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Enneagram Theory: Uncovering Your Purpose (part 1)

As the endnote speaker at the 2011 IEA (International Enneagram Association) conference, I was able to choose my topic: “The Enneagram and Global Change.” Although the endnote itself will be rich with detail and include interaction for self-discovery, some of what will be covered is blog-worthy.In this first of two blogs, I’ll describe how the Enneagram can be used as a map to uncover and discover one’s purpose and particular piece as a change catalyzer.

The map starts at enneatype point (type) 4, and then moves contra-arrows (against the arrows) to points 1, 7, 5, 8, and rests at enneatype point (type) 2. It is a map for everyone.

Four: Passion
Question to ask yourself: What is it that I am most deeply passionate about; what resonates most strong with my values; what do I care about most?

One: Excellence
Question to ask yourself: What am I willing to pursue with such diligence and depth that I will set the bar high for myself and others, making this a daily, weekly, and monthly habit?

Question to ask yourself: What brings me pure joy, just for the sake of doing it? What would bring me pure joy if I were able to make a real difference?

Five: Wisdom
Question to ask yourself: What do I know – accessing the wisdom of my head, heart, and gut – is completely true that I need and want be doing?

Eight: Bigness
Question to ask yourself: What matters enough to me and others that I willing to be big enough to “hold” this and go big enough without restraint?

Two: Service
Question to ask yourself: How can I do all this with from a place of pure service so that I don’t get in the way of what really needs to happen, nor do I expect rewards from doing so?

Remember, all of our pieces fit together in the bigger puzzle!


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