The Enneagram is an ancient tool that has experienced a resurgence in popularity and use in Christianity in the past several decades. It is a nine-type system of understanding personality, looking at motivation for behavior as the primary way to understand which type you are.

I love the Enneagram as a tool for understanding myself and seeing my strengths and challenges as a human being. As an Enneagram Three (the Achiever, Effective or Efficient Person), I am the type that has the most difficult time recognizing and owning my type; and while I admit to a sigh of disappointment when I acknowledged I was a Three, I have also grown so much in understanding myself: my tendency to prioritizing doing over being, my ability to move around obstacles towards goals quickly, and the importance of slowing down and grounding myself in my experience, feelings and awareness of reality before I make decisions.

I have also found the Enneagram to be a useful tool in the lives of my directees. As I listen attentively to the stories of their lives, I often hear through the lens of the Enneagram, understanding and communicating compassion, encouragement, and celebration at ways they have understood themselves, moved toward freedom and growth, recognized a new way God was illuminating truth, and seeing the movement of God in their lives as they move toward wholeness, abundant life, and freedom.

If the Enneagram is new to you, a book I’ve enjoyed recently is called “The Road Back to You—An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery” by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. The Enneagram is perhaps most easily understood in an oral context, in processing the types/discerning your type verbally, so I also encourage you to find an Enneagram workshop in your area to learn more. Blessings to each of you on your journey of self-discovery, healing and vibrant living!