Desire – The Fire Inside

Series: Recovering Desire

In the sci-fi thriller movie The Giver, emotion is seen to be the cause of all terrible things in this world.  Therefore, an injection is given to every person, every morning, to numb all emotion.  The screen color is black and white and gray as if signifying how dull everything is when emotion is deleted from the human experience.  Everyone just goes through life without feeling… until one young man gets curious.  Jonas wonders what it is like to feel and why everyone is trying to stop him from doing so.

Enneagram Nine Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my Enneagram Nine friends:

I love your heart. You are some of the kindest and most open people on the earth. You make the best of friends and companions. Your kindness makes the world such a better place. The way that you listen, hear the person and see them is so rare. You may not feel like you have a lot to say, but you don’t always need to because your presence is powerful. You heal hurting hearts just by being present and showing up. You create the container and nurturing that the seed of love can grow. I am blown away by your patience with those people and things that inconvenience and interrupt you. You allow space for everyone and everything… what a gift!

Enneagram Eight Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my Enneagram eight friends:

I love your heart.  Your passion and power is absolutely stunning.  There are few in the world that have the raw energy to move things forward like you.  No one fights for and protects friends and loved ones as fiercely as you.  Being an eight, you don’t mind wading into hip-deep shit to pull someone else out of the quagmire they are stuck in.  Maybe most of all, you are a warrior for truth and justice.  The fiery energy of life churns and rumbles just under the surface ready to consume anything that gets in your way.   Even if you are the only one standing, nothing will knock you down or convince you to concede.  You are the last one holding the battle lines, sword in hand,  battle cry reverberating through the air.

Enneagram Seven Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my beloved seven brothers and sisters:

I love your heart.  You have an uncanny ability to sniff out fun, play and adventure.  What is already good you want to make great.  What is already fun you want to make delightful.  And if it doesn’t ruin it, you will invite others into this joy as well.  You live life to the full and don’t hold back.  The limitations and considerations that hold others and keep them stuck don’t seem to have the same hold on you.  You see what could be when most others see what is or what was.  You find goodness in the mud, pick it up, wipe it off and hold it close.  Often sevens really do love themselves and can teach others how to do so as well.  There is no secret to what you want or what you are willing to do to get it.  

Enneagram Six Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my Enneagram Six friends.

I love your heart. You are the Great Advocate! There is no one that can be more loyal, more encouraging and more “on my side” than you. You are willing to walk beside someone for a long time without giving up on them or having to make your agenda be realized. Even though you often see all the ways something won’t work first, once you are convinced there is nothing that can hold back your enthusiasm. You have the ability to bring a strength and protection on behalf of justice for others (and yourself). You have the ability to let your voice be heard, while also being a willing follower, supporting the person or mission at hand. Your commitment to the present moment is almost scary… and so needed. You help the world stay present while so many want to hide in the fleeting past or unreliable future.

Enneagram Five Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my Enneagram Five friends 

I love your heart.  You find such beauty and safety in thoughts and understanding.  You have a great desire to know and gather information, like a little child in awe, curious and delighting in this fairytale world.  To get to know a type five is to get to know their passion points, whether it is the world of medicine, the history of the Civil War, philosophy or any other fascinating area of study and interaction.  You teach the world the value of solitude and silence.  You have made an art out of how to truly be by yourself and enjoy autonomy and independence.  Your honesty and forthrightness is refreshing if sometimes bluntly challenging to those in your world.  Thank you for your deliberate intentionality in answering questions to the fullest extent of your ability.  Even if it takes you a few days to do some research or internal processing, it is worth waiting to receive the treasure trove you have gathered.

Enneagram Four Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my Enneagram Four friends:

I love your heart.  You see the world from such a beautiful and unique perspective.  Through color, musical notes, body movement, culinary delights and other talents you dance through life in a special dance that only you know the moves for.  It is as if all five of your sensory inputs are always tingling, reaching out for more and always coming up just short, fueling the insistent pursuit of the extraordinary.  Your heart is massive in its ability to express and take in feelings.  This gives you the ability to live compassionately and when you connect, you connect deeply.  Your freedom to adapt  and take life as it comes is a contagious liberty that many wish for themselves.

Enneagram Three Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my Enneagram Three friends.

I love your heart.  In the very dance of the creation of everything, God’s THREE energy is the deep resonating song that animates everything, bringing about that which was never known before.  What fearless beauty you have as you dance through the world with this energy and song!  Those around you are inspired and in awe, drawn to your mysterious magnetism.  We somehow feel safe and purposeful when we are with you.  Receive your applause, your flowers, the deep gratefulness of those you have offered to and take your bow, you deserve it!  We honor you!

Enneagram Two Letter

Series: The Enneagram Letters

To my Enneagram Two friends (especially my bride)

I love your heart. It is so easy to see how deeply you love. I don’t want to imagine my life or this world without you in it. You make this world a better place. I am fascinated by how easily and quickly you will give yourself up for another, and even more, how a manipulative motive is not even a blip on your radar. How can someone lovingly embrace the whole world? How can someone be hurt over and over and still have a kind word or even desire to love and protect their offender. In its purest form, the Enneagram Two offers love the way the Trinity does: freely, easily, with no strings attached.