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The Road Back to You: Looking at Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram

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Rank #83 in Religion & Spirituality category

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This podcast explores the enneagram, a newly revived yet ancient spiritual tool of personality discovery which helps you better understand yourself, others and God.

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This podcast explores the enneagram, a newly revived yet ancient spiritual tool of personality discovery which helps you better understand yourself, others and God.

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My Favorite Podcast!

By nachomama1976 - Apr 13 2019
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Excellent resource for learning the inscand outs of the Enneagram.

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By TheAnon101 - Apr 11 2019
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Thank you for introducing me to the enneagram and showing me what a powerful tool it can be!

iTunes Ratings

682 Ratings
Average Ratings
481
97
58
21
25

My Favorite Podcast!

By nachomama1976 - Apr 13 2019
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Excellent resource for learning the inscand outs of the Enneagram.

Great

By TheAnon101 - Apr 11 2019
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Thank you for introducing me to the enneagram and showing me what a powerful tool it can be!

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The Road Back to You: Looking at Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram

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This podcast explores the enneagram, a newly revived yet ancient spiritual tool of personality discovery which helps you better understand yourself, others and God.

Taking Care of Yourself: An interview with Hunter Mobley - Enneagram 2 (The Helper) - Episode 9

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Is setting boundaries in your life a problem? Are you more comfortable giving than receiving? Do you secure a place for everyone at the table but fail to save a seat for yourself?

Then there's a good chance you're an Enneagram 2 (The Helper)!

Join Ian and Suzanne on this week's episode of The Road Back To You as they interview Hunter Mobley, Executive Pastor at Christ Church Nashville and Adjunct Professor of Law at Belmont University. Hunter is a mature Enneagram 2 who talks openly about some of these complex questions:

  • Why do I think about relationships 24/7?
  • When is my giving to others altruistic and when is it manipulative?
  • How can I learn to do that which is mine to do?
  • Why do I spend so much time getting people to love me?

Their discussion will help you understand how to look inward with kindness and ask, "What needs the most attention in my life right now."

For any listener who struggles with the constant need to feel valued and loved, Hunter is a terrific example of one who shares your pain and utilizes the Enneagram as a tool to find the path to a life that is balanced and productive.

NEXT WEEK! Join us as we take a break going through the numbers of the Enneagram and feature a very special episode on Politics and Personality. Our guest is Michael Wear, one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American History, who directed faith outreach for President Obama's  historic 2012 re-election campaign.

Aug 23 2016

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The Enneagram and Therapy - A dialogue with Chris Gonzalez - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 24

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Chris Gonzalez is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Lipscomb University. He is also a husband, father and an Enneagram 9.

In his conversation with Ian, Suzanne on The Road Back To You, they discuss how understanding the Enneagram can be valuable in therapy, and some very helpful tools for resolving family conflict.

To round out their conversation, Chris gives a therapist perspective of living life as an Enneagram 9; we hope you will enjoy today's program.

Jan 18 2017

40mins

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Learning You Have A Voice: Insights from Sarah Bessey - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 23

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Today's guest on The Road Back To You is Sarah Bessey (Enneagram 9): Blogger, Speaker, Wife, Mother of four, and Author of two books, Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith and Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women.

If you tend to do anything to avoid conflict or wrestle with the importance of your life, then Sarah's perspective will be eye opening for you. From this incredibly insightful woman who jokes about being passive aggressive as her "spiritual gift," you will learn how being a peacemaker can become both a virtue and a vice.

Listen now as we discover how 9's are natural meditators and why healthy nines learn to make decisions based on right priorities.

Jan 11 2017

34mins

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Find Power in Vulnerability: An Interview with Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber - Enneagram 8 (The Challenger) - Episode 3

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In The Road Back To You, Episode #3, Ian and Suzanne interview pastor and New York Times bestselling author Nadia Bolz-Weber. Nadia talks about life as an Enneagram 8 (The Challenger), and explores the weight of responsibility that comes with having a voice that carries weight. Nadia also discusses the importance of being emotionally present, and how being an Enneagram 8 impacts her life as a pastor. Yikes, it get's real. After you listen to this episode you'll want to check out Nadia's books: Pastrix and Accidental Saints and Nadia's website at here.

Jul 17 2016

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Living In An Age of Profound Anxiety: A Conversation with Jeff Chu - Enneagram 6 - Episode 19

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Our guest today on The Road Back To You is Jeff Chu (Enneagram 6), a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Travel+Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. He is the author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America and currently a student at Princeton Seminary.

As a writer who has professionally spent most of his career telling other people's story, Jeff explores how examining his own story has lead to the discovery of a kinder, better, more loving version of himself.

His conversation with Ian and Suzanne will help you understand how a person who comes from a culture that doesn't tend to honor self-examination and uniqueness of identity has utilized the Enneagram to help provide a better framework and new vocabulary for shaping his life.

Enjoy!

Nov 30 2016

55mins

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Learning To Express Confidence About The Things You Believe: An interview with Science Mike - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 5

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In Episode 5 Ian and Suzanne interview Mike McHargue, host of the popular podcast Ask Science Mike and co-host of the podcast The Liturgists. Tune in as Science Mike dissects and explains his life as an Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker). Before its over, you'll learn how the Enneagram can help you:
  • Assert and express yourself with confidence.
  • Be who you are rather than "merge" with the crowd. 
  • Identify and overcome your blind spots.
  • See life through the eyes of others
  • Learn how healthy conflict produces intimacy
Join Ian and Suzanne as they marvel at Science Mike's firsthand observations on why the Enneagram is such a valuable tool for developing self-knowledge and understanding relationships. It's always an adventure but today it's well scientific!

Jul 25 2016

24mins

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Dealing With Your Stuff: Continued Conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber - Enneagram 8 (The Challenger) - Episode 4

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In Episode Four, Ian and Suzanne welcome pastor and bestselling author Nadia Bolz-Weber back to the show. Join this dangerous trio as they talk about:

  • The Enneagram and recovery
  • Dealing with "your stuff"
  • The importance of practicing self-compassion
  • How the Enneagram helps Nadia pastor her church
  • Movies, songs, and hymn choices for different Enneagram numbers. 

This episode is chock full of laughs and wisdom, so we hope you'll come along for the ride!

Jul 19 2016

53mins

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Understanding Your Need To Be Understood: An Interview with Don Chaffer - Enneagram 4 (The Romantic) - Episode 11

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In our last program, we viewed politics and personality through the eyes of an Enneagram 4.

In this interview, Ian and Suzanne continue their exploration of the Enneagram 4 through the thoughts and stories of Don Chaffer, one of the singer/songwriters in the group Waterdeep. Also: producer, engineer, and, lately, musical theater composer/lyricist.

If you are a person who enjoys the unusual, the dramatic, and the textured side of life, then discover:

  1. Why you take such comfort in sad songs, movies, and stories.
  2. Why it's difficult for you to find your place in a room full of people.
  3. Why you have so many feelings in a day and it's hard to know which ones to pay attention to.
  4. Why you're frustrated when people misunderstand you.
  5. Why 4's enjoy long conversations in the Home Depot parking lot.

This episode is insightful, funny and it includes a live performance by Don of one of his original songs. You won't want to miss this one, regardless of your Enneagram number...Enjoy!

And, please join us next week as we interview caring parents of two small children who are both Enneagram 1's, as we explore the struggles and joy of sharing an Enneagram number and how it impacts their parenting.

Sep 13 2016

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Being Grounded in Life's Adventure with Lillian Daniel, Enneagram 7 (The Enthusiast) - Episode 28

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Today Ian and Suzanne's guest on The Road Back To You is Lillian Daniel. A pastor, author and award-winning preacher, who happens to be an Enneagram 7.
 
In her interview, she talks about the process of discovering her number, the upside, and downside it has had on her life and vocation, and the importance of being grounded and living in the present moment. 
 
Lillian's enthusiasm for life will lift your day and help you gain a deeper understanding into the stimulating, and adventurous, Enneagram 7 .

Mar 09 2017

51mins

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“How Do You Manage The Unrest In Your Soul?” A Heart-To-Heart Encounter With Michael Cusick (Enneagram 2) - Episode 17

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Do you feel like St. Paul, wondering why you continue to do the very things you don’t want to do?

Do you desire something that seems unavailable to you … knowing you are safe; feeling like you are wanted; believing your needs will be taken care of?

This week on The Road Back to You, Suzanne and Ian interview Michael Cusick, a psychotherapist, ordained minister, speaker, and author of Surfing For God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle.

Michael brings an incredible depth of professional and personal experience to our conversation as he describes his life as a broken man on a journey to wholeness.

Listen as we explore:

  • The wisdom of the Enneagram as a helpful tool for healing and change in your marriage
  • Overcoming the message that it is wrong to love yourself
  • Understanding and awareness in dealing with addiction that is part of Enneagram wisdom
  • The reality that the Enneagram shows you exactly where you fail and the gifts you have for success at the same time

Don’t miss this opportunity to understand and experience both mercy and grace. We can all experience a deeper intimacy and love for ourselves, God and others.

Nov 10 2016

42mins

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When Good Enough Is Never Good Enough: A conversation with Christopher and Amanda Philips - Enneagram 1 (The Perfectionist) - Episode 12

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Over the past weeks on The Road Back To You podcast, we have discovered how the Enneagram can be a helpful tool in understanding ourselves and others.

But what happens when a married couple is the same Enneagram number? Especially when that Number is Enneagram 1 (The Perfectionist)?

Join Ian and Suzanne as they interview Christopher and Amanda Phillips, parents of two young children. Hear how they...

  • Navigate their different areas of focus
  • Live and die by their lists and calendars
  • Deal with expressing their anger
  • Cope with the "out of control" aspects of parenting
  • Learn how to relax when it's time to take a break

If you struggle with resentment because you feel like you have to take the responsibility to fix everything,

If you are always struggling with perfection, but you feel it never arrives,

And, if you constantly hear voices that tell you that you could have done better,

Then sit back and listen to how this remarkable couple is learning to navigate the waters of The Perfectionist to a safe harbor of self-love and acceptance.

Sep 21 2016

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Enneagram In Leadership with Michael Hyatt, Enneagram 3 (The Performer) - Episode 27

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Welcome to Season Two of The Road Back To You: Looking at life through the lense of the Enneagram.

To start this season, we are honored to have Mr. Michael Hyatt as our guest. Michael is an author, speaker, businessman, and virtual mentor. His accomplishments are featured in Forbes, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New York Times.

Michael is a healthy Enneagram 3. As a husband, the father of five daughters, and a successful CEO, we believe his experience will be invaluable to you.

We hope you will enjoy the first podcast of this season!

Also, we have a new website, and we're offering you the opportunity to partner with us as we continue to grow. You can find out more details by clicking on the DONATE tab on our website.

Mar 01 2017

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Don't Let Fear Control Your Life! An Interview with Sarah Thebarge - Enneagram 6 (The Loyalist) - Episode 8

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Have you ever felt like the wheels have fallen off the train of your life? How did you respond? Did you get angry, cower in a corner in the fetal position and suck your thumb, or did you get up and blaze a new trail?

On this week's episode of The Road Back To You, we welcome author, blogger, speaker, and Enneagram 6 (The Loyalist) Sarah Thebarge who when faced with a seemingly insurmountable crisis, pressed against her fear to embrace a new adventure. 

Ian, Suzanne and Sarah discuss practical ways you can:

  • Overcome your tendency to doubt yourself
  • Understand and manage your anxiety
  • Begin the journey of finding your voice
  • Find courage and faith when it doesn't come naturally to you

Sarah is a remarkable person with an inspiring story you won't want to miss. So let’s hear it for all those folks who overcome fear and courageously step into their future, particularly if they’re Enneagram 6’s!

P.S. Don't forget to listen to The Liturgist podcast on August 23 when Michale Gungor and Science Mike explore the Enneagram with Ian and Suzanne.  Also, spend a day with Ian and Suzanne learning more about the Enneagram click here for more information!

Aug 16 2016

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The Enneagram in Life, Work, and Marriage - A Conversation with Wade and Heather Hodges -Enneagram 3 (The Performer) and 8 (The Challenger) - Episode 26

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If you're married, or in a long-term relationship, you have experienced the struggle of understanding your partner and trying to interpret their behavior. You've learned that relationship is a balancing act of making two lives function together, while allowing each other the freedom of your individualities.

Our guests today on The Road Back To You are Wade and Heather Hodges. Wade is a pastor, author, husband, and father. Heather is a visual and performing artist, wife, and mother. Their insight will help you understand:

1. How the Enneagram gives a couple permission to give each other space.2. How the Enneagram relieves the pressure you feel to change your spouse.3. The value of giving each other the opportunity to process your experiences differently.4. How each of your gifts complements each other's weaknesses and forms a stronger team.

This episode is essential for any couple; whether you have just started your life together or been married for 50 years!

Also, here are two opportunities to experience an Enneagram Conference with Suzanne and Ian. Click on the event of your choice for more information:

One last thing. This is The Road Back To You's final program for Season One. Thank you for joining our family of listeners over the past several months. On March 1st 2017,  we will launch Season Two. We already have a number of exhilarating guests scheduled to discuss new and relevant topics. We are also adding a new section to each show called "The Listener's Corner" where Suzanne and Ian will respond to your emails.

We hope you will continue to join us as together we explore The Road Back To You.

Feb 01 2017

31mins

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Dealing With Your Need to Perform: A conversation with Darren Whitehead - Enneagram 3 (The Performer) - Episode 13

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Do other people see you as a winner?  Are they compelled to follow you and are you excited to lead? Do you wake up with a plan for the day and a full schedule? Then there's a good chance you are a THREE.

Then there is a good chance you may be an Enneagram 3!

This week on The Road Back To You, Ian and Suzanne interview Darren Whitehead an Australian husband, father, pastor, and author living in America, who happens to be a healthy, integrated Enneagram 3.

In their conversation you will learn:

  1. Why it's easy for you to connect with people.
  2. Why it's important for you to appear successful.
  3. Why you control the amount of information you share with others.
  4. Why you want people to know about your accomplishments.
  5. How failure can set you free when you learn that people don't love you for your success, they simply love you.

Our hope is that all Enneagram 3's listening will begin to balance their abundant energy with a recognition of the importance of being instead of doing.

Oct 04 2016

41mins

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Connecting the Head and Heart: Knowing When to Observe or Help with Al (2) and Nita (5) Andrews - Episode 32

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This is the series finale of The Road Back to You. On this episode, Ian and Suzanne speak with Al (Enneagram 2 - The Helper) and Nita (Enneagram 5 - The Investigator) Andrews. 

Al and Nita Andrews have more than 40 collective years counseling couples into healthy relationships. They are active at several ministries in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. Porter’s Call, Thistle Farms (paper studio), and St. Augustines Chapel at Vanderbilt. 

Jun 09 2017

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The Gift of Thinking with Kenny Benge, Enneagram 5 (The Investigator) - Episode 31

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On this week's episode of The Road Back to You, Ian and Suzanne speak with Kenny Benge who is a 5 on the Enneagram. Kenny is a Prior at Church of The Redeemer in Nashville, TN. 

May 03 2017

58mins

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Dealing with Your Constant Critic with Ramsey Patton, Enneagram 1 (The Perfectionist) - Episode 30

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One of the Enneagram numbers most requested by our listeners is the #1! And today we have a very special Enneagram One for you!
 
Ian and Suzanne's guest is Ramsey Patton. She is a former lawyer, and now the Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. As part of her pastoral role, she leads a weekly worship service for the special needs community called, The Feast.
 
As a healthy One, Ramsey has committed her life to serving others, and we know you are going to love what she has to say.

Apr 05 2017

45mins

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The Enneagram in Marriage with Andy Gullahorn, Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) and Jill Phillips, Enneagram 6 (The Loyalist) - Episode 29

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On this episode of The Road Back to You, Ian and Suzanne's guest are Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn. Jill is an Enneagram 6 (The Loyalist) and Andy a 9 (The Peacemaker). Their insight into how the Enneagram has helped them in their marriage and their role as parents while balancing their lives as full-time musicians is nothing short of inspiring.
 
We have also included a bonus song, recorded by Jill and Andy live in The Road Back To You studio. Whether you are an Enneagram 6 or 9, married to a 6 or 9, or are close friends with either number, we think you'll find this episode invaluable. Enjoy!

Mar 22 2017

57mins

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Special Announcement from The Road Back to You Team

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Listen to a special announcement regarding the show moving forward!

Mar 15 2017

1min

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Being Grounded in Life's Adventure with Lillian Daniel, Enneagram 7 (The Enthusiast) - Episode 28

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Today Ian and Suzanne's guest on The Road Back To You is Lillian Daniel. A pastor, author and award-winning preacher, who happens to be an Enneagram 7.
 
In her interview, she talks about the process of discovering her number, the upside, and downside it has had on her life and vocation, and the importance of being grounded and living in the present moment. 
 
Lillian's enthusiasm for life will lift your day and help you gain a deeper understanding into the stimulating, and adventurous, Enneagram 7 .

Mar 09 2017

51mins

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Enneagram In Leadership with Michael Hyatt, Enneagram 3 (The Performer) - Episode 27

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Welcome to Season Two of The Road Back To You: Looking at life through the lense of the Enneagram.

To start this season, we are honored to have Mr. Michael Hyatt as our guest. Michael is an author, speaker, businessman, and virtual mentor. His accomplishments are featured in Forbes, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New York Times.

Michael is a healthy Enneagram 3. As a husband, the father of five daughters, and a successful CEO, we believe his experience will be invaluable to you.

We hope you will enjoy the first podcast of this season!

Also, we have a new website, and we're offering you the opportunity to partner with us as we continue to grow. You can find out more details by clicking on the DONATE tab on our website.

Mar 01 2017

1hr

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The Enneagram in Life, Work, and Marriage - A Conversation with Wade and Heather Hodges -Enneagram 3 (The Performer) and 8 (The Challenger) - Episode 26

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If you're married, or in a long-term relationship, you have experienced the struggle of understanding your partner and trying to interpret their behavior. You've learned that relationship is a balancing act of making two lives function together, while allowing each other the freedom of your individualities.

Our guests today on The Road Back To You are Wade and Heather Hodges. Wade is a pastor, author, husband, and father. Heather is a visual and performing artist, wife, and mother. Their insight will help you understand:

1. How the Enneagram gives a couple permission to give each other space.2. How the Enneagram relieves the pressure you feel to change your spouse.3. The value of giving each other the opportunity to process your experiences differently.4. How each of your gifts complements each other's weaknesses and forms a stronger team.

This episode is essential for any couple; whether you have just started your life together or been married for 50 years!

Also, here are two opportunities to experience an Enneagram Conference with Suzanne and Ian. Click on the event of your choice for more information:

One last thing. This is The Road Back To You's final program for Season One. Thank you for joining our family of listeners over the past several months. On March 1st 2017,  we will launch Season Two. We already have a number of exhilarating guests scheduled to discuss new and relevant topics. We are also adding a new section to each show called "The Listener's Corner" where Suzanne and Ian will respond to your emails.

We hope you will continue to join us as together we explore The Road Back To You.

Feb 01 2017

31mins

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Processing Pain through Optimism - Insight to the Enneagram 7 (The Enthusiast) with Mihee Kim-Kort - Episode 25

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If you're an Enneagram 7, you probably thrive on the idea that variety is the spice of life and you draw energy from staying active. Also, there's a good chance people accuse you of being optimistic to a fault.

Welcome to the world of today's guest, Mihee Kim-Kort; Presbyterian Pastor, Author, Blogger (miheekimkort.com), mother of three (five-year-old twins and a three-year-old) and a self-ascribed hopemonger. You will resonate with Mihee when she describes her life as "Getting really excited about a lot of things, but never really knowing where her keys are!"

She helps us look into the life of an "Enthusiast." A life where the routines of motherhood presents a challenge and optimism is often used as a way to fend off pain.

Mihee is fun, adventurous, spiritually grounded, and resilient, so get ready for an enlightening, energetic episode of The Road Back To You.

Also, here are two opportunities to experience an Enneagram Conference with Ian and Suzanne. Click on the event of your choice for more information:

Jan 25 2017

43mins

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The Enneagram and Therapy - A dialogue with Chris Gonzalez - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 24

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Chris Gonzalez is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Lipscomb University. He is also a husband, father and an Enneagram 9.

In his conversation with Ian, Suzanne on The Road Back To You, they discuss how understanding the Enneagram can be valuable in therapy, and some very helpful tools for resolving family conflict.

To round out their conversation, Chris gives a therapist perspective of living life as an Enneagram 9; we hope you will enjoy today's program.

Jan 18 2017

40mins

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Learning You Have A Voice: Insights from Sarah Bessey - Enneagram 9 (The Peacemaker) - Episode 23

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Today's guest on The Road Back To You is Sarah Bessey (Enneagram 9): Blogger, Speaker, Wife, Mother of four, and Author of two books, Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith and Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women.

If you tend to do anything to avoid conflict or wrestle with the importance of your life, then Sarah's perspective will be eye opening for you. From this incredibly insightful woman who jokes about being passive aggressive as her "spiritual gift," you will learn how being a peacemaker can become both a virtue and a vice.

Listen now as we discover how 9's are natural meditators and why healthy nines learn to make decisions based on right priorities.

Jan 11 2017

34mins

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Being Judged Before You Are Known - A Conversation With Jo Saxton - Enneagram 8 - Episode 22

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Our guest in Episode 22 is Jo Saxton (Enneagram8);Author, Speaker, Host of the popular podcast "Lead Stories," Chairman of the Board for a large non-profit, Lutheran Pastor, and as she so energetically puts it, “a Nigerian Londoner.” And if that isn't enough, Relevant Magazine has just listed Jo as one of “7 Leaders to Follow in 2017.”

Jo is every bit an Enneagram 8. She’s a bundle of energy who doesn’t just walk into a room; she owns it. But with this confidence, you will learn that there is a price to pay. A price because she is a woman and also because she is a woman of color.

If you have every felt betrayed, misunderstood, or judged before someone took the time to get to know you, then this episode of The Road Back To You could change your life.

As Jo talks to Ian and Suzanne, you will begin to see how she has learned that she is not just tolerated by God, but rather she is fearfully and wonderfully made. God celebrates her personality and her life!

Jan 04 2017

41mins

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Finding a Place of Honesty - A Conversation with Jim Danaher - Enneagram 3 - Episode 21

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You would think that a Professor of Philosophy and author of five books would, for the most part, have life figured out. But what we learn from today's guest Jim Danaher (Enneagram 3) is that we all need to continue to do soul-work, to strengthen the muscles of self-observation to get to a place of honesty.

Jim, an academic and expert on contemplative prayer, speaks of how coming into stillness helps us see that it's not enough to find our identity in our image and what we accomplish.

In Ian and Suzanne's conversation with an Enneagram 3, we learn how to step away from the constant need to overachieve and recognize the importance of being instead of just doing.

Dec 14 2016

27mins

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Anger, Vulnerability, and Spiritual Transformation: Insight from Patrick Chappell - Enneagram 8 - Episode 20

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Enneagram 8's are known to be aggressive, champions of justice, and people who welcome opposition. Our guest Patrick Chappell is the only African American staff member in a large southern church, an Enneagram 8, and one of the best people we know to help us understand how our individual life story shapes our personality.

Ian, Suzanne, and Patrick explore dealing with feelings of betrayal and how to manage our anger to live a life of grace.

Because of Patrick's unique situation, he offers keen insight to help us gain a deeper understanding and compassion for one other.

Dec 07 2016

45mins

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Living In An Age of Profound Anxiety: A Conversation with Jeff Chu - Enneagram 6 - Episode 19

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Our guest today on The Road Back To You is Jeff Chu (Enneagram 6), a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Travel+Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. He is the author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America and currently a student at Princeton Seminary.

As a writer who has professionally spent most of his career telling other people's story, Jeff explores how examining his own story has lead to the discovery of a kinder, better, more loving version of himself.

His conversation with Ian and Suzanne will help you understand how a person who comes from a culture that doesn't tend to honor self-examination and uniqueness of identity has utilized the Enneagram to help provide a better framework and new vocabulary for shaping his life.

Enjoy!

Nov 30 2016

55mins

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Reclaiming Hope: A Conversation with Michael Wear on Politics, the Enneagram, and how America moves forward - Episode 18

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The election is over. How do you feel?

For some, the response to what happened last week is pure elation, and others complete disgust. But for most, the feelings are likely surrounded by confusion, fear, apprehension, and uncertainty about the future.

As promised, author and political strategist Michael Wear returns to The Road Back To You to help Ian and Suzanne examine what just happened and how it profoundly affects everyone.

Here are some things that you don't want to miss:

  • How to approach opposing viewpoints with the expectation of gaining perspective that sharpens your thinking.
  • How to avoid using your passion as a weapon to silence others, or to coerce or manipulate the conversation your way.
  • How to utilize the Enneagram to help understand your motivation.
  • How to respond to others instead of reacting.
  • How to discover a path of hope in the midst of profound disappointment.

Join Ian, Suzanne, and Michael as they navigate the troubled waters of our current times and help us all see the need for grace, compassion and a deeper understanding of self as we move into the future.

Nov 16 2016

55mins

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“How Do You Manage The Unrest In Your Soul?” A Heart-To-Heart Encounter With Michael Cusick (Enneagram 2) - Episode 17

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Do you feel like St. Paul, wondering why you continue to do the very things you don’t want to do?

Do you desire something that seems unavailable to you … knowing you are safe; feeling like you are wanted; believing your needs will be taken care of?

This week on The Road Back to You, Suzanne and Ian interview Michael Cusick, a psychotherapist, ordained minister, speaker, and author of Surfing For God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle.

Michael brings an incredible depth of professional and personal experience to our conversation as he describes his life as a broken man on a journey to wholeness.

Listen as we explore:

  • The wisdom of the Enneagram as a helpful tool for healing and change in your marriage
  • Overcoming the message that it is wrong to love yourself
  • Understanding and awareness in dealing with addiction that is part of Enneagram wisdom
  • The reality that the Enneagram shows you exactly where you fail and the gifts you have for success at the same time

Don’t miss this opportunity to understand and experience both mercy and grace. We can all experience a deeper intimacy and love for ourselves, God and others.

Nov 10 2016

42mins

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Who Are You On Social Media? A conversation with Austin Graff (Enneagram 2 or 6?) - Episode 16

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Have you been listening to The Road Back To You podcast and still don't know your Enneagram number?

Then you're not alone.

Our guest this week is Austin Graff; Talent Acquisition and Branding Specialist for The Washington Post, and former social media specialist for International Justice Mission and Honest Tea.

Austin has known about the Enneagram for several years and is struggling to choose between the two numbers that sound like him. In this episode, as Austin explores whether he is an Enneagram 2 or 6, Suzanne and Ian will help you walk this road of discovery. You will take the beginning steps of living life with intentionality and awareness through life's imperfect journey!

Also, Austin will help you understand how social media can improve or damage your ability for self-awareness, and how you can utilize it to extend grace to others and be more authentic.

Nov 02 2016

42mins

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The Enneagram and the Creative Process: Part 2 with Cindy Morgan (Enneagram 4) and Andrew Greer (Enneagram 2) - Episode 15

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Last week Ian and Suzanne interviewed Cindy Morgan and Andrew Greer, Enneagram 4 and 2 respectively, and how their personality traits impact their relationship with each other as touring musicians and songwriters.

This week, in Part 2 of their interview, they dive deeper into their Enneagram numbers, and explore:

1. How 4's are the only number on the Enneagram who can bear witness to the pain and not have to fix it.
2. The meaning of being present to the Presence.
3. Where 2’s and 4’s go in the midst of stress and security.
4. How their personality type affects their songwriting and creative process.

And once again, Cindy and Andrew will share two songs that exhibit the emotion of their particular Enneagram number. Enjoy!

Oct 26 2016

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The Enneagram and the Creative Process: Insight from Cindy Morgan (Enneagram 4) and Andrew Greer (Enneagram 2) - Part 1 - Episode 14

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Do you ever wonder how the Enneagram can help in your relationship with another person?

Maybe you work with someone who is on the opposite side of the personality spectrum, and you have a hard time connecting or relating to them.

Well, this week's podcast should be very helpful for you!

Ian and Suzanne interview Cindy Morgan (Enneagram 4) and Andrew Greer (Enneagram 2); two of Nashville's finest singer/songwriters who write, tour and sing together.

While they are both in the heart/feeling triad, Cindy, as an Enneagram 4 tends to focus inward while Andrew, an Enneagram 2, directs all his energy toward others. In their delightful conversation, you will begin to see how their two orientations help strengthen their bond and make them the incredibly creative and productive duo that they are today.

And if that wasn't enough, they will perform two songs, live in The Road Back To You studio.

And Join us next time as we continue our conversation with Cindy Morgan and Andrew Greer in The Enneagram and the Creative Process - Part 2

Oct 18 2016

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