Enneagram as Mirror to the Soul: Type Six

A place for those with the type six enneastyle to discuss personal growth.

Rumi Poem | Type 6

Once the seeds of faith take root

It cannot be blown away

Even by the strongest wind

~ Rumi

Why is this an important poem for type Sixes to use for reflection? The Holy Idea or high mental state for Sixes is Holy Faith. In a world of perpetual uncertainty, Holy Faith provides Sixes the path to certainty in an uncertain world.

By Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD. Visit: TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

12 Comments on “Enneagram as Mirror to the Soul: Type Six

  1. Part of the practice for the past week was to look at a feature of my enneatype that is an obstacle and a feature of my enneatype that is a blessing. Actually, there is a close connection between the two. On the one hand I am preoccupied with what people think of me, how I am being perceived, whether I am making the right impression. I get caught up in trying to say the right thing. This gets in the way of honesty and even courage for me. On the other hand, this tendency has led me to pay attention people and to be attentive to their stories, their lives. The first situation leads to anxiety and self doubt and to less than honest communication. I’d like to say I have learned not to do it but it is still a go to response for me. I have, however, gotten better at recognizing when I am doing it and sometimes modifying it. The second situation leads to some moments of real connection and relationship and I am trying to nurture to that. I have noticed that the first situation comes from a place of thinking and analysis and the second situation comes from a place of emotion and from just letting things unfold. It is all part of the whole. For me that is where the holy idea of faith comes in for me. Trying to trust myself not to understand and predict everything and allowing things to unfold.

    • That was well said John. Thank you for sharing.! Reflecting on today’s daily question on freedom….I really enjoyed creating a list of what comes to mind when you hear the word freedom. For me freedom meant bring carefree, without worry, no judgements, peaceful, happy, and so alive. I could see how those adjectives could be descriptive of my Soul Child. It was a delightful discovery!

  2. Thanks for your comments Lori. I am struggling with the question about freedom. For me it feels like freedom is more about internal state than external circumstances but that relates that I was born into a circumstance free of personal slavery, repression, and so forth. So my biggest obstacle to freedom is me. To me I guess it would be freedom to act in the most honest and compassionate manner possible even if that means there are consequences to me. Some people who can do that seem to be free even when imprisoned. I am not there yet.

  3. How do you best collect with your body? It is not a question I have ever considered but clearly I best connect to my body through music. Listening or playing. Playing music with others, though, is the best. Once when I played (with friends) for a hospice party, one of our chaplains connected to me that he had never seen me look more natural. I think that when I play music with others my heart, head, and body are all completely engaged. In addition there is a communication between musicians playing that defies explanation but is just there. Listening is good too. I don’t really dance but listening to music engages in other ways. Thank you for helping me be aware of this.

    • I agree! I’m a seven, so singing with others forces me to lose myself to blend with the group. When everyone sings together it can be an almost out of body experience – we are all waves of music. It can be incredible.

  4. Watching the Pope’s blessing from the Vatican yesterday I heard a message that was powerful and timely for me. From Mark Chapter 4. “Why are you afraid? Do you not yet have faith?” This hits me close to home and, as it turns out, my fears about all that is going on were ramped up pretty well yesterday.

    • This was Friday’s Circle of Partner Message that had a similar message:
      “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
      ― Frederick Buechner

      It is a powerful reminder for me.

      • John, as a fellow fear-based enneatype, how are you releasing fear?

        • I am struggling somewhat. Yesterday was a really rough day for some reason. Watching the Pope’s service and blessing helped. I have been playing some music every day and working on a jigsaw puzzle of a lake and mountains. There are also certain pieces of music I go to sometimes.Those help. I have also reflected on the fact that our safe and untroubled lives are a gift that very few people in the world’s history have ever enjoyed. Somehow those people lived and laughed and loved. Somehow that is comforting. Meditating with my eyes open helps too. Part of it is recognizing that sometimes the hypervigilant, fearful me shows up and I need to just pay attention to it instead try to make it go away. Unfortunately, it likes to show up at 4 AM. How do you deal with it.

          • I hope I am leaning into my five soul child rather than living only in my head space – but I’m finding I need to stay current in the numbers and research around the virus. It doesn’t make me scared. Instead it makes me feel like I know the lay-of-the-land. I also know I have to bring in my heart and gut space so I try to make music every day (my husband and I have a little two-person band) and get out in nature. I love to see the concerts coming from talented musicians’ living rooms. Your point about history being filled with plague, quarantines, and restrictions is very relevant to me as well, I point out to my kids (and myself too) that we aren’t unusual or special in this experience. It connects us to Anne Frank (and all those in hiding during WW II), those dealing with the Spanish Flu, even their grandmother who was a child in England during the WWII blackouts. There is a common thread throughout history, We’ve can manage.

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