The enneagram helps us think about how our personalities shape our spiritual journeys.
It is one of the more helpful growth tools we’ve found. Unfortunately, it comes with some pretty specific jargon that can be confusing for newcomers. The last thing we would want to do is make new folks feel like outsiders, but when you hear terms like type, and wing, and tri-type, it just happens.
So first, we apologize in advance for the jargon. But second, we invite you to jump in and learn with us! It really is an extraordinary tool.
Here are some ways to jump in and get started with the enneagram:
1. Enneagram Quiz
To help you get up to speed, here is a quick quiz. It is a good way to start thinking about your enneagram type. Print out the page and read over these short descriptions. Underline the parts that resonate with you. Afterward, look back over the page, taking note of those descriptions you underlined most and comparing them to the key at the bottom.
Next, google the types you most underlined (“enneagram type X”). Read over the search results, continuing to listen for the things you can imagine yourself saying or doing. It is particularly helpful—and fun—if you do it with someone who knows you well. That’s a good starting place.
2. Enneagram Book
After that, you might want to read this book. It’s called The Enneagram Made Easy, and it lives up to its name. It is easy, and it will give you a really good overview.
3. Learn Together
We do a one-day seminar the first Saturday after Labor Day each year. That’s when we form our groups for the year. If you miss that, no worries. There are several after-church, brown-bag, lecture-discussions during the year.
We are very fortunate that Robin Camu is part of our community. She’s a licensed counselor, and having been immersed in the enneagram for years, has become something of an expert in the field. After her seminar, we form groups that last several months. We’ve found that the way to get the most out of the enneagram is to be part of a group of folks applying its wisdom to daily life.