The Enneagram is a sacred map that helps identify your unconscious and subconscious motivations. Circling around nine fundamental types of human nature, your Enneagram type reveals your path of transformation as well as your path of disintegration.
While the Enneagram reveals your personality, it is different from other personality profiles in that it links to your childhood wound, illuminating your path of healing and wholeness.
The Enneagram is a powerful resource for the contemplative path, for as it dismantles your illusions about the self, it simultaneously reveals your True Self or Essence, supporting you to offer the best of yourself to a world in a need.
Following are a few leading accredited and/or certified enneagram specialists who are available by appointment. Each has their own training and specializations, and we would love to connect you with the enneagram expert who can best support you on your spiritual journey.
Read more about each of our accredited and/or certified enneagram experts below.
Click here to inquire about scheduling an appointment with one of Gravity’s enneagram experts.
Dr. Avon Manney
Conversation Topics: Working with the Enneagram for Awakening & Spiritual Development, You are Not Your Type
Availability: By request
At some point in our lives we all experience fearful thoughts and anxiety, emotions of shame, and/or aggressive behaviors fueled by rage. How do we navigate through these trying times with compassion and non-judgement for ourselves as well as others? Many have used the enneagram in order to gain insight into patterns that may be running undetected in our lives. When we can observe ourselves and become grounded in the moment, then we can begin to loosen the hold that these patterns seem to have on us and move towards expression of the higher self.
Dr. Avon uses the enneagram as a spiritual map for transformational work and alignment with Divine will. She works with others by guiding them into accessing their embodied intelligence. This work calls upon the cultivation of presence using meditation, body scanning, and the breath. During the course of each session, narrative discussions will be used along with the enneagram in order to:
- Observe ourselves when we get triggered around our patterns
- Use body scans to detect body sensations that may come up with triggers
- Use the breath and body for cultivating presence
- Use meditation for stillness
- Cultivate compassion and non-judgement
- Notice how we may identify with patterns in our lives
- Gain alignment with Divine will through the Centers of the Mind, Heart, and Body
- Experience how we are expressions of the Divine
As an enneagram specialist, Dr. Avon Manney holds an Osteopathic medical degree and a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child counseling. Following a life changing event, she was introduced to the enneagram and began a lifelong quest for various forms of spiritual healing and mystical truths. Since then she has studied under foremost spiritual teachers such as Dr. Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Fr. Richard Rohr, and Russ Hudson. She continues to work with the enneagram personally and professionally for healing and transformation. She enjoys playing violin, gardening, spending time in nature, and being with her husband and feathered children, Pipsqueak and Armand.
Click here to inquire about scheduling an appointment with Dr. Avon.
Conversation Topics: Understanding Your Type, Working with the Enneagram for Awakening & Spiritual Development, The Enneagram as a Tool for Vocational Discernment, Using the Enneagram to Help Your Team Become More Productive, Effective, & Cohesive, and Forming & Maintaining Healthy Personal Relationships with the Enneagram
Availability: By request
Oreon is a long-time resident of Chicago, where she currently lives and serves with Jesus People USA in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. She recently retired from serving as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Life at LaSalle Street Church, where her ministry areas included working with homeless individuals, young adults, facilitating spiritual formation groups, and leading Benedictine Spirituality classes geared toward Millennials who live in the city. Oreon received her Spiritual Direction certification from North Park Theological Seminary, her Enneagram Certification through trainings with Dr. Jerome Wagner, and is a certified ©️iEnneagram Motions of the Soul Practitioner. She is an IEA Accredited Enneagram Professional, serves on the board of the IEA Great Lakes Chapter, is a member of the ECC Central Conference Spiritual Directors’ Network, and is the developer/facilitator of the Enneagram “Dining by Number” experience, and is part of the Red Letter Christians movement.
Conversation Topics: True Self/False Self; Your Divine Nature; Contemplative Practices & the Enneagram; Self Awareness; Self Love; Sacred Listening; Cultivating Conscious Connections with Spirit, Self, and Others through the Enneagram
Availability: By request
A former Stanford Law attorney with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Rev. Nhien left her lucrative San Francisco legal career in 2012 to pursue a call to ministry. An interspiritual Unity minister currently based in Kansas City, Nhien believes in the innate wholeness, perfection, and divinity of all people–irrespective of one’s belief or religion, background or age, race or nationality, gender identification or sexual orientation.
Nhien is an Accredited Professional with the International Enneagram Association. Working intimately with individuals, couples, and small groups, Nhien has seen the Enneagram system of sacred psychology catalyze and nurture personal growth and spiritual awakening in the lives of countless people and communities at a degree unparalleled to that of any other spiritual tool or system that she has encountered.
A Vietnamese immigrant who did not feel that she fit in with her own family, Nhien’s passion for teaching the Enneagram comes from her personal experience with transforming her limiting beliefs around her own sense of defectiveness, loneliness and separation, helping her to experience a greater sense of wholeness, expansiveness, and unity with all of life.
With a focus on contemplative practices, Nhien works collaboratively with you to identify the particular spiritual disciplines that work best for your Enneagram type. She approaches all of her coaching, teaching, and consulting as one who walks with rather than stands above you. A trained mediator, Nhien marries intuition with her formal training in active listening and compassionate communication skills. As she listens, she helps you to identify and speak your soul’s truth and then supports you in living it–one day (and sometimes one conscious breath) at a time!
More than for spot or “crisis” treatment, she focuses on applying Enneagram knowledge to cultivate a transformative way of life—one that is increasingly marked by inner peace, joy, meaning, purpose, and contentment.
Chris’ client load is currently full. To be added to the waitlist please connect with us here.
Conversation Topics: Understanding Your Type, Fear as an Invitation to Growth, Working with the Enneagram for Awakening & Spiritual Development
Availability: Tuesday – Thursdays at 10am, 11am, and 12pm CST
Chris has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope among a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home. A forerunner in the New Friar movement, Chris and Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. In 2012 Chris co-founded Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.
Named one of Outreach magazine’s “30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership,” Chris is a curator of unlikely friendships, an instigator for good, a champion of collaboration, and a witness to hope. Chris fights for a renewal of contemplative activism. Chris frequently contributes to and is highlighted in such publications as Christianity Today, Duke’s “Faith & Leadership,” Q Ideas, Relevant Magazine, The Work of the People and the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section. He is known for his provocative storytelling and has written 4 books. He’s an Accredited Professional with the International Enneagram Association and speaks all over the world helping people integrate the Enneagram and spiritual formation.