What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is an ancient tool that has been recognized by some within all three monotheistic religions. Its oldest Christian usage goes back to the fourth century. According to Richard Rohr
, the Enneagram is useful for "the discernment of spirits". In other words, it can help us recognize our False Self, and to lead us to revealing our who we are in God: our True Self. Originally intended to help spiritual leaders lead others into transformation, the Enneagram makes us face our own darkness and leads us to confront that same darkness revealed in "culture, oppression, injustice, and human degradation." (Rohr)
Union with God, not self-improvement
The purpose of the Enneagram is not self-improvement, which would be our ego’s goal.The primary goal of any spiritual tool is union with God/Truth, and then we get united with ourselves in the process!
The Enneagram reveals that we are often destroyed by our gift! We overidentify with our strengths and they become their own set of blinders. This allows real misperception, and allows our own “root sin” to remain mostly hidden from us. We cannot see the air we are breathing all the time. Our “sins” are the other side of our gift. They are, in fact, the way we get our energy. They “work” for us (at least we think they do). The Enneagram uncovers this false energy source for us and enables us to look our real dilemma in the eye. It confronts us with the compulsions and laws under which we live—usually without awareness—and it invites us to go beyond them and take steps into a real domain of freedom—freedom from our foundational addiction to our self.
Read more: The Enneagram as A Mirror