The Enneagram

A Transformation Tool

DISCOVER THE TRANSFORMATIVE WISDOM OF THE ENNEAGRAM

There are many great personality mapping tools to aid in lasting, transformative change. The Myers-Briggs, DISC, Strength Finders, MMPI – there are too many to list here. These maps assess and describe how we look on the outside, or reveal the external terrain of humans to help us see our particular traits of personality. Specifically, our actions and reactions, our coping methods and our style of speaking and serving are identified. This is helpful for understanding ourselves and our interactions with others.

 

What makes the Enneagram different is that it does this while also offering a unique internal mapping of our motivations and innate personality proclivities - our internal terrain. It assesses why we do the things we do and what drives us - what our motivations are and how they impact our relationship with self and with others. It increases our aware of our seemingly unchangeable personality proclivities. 

 

For me and so many others, the Enneagram Tool offered a new way to see myself and better understand why I made the same mistakes over and over with myself and with others in my life. It offered a way to realize my mistakes and the reasons why I made them. It afforded my a way to find grace and mercy with myself, and it afforded me a new way to see others and their struggles as a means of finding unity despite differences. The Enneagram Tool continues to empower my faith and further reveals a passion and purpose to love others more intentionally and results in a transformation in my faith walk and dependence on my faith in Jesus and His promised abundant life - today and to come! For me, it was a tool to point me to the answer of all my brokenness - Jesus! Utilized as a tool to better see myself and address my personality proclivities with the mercy, grace, and love Jesus displayed as the Heart of the Father, I found a life renewal slowly occurring with lasting results of peace based in faith, hope and increasing love for others and myself as well.  

The Enneagram Tool offers a unique internal gaze through our lens of personality so we better see and respond with the world in which we live and serve one another. When used appropriately and in proper humility, the increase in unity is astounding. The unique view of the Enneagram Toll offers a radical transformation within our relationships with others and ourselves. It has a long history of serving those ready to address personal transformation from a "by faith" perspective. It is a tool for transforming what it feels like to be in our humanity while offering challenges for ourselves to face our personalities as the catalyst for a lasting, transformational life change that serves others as much as it does ourselves.

Imagine how much more compassion we would give ourselves and all others if we could better see why we act and do like we do! That is what the Enneagram Tool assists with. It offers an ancient tool to aid in awareness and compassion for self resulting in increasing grace, mercy, and love for all others in our lives and businesses. 

In Romans 7:14-25 NIV, Paul addresses humanity's struggles with self and how we require faith in Jesus to begin to Him into His promise of an abundant life by being delivered - daily - as we address the issues of our internal natures and being open to transformative life change made possible by the Holy Spirit:

 

"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I

hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is,

it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself

does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is

good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil

I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it

is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.So I find this law at work: 

Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being

I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me waging war against

the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within

me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject

to death?Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!"

 

The Enneagram is only a tool to a better awareness of our "sinful nature" and how it counters our efforts to "overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21). It assists us to be aware of why we do what we do and how it affects us and our relationships with others in our life and in our business. We can increasingly notice our self destructive, habitual behaviors and recognize the things we do over and over again.  

 

The Enneagram Tool shows us the things we do that keep us stuck in one place.  As we become more present to the moment and aware of the way we do the same things over and over something wonderful happens. We begin to see other options, more choices, different paths; our internal mapping reveals new directions with endless possibilities and a personal path to lead us to what we have been searching for all along… an abundant life!

 

The Enneagram Tool points us toward home by revealing our proclivities to seek comfort over challenge when seeking to love God and all others as ourselves. When we better understand ourselves, we will more readily find unity and forgiveness for those we are in relationship with - in life and in business! For those of us willing and ready to look and work on ourselves we slowly find a new, emerging path we failed to notice before. One that is transforming and reforming our hearts to offer mercy, grace, and love to ourselves and all we encounter in life and business.

The Nine Types: 

A Brief Summary

Type 1

 

The Reformer

The principled, idealistic type. Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.

Type 4

The Individualist

The introspective, romantic type. Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.

Type 7

The Enthusiast

The busy, productive type. Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

Type 2

The Helper

The caring, interpersonal type. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.

Type 5

The Investigator

The perceptive, cerebral type. Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.

Type 8

The Challenger

The powerful, aggressive type. Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. At their Best: self-mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.

Type 3

The Achiever

The principled, idealistic type. Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.

Type 6

The Loyalist

The committed, security-oriented type. Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent “troubleshooters,” they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion. At their Best: internally stable and self-reliant, courageously championing themselves and others.

Type 9

The Peacemaker

The easy-going, self-effacing type. Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually grounded, supportive, and often creative, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent and emotionally distant, simplifying problems and ignoring anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.

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