Full Circle Enneagram, the story, the reason:
You might be interested in what the heck the fuss is all about with the Enneagram. Maybe you want to expand your capacity as a whole human being? Want to bring more of your light and strength to every situation and interaction? A new story begins here.
Full Circle Enneagram is now the working title for the Enneagram programs and services offered through Garden Hill. Enneagram is such a dynamic, useful and often transformational tool, for personal growth, leadership development and for teams! Full Circle is not an uncommon name in Enneagram circles, but the concept holds so much meaning. I hope my approach can do justice and even expand on the idea.
“We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea.”
My Full Circle Moment
Today I experienced a full-circle moment, so it seems fitting to bring both the story and the program introduction forward right now.
This afternoon, I took my Celtic Harp to Kolacny's Music store, so that it could be restrung. I wanted to ensure this happened before we move out of Denver at the end of this month. Kolacny's is about the best-and maybe the only-music store in Denver that specializes in harps.
Also, it just so happens that, Larry and I shared an alley with this business during the first 9 years of our marriage. We have a connection with this family and their multi-generational business that feels personal and unique, despite the fact that we really have only interacted rarely and on a surface level.
The tree pictured here looked so lovely today, silhouetted against a gorgeous Colorado sky, in all its blue brilliance.This tree is in the yard of the house we purchased about 3 months after we were married, right behind Kolacny's. We planted this tree, a Sunburst Honey Locust, as a wee baby tree, to commemorate our marriage, and even placed a plague with romantic, sentimental words nearby. I am certain the plague is long gone. But look at this now huge tree!
This tree is so magnificently symbolic to me, as is this particular moment. Time (maybe a lot of time) has certainly passed, yet this tree has endured and thrived. Through drought and March snow storms and all sorts of environmental stress that only a tree can truly know. We have also survived: some pretty crazy times and difficulties, and also many glorious, beautiful times—beautiful just like today's sky. Times like all humans know and experience. We planted the tree at the beginning, and today things feel full circle, as we prepare to leave this region we have loved. Full Circle, yes, but not exactly an ending—a new beginning, along with yes, ok, some endings and goodbyes. In spite of the bitter part of the bitter sweet, and in spite of a bit of pain, I love so much the concept of Full Circle living.
Full Circle means to me: completeness, fullness, wholeness and things-as-they-should-be. Full Circle, the concept, reminds me of the biblical phrase: "in the fullness of time". In the fullness of time, all things will be revealed. Our questions answered, our confusion erased. An idea we can embrace even outside of any religious context.
I will be talking in future articles about Full Circle Living in the context of Enneagram learning and insights. In the meantime enjoy every minute, every new bud of growth—in your garden and in your heart. It all goes very quickly.
End note: Here are photos of the two apple trees planted in the front yard of the same house. One for each of our sons, planted shortly after each was born. Thanks for the prompt, T.S. Elliott. I hope these trees have children climbing them every summer. (I might have to sneak in the cover of darkness to prune these trees. They need it)