Spirit of the Enneagram Week One Materials

Please know, these weekly materials are not assignments or homework. They are resources to use along your journey of personal growth. We do encourage you to utilize the forum pages to build a community within your enneastyle.

Week One


Find a song that you feel reflects your Enneatype. Share your choice on the forum and explain why you picked this piece of music.


Go for a walk in nature and find an object, plant, bird, weather pattern, etc. that is a metaphor for the strength of your enneastyle. Share your thoughts in the forum.

Exploring the Resources:

This week look at how your type compares to other types and common misidentifications in these online resources-

Website Resources:

Enneagram Institute Article: Misidentifications of the Enneagram Personality Types

The Enneagram In Business Article: Find Your Enneagram Type

Enneagram Worldwide Article: Type Comparisons

Books Recommended by Richard:

The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso and Hudson

The first definitive guide to using the wisdom of the enneagram for spiritual and psychological growth

The ancient symbol of the Enneagram has become one of today’s most popular systems for self-understanding, based on nine distinct personality types. Now, two of the world’s foremost Enneagram authorities introduce a powerful new way to use the Enneagram as a tool for personal transformation and development. Whatever your spiritual background, the Enneagram shows how you can overcome your inner barriers, realize your unique gifts and strengths, and discover your deepest direction in life.

The Wisdom of the Enneagram includes:

Two highly accurate questionnaires for determining your type
Vivid individual profiles focused on maximizing each type’s potential and minimizing predictable pitfalls
Spiritual Jump Starts, Wake-Up Calls, and Red Flags for each type
Dozens of individualized exercises and practical strategies for letting go of troublesome habits, improving relationships, and increasing inner freedom
Revealing insights into the deepest motivations, fears, and desires of each type

Highly accessible, yet filled with sophisticated concepts and techniques found nowhere else, The Wisdom of the Enneagram is a strikingly new fusion of psychology and spirituality. It offers an exciting vision of human possibility and a clear map of the nine paths to our highest self-expression.

Enneagram Transformations by Don Richard Riso

Enneagram Transformations is a groundbreaking contribution to the self-help field. Riso offers readers the opportunity to take a psychological inventory of inner strengths that can be invaluable for self-development and all forms of recovery.

My Best Self: Using the Eneagram to Free the Soul by Kathleen Hurley and Theodore Dobson

The authors of the popular What’s My Type? break through to a dramatic new level of Enneagram work by exploring the Original — or Hidden — Wound and outlining the recovery of our Repressed Center — the key to releasing our power to love ourselves, love others, and put our unique talents to work in the world. Reclaiming the Hidden Self or Repressed Center completes, heals, and integrates our personality. Through real-life examples and questions for personal or group use, the authors detail this soul-making process by which we become rounded, capable of love, and empowered to create and contribute.

Hurley and Dobson explore the three centers of human intelligence — the Intellectual, the Relational, and the Creative — and how they operate in our lives. Each of the nine personality types prefers one center, relies on another for backup support, and represses one center altogether. The Enneagram challenge is to recover the lost resources of our personality’s repressed center. Freed to be fully intellectual, creative, and relational in our living, we become able to achieve harmony, joy, love, and creativity.

The Enneagram in Love & Work by Helen Palmer

New from Helen Palmer, a “leading teacher and practitioner of the Enneagram” (San Francisco Chronicle), the first Enneagram book to give practical advice, in fascinating detail, on how to have the best possible relationships in love and business.

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective Paperback by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert

Richard Rohr and Andrea Ebert’s runaway best-seller shows both the basic logic of the Enneagram and its harmony with the core truths of Christian thought from the time of the early Church forward.



“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”



“The Enneagram doesn’t put you in a box. It shows you the box you’re already in and how to get out of it.”
― Ian Morgan Cron, The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery