The Enneagram Story
The Enneagram is the most effective tool for mapping our unconscious operations. Understanding why we think, feel and behave the way we do helps us see how we can rewrite our past narrative and create a story we truly want to live from. Why would we want to live in a story that was outlined by untruths, pain and mistakes that harms and hinders us when we can recognize our ability to write a new narrative that will lead us into truth? If you don’t like the story you are in, get out of it.
In addition, the Enneagram is a creative and nuanced system that allows us to see how we are each connected yet completely unique in our design. It reveals the boxes we live in and offers a ladder to help us climb out. It also reveals the need for compassion for ourselves as well as for others with the recognition that each one of us has an important story that longs to be shared.
By investigating the three centers of our intelligence (the body, the heart and the mind) as well as the nine narratives and their subtypes, we can discover a path towards our original design. Before there was an original sin committed we were created to walk in the garden fully righteous before God, invited to walk alongside our Friend and Father. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, His righteousness has been credited to us and we are restored to our full inheritance to live as God’s beloved sons and daughters.
While the Enneagram is a creative strategy tool for personal development and even for spiritual growth, by itself the tool cannot bring lasting transformation. The truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ alone can bring salvation and freedom.
I have seen God use this tool in incredible ways in my life as well as in many others’ souls, marriages, professions, etc. God loves to connect with us in the systems we create based on our finite knowledge and capability. I encourage you to step onto the path that will lead you to the Father’s house where He is waiting for you with open arms.
"God is a good and loving Father Who is
the master of meeting us right where we are."
The Original Narrative of the Nine Types-
These are some of the characteristics of our Creator and Father Who we are made to look like. We were all designed to reveal His nature yet our world, experiences, pain, sin and other circumstances cover up and break down our true self. Each of us were called to something incredible that our enemy has worked against and held us back from.
I use the following names for each type because I want to call out some of the original design in each of us. There is enough of our weakness and brokenness to focus on without labels having negative connotations or perceptions. I prefer to call us out by the characteristics God sees when He looks at us as His sons and daughters. If we have confessed our sins to Him and put our trust in Him then the Bible says He no longer sees our sin but instead we are as pure as clean, white snow in His eyes. He sees the one Who He knew before the formation of the world. We are image bearers of a good Father.
You were created to be a:
Type 1- Goodness and Holiness Champion
Type 2- Loving and Kind Friend
Type 3- Motivated and Inspiring Leader
Type 4- Depth and Identity Creator
Type 5- Illuminated and Insightful Counselor
Type 6- Faithful Village Caretaker
Type 7- Freedom and Potential Releaser
Type 8- Powerful Life-Giving Defender
Type 9 - Unifying Peace Lover
The Subtypes are based on our personal inclination towards self preservation, social interaction, and bonding in one to one connections. When the three subtypes are associated with each of the nine narratives it reveals 27 different types that then still lean into each other and interact in different seasons and stages of our lives. Once again, the Enneagram shows how every person is unique in design, calling, gifting, relationship and perspective that leads the unconscious and conscious belief systems.
Levels of Alignment
In addition, everyone is on a different path to get to where they are individually called. The levels of alignment point to how personal awareness, development, health and beliefs are aligned, misaligned or out of alignment with the truth of the Gospel. They speak to how healthy or unhealthy a person's mental, emotional and spiritual paths are.
Moving Towards God
The knowledge that sin and life has shifted us away from our original design can help us see the need to recognize what hinders the love of God in our lives. If we trust in the Gospel then we will want to be transformed by Him and become more like Him. Doing the inner work led by Holy Spirit will shake off what is not of Him and help us build our story on the cornerstone of a life lived in Christ.
Let us each see ourselves as you see us Lord, not with pride but with great humility that it is only by Your grace that we are saved and made new.