Others

DATE: To be announced…

This workshop is for you if you have a basic knowledge of the Enneagram, want to learn more about this fascinating system of human behavior, and wish to know how to actually use it for your personal growth.


• The dance between our personality and our essential selves
• How the Vices & Virtues of the 9 Types drive our fears & attachments but also open pathways for growth
• The constellation of the 5 Types which make up what I call our “Enneagram profile”
• How the 4 other Types in our constellation influence our Core Type as indicated by the connecting lines –  specifically the 2 Wings and the Directions of Stress and Integration


Our approach will combine basic instruction along with group participation. I like this format because it allows me to share my way of understanding the Enneagram AND allows you to share what life is like as your Type as well as hear from others what it’s like to be their Type. I’ve discovered that this is the best way for us to deepen our understanding of and compassion for ourselves and others.


No. In fact, this workshop can be very helpful for you if you are trying to determine your Type. However, if you’d like to do some exploring before the workshop, I recommend the books The Essential Enneagram by David Daniels, MD, or The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso and Hudson.

Here are the two websites I recommend which offer online tests and information which can be very helpful:


FEE: $75 – $125  Pay what you want to in this range.

LOCATION:  To be determined

TO REGISTER: Not yet open but stayed tuned. If you’d like to be on my mailing list to ensure that you receive information about this workshop, please email me at marilyn@spaceforconsciousliving.

QUESTIONS?  Contact me at 336-601-0823 or visit my to Contact page and leave me a message.