As I am a Christian, and I have been a pastor and leader in a number of churches, some friends who know that I teach about the Enneagram asked me to share my take on the Enneagram and Christianity.

You may or may not be aware that some Christian leaders have written articles against the Enneagram, discouraging their Christian readers from following Enneagram teaching.  Here are a few articles along that line

(Image by Julie Drew)

I’ve been trying to decide how to present the journey that led me to invest so much in learning and teaching the Enneagram, and I finally realized that the old adage, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” probably describes it best.  This makes the point that the Enneagram isn’t necessarily for everyone at every time in their lives, which was certainly true for me.  I think of times in my life when the Enneagram symbol alone would have turned me off and other times when I was just too busy to bother with it.   And the idea of being “ready” prompts me to consider what had changed in me and the ways in which I was ready for this new teacher.

In the beginning God…

One of the foundational building blocks for the Enneagram is nonduality, a word which I did not know before I was introduced to the Enneagram. The basic meaning of nonduality is “not two” or “non-separation.” It is the sense that all things are interconnected and not separate, while at the same time all things retain their individuality. (Nonduality.org/what-is-nonduality) Another way of putting it is that, from a certain point of view, only God exists or nothing exists apart from God. Nonduality means there is only One.

This is a continuation of the previous blog about how the Enneagram can help us in our relationships with others.  The previous blog introduced the idea of learning to recognize, acknowledge, and receive the gifts and good intentions the different Enneagram types bring to the table.  This is one of many ways the knowledge and understanding of the different types in the Enneagram can help us as we seek to improve specific relationships in our lives.  It’s not a new idea, learning to see from the other person’s point of view, or walk a mile in their shoes is a time tested approach to improving relationships with others.  With the Enneagram, however, we can see a much broader view of others’ perspectives.   Adn the Enneagram helps us see that differences between people can go much deeper than just what is visible on the surface. The last blog discussed Enneagram types One through Five, so I will begin here with type six. 

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