AEA Monthly Meetup


Facilitated by CHRISTY STRAUCH on August 21

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has been quoted as saying, “The line between good and evil runs down the middle of the human heart.” But what if he was wrong? What if our character “defects” or our “dark sides,” the traits we have that we don’t brag about, are actually trying to be helpful, to keep us safe, to better our lives? What if ALL of our parts, even the “bad” ones, serve us?

One of the great benefits of the Enneagram is how it points out our blind spots; the unique way we see things that may not coincide with the way others see the world, or even be based in reality. Once we know our Type and see our blind spots, we can observe our own behavior and begin to change it.

But in the midst of all this lovely human growth, it’s sometimes impossible to feel kindness toward those blind spots and defense mechanisms. In extreme cases, we can even dislike or hate these parts of ourselves.

If you’ve ever said “One part of me wants to watch Netflix while another part of me wants to go to the gym, you already intuitively know that you (and all of us) have different parts inside. At this Meet-up you’ll get acquainted with a part of your Enneagram type you might not love, and begin to understand, if not make friends with it, in a low-key, interactive environment.

Come to the workshop and meet a part of yourself that’s been working overtime to keep you safe, to serve you the best way it knows how. You might even cultivate a new friend.

INTEGRATIVE INTELLIGENCE: Changing what it means to be human

Facilitated by CHRISTY KENNEDY on September 18

We all have a dominant lens through which we view and experience the world – the Head Center (thinking), the Heart Center (relating) or the Gut Center (sensing). This lens determines how we take in, make sense of, and express information. Though this preference for Head, Heart, or Gut may have formed as early as in the womb, it shaped our habitual responses for life.

In this session, Culture Expert Christy Kennedy draws from industry-defining research from scholars such as Daniel Goleman, Emma Seppala and others as well as her 15 years worth of experience as a researcher, motivation research expert, and cancer survivor.

Together with Christy, delegates will explore the idea of Integrative Intelligence using all three centers – Head, Heart, and Gut. We will also dig into the necessary and fundamental leadership competencies of the three centers while engaging in practices and with stimulus to strengthen them all.

3rd Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.

Registration: Click HERE to register.

3rd Wednesday of the month


7:00 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.


CrossRoads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

Only 4 minutes west of Hwy 51 on Northern!

Park by the large tower and enter through the main sanctuary doors. We will be in the Patio Room.


$10.00/per person or $5.00/per person who is a current AEA Member will be collected at the door

Registration in advance at the Meetup website is extremely helpful in order to provide class notes, adequate seating, and name badges, as well as, administrative staff and volunteers needed for this event.

Author: Jim Wampler

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