As a society, we believe money makes the world go round. We believe money is involved with everything. Hence, we believe walking the healing path will be expensive. And if we don’t have the money, we can’t do it.
I’m here to tell you that, from my own experience, this isn’t true.
There have been many, many, many times in my life when I have not had extra money. And, frankly, those have been the times when I have needed the most healing. But, I’ve always found a way to heal, money or no money.
When it comes to learning how to live a healthy life style: mind, body and spirit – there are many free resources. And when it comes to living that healthy life style: eating healthy, moving your body, removing psychological blocks, loving who you are – there, too, we have many economical resources. You just need the time and patience to do a little research.
When discussing the Enneagram, we often talk about the struggles of each number. I thought it would be fun to discuss the gifts each number brings to us. In Enneagram wisdom, each number has a strength that society needs. Furthermore, if we were to incorporate all 9 of the personality gifts into our own behavior, we would reach enlightenment. Over time, I’ll be dedicating a blog to each personality.
We’ll start with Enneagram Type 1 – The Reformer.
The Type 1 personality looks at the world with idealism. They see all that is wrong with our world and want to make it a better place. That better place can be within their own family, neighborhood, work place or the country. Of all the personalities, 1s have a strong inner sense of right and wrong. This sense of justice is expected of themselves and of the world around them.
Hence, one of the big gifts Enneagram 1s bring to our world is Integrity. Ones will not expect of others anything they would not expect of themselves. And through this, they walk through the world being what they wished the world would be.
Because of this strong integrity, 1s have a sense of will power stronger than any other number. Once they know what is expected of them, they will work their hardest to fulfill and exceed those expectations. This sense of right and wrong, integrity and will-power makes them the ideal person to have on your team.
Enneagram 9s believe that if we put attention on ourselves, we are going go create disruption and chaos. In order to avoid disruption and chaos, we put all our energy on everyone else around us. We are there to help them through the rough times. We are there to help them move forward in their lives, supporting them every step of the way.
But, putting that type of energy into our own life, we freeze. Or, more accurately, we fall asleep. This is why the sin of the Enneagram 9 is known as “sloth.”
Sloth is not being lazy. On the contrary, 9s can have tons of energy and be very effective…if it is for someone else’s benefit. Ask a 9 to do something to move their own life forward and suddenly binge watching a TV shows seems like the best idea ever.
Hence, it is very important for Enneagram 9s to learn to focus on their own life. It is important for them to learn that their presence matters. It is very important that they believe it.
“Reality is what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is what we believe.
What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
What we perceive depends upon what we look for.
What we look for depends upon what we think.
What we think depends upon what we perceive.
What we perceive determines what we believe.
What we believe determines what we take to be true.
What we take to be true is our reality.” – Gary Zukav
I’ve been dabbling into the teachings of Gary Zukav lately. I was introduced to him through Oprah Winfrey, who says his book, “Seat of the Soul,” was the a huge influence in her life. She embraced his belief of being aware of the intention behind all your actions and it changed the face of her show. His teaching on intention is pretty powerful stuff. Searching for more Zukav wisdom, I was looking through some of his more quotable statements when a couple of them struck me as very Enneagram-ish. Meaning, he has the same idea of spiritual growth as the teachings of the Enneagram.
For example, there is this lovely quote.
“Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself, the only place you can begin is where you are, and the only time you can begin is always now.”
The Enneagram system and how it helps Yoga Nerds walk the healing path.
If you missed my previous blog on why I love the Enneagram and how it helped me on my healing journey, you can read it here.
Every time I try to describe the Enneagram, it comes out very flat and uninteresting. It sounds like I’m describing yet another personality test that will, yet again, tell you that you are a questioning, introverted, emotional person. But what good does that information do? Most personality tests give you black and white information and no guidance on what to do with it. It’s like the test is saying, “You are what you are. Live with it.”
The first time I heard about the Enneagram was in 2003 from my college roommate. She asked me to go online and take this personality test. So I did. It said I was a personality type 6 – the loyalist. She exclaimed, “I knew it! I knew it!” I read the description and thought, yeah, that could be me. I didn’t think much of it after that.
In 2004 I started going to therapy to figure out why I kept making the same mistakes in relationships over and over again. I had just ended an engagement and knew I needed some healing. My therapist used the Enneagram in her practice, so I told her, “I’m a 6.” After talking a bit, she said, “Have you looked at personality type 9 – the peacemaker?” I defiantly said no, I was a 6. She gently handed me a piece of paper that described the 9. I remember looking at it and recoiling because, damn it, I was a 6. But, wait…maybe? My therapist suggested I go home and read about the personality type 9.