The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growthby Published 05 Sep 2017
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For all the ways we live unawakened lives, the enneagram is here to help.
The Sacred Enneagram is a trustworthy, richly insightful guide to finding yourself in the enneagram’s 9-type profiles, and applying this practical wisdom for a life transformed. Far more than a personality test, author Chris Heuertz writes, the enneagram is a sacred map to the soul. Lies about who we think we are keep us trapped in loops of self-defeat. But the enneagram offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to God and to our true identity as God created us.
Chris Heuertz’ life was forever changed after he learned about the enneagram 15 years ago. Today, he leads enneagram workshops all over the world. Join Chris as he shows you how this ancient tool can help you awaken to the gifts God has given you, find freedom from your personal patterns of sin and fear, and grow in acceptance of your identity as you grow with God.
In conversational style with compelling stories, The Sacred Enneagram will show you
How to understand the 'why' behind your type, beyond caricatures and stereotypes
How to align your type with prayer postures
How to identify and find freedom from self-destructive patterns
How to grow in spiritual discernment
How to face your past wounds and step toward healing
How to awaken your unique gifts to serve today’s broken world
Chris’s own journey with the enneagram is an accessible introduction and exploration of how the enneagram can change your life, because to the extent that we are transformed, the world will be transformed.
"The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth" Reviews
I read The Road Back to You and listened to the podcast. I'm a fan of Typology and have read several other books on the Enneagram. As a result, I have a deeper understanding of myself and have gotten better at the dubious art of typing other people. This book connected the dots for me, in terms of spiritual formation. Heuertz discusses the types, intelligence centers and the harmony/dominant affect groups to reveal a unique path into the life of prayer in the contemplative tradition. For example, Heuertz says that as an Ennegram 7, I am called to rest in silence.
Here is how it works: contemplative spirituality advocates silence, solitude, and stillness. These three postures map on the Enneagram's intelligence centers (Mind, Heart and Body). The mind/thinking types (5,6,7) are each called towards silence. My harmony type/dominant affect is that of a frustrated idealist (along with 1s and 4s). These types, are called particularly to a prayer posture of rest.
I learned a lot from this book about how the Enneagram works. I had a superficial understanding about types, wings and arrows but Heuertz made sense of some things for me. And he makes some good inferences on how to approach prayer. This is useful personally and also for guiding other people.
I’m discovering that learning about one’s true self through the enneagram is not for the faint of heart and reading “The Sacred Enneagram” is no exception.
I loved this book, though. Chalk full of insights, Christopher Heueretz unpacks each type and examines triads. I especially loved how he integrated Henri Nouwen’s work and contemplative spirituality as well.
Highly recommended for using the enneagram as a spiritual discipline and a way in which to come to know one’s true self before the One who knows is better than we know ourselves.
I love the Enneagram but disagreed with most of this book. While I thought his overviews of each type were helpful, I was confused and disturbed by his spiritual advice.
this book was absolutely insightful and transformational for me. i would absolutely recommend for those who have done a little dabbling in the enneagram and already know their type, but who are looking for deeper meaning, practical suggestions and guidance, and a beautiful spiritual layer to come alongside the psychological information. chris writes in a way that is easy to understand, well thought out, and beneficial for the novice and the well-versed. i especially appreciated the section on the history of the enneagram, as well as the section on contemplative prayer. i know i will reach for this book as a reference quite often.
The Enneagram is the the midst of quite a moment right now, and I've felt a combination of elated excitement that more and more people are getting on board as well as a bit of overwhelmed apathy in light of the onslaught of new books, podcasts, and so on. For that reason, I slept on this new contribution to the sphere and it took a whole year of hearing different folks not just rave about it, but recognize that it was offering new and unique insights to finally pique my interest. Having spent the past few days pretty engrossed in it, I'm happy to join the choir and share that this is definitely the most dynamic resource I've seen on the Enneagram and one that I'll heartily recommend myself. It's especially exciting for folks like me who are already in pretty deep, as it offers quite a few insights that are either rarely explored or being developed for the first time here.
As I mentioned, I've spent what some may consider an embarrassing amount of time diving into the Enneagram, so what I really loved about this book was how unique it was compared to what's already out there. The Harmonic Triads, a centerpiece of the ideas here, were brand new to me, and of course so were the Contemplative Practices that accompanied each cluster since he is introducing them here. Even beyond those, I was impressed by the ways he drew extensively from well-developed insights from within and beyond the Enneagram to provide scaffolding to his own thoughts and was particularly struck by how centrally he engaged with the Intelligence Centers (head, heart, body) which I hadn't really paid too much mind to before.
What I most appreciated was Heurtz's clear intention of going beyond the general 101 of each type, and I think he accomplished his goal of presenting a roadmap beyond that introductory stage with unique, thoughtful, and nuanced invitations to deepen and transcend one's knowledge of the system as a tool for self-liberation and spiritual growth/homecoming. While I would mostly agree that it isn't necessarily the ideal starting point for the Enneagram, there are so many other resources aiming to be exactly that and I think there's just as much need now for ones like this that are aiming at next steps and more engaging implementation and integration of the tool.
As Heurtz would say, I'm "dominant in Type One," so the review isn't complete without a little bit of nitpicking and criticism. As with all Enneagram materials, your mileage will vary a bit and there were some portions that I had to roll my eyes at or overlook while savoring the majority of it. I found the book to be excellently structured, either focusing on each type at a time or more commonly one of the triads at a time. With that said, there seemed to be a consistent trend of him just "losing steam" and whichever types or triad he covers last in each section is noticeably shorter, explored with less detail and nuance than those before. Of course, that isn't a significant detraction, and all of the new insights explored here more than make up for it. I really love the invitations he came up with tailored to each type, and while I originally expected them to be totally unique to each one, I appreciate the cohesiveness lent to his endeavor by systematizing the invitations by the two triad types. As a whole, this is a phenomenal resource that I'll definitely be encouraging folks to check out.