“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love … and then we return home.” Aboriginal Proverb
I’m on my way to Minneapolis for the International Enneagram Association Conference 2016. I’m looking forward to seeing my fellow Board members for our three day meeting before the IEA Conference. As I travel on the plane I’ve had more time to reflect on Enneagram HQ’s The Way of the Arrows Workshops: Engaging the Enneagram’s Power and Momentum and Retreat with international Enneagram Expert Uranio Paes held in June 2016 at The Loft Five Dock and the retreat in Central Australia with Frank Ansell, traditional medicine man from the Arrente community in Central Australia.
I think it is significant that we acknowledge the ancient wisdom of the traditional landholders. The Loft Five Dock is in the City of Canada Bay, where we met for these Workshops, and is part of the traditional lands of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 tribes of the Eora nation.
Traditionally, the lives of the Wangal people were strongly focused around the Harbour and its foreshore. The local area of Hen and Chicken Bay, where The Loft is situated, was traditionally a major meeting place for Aboriginal people from Port Jackson and the wider Sydney region and as such is a significant cultural and historical site.
So, I think its serendipitous that the Workshops were held in an area that was traditionally a major meeting place for Aboriginal people and we subsequently worked on the ancient wisdom of the Enneagram theory at another indigenous meeting place at our retreat in Central Australia.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present on whose land we meet.
At The Way of the Arrows Workshops Uranio got to work with each in turn, within the circle of the group’s attention, drawing on the Enneagram’s innate momentum, symbolic and systemic power to shine a light on our deep heart needs. The overall comments of the participants was that they’re feeling really moved by the work Uranio is doing. It’s taking the work of the Enneagram to a new level.
As a mentor and teacher I thank Uranio for bringing this transformational work here to Australia and know the changes will still resonate weeks and months later. Working with the arrows and the ancient wisdom of the Enneagram theory is to open up a new opportunity to flourish. I now look forward to meeting my fellow colleagues at the International Enneagram Association where we will discover further conversations that change and transform.