3 Things You Need to Apply the Enneagram into your EverydayJan 14, 2022
The enneagram is an ancient psycho-somatic-spiritual framework that outlines nine unique personality archetypes and their unique approach to navigating the challenges of being human.
Discovering your enneagram type is a powerful tool for radical self-awareness, cultivating deeper connection with others, and for navigating change.
When discovering your type, there's a feeling of being seen, sometimes exposed, when unearthing the shadow side of your nature. Like, “how does this book know my most secret inner workings?"
That's often followed by googling what it means to be your type, trying to figure out what a "wing" is (and what it even means!) and following some new accounts that provide you with bits of insight into what it means to be your type.
Too often, the work stops there: you know your type and have all this information, but you're not really sure what to do with it.
Because knowing all the descriptive words about your type and getting a laugh from a meme on Instagram isn't going to change your life like this potent framework can.
The enneagram became a game-changer for me was really when I started to see it as an intricate three pillared system with Embodiment as the goal.
Enneagram work towards embodiment requires more than the radical self-awareness of understanding the enneagram framework, but also somatic practices and soul work that are required to integrate this wisdom and truly let it transform how you experience your life.
3 Things You Need to Apply the Enneagram into your Everyday
1. To know your enneagram type.
I know it sounds obvious, but when you’re ready to invest your limited energy in applying this wisdom, you want to make sure you’ve got your dominant type right. This radical self-awareness is the first step. Discovering your type's patterns give you the awareness to identify your skills, see your blindspots, and awaken to the ways you’ve been operating on autopilot.
If you need some help connecting with your dominant type, I’d really recommend learning more about all the types and find which one truly resonates. And with this recommendation comes a gentle reminder that it’s often in the lower level behaviour that we really start to recognize ourselves or feel seen. Be gentle with yourself.
Download my free self-typing guide if you’re unsure of your type.
Know your type already? The first step looks like going deeper into your knowledge to understand yourself better: things like your growth and stress points, defence pattern, social stance, dominant intelligence center, and instinctual subtype. These concepts can help you understand your type's relationship to the head, heart, and gut can help to inform which practices will best serve your nature.
2. An open heart.
When you are willing to see yourself like the enneagram asks you to see yourself, you need to be able to tap into the heart energy to be able to forgive yourself for the ways you've self-sabotaged and to connect with your inner knowing of your hearts' desire.
Openness, the ability to forgive, and a connection to the heart space happens by being in relationship with how you feel. Being open to pause, check-in, to be quiet, to listen to that deep inner knowing.
In your everyday, this can look like making time and space to journal, to reflect, to meditate, to pray or chant. Whatever brings you into a receptive state will help to cultivate a connection to your inner knowing.
3. A daily practice.
A receptive state of grounded presence is key in helping you embody the potential of your type, that high level, healthy expression of you who is connected to your purpose and path forward. And it comes from showing up for yourself everyday.
But a daily practice doesn't happen on it’s own; it takes commitment and it normally doesn't happen when you’re being a shlump on the couch. So what does your practice look like? How do you show up for yourself?
And for each of us, that's going to look different, based on our own unique embodiment path informed by the enneagram, but all types can benefit from daily time and space for stillness, self-reflection, and somatic practices (movement & breathwork).
My favourite app that keeps me consistently showing up to move, breathe, and be still is the Open app. There are tons and tons of amazing on-demand and live classes with amazing instructors, a beautiful interface, and push notifications to remind you to keep showing up. Click here for a free 30-day trial.
Applying the wisdom of the enneagram into your everyday is really a spiritual practice of seeing your patterns (radical self-awareness), forgiving yourself & letting them go (soul work), and taking action towards a more embodied (less reactive) state (somatics).
What’s most important when getting started with this framework isn’t doing it perfectly, but rather showing up in small sustainable ways each day.
No matter what your enneagram, I know a more peaceful and present you is possible.
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