Using the Enneagram as a tool for defining the values and character traits we want to express.

I thought the article below makes a lot of sense. I have long been interested in the Enneagram as a way of understanding myself and others. This approach makes sense because these are universal character traits and values that people hold. the only one I don’t understand is number 6: Loyalist: I value guarantees. I would think that the value would be “Trust”

I am seeking to find the universal values and character traits that if people are cultivating them or have cultivated them, healthy community is a result.

I want to create a community design that brings out the best in people, and people coming here know what we define as “the best.”

I am not asking for perfect people to join the community. I am asking for people who have the humility to know that they need to foster character traits that lead to them being healthy, whole individuals. I want people who can demonstrate that they sincerely are aspiring to live according to the universal values such as the ones listed below.

I would like to hear what you think about this way of approaching defining who the kind of people I am looking for to join Wellspring Community.

People do not have to be eating a plant based diet in order to join Wellspring. They just need to be willing to eat the whole food, oil free plant based diet when living on the land.

I would rather people join who want to foster character traits and live in alignment with the following values. I believe these people will contribute more to creating healthy community, than committed vegans who do not share these things in common.

I will be writing about practices, rules (boundaries) and the structure of the community that can contribute to creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of freedom and purpose.

This is the excerpt from a newsletter which I received from A Center for Action and Contemplation

Practice: Values

One of our recent Living School students, Dr. Jerome Lubbe, is a functional neurologist and co-founder of Thrive NeuroTheology. He has developed a science-based method to understand the Enneagram which he explores in his book Whole-Identity: A Brain-Based Enneagram Model for (W)holistic Human Thriving. For the next couple Saturdays, we’ll share some ideas and practices from Dr. Lubbe’s book. While I believe it can be helpful to recognize the habitual tendencies within ourselves associated with a primary Enneagram number, Lubbe reminds us that we’re complex and multi-faceted beings:

When we understand the Enneagram as a Whole-Identity Profile instead of a single number personality “type,” we expand our capacity for growth and health in a multitude of directions. . . .

You are not a personality. You are not even multiple personalities. You have an identity—and what creates and characterizes your identity can be charted by the nine numbers of the Enneagram. The anatomy of the brain reflects this: we are not left-brained or right-brained, we are whole brained. The same is true for the Enneagram. To put it more plainly, you are not a personality type or number on the Enneagram. You are a whole person who has a whole identity—you are all nine numbers. . . . Tools like the Enneagram are meant for expanding awareness of the whole. . . .

When you shift the Enneagram Framework from being a number to having efficiencies in all nine numbers, the Enneagram language shifts with it. It becomes about nature and values instead of type and reductive behaviors. For example, number Seven, traditionally associated with the title of “Enthusiast,” is instead represented by the innate human capacity for “Enthusiasm” as well as the value of “Experiences.”

“I am an enthusiast” becomes “I value experiences” which allows more room for nuance, invites growth and begs the question, “. . . and what else do I value?” . . . There is no human who is defined by a single number. [1]

If you have resisted being “pinned down” to any one Enneagram number, perhaps Lubbe’s approach will help you see all of these qualities within yourself. Take a few minutes to read the statements below aloud slowly, pausing for reflection after each one. Notice any sensations in your body. Observe the difference between the impact of “I am” statements versus “I value.” After reading all nine, where do you feel the most energy and resonance? What values are especially meaningful to you? What values do you want to spend more time cultivating?  

Eight: I am a Challenger = I value Autonomy 

Nine: I am a Peacemaker = I value Serenity

One: I am a Reformer = I value Justice

Two: I am a Helper = I value Appreciation

Three: I am an Individualist = I value Authenticity

Four: I am an Achiever = I value Creativity

Five: I am an Investigator = I value Clarity

Six: I am a Loyalist = I value Guarantees

Seven: I am an Enthusiast = I value Experiences [2]

[1] Jerome D. Lubbe, Whole-Identity: A Brain-Based Enneagram Model for (W)holistic Human Thriving (Thrive Neuro: 2019), 4, 23, 32. See also Artwork by Aimee Strickland; used with permission.

[2] Ibid., 32. Dr. Lubbe’s upcoming book The Brain-Based Enneagram: You are not A number (vol. 1) will share his latest work on whole-brained interpretation of the Enneagram.

Banner image credit: Last Supper Study (detail), Andrea del Sarto, 1520-1525, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

Published by Patricia Mikkelson

I'm starting a Vegan, Christian Universalist Monastery for women. I am a professional organizer and I enjoy helping people declutter-virtually and in person.

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