Three-Point Practice: Enneagram

A straight-forward Three-Point Practice demystifies and empowers the substantial knowledge provided by the Enneagram. This narrative based, self-reflective approach helps the user easily identify personal behaviors that are healthy, average, or unhealthy. The Three-Point Practice provides an understandable foundation for further Enneagram study and usage.

The Enneagram is a visual resource featuring the flow of energy which represents how a person makes the choices that lead to healthy, average, or unhealthy behavior. The Enneagram is also much, much more. That “much, much more” is what keeps people from finding a useful starting point as they read one of the many excellent books detailing the Enneagram or attend Enneagram workshops that showcase an overwhelming amount of well-researched information. presents a straight-forward Three-Point Practice that taps into the fundamental Enneagram knowledge needed to use story and pictures to visualize the impact of behavior on self and others.

There are nine numbers on the Enneagram circle. Each number represents a personality type. The names of the types vary depending on the Enneagram school you like best. The information gained once a practitioner feels comfortable with her or his type is fairly consistent across these schools. You’ll note as you look at the Enneagram graphic, lines place three numbers in relationship. Take numbers 2, 8, and 7 for example. A line with an arrow moves from number 8 to number 7 while another line move to number 2. Number 8 manages the energy. When number 8 fails to pay attention to the flow of energy, that energy flows towards number 7 which represents the negative, unhealthy aspects of number 8’s behavior. When the energy flows towards number 2, in this example, number 8 is managing his or her energy well and exhibiting very healthy behavior. The Enneagram circle and lines provide a simple visual to guide the user to healthy behaviors, namely the arrow on the line that leads to unhealthy behavior. Like a salmon swimming upstream, it takes hard work and discipline to reach a meaningful goal. The arrow represents how easy it is to let go determination and take what comes.  The Enneagram has begun in this Three-Point Practice to offer the path to health.

There are many sites you can go to to discover your Enneagram type:

Before the term Three-Point Practice, or even, came into my consciousness, I presented this approach as a workshop within the Annual Conference of the Interim Ministry Network on June 7, 2016 entitled Adaptive Practice in Conversation with the Enneagram. The links below feature the recorded presentation and the materials provided to workshop attendees (available in PDF to download) .

Dunkin Dilemma ARC general Annual Meeting

Presentation 9-up

Resource Guide