X is for Xeno-

I was working so hard to make Xylophone relate to the Enneagram in some way, but I couldn’t t do it so I grabbed the dictionary and found Xeno-. Xeno-: Strange; foreign; different I.e.: xenophobia: a fear of strangers. As humans, we have big issues with xeno-things. Some of us, because of our personalities, are […]

Q is for Questions

  If someone said to me:  Let’s say you are stranded on a deserted island and can only take one tool for your emotional and mental well-being, what would you take? I would say, You mean in addition to the one food, the one book and the one person I’ve already been asked to pick? […]

P is for Passions

Passion, in the Enneagram world, has an uncommon meaning. I’m all about passion in the, soul’s-desire, manifest-your-dreams, go-after-that-which-makes-your-heart-sing kind of way.  However, in this context, passions are more like obsessions than inner callings. In relation to the Enneagram, Passions are feelings that pull us powerfully in the wrong direction, away from our true self and […]

N is for Narrative Tradition

Of all the Enneagram teachings I’ve experienced, the Narrative Tradition (founded by Helen Palmer and David Daniels in 1988) is unique and profound. They use panels of real people to help students understand what it is like to live as a certain personality type rather than talking about the different types as though they weren’t […]

L is for Levels of Development

One group of Enneagram teachers introduced the idea of levels of development which speaks to the differences in health or functioning between people with the same personality type. Because each type gets broken up into 9 levels of development, I haven’t posted a table here with all that.  Besides, other people have already done it, […]