Additional Resources Self-exploration is best accompanied by a contemplative or meditative practice. We over-identify with our repetitive thoughts and feelings. Contemplative prayer helps us let go of who we think we are and rest in simple awareness of Presence. It has roots in several wisdom traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. But it was not until the late s that Oscar Ichazo began teaching the Enneagram as we know it today. The Enneagram gained popularity as a tool within spiritual direction.
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Additional Resources Self-exploration is best accompanied by a contemplative or meditative practice. We over-identify with our repetitive thoughts and feelings. Contemplative prayer helps us let go of who we think we are and rest in simple awareness of Presence.
It has roots in several wisdom traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. But it was not until the late s that Oscar Ichazo began teaching the Enneagram as we know it today.
The Enneagram gained popularity as a tool within spiritual direction. Today it is widely taught as a way of understanding personality, addiction, relationships, and vocation.
It was developed primarily in an oral tradition, in the context of relationships between students and teachers. The Enneagram is not a strict law or code. Its categories are not meant to bind or restrict you to a certain way of being and living. The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-discovery and spiritual transformation. The Enneagram is most helpful when used in conjunction with other practices like study, meditation, spiritual direction, and life in community with others. The Enneagram is not just a personality typing system.
This tool is meant to help you over a life-long journey. For a more in-depth introduction to the Enneagram, check out these three posts by Father Richard Rohr: Knowing Ourselves : When used in conjunction with a regular practice of contemplative prayer, the Enneagram can be powerfully transformative. It can open us to deeper and deeper levels of understanding and insight, love and grace.
Loving the Whole Self : Our deepest sin and our greatest gift are two sides of the same coin. When we are excessively fixated on our supposed gift it becomes a sin.
Maintaining this self-image, this false self, becomes more important than anything else. Belly, Heart, and Head : The Enneagram is organized around three Triads: gut instinctive , heart feeling , and head thinking. We need each part to be awake and integrated in order to do our inner work and to truly love ourselves, others, and God in a holistic, non-dual manner.
As you read the descriptions of each, you may discover that you feel deep resonance with one or many of the different types. In fact, all of us have a little bit of each one inside us.
Below are short summaries of the nine types with a link to a reflection by Richard Rohr where you can learn more about each number. The ONE.
014: Richard Rohr, Finally Getting Over Your "Self" with the Enneagram, Pt. I (Enneagram 1)
They knew a kind of optimism and motivation that all could be worked out and fixed because God is Love. Love changes everything; love resolves everything. I am a manifestation of God. I feel that divine Presence and how that divine Presence is producing this life.
The Enneagram and Richard Rohr
All typologies have the disadvantage of necessarily neglecting the uniqueness, originality, and peculiar nature of the individual. As I did before, I see a danger of a typological model like the Enneagram being misused to thoughtlessly force oneself and others into a schematic mold, and thereby not grow, but become fossilized. Our own History of the Enneagram and the conclusions we reach can be found at the bottom of this article. Richard Rohr is widely recognized as the man who single-handedly brought the Enneagram to the western church—first to the Catholics and then to the Protestants—and also as the singular force who helped its meteoric rise in popularity; we wanted to give him, using his own words, the opportunity to make the case for where he claims the Enneagram came from.