Barn Fire Update from Brian

 
 
  Barn Fire Update from Brian

 

Dear Enneagram Friends and Enthusiasts,

As you have no doubt heard by now, the Barn was struck by lightning early Wednesday morning during a severe storm and suffered significant damage. Fortunately, we had previously relocated all of our Barn events for the remainder of this year and so our teaching schedule will continue uninterrupted. Most, if not all, of the fire damage was to the main meeting room upstairs. A large portion of the roof and ceiling is gone and all the furniture there (including the piano) was destroyed either by fire or water. The first floor and basement suffered major water damage. At one point, the water in the meeting room was approximately eight inches deep, as stains on the leather sofas and chairs testify – the fire department indicated that about 17,000 gallons of water were used in extinguishing the fire. Amazingly, the only room that was completely and totally untouched with no water or fire or any other type of damage was Don’s office. So I know his spirit is still with us and will be as we rebuild!

Yesterday, we stabilized and secured the Barn and removed all its contents and most of the debris. The building inspector came by yesterday and confirmed that the Barn remains structurally sound.  We have already engaged a general contractor and today we hope to try to restore electricity so that we can start demolition downstairs. We are making arrangements to move the office to the guest cottage and hope to be up and operating within the next few days. The biggest immediate hurdle there will installing phone and internet services in the guest cottage.

There is much to be grateful for, not the least of which is the fact that we are located so close to the Stone Ridge Volunteer Fire Department (an incredible group of guys) and the additional fact that they were in their gear and on their truck just ready to leave for another fire when they got word about the Barn. They were here literally in seconds. Any later, and the Barn would have been totally gone.

So the healing and rebuilding has begun. We can accept and embrace the reality of the unexpected  events of the past two days, imbued with a strong sense of purpose (from Type One), open our hearts and encourage each other with true generosity in the days and weeks ahead (from Type Two), move forward with authenticity and honesty, motivating each other by example and with graciousness to achieve our goal of rebuilding (from Type Three), maintain strong feelings of renewal, dedicated to the re-creation of a beautiful and supporting space (from Type Four), discover the deeper meaning of this experience, confidently engaging with a clear mind in understanding life’s often seemingly dark situations (from Type Five), proceed with courage, recognizing the inner and outer support that is always there  (from Type Six), remain joyous and deeply grateful for what we have, recognizing that the Work remains in spite of any loss (from Type Seven), take on this challenge with a strong initiative, grounded in a can-do attitude (from Type Eight), and throughout remain solidly at peace, using our inner stability to remain present to and resolve the crisis at hand (from Type Nine).   

Thank you all for your notes, expressions of concern, and offers to help. We’ll keep you updated as the process of renewal and rebuilding continues.

Dov’era, com’era.

 

 
 
 

Riso-Hudson Student Information: Spring 2014

 
 
  Riso-Hudson Student Information: Spring 2014

Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We'd like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

Congratulations to...The Deep Coaching Institute! Originally founded by Roxanne Howe-Murphy, a Riso-Hudson Certified and Authorized Teacher as well as Network Member and close friend, the Deep Coaching Institute has served to train those who wish to coach with a firm foundation in presence and with an Essence-based approach to the Enneagram. As of May 1st, Angie Arendt and Peter McGaugh, also RH Certified and Authorized Teachers, become the co-directors and business partners with Roxanne, Belinda Gore, and Diana Redmond. Angie and Peter bring an impressive combination of experience, expertise as Enneagram teachers/coaches/community-builders, and love for and absolute alignment with the work of the Deep Coaching Institute. We at The Enneagram Institute are excited for this new development and deeper interweaving of our two Enneagram families! (Photo: Peter McGaugh, Angie Arendt, Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Diane Redmond, Belinda Gore not present.)

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Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. You can find the current RH Certification Guidelines here. If you have already taken the Part I and need the essay and video requirements sent as well, please be in touch with Laura. Please note that the next Certification deadline is June 30th, but you need to contact Laura during the month of May if you plan to submit at that time.

New 2014 Certification Requirement: Master Class: Practicum on Workshop Teaching. In our ongoing quest to serve and develop the highest caliber of Certified Riso-Hudson Enneagram teachers. Students entering the Riso-Hudson Training Program (by attending the Part I Training) in 2014 and beyond will be required to take the Master Class as part of their Teacher Certification.
 
Students who have completed the Part I Training in 2013 or earlier are not required to take the Master Class in order to certify; however, it is strongly recommended for anyone planning to teach the Riso-Hudson Enneagram. This advanced Training is designed to significantly enhance and enrich students’ ability to teach the Riso-Hudson Enneagram, and is especially helpful in designing and preparing your workshop teaching video submission for Teacher Certification. Students who have taken the Master Class in recent years have enthusiastically endorsed it for its philosophical and theoretical richness, and its practical value for Teacher Certification and subsequent professional Enneagram teaching. To facilitate this process, we will now be offering the Master Class annually (next is September 15-20 at the Barn).
 
We feel strongly that the Master Class is an invaluable resource for equipping our students to become successful Certified Teachers. We are, therefore, offering $250 off the Certification Fee to students who choose to take the Master Class as part of their Certification, but who are not bound by the new 2014 requirement. (If you have already paid your Certification fee and would like to take the Master Class before submitting your Certification materials, please contact Laura to work out a discount.)

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Russ is so busy these days, especially since Don passed, he does not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you'd like his feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to him.

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List Your Workshops On An EI Schedule Page. We have a secondary Schedule page where any RH-student (anyone who has taken the Part I Training) can list their Enneagram workshops. You can find it here, as well as the listing form we ask you to submit for listing.

Read our Spring email CyberGram!
 
 
 

Message from Brian: Spring 2014

 
 
  Message from Brian: Spring 2014 Dear Enneagram Friends and Enthusiasts,

The past few weeks at The Enneagram Institute have kept us all quite busy. Among other things, the Faculty and staff have been working on the layout and contents for our re-designed website which should go online sometime this summer. We’ll have more details in our next CyberGram.

Just prior to his going on sabbatical, Russ, our President, developed a new, more experiential version of the Nine Paths Workshop. which was very enthusiastically received. Russ will be taking this and other new Workshops on the road as he returns from his sabbatical at the end of this month. 

We have also been working very hard to relocate 2014 events scheduled for the Barn in response to some unanticipated zoning issues which arose this spring. These issues could require some rather large and time-consuming modifications to the grounds and Barn. While we are still evaluating the potential cost and timing of these modifications, we determined that it would be prudent to relocate all 2014 Barn events immediately. Our goal was to keep these events in the general geographical area, retain the originally scheduled dates, minimize or eliminate any impact on students who may already have made travel plans, and secure locations that will provide a warm and supportive environment. We are fortunate in that we believe we have succeeded on all fronts. 

One significant advantage of these relocations is that some of these programs, such as the Part III Training, the Inner Work Retreat, and the Part II Training, can now be residential events. While we are very proud of the Barn and of all of the incredible work that has occurred there, not to mention its connection with Don, the Faculty have noted that a residential atmosphere significantly increases the reflective and contemplative aspects of a program, particularly a highly experiential one such as the Part II Training. So, for example, we sought a place of similar quality with residential facilities for the Part II and we feel we have found it at Menla Mountain Retreat. In addition, rooms at a residential event are often less expensive than those at nearby bed and breakfasts or hotels. What is most important, however, is that the high quality of our programs will remain unaffected by these relocations.

Finally, we are happy to announce that Russ and Gayle, along with several other prominent Enneagram colleagues, will participate in the first Enneagram Global Summit Teleconference with the Shift Network which will occur June 3, 4, and 5. This is a free event. Russ will present a program entitled “The Enneagram of Authentic Humanity,” and there will also be a Global Memorial for Don. See more information below, and sign up on the Global Enneagram Summit page.
 
Be sure to register (if you have not already done so) for the IEA Conference in San Francisco July 24 through 27. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Brian Taylor, Executive Director

 

Read our Spring email CyberGram
 
 
 

Short Notices & Quick Takes

 
 
  Short Notices & Quick Takes

Type Six Passion Name: Angst. We are always living with the Passions of all nine types as we teach them, trying to get inside them and experience them directly. From this practice, Russ is suggesting that "Angst" better describes the type Six Passion than Fear or Anxiety. Here is our thinking about this? The Passion of the Six is often described as fear, but fear is an organic response to a real danger in our environment. All types experience fear. Angst, on the other hand, is the emotional experience of existential fear or unspecified anxiety that comes from absence of a sense of support and guidance. It is a sense of dread and despair that results in low- or high-level chronic anxiety and a capacity to continually conjure worst-case scenarios in our imagination. Thus, Sixes are habitually on the lookout for potential disasters with the result that their minds are constantly agitated. Ultimately, this can leave them less prepared to deal with real problems because they are making themselves fearful imagining what could go wrong. The more Angst, the more anxious Sixes become, the more their minds become worked up, and the less they are able to access the quiet, inner knowing that would give them clarity about what to do. Sixes—please try this on in your own experience!

EnneaPottery by Enneagram Institute's Jen Jeglinski. Those of you who have been to events at The Barn have seen Jen’s pottery at the bookstore. Now her Enneagram inspired pottery line is available for purchase online! Read more and purchase a selection of stoneware mugs, trays, magnets, and porcelain pendants, all decorated in lively colors with Enneagram impressions.

Help Italian book translations get back into print! Only Understanding the Enneagram and Personality Types have been translated into Italian, and these have gone out of print. Please contact the publishers to let them know you would like to have The Wisdom of the Enneagram available in Italian and purchase those books:

Thank you to Network Member Maura Amelia Bonanno for her assistance with this project!

Expanded Type Descriptions. If you take our most popular personality typing test, the RHETI, you gain access to the top three Expanded Type Descriptions as part of your results, as well as one or two more if there are ties. We are making all nine Expanded Type Descriptions available as a set of .pdf downloadable files. Read more.

Free Feature: EnneaThought for the Day. Sign up for this free service of The Enneagram Institute! We hear every day from people who love receiving this daily type-specific reminder that supports their Inner Work every day of the year. It's a great way to make sure you're correctly typed—if they don't ring true, question your self-typing.

RHETI Available in Other Languages! In booklet form in German, Swedish, and Russian, and online in French, Spanish, Japanese, and Dutch!

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Riso-Hudson Student Information: New Year 2014

 
 
  Riso-Hudson Student Information: New Year 2014

Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We''''d like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

Congratulations to...

RH Certified and Authorized Teacher Bebe (Cooper) Hansen on her marriage! Bebe and Richard Hansen were married in Asheville, NC in August of 2012. They had been college sweethearts, and reconnected through their alma mater, Trinity University. Bebe and Richard make their home near the Washington, DC area, in Alexandria, VA. Bebe is a leadership coach, trains coaches, and delivers leadership programs which include the Enneagram.

RH Certified and Authorized Teacher Catherine Hayes on the birth of her first grand-daughter, Camilla on November 6, 2013 to her son Adam and daughter-in-law Desiree!

RH Student Raymond Nettman, whose dissertation on the Enneagram was accepted by UNISA for his masters in psychology. He is so humbled by the support and encouragement people gave his, which is what enabled him to finish. HIs article based on the dissertation was published by the International Enneagram Association Journal. He says: "It was quite an exciting moment opening up the journal for the first time and see something I had been working on for three years published." 

RH Faculty Michael Naylor, whose articles on recovering from addiction are being published in Nine Point Bulletin, most recently Type Four and Type Two In Recovery.

RH Network Member Catherine Bell, who published two articles in the January 2014 edition of Namaste Insights online magazine: "Parenting 'Insides': The Math Test and Michael and the Piano" and "What Living a Lie Teaches Us About Truth: Reflections from the Movie Kumare."

We are sad to let you know of a death in our Enneagram Institute Family. Certified RH Teacher Patti Pansa passed away on October 23, 2013.

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Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. You can find the current RH Certification Guidelines here. If you have already taken the Part I and need the essay and video requirements sent as well, please be in touch with Laura. Please note that the next Certification deadline is June 30th, but you need to contact Laura during the month of May if you plan to submit at that time.

New 2014 Certification Requirement: Master Class: Practicum on Workshop Teaching. In our ongoing quest to serve and develop the highest caliber of Certified Riso-Hudson Enneagram teachers. Students entering the Riso-Hudson Training Program (by attending the Part I Training) in 2014 and beyond will be required to take the Master Class as part of their Teacher Certification.
 
Students who have completed the Part I Training in 2013 or earlier are not required to take the Master Class in order to certify; however, it is strongly recommended for anyone planning to teach the Riso-Hudson Enneagram. This advanced Training is designed to significantly enhance and enrich students’ ability to teach the Riso-Hudson Enneagram, and is especially helpful in designing and preparing your workshop teaching video submission for Teacher Certification. Students who have taken the Master Class in recent years have enthusiastically endorsed it for its philosophical and theoretical richness, and its practical value for Teacher Certification and subsequent professional Enneagram teaching. To facilitate this process, we will now be offering the Master Class annually (next is September 15-20 at the Barn).
 
We feel strongly that the Master Class is an invaluable resource for equipping our students to become successful Certified Teachers. We are, therefore, offering $250 off the Certification Fee to students who choose to take the Master Class as part of their Certification, but who are not bound by the new 2014 requirement. (If you have already paid your Certification fee and would like to take the Master Class before submitting your Certification materials, please contact Laura to work out a discount.)

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Russ is so busy these days, especially since Don passed, he does not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you''d like his feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to him.

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List Your Workshops On An EI Schedule Page. We have a secondary Schedule page where any RH-student (anyone who has taken the Part I Training) can list their Enneagram workshops. You can find it here, as well as the listing form we ask you to submit for listing.

Read our New Year's email CyberGram!
 
 
 

Message from Brian: 2014

 
 
  Message from Brian: 2014

In the first edition of Understanding the Enneagram in 1990, Don opened with this metaphor: “We are like prisoners in an unguarded cell. No one confines us against our will, and we have heard that the key that will release us is also locked inside.  If we could find the key, we could open the door and be free…. This is not a meaningless metaphor: we are prisoners of our ego, enchained by our fears, restricted in our freedom, suffering from our condition. No one prevents us from searching for the key that would free us. We must, however, know where to look for it and be willing to use it once we have discovered where it is.”

Several weeks ago, I had the immense privilege of skyping with Riso-Hudson Certified Teacher Susan Olesek. Susan is a truly remarkable and dynamic person which is amply reflected in her capacity as founder of the Enneagram Prison Project. For those who may not be acquainted with this incredible program, it is more than simply bringing the profound transformational  nature of the Enneagram to those incarcerated in prison, it is remarkable proof that, no matter how and in what ways we may be incarcerated in our own lives, whether by external circumstances or more likely by our own obstinancy and resistance to confront our own pain and grief, all of us have the ability to go deeper, to suspend our opinions and beliefs, to quiet the mind, and to allow change and transformation to occur at the deepest levels of our being. 

Speaking with Susan, I was struck by her genuine dedication to helping inmates access, perhaps for the first time in their lives, their personal vulnerabilities and weaknesses, and, with compassion and gentleness, to provide the loving and supportive environment that enables them to open their hearts and to start the process of healing.Of the many applications of the Enneagram in today’s world, Susan’s is not one that most of us would consider. While the Enneagram Prison Project is certainly an incredible contribution to society as a whole, perhaps its most significant results are to be found in each individual touched by this program, those who have had the courage to loosen the structures of resentment and anger and to become free of their bondage and imprisonment to the past.

Russ has this to say about Susan’s work, “When I got into the Enneagram many years ago, it was for the sake of things like this happening. Just seeing the power in people, seeing a deeper truth about themselves, the power to transform lives, the power to turn things around even when we think that might be very, very difficult, is something that moves me very deeply. I think this is a sacred and intelligent direction for our society as a whole. I’m totally in support of the Enneagram Prison Project and I hope you will be too. This is what this Work is really about, this kind of compassionate offering.” The Enneagram Institute has supported and continues to support Susan’s work and are happy to note that one of her “graduates” will be taking the Part I in February. 

Susan will be the Endnote Speaker at this year’s IEA Conference in San Francisco. If you plan to attend, do not miss her! For those who would like to learn more about the Enneagram Prison Project or who might like to make a tax-free contribution, visit her website. We congratulate Susan on her work in helping others to awaken and begin to live fully conscious lives.  As Don and Russ would say, “This is the Wisdom of the Enneagram.” ~Brian.

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Message from Brian: Fall 2013

 
 
  Message from Brian: Fall 2013

Dear Enneagram Friends and Enthusiasts,

This is the first time since assuming a more overt role at the Enneagram Institute, with the welcome assistance and guidance of the EI Faculty - Russ, Gayle, Michael, Lynda, and Tim - and our dedicated office staff - Katy, Jen, Donna, Laura, and Patrice - that I have had the time and the opportunity to contribute to our Cybergram.  As many may know already, I was Don’s partner beginning in 1971 - a few years before he even heard about the Enneagram! - and was with him until his passing on August 30, 2012. Although I have always been an active, behind-the-scenes voice at the EI handling legal and other business aspects (yes, I am a lawyer), as well as some of the more mundane chores like setting up coffee in the morning, sweeping the floor, and helping around the grounds, I realize that my role now must, of necessity, be far more active and much more public. I look forward to trying to meet all of our Enneagram colleagues and friends, both here in Stone Ridge and at future public venues such as the annual IEA Convention, the next to be held in July in San Francisco.  Here at the Barn, you can readily spot me with our black lab mix, Bonnie, as we make our rounds. Although Bonnie is extremely approachable and loves meeting people, she, unlike me, is often just as happy – or even happier – chasing squirrels and deer!

The past year has been, to say the least, a mixed one for me. While dealing with an immense personal loss, I have also gained – or, perhaps more accurately, have become much more aware of and grateful for – the incredible network of friends and support from the Enneagram family. And I mean not just those from the EI, but from other communities as well, such as our friends from the Narrative Tradition who sent  not only a magnificent bouquet of flowers for Don’s Memorial in May but their support, appreciation of Don, and sincere condolences as well, and from colleagues such as Terry Seracino, who was a great support to me at this summer’s IEA meeting in Denver, and from many others who took the time and the opportunity to introduce themselves to me at the IEA conference and at our Barn events. And, of course, from each of you who have sent your love and kind wishes, which have strengthened my commitment to the EI’s continuation of service, as Don wished, and which has encouraged me to take the time, together with the EI Faculty, to reflect anew at our goals and how best to enable the EI and each of us to remain open to the Divine Unfolding. Margaret Silf, one of my favorite authors, has written, “The yearning to go back to what has passed can take over our consciousness to the extent that we actually fail to see, let alone respond to, the beckoning of the future and the joys and challenges of the present moment.” I am grateful to Don for all that he did (and, I believe, still does) for me, for Russ, and for each one of you. Let us move forward together into the unknown with confidence and embrace whatever that may bring. 

Over the past several months, we have been actively involved in several new projects, of which perhaps the most important is the design and development of a new and significantly updated webpage, for which Katy is taking the lead, together with a new, creative, and talented web developer. (Go, Katy!)  In addition to having a more contemporary appearance, the redesigned site should greatly simplify comprehending the variety and availability of the programs the EI offers, provide more immediate access to significant articles and information about the Enneagram, and make registration for courses and ordering of products much more user-friendly, particularly for those who live in countries other than the United States. Among other things, we plan to develop on-line offerings through both video and audio streaming. This process is expected to take several months, and we hope at least a simplified version will be up and running in the Spring of 2014. In addition, we want to continue to strengthen communications and relations among all in our EI community, with goals of helping each other cross fertilize and share interests, as well as expanding dialogue and conversations with the Enneagram community at large. The Faculty is also eager to develop additional courses that should be of interest, some of which are already in the pipeline, including some that will emphasize our primary commitment to spiritual awareness.

Starting in March, 2014, Russ will be taking a much needed and very much deserved three-month sabbatical.  During the past six months, he has taught in Japan, Russia, Finland, Denmark, and South Africa, to say nothing of his pedagogical peregrinations here in the United States. During that period, he has probably seen his apartment for no more than a collective total of about three weeks. We are all grateful to Russ for his dedicated and on-going contributions to the Enneagram and especially for his work to help make the world  a more sensitive, aware, and mindful society.  We will  eagerly look forward to his return at the beginning of June, and are happy to leave you in the good hands of our well-trained and gifted Faculty who are planning to offer some new courses during his sabbatical.

I send each of you my warmest blessings for the upcoming holiday season and pray that you will each continue to grow in compassion, love, and understanding for others (and, yes, for yourself as well!) --Brian

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Instinctual Variants Research

 
 
 

Do you already know your Instinctual Stack with a high degree if certainty? Would you be interested in sharing your knowledge in an effort to help others more easily recognize their Instinctual Stack? If so, Sherry Andre, a doctoral student at Florida Atlantic University, is planning to conduct a validation study on the Riso-Hudson Instinctual Variants Questionnaire (IVQ) and would appreciate your participation.
 
The study will be conducted electronically, in which participants anonymously complete the IVQ and provide their self-identified Instinctual Stack for analysis. The IVQ is only 25 questions long and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Sherry is hoping to collect at least 500 responses.

If you would like to participate in this research on the Instincts, please send Sherry your email address. Please note all email addresses received for this study will not be sold or shared and will only be used to confirm participation in and receive updates on this study. You are also under no obligation to complete the study once you submit your email address.

Sherry is eager to begin her research in this fascinating area of the Enneagram after this current semester. If you know your Instinctual Stack, she would greatly appreciate your participation in this study so we can not only expand the validity and awareness of the Instincts, but also help others recognize their Instinctual Stack for personal growth.

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Riso-Hudson Student Information: Fall 2013

 
 
  Riso-Hudson Student Information: Fall 2013

Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We''''d like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this new feature will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

Congratulations to RH Students Peter McGaugh and Angie Arendt who got married on August 19, 2013 on the red sandy beaches of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Peter is a Certified and Authorized Riso-Hudson Enneagram Teacher and is also a certified Nine Domains Facilitator. Peter uses the Enneagram in his work as an Integral Development Coach with individuals and corporations throughout North America. Angie is "this close" to completing the Certification and Authorization process with the Enneagram Institute. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, an Integral Development Coach, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Enneagram Association. Together, Peter and Angie teach Enneagram workshops in Canada and the United States, create and lead communities dedicated to spiritual growth and development, parent four great kids and two big dogs, and have a home that is full of life in Montreal, Quebec.

Congratulations to Malcolm Greenhalgh, who recently graduated from the Open University in the UK with a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy & Psychological Studies after 4 years of continuous part time study.  He says: "I know that my achievement would not have been possible without the knowledge of how of my 'seven-ness' tries to trap me into giving up early on everything and how my superego has always told me that: 'Education is for others, not you, Malcom.' Thanks to the Enneagram, I've achieved a lifetime's ambition." 

We are sad to let you know of a few deaths in our Enneagram Institute Family. Klara Heltay, an RH student in the UK, passed away from cancer in early August, and Bob Stenstrom, RH student and 9D Group member Joyce Stenstrom's husband passed away in mid-September.

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Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. You can find the current RH Certification Guidelines here. If you need the essays and videos as well, please be in touch with Laura. Please note that the next Certification deadline is December 31st, but you need to contact Laura during the month of November if you plan to submit this year.

Master Class Strongly Recommended for Current Certification Candidates (and will be a 2014 New Certification Requirement). In our ongoing quest to serve and develop the highest caliber of Certified Riso-Hudson Enneagram teachers, we are instituting a new Certification Requirement beginning in 2014. For students entering the Riso-Hudson Training Program (by attending the Part I Training) in 2014 and beyond, the Master Class will be required for Teacher Certification.
 
Students who have completed the Part I Training in 2013 or earlier are not required to take the Master Class in order to certify; however, it is strongly recommended. This advanced training is designed to significantly enhance and enrich students’ ability to teach the Riso-Hudson Enneagram, and is especially helpful in designing and preparing your workshop teaching video submission for Teacher Certification. Students who have taken the Master Class in recent years have enthusiastically endorsed it for its philosophical and theoretical richness, and its practical value for Teacher Certification and subsequent professional Enneagram teaching. To facilitate this process, we will now be offering the Master Class annually at the Barn. (Dates TBA soon.)
 
We feel strongly that the Master Class is an invaluable resource for equipping our students to become successful Certified Teachers. We are, therefore, offering $250 off the Certification Fee to students who choose to take the Master Class as part of their Certification, but who would not otherise be required to because they have already taken a Part I Training and are not bound by the new 2014 requirement. (If you have not yet completed Certification, but have already paid your Certification fee, please contact Laura.)

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Russ is so busy these days, especially since Don passed, he does not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you'd like his feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to him.

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List Your Workshops On An EI Schedule Page. We have a secondary Schedule page where any RH-student (anyone who has taken the Part I Training) can list their Enneagram workshops. You can find it here, as well as the listing form we ask you to submit for listing.

Read our Fall email CyberGram!
 
 
 

Riso-Hudson Student Information: July 2013

 
 
  Riso-Hudson Student Information: July 2013

Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We''d like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this new feature will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

Congratulations to RH Students John Luckovitch and Ilaria Chiantore who got married on May 3rd after meeting at the Part 3 Training in Italy in 2012!  They plan to also celebrate with a family wedding in Italy, and are working on building up their Enneagram teaching offerings.

Authorized Teacher and UK Network Representative Janette Blakemore has created a new e-book for all her newsletter subscribers called Talking in Type. It’s a short booklet of 9 x 9 quotes to give a flavor of the beliefs and attitudes of each personality type from a healthy to average level of consciousness. To receive it, sign up for her newsletter here

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Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. We recently update the guidelines. If you haven't seen them yet, please be in touch with Laura.

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Russ is so busy these days, especially since Don passed, he does not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you''d like his feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to him.

Read our Summer email CyberGram!

 


 
 
 

Riso-Hudson Student Information: April 2013

 
 
  Riso-Hudson Student Information: April 2013

Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We'd like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this new feature will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

New Book by Roxanne Howe-Murphy: Deep Living. In Deep Living, Roxanne provides one of THE most accessible (simple and understandable) descriptions of the spiritual journey yet published. She has made understandable and simple what generally defies language—the experience of the soul. Deep Living guides readers to understand and “be with” themselves in a surprising new way that makes possible greater intimacy with their true nature. This book’s message is one that we know will resonate with you, and we think you’ll be amazed by its transformative, sustainable approach to real growth and change. Read more. "We recommend this book as an important source of spiritual guidance to support and accelerate your own awakening." —Don Riso and Russ Hudson

EI Faculty Member Lynda Roberts has joined Roxanne Howe-Murphy's Deep Coaching Institute and will begin to teach with the Institute in April. We are very happy to have this cross-fertilization and think it's a win-win situation for everyone!

Norwegian Enneagram IEA Annual Meeting. Please join other Norwegian Enneagram students for their first Annual Meeting on the 20th of April, 2013. For more information, see http://www.iea-norge.no or contact the IEA Norway here: post@iea-norge.no.

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Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. The The Winter 2013 Certification Review is underway! There will also be a Summer Review; please notify Laura by the end of May if you want to be included, and then submit your Certification materials during the month of June. The last day Summer 2013 Certification Review materials will be accepted is June 30.

For the Winter 2014 Review, please notify Laura by the end of November if you want to be included, and then submit your materials during the month of December. The last day Winter 2014 Certification Review materials will be accepted is December 31.

We are currently revising the Certification Guidelines and will have the new ones available by the end of April. Watch the site and the CyberGram for updates. Please contact Laura with Certification questions.

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Russ is so busy these days, especially since Don passed, he does not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you'd like his feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to him.

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Riso-Hudson Students Looking to Connect. We are receiving requests to help RH students connect live with others in their locale. Here are a few requests. Please let us know if you'd like to reach out in this section of CyberGram, too!

  • In the New York Area: Aine Ni Cheallaigh has started an Enneagram Meetup in Beacon, NY.
  • In Ireland: Marie Kavanaugh is looking to connect with Enneagram folks for social opportunities and conversation. You can send her a Facebook message if you're interested. 
Read our Spring email CyberGram!

 

 
 
 

Riso-Hudson Student Information: January 2013

 
 
 

Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. The January Certification Review is underway! There will be a Summer Review—please submit your Certification materials in the month of June. For the 2014 Review, plan to submit your materials during the month of December. We are currently revising the Certification Guidelines and hope to have the new ones available by the end of April. Watch the CyberGram for updates. Please contact Laura with Certification questions.

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Russ is so busy these days, especially since Don passed, he does not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you'd like his feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to him.

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Riso-Hudson Students Looking to Connect. We are receiving requests to help RH students connect live with others in their locale. Here are a few requests. Please let us know if you''''d like to reach out in this section of CyberGram, too!

  • In the New York Area: Aine Ni Cheallaigh has started an Enneagram Meetup in Beacon, NY.
  • In Ireland: Marie Kavanaugh is looking to connect with Enneagram folks for social opportunities and conversation. You can send her a Facebook message if you''''re interested.
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Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We''''d like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this new feature will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

Free Enneagram Webinar with Grahame Morgan-Watson, Riso-Hudson Certified and Authorized Teacher and UK Network Member hosted by www.RobertDigings.com called “Bringing the Enneagram to Life” on Thursday January 31st at 7.30pm UK / 11.30am PT / 2.30pm ET. Grahame is passionate about helping people apply the rich insights the Enneagram offers to their daily lives, by finding practical ways of bringing it to life. In this webinar Grahame will explain the Enneagram from the start, highlighting its usefulness in the cut and thrust of day-to-day life and providing ideas for working with this model on a daily basis—even if you’d don’t yet know your type. Whether you’ve heard of the Enneagram before or just want to see if this approach could work for you, join us for this live webinar which will include some short workshop-style exercises as well as the opportunity to put your questions to Grahame directly.

New Book by RH Student Anthony Falakowski: Higher Reality Therapy: Nine Pathways to Inner Peace

 

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Student Discussion Board Threads. We''''d like to revitalize the Student Discussion Board on our site. This is a private Discussion Board for Riso-Hudson Students only—that is, those who have taken at least a Part I Training. Please consider using this Board as a way to keep in touch with each other or to continue to explore the teachings after an RH Training.

If you''''d like to start a thread for general student input, feel free to let Katy know and we''''ll include it in our next CyberGram. We can also assist you in contacting RH Students via email to let them know about a thread of interest to them.

If you''''d like to access the Student Board, here''''s how to do it:
  • If you don''''t know the Student Discussion Board Password, email Katy
  • Create a new account by following this Registration link OR Log in with your own User/Pass
  • Click on the Student Board
  • A red message will appear saying you have the wrong password, but once you enter the password you''''ll be set!
Enjoy! And if you have questions, be in touch with Katy.

 

Read our New Year's email CyberGram!

 

 
 
 

A Note From Don about the Future of The Enneagram InstituteApril 2012

 
 
  A Note From Don about the Future of The Enneagram InstituteApril 2012 The annual Faculty Meeting has just finished, during which time we made plans for the continuation of The Enneagram Institute into the future. With these plans in place, we believe that the Institute will continue to flourish, especially since we have successfully launched our new Part I Faculty, Lynda Roberts and Michael Naylor, coteaching with Senior Faculty, Gayle Scott. They all received stellar reviews at the Atlanta Part I Training in February! They will be teaching the Part I Riso-Hudson Trainings in the US while Russ continues to teach abroad with Gayle and Tim McLean, this year traveling to Korea, Italy, Japan, Denmark, and Belgium. We are also planning to begin training our next team of Faculty starting as early as 2013.

Now that I am not teaching the Part I Trainings regularly, and Russ is teaching them less frequently, Russ and I have also been been able to create two new programs for The Enneagram Institute. We are very excited about them. You can read about them here.

On a personal note, I am recently back from another trip to Germany and successful treatments for my ongoing health challenges. As many as of you know, I have had arsenic poisoning which caused severe neuropathy in my hands and feet, as well as congenital osteoarthritis in my spine that have impacted my ability to more around easily. I can now reveal that I have also been dealing with prostate cancer. However, I am happy to report that at this time, the progression of which has been successfully stopped. I have been visiting a clinic in Germany for both the neuropathy and the prostate cancer, receiving treatments that are not available in the States. (I'm sure you understand that I would rather not go into more detail than this as I prefer to maintain some privacy.)

I will continue to write, teach at the Barn, train new Faculty, work on a Nine Domains book, and travel to teach for special events. While my health conditions are often painful (the spinal arthritis especially), my spirits have been positive and stable. My state is one of joyous equanimity with enough energy to work on creating new Enneagram applications. For example, the whole of the Nine Domains work has come into existence during my various illnesses, and Russ and I were able to give the Pre-Conference Day at the IEA in 2010 in San Francisco to a record number of attendees. Thankfully, my ability to be creative has not been affected--although my ability to get around has slowed down. No plans for complete retirement, however!

A heart-felt "Thank you" to everyone who has been concerned about my health and for your thoughts and prayers. They have been sustaining me during this time of healing.
~Don

 
 
 

Message from Russ: November 2012

 
 
  Message from Russ: November 2012

Greetings Everyone!

This is my first message to you since Don’s passing on August 30th—and I find myself writing to you from Buenos Aires, Argentina, having just finished teaching the Enneagram Journey of Growth workshop here over the weekend. There are many things I could write about, but I suspect many of you are curious to know what is happening here at the Institute, and what our plans are in this new era of our work. To say that things have changed here at the Institute since our last Cybergram in July would be an enormous understatement. All of us here are still coming to terms with losing Don, and we have all been doing our best to maintain our own open-hearted Inner Work, while dealing with the significant challenges of reorganizing the Institute in Don’s absence. All of us are missing him very much, but also, we all can feel him in our hearts quite directly. I can report that all of us here—the Faculty and the staff—are filled with great optimism about the future, even while we are still measuring the extent of our loss. I am sure all of you were touched in some way by Don’s work and by his great heart, and perhaps this time can be a great coming together for many of us—a time to not take the good things in our lives for granted. Don would have liked that!

The support we have received since Don’s passing has been overwhelming. We send a big thank you to the hundreds of you who sent us emails, messages, cards and letters, and wishes for the wellbeing of our hearts. Similarly, we were moved deeply by the support and generosity of our colleagues in the field—almost all of whom passed encouraging words to us, and in some cases went out of their way to find ways to honor Don’s passing. We have received your beautiful wishes, and this has renewed all of us in commitment to provide means for this work to continue and to grow. We are looking at new ways to be of service to our students and our community, and we are taking advantage of this major “shock” in the Gurdjieffian sense, to look anew at our goals and our greater sense of mission. So in that sense, it is a very exciting time. We are also looking into an optimal date for a Memorial for him, and it will likely be in early May of next year—details to follow.

The Part I Faculty—Gayle Scott, Michael Naylor, Lynda Roberts, Tim McLean, and myself—has been meeting regularly to look at next steps and to create a vision of what we would like to see happening in the coming years. We are committed to continuing and expanding the existing Workshops and Training programs while also looking at new creative possibilities. We foresee new Workshops, some new symposiums and retreats, and more work combining our talents and skills with other Enneagram teachers outside our school as well as with leaders in other related disciplines. We are already booking programs throughout 2013 and we will be introducing this work in a number of new settings both here in the USA and in a number of new countries for us. Meanwhile, Katy Taylor and Brian Taylor—not related!—are stepping up to the plate to look at many of the administrative aspects of Institute. Our office staff, Jen, Donna, Laura, and Patrice, have been working hard to keep the continuity through this time of great change, and we have all been exploring new methods for staying in contact and communication with each other to further enhance our ability to serve our community. The Nine Domains team is also fully committed to carrying on and continuing to develop the work that they started with Don.

On a personal note, I just want to share that I was with Don in his final moments and that he passed very beautifully and peacefully. I spent his last day with him, and he was full of his characteristic ironic humor and droll observations. We listened to music some of his favorite music—Brahms and Faurẻ being highlights—while Don conducted from his bed. Brian Taylor also played Don some of his favorite pieces on the piano, and the atmosphere was light and filled with a sense of gratitude. None of us thought that he was leaving us so soon, yet when he did begin to leave his body, there was a deep peace and acceptance both in Don and in all of us there. As he drew his last breaths, the room felt filled with tremendous Presence, and we all sat together and laughed and cried and told stories until dawn. He died at 2:07 AM, which I instantly realized added to Nine. Everyone who was there felt it was a truly extraordinary, life-changing experience, and I can safely say that all of us have been changed for the better—both by our time with our beloved friend, and by the extraordinary example he made in his illness and in his incredible passing.

More than ever, I am aware that we are working here with a transmission—a knowledge from source which is still growing and developing, but which we feel can be of great benefit to people. It has been a time to take deep breaths, to review, and to see with fresh eyes what we have been doing. I am confident that the very best of the work that Don created and that we created together is not only going to go forward, but is going to take its place in a renaissance of understanding the human condition that is only just beginning. Amazing times indeed!

Love, Gratitude, and Remembrance,

Russ Hudson

Buenos Aires
November 5, 2012

Read our Fall email CyberGram!

 

 
 
 

What's Missing with Mitt?

 
 
 

Mitt Romney is an oddly different kind of politician. It seems that he has little personal or original to say and no new ideas. Worse, it is as if there were something fundamentally, even essentially, missing from his core. As many have noted, he is a blank slate, an automaton, someone who improvises glibly—saying what he thinks people want to hear—with little thought about his statements’ implications. The “Missing Mitt” seems without a significant sense of conscience or self-awareness, and is able to wipe the slate of his memory clean to present himself as he needs to be right now. From speech to speech, he has an amazing ability to start fresh, as if his past was an utterly irrelevant bump in the road. Almost universally, political observers (even in the Republican Party) have rightly noted that there is detached, inhuman quality about him, a palpable incompleteness that makes him a dangerously unpredictable actor on the world political stage.

By means of a proprietary psychological tool (The Nine Domains) we can get a systematic overview of the major features of his personality. This view will help us see which core human capacities are so undeveloped that a Romney Presidency would amount to "human on-the-job-training." Indeed, one fears that so much of Mitt Romney is undeveloped that it may be too late for him to learn to be fully human.

While many political commentators have noted some of the following points, what is new and revealing is seeing all of the “missing Mitt” areas together. To be missing one or two of them may not be a "deal breaker" with voters since no candidate is truly a fully-developed human being. But missing so many of the following significant personal qualities puts the viability of Mitt Romney’s Presidency into the most serious question.

1. Presidential leadership on the global stage requires honesty, integrity, being a person of one’s word, having an inspiring purpose and vision, deep personal values, and the ability to think logically. A strong sense of priorities, well-enunciated, is essential. Mitt Romney is weak in all of these qualities, as his generic, non-specific campaign stump speeches indicate.

2. Presidential leadership requires real empathy for people, for their suffering, their fears about health, and the future, for the safety and betterment of themselves and their children. Above all, Presidential leadership is about the ability to connect with the widest possible range of people and their ordinary concerns. And yet empathy for ordinary people is so clearly missing in Mitt Romney that it is shocking.

3. Presidential leadership requires the ability to motivate millions of people to work hard to attain worthwhile goals. Putting people to work through a wide array of "infrastructure" programs, educational and cultural enrichments and the like all depend on the power of passionate persuasion, deep personal conviction, and the courage to take political risks. Mitt is clearly missing most of these qualities.

4. Presidential leadership requires significant periods of aloneness, personal reflection, and deep intuition that go far beyond mere political calculation. In the functioning of a President, there is a paradoxical need for deep solitude as well as deep communion with self and others. It is virtually impossible to believe that the Mitt Romney we have seen for the last two years is capable of this: he is all exterior calculation.

5. Presidential leadership requires enormous technical know-how, subtlety, and expertise in many different areas of the law and of practical affairs, There must be real nuts-and-bolts "know how" about how the government works and how to get things done legally and effectively. Mitt did show some of this capacity when he promoted the Massachusetts model for the Affordable Health Care Act—even though he is now rejecting it.

6. Presidential leadership requires the constant, on-going forging of a sense of national community—that we are all in this together. The most difficult part of this point is that in a country of our size and diversity, there are many different communities, all competing for what they need and want. The President must be able to be “the still center” of the maelstrom of never-ending change. Mitt seems to be missing the desire for real change and the creation of real, inclusive community.

7. Presidential leadership requires open-mindedness to new ideas and methods for solving old problems. It does not matter where the ideas come from, as long as they are plausible and can do real good for as many people as possible. Experimentation and the humility to throw out what does not work are essential. Hide-bound ideological positions will almost never be able to produce fresh, generative results.

8. Presidential leadership requires the capacity to take on almost impossible risks. The bail-out of the auto industry, the economic stimulus package, the Affordable Health Care Act, as well as the taking out of Osama Bin Laden were all accomplished against "the odds" of success. One wonders if the uppermost quality Mitt does not possess is that of bold leadership. He is a man of safe, predictable beliefs and platitudes—not bold action.

9. Presidential leadership requires the dynamic balancing of these and many other important qualities. While change and crisis are constants in the country and the world, so must one also have emotional depth and stability, and the ability to stay calm and centered amidst it all. Mindfulness, calm, and emotional stability are among the deepest hallmarks of a successful President. We do not see Mitt Romney embodying virtually any of these qualities, only their artificial, ersatz forms according to the needs of the moment.

Unfortunately, there are more things that are missing from Mitt although most of these are facts about himself which he chooses to keep secret and "off limits" to press and public scrutiny. For example, what are his deepest thoughts and personal convictions about his Mormon religion? How can he square keeping his fortune in secret off-shore bank accounts with having kind of social conscience or sense of accountability to the public to be transparent about himself and his business dealings? How can he seriously consider himself a "job creator" after Bain Capital sucked dry the assets of scores of companies and fired tens of thousands of workers? How can Mitt Romney be trusted with the most important public office in the world when he repeatedly lies, blithely distorts facts, changes his positions constantly, and, in brief, makes a mockery of the moral leadership required of a President?

As much as we see "what's missing with Mitt," there is an even more disquieting aspect to this picture. Mitt Romney is such a shell of a person, such a leadership non-entity, that we suspect that Mitt is actually not the real problem. He is clearly a cipher and a figurehead for other individuals and of Machiavellian forces which will do generations of harm to this country if he is elected. Through him, they will lead the country closer to the likelihood of class-driven revolution and untold suffering for millions.

So much is "missing with Mitt" that we cannot take the risk of allowing him and the selfish people who control him ever to gain power.

Copyright 2012 Don Richard Riso. All Rights Reserved.

 
 
 

Enneagram and Learning Styles Study

 
 
 

NOTE: Thanks for your interest. The data-collection is completed. The purpose of this study is to see if certain learning styles appeal to specific Enneagram Types and what styles resonate with how each Type takes in information to learn. Part of this survey includes Memletic’s learning style test. This survey takes less than 10 minutes, and there are 79 questions total. Please spread the word to anyone else you know who might be interested! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contact Mellissa through www.GivingExcellence.com.

Read our Fall email CyberGram!

 

 
 
 

Riso-Hudson Student Information: November 2012

 
 
 

Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. Russ and Gayle will conduct the next Certification Review in January of 2013; the deadline is December 31, 2012. Please notify Laura by the end of November if you plan to submit your materials for this review. If we also have a mid-year review, it will be announced, along with deadlines, in the CyberGram. You can download the Certification Guidelines. Contact Laura with Certification questions.

Congratulations, Paya Naderi! We are delighted to have you join the ranks of Riso-Hudson Certified Teachers!

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Russ is so busy these days, especially since Don passed, he does not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you''d like their feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to him.

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Riso-Hudson Students Looking to Connect. We are receiving requests to help RH students connect live with others in their locale. Here are a few requests. Please let us know if you''d like to reach out in this section of CyberGram, too!

  • In the New York Area: Aine Ni Cheallaigh has started an Enneagram Meetup in Beacon, NY.
  • In Ireland: Marie Kavanaugh is looking to connect with Enneagram folks for social opportunities and conversation. You can send her a Facebook message if you''re interested.
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Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We''d like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this new feature will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

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Student Discussion Board Threads. We''d like to revitalize the Student Discussion Board on our site. This is a private Discussion Board for Riso-Hudson Students only—that is, those who have taken at least a Part I Training. Please consider using this Board as a way to keep in touch with each other or to continue to explore the teachings after an RH Training.

If you''d like to start a thread for general student input, feel free to let Katy know and we''ll include it in our next CyberGram. We can also assist you in contacting RH Students via email to let them know about a thread of interest to them.

If you''d like to access the Student Board, here''s how to do it:
  • If you don''t know the Student Discussion Board Password, email Katy
  • Create a new account by following this Registration link OR Log in with your own User/Pass
  • Click on the Student Board
  • A red message will appear saying you have the wrong password, but once you enter the password you''ll be set!
Enjoy! And if you have questions, be in touch with Katy.

 

Read our Fall email CyberGram!

 

 
 
 

Don's Health Update: July 2012

 
 
  Don's Health Update: July 2012

Thank you for your concern about Don's health! Right now, he is facing major back surgery. His back has reached a critical stage in the arthritis and stenosis, and he is either in bed or in a wheel chair. He is receiving physical therapy three times per week and can feel his muscles getting stronger. His spirits are good and his mind is clear, so he’s working as much as he can while convalescing at home before having a back operation this Fall (date TBD).

As you can imagine, Don’s energy is extremely limited right now due to this and other ongoing health problems. You can read more about his health history in the posts below--here and here

 
 
 

Don Riso's Health Updates 2008 to 2011

 
 
  July 2011 Update: As some know, Don went to Germany in May / June of this year to get further treatment for the neuropathy which has been so debilitating, especially regarding his ability to walk. The neuropathy has also affected his hands (hands and feet are the usual things to be affected) and he was hoping that the alternative medicine offered in Germany would be helpful. So far, the therapies Don received there did help, but they did not cure the whole problem. This will need more time, and possibly another trip or two to Germany.

For those who do not know, Don got arsenic poisoning while teaching in Hong Kong in 2007 (more on that below). His recovery has been slow and difficult; he also came within a couple of day of dying in July of 2009 while he was in the hospital waiting for the antidote to arrive. Once it did and Don started to recuperate, however, this process was compounded by hereditary arthritis in his spine, resulting in serious mobility issues. He also needed a back operation in 2009 due to an injury on his property that resulted in a seriously herniated disk.

The good side of all of this is that the recuperation period allowed him to finish over-seeing finishing the painting, stone-work, and other details of the Barn. Don has taught there occasionally with Russ as he got better, and was able to write much of the Nine Domains Program and website. Only recently has he been able to travel, for example, to the IEA Conference in 2010 to give a Pre-Conference talk about the Nine Domains and to give a presentation on the Strata with Russ. Travel remains challenging for Don and requires help to get around in a wheelchair as well as a good deal of rest. Continuing with a reduced schedule will allow him to start work on a Nine Domains book, as well as to develop new Trainings and workshops with Russ and the Faculty for rolling out in 2012 and 2013.

As is the case for all of us, when we are doing our Inner Work, even grave setbacks can be experienced as moments of Grace, and as an occasion to let go of the old habits and expectations and to move into something new. Please continue your prayers and well-wishes for Don's recovery so that he can be of greater service to you and the Work of the Enneagram.

December 2010 Update: Don has found the recuperation process from the arsensic poisoning in China in 2007 to be very slow and difficult. This has been compounded by hereditary arthritis in his spine, resulting in serious mobility issues. The good side is that this has allowed him to teach at the Barn and work on the Nine Domains Program, but it has continued to restrict his ability to travel extensively. His appearance at the IEA Conference in San Francisco was an experiment about how difficult travel would be. Fortunately, it was possible, although challenging, and required a considerable amount of recuperation time. The result is that Don will continue to go to physical therapy and may need another operation on his back, and thus, will likely not be travelling much in 2011. However, this will allow him to continue to develop the Nine Domains materials, and to start work on a Nine Domains book, as well as on other projects. Thank you for your continued prayers and well-wishes!

September 2008 Update: We are happy to report again that Don's health is still continuing to improve and he is getting stronger by the week. He is not only seeing Western physicians, but is experimenting with a wide array of non-traditional supplements and healing techniques to accelerate the regrowth of his nervous system, which was severely damaged by the arsenic poisoning. His full recovery will probably take another six months to a year, but he was well enough to teach in Greece in May and will be teaching in Japan in October. Don thanks you for your well-wishes.

January 2008 Update: Since my last communication to you about my health, many things have happened. First, I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who sent me "get well" e-mails or cards. It was overwhelming to experience the hundreds of well-wishes that have come in over the past months, and wonderful to take in your love, caring, and support. Be assured that I appreciate everyone who has written to me—as well as feeling the prayers and good wishes of those who did not communicate directly. All of this makes me want to continue to work with you to teach the Enneagram to more people, as soon as my health permits.

I last reported that I was deeply poisoned by arsenic, almost certainly contracted while I was in China, and probably when I was in Hong Kong for two weeks. Amazingly and coincidentally, there was a front page article in the New York Times on December 15, 2007, which featured the dire situation in China about their pollution and, in particular, about their practices of raising fish for their domestic and foreign markets. You can see this information (as well as several harrowing short documentaries) here. Be sure to see the short documentary entitled "The World''s Fish Basket.” You'll note that in the first 39 seconds of this mini-documentary, the author mentions specifically that arsenic is one of the major pollutants in the fish farms of China. Unfortunately, I ate enough shrimp and fish in Hong Kong (especially at the venue where we were teaching on Lantau Island) to become deeply affected by the arsenic.

After I returned to the US, I began to notice serious symptoms—most particularly, neuropathy starting at my fingertips and moving steadily up my arms. Within about four to six weeks, I began to be deeply paralyzed—more than I realized at the time. It also turns out that spinal taps revealed that I had contracted the Epstein-Barr virus (which causes mononucleosis, and extreme fatigue), the rare combination of which is why the doctors had such a difficult time figuring out what was causing my symptoms. By the time I got treatment in the hospital in mid-August, 2007, I was deeply paralyzed and able to walk only with great difficulty with two canes and help. Fortunately, through chelation shots, the arsenic was largely removed from my system, although the results of the paralysis and underlying damage to the nerves throughout my body continue. It will be another six months or more before I am healed and can walk and move normally. I am also still dealing with the Epstein-Barr virus, which makes me tired very easily. However, my spirits remain positive, as I have approached this entire experience as "an adventure"—something new, which would be full of interesting surprises and experiences.

Needless to say, there is a lot more to add to the story, but I''m slowly getting better week by week. I am now able to walk without a cane, although slowly. (To tell the truth, if someone saw me who did not know what had happened, they would probably think that I was a stroke victim—my movements are very unsteady and I have lost a great deal of coordination, as well as strength.) My doctors and I hope that in the next 6 to 12 months, I will recover—although it is difficult to know exactly how complete the recovery will be. The paralysis from the arsenic is deep and extensive, and the weakness from the Epstein-Barr virus is equally deep and all-encompassing. On the positive side, by not being on the road teaching, I have been able to finish overseeing the completion of The Barn, as well as other projects, which would have been impossible to do had I been on the road. Of course, I have to thank Russ and Gayle Scott for stepping in to teach for me, as well as producers and students who were very patient and understanding about the impossibility of my being able to travel at this time. Reviews of Russ and Gayle's teaching have been extremely positive and it seems that despite my absence, the Part I Training has been as good as it has ever been. In fact, they're doing so well, it's testing my Passion of Envy!

I am spending a substantial part of every day doing physical therapy, getting more rest, and trying to rebuild my health so that I can once again travel, at least minimally. The overall objective, however, that Russ and I have is that we eventually cut back on travel so that people will come to study with us at The Barn. We also hope to have the time to write more about the Enneagram for you and future generations. Thus, in so many ways, I feel that this incident has been a "blessing in disguise" to make me refocus my energy in a different direction.

One last thought: we've all heard so many times that apparent disasters can be thought of as "learning experiences." During this time of the arsenic poisoning and Epstein-Barr virus. I found a way to reframe this "learning experience" in a more specific way—that we can see everything that happens to us as (1) either an adventure, or (2) an experiment, or (3) a challenge and opportunity to change something in ourselves. Usually, of course, significant changes in our lives involve all three elements, but certain events emphasize one element more than the others.

For example, when I was admitted to the hospital for the first time in my life for an MRI, spinal taps, and chelation for the arsenic poisoning, I accepted the situation as an adventure. It was as if I were going into an unknown world that I had only heard about—everything would be new and interesting. Moreover, there was a time in the hospital when I needed to take a shower— how can I get out of my bed and walk to the bathroom when I can hardly sit up in bed much less walk at all? I thought of it as an experiment—would I be able to get to the bathroom and take a shower by myself? How in the world would I be able to do that? And, of course, there were times when I was challenged about my deepest beliefs and instinctive preconceptions about myself.

But the challenge of the illness led me to see that indeed, I was "not my body" and that I was supported in so many different ways by so many different people that it was difficult to feel sorry for myself or to feel alone. The illness, challenged my ordinary routines and identity of being a healthy, robust, productive, independent person. I saw that I was these things, but that I was also more than these qualities. Thus, every apparent disaster can be an opening to new way of experiencing ourselves and the world.

Thank you once again for your thoughts and prayers for my return to health. We will continue to keep you updated about developments and how they will impact The Enneagram Institute.

 
 
 

Really Using the Enneagram

 
 
  “…without some sort of ‘spiritual practice,’ one does not get very far with the Enneagram. The Enneagram is information about personality types. It’s merely psychology. It’s good psychology—but that’s all it is. But if you want the Enneagram to make a transformative difference in your life, then you have to take it one step further. The real message of the Enneagram, the core truth that the Enneagram is conveying to us, is that you are not your personality. There is within each of us a Divine Light. Each of us shares in Being and in presence—what in this tradition, is called our Essence. Each person is an individual spark of the Divine light. But for reasons that we will examine (and for reasons that simply are mysterious) we have forgotten that. We have fallen asleep to that. We do not see ourselves that way, and we generally do not experience other people as manifestations of the Divine. We see them as cranky and angry, as getting in our way, as someone who has a lot of neuroses, and all the stuff that is personality.”-Don and Russ (transcript from a “Dallas Wisdom Workshop,” 1996), quoted in the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Teaching ResourceBook, “The Spiritual Enneagram” Module, page 2.

 
 
 

New Gurdjieff Book and CD Set

 
 
  This set features Gurdjieff playing the harmonium, speaking, and telling stories to his students. It includes many, many previously unpublished photos, and dozens of these extraordinary impromptu recordings—as well as a priceless short 8mm film of Gurdjieff and students on several car trips on France.

Grahame Morgan-Watson, one of our Faculty in Training, found this wonderful new book and CD set in a metaphysical bookstore on Long Island and sent it to us. The book is called Harmonic Development–The complete Harmonium Recordings 1948-1949, compiled and produced by G. J. Blom, published by Basta Audio Visual, The Netherlands.

The list price is $65—well worth it, but you can get a 20% discount (and the same discount on other Gurdjieff items) by mentioning “Don at The Enneagram Institute” to the owner, Joe Benzola. Order it at Metaphysical Books and Tools at (634) 725-9393 or at metabooks@optonline.net. Thanks to Grahame and Joe for this treasure!

 
 
 

Johanna de Bont's Enneagram Work in Brazil

 
 
  Since becoming a certified teacher I have now given about 100 workshops mainly in Brazil, although I have also given 3 in Taiwan. The number of participants varies from 10 to 50 people. I have lots of work and am already fully booked up to March of next year with at least one workshop per week.

Each year now I am invited to teach the Enneagram to the Jesuit novices of the Province and to various other Religious Congregations, as well as teachers and community leaders. This year I have also given a workshop to the Seminarians of the Salvador Diocese. For me, this is very important as these men are in a very privileged position here in Brazil, and we meet many a priest who is very caught up with his own agendas instead of pastoring the people. If I can help them to become a little more free, it will have a positive effect for many others.

 
 
 

Riso-Hudson Student Information: July 2012

 
 
  Riso-Hudson Student Information: July 2012

Becoming A Certified Riso-Hudson Teacher. The 2012 Riso-Hudson Certification Review has been greatly disrupted by Don's health challenges and other factors. We normally announce all the newly Certified Teachers at one time, but, due to the protracted nature of this process, we are notifying and announcing new Teachers as soon as each review is completed. We are happy to announce these new Certified Teachers:

  • Pass with Honors: Gérard Battarel
  • Pass: Dan Bishop, Karen Bishop, Maura Amelia Bonanno, Jenny Campbell, Delynn Copley, Peter McGaugh, Patricia Anna McLean, Susan Olesek, Diana Redmond.

Congratulations! We are delighted to have you join the ranks of Riso-Hudson Certified Teachers!

The next scheduled Certification Review will be in January of 2013, with a deadline of December 31, 2012. If we also have a mid-year review, it will be announced, along with deadlines, in the CyberGram, but don't count on it as Don and Russ are very busy. You can download the Certification Guidelines. Contact Laura with Certification questions.  

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Your Writing Projects and Ideas. Since Don and Russ are so busy these days, they do not have much time to review projects for students. If you have ideas or manuscripts that you'd like their feedback on, please contact Katy before sending a direct email to one of them.

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Riso-Hudson Students Looking to Connect. We are receiving requests to help RH students connect live with others in their locale. Here are a few requests. Please let us know if you'd like to reach out in this section of CyberGram, too!  

  • In the New York Area: Aine Ni Cheallaigh is looking to connect with Enneagram folks for social opportunities and conversation. You can send her a Facebook message if you're interested.
  • In the Philadelphia Area: Diane McNamara is looking to connect with Enneagram folks for social opportunities and conversation. She is willing to travel a little, too. You can send her a Facebook message if you're interested.
  • In Ireland: Marie Kavanaugh is looking to connect with Enneagram folks for social opportunities and conversation. You can send her a Facebook message if you're interested.
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Milestones. Please send us your news to include here or in the next Student CyberGram. We'd like to know about births, deaths, marriages, new degree programs, degrees earned, illnesses, and major life changes. We hope this new feature will help us to keep in closer contact with each other.

Enneagram Prison Project: Freeing the Incarcerated from the Prison of their Own Making. After four inspiring years of working with hundreds of inmates in a Texas prison, RH Certifed Teacher Susan Olesek decided to bring this work she's grown to love closer to home. With much support from our Enneagram community, she proudly announces the founding of The Enneagram Prison Project, a NonProfit 501(c)3. 


InsideOut Enneagram: The Game Changing Guide for Leaders by RH Student Wendy Appel. InsideOut Enneagram as a resource and tool for you in your growth as a leader or for your work with leaders. It was written for leaders and those who work with them to apply the wisdom of the Enneagram for change and transformation. InsideOut Enneagram is replete with exercises, tools, practices and a self-typing process. Wendy also has Enneagram Typing Cards as a companion product to the book.

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Student Discussion Board Threads. We'd like to revitalize the Student Discussion Board on our site. This is a private Discussion Board for Riso-Hudson Students only—that is, those who have taken at least a Part I Training. Please consider using this Board as a way to keep in touch with each other or to continue to explore the teachings after an RH Training.

If you'd like to start a thread for general student input, feel free to let Katy know and we'll include it in our next CyberGram. We can also assist you in contacting RH Students via email to let them know about a thread of interest to them.

If you'd like to access the Student Board, here's how to do it:
  • If you don't know the Student Discussion Board Password, email Katy
  • Create a new account by following this Registration link OR Log in with your own User/Pass
  • Click on the Student Board
  • A red message will appear saying you have the wrong password, but once you enter the password you'll be set!
Enjoy! And if you have questions, be in touch with Katy.

 
 
 

The Passing of Don Richard Riso

 
 
  The Passing of Don Richard Riso

Don Richard Riso, 66, author, counselor, leading authority on the Enneagram personality system, and an influential figure in the human potential movement, died peacefully at his home in Stone Ridge, New York, in the early morning hours of August 30, 2012. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi to Leo and Beverly Riso, he was raised in New Orleans where he attended Cor Jesu High School. He entered the Jesuits on July 30, 1963 at Grand Coteau, Louisiana. His undergraduate years were spent at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he graduated with highest honors in philosophy and English, and was inducted into the Jesuit academic honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu. He then attended graduate school at Stanford University as a Ford Foundation Fellow in communications and social psychology. 

In 1973, while studying theology at Regis College in Toronto, he encountered some very general and sketchy notes on a theory of personality types called the Enneagram which fascinated him immensely. These notes did not describe (let alone explain) much about human behavior, yet there was something compelling about them since they seemed to be pointing toward an objective truth about human beings. After contemplating the original notes for over a year, and then, for an additional two years, writing down his observations on human behavior, Don decided to focus his attention full time on developing the descriptions and rationale of the personality types of the Enneagram. He dedicated the rest of his life to expanding those seminal notes, and developing new and original Enneagram theories, most notably the Levels of Development within each personality type, showing how each type is structured into healthy, average, and unhealthy areas of functioning, and the Psychic Structures which are visual models that illuminate the psychological activities that occur at each Level of Development for each personality type. In addition, he coined much of the terminology of Enneagram theory that has now made its way into the mainstream teaching.  In 1987, he published his first book, Personality Types, with Houghton Mifflin, which has gone on to become a classic, translated into over twenty languages, and now in a second edition. In 1990, he published his second book, Understanding the Enneagram, also with Houghton Mifflin.

In 1991, he was joined by Russ Hudson, who became his teaching partner and co-author of their book The Wisdom of the Enneagram, published by Bantam, which is widely regarded as the definitive book in the field, presenting a sensitive and practical combination of psychology and spirituality. Sales of his books long ago exceeded one million copies.  With Russ Hudson, he also developed many other products and tools, including the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, a leading personality test. At the time of his death, he was working with a team from South Africa in developing an instrument to provide precise and practical means to improve the health and functioning of groups and organizations by recognizing nine fundamental elements that must be present and in balance for a team or organization to survive and thrive (the Nine Domains).

In 1986, he created The Enneagram Institute as a vehicle to present trainings and seminars on his work, and in 2002, moved the Institute to its beautiful and special grounds in Stone Ridge which provided the inspiration for his later work and private writings. He was also a founding member of the International Enneagram Association established in 1995, a former member of the Gurdjieff Foundation, an organization devoted to helping seekers of truth actualize their latent potentialities through self-observation and “work on oneself”, and, at the time of his death, a spiritual student of Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas) in the Ridhwan School. 

Don taught thousands of students around the world, and was known and greatly loved for his wise and gentle manner. If there is a single overriding theme in his interpretation of the Enneagram, it is Presence, which he believed will never fail us. He saw transcending the ego as the gate to every spiritual path, and believed that the Enneagram can show each type what that gate is and how to pass through it. Without real self-knowledge, he taught, it is not possible to awaken to the deeper truths of the soul or to sustain whatever degree of realization we have attained.

As Don himself wrote: “The Enneagram is an invaluable tool for the growth of consciousness in human beings. When the personality types (and the system as a whole) are rightly understood, they help illuminate what is so often unconscious—and therefore hidden—in us. The Enneagram helps turn the light of awareness onto those features of our personality that operate automatically, not only keeping us "asleep," but so often getting us into more trouble, more conflicts, and increasing our suffering and that of others. But, of course, the Enneagram is not automatic, much less magic. In fact, it is not something that can even be all that useful unless we have some degree of awareness, as well as the willingness to work on ourselves with honesty and humility. Given these, however, the Enneagram is one of the great helps available for alleviating human suffering. Through self-observation, we can come to a deeper level of self-awareness and self-realization. Through this process, things can begin to change. Transformation becomes not just an idea, but a reality. When enough individuals begin to change, the world will begin to change.”

Don is survived by his partner of over 41 years, Brian L. Taylor, also of Stone Ridge, an attorney with the Los Angeles-based law firm of O’Melveny & Meyers LLP. Don and Brian were married in Lenox, Massachusetts on September 12, 2008. In addition, Don is survived by his father, Leo J. Riso, of Picayune, Mississippi, his brothers David of Carriere, Mississippi, Jeffrey of Covington, Louisiana, and Joey, of Palm Springs, California, and thousands and thousands of students world-wide. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

 
 
 

A Christmas Message from The Enneagram Institute

 
 
  A Christmas Message from The Enneagram Institute Christmas is a time to remember and celebrate many things—coming together with family and friends, giving gifts to loved ones, reaching out to others who are less fortunate, creating warmth and togetherness amidst the coldness of winter, and looking forward to the return of the sun during the darkest days of the year.

At the center of the season's activities, millions around the world mark the birth of a child. Indeed, it is actually somewhat odd that the emphasis is not on the adult man and his extraordinary life (as it is with the stories of Buddha, for example), but on the birth of a baby in the highly unpromising conditions that surrounded his arrival in the world. So much is made of the swaddling clothes, picturesque mangers, sanitized donkeys, and swooping angels—all in neatly arranged tableaux that include uncomprehending shepherds and gaudily dressed Magi.

There are probably several historical reasons why Christian piety has focused on the birth of "the Baby Jesus"—despite the potential for sentimentality, trivialization, and the call to worship of an untested child. But the fact is that, at the Nativity, Jesus did nothing more than be born. Why the focus on the Baby Jesus instead of on the life and achievements of the adult? What is the inner meaning of the birth of this child? There seems to be more going on here than understandable interest in the personal history of the future Christian Savior and Redeemer.

Perhaps the unconscious power of the Nativity lies in the fact that it reminds us that whenever we are in touch with our True Nature, that we, too, are being born. This birth happens every moment we come into contact with what is most real and essential in ourselves—the eternal Consciousness that is the source of all Being. When we contact this, the eternal is once again born in the material. But—and here is why the symbol of the birth of a baby is so appropriate—like the birth of a baby, the birth of consciousness is something that happens in time and in the world of form. For virtually everyone, the birth of consciousness in us is too soon lost in a "death" of awareness, in a forgetting of our True Nature and of our own divine center.

From this point of view, the birth of the infant Jesus is perhaps an unconscious acknowledgment that the arising of consciousness in the moment is feeble and could easily be lost. For most of us, consciousness is vulnerable and without deep roots. (Whenever something this pure comes into the world, there is always the brutality and ignorance of a "Herod" to snuff it out.) But even here, happily, the birth of Jesus is also an affirmation that not only can consciousness (and our own divinity) be awakened in us—but that, as in Jesus of the Gospels—it could deepen and grow and transform the world.

No matter what else he was, Jesus was an extraordinary example of the growth of divine consciousness in the world. The wonder is that, in Jesus, unlike us, it never went out again. Even with his very first appearance in the Gospels, we see someone who always remembered who he was and who always acted from a perfect alignment with the Truth. He was always rooted in the power and dignity of his divine origin—which is why people were so affected by him, for good or ill.

From this point of view, Christmas is not primarily an occasion to become gooey and sentimental about the birth of a baby, but it is an occasion to see this birth as the archetype of a much deeper kind of birth: the birth of consciousness, the penetration of the darkness by the Light, the birth of the divine in the human, and a decisive reorientation of human consciousness, once and for all.

May the Holidays be an opportunity to remember and give time to the truths which touch our hearts. No matter what our personal beliefs about Jesus, may the Holidays (as a celebration of the light in the darkest days of the year) call us toward deeper Presence, peace, and hope in the limitless depth of Reality. - Don Richard Riso

Happy Holidays to all from Russ, Brian, Gayle, Tim, Michael, Lynda, Katy, Laura, Donna, Jen, Patrice, and Bonnie (the Enneagram dog) at The Enneagram Institute!!
 
 
 

Research on Enneagram Type and College Major

 
 
 

***NOTE: This research is completed.***

You are invited to participate in this research study being conducted by Michele Mattis, MS, LPC, a doctoral student from the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University.  This research is under the guidance and direction of Robert A. Reed, Psy.D. You are eligible to participate if you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program either part-time for full-time AND you have achieved either Junior or Senior academic standing.

The purpose of this research study is to identify student’s personality types according to a personality assessment and to compare those results with your choice of college major.  The information gained will help the investigator learn more about the relationship between personality types and career paths.

If you agree to participate, you will be send a link to an online survey that will take approximately 40 minutes of your time to complete. In the first section, you will be asked for anonymous, demographic information. The second section consists of the RHETI (Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, v. 2.5), which will help you to identify your Enneagram personality type. Your results will be made available to you immediately as you finish the survey.

Your answers to these questions are completely anonymous. The information obtained in this study may be published in academic journals or presented at scientific meetings but your identity will be unknown and therefore kept strictly anonymous. Your participation is voluntary. You are free to decide to participate in this study or to withdraw at any time without adversely affecting your relationship with the investigators, or the faculty staff, or administration at any university.

Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution to this research. If you have any questions, please contact Michele.

Read our Spring email CyberGram!

 

 

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