Bev Gorman is a registered nurse who began a journey into self-discovery and awakening several years ago through the aid of the spiritual tool of the Enneagram. Bev has discovered profound truths about herself through the Enneagram, which invites us to look deeply into the mystery of our true identity and our divine Essence. She is currently in the process of becoming a certified Enneagram teacher through The Enneagram Institute. She teaches both classes and retreats on the Enneagram. Bev has been married for 30 years, and has four children and three grandchildren.
How did you become involved with Well for the Journey?
I first started attending Women at the Well classes nine years ago. I had heard about the incredible programming through friends at my church and decided to learn more about what the Well offered. It was one of the best decisions of my life in terms of my spiritual growth and development.
What do you wish more people knew about the Well?
I love that the Well offers such a wonderful variety of programs for seekers on any aspect of their spiritual journeys. There is ample opportunity to participate in so many varied offerings at the Well and a very welcoming open reception to fellow sojourners. The Well offers many workshops, classes, group spiritual direction, retreats, and pilgrimages. No matter what denomination, belief system, or religious background, the Well is a place of spiritual nourishment.
When did you first begin working with the Enneagram?
I was first introduced to the Enneagram through marital counseling nine years ago. It has been one of the greatest gifts given to me in terms of helping me understand who I am and why I am here. It gives me the language to describe my inner landscape – the direct experience of my thoughts, desires, motivations, and frustrations. When first learning about my type, I felt as if someone had gone inside my heart, mind and body and described perfectly how I think, feel and react to all of life.
The Enneagram is an ancient typology that maps out nine fundamental personality types of human nature and their complex interrelationships. In its current form, it is a mix of modern psychology that has roots in the spiritual wisdom of many different ancient traditions.
The heart of the Enneagram is the universal insight that human beings are spiritual presences incarnated in the material world yet mysteriously embodying the same life and Spirit as the Creator. Behind the veil of illusion, the light of Divinity shines in every individual.
How does the Enneagram apply to daily spiritual life?
One of the paths to remembering our Divine DNA is through self-knowledge. St. Augustine prayed, “How can you draw close to God when you are far from your own self? Grant Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee.”
The Enneagram is a spiritual road map that helps us awaken and remember our true self- the Essence of our Being. The gift of the Enneagram is learning and understanding the transformative tools that are available every moment of the day – Presence, which is awareness and mindfulness, the practice of self observation – gained from self knowledge and understanding what one’s experiences mean. Being supplies the first, you supply the second, and the Enneagram supplies the third.
What Well events are you looking forward to attending this year?
I love the Well by the Sea women’s retreat and look forward to it every year. It is so refreshing to be in community with such delightful women who are opening their hearts, minds, and bodies to spiritual renewal.
What are your favorite hobbies/leisure activities?
I love spending time with my grandchildren- they give me joy beyond words. I thoroughly enjoy tennis and yoga. I love the beach, especially the Jersey shore where my heart lives most of the time. I enjoy reading spiritual books of all types.
Learn more about Bev’s upcoming class (Saturday, Apr. 1), Excavating Yourself with the Enneagram and Creativity, co-led by Becky Slater. This class is open to those new to the Enneagram as well as those with Enneagram experience. The class is sold out; however, there is a waiting list.
Learn more about Bev’s Going Deeper with the Enneagram series (beginning Tuesday, Apr. 18, 6:30-8:30 pm) for those with Enneagram experience.