I have taken personality tests before and they have been pretty spot on but until this week, I had never heard of the Enneagram. I happen to come across it while searching for a song to send to someone special for his birthday. What I didn’t realize until that point, was the song I gravitated to called, “Two” by Sleeping at Last, was actually about Personality Type 2. I love writing so when listening to music, the lyrics sit higher on the throne then the music beat. I am a lyric nerd at heart but of course, there must be synchronicity between the two. So, while learning more about the meaning of the song, the artist’s podcast came up on a Google search about how it came to be. I was completely blown away. It’s safe to say that I am anchored in Personality Type 2 but I am also strong in 3, 7, 8, and 9. Personality 2 is where a bigger portion of my heart is dominant. It was humbling to hear about both the good and the “bad” that comes with selflessly leading from the heart especially if you aren’t grounded. The song “Two” encompasses the highs and lows of it all. This podcast basically deconstructs the beauty of the song being created in the rawest and most mindful form with such beautiful vulnerability. So, while I thought it was a love letter for someone else…it was actually both a love letter to him and myself in the form of self-love. Believe me, I wept when I read the description and while listening to the podcast. Proof that life will provide messages in our daily lives if we are willing to open our hearts and minds. Please take the time to listen to this curated podcast to hear how this song came to be… LINK is ABOVE
So….what is an Enneagram???
According to the Enneagram Institute: From one point of view, the Enneagram can be seen as a set of nine distinct personality types, with each number on the Enneagram denoting one type. It is common to find a little of yourself in all nine of the types, although one of them should stand out as being closest to yourself. This is your basic personality type.
Everyone emerges from childhood with one of the nine types dominating their personality, with inborn temperament and other pre-natal factors being the main determinants of our type. This is one area where almost all of the major Enneagram authors agree—we are born with a dominant type. Subsequently, this inborn orientation largely determines the ways in which we learn to adapt to our early childhood environment. It also seems to lead to certain unconscious orientations toward our parental figures, but why this is so, we still do not know. In any case, by the time children are four or five years old, their consciousness has developed sufficiently to have a separate sense of self. Although their identity is still very fluid, at this age children begin to establish themselves and find ways of fitting into the world on their own.
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May inspiration come to you in the smallest of gestures in your day to day life….