THE ENNEAGRAM: True and False Self
Series: The Enneagram
The nine types in the Enneagram are the nine personalities of God. How He loves, lives, interacts, creates and brings life is all found in these nine. What a beautiful picture! If we are made in His image (Genesis 1:27) then it would make sense that we reflect His character in unique and predictable ways. Richard Rohr describes in The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective that, “God knows something in us and through us; God is something in us and through us. Eventually we learn to cooperate with that knowing and being.”
Anything that helps us become aware of the ways we personally and uniquely reflect God’s character in our lives is worth diving into. The Enneagram does just this. It gives us a general picture, a map that reveals a chance to identify and heal the places that hold us back as well as teach us how to wield the beauty and glory that has been entrusted to us.
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The genius of the Enneagram is that is calls out both our True Self and our False Self. If we honor the process and honor ourselves then we will be entering into an uncomfortably vulnerable journey. We will experience the gamut of emotions: excitement, confusion, challenge, fear, hope and more. This journey begins by taking a realistic look in the mirror. To be able to enter into our True Self authentically we need to first confront our False Self.
The Enneagram is absolutely incredible (and scary) in how it makes us face our False Self. These are the ways that each of those nine personalities of God have been twisted into something selfish. Those things in us that were made for good we now use to self-protect by hiding, attacking or people-pleasing. In an effort to avoid the discomfort and pain of our brokenness we miss out on God and we miss out on ourselves.
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When we take a look at this map it leads us into some places that will be revealing. If we are willing to go there, and allow trusted people to see us more fully and to really allow the light in, then shame and fear begin to lose their grip. This gives us the opportunity to respond less reactively and more transformationally in our daily life. Not only can we start to live out of our False Self less, we begin to relax into our True Self and live from that place; reflecting the glory of God that is uniquely ours to live out.
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Deeper Ministry – The Nine Types List
The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile
Enneagram Institute RHETI Type Indicator Test
Enneapp – A complete mobile Enneagram Guide
Center for Action and Contemplation Website
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert