Using the Enneagram to Help Us Care For Animals in Sickness and in Health
Join Stephanie Chalmers, veterinary dermatologist, homeopath, and clinical nutrition practitioner, as she provides tips for recognizing enneatypes in animals... using physical and behavior clues to help us. Knowing an animal's enneatype can be useful in our day-to-day interactions with them, when we need to develop a training program, and when we are treating sick animals.
During this fascinating session, you'll discover:
- How the Enneagram applies to animals
- Ways to identify physical & behavioral traits of the different types in animals
- Strategies for using the Enneagram to improve your relationships with your animal
The decision to become a veterinarian at the age of 20 was a complete surprise. I had been studying music and history and was unclear about a career. While traveling in Europe with my mother we met a young woman who had just been accepted into the veterinary school at UC Davis. When my mother heard this, she told the woman that I had once wanted to be a vet. This surprised me because although I had always loved horses, I had never been interested in science or medicine.
As I sat on the bus that summer, I pondered this unexpected question and found myself saying "yes" to what felt like a deep knowing that had suddenly woken up. This internal compass has guided me through a series of career changes. After vet school I joined a small animal practice and it soon became clear that I didn't belong there. So the next turn in the road was a residency in dermatology at the University of Georgia. Once back in California I established a dermatology practice but it didn't take long to become disillusioned with allopathic medicine. Once again a question from a stranger turned me in a new direction: she asked me if I used homeopathy (I had never heard of it) in animals. A series of timely events led me to enroll in the first profesional course in veterinary homeopathy. The transition to holistic medicine led to a shattering of my basic beliefs about medicine, life and who we are. My perspective on the nature of reality changed; my mind was opened and continues to open to new possibilities. As my practice continued evolved I began to realize the impact of environmental toxins and radiation on our health. By 2010 I had introduced applied kinesiology to my practice in order to diagnose and treat environmental disease using nutritional therapy along with homeopathy.
I met Gangaji and Eli Jaxon Bear in 1998 and was introduced to the Enneagram as a path to liberation. I attended several ennegram retreats and was part of a 3-year enneagram study group. It wasn't long before I began to recongize enneatypes in my patients (and clients) and to use that knowledge in my practice.