Hi! I'm Annie Dimond.

I am a teacher of the Enneagram of Personality, certified through The Narrative Enneagram. Truly, I am a student of many disciplines, and it is hard for me to keep them all separate (nor, frankly, do I want to). My appreciation for the Enneagram began while I was studying Philosophy as an undergrad. I remember thinking "wow, all philosophers should have to look at the ways their embodied fears and desires affect their thinking." In grad school for Composition and Rhetoric, I extended that thought into a project with some friends that we called "The Institute for Embodied Learning,"making the assumption that these fears and desires were present, even close to the surface, silently or not-so-silently guiding all students in their academic pursuits. So we acknowledged the presence of these fears and desires and their implications on life as a student--and we had a lot of fun in the process.

Currently, I'm a PhD student of Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. I research and write about Multi-Faith University Chaplaincy in the UK and what kind of possibilities and tensions it encounters as it attempts to carve out a meaningful space in the university as a whole.  I could go on for a long time about this, which is good because that's what you need if you want to work in academia... long suffering (which is, by the way, a surprisingly helpful element of my enneagram type structure [4] and subtype [self-preservation]). 

Personally, not that my aforementioned academic endeavors could ever be anything other than personal, I have been a long-time practitioner of Christian belief and spirituality. The Enneagram has become an integral part of my prayer practice and the work of healing. It has helped me to name with specificity and accept the parts of myself that tend to take most of my inner airtime, so that I can listen to the Voice that speaks more quietly, less forcefully, and in the face of my fears. With the Enneagram as a helpful map, I am learning to acknowledge the vulnerable areas I'd prefer to hide and those wounds that need to to see the light of day. What is brought into the light, is light. All said, this practice has been quite a gift to me; I hope it will be the same for you. 

Oh, and in case you are reading this and you are like--hmmmm, how can I connect with Annie? Send me a message. I'd love to come teach in your community or work with you to explore the types. But, also, if you are a publisher--I've got a book I would've liked to have written yesterday, especially with Enneagram culture as it is. And if you are a funder of documentary filmmaking--I've got a hot project and a team to produce it...tomorrow. No matter who you are, I'm sure there is a lot we could talk about.

With love from a heart type,