Jan says at RevGals: I attended an interesting conference at Oblate School of Theology this week with speakers talking about growth psychologically and spiritually with a Jungian perspective. Stimulation for three days and nights have left me overwhelmed and fatigued. Then this morning I took a friend to the airport at 5:30 am, followed by me driving the 2 1/2 hours back home. Since then, I had a busy day, ending with a tense piano lesson, I have grown very sleepy. So I am unsure about my responses in the blurry state and wonder how you feel after these busy, enriching times fit in between working periods. How are the returns from them for you?
1. Do you need readjustment time? Do you need some sleep? What do you need before returning to work and life? I attended a five-day Enneagram Boot Camp at Life in the Trinity Ministry in the first week of June. I had actually considered doing an earlier one in March and eschewed it, knowing how hard re-entry would be. At least in June, I figured, I would have less to return to at work. That turned out to be true, and yet, return was still very difficult. I was thinking very much in Enneagram language and having a hard time "snapping to" with other things. People were gracious and patient with me.
2. What do you want to do with the new knowledge gained? Do you share with friends and colleagues: Do you write about it: Journal? Even though I've studied the Enneagram for a long time now, this experience was especially deep and important. I have been writing a lot, talking with trusted friends, including a Mastermind group that helps me with accountability ("this is what I plan to do with what I learned" and then I report back on that).
3. How do you organize the new material? Or do you? I am using large flip charts to draw pictures. I am also retyping my notes, because it helps me to then remember better what I learned.
4. Do you seek more information, like newly mentioned books? Oh my gosh! I have the hardest time not buying EVERY book mentioned!! I do put all of them in my Amazon wish list so I can remember them. And I do buy some. i also continue to listen to the teacher, Suzanne Stabile, on CD's in my car.
5. What are your desires to do following all this? Personally? Corporately or not at all? Personally, some big changes to my spiritual practice. Corporately...I see more clearly my daily vocation in relation to people I meet. I am working on remembering those things, keeping them in my mind's eye.
Bonus: here's a pithy little bit I learned from one of Suzanne's talks, The Enneagram: Care and Transformation of Your Number. It's for Nines, which I am:
Instead of surrendering yourself for the sake of peace
Surrender peace for the sake of yourself.