When I discovered the Enneagram in 2011 I had no choice in the matter. I was sitting in a classroom with 25 other souls, all on different paths, with the same ultimate goal: to be as prepared as one can be to enter into a life of service to others for the sake of love. I simply would not be the person I have become (and am becoming) without the Enneagram. It has informed how I understand myself in ways I could not communicate otherwise, which, wouldn’t you know it, is indicative of the Enneagram “type” I discovered I am.
What sets the Enneagram apart from other “personality tests” is there is no actual test. The greatness of the Enneagram lies in the responsibility of the individual to the journey of self-awareness. After the fear of really looking at your true self comes the joy you discover about the image of God in which you were made.
But what exactly is the Enneagram? Well, I’ll let Suzanne Stabile, co-author of the book The Road Back to You (which we will be using in this five week workshop,) tell you:
“Ignorance is bliss―except in self-awareness. What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and even keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts?
The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God. Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people’s eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do. Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help take you further along into who you really are―leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.”
Director of Communications and Church Life at BPC
The Enneagram Workshop will take place on 5 consecutive Mondays, 7-8:30pm, in Westminster Library at BPC starting September 10th. If you wish to join us grab a copy of the book and email facilitator Kendra Crabtree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The study guide will be provided.
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17