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Interview with Richard Rohr by Deborah Ooten

April 15, 2024

In preparation for the IEA 2006 Conference in Chicago, I asked Richard Rohr if he would be open to being interviewed for 9 Points. In my Enneagram journey I had never met Richard and had only heard him on audio tape. To prepare for the interview I visited Richard’s website to see if I could […]

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Self Love is the Best by Jaime Koller

March 25, 2024

  The first time I was professionally photographed as an adult was in 2003. I worked as a server at a restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had a regular customer named Michael that owned a salon and spa. He was a small guy, flamboyant, glam, and absolutely a staple at the bar. He asked me […]

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Illuminating Connections: Exploring the Enneagram and Spiral Dynamics by Deborah Ooten

March 18, 2024

Introduction:   In our quest to understand human consciousness and the intricacies of personal growth, numerous psychological frameworks have been developed over the years. Two such models, the Enneagram and Spiral Dynamics, offer valuable insights into the patterns of human behavior, motivations, and levels of consciousness. Although distinct in their approach, combining the Enneagram and […]

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Cleansing Tide, Epitaphs, and a Gorgeous Dress by Leighah Roni Beadle-Darcy

February 29, 2024

February the 1st/2nd, also called Imbolc in certain traditions, and the time of the first snowdrops, a bit of sun even if it is chilly (well in the Northern hemispheres). Here in the UK, there is brighter sun, but it is still freezing in the morning. Anyway, I have started very British haven’t I with […]

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Being Present by Deborah Ooten

February 13, 2024

Being present to ourselves, others and God is often difficult to do. Being present requires that we meet each and every event, situation, feeling, thought, and behavior in the present moment. It is important to realize that the past and the future really do not exist; all that exists is the present moment. Life exists […]

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Write for the CLC!

February 1, 2024

  We are always looking for bloggers to contribute to our website. Whether you have been on the journey for many years or only a couple of months, we welcome your ideas and love to hear from our students. Contact us for details.

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Awake at the Wheel by Kathleen Hartman Blackburn

January 21, 2024

Being exceptional is not a requirement for a full life. Being awake at the wheel is.  -Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann   As I sat down to write this article, I noticed my desire to write something profound. Exceptional even. Readers would be inspired and touched, and gain new insights into their lives.  I chose a subject […]

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Uncertainty by Cathy Hudson

December 23, 2023

The 1st steps to transforming the world are taken in transforming ourselves. *   In July I made the decision to put my dad, diagnosed with dementia, in a memory care facility. With promises of safety and stimulation. A better life.   He is 91.   I want certainty. Certainty that my father will be […]

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The Conscious Living Center is moving!

December 11, 2023

Dear Conscious Living Center Community,   As of January 1, 2024, The CLC will no longer offer services at 114 Wellington Place.   Kathleen will be letting her clients know where her new office is located. Deborah will continue to offer Zoom, phone, and some in-person sessions, as well as corporate workshops. The School of […]

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Spellers Camp by Jenn Jordan

December 4, 2023

He walked up to me, with his perfect olive skin, thick curly black hair and big brown eyes, grabbed two big fistfuls of my hair and yanked me to the ground.   I fell to my knees, catching myself with my face just inches from the gravel.   He held on tight and continued to […]

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Code of Ethics by Deborah Ooten

November 28, 2023

We live in a rapidly changing world. Whether we’re reading the latest unexpected news headline or undergoing changes in our personal lives, we must learn to continue to be conscious during rapidly accelerating shifts. A regular practice will help us remain present during these inevitable evolutions.   During these changing times, it’s essential that we […]

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Holiday Relationships Made Easier by Deborah Ooten

November 13, 2023

As we go into the holiday season, the most difficult thing to manage can often be our relationships with one another, whether we are relating to our spouse, primary partner, children, parents, or friends. Some basic rules of engagement are important to keep in mind as we eat, drink, and make merry over the next […]

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Response Versus Reaction by Deborah Ooten

October 23, 2023

Relationships of any kind often have moments of difficulties. Many of these difficulties arise from a type of reactivity that occurs in each one of us. Reactions arise from body, mind, or heart centers of the individual. The reaction comes from that aspect of ourselves that we call the personality or the ego. The personality […]

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The Wisdom of Trees: Lessons from Nature’s Resilient Consciousness by Deborah Ooten

October 9, 2023

    Trees are magnificent beings that have stood as silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of life on our planet for millions of years. As we explore the depths of their existence, we discover that trees possess a profound consciousness that holds valuable lessons for humankind. In this article, we delve into the […]

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Living Mindfully by Deborah Ooten

October 2, 2023

The Buddha spoke of the “Four Noble Truths:”   •    First Noble Truth: suffering exists •    Second Noble Truth: suffering has causes •    Third Noble Truth: happiness is possible •    Fourth Noble Truth: there is a path that leads to happiness   We need to understand that happiness is found not by seeking to quench […]

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Every Moment is Sacred by Leighah Roni Beadle-Darcy

September 4, 2023

“Every Moment is sacred.” ― Ron Esposito     I miss Ron being in his earthly body. I miss him being Ron in the post-grad further development/Gurdjieff classes he was in with me that Deb of CLC runs. I wish he was still with us in body. And yet, what he has left us is […]

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Memorial Tribute Concert Planned for Ron Esposito

August 27, 2023

Dear friends, a memorial tribute concert is planned for Ron on Sunday, October 1 at 3 p.m. in Newport, KY. Please find more details at WVXU: https://www.wvxu.org/media/2023-08-02/ron-esposito-memorial-concert-wvxu-tvkiese   This event isn’t organized by the Conscious Living Center, but we warmly welcome you to attend.

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Practices for Conscious Change by Deborah Ooten

August 5, 2023

While these practices are tailored to each enneagram type, embracing each of the practices helps develop flexibility and resiliency during times of transition.   Type 1 Core belief:  Good people don’t have anger. Habit: Judging and clamping down emotions that seem unacceptable. Practice:  Practice remembering that emotions of grief aren’t bad.  Allow feelings of anger […]

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Recording of Ron Esposito Memorial Service

July 10, 2023

A memorial service took place for our beloved friend and colleague, Ron Esposito, on July 8. If you weren’t able to make it or would like to witness the service again, you can watch it below.    

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In Loving Memory of Ron Esposito

June 26, 2023

Dear friends, it is with great sorrow we share that our beloved friend and colleague Ron Esposito passed away on Saturday. The entire story is available at https://www.facebook.com/ron.esposito1/posts/pfbid029ivfNo8ibtDA6Y39P2rW3T2KChQZex5BJtogXqPKG6EffkXh7XjhNwUeBiKCkND4l.     There will be a memorial service for Ron via Zoom on July 8 from 12:00-1:30pm EST. Please use the links below to join. Sending much […]

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Creating a way to stay in present moment awareness. PLAY! by Cathy Hudson

June 26, 2023

First, a couple of definitions for the word play. To amuse oneself, enjoy oneself and have fun. Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. Activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children.  Being in the present moment (I added this one). I am just going to […]

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Trust: Roadblocks and Practices by Deborah Ooten

June 17, 2023

Type 1 Core belief:  I am not accepted unless I am perfect. Habit: Heavy self-criticism which leads to external criticism Trust Practice: Practice gentleness and acceptance of self and others in all situations.   Type 2 Core belief:  To be loved I must meet the needs of others. Habit:  Seeking approval and likability/loveability from outside […]

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Looking for the Core Emotion of the Heart Types by Deborah Ooten and Beth O’Hara

May 31, 2023

This article was first printed in November, 2009 in Nine Points Bulletin, a publication of the International Enneagram Association, as a response to an article by Bea Chestunt entitled “Shame, Envy, Panic, Feelings, Hysteria, or Sadness?: Looking for the Core Emotion of the Heart Types”.   We are excited that you have opened this dialogue […]

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Introduction to Spiral Dynamics Video

May 9, 2023

Dr. Deborah Ooten was recently interviewed by Robin Grant, on the topic Introduction to Spiral Dynamics. Watch the video at https://vimeo.com/824858775 or on our videos page.

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What the Book of Mormon highlighted for me about ignorance and tolerance by Deborah Ooten

April 29, 2023

I have never been a fan of Monty Python or South Park kind of humor/satire. It seems to be about making fun of another person or group. I had a hard time with the first act and was glad I stayed for the redemptive second act. The real struggle came for me when the audience […]

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