In the words of Stephen Hatch … Although it is helpful to understand each Enneagram type on a purely psychological level, people often recoil at the fact that this knowledge can seem somewhat negative.For example, a One may bemoan the fact that she has perfectionist tendencies, or a Four that he is perennially longing for what is missing in his life. A Nine may tire of remaining unaware of what she really wants in life, and a Six may despise his tendency toward fear. What if each Enneagram type is actually a different perspective – a different set of Sacred Ideas - of something more spiritual: say, the Divine Presence?
What if, for example...
Ones- at their core – are most in touch with the divine goodness and perfection of all beings and events?
Fours are the most skilled at recognizing the mutuality of longing; that is, the fact that human longing for love is actually only an echo of the longing that Divine Love feels toward us?
What if ...
Nines are the best of all of the types at forgetting their own self-conscious ego in union with the Divine?
Sixes are especially attuned to the suspense of watching all phenomena arise – magically – from the spaciousness of awareness, and know that Sacred Faith involves a profound trust in the existence and goodness of a Divine Presence?
What if ...
Eights incarnate the fact that the Divine actively expands into and fills everything with its presence?
Twos are most in touch with Sacred Grace, embodying this grace to others around them in the form of Sacred Compassion?
Fives embody the all-knowing capacity of the Divine Presence, and are on a quest of the Divine to know itself in all of its many manifestations?
Sevens, everlastingly young radiating vibrancy to others, know the Divine Presence to be the ground of all novelty, all freshness perceived through joy-filled human awareness?
Threes understand most clearly that human effort is in reality a participation in the joyfully creative work of the Ultimate Mystery knowing that work is a worthwhile end in itself?
Click the PDF file at the top left to see a diagram of the Sacred Ideas