by Ann Gadd
If you believe the Enneagrams are simply only another form of personality profiling, you’ve missed the point.
There is a perception that the Enneagrams are simply another personality profiling system, like Meyers Briggs for example.
It’s a bit like saying that astrology is all about the horoscope on the back page of your local rag, which anyone who has the vaguest knowledge of the subject would know not to be true. (Although they are fun to read.)
Russ Hudson put it very well when he said that “to say the Enneagram is all about personality is to say the ocean is just about the waves.”
Sure you can use it to personality profile yourself and others, but simply to believe that this is the purpose, is to miss the point. Its once we’ve “found ourselves” that the real work begins. In recognising how we act, think and feel and what our most basic desires and fears are, we can begin to release ways of thinking, feeling and acting that have limited our potential. The Enneagrams then are a path to wholeness of integration should we consciously choose to do the work required of us.
The reason most of us are not present most of the time/integrated/awakened or any other term you choose to use that denotes we are not experiencing being one with all that is/God, is because we have bought into the idea that we are flawed in some way, resulting in this feeling of separateness.
In understanding this wounding through the Enneagrams we are offered a unique opportunity to find our way home to w(holy)ness.
When I was younger I admit to being a workshop junkie. Whatever promised insight and wisdom, I was there, notebook in hand. Some of these paths I explored in greater depth and most rewarded me with rich insight and experience. However, for me personally this Enneagram path has opened up the greatest door to healing my psyche/soul. I have a road map and I can no longer kid myself when I stray or fall back on the path to realisation, that I am not doing so. As we become more conscious of who we are we become awakened and transformed, until we reach transcendence.